Dining out in Madison, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving Day 2015: Free meals and restaurant deals

No matter what your reason may be, there are alternatives to cooking your own Thanksgiving Dinner. To help you find them, Quintessential Madison has compiled a list of Madison-area organizations and restaurants serving dinner this year on Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26, 2015. You’ll find a range of options — from FREE to more than $60 per person.

We noticed several trends this year: Fewer FREE dinners and a great many price increases

Please note: We work very diligently to make this list accurate, but things change. It’s always advisable to call ahead to confirm details.


The free dinners are open to all, but each sponsoring organization we contacted stresses the importance of volunteers and donations. Cash donations are especially appreciated. So too are volunteers who are willing to help with clean-up tasks. Please consider contributing time and/or money if you are in a position to do so this Thanksgiving.


First Congregational Church
1609 University Avenue, Madison
Phone: (608) 233-9751
FREE Thanksgiving dinner for any and all who wish to join – to find “home” and nourishment at our table
Traditional turkey-and-fixings dinner served noon to 3 p.m.
Home delivery available (for Madison and Fitchburg addresses only): Call (608) 233-9751 by 4 p.m on Monday, November 23th
No reservations required

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
5701 Raymond Road, Madison
Phone: (608) 271-6633
A FREE, Thanksgiving community meal for church members and friends in the community served in Peterson Hall.
Traditional turkey dinner, served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
No reservations required

Lakeview Lutheran Church
4001 Mandrake Road, Madison
Phone: (608) 244-6181
“Anyone is invited to come and dine at the 31st annual community dinner. The meal is served family style and includes roasted turkey, real mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade stuffing, yams, cole slaw, homemade cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and beverages.”
Serving promptly at noon
Carry outs will only be offered if there is food left after everyone eats.
Call 244-6181 to make a reservation — “numbers only, no names are taken.”

Luke House
310 South Ingersoll Street, Madison
Phone: (608) 256-6325
FREE traditional Thanksgiving Meal
Serving 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Walk-ins only. No delivery

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
605 Spruce Street
Phone: (608) 251-8405
This annual festive meal is provided by Faith Community Church. People who are homebound can request a free home delivered meal by calling the South Madison Coalition of the Elderly at (608) 251-8405 by noon on Monday, November 23, 2015.
Serving at noon
No reservations required if attending meal at church


Gus’s Diner
630 North Westmount Drive, Sun Prairie
Phone: (608) 318-0900
Thanksgiving feast (all entrées include salad bar, potato, and pumpkin pie)
$11.99 Turkey; Regular menu will also be available (prices vary)
Serving from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Tully’s II Food & Spirits
6401 Monona Drive, Monona
Phone: (608) 222-4995
“Turkey; Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Cranberries; Vegetables; Stuffing; and Pumpkin Pie”
$12.99 per person; $8.99 for half orders
Open at 11 a.m. and serving turkey dinner “until we run out”
Reservations suggested

Quaker Steak and Lube
2259 Deming Way, Middleton
Phone: (608) 831-5823
Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, veggies, rolls, and pie
$12.99 per person
Serving from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Reservations welcome, but not required

The Great Dane – East
876 Jupiter Drive
Phone: (608) 442-1333
Serving a Turkey Dinner special and limited late night menu
Slow-roasted turkey, mashed-potatoes, stuffing, market vegetables and cranberry sauce.
$14.95 adults; Kids 5-12; $8.95 Kids 12 and under (Prices include one refill plate and a slice of pie)
Serving 5:30 p.m. to close

Farm Kitchen Restaurant
S5718 State Road 123, Baraboo
Phone: (608) 356-5246
Deluxe Thanksgiving Day Buffet
$14.95 Adults
Serving 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Northside Restaurant
1201 North Sherman Avenue, Madison
Phone: (608) 244-5663
All you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet – Includes turkey, ham, roasted chicken, and all the fixings + one trip to soup or salad bar and one free slice of pumpkin pie
$14.90 per person
Serving from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Reservations encouraged

Rex’s Innkeeper
301 N. Century Avenue, Waunakee
Phone: (608) 849-5011
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served buffet-style: Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Salads, and Dessert Table
$15.95 Adults; $7.95 Children 10 and under
Serving: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations suggested

Kristi’s Restaurant
119 5th Avenue, New Glarus
Phone: (608) 527-2012
Traditional roast turkey; or order off the regular menu (includes steaks, chops, duck, salmon); Children’s menu available upon request
$16.95 for turkey (see online menu for other item prices)
Serving: 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Reservations recommended as seating is limited

Dorf Haus
8931 Highway Y, Roxbury
Phone: (608) 643-3980
Thanksgiving Day Buffet: Roast Turkey, Baked Chicken, and Honey Glazed Ham with all the trimmings
$17.25 Adults; $7.95 Children 5-10; Tots 4 and under $3
Serving: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Reservations Highly Recommended”

3112 Parmenter Street, Middleton
Phone: (608) 831-7107
Thanksgiving Buffet
$17.99 Adults
“Drive Thru Dinner” available for $17
Serving 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Reservations recommended

Coachman’s Golf Resort
984 County Road A, Edgerton
Phone: (608) 884-8484
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
$19.95 Adults; $15.95 Seniors (62 and over); $8.95 Children 12 and under; FREE Children 3 and under
Serving: 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Reservations recommended

Erin’s Snug Irish Pub
4601 American Parkway, Madison
Phone:(608) 242-7616
Thanksgiving Buffet: “Baked Ham, Roasted Turkey, Baked Cod, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Corn, Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Salad, Apple Crisp, Pumpkin Pie, and an assortment of other desserts.”
$19.99 Adults; $12.99 Children under 12

Claddagh Irish Pub
1611 Aspen Commons (Greenway Station), Middleton
Phone: (608) 833-5070
Three-course meal includes soup or salad, Thanksgiving turkey & ham dinner with all the trimmings and dessert!
$19.99 Adults
Serving: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Reservations strongly recommended


Old Feed Mill
114 Cramer Street; Mazomanie
Phone: (888) 345-4909
“You’re invited to join us for Thanksgiving: Oven Roasted Turkey; Bourbon Smoked Pork with Onion Marmalade; The Mill’s Famous Pot Roast; Mushroom Strudel; Cranberry Orange Relish Salad; Citrus Kale slaw; Broccoli Salad; Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Classic Bread Stuffing; Seasonal Vegetables; Traditional Pumpkin and Apple Pies; and The Mill’s Famous Bread Pudding
$20.99 Adults; $18.99 Seniors; $10.99 Children under 12
Serving: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reservations recommended

Essen House
541 East Wilson Street, Madison
Phone: (608) 255-4674
“This family-style dinner comes complete with turkey you carve at the table, stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, mixed vegetables, dinner rolls,
assorted desserts, coffee, tea, milk and soda. All of the sides are bottomless AND you take the leftover turkey home!”
$21.95 Adults; $7.95 Children 6-10 (5 and under free)
Serving: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reservations highly recommended

Field’s at the Wilderness
511 East Adams Street, Wisconsin Dells
Phone: (608) 253-1400
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
$22.95 Adults; $14.95 Children
Serving: Noon to 7 p.m.
Reservations recommended

Quivey’s Grove
6261 Nesbitt Road, Madison
Phone: (608) 273-4900
Thanksgiving Dining in the Stone House with a choice of entrées from menu + complimentary appetizer buffet in the Stable Grill
$22.95 to $32.95
Serving 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Reservations essential

Twist Bar & Grill
517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison
All-you-can-eat Thanksgiving buffet
Serving 11 a.m. until 2 p.m
$23.95 Adults; $15.95 Seniors; $.95 Children 5-12 (under 5 free)
NEW this year: Kids can swim for free at the adjacent Radisson Hotel pool until 5 p.m. with a paid brunch.
Reservations suggested

Granite City
72 West Towne Mall; Madison
Phone: (608) 829-0700
Three-course family-style Thanksgiving dinner
Serving 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$24.95 per person
Reservations required

The Great Dane – Hilldale
357 Price Place, Madison
Phone: (608) 661-9400
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
$24.95 Adults; $9.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Traditional Turkey Dinner
$14.95 Adults; $8.95 Kids
Serving: 5:45 p.m. to close
Reservations recommended

The Great Dane – Fitchburg
2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
Phone: (608) 442-0129
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
$24.95 Adults; $9.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Traditional Turkey Dinner
$14.95 Adults; $8.95 Kids
Serving: 5:45 p.m. to close
Reservations recommended

Audubon Inn
45 North Main Street; Mayville (near Horicon Marsh)
Phone (920) 387-5858
NOLA North Bar & Cafe
All-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving buffet
$24 Adults; $12 Children
Serving 11 a.m until 4 p.m.
Reservations required

Lake Windsor Golf Club
4628 Golf Road, Windsor
Phone: (608) 846-4711
Thanksgiving Grand Buffet: “GRAND ENTREES: Chef Carved Cider Glazed Oven Roasted Turkey and Chef Carved Roasted Virginia Ham with Bourbon Glaze; SAVORY SIDE DISHES: Sage Dressing with Homemade Gravy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Corn O’Brien, Green Bean Casserole, Assorted Rolls with Whipped Butter, Assorted Fresh Salads and More!; DESSERT & PASTRY TABLE: Assorted Pies (Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry, Pecan), Carrot Cake, Ice Cream Sundae Buffet, Brownies, Assorted Cookies, And More!; BEVERAGES: Regular and Decaf Coffee; Regular and Chocolate Milk”
$27.95 Adults; $24.95 Seniors (65+); $11.95 Children 4-10 years; FREE Toddlers 3 & under
Serving: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Reservations Required


Samba Brazilian Grill
240 West Gilman Street, Madison
(608) 257-1111
“Please join us for a feast of Rodizio Grilled Turkey and all the trimmings, 5 additional meats, Pineapple, and our Salad Bar for $32.95 per person.”
Serving: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Capitol Chop House (Monona Terrace Hilton)
9 East Wilson Street, Madison
Three-course dinner with turkey and prime rib
$34.95 Adults; $10.95 Children under 16; FREE Children under 5
Telephone: (608) 255-0165
Serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reservations essential

Green Owl Cafe
1970 Atwood Avenue; Madison
Phone: (608) 285-5290
Vegan Thanksgiving Feast
$35 per person ($16 kids 12 and under) – Order tickets online (event usually sells out early)
Serving at noon


The Edgewater
1001 Wisconsin Place; Madison
(608) 535-8230
Grand Ballroom
Thanksgiving Brunch – Download Menu
$48 Adults; $19.95 Children (complimentary for children under 5)
Serving from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Reservations required
The Statehouse
Thanksgiving Brunch – Download menu
$65 per person
Serving from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Reservations required

Listings last updated: 11/23/2015