Not everyone wants to cook on Thanksgiving. Perhaps you don’t like cook, don’t have a lot of family in town or you simply want someone else to cook for you.
Here are nine of our favorite dining options for celebrating Thanksgiving in Cincinnati -- no cleanup necessary.
The Palace at the Cincinnatian: The Palace will feature a four-course Thanksgiving meal for $49 featuring dishes such as cranberry, apple and blue cheese salad, pork belly with succotash and cornbread, roast turkey, filet mignon and pumpkin pie. Children can get a special three-course dinner for $19. Call for reservations: They will go fast.
601 Vine St., Downtown. 513-381-3000; www.palacecincinnati.com
Metropole: Metropole will be open all day for Thanksgiving grazing, and between 2-8 p.m. the restaurant will offer a family-style dinner with chef Jared Bennett's own special touch. Burnt carrot salad, roasted turkey from Elmwood Stock Farms, Yukon Gold potato puree and Blue Oven Bakery stuffing are all twists on the classics. For dessert? Pumpkin semifreddo.
609 Walnut St., Downtown. $54 per person; a la carte menu also will be available. 513-578-6660; www.metropoleonwalnut.com
Parkers Blue Ash Tavern: Parkers will offer its traditional buffet from noon to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, including turkey and all of the trimmings, in the restaurant’s romantic, cozy atmosphere. Other menu items include prime rib, honey mustard glazed ham, a seafood bar, traditional sides, several pies and other sweets.
4200 Cooper Road, Blue Ash. Adults: $38; children ages 5-10: $12; children under age 4: free. 513-891-8300; parkersblueash.com
Coppin's: This restaurant inside the Hotel Covington is a new addition to the Thanksgiving dining scene. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet, complete with all of your holiday favorites, in Coppin's sumptuous surroundings.
638 Madison Ave., Covington. Adults: $55; seniors age 55 and up: $45; children ages 12 and under: $19. 866-501-1700; hotelcovington.com
Laszlo's Iron Skillet: Enjoy Thanksgiving with a European flair at Laszlo's. It will be open from 1-7 p.m. and will offer turkey, roast pork and prime rib, as well as wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut balls and apple and cherry strudel. All items will be a la carte.
1020 Ohio Pike, Newtown. 513-561-6776; www.laszlosironskillet.com
The Golden Lamb: The Golden Lamb will offer a Thanksgiving meal a la carte, as well as a take-away dinner: $299 gets you an 18- to 22-pound Warren County-sourced roasted turkey, sage stuffing, two dozen yeast rolls, gravy, mashed potatoes, succotash, cranberry sauce, apple butter and two pumpkin pies. Call ahead by Nov. 22 to order.
27 S. Broadway, Lebanon. 513-932-5065; www.goldenlamb.com
Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts: While it's not a restaurant, you can have restaurant-quality food in your own home for Thanksgiving. Chef Renee Schuler can provide everything from starters such as butternut squash soup to roasted acorn squash, roasted potatoes and pies. Prices vary by person or by pound.
921 Monmouth St., Newport. 859-291-9355; www.eatwellonline.com
Walt's Barbeque: Both the Hamilton and Colerain locations of Walt’s will offer a huge Thanksgiving spread from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a variety of smoked meats, including turkey, ham and pork. Sides include Walt's award-winning sweet potato casserole, stuffing, green beans and a variety of pies.
6040 Colerain Ave., Colerain, 513-923-9800; 746 N.W. Washington Blvd., Hamilton, 513-868-9258. Adults: $19.95; children: $8.95. waltsbarbeque.com
Prime Cincinnati: Enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring turkey and ham carving stations, mashed sweet potatoes, apple sausage cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole and more dishes, or come in from 3-8 p.m. for normal dinner service on the holiday.
580 Walnut St., Downtown. Brunch buffet: Adults: $39; children ages 5-10: $19. 513-579-0720; primecincy.com