Where to dine-in and carry-out Thanksgiving dinner in Madison, WI 2021


A full Thanksgiving meal | Photo by @brennansmarket

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Want to celebrate the day of thanks, but not planning on cooking a full dinner this year? Don’t quit Thanksgiving cold turkey — we’ve got you covered with where to dine-in + carry-out for Thanksgiving dinner. We are totally falling for these local options for mashed potatoes, yams, and pumpkin pie — plus, we break down where to get local ingredients for those rolling up their sleeves in the kitchen this holiday.


Delicious pie from Bloom Bake Shop | Photo by @bloombakeshop

Where to dine-in:

Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St. | Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • A whole roasted turkey to carve at your table + bottomless sides. Better bring your stretchy pants. Pro tip: Be sure to call and make reservations 5 days in advance here.

The Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | Open 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • A Thanksgiving brunch filled with traditional fixings, buttermilk waffles, a tuscan frittata + more. Pro tip: Be sure to call and make reservations in advance here.

Where to carry-out:

Batch Bakehouse, 1402 Williamson St. | Orders must be placed by Tues., Nov. 16

  • Apple strudel, pumpkin pie + pecan pie — oh my. If you’re in charge of turkey day dessert, Batch has plenty of pies to keep all your guests satisfied.

Monty’s Blue Plate, 2089 Atwood Ave. | Orders must be placed by Sun., Nov. 21

  • Looking for vegetarian + vegan options? Monty’s has plenty of options for both plant-based and carnivorous diets, ranging from scrumptious side dishes to delicious desserts.

L’etoile Restaurant, 1 S. Pinckney St. | Orders must be placed by Sun., Nov. 21

  • A family-sized meal with all-natural Minnesota turkey, 7 sides + your choice of dessert. Pro Tip: add on extra desserts or wine.

Bloom Bake Shop, 1851 Monroe St. | Orders must be placed by Wed., Nov. 16

  • Pick up carrot cake, brandy old-fashioned donuts, vegan tarts + a variety of pies to round out your Thanksgiving meal.

Pasture and Plenty, 2433 University Ave. | Orders must be placed by Sun., Nov. 21

  • Reader Chrissy R. let us know that the meal options are sourced from local farms and producers — from fruit pies to “local love” dinner crates, you’ll be thankful to know where your food comes from.

ZuZu Cafe, 1336 Drake St. | Orders must be placed by Wed., Nov. 10

  • If you’re looking for something different this Thanksgiving, Reader Robert S. told us that the cafe has lamb legs + pumpkin pie, along with roasted potatoes and cranberry orange relish.

Liliana’s Restaurant, 2951 Triverton Pike Dr., Middleton | Orders must be placed in advance

Cadre Restaurant, 2540 University Ave. | Orders must be placed by Thurs., Nov. 18 at 10 p.m.

  • Enjoy a French-inspired feast with turkey ballotine, mushroom béchamel sauce, plenty of sides + a cheese plate. Pick and choose dishes or order a full meal for reheating.

Where to shop local ingredients:

Willy Street Co-op, 3 locations in Madison | 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Metcalfe’s Market, 2 locations in Madison | Times vary for each store

  • The local market sources over 3,000 of its products from regional farms and vendors. The Thanksgiving menu allows you to build your own feast with local sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, a Door County cherry pie + more. The store is closed on Thanksgiving day, so be sure to order in-store or online beforehand.

Festival Foods, 810 E. Washington Ave. | 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • The Wisconsin-based grocer has Heat and Serve Holiday Meals so you can take a break from the kitchen. Order your turkey, ham + sides with just 48 hours notice. Pro Tip: Festival Foods is open on Turkey Day from 5 a.m.-3 p.m. for when you realize you forgot to buy cranberry sauce.

Brennan’s Market, 8210 Watts Rd. | Hours vary

  • Order a fresh all-natural turkey, local pies, an assortment of sides, wine + a cheeseboardneed we go on — from the local store. Thanksgiving pick-up orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 22.

Where are you getting your meal? If we’ve missed your go-to spot, let us know so we can add it to our list.

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