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If you're looking to dine out for Thanksgiving dinner, restaurants in Des Moines have you covered.

According to the National Restaurant Association, one in 10 people plan to dine out for a Thanksgiving meal. And one in 20 will get a full takeout meal to celebrate the holiday.

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There are plenty of dining options in the metro that will be open and serving everything from all-you-can-eat buffets to full turkey dinners to the regular menu.

Here are the restaurants in the metro where you can get your Thanksgiving dinner fix.

AJ’s Steakhouse 

Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona; 515-957-3535

AJ’s will serve a multi-course Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner for $42 per person from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mains include herb-roasted turkey tenderloin and honey-orange smoked ham with starters, sides and desserts. Select a la carte menu items will also be served. Reservations can be made by phone or OpenTable.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 

11701 University Ave., Clive; 515-226-9603

Cracker Barrel is open for regular business hours on Thanksgiving and will once again offer its Homestyle Turkey n' Dressing Meals for in-store guests beginning at 11 a.m. (adult, $12.99; child, $7.99). But catering packages are also available, including its popular "oven to table in two hours" Heat n' Serve Holiday Family Meals To-Go (serves up to 10, $124.99) and its "ready-to-serve" Homestyle Turkey n' Dressing Family Meals To-Go (serves up to 6, $74.99) for guests to enjoy at home (24 hours notice required).

You can even order desserts and assorted pies while supplies last like pecan, chocolate-pecan, apple-pecan streusel, All-American apple (no sugar added) and pumpkin (available Nov. 17-25 while supplies last).

Des Moines Marriott Downtown 

Marriott Des Moines Downtown, 700 Grand Ave., Des Moines; 515-558-6730

Head to the Des Moines Marriott Downtown for its Thanksgiving buffet in the ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for roasted turkey with orange-cranberry chutney and maple-glazed ham. Side dishes include white cheddar mac and cheese, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, lemon green beans and mushrooms, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, roasted fall squash, rolls, biscuits, salad bar, kids' buffet, warm mulled cider and plenty of desserts (adults, $27; kids 5-12, $14; kids 4 and under, free). Bottomless mimosas and bloody mary bar are $10 each. Reservations only.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 

Jordan Creek Town Center, 150 S. Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines; 515-457-2916

For $52 per adult, this 3-course menu includes a choice of mixed herb-roasted turkey or petite filet mignon accompanied by traditional holiday trimmings, including savory housemade stuffing, green beans and onions, family-style mashed potatoes and seasonal desserts such as pumpkin cheesecake. Children can enjoy their own special three-course menu for $22. The full menu will also be available.  The restaurant is open from 11 to 8 p.m., reservations only. The full menu is also available.

Guests can also pair their meal with a glass of Vérité La Joie 2012, a rare 100-point Bordeaux-style red blend from Vérité Winery in Sonoma County, California priced exclusively at $100 per glass which includes a pair of Riedel Performance wine glasses for guests to take home.

The Fletcher Kitchen & Bar 

1802 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-963-9632

The Fletcher in Ankeny will be hosting its Thanksgiving Day buffet. Feast on turkey and other chef entrées, two kinds of stuffing, sweet potatoes, gouda potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, salads, smoked salmon, and peel-and-eat shrimp. Desserts are pecan and pumpkin pies and cobbler. This year, the buffet runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults pay $28, seniors $23, kids 12 and under $15 and kids under 5 are free.

Granite City Food & Brewery 

12801 University Ave., Clive; 515-224-1300

Granite City serves a reservation-only family-style Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests can enjoy a three-course menu. A starter of crispy apple salad will be served with rolls, honey and butter. Entrees include roast turkey, salmon Béarnaise and stout-braised short ribs with all the fixings including sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, succotash, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry chutney, served family style for $28.95 per person. Kids dine for $8.95. For dessert, enjoy house-made pumpkin or pecan pie

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet 

1801 22nd St., West Des Moines; 515-267-8383

Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet will offer up a buffet of traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey and pumpkin pie, but if you're looking for seafood, the buffet will offer such dishes as barbecued squid and steamed mussels. The buffet will run during its usual hours of 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the buffet is $13.99 per person.

The IowaStater Restaurant 

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames; 515-268-2238

Enjoy a Thanksgiving lunch buffet with all the favorites including roasted turkey breast, traditional and sage-sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an array of vegetable and grain side dishes, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and homemade pumpkin pie. Non-alcoholic beverages are also included. Adults, $25; children 6-12, $14; 5 and under, free. Reservations are recommended.

Machine Shed Restaurant 

11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale; 515-270-6818

The Machine Shed throws a fundraiser to benefit Wildwood Hills Ranch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a minimum $18 donation for adults and $10 for kids under age 12. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and pumpkin pie are among the dishes. An all-volunteer staff makes this buffet possible. A takeout dinner for four is also available for $64.99.

Mickey’s Irish Pub 

50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee; 515-987-9604

Head to Mickey’s in Waukee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a free traditional Thanksgiving buffet lunch. Donations are accepted and go to Tori's Angels Foundation, which provides for infants, children, and adolescents with life-threatening challenges

The Radish Dining & Catering 

721 E. First St., Grimes; 515-986-1900

The Radish dishes out a Thanksgiving day brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with all all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast items like eggs and biscuits and gravy, prime rib, turkey, ham, Yankee pot roast, stuffing, salads, pasta dishes, pies, fresh fruit and danishes for $25 for adults and $7 for kids.

Ruby Tuesday 

4900 86th St., Urbandale; 515-278-4476

Enjoy a traditional all-you-can-eat buffet with a wide assortment of Thanksgiving goodies at Ruby Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Turkey, ham, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, tilapia with wild rice and plenty more. A lavish dessert table will be laden with pumpkin and pecan pies, assorted cakes, danishes, cheesecake and other baked goods (adults, $17.99; kids 6-12, $7.99; kids 6 and under, free).

Triple Crown Buffet 

Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona; 515-967-1000

The Triple Crown Buffet at Prairie Meadows will offer an all-day-long, all-you-can-eat buffet featuring breakfast from 7-9 a.m. (adults, $20.95; kids, $10.95), brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (adults, $26.95; kids $13.95) and dinner from 2-10 p.m. (adults, $26.95; kids $13.95). Call for reservations for parties of 6 or more. Children 5 and under dine for free.

Yanni's Grill & Vineyard 

410 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny; 515-965-7802

Dine at an all-you-can-eat Greek-style buffet including turkey, prime rib, manicotti al forno, pizza, mashed potatoes and gravy, spaghetti with meat sauce, vegetables and salad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $18, kids 10 and under half price and 2 and under free. Desserts like tiramisu, cookies and cheesecake are also included.

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Brian Taylor Carlson is the food and dining reporter at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at or 515-284-8552 and follow @briantaylorcarlson on Facebook, @BriinDSM on Twitter and @briindsm on Instagram.

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