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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 $39 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.

Chuck’s Restaurant

3610 Sixth Ave., Des Moines; 515-381-9175

The Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner Inc. returns to Chuck’s with free turkey dinners for dining in from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carryout hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and deliveries can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 515-381-9175 for delivery or carryout. Donations are accepted.

Southgate Masonic Lodge

1111 Randolph St., Des Moines; 515-381-9175

The Parks Community Thanksgiving Dinner Inc. expands to the Southgate Masonic Lodge again this year with free dinners for dine-in or carryout from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 515-381-9175 for reservations.

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). Order the turkey and dressing meal with gravy, samples of sugar cured ham, sweet potato casserole with pecans, cranberry relish, buttermilk biscuits, corn muffins, pumpkin pie and a refillable beverage. Guests can also order off the menu from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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, $109.99) and its "ready-to-serve" Homestyle Turkey n' Dressing Family Meals To-Go (serves up to 6, $67.99) for guests to enjoy at home.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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

For $42 per adult, this 3-course menu starts with an artisan bread basket with pumpkin butter, then a choice of Fleming’s chopped salad or lobster bisque and followed by a choice of either a mixed herb roasted turkey breast with savory turkey gravy with a fresh cranberry-orange-cinnamon sauce or sliced beef tenderloin with a cabernet demi-glace ($15 upcharge).

Sides include housemade sage and brioche bread stuffing and green beans with onions, along with a choice of shareable butter-mashed sweet potatoes or Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. For dessert, choose apple crisp or pumpkin cheesecake. Kids 12 and under can order from the three-course Thanksgiving children's menu for $19 that includes an ice cream sundae. The restaurant is open from 11 to 8 p.m., reservations only. The full menu is also available.

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 apple cobbler. This year, the buffet runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults pay $29, 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 of roast turkey, salmon Béarnaise and stout-braised short ribs with all the fixings including mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry chutney, served family style for $26.95 per person. Kids dine for $8.99. For dessert, enjoy house-made pumpkin or pecan pie. This marks the sixth year Granite City has been open on Thanksgiving.

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 $12.99 per person.

Hy-Vee Market Grille

Various locations across the metro

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hy-Vee Market Grille full-service restaurants, dine-in only (excludes Hy-Vee Market Grille Express locations). Market Grille will be featuring Thanksgiving favorites including turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, pies and much more. Call ahead to make sure your location will be open and reserve your table. Prices will vary by location and some locations will offer extended hours and menus.

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 duck sausage apple stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and an array of vegetable and grain side dishes, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce. Homemade desserts include pumpkin pie. Non-alcoholic beverages are also included. Adults, $25; children 6-12, $14; 5 and under, free. Reservations are recommended.

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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 $15 donation for adults and $7 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.

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Max's Highway Diner

3231 Adventureland Dr., Altoona

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet for $13.99 with all the fixings from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call for reservations.

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

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Various locations throughout the metro

Call ahead, but most Perkins locations in the Des Moines area plan to serve a limited menu during normal hours that includes a turkey dinner with pumpkin pie for $11.99.

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 dishes including omelets and breakfast sides, pies, prime rib, turkey, ham, stuffing, salads, bread pudding, fried chicken, pancakes and more for $24.99 for adults and $7.99 for kids.

Rock River Grille & Tavern

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

Head to Rock River Grill & Tavern at the Marriott for its Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for roasted turkey with cranberry-bourbon sauce and bone-in pineapple glazed ham with an allspice aioli. Side dishes include cornbread stuffing, three-cheese baked pepper jack macaroni and cheese, cornbread dressing, Yukon gold mash, turkey giblet gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, vegetable medley with horseradish butter, assorted dinner rolls and a salad bar $27 for adults and $14 for kids. Warm mulled cider and specialty drinks are $10 each. Reservations only.

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, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and vegetable casseroles will be presented, but feel free to order off the main menu and enjoy the popular salad bar. A lavish dessert table will be laden with pumpkin and pecan pies, assorted cakes, tarts, scones and other baked goods. $17.99 for adults and $6.99 for kids 10 and under.

Triple Crown Buffet

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

The Triple Crown Buffet at Prairie Meadows will offer an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet featuring prime rib from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (adults, $20.95; children 6-10, $10.95). From 2 to 10 p.m., a buffet with all the Thanksgiving fixings will be featured (adults, $26.95; children 6-10, $13.95). Call for reservations for parties of 6 or more. Children 5 and under dine for free.

Two Rivers Grille

West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines; 515-457-3223

This West Des Moines Marriott restaurant is not serving a turkey dinner, but the regular menu will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse

1301 N.W. 114th St., Clive; 515-223-5700

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse will be serving a Thanksgiving buffet with smoked turkey, stuffing, cornbread, green beans, corn and desserts for $14.99 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. And the full menu will be available all day. Both reservations and walk-ins will be accepted.

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 $14.99, kids 10 and under half price and 2 and under free. Desserts like tiramisu, cookies and cheesecake are also included, along with a non-alcoholic beverage.

If your restaurant is serving Thanksgiving dinner and isn't on this list, email Brian Carlson to be added.

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