Here are a few recommendations for a budget-friendly holiday dinner across the Hawaiian Islands. There are options for dinners to-go and meal kits as well as dine-in a restaurants. Order well in advance as most sell out a week or two before Thanksgiving Day. Restaurant reservations are strongly suggested if available.
Thanksgiving dinners to-go
We focus on locally owned restaurants and national chains offering budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinners. Quantities are limited and holiday meals sell out in advance, so pre-order as early as possible. Most are pickup the day before (or earlier).
Foodland Stores (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu) has ready-to-heat holiday dinners include suide dishes, dinner rolls, dessert, and choice of entree (turkey or prime rib). Dinners are $75-$120 and serve 4-8 persons. Availability varies by store; order early for best selection. More info: https://shop.foodland.com/sm/pickup/rsid/11/thanksgiving
KTA Super Stores (Hawaiʻi Island) has Thanksgiving meal kits (ham and/or turkey) for $43-$46 that include stuffing, gracy, and side dish—available at KTA Puainako in Hilo or Waikoloa Village Deli only. KTA also offers a fully-cooked ready-to-heat turkey dinner with sides and dessert for $90. Available by pre-order from any KTA meat department while supplies last. More info: https://www.facebook.com/ktasuperstores
Timers Suerpmarkets (Kauaʻi, Maui, Oʻahu) ready-to-heat holiday dinners include suide dishes, dinner rolls, dessert, and choice of entree (turkey, hamd, or prime rib). Dinners are $70-$85 and serve 6-8 persons. Availability varies by store; order early for best selection. More info: https://www.timessupermarkets.com/complete-holiday-dinner.
Basalt (Waikīkī) offers a Turkey dinner to go with sides and dessert, serving up to 6 people for $185.
Big City Diner (Oʻahu) offers a variety of family meal deals to go featuring an entree and side dishes priced from $50-$85, serving 3-4 people. Some dinners include a dessert. For Thanksgiving, they also offer a turkey dinner complete with sides and dessert for $130—available until sold out only at Kailua, Pearlridge, Waipio, and Windward Mall. More info: https://bigcitydinerhawaii.com/#specials
Eating House 1849 by Roy Yamaguchi (Waikīkī) offers a 3-course Thankssgiving carry-out dinner, serving two persons for $79.
Guava Smoked (O’ahu/Kalihi, Kapahulu) offers a 12-14# smoked turkey , feeding 8-10 people for $62.83. they also have ala carte items.
Leeward Community College (LCC) (Pearl City) offers a Thanksgiving “grab-n-go” ready-to-heat dinner with sides, dessert, and plenty of local flair, serving 4-6 people for $250. Order online by November 18 while supplies last and pickup in Pearl City on November 24. Proceeds support LCC students. Additional donations are welcome. More info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leeward-community-college-thanksgiving-grab-n-go-tickets-188809041927
Side Street Inn (O’ahu/Ala Moana, Kapahulu) offers a local style Thanksgiving dinner to go from the Kapahulu location only, serves 4-5 guests for $210. Ala carte items also available. More info: https://sidestreetinn.com/kapahulu-menu/ Both locations offer other family meals and ala carte items for takeout.
Zippy’s (Hawai’i/Hilo, Maui/Kahului, O’ahu/multiple locations) offers roast turkey and/or baked ham plates with rice and mac salad for Thanksgiving Eve/Day for $13.40 per plate. They also offer pupu platters and zip meals serving 4-8 persons. Thanksgiving packages sold out in early November but theyʻll soon be taking orders for Christmas Holiday packages. More info: https://www.zippys.com/thanksgiving/ or subscribe to their email for updates: https://www.zippys.com/subscribe/
National chain restaurants and grocers
Black Angus (Cattle Company Steakhouse) (Pearl City) offers a turkey dinner to-go with sides and dessert serving 4-12 for $100-$300. Pies and cakes are also available for takeout from $24-$100. More info: https://www.blackangus.com/thanksgiving/
Bucca di Beppo (Kaka’ako) offers a Thanksgiving Feast for Pick Up or Delivery featuring sliced white meat turkey, sides, and pumpkin pie. Feeds 3-6, $79-$148. More info: https://www.bucadibeppo.com/thanksgiving/
Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Hawai’i/Kohala, Maui/Wailea, O’ahu/south shore) offers complete Thanksgiving dinners with sides and dessert, serving 4 persons for $175. In addition you can order ala carte side dishes. More info: https://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/thanksgiving-at-ruths/
Whole Foods Market (Maui/Kahului, O’ahu/Honolulu, Kailua) offers complete holidays dinners serving 4-12 for $75-$300. In addition, Whole Foods has ala carte items, including organic turkey and vegan meals. Reserve up to November 23 for pickup in-store; subject to availability.
Restaurants open Thanksgiving Day
Most hotel restaurants in Waikīkī offer a special Thanksgiving dinner. We focus on a few budget-friendly options.Online reservations fill up fast but calling a location directly can sometimes get you a table with a non-refundable credit card deposit. Eating early or later is also an option.
Basalt (Waikīkī) offers a prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $49 per person.
Big City Diner (Oʻahu) is offering a roast turkey dinner with sides and dessert for $25 per peron ($14 keiki). The holiday meal is available from 11AM until sold out. They are open from 8AM-8PM and also offer a breakfast and lunch menu. More info: https://bigcitydinerhawaii.com/#specials
Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Hawai’i/Kohala, Maui/Wailea, O’ahu/south shore) offers a 3-course traditional Thanksgiving meal starting at $42.95 per person. More info: https://www.ruthschris.com/promotions/thanksgiving-at-ruths/