Dining out in Madison, Wisconsin on Thanksgiving Day 2013: Free meals and restaurant deals



No matter what your reason may be, there are alternatives to cooking your own Thanksgiving Dinner. To help you find them, Madison on the Cheap has compiled a list of Madison-area organizations and restaurants serving dinner on Thanksgiving Day 2013. You’ll find a range of options — from FREE to almost $30 per person.

The free dinners are open to all, but each sponsoring organization we contacted stresses the importance of volunteers and donations. Cash donations are especially appreciated. So too are volunteers who are willing to help with clean-up tasks. Please consider contributing time and/or money if you are in a position to do so this Thanksgiving.


First Congregational Church
1609 University Avenue, Madison
Phone: (608) 233-9751
FREE Thanksgiving dinner for any and all who wish to join – to find “home” and nourishment at our table
Traditional turkey-and-fixings dinner served noon to 3 p.m.
Home delivery available: Call (608) 233-9751 by NOON on Monday, November 25th
No reservations required

First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Phone: (608) 256-9061
FREE and open to the public
Traditional turkey dinner, served from noon until 2 p.m.
For home delivery, call (608) 251-4407 no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, November 18th
No reservations required

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
5701 Raymond Road, Madison
Phone: (608) 271-6633
A FREE, Thanksgiving feast for church members and friends in the community served in Peterson Hall.
Traditional turkey dinner, served from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
No reservations required

Lakeview Lutheran Church
4001 Mandrake Road, Madison
Phone: (608) 244-6181
“All are welcome to attend the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Lakeview.  Roasted turkey, pan gravy, homemade stuffing, real mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh made cranberries, rolls, cole slaw, pumpkin pie and beverages.”
Serving promptly at noon
Call 244-6181 to make a reservation—number only, no names.

Pancake Cafe

6220 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg
(608) 204-7040
Free traditional Thanksgiving meal open to everyone in the community. Pancake Cafe se habla espanol.
Serving from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
No reservations required. No delivery or carry-out available.

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
605 Spruce Street
Phone: (608) 251-8405
This annual festive meal is provided by Faith Community Church. People who are homebound can request a free home delivered meal by calling the South Madison Coalition of the Elderly at (608) 251-8405 by noon on Monday, November 25, 2013
Serving at noon
No reservations required


The Great Dane- Downtown
123 East Doty Street
Phone: (608) 284-0000
Turkey Dinner (includes one refill plate and a slice of pie)
$13.95 adults; $8.95 Kids 5-12
Serving 6 p.m. to 2 A.M.

The Great Dane – East
876 Jupiter Drive
Phone: (608) 442-1333
Turkey Dinner (includes one refill plate and a slice of pie)
$13.95 adults; $8.95 Kids 5-12
Serving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rex’s Innkeeper
301 N. Century Avenue, Waunakee
Phone: (608) 849-5011
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served family-style: Turkey, Ham, Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables, Salads, and Dessert Table
$15.95 Adults; $7.95 Children 10 and under
Serving: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jerome’s at Inn on the Park

22 South Carroll Street
Phone: (608) 258-8000 x1101
Your choice of oven-roasted turkey or pineapple-glazed ham; fresh baked bread and Park salad; mashed potatoes; whipped sweet potatoes; cornbread stuffing; turkey gravy; green bean casserole; acorn squash; cranberry sauce; your choice of Dutch apple or pumpkin pie for dessert.
$15.95 Adults
Serving 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ho-Chunk Gaming (Stand Rock Buffet)
S3214 County Road BD, Baraboo
Phone: (800) 746-2486
Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet with lots of extras
$15.99 Adults; $7.99 Children
Serving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dorf Haus
8931 Highway Y, Roxbury
Phone: (608) 643-3980
Thanksgiving Day Buffet: Roast Turkey, Baked Chicken, and Honey Glazed Ham with all the trimmings
$16.95 Adults; $5.95 Children 5-10; $3 Tots 4 and under
Serving: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Reservations Highly Recommended”

Radisson Hotel
517 Grand Canyon Drive
Phone: (608) 833-0110
Thanksgiving Day Buffet: “Carved turkey, carved ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin & apple pies, and much more!”
$17.95 Adults; $14.95 Seniors; $7.95 children 5-12; Free for children under 5.

Old Feed Mill
114 Cramer Street; Mazomanie
Phone: (888) 345-4909
“You’re invited to join us for Thanksgiving: Oven Roasted Turkey; Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin; The Mill’s Famous Pot Roast; Mushroom Strudel; Cranberry Orange Relish Salad; Olive Tomato Pasta Shell Salad; Broccoli Salad; Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Stuffing; Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Seasonal Vegetables; Traditional Pumpkin and Apple Pies; and The Mill’s Famous Bread Pudding
$18.99 Adults; $16.99 Seniors; $8.99 Children under 12
Serving: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Reservations recommended

Essen House
541 East Wilson Street, Madison
Phone: (608) 255-4674
“Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner served family-style: Roasted Turkey + all you can eat Mashed Potato, Yams, Cranberries, Vegetables, Dinner Rolls, and non-alcoholic beverages + Dessert (pumpkin pie, apple pie, cherry pie, and moe!).
$19.95 Adults; $7.95 Children 6-10 (5 and under free)
Serving: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Reservations highly recommended


Green Owl Cafe
1970 Atwood Avenue
(608) 285-5290
Vegan Thanksgiving Feast
This event has sold out. Please telephone the restaurant if you’d like to be put on a waiting list.

The Great Dane – Hilldale
357 Price Place, Madison
Phone: (608) 661-9400
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
$22.95 Adults; $9.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Turkey Dinner A La Carte (includes one refill plate and a slice of pie).
$13.95 Adults; $8.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Great Dane – Fitchburg
2980 Cahill Main, Fitchburg
Phone: (608) 442-0129
Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet
$22.95 Adults; $9.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Turkey Dinner A La Carte (includes one refill plate and a slice of pie) – While supplies last
$13.95 Adults; $8.95 Kids 5-12; FREE for kids under 5
Serving: 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Lake Windsor Golf Club
4628 Golf Road, Windsor
Phone: (608) 846-4711
Thanksgiving Grand Buffet: “GRAND ENTREES: Chef Carved Cider Glazed Oven Roasted Turkey and Chef Carved Roasted Virginia Ham with Bourbon Glaze; SAVORY SIDE DISHES: Sage Dressing with Homemade Gravy, Fresh Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Whipped Sweet Potatoes. Corn O’Brien, Green Bean Casserole, Assorted Rolls with Whipped Butter, Assorted Fresh Salads and More!; DESSERT & PASTRY TABLE: Assorted Pies (Pumpkin, Apple, Cherry, Pecan), Carrot Cake, Ice Cream Sundae Buffet, Brownies, Assorted Cookies, And More!; BEVERAGES: Regular and Decaf Coffee; Regular and Chocolate Milk”
$23.95 Adults; $21.95 Seniors (65+); $10.95 Children 4-10 years; FREE Toddlers 3 & under
Serving: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
Reservations Required

Claddagh Irish Pub
1611 Aspen Commons (Greenway Station), Middleton
Phone: (608) 833-5070
We will be offering our famous buffet! Including: salad bar, roast turkey with all your favorite trimmings and an extensive dessert bar!
$24.95 Adults; $9.95 Kids; FREE for kids under age 4
Serving: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Reservations strongly recommended

Sheraton Madison Hotel
706 John Nolen Drive
Phone: (608) 251-2300
Thanksgiving Buffet: “Carved Roast Turkey and Prime Rib; Cider Cured Roast Pork Loin; Grilled Salmon; Native Wild Rice Salad; Candied Sweet Potatoes; Mashed Potatoes and Gravy; Traditional Home-Style Dressing; Grilled Asparagus; Shrimp Cocktail and Crab Kegs; Fresh Fruit Display; Tossed Green Salad Bar; Pumpkin Pie and Assorted Desserts”
$24,95 Adults; $19.95 Seniors; $11.95 Children Under 14
Serving: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Samba Brazilian Grill
240 West Gilman Street; Madison
(608) 257-1111
“Please join us for a feast of Rodizio Grilled Turkey and all the trimmings, 5 additional meats, Pineapple, and our Salad Bar for $29.95 per person.”
Serving: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Listings last updated: 11/25/2013