7 Bars & Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Council Bluffs, IA

November 13, 2020Add a CommentPosted By

Thanksgiving is nearly here, bringing with it the opportunity to indulge in some hearty American classics. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us won’t be able to travel to see family this year. If you don’t want to cook your usual large feast for just a couple of people, heading to a local restaurant that is open on the holiday may be a good alternative—as long as you’re doing so safely and following the CDC guidelines.

So if you’d rather leave the cooking to someone else this year, we gathered up some of our favorite Thanksgiving Day deals in Council Bluffs—all you have to do is head over!

Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, these restaurants may have closed and/or have limited hours. We encourage you to practice social distancing, wear a facial covering when going out or stay at home if possible. 

The BLK Squirrel

154 West Broadway, Council Bluffs


Photo courtesy of The BLK Squirrel

Located on the historic 100 Block of Council Bluffs, The BLK Squirrel is a tasteful cocktail bar offering delicious drinks for every occasion! They don’t serve any food, but they will be open starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving to keep you company. You can also pick up a cigar from their cigar bar and snacks from their grocery to-go section. Follow them on Facebook for information on holiday drink specials and updates on any interesting happenings at the BLK Squirrel leading up to the big day! 


Caddy Shack Bar & Grill

1436 4th Avenue, Council Bluffs

Open 365 days a year, Caddy Shack Bar & Grill is our go-to for holiday meals in Council Bluffs! They’ll be open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving, offering tasty drinks and great food like wings, sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas and nachos. They haven’t announced their Thanksgiving special yet, but you can follow them on Facebook to stay updated. 


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

530 30th Avenue, Council Bluffs


When all else fails, Cracker Barrel is there for us with a tasty meal and friendly faces! Stop by any time on Thanksgiving for a hot meal of turkey, stuffing, baked potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, fresh rolls and more. And, if you’d rather bring the taste of Thanksgiving home with you, they are also going to be offering Thanksgiving meals to-go that serve up to 10 people and can be reheated in two hours or less. Click here to learn more!


Jefferson’s Lounge

157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs

An extension of Council Bluffs’ Lincoln’s Pub, Jefferson’s Lounge is a groovy mashup of a sports bar and cocktail lounge. Full of retro decor, arcade games and plenty of TVs to watch your favorite teams play, Jefferson’s is a great spot for hanging out with friends and enjoying delicious, oven-baked pizza. Join them this Thanksgiving for special cocktails and an evening of holiday fun starting at 5 p.m.! 


McCoy’s at Thunderbowl

1900 Madison Avenue, Council Bluffs


This Thanksgiving, slip on some bowling shoes and get ready for an exciting evening at the Thunderbowl! Both the bowling alley and the in-house restaurant, McCoy’s, plan to be open on the holiday, offering a slew of tasty dishes and drinks for you and your family to enjoy. The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and will go on through midnight. Due to COVID-19, they may have to limit how many people are in the restaurant at one time, so they recommend making a reservation before visiting.


The Salty Dog Bar & Grill

2411 South 24th Street, Council Bluffs

With more than 35 years of combined restaurant experience, Salty Dog owners Jayme and Brian truly understand how to mix incredible food with a festive atmosphere. Since 2009, this neighborhood bar has churned out soul-warming comfort food from the kitchen coupled with a large selection of beer on tap. The kitchen serves until 2 a.m. daily, and will be open regular hours for Thanksgiving with a special holiday dinner plate!


Sugars Lounge & Diner

2725 East Kanesville Boulevard, Council Bluffs

It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a delicious meal at Sugars Lounge and Diner! This iconic Council Bluffs restaurant will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning to serve you a delicious breakfast complete with Bloody Marys and mimosas. Then, starting at noon, they’ll be serving a massive Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings until it’s gone. Follow them on Facebook to stay updated on changing specials, menu announcements and more! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Did we miss your favorite Council Bluffs restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving this year? Let us know in the comments below!

NP Dodge

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