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Dining out for Thanksgiving
Restaurants around the Carolinas open and serving for Thanksgiving Day

by Mark Smith

Lots of American families celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with a massive home-cooked meal, surrounded by friends and family. The preparation for such a meal can be tremendous: hours of cooking and pre-event cleaning to make sure your abode looks just right for your arriving guests.

If you’re not up for all that this year, Q-Notes has compiled a list of restaurants around North and South Carolina that will be open and serving Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re looking for a holiday culinary experience like no other, try one of the unique or fine dining establishments listed below.


• Asheville
Gabrielle’s at the Richmond Hill Inn
87 Richmond Hill Dr.
Four-diamond restaurant offers a multi-course Thanksgiving meal.

The Pro’s Table at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
One Holiday Inn Dr.
The Pro’s Table restaurant offers a succulent Thanksgiving dinner buffet.

Grovewood Café
111 Grovewood Rd.
Nouvelle Southern Cuisine at its finest. Enjoy a prix fixe traditional three-course Thanksgiving Dinner.

• Banner Elk & Blowing Rock
The Mast Farm Inn
2543 Broadstone Rd., Banner Elk
Mountain Country Bed and Breakfast offers a prix fixe traditional three-course Thanksgiving Dinner.

Green Park Inn
9239 Valley Blvd., Blowing Rock
Historic bed & breakfast offers a Thanksgiving prix fixe buffet.

• Charlotte
Barrington’s Restaurant
7822 Fairview Rd.
This upscale and nationally recognized eatery in Foxcroft Village offers a prix fixe turkey dinner with all of the gourmet fixings.

1928 South Blvd, Suite 200
This award-winning restaurant stays open on Thanksgiving long after most people are on their third serving of pumpkin pie.

McCormick & Schmick’s
200 South Tryon St.
It’s traditionally seafood but that doesn’t stop them from serving Thanksgiving dinner.

• Chapel Hill
Il Palio
1505 E. Franklin St.
A traditional Thanksgiving buffet is served from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at this Chapel Hill favorite.

• Durham
Four Square Restaurant
2701 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham’s lovely Victorian restaurant serves a scrumptious prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner; even last-minute diners have a chance at a table.

3001 Cameron Blvd.
Reservations fill up fast at the Washington Duke Inn’s restaurant, but the Thanksgiving meal here is worth planning for in advance.

• Greensboro
Joseph’s at Sheraton Greensboro
3121 High Point Rd.
Sheraton style and the classic fine dining of Joseph’s available for Thanksgiving.

George K’s Continental Cuisine
2108 Cedar Fork Rd.
Upscale catering facility with dining room and buffet open to the public on Thanksgiving.

Di Valletta at the Grandover Resort
1000 Club Rd.
Overlooking a scenic golf course, this elegant dining restaurant is the only Four Diamond award-winning restaurant in the Triad. Reservations for Thanksgiving are recommended.

• Raleigh
The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave.
Comfort food rules at this Raleigh steakhouse and Thanksgiving is no exception. Give thanks with a buffet in the dining room.

Margaux’s Restaurant
8111 Creedmoor Rd.,
Suite 111
This fine-dining pioneer offers one of the most popular Thanksgiving buffets in Raleigh.

• Wilmington
Laterna Mediterranean Grill
911 S. College Rd.
Based on the concept of the Greek taverna, Laterna is an informal Mediterranean eatery that offers both a place to talk and drink with friends and an affordable destination for those seeking home cooking away from home. Check for Thanksgiving reservations.

Dock Street Seafood & Grill
5511 Carolina Beach Rd.
Hang out in the bar/lounge and have a great meal along with great live music or go for the quieter side in the dining room. The service has always been top notch and the meals are really good. Check for Thanksgiving reservations.

5226 S. College Rd., Suite 11.
The restaurant’s small lounge area with full bar service is a cozy place to wait when the dining room is full. Giorgio’s opens daily for lunch and dinner. While the portions are equally hearty at lunch, the prices are very reasonable. Check for Thanksgiving reservations.


• Charleston
Charleston Place Hotel’s Charleston Grill
205 Meeting St.
Elegant Thanksgiving dining in the historic downtown hotel.

Grand Oaks Ballroom at The Sanctuary Hotel
Kiawah Island.
Kiawah is immediately adjacent to Seabrook. The Sanctuary Hotel is a beautiful setting for Thanksgiving dinner.

• Columbia
The Clarion Hotel
1615 Gervais St.
In-house Carolina Restaurant offers a Thanksgiving dinner buffet.

The Mariott Hotel
1200 Hampton St.
In-house restaurant, The City Center Grill, offers a Thanksgiving buffet.

• Greenville
Hyatt Regency
220 North Main St.
Award winning in-house restaurant Provencia offers a stylish four-course meal for Thanksgiving dinner.

Westin Poinsett Hotel
20 South Main St.
Fabulous in-house Spoonbread restaurant will offer a delectable Thanksgiving buffet with a wide variety of edibles to choose from.

• Myrtle Beach
Sheraton Myrtle Beach
2101 North Oak St.
Classic southern cuisine mixed with nouvelle fusion makes in-house Vidalia’s a popular dining spot for vacationers and local residents. Thanksgiving’s no exception — expect such delicacies as bourbon-glazed turkey and a purple bisque.

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