Eating Out on Thanksgiving

Huntsville restaurants open on Thanksgiving

Close-Up Of Roast Turkey Served In Tray On Table At Restaurant
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There are a lot of reasons you might want to go out for your Thanksgiving meal: You hate to cook, your family hates it when you cook, you're going to be alone, you have too many people coming for Thanksgiving and can't fit them in your house, you like restaurant food -- and you don't like to clean up. Whatever your reason, the following Huntsville restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day, serving a feast for brunch, lunch or dinner -- and even non-Turkey Day fare.

  • 01 of 06

    5 Tranquility Base, Huntsville; 256-830-2222, ext. 6163

    Season's Restaurant at the Huntsville Marriott is a great place to enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch with your family. All seating is non-smoking. If you don't want turkey, the menu will feature some alternatives: smoke pork loin with apple cranberry chutney, maple-glazed tilapia, Salisbury steak, roasted baby potatoes, chicken rice pilaf, as well as salad, omelet, pasta and dessert stations.

  • 02 of 06

    Sage Grill,  6800 Governors West, NW, Huntsville; 256-428-2000 ext. 1181

    The Sage Grill at The Westin Huntsville will be offering its annual Thanksgiving brunch featuring over 100 items, including salad, pasta, seafood, carving, children's and dessert stations, as well as a hot buffet and bread board. The buffet will even include a flippin' station -- where you can have your eggs and omelets cooked to order. So, if you want something other than turkey, you'll easily find fare to satisfy your palate. Seating is every 30 minutes, but the restaurant does require reservations.

  • 03 of 06

    Hopper's Bar & Grill; 5903 University Drive, Huntsville; 256-830-0600

    Hopper's Bar & Grill received the Restaurant Excellence Award for ranking in the top ten in guest satisfaction among Holiday Inns worldwide, so you're sure to get a fine Turkey Day meal at this eatery. The champagne brunch includes carved roast beef, roast pork, baked ham, Caribbean baked catfish, chicken marsala, chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, sweet potatoes, fresh vegetables, rice pilaf, whipped potatoes, fresh greens, broccoli casserole plus a breakfast station, which will even include grits. Be sure to make a reservation if your party will have six or more members.

  • 04 of 06

    720 Gallatin Street, Twickenham Square, Huntsville; 256-539-3930

    Ruth's Chris Steak House in Huntsville -- along with Ruth's Chris restaurants all over the South -- will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The Huntsville restaurant, which moved to its Twickenham Square location in November 2016, is offering champagne and Louisiana seafood gumbo with the Thanksgiving meal. But, if you are tired of turkey, you can order off the regular dinner menu, including the eatery's sizzling steak, which it has been serving to customers for more than 50 years.

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  • 05 of 06

    Applebee's North; 3150 Memorial Parkway NW, Huntsville; 256-859-4200

    Applebee's South; 3028 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville; 256-881-8111

    You have two Applebee's locations to choose from for your Thanksgiving dinner, both on Memorial Parkway. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. and will be serving its regular menu. A nice feature at Applebee's is that you can order online and pick up your food without ever entering the restaurant. Staff will deliver your meal to your car. Or dine in the restaurant, where you can order low-calorie fare, burgers, shrimp and other salads, chicken dishes, appetizers, drinks and more.

  • 06 of 06

    2001 Drake Avenue Southwest, Huntsville; 256-881-4177

    Order breakfast all day at the Cracker Barrel in Huntsville or a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Or you can order any regular menu item, such as chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, roast beef, country-fried steak, rib eye steak, catfish, haddock or shrimp dinners. The restaurant also offers a kid's menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner -- including special desserts for children. And, after you're stuffed from dinner, you can start shopping for just the right Christmas gifts at the Cracker Barrel Country Store.