When it comes to planning a meal while traveling, none are quite as hard to coordinate as holiday meals, especially food-centric celebrations like Thanksgiving. Fortunately, if you're visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, this holiday season, there are plenty of restaurants in the metro area serving Thanksgiving dinner in 2018.
If you'd enjoy the holidays a lot more if you left the cooking to someone else, check out these great restaurants, but remember, reservations book up fast over the week of Thanksgiving, so make sure you book your table well in advance, especially if you have a large dinner party. Also, in the event your favorite restaurant is all booked up, put yourself on the waiting list and reserve a backup dinner reservation elsewhere.
This upscale and contemporary American restaurant is serving a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $45 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under. Executive chef Jamie Lynch will be serving traditional favorites and seasonal concoctions, and you can also purchase a wine pairing for an additional fee. 5Church offers complimentary valet on Mondays through Sundays starting at 6 p.m., but this service may be suspended for the holiday season.
Stoke, which has taken wood-fire and southern cooking to whole new levels, is serving a prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner for $60 for adults and $25 for kids 10 and under. Seatings for this four-course meal will be at noon, 2:30, and 5 p.m. Led by Chef Chris Coleman, the team at Stoke prepare cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients that offer a new twist to meals that might be served on southern American farms for the holidays.
The Asbury, located inside the Dunhill Hotel, nods to its Southern locale and the past but is firmly rooted in the latest trends in culinary service. Its three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu is sure to reflect that sensibility. For this year's feast, it's offering two seatings: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m., both of which cost $55 for adults and $25 for kids ages 6 to 10. Named after Charlotte architect Louis Ashbury, Sr., who designed The Dunhill Hotel, The Ashbury restaurant is located on the ground floor and offers a moderately-priced meal in a unique setting.
There's no cozier atmosphere than an Irish pub, and RiRa's is one of the best you can find outside Dublin, Ireland. RiRa Irish Pub is open on Thanksgiving from 10 a.m. to midnight, and the day starts with a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live jazz will be the soundtrack for this Thanksgiving brunch, where you can get apple cider mimosas or pumpkin "beermosas" or check out the Build-Your-Own Mule Bar. You can order traditional Thanksgiving specials for dinner starting at 4 p.m., and live music in the form of a local band will arrive at 8 p.m.
Located approximately 30 minutes (26 miles) north of Charlotte, the small town of Denver, North Carolina, is home to a hidden gem of a restaurant that will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal this holiday. Chillfire Bar & Grill will be serving a Thanksgiving brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. which will offer all the must-have holiday staples alongside modern twists provided by the chefs at Chillfire. This cozy restaurant prides itself on locally-sourced ingredients and features ingredients from nearby towns including Moorseville, West Jefferson, Andrews, Seven Springs, and Boone.
Red Rocks Cafe isn't just a fantastic American restaurant, it's also a bakery and a bar. Founded in 1992, there are now two locations to choose from in the Charlotte area—one in South Park, Charlotte and the other in nearby Birkdale Village, Huntersville, both of which offer Thanksgiving meals this holiday season. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can order a three-course prix-fixe meal for $35 for adults and $15 for children. On the menu, you'll find innovative tweaks to a traditional Thanksgiving turkey platter, a selection of prime rib, salmon, and pasta, and a variety of seasonal side dishes.
When it comes to traditional southern steakhouses, there's none quite like Sullivan's in the Charlotte area. Although it may be a small chain of restaurants (with locations in 14 cities across the United States), its selection and prices are unbeatable. Fortunately for your holiday planning, Sullivan's Steakhouse is serving up a classic Thanksgiving feast this year complete with roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie, among other holiday treats. The three-course prix-fixe dinner is $39, and if you would rather have one of Sullivan's great steaks, you can also order off a limited menu.