Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Charlotte

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When it comes to planning a meal while traveling, none are quite as hard to coordinate as on holidays, 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, with everything from Southern to American cuisine, and you can even dine in a haunted historic Irish pub.

If you'd enjoy the holidays a lot more leaving the cooking to someone else, check out these great places to eat in 2019. Note that 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 that your favorite restaurant is all filled up, put yourself on the waiting list and make a backup dinner reservation elsewhere.

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Chillfire Bar & Grill

Pumpkin cheesecake at Chillfire Bar & Grill

 Chillfire Bar & Grill

121 Cross Center Rd, Denver, NC 28037, USA
Phone +1 704-827-2121

Located approximately 30 minutes north of Charlotte, the small town of Denver, North Carolina, is home to a hidden gem of a bar and grill. Warmly decorated and amply cozy, Chillfire is the perfect setting for roast turkey and glazed ham served alongside Southern staples: creamed spinach, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, yams, and more. The restaurant prides itself on locally-sourced ingredients, some from nearby towns like Moorseville, West Jefferson, Andrews, Seven Springs, and Boone. On November 26, Thanksgiving dinner will be served for $25 per adult ($13 per kid) from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Red Rocks Cafe

Red Rocks Cafe spread

 Red Rocks Cafe

4223 Providence Rd #8, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA
Phone +1 704-364-0402

Red Rocks Cafe is part restaurant, part bakery, and also part bar. Founded in 1992, the eatery has two locations in the Charlotte area, one in South Park and another in nearby Birkdale Village in Huntersville. On Thanksgiving 2020, Red Rocks Cafe's usual offering of pasta and steak gets a festive makeover: shrimp cocktail, calamari, and tuna and avocado lead up to the main turkey dinner, which comes with giblet gravy, cornbread stuffing, and the works for $28 per person. it's usual surf and turf mains will be served as well.

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Sullivan's Steakhouse

Thanksgiving at Sullivan's Steakhouse

 Sullivan's Steakhouse

1928 South Blvd Suite 200 Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
Phone +1 704-335-8228

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 across the U.S.), the selection and prices are unbeatable. Sullivan's Steakhouse is serving up a classic Thanksgiving feast in 2019, complete with roasted turkey and other holiday treats. If you would rather have one of Sullivan's great steaks, you can also order off the full dinner menu.

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Eat Out on Thanksgiving in Charlotte at These Great Restaurants