Thanksgiving in Nashville is an opportunity to try your favorite Turkey Day classics with a Southern twist: cornbread pudding, a deep-fried (or bacon-wrapped) bird, hot buttered biscuits, and pecan pie so sweet it'll make your taste buds tingle. That's what the restaurants in this Tennessee hub will be serving, but there are more diverse options, too, ranging from fine dining to international eateries cooking up autumnal flavors with exotic flair. You certainly won't have to worry about throwing together a feast in your hotel room, thanks to all the Nashville restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day in 2019.
The Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel is where you go for buttery, hearty, Southern-style soul food. Thanksgiving Day, needless to say, is this restaurant's jam. It's open for brunch (fried turkey breast with a side of sweet potato waffles, among other treats) and dinner (salmon Wellington with pecan volute if you're feeling adventurous). Costs are $68 (dinner) and $74 (brunch) per adult in 2019. Don't forget to wear something stretchy.
This local award-winning favorite has locations in both Germantown and Manor. On Thanksgiving, Monell's serves all the mainstays—roast turkey with cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert—for $26 per person in 2019 (dirt cheap, compared to other Nashville eateries). The meal is first come, first served and reservations are not accepted, so expect there to be a long line.
Merchants, a three-floor restaurant located on Lower Broad, offers a uniquely Nashville dining experience inside an 1892 hotel any time of year. But on Thanksgiving in 2019, the first floor bistro will be serving special Thanksgiving fare for $24 alongside its regular menu, while the second floor steakhouse will offer a three-course Thanksgiving Day traditional menu for $55.
Adele's is chef Jonathan Waxman's popular restaurant in The Gulch which mixes French and California cuisine. On Thanksgiving, Waxman cooks up a mean buffet inspired by the meals his mother—after whom the restaurant is named—made back in the day. Turkey Day dishes will be prepared on a fireplace grill and wood-burning oven. Adele's nearby sister locations Pemrose and The 404 Kitchen will be serving special holiday meals, too (the latter is called Big Green Egg and Bourbon, in case you're intrigued).
Sperry's first opened in Belle Meade in 1974, then in Cool Springs in 2006. Since then, this family-owned franchise has garnered a reputation as one of the best steakhouses in the area—and indeed the country. On Thanksgiving Day in 2019, expect a traditional feast of carnivorous classics with Sperry's own twist at both locations, costing $32 per adult.
When all else fails, Cracker Barrel serves up Thanksgiving foods throughout the year. On the actual holiday, however, the nationwide chain offers something a little more special. While there is a heat-and-serve takeaway option, the Homestyle Turkey N' Dressing Meal is a one-day-only dish that includes roast turkey, sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, corn muffins, cranberry relish, and more. It's one of the cheapest Thanksgiving meals you'll find in the area, too.