Atlanta Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Dining out for Thanksgiving? Here are some great picks for your Thanksgiving meal in Atlanta.
  • Don't mess with cooking and cleaning up; just head to these Atlanta restaurants.
    Don't mess with cooking and cleaning up; just head to these Atlanta restaurants.
  • Let Lucy's Market do your Thanksgiving cooking. (Scott White)
    Let Lucy's Market do your Thanksgiving cooking. (Scott White)

Is this your year to take a Thanksgiving break and let someone else do the cooking and cleaning up? If so, we are on the case. Take a look at Atlanta restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. 

  • 5Church is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a three-course prix fixe meal for $50. To start, try the Maryland crab cakes. For your turkey entrée, choose between fried or baked. Also on the menu are shrimp and grits, braised short ribs and pork belly. Children 12 and younger are $20. 

  • Atkins Park opens at 4 p.m. Options include smoked turkey breast,  apple and sage stuffing, and braised pork with vegetables. Traditional sides are available, too. We're talking green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. Price is $30 for adults, $20 for young adults and $10 for kids 10 and younger.

  • Atlas at the St. Regis Atlanta is open  from 4 to 9 p.m. On the menu is a three-course prix fixe dinner for $75 per person. You may also choose from the full dinner menu.

  • The Colonnade, an Atlanta favorite for down-home cooking, serves a four-course dinner with two sides and dessert. Besides turkey, you may choose Southern fried chicken, Gulf shrimp or Virginia baked ham. Cost is $55 for adults and $22 for children younger than 12.

  • CRU Food & Wine Bar. CRU serves Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 9 p.m.  The three-course meal costs $42, with kids' meals half price. There are locations in Alpharetta and The Battery at SunTrust Park.

  • Davios. Enjoy turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, plus a few surprises. Davios is known for desserts, so save room. Adults, $65; kids, $23.

  • The Brookhaven location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern offers a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Price: $39 per person. And there's a dessert station. The original Midtown location serves a limited selection from the regular menu all day. 

  • Livingston Bar + Restaurant. There's a hot and cold buffet plus a carving station with turkey and steak. The cost is $50 for adults, $25 for children ages 12 and younger and complimentary for children age 3 and younger.

  • Murphy's. Offering a four-course Thanksgiving meal to-go for the 25th year, Murphy's can also accommodate dietary restrictions. The $155 meal serves four and is available for pick-up on Nov. 21.
  • Ormsby'sLocated in the Westside Provisions District, Ormsby's Thanksgiving meal offers slow-roasted turkey with roasted garlic and rosemary gravy or honey bourbon glazed ham with apple compote. Sides include Southern green beans, herbed mashed potatoes, mushroom sage cornbread dressing and sweet potato souffle.For dessert, there's pecan pie and pumpkin cheesecake, both with Chantilly whipped cream. Adults $28; young adults $18; children age 10 and younger $10.
  • Thanksgiving at Ray’s Restaurants is a popular choice. At Ray’s on the River, there is a fresh seafood bar plus roasted turkey, salmon and pork ribs for $55 adults and $27.50 children ages 5-10. Ray’s at Killer Creek offer fritters and smoked salmon mousse along with chicken with waffles and eggs Benedict. Also available are a fresh seafood bar, fried turkey and prime rib for $55 per adult and $27.50 per child. At Ray's in the City, downtown, enjoy a carving station, omelets and waffles ($50 per adult and $25 per child). All three Ray's restaurants are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House is open on Thanksgiving and also offers take out. Side dishes to go include creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole. For a prix fixe menu ($39.95 adults; $12.95 children), there is a choice of one starter, roasted turkey and one side item as well as dessert. Ruth’s Chris has two Atlanta locations, one at the Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park; the other in the Buckhead Embassy Suites.

  • Southern Art.  On Thanksgiving Day, Southern Art serves from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The buffet features carving stations,  fried chicken, sushi, shrimp and grits, salads and pastry. $95 per adult, $45 for kids.

  • South City Kitchen.  Open for a three-course Thanksgiving feast ($55 for adults, $25 for kids 12 and younger), the menu includes salad and roasted turkey plus fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and grilled beef.

  • Bonus: Lucy's Market. If you neither want to eat out nor cook at home, then make a trip to Lucy's at Andrews Square. No matter whether you are looking for sides dishes, a whole turkey, dessert or a little bit of everything, Lucy’s Market aims to please. Pre-order your meal in the Buckhead store or order online and pick up before Thanksgiving Day as Lucy's will be closed on the holiday. All items are given to you packaged with reheating instructions, so you can relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving. Whew!

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

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