Not everyone wants to spend Thanksgiving in the kitchen minding green bean casseroles and basting turkeys. Lucky for you, a number of local restaurants are ready to feed you and your family. From pick-up full menus to buffets and sit-down meals, Knoxville is full of Thanksgiving options and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you. But make sure you get reservations early as space is limited at most of these restaurants and you don’t want to be left out! Also, please remember to tip your server a little extra if you can for working on the holiday. They deserve it. 

Whether you’re local or coming from out of town and spending a long weekend here in Knoxville, there are several Thanksgiving Day options:

The Oliver Royale

5 Market Square
Knoxville, TN 37902

The Oliver Royale has a yearly tradition of offering a 3-course upscale take on Thanksgiving with traditional and non-traditional offerings along with an incredible wine and cocktail list to pair with your holiday feast. The cost is $49 per person. 

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro 

100 N Central Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro will be serving their annual holiday feast to guests. The menu will include both traditional Thanksgiving offerings along with wild game selections. Call for pricing and reservations.

Copper Cellar West

7316 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919 

Copper Cellar will feature and all-day Thanksgiving buffet for guests to savor for only. Call for reservations. Traditionally all Copper Cellar, Calhoun’s and Corner 16 restaurants are open for Thanksgiving. Visit for their schedule.

Status Dough

6535 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919


418 S. Gay Street Ste 101
Knoxville, TN 37902

For those with a sweet tooth, Status Dough will be open limited hours offering their best-in-town doughnuts and yes, you can get pumpkin spice doughnuts.


(865) 673-3433 downtown Knoxville
(865) 851-9088 west Knoxville

Chesapeake's at both locations will be open to serve a special menu downtown and west Knoxville.

Northshore Brasserie 

9430 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

Northshore Brasserie will be open from 11am until 2pm offering a $40 buffet of classic Thanksgiving fare like smoked turkey, ham, as well as a cold shrimp and oyster table.

Fleming's and Ruth Chris Steakhouse will both be open for Thanksgiving.

Turkey dish at Oliver Royale
Oliver Royale

Thanksgiving Pick-Up, Take-Home, Warm-Up Menus to Ease the Cooking Chores

Holly’s Gourmets Market and Cafe

5107 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Holly’s Gourmets Market is offering a pick-up holiday menu with a wonderful selection of favorites. Menu available on the website and social media soon and is offered through Christmas!

Archer’s BBQ

Multiple locations throughout Knoxville

Archer’s BBQ will be closed on Thanksgiving, but they are taking orders for their famous Smoked Turkey to be picked up the week of Thanksgiving.

Dead End BBQ

3621 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919

Has their yearly offering of Smoked Turkey and all the sides for pre-order and pick-up on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

It’s All So Yummy Cafe

124 S Peters Road
Knoxville, TN

It’s All So Yummy Cafe recently launched its Holiday pre-order menu on their Facebook page. From a selection of savory sides like Cranberry Orange Salad and Chicken Curry Salad to sweet selections like banana pudding, Jack Daniel’s Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin French Vanilla Ice Cream, It’s All So Yummy has something for everyone. Call to schedule your pickup.

Black Friday Tradition

A Dopo Pizza, home of delicious sourdough Neapolitan will not be open on Thanksgiving, but their annual Black Friday Pizza in Giro event and tickets will be announced on their email list and available at 

We hope this helps you make some decisions as you start to plan your holiday season. Who knows, maybe you can start a new tradition with some of these options! Happy planning!