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 $59 per person. The menu will be served from 11am - 7pm by Executive Chef Jonathan Gatlin. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome and accommodated based on availability. See the Oliver Royale Thanksgiving menu.

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 an all-day Thanksgiving buffet for guests to savor. Call (865) 673-3422 for pricing and reservations. Traditionally all Copper Cellar, Calhoun’s and Corner 16 restaurants are open for Thanksgiving.

Status Dough

6535 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

For those with a sweet tooth, Status Dough will be open 7am-2pm in their Bearden location, offering their best-in-town doughnuts, and yes, you can get pumpkin spice doughnuts. Their downtown location will be closed.


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

Chesapeake's at both locations will be open. Downtown will be open 10:30am-8:30pm with a regular menu and Thanksgiving-themed items. West location will be open 11am-6pm, featuring a served buffet with their regular menu and Thanksgiving items. Reservations recommended but not required.

Northshore Brasserie 

9430 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37922

Northshore Brasserie will be open from 11am until 3pm offering a $36 buffet of classic Thanksgiving fare like smoked turkey, ham, as well as a cold shrimp and oyster table.

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

Turkey dish served in a bowl 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. Minimum six servings per order, call to place order.

Archer’s BBQ

Multiple locations throughout Knoxville

Archer’s BBQ will be closed on Thanksgiving, but they are taking orders for their famous 14-16 lbs Smoked Turkey ($55) and 10-12 lbs Smoked Ham ($60) to be picked up 11/24 or 11/25. Orders must be placed by 11/21.

Dead End BBQ

3621 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919

Dead End has to-go options that include Smoked Turkey and/or Smoked Ham with three sides and yeast roll or corn muffin. One week notice required for all orders. 20-person minimum required. Holiday menu available November 1-December 31, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Visit their website for more details.

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!

Did we miss a local restaurant serving up Turkey Day eats? Drop us a line at A big thank you to KnoxFoodie for compiling the original restaurant list.