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Charlotte's Best Restaurants Are Cooking Thanksgiving So You Don't Have To

Published On 11/16/2016 Published On 11/16/2016



This popular, farm-to-table restaurant takes it above and beyond when it comes to holiday dishes -- the creative flavor combinations found on Passion8’s three-course Thanksgiving menu will leave you wanting more, no matter how full your stomach is. Opt for a mouthwatering first course of acorn squash shrimp grits or beet gnocchi before digging into your entrée of choice (options include local turkey with brown butter gravy or a breaded pork chop with apricot bacon stuffing). An array of additional family-style sides are included, but just make sure to leave room for Passion8’s one-of-a-kind sweets like the peanut butter & jelly cheesecake or pumpkin chocolate chip bread pudding.

Price: $42/adult; free for children under 8
Hours: 2pm - 8 pm; call 704-910-3161 for reservations.

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille


The Capital Grille is no stranger to quality meats, and this year they’ve got slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing. Thanksgiving dinner here comes with French green beans and cranberry pear chutney, as well as mashed potatoes to share and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. For those at your table not as thankful for turkey, no need to force it -- the full a la carte menu of steaks and seafood also offers plenty of delicious options.

Price: $38/adult; $15 thanksgiving children’s menu
Hours: 11am - 9pm; make reservations here.

Upstream Seafood


South Park

Upstream is one of the best seafood restaurants in Charlotte, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cook up a mean bird for a turkey day display. In addition to the impressive sushi and shellfish bar, the restaurant will supply you with a whole roasted organic turkey and slow roasted prime rib offerings. Don’t even get us started on the side selection -- with more than 20 hot and cold accompaniments to choose from (deviled eggs, cornbread and duck sausage stuffing, and acorn squash, just to name a few), you’ll be lucky if you can manage a mosey over to the dessert and gelato bar when you’re done with your main meal. If you can, however, make sure to try a bite of the chef’s made-to-order bananas Foster.

Price: $39.95/adult, $19.95 for children 12 and under
Hours: 11am - 4pm; call 704-556-7730 for reservations.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

South Park

In addition to its exceptional regular menu, Del Frisco’s is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for Thanksgiving. This steakhouse will be serving your pick of a seasonal soup or holiday salad to start, a slow-roasted turkey breast with all the traditional trimmings for an entrée, and your dessert selection of either pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie. We recommend making use of Del Frisco’s expert sommeliers to pick out the perfect pairing from the restaurant’s extensive wine list.

Price: $49/person; $12 for a children’s turkey dinner
Hours: 12pm - 8pm; make reservations here or call or 704-552-5502

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


The four-course dinner at Fleming’s includes a shared amuse-bouche for the table, your choice of salad or soup, and a mixed herb roasted turkey breast with turkey gravy, housemade stuffing, butter-mashed sweet potatoes and green beans with bacon, almonds, and onion. Of course, you’ll get your pick of a seasonal dessert. It will all be dished out with exceptional hospitality and a collection of 100 wines by the glass to choose from. Fleming’s convenient Uptown location makes it even easier to hit up a bar on your way out the door to drag out the holiday festivities even longer.

Price: $39.95/adult, $19.95 children’s Thanksgiving menu
Hours: Starting at 11am; reservations may be made here.

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

South Park

Italian dinners are all about bringing the family together, and Thanksgiving is no different at Maggiano’s. This Italian-American favorite features a memorable family-style menu that is sure to please your entire household with its variations and serving sizes. After a first course plate of assorted bruschetta, your group will gather around their choice of two different salads, two types of proteins, two side dishes, two pasta plates, and two to-die-for desserts. The only battle will be trying to narrow it down between all the incredible options available. If you’d rather enjoy Maggiano’s comfort food from the courtesy of your own home, you can arrange a Thanksgiving carryout package if you place the order by November 21st.

Price: $39.95/person
Hours: 11am - 6:45pm; make a reservation here.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Uptown & South Park

Ruth’s Chris is your answer for a reliable and satisfying traditional turkey dinner among a high-class dining environment. The special three-course menu served on Thanksgiving will certainly not disappoint, with sausage and herb stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry relish complementing your recently de-feathered friend. Your choice of starter and sides like sweet potato casserole or creamed spinach round out the perfect plate. Finish up with the ultimate fall favorite of pumpkin cheesecake with vanilla ice cream before you call it a night.

Price: $39.95/adult; $12.95 children’s menu
Hours: Starting at noon; reservations can be made here.

Bistro La Bon

Plaza Midwood

Known for featuring locally sourced dishes with international influences, Bistro La Bon is tucked amid a Central Ave strip mall and is an under-the-radar holiday spot that should top your must-try list. There’s something for everyone when it comes to the Thanksgiving buffet of this beloved neighborhood eatery. Choose from a large array of oven-cooked favorites like roasted turkey and brioche stuffing, as well as cold selections like beet and apple salad or grilled asparagus salad and a dessert spread consisting of pastries, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and more. Act fast, though; this small, vintage space will fill up quickly.

Price: $35/adult; $12 children 12 and under
Hours: 10am - 6pm; make reservations here.

Sullivan's Steakhouse - Charlotte

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

South End

We expect nothing short of success when this South End steakhouse brings its carnivore skills to holiday scene. Sullivan’s fixed menu for Thanksgiving includes sweet onion apple-sage stuffing and cranberry relish, alongside its hand-carved turkey. Sullivan’s will also offer sides such as garlic horseradish mashed potatoes and sweet potato casserole with a pecan crust, and sweet finales like chocolate pecan pie and bananas Foster bread pudding.

Price: $39/adult; $17.95 for children under 12
Hours: 12pm - 8pm; make a reservation here, or call 704-335-8228

New South Kitchen & Bar

The Arboretum

Get your hands on a Southern-inspired smorgasbord here at this casual, contemporary spot that includes, you guessed it, a deep fried turkey. The Lowcountry contribution doesn’t stop there -- this Thanksgiving buffet features rosemary crusted rib roast, sweet tea brined pork loin, sausage and cornbread stuffing, mac & cheese, and collards for your feasting. Oh, and did we mention there’s a bourbon-soaked bread pudding?

Price: $35/person
Hours: 11am - 7pm, reservations can be made here.

The Palm Restaurant

Palm Restaurant

South Park

Eat Thanksgiving dinner out in style this year at this chic South Park steakhouse. The special three-course prix-fixe menu features a main course of slow-roasted, hand-carved turkey with all the fixings and your choice of an individual portion side. The goat cheese whipped mashed potatoes and charred Brussels sprouts with lemon brown butter both sound like winners as they offer up unique twists to traditional fall favorites. It’s no doubt you’ll feel pampered by the time you head back home -- a welcomed feeling on a holiday that can so easily leave you cursing the craft of cooking.

Price: $55/adult; $24 for children under 12
Hours: 2pm - 7pm; make reservations here.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

BLT Steak


Appetizer choices like butternut squash soup are up for grabs to start off this quality three-course prix-fixe meal within the renowned Ritz-Carlton hotel -- a host that will extend much-deserved indulgence for your holiday out of the house. Choose between seared Scottish salmon or roasted prime rib for your main course, or opt for a more traditional dinner of roasted turkey with chestnut stuffing. Side dishes like Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots, and mashed potatoes are served up family style at your table, and decadent dessert options of warm apple crisp, pumpkin cheesecake, or caramel pecan pie will be awaiting your sweet tooth. We recommend stopping by Hidden Wine on your way out of the hotel to grab a bottle to go -- you’ll most likely need it to endure the ongoing family festivities still in store at home.

Price: $75/person
Hours: 3pm - 6pm; reservations can be made here. (Last reservation is at 5:30pm.)

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The Liberty

South End

This is The Liberty’s Eighth Annual Thanksgiving feast, and Charlotteans have come to rely on The Liberty as a great option for holiday feasts. Casual and comfortable, this South End gastropub offers up an ideal atmosphere for a family outing.  Start off with a starter course of Crispy Fried Bluepoint Oyster Salad or Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi, then fill yourself up with Heritage Bronze Turkey or Cedar Plank Roasted Wild Salmon. Finish your scrumptious feast with a treat (you deserve it) like Pecan Pie Bread Pudding or Salted Caramel Budino.

Price: $35/adult; $12 for kids under 10
Hours: 12pm - 8pm; reservations can be made here.

Stoke Charlotte



This rave-worthy restaurant within the newly remodeled Marriott City Center is serving up four fancy courses this Thanksgiving, allowing you the perfect occasion to check out the beautiful new interior of this Uptown hotel. Dinner includes a shared starter, your choice of appetizer and entrée, Stoke’s famous 1lb donut for dessert, in addition to plenty of family-style sides like bread pudding and green bean casserole to keep you satisfied. Just be forewarned, the stunning open layout will have you redesigning your own (slightly less gleaming) kitchen in no time.

Price: $50/person
Hours: Seatings at 12pm, 2:30pm, 5pm; reservations can be made here.

Georges Brasserie

Georges Brasserie

South Park

This South Park establishment, known for its killer weekend buffets, features an extensive Thanksgiving assortment consisting of everything from egg benedict and French toast, to prime rib and mussels to turkey and corn pudding. Hit up Georges’ spread for whichever meal of the day best fits your Thanksgiving schedule, but come hungry. There’s also great drink deals to be had, from bottomless mimosas to wine bottle specials.

Price: $38/adult, $18/child under 12, free under 3
Hours: 10am - 5pm

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1. Passion8 1523 Elizabeth Ace, Charlotte, NC 28204

Passion8 brings some serious heat to the brunch game with its elegantly plated, locally sourced dishes, creative beignets in flavors like nutter butter and Irish car bomb, and live music. All of those elements make a strong case for languishing here nearly every Sunday -- and on date nights, too. The romantic atmosphere with golden accents and glass chandeliers act as a refined backdrop for gourmet three-course meals, all hand-crafted by executive chef Luca Annunziata and guaranteed to impress.

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2. The Capital Grille 201 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Topping steakhouse lists around the country, Capital Grille is an upscale chain restaurant that offers classic American fare in a refined setting. There's a large wine cellar filled with world-class selections, and the impeccable service makes the experience feel decidedly elegant. The steaks are all dry-aged on premises for more than 18 days to create a rich flavor and texture before being hand-carved by in-house butchers.

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3. Upstream 6902 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210

Step into this upscale South Park stalwart with the upper crust of Charlotte and prepare to get your money’s worth of oysters on the half shell. The refined, modern seafood restaurant serves up an endless supply of sushi, oysters on the half shell, shrimp, clams, and mussels, plus a luscious selection of sides and small plates, particularly during brunch, such as banana-bread French toast and pecan-crusted trout.

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4. Del Frisco's 4725 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210

Del Frisco’s in SouthPark delivers with classy decor and unmatchable steaks. After checking out the welcoming grand staircase, cruise through the menu and take your pick between choice after choice of prime cuts -- from filets and porterhouses to a Wagyu Tomahawk chop. Be sure to take advantage of the wine cellar as well: you’ll be offered a wine connoisseur who will gladly help you with any indecision. If you’re looking to save some money while still getting all the goods, look into the more affordable prime pair menu offered on Sundays.

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5. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Part of a national chain, this high-end steakhouse in Uptown serves fine cuts of beef -- from filet mignon to dry-aged prime ribeye -- and fresh seafood that pair excellently with its extensive selection of more than 100 domestic and international wines by the glass, from which you can choose at your leisure on the iPad at your table. Try and nab a seat at the bar to get your hands on the "filet and flight" grouping of steak, mashed potatoes, and a flight of red wine.

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6. Maggiano's Little Italy 4400 Sharon Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

If you subscribe to the belief that no meal is complete without leftovers (read: a second meal), head to Maggiano’s Little Italy in SouthPark, where you can order Italian-American dishes that, legend has it, hail from the recipes of a long line of Maggiano’s Italian grandmothers. The menu is expansive; it ranges from appetizers, like spinach and artichoke al forno, and signature flatbreads, like the Italian sausage flatbread, to soups, salads, bruschetta, pastas, seafood, chicken, steak, veal, and sides. Favorite entrees are the four-cheese ravioli and chicken Florentine, while the preferred dessert is undoubtedly the apple crostada.

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7. Ruth's Chris Steak House 222 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

This New Orleans-born steakhouse chain is passionate about its brand of steaks, serving aged USDA Prime cuts, broiled in a trademark 1800-degree oven and served still sizzling on a sheen of sizzling butter on a 500-degree plate. At its Charlotte location, you will dine in an inviting atmosphere of warm caramel-toned wood paneling complemented by lustrous granite floors, topped by a chandelier. The menu is comprised of standard steakhouse fare, like steaks and chops, seafood specialties, soups, salads, and sides.

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8. Bistro La Bon 1332 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205

Situated on the lively Central Avenue thoroughfare in Plaza Midwood, the rustic-chic Bistro La Bon serves internationally inspired cuisine in small plates format. Expect anything from Swedish meatballs (they're better than Ikea's, obviously) and pan-seared potato gnocchi to cured Iberian ham and a paella-like saffron rice with seafood. Brunch forgoes the tapas-like service in favor of a full-on buffet, where chocolate waffles, homemade scones, and Asiago cheese grits are waiting to be piled onto your plate.

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9. Sullivan's Steakhouse 1928 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Located in the South End of Charlotte at the steel yards, Sullivan's is part of a national chain of upscale steakhouses, where prime cuts of hand-butchered and dry-aged beef, fresh seafood, and signature cocktails are served in a swanky, art-deco space. First things first: order Sullivan's signature Knockout Martini with Svedka clementine vodka and fresh Hawaiian pineapples. Then, you can decide between a variety of steaks -- from NY strip to porterhouse to a mushroom-stuffed filet -- and a solid lineup of seafood including bacon-wrapped scallops and wild-caught king crab legs. If you're seated at the bar or on the patio, you can even unwind to the sounds of live jazz.

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10. New South Kitchen 8140 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277

Favorite dishes at New South Kitchen & Bar include fried green tomatoes and grits, and can be found on a menu divided into cheese, soups and salads, small plates, big plates, burgers, and sides. Southern fare at New South is seasonal and ingredient-driven, especially as the Charlotte restaurant supports local, family-owned farms that embrace sustainable all natural farming methods. Décor is light and pleasant, with both geometric-patterned carpeting wood padding New South’s floors in different dining areas.

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11. The Palm 6705 Phillips Place Ct, Charlotte, NC 28210

The Palm Restaurant is a classic American steakhouse chain, known for its USDA prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, and Italian dishes, all plated and served by knowledgeable and friendly servers. Located in SouthPark, the Palm is situated in the Phillips Place shopping center and boasts mahogany tables and chairs in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. You’ll ogle at the walls crammed with caricatures of celebrities and politicians, a Palm signature.

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12. BLT Steak 110 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Tucked into the Ritz Carlton in the First Ward, BLT Steak offers prime meats, quality seafood, and an extensive wine list in an airy, contemporary space with a warm color palette. The meats are naturally aged and topped with herb butter, and guests are always treated to complimentary signature golden puff popovers (filled with gruyère cheese). The price point may be high, but the quality of the meats and the impeccable service more than justify the bill.

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13. The Liberty 1812 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Located in the South End of Dilworth, this gastropub resembles a brewery in both its top-notch craft brew list and its decor (industrial accents and columns made from kegs), and serves a wide variety of American dishes, receiving high praise for its burgers, particularly the famed Southern Prime “Crunch” Burger topped with hand-cut chips. If you're stopping in for brunch, opt for a spot on the sunny outdoor patio, and order the Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich, made with two eggs, bacon, country ham, cheddar cheese, tomato, and arugula.

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14. Stoke 100 W Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Housed inside the Charlotte Marriott City Center, the sleek and spacious Stoke looks like an extension of the restaurant's open kitchen, where chefs are creating seasonal American cuisine, much of which is wood-fired. There are plenty of wooden and marble tables to gather around, and if you're lucky, you'll get a seat near the kitchen so you can watch as the team pieces together beautiful ham and cheese boards, and dishes like tender sticky pork shank and smoked chicken. The bar features local craft beer and artisanal cocktails (go for the Bartender’s Handshake).

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15. Georges Brasserie 4620 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210

You may want to skip The Cheesecake Factory down the road once you check out the elegant environs at the expansive Georges Brasserie, where traditional and modern French plates are served amid white table cloths, red leather banquettes and black-and-white photos of French architectural landmarks. The owner Giorgios Bakatsias scored a James Beard nomination for Outstanding Restauranteur, so you know you’re in for a serious dining experience. Vintage Vogue posters hang in the lounge, where a large bar with a circular head seats diners before raw seafood and crustaceans on beds of ice as they review the solid wine list. Warm weather affords you the opportunity to eat patio-side in true bistro fashion, while a Sunday brunch buffet satisfies with chorizo-sprinkled shrimp and grits and a classic croque monsieur, which can and should be followed by as many sugared beignets as you can fit in your purse or pockets.