These Nashville Restaurants Have Thanksgiving Dinner Covered
Let the pros do the work.
We get it. This whole year has been… a lot. You may not be looking to add anything extra to your proverbial plate when it comes to figuring out Thanksgiving. But never fear, because dozens of Nashville restaurants are there to offer a solution to feeding your brood on Turkey Day. Whether you choose to let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning and dine out or jump in the car to pick up a full Thanksgiving spread to serve at home, you’ve got plenty of options. That’s definitely something to give thanks for.
Nashville’s toniest Italian restaurant will be open all afternoon with chef Tony Manuato offering up a feast of specialty seasonal dishes like Panzanello d’Autunno, local squash three ways, focaccia, celery root, gorgonzola dolce, Tacchino, turkey breast, truffled turkey sausage, sweet potato, compressed porcini, and Zucca Dolce, sweet candy roaster custard, burnt Ceylon meringue, popped sorghum, quark gelato. Their a la carte menu will also be available.
If you ever get the chance to score an invite to a Creole/cajun Thanksgiving dinner, do it. If you don’t happen to have any Louisiana-born friends, you can always avail yourself of the regional menu at March House in the Thompson Hotel where they’ll feature dishes like deviled crab, stuffed quail, venison poppers and gumbo on their four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu. They’re also offering most of the menu for carryout if you want to take a taste of the marsh home with you.
If you absolutely insist on taking responsibility for the main courses on the big day, Miel wants to help you out with a bunch of elevated sides that you could probably never pull off in your home kitchen. Think smoked onion bisque, chicken liver mousse, marinated olives, and braised greens. Pick them up, serve them in your own dishes, and take all the credit.
Go international with Thanksgiving this year by picking up from Sunda, the Filipino hotspot in the Gulch. Mains of turkey breast and adobo pork belly come with globally inspired sides like shishito mashed potatoes and street corn stuffing along with more traditional roasted vegetables, rolls, and apple pie.
As the flagship restaurant for the Kimpton Aertson Hotel, Henley has a responsibility to feed their guests on Thanksgiving, but everyone is invited to join in the feast. The menu features elevated classics like turkey roulade, baked camembert and pumpkin cheesecake, plus a to-go option of a la carte appetizers, mains, sides, and desserts.
The NFL always schedules three games on Thanksgiving, and for some sadistic reason, one of them always features the Detroit Lions. Fortunately, they’re the early game this year, so that makes it the perfect time to load the family in the car and drive way out west to the iconic Loveless Cafe for a full spread ranging from fried chicken to country ham. Stretch out your meal, and you can skip the Lions game altogether.
Middle Tennessee’s favorite caterer/restaurant really rises to the occasion around the holidays. Pick whether you’re looking for an intimate dinner or a big ole’ family supper, and Chef’s Market will offer several levels of menu packages, all of which come with one of their famous cakes or pies. They’ll also put together a custom a la carte menu for you if you want to be a more active participant in the meal that you’re not actually cooking.
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
As you give thanks on Turkey Day, you can also do good if you order your carryout meal from Martin’s. They’re donating $5 from every “Small Gathering” package they sell this year. Sized to feed four to six guests, that catering deal includes your choice of smoked ham or turkey, mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, sweet potato casserole, and green beans as sides, and either sweet potato, fudge or pecan pie for dessert.
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant
Puckett’s serves downhome Southern food every day, so they’re a great choice for providing your entire supper, fully cooked and chilled for you to reheat at home. In addition to a raft of Southern side dishes, they’re offering the choice of two sizes of turkey roasted, smoked or fried. They say their large turkey serves 18 - 20, so if you’ve got a crowd that big to feed, look no further.
Green Door Gourmet
As long as you’re not worried about setting your wooden deck on fire, deep-fried turkeys are certainly a fun and delicious way to cook your bird. The only problem with this method is that it doesn’t provide any drippings for the gravy. No problem! Green Door Gourmet is selling turkey gravy to-go along with a long list of side dishes and desserts. So go ahead and fry that bird and pick up the rest of the meal. You might not even have to enter your kitchen all day.
Perry’s Steakhouse will be serving a full spread at their restaurant on the big day or you can order individual dinners, family-style meals or a full prime rib to take home for your own table. It;s nice to have choices.
Gray & Dudley
Gray & Dudley at the 21C Museum Hotel downtown has two special meals planned for Thanksgiving. They’ll be adding some seasonally appropriate dishes to their regular breakfast spread if you’re an early riser plus a dinner menu of vegetarian and carnivore options for dining in or taking out for dinner.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
You deserve a little pampering this year, so why not let the good folks at Fleming’s treat you with their impeccable service. For less than $50, you can score a three-course Thanksgiving menu featuring your choice of turkey, filet mignon, or prime rib, and they’re offering a kids’ menu as well. Carryout options are also available, but then you’d have to do at least some of the work.
The signature restaurant at the Holston House boutique hotel has plans for a prototypical Thanksgiving Day feast available for dine-in or carryout. The menu features a classic roasted turkey with the expected sides of skillet cornbread and downhome greens.
Von Elrod's Beer Hall & Kitchen
Do they even celebrate Thanksgiving in Germany? Whether or not, your local beer hall and sausage emporium is showing up and showing out with a holiday meal kit featuring rosemary and sage roasted turkey breast and all the fixin’s for easy pickup and reheating. Delicious sides are also available by the quart along with housemade desserts to finish off the perfect meal.
Murfreesboro residents looking for a place to dine in or carryout for Thanksgiving need look no farther than Metro Diner, where they’ll be serving up a heat and serve meal option of roasted turkey or baked ham served with an assortment of side dishes. The highlight of the options may be their oven-roasted turkey breast topped with gravy, served over creamy mashed potatoes on top of a homemade savory stuffing waffle. That’s some next-level genius stuff(ing) right there.
Nashville’s favorite meat-and-three emporium is hosting two seatings on Thanksgiving, and for the special day it’ll probably be more like a meat-and-six. They’re taking reservations for parties of four or more, which is a rarity at the casual eatery. Make yours soon before they’re full up.
New York chef Andrew Carmellini’s new casual eatery in the W Hotel is The Ducth, and it’s quickly become a favorite in the Gulch. To celebrate the first big holiday since opening, The Dutch is offering a Thanksgiving Day family-style feast featuring individual choices of appetizer, a platter of turkey and sides for the table and desserts for each diner. The chance to kick off the big meal with a half dozen oysters? Count us in.
CBD cafe Anzie Blue will happily add a little bit of calming hemp oil to just about anything on their menu for a small additional cost, and we can’t think of a day that could use a little more placidity, especially if anyone brings up politics at the dinner table. Order a vial of CBD tincture along with a full family spread of meats, sides and desserts and blame your droopy eyes on the tryptophan.
Don’t forget about Thanksgiving guests who might eschew meat. To accommodate vegan preferences, Avo offers full meal packages for two, four, or six people available for advance pickup. When you see the menu of vegan baked mak n’ chz, stuffing, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, broccoli salad, braised collards, and a pumpkin brownie for dessert, you might want to go ahead and order some for everybody around the table.
Church & Union
If you haven’t made it down to Church & Union to check out the new eatery, you should, because it’s a stunner. Thanksgiving would be a perfect time, since they’ll be serving a three-course menu featuring your choice of starter, internationally inspired main dishes like Greek pork belly, butternut squash en croute, or a straight ahead turkey and stuffing plus three different desserts to pick from.
Upscale steakhouse STK gets a little homier for Thanksgiving when they offer a traditional turkey-centric menu in their dining room and for takeout. In addition to elevated versions of traditional sides, give them bonus points for serving confit turkey thighs, because those are the most delicious part of the bird.
Ask home chefs what is the most important ingredient to a successful Thanksgiving meal, and a lot of them will probably respond “the wine.” City Winery feels you. That’s why they’ve created a six-pack of their wines ready to ship to your home along with the recipes for seven courses to cook in your kitchen and a suggested music playlist to keep the holiday festive.
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
If you’re considering an Italian-style Thanksgiving feast (and you should,) Amerigo is offering large-format pans of specialty dishes in heat-and-serve pans to take the work off of your plate and to put it on your guests’ plates. Three different chicken dishes can sub for your big bird or a big tray of lasagna is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Finish up with some delicious tiramisu and accept the applause.
The 404 Kitchen
The 404 Kitchen is laying out a big buffet spread on Thanksgiving Day featuring carving stations with roasted turkey breast and confit turkey served with gravy and cranberry sauce, a spiral ham glazed with pineapple reduction, and a roast New York Strip with horseradish sauce. The buffet will also include an array of delicious sides and salads like buttermilk mashed potatoes, stuffing made with sausage, apple, and sage, green bean casserole, and a kale & apple salad. Don’t skip the dessert bar for a variety of pies and cookies.
Put the bird in the oven and grab a bunch of side dishes, soup, and desserts out of the fridge that you picked up at Char the day before Thanksgiving for a low-stress holiday experience. All the dishes are chilled for easy reheating and sized to feed four to six people.