Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge TN 2021

A line wraps around Paula Deen's Family Kitchen (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

A line wraps around Paula Deen's Family Kitchen (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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The holidays can be a great time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains. But it can also be busy.

So busy, that finding a spot to sit down for a nice meal can feel like quite the chore.

That’s why we personally contacted more than 80 popular area restaurants to get the scoop on what’s open on Thanksgiving day.

While we do our best to maintain the most accurate list possible, we always recommend calling ahead before making plans. Things tend to change with little to no notice in the Smokies.

Also, we cannot understate the popularity of these restaurants during the holiday season. And reservations are hard to come by. Arrive as early as possible as wait times can be as great as two hours or more.

Read Also: Gatlinburg Thanksgiving: 6 things to do, suggestions from a local

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in the Smokies

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, located next to the Apple Barn, is a great choice for a place to eat in the Smokies (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)
Located at The Apple Barn, The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and its sister restaurant, the Applewood Farmhouse Grill are open on Thanksgiving but are both are already fully booked (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Applewood Restaurant and Applewood Farmhouse Grill (Sevierville)

The Applewood Farmhouse Grill and Applewood Restaurant serve southern-style favorites and are located at The Apple Barn in Sevierville. While they are open on Thanksgiving day, at the time of this writing, they are both fully booked.

The Alamo in Gatlinburg
This popular steakhouse will be open on Thanksgiving day (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

Alamo Steakhouse (multiple locations)

Both Alamo locations, in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, will be open on Thanksgiving day from 4pm-close. They are not accepting reservations or call ahead seating.

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que have multiple locations, but this combo location in Gatlinburg is the most unique (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Bennett’s Bar-B-Que & Big Daddy’s Pizzeria (multiple locations)

Bennett’s Bar-B-Que and Big Daddy’s Pizzeria each have stand-alone locations in Pigeon Forge as well as a joint location in Gatlinburg. We contacted the Gatlinburg venue and were told that all locations will be open from 4pm-close on Thanksgiving Day. No location will be accepting reservations however they will accept 30-minute call aheads, which they strongly suggest guests employ. At the joint location in Gatlinburg, they will even allow you to order from both menus and sit together on either side of the restaurant.

Chesapeakes
Located in downtown Gatlinburg, Chesapeake’s will be accepting reservations on Thanksgiving (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Chesapeake’s Seafood (Gatlinburg)

Chesapeake’s Seafood House serves fresh locally sourced seafood in a romantic setting with a view of the Pigeon River. On Thanksgiving Day, Chesapeake’s will open its doors at noon. You can make a reservation ahead of time (which we highly recommend) or by visiting their website. Chesapeake’s is located in downtown Gatlinburg.

Chicken Guy Fieri Gatlinburg
After months of anticipation, Chicken Guy Gatlinburg is now open in downtown Gatlinburg, TN (photo courtesy of FACE Hospitality)

Chicken Guy (Gatlinburg)

Chicken Guy is a brand new fast casual style restaurant that just opened last month in downtown Gatlinburg. They serve a variety of fried chicken dishes including tenders, salads and sandwiches. Chicken Guy will be open during normal business hours on Thanksgiving day. They do not take reservations or offer call-ahead seating.

cracker barrel
This year, Cracker Barrels around the country will be open on Thanksgiving Day (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Cracker Barrel (multiple locations)

Cracker Barrel locations across the nation will be open on Thanksgiving Day and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Locations in the Smokies include: Sevierville, Kodak and two locations in Pigeon Forge. Cracker Barrel does not take reservations or offer call-ahead seating.

Denny’s (Pigeon Forge)

A reliable staple in almost every town, Denny’s Diner will be open on Thanksgiving Day in Pigeon Forge. Denny’s does not take reservations or offer call-ahead seating.

Located a bit off the beaten path, Estrella Hondumex is a hole-in-the-wall local gem (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Estrella Hondumex (Gatlinburg)

Estrella Hondumex serves a fusion of Mexican and traditional Honduran dishes in downtown Gatlinburg. They will be observing normal business hours on Thanksgiving Day.

FlapJacks Pancake Cabin
This popular local chain has multiple locations throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

FlapJack’s Pancake Cabin (multiple locations)

FlapJack’s has multiple locations all over the Smokies and will be serving breakfast on Thanksgiving Day. They are not offering reservations or call ahead seating. And it may be important to note that FlapJacks, like many other breakfast spots in the Smokies, closes around lunchtime everyday.

Fort Worth Texas Kitchen
Also a relative newcomer to the Smokies, Fort Worth Texas Kitchen is a new TexMex-style restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Fort Worth Texas Kitchen (Pigeon Forge)

Fort Worth Texas Kitchen serves traditional TexMex and will be open on Thanksgiving day. They do not take reservations or offer call-ahead seating. Fort Worth Texas Kitchen is located in Pigeon Forge.

Holstons
Holston’s serves American staples including steak, chicken, seafood and pasta (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Holston’s Kitchen (Sevierville)

Located in Sevierville, Holston’s serves a variety of American favorites including meat, seafood, pasta and TexMex. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day but are not accepting reservations or call-ahead seating.

IHOP (multiple locations)

IHOP is a popular chain known for its pancakes, breakfast and other American staples. Across the nation, IHOPs will be open on Thanksgiving Day. They do not accept reservations or offer call ahead seating. There are many IHOP locations in the Smokies including Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

Joe's Crab Shack
Located on the Sevierville-Pigeon Forge line, Joe’s Crab Shack will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Joe’s Crab Shack (Sevierville)

Joe’s Crab Shack is another popular chain. They normally serve seafood, but on Thanksgiving Day, they will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Joe’s does not accept reservations or offer call ahead seating.

J.T. Hannah’s is only open until 9 pm Sunday through Thursday, but on Fridays and Saturdays, serves customers until 11 pm
Local favorite J.T. Hannah’s will be open on Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

JT Hannah’s Kitchen (Pigeon Forge)

JT Hannah’s serves American classics like chicken, pasta, burgers, salads and more. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day but are not offering call ahead seating or reservations. JT Hannah’s is located in Pigeon Forge.

The Loco Burro is located in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg and features a roof top patio for dining and 'margs' (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
The Loco Burro is located in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg and features a roof top patio for dining when weather permits (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina (Gatlinburg)

Offering TexMex-style cuisine, The Loco Burro is located on the strip in downtown Gatlinburg. On warm days, they even offer roof-top dining with a view. Loco Burro will be open on Thanksgiving day but are not accepting call ahead seating or reservations.

Mama's Chicken Kitchen and JOE and Pop's Sub Shoppe share a single convenient location close to the main strip in Gatlinburg, Tenn. (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe share a single convenient location close to the main strip in Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe (Gatlinburg)

Here’s another great combo restaurant that is sure to please the entire family – Mama’s Chicken Kitchen and J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe in Gatlinburg. J.O.E. and Pop’s serves handcrafted sub sandwiches and Mama’s serves a variety of chicken dishes including tenders and chicken and dumplings. These two restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving day from 4 pm-close. They are not accepting reservations or call ahead seating but they do offer online ordering daily.

Mama’s Farmhouse

Mama’s Farmhouse features traditional southern cuisine including fried chicken, turkey, biscuits and meatloaf. On Thanksgiving, this restaurant will even offer a traditional Thanksgiving feast. They were taking reservations but at the time of this writing, are now full. When we spoke with them over the phone, they said they will accept a few walk-ins on Thanksgiving day on a first come, first served basis. Mama’s Farmhouse is located in Pigeon Forge.

Margaritaville at The Island
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Margaritaville (Pigeon Forge)

Margaritaville is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge. This restaurant, popularized by Jimmy Buffet, serves traditional American cuisine and will be open on Thanksgiving day. However, they will not be accepting call ahead seating or reservations.

Mel's Diner is normally open until midnight (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
Normally open until midnight, Mel’s Diner will be open on Thanksgiving Day (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Mel’s Diner (Pigeon Forge)

Mel’s Diner serves traditional American diner-style food in a casual environment. This restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving day and is located in Pigeon Forge. Like so many other area restaurants, Mel’s will also be seating guests on a first come, first served basis.

No Way Jose's is located in (across from Anakeesta and Ripley's Aquarium) downtown Gatlinburg and is within walking distance of most major Gatlinburg attractions (photo by Morgan Overholtt/TheSmokies.com)
No Way Jose’s is located in (across from Anakeesta and Ripley’s Aquarium) downtown Gatlinburg and is within walking distance of most major Gatlinburg attractions (photo by Morgan Overholtt/TheSmokies.com)

No Way Jose’s (Gatlinburg)

A Mexican restaurant chain, No Way Jose’s is located in downtown Gatlinburg. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day but do not accept reservations or offer call-ahead seating.

Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille
The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille in Old Mill Square (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Old Mill Pottery House (Pigeon Forge)

The Pottery House offers traditional southern cuisine and will be open on Thanksgiving. They do not, however, accept reservations or offer call ahead seating. Pottery House is located in Pigeon Forge.

Old Mill Restaurant
Located in the Old Mill Square, The Old Mill Restaurant is a popular place to eat in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Old Mill Restaurant (Pigeon Forge)

Old Mill Restaurant, like its sister restaurant Pottery House, is an extremely popular restaurant located in Pigeon Forge serving traditional southern cuisine. They will be open on Thanksgiving day but do not offer call-ahead seating or accept reservations.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at the Island in Pigeon Forge
Another popular choice during the holidays, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (Pigeon Forge)

Paula Deen’s Family kitchen is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge and also offers traditional southern favorites. This restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving but they do not accept reservations or offer call-ahead seating.

Puckett's
A local staple, Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant (Pigeon Forge)

Puckett’s is a local chain, with its flagship restaurant being located about three hours down the road in Franklin, Tenn. This restaurant specializes in BBQ and other popular American staples. Puckett’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11am-4pm. Seating will be by reservation only, they will not accept same-day walk-ins. They are currently accepting reservations over the phone. You can make a reservation by calling 865-285-0155.

Reagans Pancakes
This establishment is so popular they added a second location just a few blocks away from their original in Pigeon Forge. (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Reagan’s House of Pancakes (Pigeon Forge)

Both locations for Reagan’s House of Pancakes in Pigeon Forge will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving day. They are not taking reservations or offering call ahead seating. This restaurant closes around lunchtime daily.

Smoky Mountain Brewery
The Smoky Mountain Brewery offers live entertainment and has locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Smoky Mountain Brewery (multiple locations)

Both Smoky Mountain Brewery locations (Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge) will be open on Thanksgiving. The Breweries are known for their American cuisine, craft beers and live music. They are not accepting call ahead seating or offering reservations.

Smoky Mountain Pancake House
This popular pancake institution will be open on Thanksgiving (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Smoky Mountain Pancake House (Pigeon Forge)

Smoky Mountain Pancake House will be open on Thanksgiving. But like other breakfast spots in the Smokies, the Pancake House closes daily around lunchtime. Smoky Mountain Pancake House is not taking reservations or accepting call-ahead seating.

Smokys Pancake
Open for breakfast daily, Smokys Pancake Cabin will be serving guests on Thanksgiving (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Smoky’s Pancake Cabin (Pigeon Forge)

Smoky’s Pancake Cabin will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge. They are not accepting reservations or call ahead seating.

The Melting Pot
Fondue lovers rejoice – The Melting Pot is taking reservations for Thanksgiving by phone (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

The Melting Pot (Gatlinburg)

The Melting Pot is a popular higher-end nationally recognized chain known for their fondue style dining. This holiday season, the Gatlinburg location will be open on Thanksgiving day and are currently taking reservations on Open Table and via phone. You can reach The Melting Pot in Gatlinburg by calling 865-430-4430.

The Park Grill
Located in downtown Gatlinburg, The Park Grill is famous for their BBQ and steaks (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

The Park Grill (Gatlinburg)

The Park Grill, located in downtown Gatlinburg, serves traditional American cuisine and are known for their steaks, BBQ and grilled seafood. They are open on Thanksgiving Day and they are also accepting same day call-ahead seating.

The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg, Tenn. (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)
Arguably one of the best steakhouses in the Smokies, The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg does not take reservations, but they do offer call ahead seating (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

The Peddler (Gatlinburg)

The Peddler in downtown Gatlinburg is the sister restaurant of The Park Grill (and the OG). Like their sister restaurant, they most well-known for their steaks. And also like their sister restaurant, they are accepting same day call-ahead seating on Thanksgiving.

Three Jimmys
Located near the Arts and Crafts Community, Three Jimmy’s is currently taking reservations for Thanksgiving by phone (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Three Jimmy’s Good Time Eatery (Gatlinburg)

Three Jimmy’s is located near the Arts and Crafts Community in Gatlinburg and serves ribs, steaks, wings and other American classics. They will be open on Thanksgiving and are taking reservations by phone at 865-325-1210.

Timberwood Grill
Located next to Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen at The Island in Pigeon Forge, The Timberwood Grill serves up a variety of traditional American favorites (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Timberwood Grill (Pigeon Forge)

Timberwood Grill is located at The Island in Pigeon Forge and also offers traditional American cuisine. They will be open on Thanksgiving but are not offering reservations or call ahead seating.

Waffle House (multiple locations)

Waffle House, like Denny’s, might be a common chain diner. But, you can always rely on them to be open when you need them. And as always, they will be open on Thanksgiving Day in locations across the nation.

Do you know of a local restaurant that will be open on Thanksgiving day? Let us know in the comments and we will add it to the list!

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at info@thesmokies.com for questions or comments.

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