The holidays can be an incredible time to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville – but they can also be busy.
So busy, in fact, that finding a spot to sit down for a nice meal can feel like quite the chore on a normal day – not to mention a holiday like Thanksgiving.
That’s why we personally contacted more than 40 popular area restaurants to get the scoop on what’s open on Thanksgiving Day, whether or not they are taking reservations, and what sort of holiday specials are being offered.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that 2020 has been an unusual year. We’ve seen a lot of last minute schedule changes and cancellations from surrounding area restaurants and attractions.
While we do our best to maintain the most accurate list possible, we always recommend calling ahead before making plans. And as always, if there’s been a schedule change that you think we should know about, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, we cannot understate the popularity of these restaurants during the holiday season and many do not take reservations. Arrive as early as possible as wait times can be as great as two hours or more.
Without further ado, here’s the most complete list you’ll find for restaurants that are open in the Smokies this Thanksgiving holiday.
Restaurants open on Thanksgiving and taking reservations
1. Gaucho Urbano Brazilian Steakhouse (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Gaucho Urbano is a Brazilian Steakhouse located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Gaucho Urbano is not only open on Thanksgiving Day, but they are also one of the few restaurants in the area that accept reservations.
Reservations can be made by dialing (865) 366-1002. Gaucho Urbano will also be open Christmas Day.
2. Applewood Farmhouse and Applewood Farmhouse Grill (Sevierville, Tenn.) DINE-IN SOLD OUT
Applewood Farmhouse and Applewood Farmhouse Grill are both open on Thanksgiving Day and will be serving up a traditional holiday feast.
However, as of Nov. 1, 2020, both restaurants reported that they are currently at full capacity for dine in and will not be able to take additional reservations.
However, Applewood Farmhouse Grill is offering festive to-go meals for $99 plus tax. The to-go meal includes a 12 lb turkey, a pumpkin pie and an assortment of sides. To pre-order a take out Thanksgiving feast, call (865) 429-5700 ext. 1113. The Applewood Farmhouse restaurants will also be open on Christmas Day.
3. Chesapeake’s Seafood House (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
Chesapeake’s offers fresh quality seafood and is within walking distance of most attractions in downtown Gatlinburg.
This popular restaurant will be open on Thanksgiving Day and – just as they do everyday – are accepting reservations both online and over the phone by dialing (865) 622-6999.
Chesapeake’s will also be open Christmas Day.
4. Harpoon Harry’s Crab House (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Harpoon Harry’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Harpoon Harry’s is currently accepting reservations for Thanksgiving.
Guests are advised to call at least one day before as they anticipate large crowds and limited availability. Call (865) 428-2006 to get in touch.
Other restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day
1. Old Mill Restaurant and Old Mill Pottery House Café (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Both Old Mill restaurant locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 am-8:30 pm and will be serving up a classic Thanksgiving meal.
Neither restaurant is taking reservations. Seating will be first come, first served. Their Thanksgiving menu includes corn chowder and fritters, roast prime rib of beef, roasted turkey, baked sugar cured ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, freshly baked rolls and pumpkin pie.
These two restaurants are known for offering one of the best Thanksgiving meals in Pigeon Forge, so if you want a seat at the table, arrive early.
Take-out curbside meals will also be available at the Pottery House Café. If you wish to place a to-go order call (865) 453-6002 before Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.
2. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, located at The Island in Pigeon Forge, is open on both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
However, wait times and lines can be substantial. The restaurant does not take reservations or call-ahead seating. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen will be serving their traditional menu featuring southern food classics.
3. J.T. Hannah’s (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
J.T. Hannah’s is located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
This restaurant is not taking reservations. J.T. Hannah’s is a local favorite and serves up American classics such as pasta, fried chicken, burgers, steaks and ribs.
4. Bubba Gump Shrimp (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
Bubba Gump Shrimp locations throughout the country will be open on Thanksgiving for dine-in.
However, the Gatlinburg location is not taking reservations. Bubba Gump Shrimp Gatlinburg will be open from noon – 5 pm Thanksgiving Day.
5. Five Oaks Farmhouse (Sevierville, Tenn.)
Five Oaks Farmhouse, located near Tanger Outlets, will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
While they are not taking reservations, they are offering same-day call ahead seating. They also offer online ordering via their website for pickup. Contact Five Oaks Farmhouse by dialing(865) 365-1008.
6. Puckett’s (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Puckett’s will be open for lunch on Thanksgiving Day, serving a three-course, family-style meal and $5 mimosas for those looking to indulge in a traditional feast.
Additionally, Puckett’s highly anticipated holiday to go menu is now available to pre-order. Entrée options include smoked, roasted or fried turkeys and bone-in breasts; smoked spiral ham; and the Southern restaurant’s signature cherry wood-smoked brisket, pulled pork and baby back ribs. Seasonal sides including cornbread dressing; cranberry relish; green bean, sweet potato or broccoli-rice casserole; and mashed potatoes complement the selection of meats, with a selection of homemade pies and fruit cobblers rounding out the menu. $30 mimosa take-home kits are also available and include a choice of orange or cranberry juice or apple cider.
Thanksgiving orders will be accepted through Saturday, November 21. Pickup begins Monday, November 23 and is available daily from 8 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. through November 25 and from 7 to 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Orders can be placed by calling or visiting Puckett’s in person.
7. The Peddler Steakhouse (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
The Peddler is arguably one of the most popular dining attractions in Gatlinburg.
While they do not accept reservations, they do offer call-ahead seating. Check out their menu on their website. Contact The Peddler Steakhouse by calling (865) 436-5794.
8. The Park Grill (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
The Park Grill is the Peddler’s sister restaurant and features a similar classic American inspired menu. Like The Peddler, The Park Grill will be open on Thanksgiving Day. They do not accept reservations, but they do accept call ahead seating. Contact The Park Grill at (865) 436-3800.
9. Smoky Mountain Brewery (Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
Both Smoky Mountain Brewery locations (in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg) will be open on Thanksgiving Day. However, neither are taking reservations or call-ahead seating.
10. The Timberwood Grill (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
This popular Pigeon Forge restaurant is located at The Island and features American classics such as burgers, ribs and fried chicken.
Timberwood Grill is open on Thanksgiving Day but does not accept reservations or call-ahead seating.
11. No Way Jose’s (Gatlinburg, Tenn.)
No Way Jose’s is a chain restaurant that features Tex-Mex style fair. No Way Jose’s is located in downtown Gatlinburg and is open on both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.
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!