22 Delicious Chattanooga Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving 2020

Skip the messy cooking and clean up and enjoy a stress-free holiday this year at one of the many Chattanooga restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Whether you want to support a small local business or prefer one of your favorite chains, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.

Menu items will include all of the traditional favorites like turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and much more. Some more upscale restaurants are also offering some unique items like glazed salmon and snow crab legs.

When you finish your meal, you’ll find all kinds of mouthwatering pies, cheesecakes, and cobblers just waiting to be savored. Yum!

Chattanooga Resturants Open on Thanksgiving

Chattanooga Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

While we strive to be as accurate as humanly possible, please verify details with your chosen location before arriving.

1. Applebees

  • most locations

This year you can enjoy all of Applebee’s popular menu items, but there will be no traditional Thanksgiving meal.

2. City Cafe Diner

  • all locations

In addition to serving all their scrumptious regular menu items, City Cafe Diner will also be serving a special Thanksgiving plate with turkey, mashed potatoes, and all your favorites!

3. Cracker Barrel

  • all locations

Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s and follow it up with a delicious pie for dessert. Regular menu items will also be available.

4. Food Works

  • 205 Manufacturers Road, Chattanooga, TN

Enjoy a delectable Thanksgiving buffet with all the traditional food you love. Plus Food Works is upping the ante with she-crab soup, glazed ham, prime rib, and a decadent dessert display.

5.Golden Corral

  • all locations

Enjoy a full Thanksgiving buffet with ham, turkey, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, stuffing, mac-n-cheese, and much more. There will also be an array of delectable desserts to help you complete your meal.

6. Hair of the Dog Pub

  • 334 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN

This local hot spot will be open for dinner only and will be serving their normal menu including American favorites like fried chicken, burgers, chili, and more!

7. The Honest Pint

  • 35 Patten Parkway, Chattanooga, TN

This eclectic restaurant will be serving its regular menu items including Irish and American classics like bangers and mash, burgers, and wings. Yum! It will be open for dinner only.

8. Herman’s Soul Food

  • 3821 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN

All your soul food favorites will be available for a savory holiday feast.


  • all locations

IHOP will be opening with limited hours and serving thier regular menu items.

10. Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

  • 2 W. Aquarium Way, Chattanooga, TN

Puckett’s Thanksgiving buffet is a local favorite and will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM. Guests will enjoy ham, fried chicken, smoked turkey, and pulled pork. Sides include mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, mac-n-cheese, and more. Of course, you’ll also have delicious pie and cobbler available for dessert.

11. The Read House

  • 107 W. M.L. King Blvd., Chattanooga, TN

Enjoy an upscale Thanksgiving buffet in the Silver Ballroom. The feast will include crab claws, shrimp, snow crab legs, salad, roast turkey, glazed ham, salmon, and pork tenderloin.

They also offer a wide variety of sides that put a new twist on old favorites, like their maple bourbon whipped sweet potato casserole. From cheesecake to bread pudding and pies, they have got you covered for dessert too!

The buffet price is $51.95 for adults and $25.95 for kids under 12.

Restaurants Open on Tahjanksgiving in Chattanooga TN

12. Rodizio Grill

  • 439 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN
  • 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard, Chattanooga, TN

For just 44.99, you can enjoy this Brazillian steak house’s entire dinner menu, complete with some extras like Thanksgiving sides and festive desserts.

13. Ruth’s Chris

  • 2321 Lifestyle Way, Chattanooga TN

Enjoy a scrumptious 3-course meal with either soup or salad, roasted turkey, and an array of traditional sides. Of course, there will also be delicious dessert choices to round out the evening. Click here to make reservations.

14. Steak and Shake

  • most locations

Most Steak and Shake locations will be open on Thanksgiving, though some may have reduced hours.

15. Sticky Fingers

  • 420 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 

Sticky Fingers will have their annual Thanksgiving Day buffet with ham, turkey, and all your favorite traditional sides.

16. Waffle House

Waffle House will be open and serving thier regular menu items.

Fast Food Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Most locations of the restaurants below will be open on Thanksgiving, through some may have limited hours.

  • 17. Burger King
  • 18. McDonald’s
  • 19. Popeyes (some locations)
  • 20. Sonic
  • 21. Wendy’s

Chattanooga Restaurants Closed on Thanksgiving

The locations below are traditionally opened on Thanksgiving, but will be closed for 2020.

The Chattanoogan

  • 1201 Broad St.F, Chattanooga, TN

This extremely popular Thanksgiving buffet will be taking a break this year while the restaurant undergoes renovations. Check back next year for a whole new menu!

Did we miss any Chattanooga restaurants open Thanksgiving 2020? Comment with the details below and we’ll add it to the list.

Terminal Brewhouse

  • 1464 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN

In 2020, Terminal Brewhouse will be closed for Thanksgiving. Check back next year. Enjoy lunch or dinner at this popular brewhouse with all its regular menu items including pizza, burgers, and of course, craft beer.

Beast + Barrel Gastro Smokehouse

  • 16 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, TN

While traditionally opens on Thanksgiving, this local favorite wasn’t able to survive the impact of current events and is now permanently closed.

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