20 Knoxville Restaurants Open Thanksgiving 2023

Get your fill of deliciously seasoned turkey and delectable sides without ever having to lift a finger this holiday. These popular restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner in Knoxville have everything you need for a memorable holiday out on the town.

Whether you are looking for a traditional holiday meal or prefer more exotic menu items, Knoxville has plenty of options to help make your holiday a smashing success.

Turkey  with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and a roll on a white plate.

Sit Down Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day in Knoxville

Thanksgiving is such an important day and, due to unforeseen circumstances, things can change at a moment’s notice. Unless you are making a reservation, please check the website of your chosen restaurant (links provided below) to confirm opening hours before you arrive.

1. Calhoun’s

10020 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
(865) 673-3444
Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

400 Neyland Dr, Knoxville
(865) 673-3355
Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

6515 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
(865) 673-3377
Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

625 Turkey Cove Ln, Knoxville
(865) 288-1600
Open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

All Calhoun’s locations will be open for Thanksgiving dinner. The menu includes delicious smoked turkey and traditional sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and more. At most locations, you can also choose from select regular menu items.

2. Chesapeake’s

9630 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 
(865) 851-9088
Open 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

415 Locust St., Knoxville
(865) 673-3433
Open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

All Chesapeake locations will be open for Thanksgiving dinner in 2023. Guests will be able to choose from a variety of seafood and traditional Thanksgiving favorites on the buffet.

3. Carolina Ale House

9045 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
(865) 690-7800
Open 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Caroline Ale House will have a traditional dinner with seasoned turkey, a variety of sides, and dessert. Regular menu items will also be available.

4. Lonesome Dove

100 N Central St, Knoxville, TN
(865) 999-5251
Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

At Lonesome Dove, guests will be able to choose between traditional Thanksgiving offerings and wild-game menu items with a Thanksgiving flair. Reservations are recommended.

5. Copper Cellar

7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
(865) 673-3422
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Copper Celler will be having a Thanksgiving buffet all day long.

6. Corner 16

1640 Bob Kirby Rd, Knoxville, TN 
(865) 801-9101
Open 11 a.m – 7 p.m.

9637 Kroger Park Dr, Knoxville, TN
(865) 507-3309
Open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Corner 16 is having a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal with traditional menu items. You can also choose from a variety of regular menu items as well.

7. Cracker Barrel

5001 Central Ave Pike, Knoxville
(865) 688-7396
Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

2920 S Mall Rd, Knoxville, TN
(865) 971-4421
Open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

9214 Park West Blvd, Knoxville
(865) 690-6060
Open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

1510 Cracker Barrel Ln, Knoxville
(865) 522-8232
Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

716 N Campbell Station Rd, Knoxville, TN
(865) 675-1446
Open 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Guests can order a special Thanksgiving meal at Cracker Barrel or choose from regular menu items.

8. Fleming’s Prime Steak House

11287 Parkside Drive, Knoxville
(865) 675-9463

Fleming’s will be serving a delicious meal of herb-roasted turkey, bone-in ribeye, or filet mignon. The meal will include a starter, a dessert, and all the fixings.

9. Mahogany

Crowne Plaza, 401 W Summit Hill Dr SW, Knoxville, TN 
(865) 522-2600
Open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mahogany will be serving a scrumptious buffet with all your Thanksgiving favorites plus extras like seafood, fruits, and breakfast foods. There will also be a variety of yummy desserts to choose from.

White plates with slices of pumpkin pie and whipped cream representing Knoxville restaurants open Thanksgiving.

10. Mimi’s Cafe

10945 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN
(865) 675-1362
Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mimi’s will be operating with a limited menu of delicious and traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

11. Oliver Royale

5 Market Square, Knoxville, TN
Taking Reservations From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Guests at the Oliver Royale will enjoy an upscale 3-course meal that incorporates both traditional and non-traditional menu items. Pricing starts at $79 per person.

12. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

950 Volunteer Landing Ln, Knoxville, TN
(865) 546-4696

Ruth’s Chris will be serving a 3-course meal complete with a soup or salad, turkey with sides, and a delicious dessert. The price is $44 per adult and $17 per child.

13. Shoney’s

2612 Chapman Highway, Knoxville
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

4032 North Broadway, Knoxville
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

4020 Rutledge Pike, Knoxville
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

315 East Emory Road, Powell
Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You can enjoy all your favorite Thanksgiving fixin’s from the fresh food bar at Shoney’s. Follow it up with a delicious dessert.

14. Smoky Mountain Brewery

11308 Parkside Dr., Knoxville
(865) 288-5500
Open 2 p.m to 11 p.m.

If you prefer to skip the turkey, you can enjoy all your favorite menu items at Smoky Mountain Brewery, including their famous pizza. Yum!

The locations in Knoxville and Maryville will be open from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The locations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

15. Wild Wings Cafe

119 East Emory Rd, Powell
(865) 339-4444
Open 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting at 4 pm, guests can enjoy all their favorite menu items and a live band.

16. Bravo! Italian Kitchen

106 Major Reynolds Pl, Knoxville
(865) 584-5510
Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bravo! Italian Kitchen is offering both Italian favorites and a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

17. Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse

6901 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
(865) 247-0295
Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you love all the meats, you don’t want to miss Thanksgiving at Brazeiros!

18. Ruby Tuesday

7406 Chapman Highway, Knoxville
Open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

508 East Emory Rd., Powell
Open 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

For a less traditional holiday meal, Ruby Tuesday locations will be serving their regular menu items.

19. Cappuccino’s

7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville
(865) 673-3422
open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m

Cappuccinos will be offering a Thanksgiving buffet with delicious holiday favorites and some Italian menu items sprinkled in.

20. Waffle House

All Waffle Houses are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day serving up all your favorite breakfast menu items all day long.

21. Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

137 Apple Valley Way, Townsend, TN
(865) 336-2138
open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m

Enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving buffet.

Knoxville Fast Food Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Though the restaurants below will be serving their regular menu items, they make great places to stop if you need food in a pinch. Hours may vary for each individual location.


Most locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Burger King

Most locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If we’ve missed any Knoxville restaurants open on Thanksgiving 2023, comment below to let us know. We’ll add it to the list!

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  1. No turkey dinner pizza in knoxsville, buffalo,ny had it! Yum turkey gravey ,mozzarellA ,mashed potatoes, stuffing , turkey ,corn and crab berry’s awesome toppings


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