Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in the Smokies

If you’ll be visiting the Great Smoky Mountains this Thanksgiving and you want all the delicious holiday treats without any of the work, there are scores of restaurants in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge from which to choose. You can have your turkey—and eat it too—without doing any of the cooking! Below are a few of the best spots for a Thanksgiving feast.

thanksgiving dinnerOber Gatlinburg – This Gatlinburg favorite will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 am to 6 pm. A menu is available online and includes all the Thanksgiving classics including:  turkey, honey glazed ham, cornbread dressing and gravy, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato puree, pumpkin pie, apple pie, and much more. Ober Gatlinburg will be an incredible meal with even more incredible views! Visit the Ober Gatlinburg website for a full menu, pricing, and reservation information.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que –Barbecue might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Thanksgiving dinner, but Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que will serve up its 14th annual turkey buffet dinner this year. Turkey, ham, 5 different veggies, a soup and salad bar, and desserts will make up the scrumptious spread from 11 am to 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day. If you prefer to kick back in the cabin for dinner, you can also pick up whole turkeys and hams, or you can order the whole Thanksgiving meal to go. For more information, go to the Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que website.

Applewood Farmhouse –This is one of my favorite places to eat in Gatlinburg! Located right next to the Apple Barn, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant serves up all the best Southern delights. On Thanksgiving Day, from 10:30 am until 9 pm, you can dive into their annual Thanksgiving feast. Try the apple fritters and apple butter, roast turkey and dressing, prime rib of beef au jus, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans and more. A to-go Thanksgiving dinner is also available. Check out the Applewood Farmhouse website for reservation and pricing information.

The Old Mill Square –The Old Mill Restaurant and the Pottery House Café & Grille will be open on Thanksgiving Day and dishing out a family-style feast. No reservations will be taken, but you can get there early and shop around while you wait. You can visit the Old Mill Square events page, and more information will be available closer to the holiday.

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