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Don’t have room to host a Thanksgiving meal or don’t feel like cooking a whole feast? Well, thank your lucky stars, because we’ve got some great dine-in options here in the Wilmington area! Below are over 25 options to choose from. Some require reservations, so make sure you carefully read through your favorites. If we we missed anyone, please leave a comment with the restaurant name and as many details as you can provide.
Note: Listings updated for 2020 are marked. Those not updated for 2020 have not made an announcement (at the time this post was updated) about being closed on Thanksgiving.
1. Bluewater Waterfront Grill (Updated for 2020)
4 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Reservations required: 910-256-8500
Bluewater Waterfront Grill on the Intracoastal Waterway will be open on Thanksgiving from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with Thanksgiving Plates. They will be serving:
- Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
- Brown Sugar Bourbon Ham
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Collard greens
- Sweet potato casserole
- Cranberry sauce
- Honey-glazed carrots
- Sweet potato pie
- Pecan pie
The cost is $27.00 per person. They will also be offering their regular dinner menu options.
2. Boca Bay Seafood & Oyster Bar
2025 Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Call for details and reservations: 910-256-1887
A Thanksgiving buffet of turkey, ham, prime rib, and traditional Thanksgiving offerings will be served from 11 AM – 4:30 PM for $32.95/adult and $12.95/Kids 12 and under.
3. Bridge Tender (Updated for 2020)
1414 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Reservations required: 910-256-4519
Thanksgiving service includes a four-course select menu for $35.00/adult ($17.00/12 and under) with a choice of one of three entrees featuring oven-roasted turkey and gravy, a glazed honey ham, or certified angus prime rib with horseradish cream and au jus ($43). Each entrée is served with choice of mashed Yukon gold or sweet potatoes, and succotash or roasted brussel sprouts. The appetizer includes a choice between crab dip and spinach and artichoke dip (both with garlic toast points). The soup/salad choice includes Lumina Greens salad, Gogonzola Walnut, and New England clam chowder. Dessert includes a choice between pumpkin pie and apple crisp.
4. Carolina Ale House
317-C College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Carolina Ale House will be open and serving their regular menu from 4 PM to close on Thanksgiving Day.
5. Carolina BBQ (Updated for 2020)
1602 S. College Rd., Wilmington, 28403
Reservations required: 910-799-3464
Carolina BBQ is serving up a Thanksgiving dinner for four people (packages for singles and couples are also available) for $49.99. They will be serving turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, pie, and choice of 2 sides.
6. Casey’s Buffet
5559 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
Casey’s is a popular dining location for the holiday. They will be open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
7. Cracker Barrel (Updated for 2020)
21 Van Campen Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Open regular business hours Thanksgiving day and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal beginning at 11 a.m., which will include:
- Turkey n’ Dressing
- Sampling of Sugar Cured Ham
- Sweet Potato Casserole with pecans
- Cranberry Relish
- Choice of country side
- Buttermilk Biscuits or Corn Muffins
- Choice of refillable beverage
- Slice of Pumpkin Pie
8. Denny’s (Updated for 2020)
Denny’s has several holiday meal and dessert options, including the Turkey & Dressing Dinner, a traditional favorite served with carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy, a sweet cranberry sauce, and a choice of two sides and dinner bread. They also have pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
9. Freddie’s Restaurant
111 K Ave., Kure Beach, NC 28449
Reservations required and limited: 910-458-5979
The traditional American and Italian eatery fills up quickly for Thanksgiving! They offer two seating options: 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The menu includes a choice of soup or salad, one of the entrees (Traditional Roast Turkey, Applewood Smoked Honey Glazed Ham, Grilled Pork Chop, Grilled Grouper, or Portobello Mushroom Stuffed with Eggplant and Gorgonzola), two sides (green bean casserole, glazed carrots, sweet mashed potatoes, or mashed redskin potatoes), and a dessert (pecan pie, ultimate chocolate cake, limoncello cake, cherry pie, ice cream sundae, or tiramisu).
10. Front Street Brewery (Updated for 2020)
9 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401
From 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Wilmington’s “Original Restaurant & Brewery” will serve its full menu, as well as a $9.99 thanksgiving turkey plate and $3.99 pumpkin pie. All 3 levels will be open for seating. No reservations.
11. Golden Corral Buffet and Grill (Updated for 2020)
5130 New Center Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
Golden Corral will be open normal hours on Thanksgiving. The holiday menu will include whole roasted or smoked turkey, holiday spiced ham, fried chicken, prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, choice of homestyle sides, whole pumpkin or pecan pie, and their famous yeast rolls…plus their normal buffet!
12. The Harp
1423 S. Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations recommended: 910-763-1607
The Irish pub will be open its usual hours from 6 AM to 2 AM and will serve a traditional buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey, ham, roast beef, sides, and dessert from noon – 6 PM.
13. Hell’s Kitchen
118 Princess St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Hell’s Kitchen will be open from 6 PM – 1 AM on Thanksgiving Day and offer its full standard menu. Head Downtown in time to catch the Atlanta Falcons play against the Saints in New Orleans for American’s favorite post-Thanksgiving-feast pastime.
14. Henry’s Restaurant & Bar (Updated for 2020)
2508 Independence Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28412
Reservations recommended: 910-793-2929
Beginning at 11 AM, Henry’s will be offering its dinner menu all day, as well as two Thanksgiving Day specials:
- Roast Turkey Dinner ($25.00/person). Served with green bean casserole, cornbread stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with turkey gravy, and pumpkin pie or bourbon apple crisp.
- Ham Dinner ($25.00/person). Served with spiced rum pineapple glace, cornbread stuffing, baked macaroni and cheese, and mashed Yukon Gold potatoes with turkey gravy, and pumpkin pie or bourbon apple crisp.
15. Hops Supply Co. (Updated for 2020)
5400 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
Reservations recommended: 910-833-8867
In addition to the standard menu, Hops will serve a choice of roasted turkey breast with gravy or pineapple rum glazed ham. Sides will include apple sausage stuffing, cranberry relish, mashed or sweet potatoes, collard greens, bread rolls, and cranberry sauce. Dinner will be served from 11am – 9pm.
16. IHOP (Updated for 2020)
5355 Market St. and 5628 Carolina Beach Rd.
IHOP will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 AM – 3 PM serving their standard menu, including some limited time offers for the holidays.
17. K&W Cafeteria (Updated for 2020)
3501 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
The Thanksgiving Day Special includes roast turkey with dressing, two sides, fresh baked bread, scratch-made dessert, and refillable beverage for $9.99 (excluding tax and tip). Other selections are available at regular prices. Served 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
18. Niche Kitchen and Bar (Updated for 2020)
5954 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. 170, Wilmington, NC 28412
Reservations highly recommended: 910-399-4701
Niche will be open Thanksgiving Day from noon – 6 PM featuring a special Chef created menu with fall-inspired entrees and starters, including butternut squash bisque, french onion soup, Niche chop salad, roasted beet and butternut squash salad, turkey roulade, prime rib, crab stuffed flounder, bacon wrapped scallops, butternut squash ravioli, and multiple veggie sides. Top it off with either pumpkin cheesecake or deep south apple pie. Entrees range from $19.95 to $24.95.
19. Nineteen Restaurant Bar and Banquet (Updated for 2020)
Olde Point Country Club, 513 Country Club Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443
Nineteen Restaurant will be doing a three-course meal for under $20.00 per person from Noon to 4:00 p.m. The meal menu has not been announced; however, there will be a kids menu available. They will also be having a Drinksgiving on Thanksgiving Eve, which will include a DJ, karaoke, bingo, and music trivia.
20. Oceanic Restaurant (Updated for 2020)
703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
The Oceanic will be serving a two-course meal for $28.00 per person starting at 11:00 a.m. The first course will include an herb encrusted turkey breast lemon brine and giblet gravy served with yukon gold mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole. The second course will have a selection of desserts, including pecan pie, honey-almond cheese cake, layered chocolate cake, and pumpkin pie. They will have a kid’s turkey plate for $9.99 and be serving their regular dinner menu all day.
21. Ogden Tap Room
7324 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28411
Ogden Tap Room will be open during its regular hours (4 PM to midnight) and offering the standard menu.
22. Pilot House
2 Ann St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations recommended: 910-343-0200
Enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving dinner inside or outside on the heated patio in historic Chandler’s Wharf along the Cape Fear River. Dinner (served 11 AM – 8 PM) includes your choice of soup, salad, entrée (oven-roasted turkey with giblet gravy or smoked ham with maple glaze) with three sides, and dessert for $28 (adults) and $14 (children under 12). A 20% gratuity will be added to all parties. Vegetarian options are available. Soups are Carolina bisque, butternut squash, or country ham and collard. Salads are mixed greens with apple, bleu cheese, dried cranberries, and sherry vinaigrette, or Caesar salad with housemade croutons and imported Reggiano cheese. Accompaniments are candied yams, citrus cranberry chutney, collard greens, mashed potatoes, buttered carrots, French green beans, and sausage and cornbread stuffing. Dig into a slice of pecan, pumpkin, or apple pie for dessert.
23. PinPoint Restaurant (Updated for 2020)
114 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations required: Online via Open Table or call 910-769-2972
PinPoint is offering a Thanksgiving Day meal by reservation only between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. The meals will be $65 per person, including tax and gratuity (drinks are not included). Menu: Changin’ Ways Smoked Turkey and Gravy, Changin’ Ways Satsuma Glazed Ham, cornbread dressing, oyster dressing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon, cauliflower casserole, and cranberry, satsuma, pomegranate, and cashew salad. Dessert includes pecan pie and caramel apple sticky bun. (Their regular menu will not be available.)
24. Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Updated for 2020)
301 N. Water St. in the Hotel Ballast, Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations recommended: 910-343-1818
Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Their chef’s traditional three-course feast ($44.95/adult and $15.95/kid) includes a salad or lobster bisque starter, hand-carved oven-roasted turkey with sausage and herb stuffing, and your choice of one side (garlic mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, and green beans with garlic). The meal will be finished off with pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream. You’ll even have a little bit to take home with you!
25. Steam Restaurant (Updated for 2020)
9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington, NC 28401 at Embassy Suites in Downtown Wilmington
Reservations required: 910-726-9226
Steam’s “Thanksgiving Day Extravaganza” multi-course dinner includes local oysters, shrimp cocktail, crab stuffed deviled eggs, traditional deviled eggs, house salad, STEAM winter salad, artisan rolls, corn bread, prime rib, apple cider brined turkey, poblano creamed corn, green bean casserole, corn bread stuffing, garlic parmesan mashed potatoes, sweet potato pecan casserole, creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, house made cranberry sauce, and a selection of sweet treats for dessert. Dinner runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pricing TBD.
26. Sweet N Savory Café (Updated for 2020)
1611 Pavilion Place, Wilmington, NC 28403
Reservations required: 910-256-0115
From 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sweet N Savory will be serving meal packages for 4 adults for $55.00 (taxes and gratuity included). The package will include turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, and a choice of apple cobbler, pumpkin pie bars, or pecan pie bars ($5 additional fee for pecan). You can also purchase additional add-on items that feed 4 people (list is on their website).
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