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 2019 are marked.
1. PinPoint Restaurant (New for 2019)
114 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations required: Online via Open Table or call 910-769-2972
PinPoint will be offering two seating times: 12:30/1:15 and 3:30/4:15. The meals will be $60 per person, including tax and gratuity (not drinks – alcohol or other). Menu (tentative): Joyce Farms free range turkey, Changin’ Ways glazed ham, PinPoint stuffing, whipped potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower casserole, sweet potato and farm cheese gratin, Brussels sprouts with cranberry sauce and bacon, buttermilk cornbread, apple pie and butternut squash pie. (Their regular menu will not be available.)
2. Bluewater Waterfront Grill (Updated for 2019)
4 Marina St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
Reservations highly recommended: 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 a Thanksgiving Buffet. It will include: roast turket and gravy, brown sugar ham, hoisin baked salmon, intracoastal salad, garlic mashed potatoes, cheddar cavatappi and cheese, sage stuffing, green bean casserole, baked sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, sweet corn pudding, backed rolls and butter, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie. The cost is $24.99 per adult. Kids 12 and under are $13.99.
3. Boca Bay Seafood & Oyster Bar (Updated for 2019)
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.
4. Bridge Tender
1414 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Reservations required: 910-256-4519
Thanksgiving service starts at 11 AM with a four-course select menu with a choice of one of three entrees featuring oven-roasted turkey and gravy ($28), a glazed honey ham ($28), or certified angus prime rib ($36). Each entrée is served with choice of mashed Yukon gold or sweet potatoes, and braised kale or haricot vert. The appetizer is crab dip with garlic toast points. You may choose the Lumina Greens salad, Caesar salad, or New England clam chowder for your second course. Finish your meal with a slice of house-made pumpkin pie served with fresh cream. Children 12 and under dine for $14.
5. 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.
6. Carolina BBQ (Updated for 2019)
1602 S. College Rd., Wilmington, 28403
Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or more only: 910-799-3464.
Carolina BBQ is a hot spot for dining on Thanksgiving day (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). They will be serving their featured items – such as fried chicken, BBQ, fish, and shrimp – as well as the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, dressing, baked ham, sweet potatoes, barbecue ribs, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, green beans, and more.
7. Casey’s Buffet (Updated for 2019)
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.
8. Cracker Barrel
21 Van Campen Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403
Open regular business hours Thanksgiving day and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal beginning at 11 AM. Their classic Turkey ‘n Dressing meal includes: Turkey ‘n dressing, gravy, 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 (not included if ordered to-go), slice of pumpkin pie.
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.
10. Freddie’s Restaurant (Updated for 2019)
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).
11. Front Street Brewery (Updated for 2019)
9 N. Front St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Wilmington’s “Original Restaurant & Brewery” will serve its full menu all day, as well as a thanksgiving turkey plate during lunch and dinner for $8.99. Open regular hours, 11:30 AM to midnight.
12. Golden Corral Buffet and Grill
5130 New Center Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
Golden Corral will be open normal hours on Thanksgiving. The holiday menu will include savory slow-roasted beef, carved turkey, carved ham, homestyle cornbread stuffing, sweet potato, casserole, and coconut cake…plus their normal buffet!
13. The Harp (Updated for 2019)
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.
14. 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.
15. Henry’s Restaurant & Bar (Updated for 2019)
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 Roast Turkey Thanksgiving Plates for $23.99. Each plate is served with with collard greens, green bean
casserole, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and choice of sweet potato or garlic mashed potatoes with turkey gravy. It also includes a holiday dessert of seasonal pumpkin pie.
16. Hops Supply Co. (Updated for 2019)
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 cornbread stuffing, baked macaroni & cheese, green bean casserole, yukon gold mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Diners can also choose pumpkin pie or granny smith apple crisp. Dinner will be served from 11am – 9pm. Prices are $21.99/adult and $9.99/kids 12 and under.
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 that area inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch.
18. K&W Cafeteria
3501 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403
The Thanksgiving Day Special includes roast turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, two vegetables, fresh baked bread, scratch-made dessert, and refillable beverage for $8.49 (excluding tax and tip). Other selections are available at regular prices. Served 10:30 AM-8 PM.
19. Niche Kitchen and Bar
5954 Carolina Beach Rd., Ste. 170, Wilmington, NC 28412
Reservations recommended: 910-399-4701
Niche will be open Thanksgiving Day from noon – 6 PM featuring a special Chef created menu at $32 per person. Starters include your choice of a cup of roasted pumpkin bisque or kale and arugula salad. Entrée choices are stuffed turkey breast, pan-seared duck breast, herb-crusted swordfish, grilled fillet of beef medallions, or vegetarian beet risotto. Top it off with either pumpkin spice cheesecake or apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream.
20. Oceanic Restaurant (Updated for 2019)
703 S. Lumina Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
The Oceanic will be doing a two-course meal for $25.00 per person. 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. Their regular dinner menu will also be available.
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. Ruby Tuesday
1138 Military Cutoff Road and 5218 South College Rd, Wilmington, NC
Both locations open at 11 AM on Thanksgiving Day. The Mayfaire location closes at 8 PM and the Monkey Junction location closes at 9 PM.
24. Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Updated for 2019)
301 N. Water St. in the Hotel Ballast, Wilmington, NC 28401
Reservations recommended: 910-343-1818
Their chef’s traditional three-course feast ($41.95/adult and $14.95/kid) includes a salad or gumbo 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). The meal will be finished off with pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream.
25. Steam Restaurant (Updated for 2019)
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 on the half shell, steamed Carolina shrimp, an artisan cheese display, local vegetable crudité, prime rib, apple cider-brined turvey and gravy, crab cakes, creamed corn, green bean casserole, cornbread and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato and pecan casserole, mac ‘n cheese, assorted rolls, cornbread, cranberry sauce, and an abundance of seasonal and local sweet indulgences. Dinner will be served from 11 AM – 4 PM for $42 (adults), $16 (children under 12), $6 (kids under 5).
26. Sweet N Savory Café (Updated for 2019)
1611 Pavilion Place, Wilmington, NC 28403
Reservations required: 910-256-0115
All-you-can-eat family-style platters of turkey, homemade gravy, cornbread and sausage stuffing, jellied cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, roasted cauliflower, green bean casserole, shrimp ‘n grits, mac ‘n cheese, jerked pork loin with mango chutney over red beans and rice, dinner rolls, sweet cornbread, pumpkin pie, key lime pie, apple cobbler and pecan pie a la mode, and flourless chocolate torte with raspberry mousse. Soft drinks, coffee, and ice tea included. Seating times from 11 AM – 7 PM. Prices are $34/adult, $27/senior (75+), $22/kids (9-12), $14 kids (5-8), and FREE for kids under 5.
27. Village Café (Updated for 2019)
47 S. Hampstead Village Drive, Hampstead, NC 28443
Reservations strongly recommended: 910-821-1234
Village Café will be serving its 5th annual Thanksgiving buffet starting at 10 AM with the last seating at 3 PM. The mouth-watering menu includes salt and pepper roast turkey and gravy; shallot and fresh herb roasted and sliced London Broil with carmelized onions and mushrooms; crab crusted salmon with pumpkin rice pilaf leek beurre blanc; corn bread stuffing; bourbon and brown sugar sweet potato casserole; buttermilk mashed potatoes and au jus gravy; sautéed baby green beans; bacon brussel sprout mélange; sweet corn souffle; rosemary roasted tri-color baby potatoes; homemade cornbread stuffing; garden salad with assorted dressings; spinach salad with apples, walnuts, and cranberries; cranberry relish; apple compote and other assorted chilled salads/relishes; honey cornbread; and dinner rolls. Dessert delicacies are pumpkin tiramisu, apple cobbler, coca cola cake, pecan pie, blueberry crumble, pumpkin pie, cookies, and brownies. The price is $24.95/adult, $12.95/young adults ( 7-12), and $5/child (under 7).
- Applebee’s Grill & Bar
- The Basics
- Brasserie Du Soleil
- Cape Fear Seafood Company
- The Copper Penny
- Carraba’s Italian Grill
- Elijah’s Restaurant
- Elizabeth’s Pizza
- Flaming Amy’s
- The George on the Riverwalk
- Indochine Restaurant
- JohnnyLukes KitchenBar
- Kickback Jack’s
- Olive Garden
- Osteria Cicchetti
- Waterman’s Brewing Company
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