Dining Out Thanksgiving Day: Nashville’s Best Options

Choosing to dine out on a holiday can be just as great, if not better than staying in
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The pecan pie was added to the Capitol Grille's menu, just in time for Thanksgiving.

In case the year has gotten away from you, Thanksgiving is this week. If you find yourself wanting to skip the home cooking this year, you’re not alone! In fact, sometimes it can be a better experience for all parties involved to dineout.

Here is a list of Nashville’s best restaurants to consider for your Thanksgiving Day celebration.


East Nashville

Porter House Bistro

For steak instead of turkey

(615) 679-9294



M Restaurant and Bar

For a Southern-inspired meal

(615) 678-1591


Carter’s in the Union Station Hotel

For a classic turkey spread



Chauhan Ale & Masala House

For a South Asian flavor on this American holiday

(615) 242-8426


Kitchen Notes in the Omni Hotel

For a Thanksgiving brunch buffet

(615) 761-3700


Capitol Grille in the Hermitage Hotel

For an all-you-can-eat buffet that leaves nothing out

(615) 345-7116


Pinewood Social

For a sit-down meal with games and distractions for kids

(615) 751-8111


Puckett’s Grocery

For a relaxed and casual meal

(615) 770-2772

(615) 794-5527 (Downtown Franklin)


Merchants Restaurant

For hearty meat and fish dishes

(615) 254-1892


Trattoria Il Mulino at the Hilton

For an Italian twist on the U.S. standards

(615) 620-3700




Monell's Dining & Catering

For last-minute prix-fixe classics

(615) 248-4747



Loveless Café

For turkey with a side of biscuits

(615) 646-9700



1808 Grille in the Hutton Hotel

For a three-course prix-fixe for $60

(615) 340-0012


Lucky Bamboo

For dim sum instead

(615) 760-5930



For a hotel brunch of all the traditional fixins

(615) 321-1990


Bombay Palace Restaurant

For a break from tradition

(615) 321-6140



Ellendale’s Restaurant  

For a pared-down menu of their Southern dishes



Belle Meade


For turkey like grandma made




For a buffet of chef Jonathan Waxman’s favorites


Marsh House in the Thompson Hotel

For a seafood-inspired evening

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