Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means more people are heading to the grocery store, scrambling to get their ingredients ready for the big day. While spending hours in the kitchen preparing a lavish Thanksgiving meal is an act of service and love relished by some, for others, it can be an absolute dread. Whatever your reason, if you want to skip out on the cooking and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a skilled chef, you’ll be glad to know that there are several local restaurants that are offering special spreads, buffets and prix fixe menus for the holiday. Take the stress out of Thanksgiving and leave the cooking to the professionals this year by booking your reservation at any of these exquisite eateries.
Located on the ground floor of the opulent Thompson Savannah hotel, Fleeting is an artful dining concept that celebrates the bounty of the Georgia coast in every plate. In addition to its traditional evening menu, Fleeting will offer an array of appetizing dishes made special for the holiday Nov. 23 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Highlights include turkey pot pie, sweet potato souffle, green bean “cassarole” and fluffy yeast rolls freshly made at Stevedore. Fleeting is also serving Thanksgiving brunch Nov. 24-25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will include classics like crab benedict, challah french toast, fish and chips and more.
City Market gem, Belford’s has been serving up delectable seafood and steaks for decades, and they’re a surefire option for Thanksgiving dinner done right. Their holiday menu includes local favorites like fried green tomatoes and shrimp, greens and grits as well as Thanksgiving classics like roast turkey breast and pumpkin cheesecake. For a fixed price, patrons can select their choice of appetizer, main and dessert. They also have a special Thanksgiving selection for children 12 and under, so be sure to bring the kiddos.
The Pirate’s House
The Pirate’s House is known for their bountiful Southern buffet, and their Thanksgiving spread is even more mouthwatering. On the holiday, they’ll offer several salad options along with a variety of satiating sides like yellow corn spoonbread, roasted root vegetable and herb hash and traditional southern dressing. Entrees include carved roasted herb crusted prime rib, slow roasted brown butter turkey breast with cranberry sauce and turkey gravy, and blackened chicken and sausage orecchiette with roasted butternut squash cream, among others. They’ll also have their signature seafood offerings and decadent desserts.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
For a Thanksgiving dinner with a view, consider booking with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. They’re offering two cruises on the holiday, with the first boarding at 11:30 a.m. and the second boarding at 4 p.m. Enjoy a toothsome traditional holiday buffet while taking in gorgeous views of the Savannah River. And after you’ve had your fill, hit the dance floor as live musical performers provide the entertainment, making for a unique Thanksgiving experience unlike any other.
Savannah’s Chart House is offering a gourmet, three-course meal on Thanksgiving Day with your choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert. Menu highlights include their creamy lobster bisque and kale and brussels sprouts salad as well as the traditional turkey dinner and lobster and shrimp carbonara. Their premium entrees include twin lobster tails and blood orange lacquered king salmon. End the meal on a sweet note with a slice of pecan or pumpkin pie, a chocolatey mini lava cake or the chef’s surprise.
Aqua Star at The Westin Savannah Golf Resort & Spa is serving a special Low Country Thanksgiving complete with a fresh turkey carving station and a host of delectable holiday classics. Reservations are currently available through OpenTable so reserve your seat soon.
The Lady and Sons
Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons is an easy choice for a lovingly prepared Thanksgiving dinner that hearkens back to home. For main entrees, the restaurant will offer a classic roast turkey and dressing, baked ham with citrus glaze and oven roasted pork loin. Side dishes include broccoli casserole, creamed potatoes, fresh candied yams and more. For dessert, have your choice between Paula’s signature ooey gooey butter cake, available in chocolate or vanilla, or the classic peach cobbler, which never disappoints.
McDonough’s Restaurant and Lounge
Since 1987, McDonough's has been providing a Thanksgiving feast to all those who walk through the pub's doors. You can find turkey, ham and all the fixings from 11am to 4pm. Feel free to skip the cooking and get straight to enjoying drinks and food at the place that's been voted best karaoke for over 15 years.
Plant Riverside District
Not feeling Thanksgiving dinner this year? How about a Thanksgiving brunch? That’s precisely what Plant Riverside District is offering on the holiday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in their swanky Salzburg Ballroom. Their plentiful buffet boasts elevated takes on traditional plates with all the trimmings. Highlights include their herb-roasted turkey breast with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, maple smoked turkey thighs, cornbread and sausage stuffing, cornflake-crusted french toast, and much more. In addition to the main buffet, guests can also enjoy a tantalizing display of pies, cakes, tortes and cookies.
Pacci Italian Kitchen & Bar
Pacci Italian Kitchen makes it easy to enjoy a flavorful meal this Thanksgiving. On Nov. 23, from 5-10pm, Pacci Italian Kitchen will serve a three-course prefixed menu as well as a specialty a-la-carte menu. Enjoy fine dining and cocktails with featured dishes including Pumpkin Ravioli, Fall Bolognese, Coca-Cola Braised Short Rib and much more. Tickets are $60 per person. Reserve a spot on OpenTable.