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14 Charleston Restaurants to Book for Thanksgiving Day

From traditional turkey to something a little more interesting

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Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, so there's plenty time to abandon plans to actually cook a turkey or battle traffic to get home. Presenting a map of restaurants that will be open, for those looking for a place to get ham and fixin's prepared by some of the best chefs in the South. Plus, insight on who is serving prix fixe options and where to gorge on pie.

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The Kingstide

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Waterside restaurant the Kingstide will offer a $60 prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving, full of inventive takes on traditional dishes from Kevin Getzewich like confit turkey with cornbread foie stuffing and sweet potato soufflé. There’s an option to order a la carte items like aligot potatoes and lobster mac and cheese.

Nautical-themed dining room
The Kingstide dining room.
Mike Ledford

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A sports bar on Thanksgiving? Why not? Eat some wings, drink a few beers, and throw tradition to the wind.

Uptown Social

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If there’s a football game playing somewhere then Uptown Social is open, including on Thanksgiving. The rollicking sports bar will serve high-caliber bar pies, wings, chicken Parmesan sandwiches, frozen cocktails, and plenty of beer.

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The bar at Uptown Social.
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Sorghum & Salt

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Hyper-local restaurant Sorghum & Salt has a waiting list available on Thanksgiving for a tasting menu experience or a la carte. Chef Tres Jackson works with only the freshest ingredients with a lot of focus on vegetables.

Lady peas at Sorghum & Salt
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Gabrielle

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Fine dining restaurant Gabrielle is open on Thanksgiving inside the Hotel Bennett. Stop in for the menu from new chef Robert McGrattan. He’s putting out dishes like pork chop with apples and mustard seeds or shrimp and grits with lamb sausage.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

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Enjoy Thanksgiving high above the city at rooftop hotel restaurant The Watch. Linger in the sunset with a few drinks and friends.

Hank's Seafood Restaurant

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Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is a difficult table to pull for Thanksgiving Day, but you could always try the bar for oysters, local seafood, and traditional turkey plates.

Frannie and the Fox

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Hip hotel hangout Frannie and the Fox is open Thanksgiving Day with wood-fired pizzas, Italian favorites, and plenty of creative cocktails.

Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

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Steakhouse Burwell's opens on Thanksgiving Day with a menu of wedge salad, duck confit, jumbo scallops with cranberry apple chutney — and, of course, steak.

Tempest

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For $75 per person, seafood house Tempest offers non-traditional takes for Thanksgiving, like monkfish mousse terrine, charcoal-roasted turnips, lamb belly bourguignon, poached grouper with carrot nage, and a few traditional items thrown in for the purist.

glassed stained ceilings above a dark bar
Tempest bar area.
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Peninsula Grill

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Thanksgiving is traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there's a free seat.

Oak Steakhouse

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Oak Steakhouse chef Mark Keiser will prepare a three-course holiday menu including soup or salad, turkey with trimmings, and pecan or pumpkin pie. Oak favorites will also be available a la carte. The set menu is $64 per person.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Kiawah offers plenty of experiences for Thanksgiving from the super fancy Ocean Room to a traditional buffet at the Jasmine Porch.

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Kiawah Island
Photo by Gary Kellner/The PGA of America via Getty Images

Poogan's Porch

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On Thanksgiving Day, Southern restaurant Poogan’s Porch will serve a $65 prix fixe menu with classic items from its daily menu and a traditional holiday feast.

The Kingstide

Nautical-themed dining room
The Kingstide dining room.
Mike Ledford

Waterside restaurant the Kingstide will offer a $60 prix fixe menu on Thanksgiving, full of inventive takes on traditional dishes from Kevin Getzewich like confit turkey with cornbread foie stuffing and sweet potato soufflé. There’s an option to order a la carte items like aligot potatoes and lobster mac and cheese.

Nautical-themed dining room
The Kingstide dining room.
Mike Ledford

1st Place

A sports bar on Thanksgiving? Why not? Eat some wings, drink a few beers, and throw tradition to the wind.

Uptown Social

A glowing bar with dark wood.
The bar at Uptown Social.
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

If there’s a football game playing somewhere then Uptown Social is open, including on Thanksgiving. The rollicking sports bar will serve high-caliber bar pies, wings, chicken Parmesan sandwiches, frozen cocktails, and plenty of beer.

A glowing bar with dark wood.
The bar at Uptown Social.
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

Sorghum & Salt

Lady peas at Sorghum & Salt
Sorghum & Salt/Facebook

Hyper-local restaurant Sorghum & Salt has a waiting list available on Thanksgiving for a tasting menu experience or a la carte. Chef Tres Jackson works with only the freshest ingredients with a lot of focus on vegetables.

Lady peas at Sorghum & Salt
Sorghum & Salt/Facebook

Gabrielle

Fine dining restaurant Gabrielle is open on Thanksgiving inside the Hotel Bennett. Stop in for the menu from new chef Robert McGrattan. He’s putting out dishes like pork chop with apples and mustard seeds or shrimp and grits with lamb sausage.

The Watch Rooftop Kitchen & Spirits

Enjoy Thanksgiving high above the city at rooftop hotel restaurant The Watch. Linger in the sunset with a few drinks and friends.

Hank's Seafood Restaurant

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant is a difficult table to pull for Thanksgiving Day, but you could always try the bar for oysters, local seafood, and traditional turkey plates.

Frannie and the Fox

Hip hotel hangout Frannie and the Fox is open Thanksgiving Day with wood-fired pizzas, Italian favorites, and plenty of creative cocktails.

Burwell's Stone Fire Grill

Steakhouse Burwell's opens on Thanksgiving Day with a menu of wedge salad, duck confit, jumbo scallops with cranberry apple chutney — and, of course, steak.

Tempest

glassed stained ceilings above a dark bar
Tempest bar area.
Erin Perkins/Eater Carolinas

For $75 per person, seafood house Tempest offers non-traditional takes for Thanksgiving, like monkfish mousse terrine, charcoal-roasted turnips, lamb belly bourguignon, poached grouper with carrot nage, and a few traditional items thrown in for the purist.

glassed stained ceilings above a dark bar
Tempest bar area.
Erin Perkins/Eater Carolinas

Peninsula Grill

Thanksgiving is traditionally a sold out event at Peninsula Grill, but give the reservation line a try. Better yet, slide into the champagne bar if there's a free seat.

Oak Steakhouse

Oak Steakhouse chef Mark Keiser will prepare a three-course holiday menu including soup or salad, turkey with trimmings, and pecan or pumpkin pie. Oak favorites will also be available a la carte. The set menu is $64 per person.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

103rd PGA Championship
Kiawah Island
Photo by Gary Kellner/The PGA of America via Getty Images

Kiawah offers plenty of experiences for Thanksgiving from the super fancy Ocean Room to a traditional buffet at the Jasmine Porch.

103rd PGA Championship
Kiawah Island
Photo by Gary Kellner/The PGA of America via Getty Images

Poogan's Porch

On Thanksgiving Day, Southern restaurant Poogan’s Porch will serve a $65 prix fixe menu with classic items from its daily menu and a traditional holiday feast.

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