Thinking about dining out for Thanksgiving? These restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving and will spare you the kitchen mess.


Some of us find cooking on Thanksgiving to be a taxing endeavor, but if you’re having the holiday with a smaller group or just want to take the worry out of cooking, purchasing Thanksgiving dinner to go or dining out can offer you some relief.

Various local restaurants and bars are serving delectable holiday dishes, some sticking to tradition and others adding their own spin on seasonal classics.

Here’s a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving that will save you a messy kitchen this Thanksgiving:


Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Front Street Brewery

PinPoint Restaurant

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Steam Restaurant & Bar

Sweet N Savory Café

Waffle House

Carolina Ale House

Oceanic Restaurant


Hops Supply Co.

Blue Water Grill

Oak Island

Salt 64


Chance’s Steak and Sea

Looking to still serve a Thanksgiving meal at home? These places are offering Thanksgiving to go:

Whole Foods

3804 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

Whole Foods has a comprehensive Thanksgiving dinner. Along with unique choices like macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts, the menu includes standards like turkey and mashed potatoes. Most foods already cooked when they are purchased only need to be reheated before serving.


716 Bragg Dr, Wilmington, NC 28412

7144 Market St, Wilmington, NC 2841

Just in time for the holiday season, Publix Deli and Catering has a variety of options. A Thanksgiving dinner meal that can serve 7-10 that only requires reheating is priced at $64.99.

Honey Baked Ham Company

351-26 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Honey Baked Ham Company has a variety of pick up or ship to your home options available. Don’t delay!


6852 Main St, Wilmington, NC 28405

Williams Sonoma offers full Thanksgiving feasts but in order for it to make it in time for Thanksgiving you’ll need to order by 11/19.

Cracker Barrel

21 Van Campen Blvd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Cracker Barrel offers “Heat-n-Serve” Thanksgiving meals that are ready to serve after just two hours of preparation because it wants to help you make Thanksgiving memorable rather than stressful.


5351 Gingerwood Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405

The whole Schwan’s Thanksgiving Meal launched at Costco a few months back. However, it might not be available in Wilmington. Check with your local Costco to see if it’s available. Costco also offers some precooked sides like mashed potatoes.

Trader Joe’s

1437 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403

Trader Joe’s offers many precooked sides that will go great with any Thanksgiving meal. They also offer a simple to prepare (re-heating in the oven takes less than an hour, total) Trader Joe’s Brined, Bone-In Half Turkey Breast.

More Local Stores offering Pick up Options:

8207 NOMA | Details

8207 Market St., Wilmington NC 28411

Cast Iron Kitchen | Details

8024 Market St Ste 7, Wilmington, NC 28411

The deadline to order from Cast Iron Kitchen is Nov. 18th for Thanksgiving meals.

CraftGrown Market | Details

603 Castle St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Junction 421 | Details

5104 South College RoadWilmington, NC 28412

Panacea Brewing Company | Details

4107 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar | Details

Must order by Nov. 20th to pickup on Nov. 23rd

Shagger Jacks | Details

Must order by Nov. 19th

Spoonfed Kitchen & Bakeshop | Details

Deadline to order is Nov. 19th

Streat Side | Details

Pine Valley Market | Details

Pine Valley is no longer taking pre-orders but will have a select number of items on a first come first serve basis on Tuesday November 22nd.

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