Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in North Georgia

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Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with a side of gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views, Southern charm, and memorable moments in North Georgia. As one of the best places to experience Thanksgiving in Georgia, Appalachia has a lot to offer your Thanksgiving getaway — including some of the best North Georgia restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day so you don’t have to cook or clean, whimsical holiday events, scenic fall foliage, and amenity-loaded cabin rentals! 

Plus, there are so many things to do in the area, like riding the Blue Ridge train, wine tasting, hiking trails to waterfalls, horseback riding, antique shopping, and visiting North Georgia pumpkin patches. Plan YOUR delectably delightful Thanksgiving dinner in the North Georgia mountains this fall!

North Georgia Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

What’s for Dinner

Thanksgiving in Georgia wouldn’t be complete without a hearty Southern-style Thanksgiving meal — including American classics like cornbread, buttered rolls, honey-baked ham, roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, fried okra, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, bacon Brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, creamed corn, green beans, and loaded dressing. 

Desserts often feature sweet potato casserole, peach cobbler, bread pudding, pumpkin pie, fried apples, or pecan pie. And you can pair your Thanksgiving feast with award-winning wines, Appalachian moonshine, or local craft brews.

What’s Open

If you don’t feel like whipping up a storm in your Blue Ridge cabin’s kitchen or cleaning up after everyone’s eaten, plan to dine at a restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner in the North Georgia Mountains. Food is typically served family style or at a self-serve buffet. Or opt for a to-go Thanksgiving meal on your holiday retreat by preordering from Southern Charm in Blue Ridge! 

Here’s a list of our favorite places to eat a traditional meal on Thanksgiving Day in North Georgia. Pro tip: make sure to call ahead for reservations as soon as possible — Thanksgiving dinner sells out fast in these blue hills!

  • Brother’s at Willow Ranch | Young Harris (to-go option too!)
  • Emily’s Bar & Restaurant | Ellijay
  • Montaluce Winery & Le Vigne Restaurant | Dahlonega
  • Mulberry Gap  | Ellijay
  • The Double L Restaurant | Ellijay
  • The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen | Young Harris 
  • The Smith House | Dahlonega

2023 Holiday Events in North Georgia 

Along with a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner in North Georgia, consider checking out seasonal events in Blue Ridge, Ellijay, and surrounding North Georgia Mountain towns for a unique Thanksgiving holiday experience. Still need to do some Blue Ridge Christmas shopping? 

Pop into downtown Blue Ridge for Blue Friday (Nov 24) — when local shops and boutiques offer steep discounts. You can also enjoy live music, festive jogs, Santa meet-and-greets, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, arts and crafts, plus seasonal treats.

  • Downtown Market in Blue Ridge | Oct 21 – Nov 25
  • Guided Hikes on Benton McCaye Trail | Oct 25 – Dec 18
  • Scrooge! The Musical at the Blue Ridge Community Theater | Nov 16 – Dec 10
  • Holiday Art Show & Sale | Nov 18 – Dec 16
  • Blue Ridge Turkey Trot |  Nov 23
  • Dahlonega Turkey Trot 5K & Fun Run | Nov 23
  • Mountain Country Christmas in Lights | Nov 23 – Dec 23
  • Light Up McCaysville | Nov 24
  • Ride the Rails Festival | Nov 24-25
  • Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega | Nov 24 – Dec 24
  • Holiday Express on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway | Nov 24 – Dec 24
  • Light Up Blue Ridge & Christmas Parade | Nov 25

Memories at YOUR North Georgia Mountain Cabin

Host Thanksgiving dinner in North Georgia at your mountain cabin rental with a fully equipped kitchen, dining table, and grill! At Georgia Cabins for YOU, we offer 120+ vacation rentals of all shapes and sizes so you can plan a family vacation or a family reunion for Thanksgiving in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from luxury lodges, pet-friendly cabins for the whole family, and budget-conscious vacation rentals.

Fully Equipped Kitchen 

Keep ingredients fresh for Thanksgiving Day, cook a homemade Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings or warm up a to-go Thanksgiving dinner from a local Appalachian restaurant, and store leftovers for later at a cabin with a fully equipped kitchen — all Georgia Cabins for YOU have one! From major and minor appliances to pots and pans to dishware, glasses, mugs, and cutlery, all you need to bring are festive holiday recipes and hearty appetites. 

Thanksgiving Meal with Mountain Views

Set your cabin’s dining table for a Thanksgiving meal in the North Georgia mountains with a river, wooded, or mountain view. Fingers crossed — you’ll even get to see the radiant fall colors of Georgia scattered across the mountains! If the weather’s just right, you can even take your meal or coffee with dessert onto the deck. Fire up the gas or charcoal grill for a new Turkey Day spin and light the firepit for s’mores in the evening, the perfect setting to share what you’re thankful for this year. 

Fun Cabin Amenities

Make your Thanksgiving in Georgia extra special with fun cabin amenities that entertain all ages!

  • Steamy hot tub
  • Crackling fireplaces
  • Game room
  • Wet bar
  • Home theater 
  • Outdoor lounge
  • Fire tables & firepits
  • Big screen TVs
  • Fast Wi-Fi
  • Resort extras: indoor pools, trails, tennis, golf, and MORE!

Start a new tradition with your annual Thanksgiving dinner in the North Georgia Mountains this holiday season!