Here's a short list of where to start looking. Remember to call ahead for reservations and ask about kid discounts and holiday brunch.
A traditional southern restaurant with staples like fried chicken and sweet tea, Colonnade draws visitors to its Morningside neighborhood location. Start your feast with pumpkin apple bisque, cream of turkey soup or juice before digging into a roasted turkey breast. Discuss what you're thankful for over traditional and funky sides like candied yams and rosemary and honey carrots.
Wrap up your meal with coconut icebox pie, hot fudge cake, peppermiint ice cream or traditional pumpkin pie.
Situated just outside Atlanta on the Chattahoochee River, Ray's is known for its seafood fare of Ginger Soy Tuna, live Maine Lobster, Parmasean scallops and Shrimp and Grits. On Thanksgiving, the chef prepares a Thanksgiving buffet feast with traditional favorites like turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and plenty of pies.
Come and feast between 10am and 8pm before heading to Lenox Mall to see the lighting of the Great Tree.
Come hungry for a feast at Buckhead's 103 West. Each family style meal comes complete with a whole turkey, trimmings and a dessert buffet. The best part might be the leftovers, boxed up and ready to go when you leave.
Stop by the Lounge at noon or after for cocktail service and relax before sitting down to dinner.
Maggiano's gives Thanksgiving dinner a twist with turkey breast with giblet gravy and focaccia sausage stuffing. Italian flavor is infused throughout the meal with baked ziti, gnocchi, and ravioli choices. End your meal with the arm apple crostada or vanilla bean profiteroles.
Head to Glenwood and take refuge at the SHED for Thanksgiving dinner this year. Choose from citrus & rosemary roasted turkey, maple glazed ham, traditional trimmings, collard greens and bacon pies and red velvet cupcakes.
Step inside Horseradish Grill resembling a tucked away urban cottage trimmed by a garden and flowering trees. Thanksgiving dinner includes choices of farm raised turkey, sweet corn crusted Georgia mountain trout, wood grilled bourbon pork tenderloin just to name a few.
For a twist, try the chocolate croissant bread pudding for dessert.
A farm-to-table restaurant with cutting edge Southern cuisine, Food 101 tends to focus on local ingredients from area vendors and farmer's markets. Their Atlanta Thanksgiving tradition includes maple and brown sugar glazed spiral ham, rosemary leg of lamb, herbed roasted turkey with orange cranberry sauze and family sides. Choose from black-eyed pea succotash, cornbread stuffing, maple whipped sweet potatoes and mac and cheese.
End your meal with a selection of pies, chocolate bread pudding and apple tarts.
Owned by the same proprietors as Ray's on the River, Ray's at Killer Creek offers an abbreviated lunch and dinner menu, plus a Thanksgiving plate or holiday 3-course meal. Ask about early reservation booking for a free dining card.
Ray's restaurants also offers a frequent dining card to earn rewards on future meals. It's the perfect way to save up for next year's Thanksgiving.
One of Atlanta's most trendy farm-to-table restaurants, Briza is conveniently located in Midtown near the Fox Theatre. A three-course Thanksgiving dinner features butternut squash soup with pumpkin seeds, onion custard and crispy sage, organic turkey, cornbread-brioche stuffing, spiced cranberry-orange sauce and more.
Need a place to stay? Briza is situated adjacent to the Renaissance Midtown Hotel. Check for rates now.
An upscale Atlanta steakhouse located inside the Ritz Carlton, the Atlanta Grill is known for its grilled steaks, chops and seafood with touches of Southern cuisine. Choose from a four-course Thanksgiving dinner, or head over early for brunch instead.