Can't get home for Thanksgiving or just don't feel like cooking? Never fear—you can still get your turkey (or pizza or Indian food) at one of the surprising number of restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Some places have abbreviated hours, though, so make sure to call before you go.
Thanksgiving restaurants in Greenville
Make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at these open restaurants
By Yvonne ZuselMetromix
November 9, 2009
Latin Express Cafe offers authentic Latin cuisine, including a variety of Cuban and Argentinian food made from scratch. Relaxed and family-oriented atmosphere located across the street from Erwin-Penland on Broad Street.
Features Northern Indian cuisine, dishes include tandoori, korma, masala, and vandaloo dishes with choices of lamb, beef, chicken or pork. Goat is also popular. Their extensive lunch buffet is extremely popular. Beer and wine served.
Every night features a drink special or entertainment option. Expect large crowds on Thursday through Saturday nights. The main bar is upstairs, where people tend to congregate more for ballgame watching or booty shaking. The full menu features great bar food with excellent wings of many flavors to choose from. You can design your own burger and top it with any of the wing sauces. Metromix readers voted Wild Wing Cafe for Best Wings 2010; Wild Wing Cafe was nominated for Best Guys Night Out Bar 2011.
Greenville’s own microbrewery features American food such as burgers, pizza and sandwiches, as well as more adverturous items like the Wild Game Sampler. They feature a blue plate lunch, Rueben sandwiches, and a lean, mean buffalo burger. Happy hour is held during the week, with a full bar and occasional live entertainment. They’re open most holidays, so sharing a white Russian with a stranger on Christmas night isn’t unheard of. Nominated for Best Brunch and Best Burger 2011.
Soby's New South Cuisine is a contemporary cuisine infused with traditional Southern ingredients. Starting with seasonal ingredients, their chefs transform Southern favorites into something comfortable and new. Signature dishes include Shrimp and Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Crab Cakes. Soby’s is a bustling upscale restaurant with exposed brick walls, sky high ceilings and old wood flooring. The kitchen is fairly open, and there is a special table upstairs where you can watch as the chefs prepare your meal. Soby’s has some staple items like their signature crab cakes, but they do change their menu seasonally, so it’s a new and delicious surprise on your next visit. Full bar, and great wine list and knowledgeable bartenders can mix up any kind of cocktail you could want. They’re in the running for the best Old Fashions in town. Valet parking is available. This a good preshow venue or spot for drinks and appetizers, dinner or when you have friends in town. Soby’s has their own cookbook available. Metromix readers voted Soby's Best Restaurant 2011; they were nominated for Best Brunch and Best Girls Night Out Bar 2011.
A family-owned and operated business where made-from-scratch takes on a literal meaning. Ten years ago, this family started a catering business using great-grandmother’s recipes which led to the restaurant we know today. Customers’ favorites include turkey and dressing and roast beef, but their 6-foot chocolate fountain runs a close second. With a smile on their face and love in their heart, Laurenda’s is happy to serve you a taste of home.
This is a family-owned cafe where breakfast and lunch are made from scratch. Open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Sunday, these folks enjoy giving you a taste of what it’s like to come “Back Home.” Customers’ favorite is their cube steak.
This menu ranges from carved turkey breast to fried shrimp. Carved roast beef and pulled pork sandwiches are also on the menu, and there is a dessert bar that is available all day. Ryan’s also has a full breakfast every Saturday and Sunday.
Ryan’s is modestly priced and offers a very family-friendly atmosphere that welcomes customers to come back. Orange chicken, meatloaf, burger or fries, Ryan’s has it all and doesn’t disappoint, especially when it comes to service.
Don’t be fooled by the name and the decor of this family-friendly restaurant. It’s not a French food restaurant like some have mistaken it for at first glance. This is an American food restaurant serving breakfast all day. Not that breakfast is all you can get here, though. You should also try their homemade chicken pot pie or their pot roast. Both are favorites. The upscale, yet cozy atmosphere is inviting, so come often and hungry.
The first Fatz opened in Spartanburg in 1988, and since then they have been pleasing customers with hearty portions, good prices and friendly service. They offer daily lunch specials where you can create your own combo from choices like calabash chicken or veggie wraps, and their dinner options range from top sirloin to Edisto style shrimp and grits.
Fatz is an American chain restaurant offering your typical American grill fare, including burgers, fries, calabash chicken and mozzarella cheese sticks. Pricing is good and cheap, and the rations are overwhelmingly large, hence the name of the restaurant.
Panera is known for its sandwiches and salads, as well as the rich selection of breads and sweet baked goods. Seasonal dishes keep the menu new and fresh. The atmosphere is casual, open and airy, but it has a few alcoves for cozier dining. Outside seating is available, as is free Wi-Fi access. Located in a busy shopping center, it makes for a convenient stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Saffron is a popular Indian restaurant but not because it’s the only Indian restaurant in Greenville. They have some stiff competition. This romantic and trendy restaurant is authentic to North Indian cuisine and they match that with atmosphere, piping in Indian music while you dine on their signature items such as their chicken tikka masala or their tandoori chicken. They also cater, so if you love their chicken jalfraze or their chicken saag, be sure to have them cater your events.
Dine in or carry out only, Milano Pizzeria & Restaurant serves a menu full of Greek and Italian classics, including gyros, pasta, calzones, stromboli, burgers, salads and more. A large dining area with table service, Miliano’s has a busy, casual and family-friendly atmosphere.
Many sports bars are pretty typical. They pretty much have the same atmosphere, TVs set to ESPN and the cuisine is American. There are two things available at Junior’s that puts it on a different level: crab legs and breakfast. The restaurant is open almost the entire day during the week and with hours like that you have to serve all three meals. The great thing about the restaurant is you can keep up with your favorite sporting events by watching one of the 12 52-inch TVs around the restaurant.
Chef Manigualt is the chef du jour in this charming old southern home. He and his staff serve up lunch during the week, and Sunday dinner. There is a quaint outdoor patio as well as the traditional dining rooms, set in different rooms in the home both upstairs and downstairs, including a sun room type area. It’s family friendly, and good to stop in for business lunches. No alcohol. They also offer catering. There are southern style buffets offered on Wednesday and Friday, as well as an array of salads, sandwiches, and wraps to choose from.
This Charleston-based restaurant is located in the RiverPlace building in the heart of downtown Greenville. The food can be described as American with Southern regional influence. The menu is comprised of beef, veal, lamb, seafood options and specials. The brunch is pretty popular in town, consisting of benedict options, pancakes with fruit, cream cheese and fruit-filled French toast and duck hash. Happy hour is 4-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they serve up standard and traditional cocktails like an amazing “Pimm’s Cup,” mojitos, martinis and Firefly Vodka. Nominated for Best Burger 2011.
Open since the 1930s, the Towne House is a place for an affordable dining experience within an atmosphere of historic elegance. The current chef/owner is the third owner of this well known downtown Anderson eatery and restored the building to its original Southern beauty in 2001. Fresh desserts are homemade daily. The outside seating and balcony add to the ambience yet the owners keep it casual enough for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Since 1961 this local diner has been serving up hearty classics from steak-n-eggs to grits and hashbrowns. Open late on weekends for your late-night waffle craving and open early when you just want some old-fashioned bacon and eggs.
Black and white tile, pressed shirts and soft music lend an air of elegance to this upscale restaurant. Have a glass of wine on the porch under the pergola, or order up some juicy prime rib. Three banquet rooms are available for rent for special events.
Hooters, located beside Westgate Mall, is a perfect place for a boys night out. The famous Hooters waitresses serve up wings, burgers, seafood and salads all night long. Hooters is open late till midnight Monday-Thursday, till 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and till 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Famous for amazing hot wings and girls in orange, Hooters also offers a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, and even seafood. Browse their on-sight merchandise, or go online to visit their entertaining, interactive Web site.
Known all over the nation for it's self-proclaimed “tacky yet unrefined” personality, Hooter's has a laid-back and playful attitude. Specializing in wings in a spectrum of flavors, the menu also offers a variety of other items, including heart-healthy and low-calorie options. The beach pub feel of the place makes it a popular, festive spot for watching sports and people alike.
McGee’s is one of the oldest Irish pubs in the area. Once you set foot onto the brick floor in McGee’s and smell the variety of ales and lagers you feel like you’ve stepped into a true Irish pub. The atmosphere is laidback yet lively. McGee’s isn’t just a place to try a variety of drinks; they have a kitchen open most of the day and even serve brunch on Sundays.
Do fine-dining restaurants make you feel uncomfortable? When you go out to eat, do you want to feel like you're with family? Then Po' Girls could be your place. Providing a dining experience with personality, the Girls will make sure you have a good time as well as a good meal. You'll find games for the kids and pool tables for the adults. When you stop in for breakfast, make sure you ask about the breakfast special that rewards you for stopping in again and again.
Ryan’s serves a full bar of traditional favorites every day, including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and a fresh salad bar. The dessert bar with freshly made cookies, cake, cobbler and ice cream is included. Daily specials include steak and shrimp, and on Wednesday, a pasta bar is available. Ryan’s also serves a full breakfast bar on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:30 a.m., featuring waffles, pancakes, eggs and fresh fruit.
Easley’s Myrtle Beach Bar & Grill is a private club that brings a taste of the Grand Strand to the Upstate. The menu includes seafood favorites like oysters, shrimp and crabcakes, as well as food like wings and steaks for land lovers. Open until at least midnight every night, the Myrtle Beach Bar & Grill features karaoke, sports on the TVs, and a lively bar scene.
Southern country cooking at its best. Joy’s serves up delectable barbecue, pulled pork, chicken, burgers and fries. The food isn’t the only shinning star here, the service is good, and at the sound of a straw sucking in air they are there.
Sho’s Cafe has been in business for three years and specializes in meat-and-three dishes. They are popular for their fried chicken and also have daily lunch specials to the tune of $5.50. They serve dinner and lunch.
Of all the bars in Clemson, Nick’s Tavern might just be the one with the most loyal following. The small, dark bar is known for it’s eclectic beer list (a rotating 30 beers on 18 taps and 70 bottled beers) and a crowd that’s just as eclectic; You’ll find undergrad students, grad students, faculty and staff, and even alumni who remain true to their old haunt. Nick’s is even known for drawing a crowd of Greenvillians willing to make the nearly 45-minute drive to pull up a stool at this top-notch bar. If you’re not familiar with the crowd, that’s OK. Nick’s encourages the building of friendships; You can drop in and buy your buddy a beer for the next time they stop in. Just check the board behind the bar, where you may find your name. If you do, just let the bartender know, and you can claim your brew. And don’t forget the food. On the menu you’ll find a variety of tasty options, including wings, burgers, veggie burgers and hummus. Your best bet, however, may be the warm, delicious spinach-artichoke dip. Metromix readers voted Nick's Best Bar in Clemson 2010; Nick's was nominated for Best Bar in Clemson 2011.
You know the staff at this Denny’s location is on their toes because the national headquarters is right down the road. Besides the friendly staff, this Main Street location also offers the typical Denny’s favorites, including grits, sausage, eggs, chicken, hamburgers and french fries.
Denny’s on Wade Hampton is an area classic. They offer breakfast all day/every day, a kids’ menu and a late night menu. Also, they are open 24 hrs. a day, offering smoking after 10:00 p.m. The friendly waitstaff will keep your coffee cup full while you hang out with your friends for hours or sit over a laptop or textbook studying. They’ll also bring you a Grand Slam Breakfast, Philly Cheesesteak, cheese sticks or Moons Over My Hammy anytime of the day. Though Denny’s is an international chain, their corporate headquarters is located just down the road in Spartanburg, S.C.
Denny's, headquartered in Spartanburg, serves up breakfast, any way you like 24/7. Or, if you're in the mood for a burger, fries or other American diner food, they've got you covered there too.
Uncle Billy’s BBQ and More is a friendly place to pick up some delicious barbeque. What differentiates Uncle Billy’s BBQ from other barbeque? Uncle Billy’s BBQ specializes in Texas Style.
The Tiki Hut is a bar and grill style restaurant located on Lake Hartwell. A membership is required, unless guests are accompanied by a member. The menu includes a ribeye salad, Tex-Mex burger, Mediterranean wrap, fried mushrooms and fried ravioli. Entertainment occurs nightly with acoustic Thursdays and Sundays and Tuesday karaoke. The marina is located right next door to the restaurant and has tubes, pontoons and more available to rent.
Located downtown, The Spot on the Alley is a bar and grill style restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Trivia takes place on Tuesday nights, and ladies night is on Thursdays. The restaurant sells merchandise on site and has wireless Internet available for customers. The menu includes taco burgers, pork chop sandwiches, fried green tomatoes, wings (with more than 12 flavors) and loaded homemade chips.
Piccadilly is a Southern favorite established in Baton Rouge, La.. Their Southern-Southwestern cuisine is great when enjoyed around a table at the restaurant, but you can also order your favorite entree to go. Don’t forget to check out the manager’s specials and the breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
While it does look more like a bar at first glance, Lil D's does serves lunch and dinner throughout the day when their grill opens from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and then again from 5-10 p.m. It's one of the few places in Spartanburg that you'll find open and serving alcohol on Sundays and the kind of establishment which doesn't set a closing time but instead lets the customers decide when the neon signs are turned off.
Carolina Barbeque has two Spartanburg locations and specializes in barbecue and ribs. All their sauces are homemade and can be bought bottled and ready to go. They've been in Spartanburg for more than 25 years. Serving traditional everything from barbecue to chocolate hushpuppies, Carolina Barbeque encourages customers to dine in, carry out or inquire about catering.
Wild Wing Cafe is located directly off Interstate 85 at Exit 19. The menu includes wings with more than 30 flavors, sandwiches, salads and more. Customers can build their own burger off the menu or try the a healthier chicken entree—the Chicken Feathers (grilled chicken breast on a skewer that come in the same flavors as the wings). Live performances occur frequently, and with more than 10 TVs, sports is a major feature of this restaurant and bar.
Wild Wing Cafe features “great grillers and wild drinks.” They offer specials every night, such as “Two fer Tuesdays” (buy a dozen wings get a dozen free) and “Thirsty Thursdays.” Wild Wing is also a hot spot for entertainment, including live music and karaoke.
This underground destination is popular with the late night crew who want to dance. Private areas can be reserved. There is a cover charge on Friday and Saturday after 10 p.m. They offer salsa lessons from 8:30-10 p.m. on Thursday nights and service industry night on Sundays. Nominated for Best Girls Night Out Bar 2011.
City Tavern occupies the space formerly known as Tassey’s. You are still greeted with the familiar frozen daiquiris lining the wall behind the bar, which are the most popular drinks. Other drink options including domestic and imported beer, wine and cocktails. Pub fare is served until late night and consists of nachos, cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers, spinach-artichoke dip and the like. City Tavern was nominated for Best Bar 2011.
Connolly’s is a great singles bar or place to catch up with old friends. Since it’s a late-night venue, people tend to show up late and stay later. The main bar area serves up domestic and imported beers including a lemony Hoegaarden, wine and cocktails. The signature dish of shepherd’s pie, boasts an impressive reputation. Go down a few steps to a 2nd bar, which is cash only. Metromix readers voted Connolly's for Best Trivia 2010 and Best Guys Night Out Bar 2011.