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Events & Holidays

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, you have two options - you can spend an entire day in the kitchen preparing a holiday feast, or you can do what many visitors and locals on the Outer Banks alike do, and eat out on Thanksgiving Day.

Below are a list of Outer Banks restaurants that are not only open on Thanksgiving, they're preparing a special Turkey Day menu filled with all of your holiday favorites.

To avoid the hassle and cleanup of preparing your own holiday dinner, any of the restaurants listed below are sure to have an assortment of yummy Thanksgiving favorites you and your family will love.

If you're planning on eating at any of the following restaurants, be sure to call the phone number listed and inquire about reservations as soon as possible.


Jolly Roger

One of the most well-known and well-established restaurants on the Outer Banks, Jolly Rodger is a fun, casual, pirate themed spot located on the beach road in Kitty Hawk. Their all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving Feast includes all of the holiday staples along with a few non-traditional items like Oyster Stew and Surprise Soup.

In addition to dinner, Jolly Rodger's bar will be open all day and they'll be serving breakfast Thanksgiving Day morning. Their popular karaoke starts at8:00 pm if you feel like singing after filling your stomach with turkey and stuffing.

Thanksgiving Feast (Breakfast: 6:30 am - 11:30 am) (Dinner: 1:00 pm - late) $16/adult
1836 North Virginia Dare Trail / Kill Devil Hills, NC / 252.441.6530

Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe

Founded in 1996 by locals Mark and Sandy Basnight, Lone Cedar Cafe has been an Outer Banks favorite from day one. Located on the Nags Head/Manteo causeway,Basnights is known for serving some of the very best cuisine in the area.

Their Thanksgiving buffet is very popular and last year, the restaurant received 1,200 reservations for their scrumptious Thanksgiving Day buffet.

Thanksgiving Buffet (11:00 am - 6:00 pm) $35/adult
7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.5405

Pamlico Jacks

A pirate themed restaurant on the Outer Banks (there's a few) Pamlico Jacks is known for their good food and even better location - right on the sound inNags Head.

Their Thanksgiving menu includes plenty of oyster themed dishes along with a plethora of fresh fish options including: Smoked Rockfish, Charred Raw Tuna,and Tarragon-Cured Salmon.

Thanksgiving Buffet & Oyster Festival (11:00 am - 7:00 pm) $30/adult
6708 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.2637

Mulligans Raw Bar & Grille

Another local restaurant serving a buffet style Thanksgiving dinner, Mulligan's has some delicious items on their holiday menu including: Turkey Legs,Honey Baked Ham, Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp and Grits and Spiced Pumpkin Bisque.

Thanksgiving Buffet $29/adult - Traditional Plate: $18/adult
4005 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.480.2000

Kelly's Restaurant and Tavern

Featuring a slew of delicious Thanksgiving items including a few Outer Banks favorites like Hatteras Clam Chowder and Oysters Rockefeller, Kelly's is agreat place for Turkey Day dinner.

Don't forget about their homemade desserts prepared by award winning pastry chef Becky Miller. There will be plenty of deserts to sample like Pumpkin Pie,Carrot Cake, and Pumpkin Brady Cheesecake.

Thanksgiving Buffet and Dinner ( 11:00 am - 8:00 pm) $32 Adults
2316 S Croatan Hwy / Nags Head, NC / 252.441.4116

Coastal Provisions

The flagship Southern Shore location opened just six years ago and this restaurant's catering business is booming. Ready to prepare your entireThanksgiving feast, all you have to do is pick up your meal and enjoy.

Coastal Provision's Thanksgiving menu includes everything you'd expect - turkey, pumpkin pie, creamy mashed potatoes and traditional stuffing.

Made-to-Order Thanksgiving Feast (Pickup is on Nov. 27 and 28) Price Varies
1 Ocean Blvd / Southern Shores, NC / 252.480.0023

Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar

The most upscale restaurant on this list, Ocean Boulevard is offering a four course celebratory menu on Thanksgiving Day. With four-to-five items to choosefrom for each course, you're sure to have a memorable holiday dinner here.

Thanksgiving Dinner (3:00 pm - 9:00 pm) $55/adult
4700 N Virginia Dare Trail / Kitty Hawk, NC / 252.261.2546

Whether you decide to eat out or prepare your own holiday feast, everyone atSeaside Vacations would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.