Outer Banks Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving


No Need to Cook

outer banks restaurants thanksgivingFor those who love to head our way for Thanksgiving vacations, Outer Banks restaurants are up to the task of making sure that your vacation is what is should be – relaxing. As Norman T. Bibeau, Élan Vacations President, says "there is no need to cook because Outer Banks restaurants have you covered.”

Even though most establishments take the opportunity to thank their employees by allowing them to spend the holiday with their own families, there are a handful that stay open on Thanksgiving in order to give family cooks a chance to relax and enjoy the time on the OBX with family friends. There is nothing like Thanksgiving in the Outer Banks and here are some local favorites who want the holiday to be even more special.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, Milepost 10.5 - Us 158 Bypass, Nags Head

Kelly’s is definitely an Outer Banks landmark when it comes to eating out. From stopping in to enjoy a light dinner at the Tavern before listening to great live music to enjoying a full dinner with friends and family in the restaurant, Kelly’s offers a little bit of everything for everyone. Thanksgiving is no exception. On this special day, in addition to their regular menu, they have a huge spread of traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as some of their OBX specialties. It is highly recommended that you make reservations especially if you are coming with a large group. For more information, email Kelly’s or call (252) 441-4116.

Owen’s Restaurant, 7114 S Virginia Dare Trail Nags Head, Milepost 16.5, Nags Head

Operated by the same owners for almost 65 years, Owen’s Restaurant is truly an OBX establishment. It features a scrumptious menu that accommodates all sea and land-loving guests with dishes that are so delectable. For Thanksgiving (Christmas, too – just in case you were wondering), they feature an unbelievable buffet of all of the Thanksgiving dinner favorites as well as signature Owen’s dishes. Owen’s always comes through with perfect dinners for their guests so we know that you will have a perfect Thanksgiving dinner at Owen’s Restaurant. They can give you all the details if you call them at (252) 441-7309.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café, 7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head

If farm to table is your preference for food, the Lone Cedar Café is the perfect spot for you. They pride themselves on preparing their meals with the freshest seafood, meat and poultry as well as local grown produce. Even the herbs used to season every dish come from their own pesticide-free herb garden. Just like the other restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinner, Lone Cedar plans to serve up turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings as well as local seafood specialties. As one of the area’s favorite places to eat, it is great that they are opening on Thanksgiving. For more information or to make reservations, call them at (252) 441-5405.

Pamlico Jack’s, Milepost 16, US 158 Bypass, Nags Head

Are you an oyster lover? Well, it is a good thing that Thanksgiving is an "R” month (as legend tells us) because not only is Pamlico Jack’s hosting a huge Thanksgiving Day Buffet but they are also including their annual Oyster Festival in the plans for the day. From traditional oysters on the half-shell to Oysters Rockefeller to Golden Fried Oysters, there are many types from which to choose. Along with oysters, you know you can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and more. We suggest you make reservations so call them at (252) 441-2367.

Mako Mike’s, Milepost 7 - US 158 Bypass, Kill Devil Hills

Just like the other Kelly Hospitality restaurants, Mako Mike’s is setting up to host Thanksgiving dinner, too. Just a little further north in Kill Devil Hills, Mako Mike’s has everything set for Thanksgiving with everything you expect to have plus local seafood specialties. Call them for reservations or more details at (252)-480-1919.

Make Thanksgiving Easy

Spending Thanksgiving vacations in the Outer Banks is great but not having to spend an entire day in the kitchen is even better. With these and other OBX restaurants planning on hosting holiday spreads, your holiday is about to get a whole lot less stressful. When you book your Outer Banks vacation rental, let us help you prepare for Thanksgiving Day. We always have great ideas!!