November 19, 2018

Dine Out in Arkansas for Thanksgiving 2018

You can skip the kitchen prep and clean up and still enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner in Arkansas.

Forget the hours spent tending to the turkey this year, spend Thanksgiving at one of Arkansas’s restaurants for lunch or dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here—just like you’ll find a clean kitchen when you return home.

Capital Hotel (Little Rock)

Photo courtesy of The Capitol Hotel

The Capital Hotel offers not one Thanksgiving dining choice but four. One Eleven is serving Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s $95 for adults; $135 with a wine pairing; $35 for kids; and free for children 5 and under. Thanksgiving brunch will be served on the Mezzanine also from 11 a.m to 3 p.m., and the brunch is $58 for adults, $25 for kids, and free for children 5 and under. Additionally, the Capital Bar & Grill is serving a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for $38 per person, but you can also order off a limited menu if you’re not up for turkey and all the fixings. Alternatively, you can order Thanksgiving dinner-to-go from the Captial Hotel for 12 to 15 people for $275.

Address: 111 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR
Phone: 501-374-7474
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Cracker Barrel
(Multiple Locations in Arkansas)

Cracker Barrel serves great comfort food every day, and Thanksgiving Day is no exception. It’s a chain, but Cracker Barrel’s turkey, dressing, and trimmings are excellent, and homestyle cooking is its specialty, after all. Plus, it’s affordable. If you’re not in the mood for traditional Thanksgiving food, you can order off the regular menu. All Cracker Barrel locations serve turkey and dressing from 11 a.m. until close on Thanksgiving Day. You can also order your meal for pick-up.

Address: Multiple Locations in Arkansas
Phone: 501-945-9373
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DeGray Lake Resort State Park Shoreline Restaurant (Bismark)

DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck offers a special Thanksgiving getaway over the long weekend with a Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the Shoreline Restaurant. You can stay in the lodge or camp out for a nature-filled fall holiday weekend, which is great because Bismarck is about 65 miles from Little Rock, meaning it requires a day trip to get there.

Address: 2027 State Park Entrance Rd, Bismarck, AR
Phone: 501-865-5810
Website: Click Here

 

Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park

Courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism

The Thanksgiving dinner is normally a sellout because of the one-of-a-kind experience provided by the staff of the park. The feast is located in the rustic timber-and-stone lodge built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Petit Jean State Park, the state’s first state park, in Morrilton, Arkansas, which is about 70 miles from Little Rock. The cozy ambiance in a beautiful natural setting makes this an ideal escape if you’re traveling with a special someone this holiday season.

Address: 1069 Petit Jean Mountain Rd, Morrilton, AR
Phone: 1-501-727-5604
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Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa (Lake Ouachita)

Courtesy of Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa

This upscale Thanksgiving buffet featuring turkey, ham, casseroles, soup, salad, homemade bread, and all the fixings is offered in a lovely setting at the Mountain Harbor Resort & Spa at Lake Ouachita. It’s a bit of a drive at 82 miles from Little Rock, but it’s worth the journey for a traditional Thanksgiving feast and event unlike any other around.

Address: 994 Mountain Harbor Rd, Mt Ida, AR
Phone: 1 870-867-2191
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Ozark Folk Center State Park (Mountain View)

Courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism

The Skillet Restaurant in Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View—about 100 miles from Little Rock—serves a traditional Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and all the fixings, and you’ll be entertained by a gospel concert as a bonus. The buffet is open from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $17 for adults and $9 for children 9 and younger.

Address: 1032 Park Ave, Mountain View, AR
Phone: 870-269-3851
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Barnhill’s Buffet (Jonesboro)

Barnhill’s is a family-friendly restaurant and will be serving a Thanksgiving Buffet menu from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Address: 1111 S Caraway Rd. Jonesboro, AR
Phone: (870) 931-7322
Website: Click Here

Southside Grill (Batesville)

The Southside Grill of Batesville invited your family to join them for Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The amazing buffet will inlace smoked turkey, sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes, cheese corn, dressing, gravy, sweet potato casserole, fried okra, and a salad bar. There will also be a dessert bar with pies and cookies! Adults will be $13.99, and $8.00 for kids ages 3-10, 2 and under eat free.

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Location: 2121 Batesville Blvd, Batesville, Arkansas
Phone: 870-251-2229
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Thanksgiving at The Hive (Bentonville)

If you haven’t tasted any of the delicious dishes by Chef Matt McClure, you are missing out. Thanksgiving would be a great time to head over to one of our Arkansas favorites, The Hive.

From The Hive: A day being preoccupied with a giant bird in your oven doesn’t sound like something to celebrate? Give yourself a break this year and celebrate thanks with mouthwatering selections from four-time James Beard Award Semifinalist executive chef Matthew McClure at The Hive’s Thanksgiving celebration. Friends will be impressed. Family will be thankful. The hardest part will be choosing between the House Made Campanelle with butternut squash and rosemary, the Swordfish with Brussel sprouts and shell beans, or the traditional Smoked Falling Sky Farm Turkey with cornbread stuffing and whipped potatoes. Pretty good problem to have, if you ask us. They will be open from 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Address: 200 NE A Street Bentonville, AR
Phone: Call 479-286-6575 for dinner reservations
Website: Click Here

 

1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa (Eureka Springs)

The restaurant at the Crescent Hotel and Spa will serve a Thanksgiving Feast from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. And I do mean feast! If you aren’t in the mood for turkey, you can have their carved Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream and Red Wine Au Jus, carved Molasses and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham or Baked Atlantic Salmon over Wild Rice with Champagne Cream Sauce. If you aren’t a carnivore- they have Vegetarian Butternut Squash and Quinoa Casserole with Kale, Onions, Carrots and Celery. No worries- they have a bunch of sides and desserts too. The cost: Adults (13 & Up) $29.95, Youth (6 & Up) $14.95, Kids (5 & Under) Complimentary. Reservations recommended.

Address: 75 Prospect Avenue, Eureka Springs AR
Phone: (855) 725-5720
Website: Click Here

 

YaYa’s Euro Bistro (Little Rock)

Let them serve your family an incredible Thanksgiving Dinner buffet from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Their carving station features hand-carved turkey, blackened prime rib and Petit Jean ham. You can choose between 8 side dishes or try them all! If you leave room for dessert- there’s pumpkin pie, pecan pie, blackberry cobbler, bread pudding and much more. The cost is $34.95 per person and kids (10 and under) eat for $15.95. Be sure to make your reservations early.

Address: 17711 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 821-1144

 

Houlihan’s (Rogers)

They have all the Thanksgiving classics you are craving. Like, bottomless a la carte roasted turkey dinner with cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, garlic green beans, and fresh cranberry orange relish. You get your choice or salad or homemade soup, plus, pumpkin or apple pie. Their regular dinner menu is also available. They’re open 11 a.m. until close. The cost is $21.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids. Remember to make your reservations!

Address: 2203 S Promenade Blvd, Rogers, Arkansas
Phone: (479) 246-0296

Emelia’s Kitchen (Fayetteville)

Emilia’s Kitchen will be open on Thanksgiving Day and ready to serve you at their wonderful buffet. The buffet will be open from 11:00 a.m.-2: 30 p.m.

Address: 309 W Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-527-9800 Call for reservations
Website: Click Here

Crowne Plaza Hotel (Little Rock)

Crowne Plaza Hotel’s Cafe 201 is serving Thanksgiving Brunch from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Call to reserve a spot for their Thanksgiving Brunch! They have an extensive menu- including cold and hot Thanksgiving entrees. You’ll find a great selection of meats to choose from; turkey, honey baked pit ham, roasted prime beef, apple walnut stuffed pork loin with an apple demi glaze. Cost: Adults $32, Seniors $29, Kids (6-12 years old) $19 and kids 5 and under eat free with a paying adult.

Address: 201 S Shackleford Rd, Little Rock, AR
Phone: (501) 223-3000

Denny’s
Multiple locations in Arkansas
Thanksgiving menu available and open 24 hours
Website: Click Here

Golden Corral
Multiple locations in Arkansas
Thanksgiving Day Buffet
Open 10:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Applebee’s
Multiple Locations in Arkansas
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IHOP
Multiple locations in Arkansas
Turkey or ham dinner. Plus, their regular menu. 24-hour locations will be open all day on Thanksgiving.

Ryan’s
Multiple locations in Arkansas
Thanksgiving buffet menu. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Amanda Farris

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