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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2023


Thanksgiving to me is about turkey, dressing, praline sweet potato casserole, garlic cheese grits, Grandma’s deviled eggs and desserts like pumpkin cobbler, pecan pie and, of course, canned cranberry sauce. It is also about family, friends and football, but most of all, it is about taking time to be grateful and to remember.  It’s a time when we meet up with family we rarely get to see and an opportunity to invite friends for a Friendsgiving, a time when we talk about the past and share memories of days gone by and the people who are no longer at the table but made us who we are.  We laugh a lot, and there may be a few tears, but most of all, we are grateful.

Not everyone is excited to bring out their favorite cookbooks and spend the day (or days leading up to it) in the kitchen. Or, maybe the family cook is ready for a break this year. Then, it’s time to switch things up… pile up the crew and take them to one of these Arkansas restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. I highly recommend that you call and confirm hours and then make reservations if you can. It will be one of the busiest days of the year for most restaurants.

Capital Bar and Grill | Little Rock
Sullivan’s Steakhouse | Little Rock
Heritage Grille Steak & Fin | Little Rock
The OAK room & bar | Hot Springs
501 Prime| Hot Springs
The Bugler | Hot Springs
Park Grill – Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts | Little Rock
Allsopp & Chapple Restaurant + Bar | Little Rock
Brave New Restaurant | Little Rock
Arthur’s Prime Steakhouse | Little Rock
Trio’s | Little Rock
YaYa’s | Little Rock
Quapaw Kitchens Buffet | Pine Bluff
Hwy 270 Grill | Poyen
Zeke & Lizzy’s | Heber Springs

The Hive | Bentonville
Table at Hickory Inn | Bentonville
Village Inn | Bentonville & Rogers
The Fat Chef | Rogers
Ella’s Table | Fayetteville
Southern Food Company | Fayetteville
Wilson Cafe | Wilson

Arkansas State Parks Restaurants

The Shoreline Restaurant at DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge | Bismark
Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park | Petit Jean Mountain/Morrilton
Skillet Restaurant at Ozark Folk Center State Park | Mountain View


Cracker Barrel | Multiple locations in Arkansas
Denny’s | Multiple locations in Arkansas
Golden Corral | Multiple locations in Arkansas
IHOP | Multiple locations in Arkansas
Ryan’s | Multiple locations in Arkansas
Bob Evans | Fort Smith & Rogers

A Time for Giving Back

For the fifth year, Verona Italian Restaurant, 190 Skyline Drive, Conway, will be sharing “with those in need,” serving turkey, stuffing, gravy and salad “at no cost for anyone in our community who can’t be with family or can’t afford to prepare it at home … until we run out,” on Thanksgiving Day from 1 to 3 p.m.

Daisy’s Lunchbox Cafe & Bakery at 311 N. Spruce in Searcy is also sharing a free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Catalpa Cafe & General Store in Oark will be hosting their annual free Thanksgiving dinner again this year. Everyone is welcome; donations are optional. Doors open at 11 a.m., and they will serve until they run out. Reservations are not needed, but RSVP is appreciated, especially if you are a large family or group, to ensure they make enough food.

If we missed one of your favorites, let us know. We will be happy to add it.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family at OnlyinArk.com/First Security Bank to yours.

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2 responses to “Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2023”

  1. Chanta says:

    You forgot The Thanksgiving Buffet at the Arlington Hotel.

  2. TOG says:

    The Arlington Hotel has THE BEST Thanksgiving buffet in the state. Yes, it’s expensive but when you add up the value of purchasing the raw foods, cooking the food and clean up; it is well worth the buffet price and tip.
    Kudos to Verona Restaurant in Conway for serving a free meal to those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving meal.

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