Athens, GA Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Whether you are visiting Athens over Thanksgiving weekend or playing host to friends and family, this Thanksgiving Survival Guide will let you know which Athens restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, where to order wonderful food for a Thanksgiving meal at home, and open spaces where you can gather with the whole family. Also, look below for Athens hotels offering special rates for friends and family visiting for Thanksgiving.

Which Athens Restaurants are Open on Thanksgiving?

There are a few Athens restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving Day:

  • The Café on Lumpkin will be open from 8 AM - 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day.
  • FIVE Athens's traditional community Thanksgiving meal will be at Chuck's Fish. The meal is free of charge, and all donations go to Project Safe. Follow them on social media for 2022 updates.
  • Known for their amazing soul food, Weaver D’s is celebrating Thanksgiving Day with their program, “Feeding The Hungry, The Automatic Way.” Come out for this colorful holiday bash that will feature gospel singing at 12:00 p.m. along with an unforgettable feast for visitors at 2:00 p.m.. Make sure that you bring along a non-perishable food item to donate!
  • Ted's Most Best will be open until 3pm

Where to Order Thanksgiving Takeout and Heat at Home Dishes


Don’t miss out on some southern homestyle cooking from Saucehouse BBQ! Catering packages make the holiday easy with the options of ready-made full turkeys and hams. Also included in this deal are the choice of two different homestyle sides, drinks, and desserts. Call the restaurant or email to reserve your meals!


Take home some southern sides from home.made to brighten up your festive gatherings! Dishes are available for pre-order on their online shop here! Orders will be taken from now until noon on Friday, November 18th. Schedule a pickup time for Tuesday, November 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or on Wednesday, November 23rd from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..


This family style restaurant Donderos’ Kitchen will be offering dishes with a Thanksgiving flair for you to pre-order and enjoy this season! Choose from full turkeys, tasty side dishes, and a variety of pies to give your family gathering stand out. Check out their Facebook page here for their pre-order form coming soon!


Buy all of your celebration necessities at the Thanksgiving edition of the Athens Farmers Market at Heirloom on Wednesday, November 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Additionally, Heirloom Cafe will kick off the season with their annual wine dinner on November 15th. Reservations are open now, so make sure you get a spot! 


Make Thanksgiving easy with catering options from Lindsey’s Culinary Market! From roasted autumn vegetables to pear gingerbread upside down cake, make sure you don’t miss out on these delicious deals! Call the farm fresh restaurant to place your order or send them a direct message through the restaurant’s official Instagram here

George's Lowcountry Table 

Thanksgiving Pickup Menu George's Thanksgiving Pickup Menu features your favorites like Cajun Seasoned Deep Fried Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy or Oyster Stuffing. Call 706-548-3359 to place your order for pickup!

Ted's Most Best

Ted's Most Best is taking orders for party sized appetizer and salad platters, as well as whole cakes and cheesecakes with 24 hour notice.


Places to Gather With Friends & Family

Hotel Offers for Visiting Friends & Family