Let’s face it, as much as we love the trappings of Turkey Day, Great Aunt Glenda’s scorn over our-less-than-perfect pumpkin pie sometimes makes us want to bypass the home cooked Thanksgiving meal and opt for a reservation. The good news: Charleston’s restaurant realm offers a variety of options. The bad news: they are filling up fast.
We called around to see who still has seats for Nov. 27 and suffice to say, you better get on the horn quick to nab a seat. (Note: this is not a comprehensive list, merely a survey of a handful of places.)
Magnolias is nearly at capacity with 700 people on the books. That said, if you’re interested in the early bird special, they might still be able to squeeze in a small party around 11:30 a.m. Dinner is a la carte featuring Thanksgiving specials like brandied apple stuffed pork loin and pecan crusted salmon.
Over at Blossom, the story is a bit better. The restaurant has 200 people booked, but there is still availability. Blossom is also offering an a la carte menu with specials such as pan roasted grouper and, of course, slow roasted turkey, cornbread and housemade sausage stuffing.
You can pretty much forget Halls. The steakhouse is not only full but has a large waiting list. Halls will be open from 2-8 p.m. (with the bar open until 2 a.m. to drink away your relatives) and will offer the regular menu plus additions like slow roasted and Southern fried turkey, roasted rack of lamb, and slow roasted prime rib.
The Drawing Room reports that they have 30 more seats available and will be offering a prix fixe dinner with options like St. Jude Farms oysters, roasted heirloom pumpkin soup, and sweet potato agnoletti from noon to 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $52 per person. Wine pairings are an additional $23.
Eli’s Table tells us they’ll begin accepting Open Table reservations soon, so there’s plenty of time to get a seat there.
High Cotton is close to capacity with 490 diners reserved. Last year they served 520, so there’s still a bit of room left. Dishes like Charleston cream of crab soup, Carolina duck breast, braised lamb steak, and apple spice cake will all be served from 1-7 p.m. High Cotton is offering an appetizer and main course for $49, and $54 to include dessert.
Poogan’s Porch says they can’t take any additional large groups, but might be able to sneak in a few smaller tables. Poogan’s Porch will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will serve an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner.
Charleston Grill is down to just 9 p.m. reservations. Chef Michelle Weaver will serve up a variety of holiday dishes for $90 per person plus tax and 20 percent gratuity.
If you’re doing a dinner for two, S.N.O.B. has a few remaining tables peppered throughout their Thanksgiving service from noon to 6 p.m.
For a more casual dinner, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar will open at 6 p.m. and serve a pizza-only menu until 10 p.m.The bar will be open until 2 a.m. Reservations are not required.
For those looking for something off the Peninsula, The Ocean Room at Kiawah’s Sanctuary Hotel will be serving an a la carte Thanksgiving Day menu from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and The Jasmine Room will have a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 8 p.m. Reservations are still available for both.