There are so many reasons why it’s called the most wonderful time of the year! It’s the time of year when special days are celebrated in special places with family, fun and most importantly food! And no one does holiday food like the Golden Isles. Turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato pie…you get the idea. (Good thing we have miles of beaches where you can walk off those Christmas calories!)
So, this holiday season, let one of our renowned resorts or award-winning restaurants treat you and your family to a heartwarming meal you’ll never forget! Whether you choose to share a heartfelt meal from the comfort of your vacation rental or head to a local-favorite restaurant for a holiday brunch, here are the top places around the Golden Isles where you can find special holiday meals.
On Jekyll Island, located adjacent to the Holiday Inn Resort, Beach House will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Start with brunch favorites with a chef-attended omelet station and waffle station, or head straight to the holiday fare with herb roasted turkey, sweet potato casserole, and pecan pie, just to name a few. Best of all, Beach House has indoor and outdoor seating, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Adults - $32.95; Children 6-11 $15.95; Children 5 and under no charge. Reservations recommended. Call 912-319-0033.
This Thanksgiving head over to The King & Prince and dine at St. Simons’ only beachfront, restaurant, ECHO. Serving from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., this buffet has it all! Shrimp & grits, carving stations piled high with turkey with giblet gravy and ribeye with bordelaise, and even breakfast favorites such as omelet and waffle stations, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage. You’ll be ready for a peaceful holiday nap when you’re through.
Adults - $72; Children 10 and under - $49; Children 3 and under no charge. Reservation Required. Call 912-268- 5967.
Sago at Sea Palms
Sea Palms' newest restaurant, Sago, will be offering a showstopping Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Open to the public and reservations are required. Please call 912-434-5340 for more information and to make reservations.
Jekyll Island Club Resort
The Jekyll Island Club Resort invites resort guests to dine with them this Thanksgiving. An enhanced Thanksgiving Buffet will be held in the historic Grand Dining Room from 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. It will surely be a holiday meal you (and your stomach) won’t forget.
Adults - $80; Children 3-12 years of age - $40. For reservations call 912-635-5155.
Experience an array of Thanksgiving dining options at Sea Island. Guests and members can choose from traditional holiday brunch at The Lodge, to a signature Thanksgiving feast at The Cloister, and or even a holiday meal at Georgia’s only Forbes Five-Star restaurant, the Georgian Room. And if dining at home is more your style, consider The Market's take-n-bake Thanksgiving Dinner this year!
For more information on pricing and reservations, click here.
Other Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day
The following restaurants on St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Brunswick will be open on Thanksgiving, offering their regular daily menus:
- Barbara Jean's | St. Simons Island | 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Eighty Ocean Kitchen & Bar | Jekyll Island | 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Iguanas Seafood Restaurant | St. Simons Island | 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Sandy Bottom Bagels | St. Simons Island | 6:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- The Pub at Village Inn | St. Simons Island | 4 p.m.
- The Wharf | Jekyll Island | 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Take & Bake or Catering Options Available for Thanksgiving Day
The following restaurants on St. Simons Island and in Brunswick are offering Thanksgiving pre-orders, specialty desserts, and take and bake options. Please call for more details and to place your order:
- Certified Burger | St. Simons Island
- Dulce Dough | St. Simons Island | Offering Parker House Rolls and Dulce Dough Pies.
- Golden Isles Olive Oil | St. Simons Island
- Halyards | St. Simons Island | Offering Dinner for 2 or Dinner for 6.
- The Market at Sea Island | St. Simons Island | Deadline to order is Nov. 20.
- Porch | St. Simons Island | Orders will be ready the day before Thanksgiving.
- The Village Oven | Brunswick | Pecan and pumpkin pies are available for pre-order.
Nothing sounds better than Christmas by the ocean. Enjoy a brunch buffet with the King & Prince Resort at their beachfront restaurant ECHO. Satisfy your taste buds with their holiday themed menu.
More information to come. Reservations required. Call 912-268- 5967.
Jekyll Island Club Resort
Revel in the magic and splendor of the Jekyll Island Club Resort at Christmastime. Resort guests are invited to enjoy festive holiday meals throughout the week of Christmas in the Grand Dining Room. Guests may choose from special holiday favorites on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
More information to come. Reservations required. Call 912-635-5155.
No one does Christmas quite like Sea Island. With beautifully decorated trees that seem to touch the ceilings to roaring fireplaces and cozy lounges, you’ll wish every day was a holiday at Sea Island. Choose from one of several of their beloved restaurants. From traditional Southern Christmas buffet to an Italian Christmas at Tavola, there is something to satisfy every palate this season.
For more information on pricing and reservations click here.
New Year’s Eve & New Year's Day
Grand Dining Room
Ring in the New Year with the Jekyll Island Club Resort’s New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party! Held in the award-winning Grand Dining Room, this five-course prix fixe dinner is sure to be a fine dining experience. A private New Year's Eve gathering with live music, a champagne toast at midnight, and party favors immediately follows the dinner. The whole family will enjoy the New Year's Day Brunch Buffet with black eyed peas, hoppin' john, collard greens and more.
For reservations and more information, call 912-635-5155.