Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  It brings people together and unites them with a huge mouth-watering meal. However, as amazing as this is it is also a ton of work for the person hosting.  We all enjoy a home cooked meal, but sometimes going out is more relaxing!  The 11 restaurants we choose below are like you are in someone’s kitchen, just as delicious without the work!  These restaurants are located throughout Florida and offer a unique Thanksgiving experience, each with their own eclectic menu. They are also extraordinary to dine at any time of year.  There is something to make everyone’s taste buds happy and as a bonus, no dishes to be washed! 

We have rounded up our top 11 Thanksgiving restaurant picks based on our own personal experiences, reviews, menu options and availability. They are all a must-try!

11 Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving in Florida:

Columbia (Tampa, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach, Orlando)

“Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant℠, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.”

Café Boulud (Palm Beach)

Café Boulud is run by the well known Chef Daniel Boulud, and has won many awards for its French-American cuisine.  This restaurant is known to be like a mix of Florida and NYC – that can’t be beat!  They also have a great Thanksgiving menu, so check it out!  

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant (Tampa)

This restaurant makes all it’s dishes homemade with fresh local ingredients.  They place a lot of emphasis on the pairing of wine and food.  The menu is American fare with a flare of different cultures mixed in to create an unforgettable experience.  The ambiance is a mix of low key with a high-end decor.

Matador Room (Miami Beach)

This restaurant has lots of history and was inspired by the mystique of the 1950s. The kitchen is run by world famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and it does not disappoint!  The cuisine is a mix of South American, Latin, Spanish and Caribbean and the menu is always changing, local and fresh.  They offer a Thanksgiving menu you will not forget!  

Byblos (Miami Beach)

Byblos menu has roots with Eastern Mediterranean inspired ingredients.  The food is served family style and the restaurant strives to recreate local favorites and succeeds three fold!  The food is delicious, cooked with local fresh ingredients – this place is not to be missed for a truly inspiring and different Thanksgiving experience.  

Marina Jack (Sarasota)

Marina Jack’s boasts an amazing waterview that is not to be missed!  They have a menu that has won awards and has local and delicious seafood, along with perfectly cooked steaks and amazing Italian style pasta dishes.  It is an American style menu, but next level with the cuisine and how it is prepared.  They also have a fantastic wine list and feature special holiday menus, including Thanksgiving.

The Mansion (Melbourne)

The Mansion, a three-story house at 1218 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, was originally known as The Queen Anne.  The Mansion rich in history also has great food and a tremendous wine list. 

The Rusty Pelican (Tampa)

The Rusty Pelican is unique, set up on the water with palm trees all around, you will really feel like you are on vacation.  The menu includes some of the freshest seafood, most of it locally caught and other American fare favorites. 

Give thanks with family and friends at The Rusty Pelican Tampa this Thanksgiving! Make a reservation for a Three-Course Brunch from 10AM to 3:30PM or A la Carte Dinner with a traditional Turkey Special from 5PM to 9PM.

400 Beach Seafood & Tap House (St. Petersburg)

400 is right on the water, so you can enjoy the views while dining on some delicious fresh seafood.  Florida is the place to get some of the best local seafood and 400 showcases this with their delicious preparations.  They also have non-seafood options on the menu that are also noteworthy.  They have an extensive wine and beer list too.  Check them out any day or for the next holiday!  

Yacht Starship Cruises & Events (Tampa & Clearwater)

With two decades of service, Yacht StarShip’s dining cruises have become a seaworthy staple. Cruise the waterways of Tampa Bay or Clearwater while enjoying a premier dining experience and an open bar that’s free at sea on select cruises.

Farmers Market (Fort Myers)

Inside dining will be unavailable on Nov 25, but take out will be available from 11 am until 3pm for delicious family style meals.  Farmers Market serves Southern style meals in a relaxed welcoming environment.  They are a great spot to visit anytime to enjoy locally sourced ingredients served in a unique homecooked way. Check them out, you will not be disappointed! 


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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