Organizing a Thanksgiving feast can be stressful, so why not go out for dinner and keep your kitchen clean? That’s what these spots in Florida aim to do, save you time from peeling the potatoes and cleaning up so you can spend more time with the family. For a stress-free holiday experience, check out these best places to dine out for Thanksgiving in Florida.


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Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island Omni Amelia Island Plantation
Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island (Prices & Photos)

Pack in a vacation and Thanksgiving dinner in one at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, located just 29 miles north of Jacksonville. This 1,350-acre luxury property has got plenty of on-site amenities to keep you busy throughout the day, from a white-sand beach to outdoor pools and a day spa and multiple restaurants. Craving traditional Thanksgiving favorites? Call for reservations to enjoy turkey day meals at the hotel’s collection of restaurants. Enjoy a scrumptious buffet at Sunrise Cafe, which is open from 10:30 to 7:30 p.m. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant Verandah will also be open and offers a Thanksgiving dinner served from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Other restaurants at the Omni that are open on Thanksgiving are Oceanside, Marche Burette, Natural Slice, and Falcon’s Nest.

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Columbia Restaurant, St. Augustine Columbia Restaurant
Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant, St. Augustine (Nearby Hotels)

Boasting six locations across Florida, Columbia Restaurants is one of Florida’s oldest restaurant chains serving locals for over 113 years, which means they’ve had time to perfect their Thanksgiving feast. Make a reservation this holiday season and enjoy traditional favorites with all the fixins, including roast turkey, Columbia stuffing, fresh vegetables, whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Hungry yet?

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Rusty Pelican, Miami (Nearby Hotels)

What’s better than Thanksgiving dinner? Thanksgiving dinner with a champagne brunch buffet and stunning views over Biscayne or Tampa Bay. Rusty Pelican has locations in both Tampa and Miami and is known for their over-the-top buffet featuring breakfast specialties, a carving station with roasted turkey, holiday ham and prime rib. Seafood lovers will delight at the seafood raw bar with oysters, crab legs and sushi, while kids and sweet lovers alike can get their sweet-tooth fix at the bananas foster and donut stations. Parents can indulge in the Bloody Mary bar or a fall cocktail, while kids can enjoy photo booth fun and crafts.

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida
Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Amelia Island (Prices & Photos)

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is known for two things: its renowned on-site restaurant Salt and the stunning ocean view rooms with private balconies. Take a break this Thanksgiving weekend with a stay at this luxurious resort, where you can celebrate with their Thanksgiving events that offer impressive culinary presentations. The Thanksgiving in Coast is held at the restaurant Coast and offers a buffet of traditional favorites, while the Grand Feast Celebrate is held in their opulent ballroom and features live jazz music.

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Marina Jack, Sarasota (Nearby Hotels)

Offering a quintessential Florida-style Thanksgiving dinner, head to Marina Jack in Sarasota to enjoy a panoramic view of the marina, downtown, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass and the Gulf of Mexico while you dine. The Main Dining Room will offer traditional roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, savory herb sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce, while live music will be featured in the Deep Six Lounge and Piano Bar in addition to the Blue Sunshine Patio Bar and Grill. You can also get out on the water on one of their special holiday cruises for a special buffet menu that includes Roasted Turkey with trimmings, Pan Seared Mani and Pumpkin and Key Lime pie.

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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Orlando

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee (Prices & Photos)

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee is one of Florida’s most beloved spots to be during the holiday season. Here you can dine on a home-cooked meal in a 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium adorned with more than two million lights. You’ll find traditional holiday fare along with a seasonal buffet, all set in the grand dining room of a European villa. Not only do they have an enticing Thanksgiving feast, but from November 16th to January 6th you can also attend their annual ICE! Event with two million pounds of hand-carved ice and snow tubing (in Florida!).

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GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill, Hollywood (Nearby Hotels)

Escape the bustle of big cities like Miami and Fort Lauderdale to the more quiet pocket of Hollywood, where GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill sits right on the Intracoastal. They offer a family-style whole turkey carved tableside for parties of six or more and options for a three-course turkey dinner, where you can indulge in a 14 oz slow-roasted prime rib, crab-stuffed Key West yellowtail snapper and pumpkin flan.

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Yacht StarShip, Tampa Yacht StarShip, Tampa
Yacht StarShip, Tampa

Yacht StarShip, Tampa (Nearby Hotels)

If you’re looking to make memories with the family this Thanksgiving, why not dine aboard a yacht while cruising Tampa Bay? You can let the crew handle all the Thanksgiving details while you kick back and relax in the fully air-conditioned yacht, then dig into a traditional feast. The executive chef will whip up the meal with butternut squash bisque, a carved slow-roasted turkey, apple cheddar cornbread stuffing and old-fashioned sweet potato casserole while you climb to the top deck and take in the beautiful skyline views and enjoy the Chef’s holiday dessert selection.

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