Don’t skip Thanksgiving. Let these Orlando Restaurants do all the cooking and cleaning for you!
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It seems Christmas is everywhere! From department stores decorations up since well before Halloween, Starbucks peppermint and gingerbread lattes in stores, Christmas events at theme parks, to Christmas carols heard on the radio. It appears we have skipped over Thanksgiving. Don’t even get me started on Black Friday shopping now starting on Thursday afternoon. I don’t understand the rush. Isn’t it time we slowed down? Enjoyed and celebrated life a bit more? Stopped to be thankful just a bit more?
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays of the year to gather with family and friends and celebrate around the dinner table. The purpose of Thanksgiving is to be thankful for the bounty (and all the many blessings it provides). So, let’s enjoy the bounty and be thankful for it. I do admit however, all the cooking and cleaning required is not always something to be thankful for.
If you’re looking for an amazing foodie feast, worthy of replacing your home cooked meal, here are my picks for Best Thanksgiving Celebrations in Orlando. They include both All-American feasts and around the world flavors. You deserve to take it easy. Slow down, relax and enjoy the Thanksgiving feast with your family and friends. Let these Orlando culinary geniuses do all the work for you. They are worthy of all your gratitude. Seriously, GO! Make reservations and enjoy the Best Thanksgiving Celebrations in Orlando!
The Alfond Inn at Rollins
Winter Park’s charming-chic boutique hotel, The Alfond Inn, offers a sumptuous buffet menu highlighting the very best of the holiday and reflecting Florida’s rich bounty with locally sourced ingredients served at two seatings 1pm or 4pm in The Conservatory and Park Avenue Ballrooms. Highlights include cream of wild mushroom soup, Traditional Wedge Salad, Garden Greens with Seasonal Toppings, Fresh Fruit and International Cheese Display, Pumpkin-Cranberry Quinoa Salad, Garden Beets and Roquefort, Assorted Muffins and Freshly Baked Breads with Flavored Butters and Oil, carved local turkey, Carved Ham, Rum-Raisin Glaze, Braised Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Southern Shrimp and Grits, Faroe Island Salmon, Sage Brown Butter, Classic Stuffing, Whipped Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Truffle Fingerling Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Green Bean Casserole, Crispy Onions, Roasted Brussel Sprouts. Sweets display of Classic Pumpkin Pie, Southern Pecan Pie, Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Truffles. Pricing includes: Adults $69, children ages 5-12 $29 and children ages 4 and under, free. complimentary valet parking. Purchase tickets at www.EventBrite.com. For more details, go to www.thealfondinn.com or call (407) 278-8159. GO for a charming-chic Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
American Kitchen Bar + Grill
The farm to table concept restaurant American Kitchen Bar + Grill located in the B Resort on Lake Buena Vista is serving up traditional holiday entrees with an elevated twist on Thursday, November 22 from Noon to 10PM. Guests can enjoy Pecan Wood-Fired Roast Organic Turkey with Sage Brown Gravy or Bourbon-Glazed Country Ham with Cranberry Honey Mustard with all the fixings including Uriah’s Urban Farm Green Salad with Toasted Hazelnut Vinaigrette, Sage-Roasted Marble Potatoes, Grain Mustard Haricot Verts, AK Signature Biscuits, Rosemary Cornbread Dressing and Florida Citrus Cranberry Sauce. Adults $29, Kids $14. Add Southern-Style Sweet Potato Pie for $6. For the little ones, Organic Turkey Fingers w/ Fries with cranberry ketchup will also be available at $10. Check out the living garden where they harvest all greens and herbs used to create their signature dishes and take a trip down “Gin Lane” with American Kitchen’s classic cocktails reinvented. Reservations recommended at 407.827.3080 or OpenTable. BHotelsandResorts.com
Art Smith’s Homecoming Kitchen
Celebrity chef Art Smith brings all the flavors of home this Thanksgiving! Located at Disney Springs, the restaurant feels like you’re dining in the chef’s farmhouse, cozy comfortable and full of charm. Choose from the A La Carte or special menu including Jasper style smoked turkey breast, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, Savory Cornbread Stuffing, Green Beans, Sweet-Sour Cranberry Sauce, Plump Cheddar Drop Biscuit and Signature Pumpkin Bread Pudding! Adults $38, kids $16. While your celebrating, don’t miss the Moonshine cocktails like Shine Tea or be really adventurous with Shine Flight. For more info, visit website. GO for a Southern Homecoming Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Canvas Restaurant + Market
Canvas Restaurant + Market in Lake Nona will offer a 3-course prix fixe menu for $30 per person, in addition to their a la carte menu. The special holiday menu includes Cinderella Pumpkin Bisque with cinnamon sour cream, toasted pumpkin seeds or Roasted Pear Salad with baby greens, cranberry, roasted almonds, roasted pears, pomegranate vinaigrette to start. A traditional main course of Slow Roasted Turkey with sausage stuffing, Yukon gold mashed potato, green beans, citrus cranberry sauce, turkey gravy. For a sweet ending, Pecan Pie with cinnamon ice cream. Thanksgiving Hours of Operation: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Reservations recommended at 407.313.7800 or email [email protected] CanvasLakeNona.com
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille will offer its full dinner menu plus their Executive Chef’s take on a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Both Orlando locations will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition to serving its signature dishes, the restaurant will offer Slow-Roasted Turkey with Brioche Stuffing, French Green Beans with Marcona Almonds and Cranberry Pear Chutney, accompanied by Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share. Extend the dinner experience with our once-a-year-only Pumpkin Cheesecake available for $10. Additionally, The Capital Grille’s wine lists are comprehensive and varied: over 3,000 bottles of more than 350 Old and New World selections, housed in a floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosk as well as 25 wines by the glass. This legendary steakhouse is bound to make everyone’s holiday a delicious one! Click here for more information.
Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen
The shareable plates concept Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen in Lake Nona is serving up seasonally inspired favorites a la carte, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Nosh on Entrees Turkey Roulade with Brioche Stuffing and Turkey Gravy ($13), and New York Strip “Prime Rib” with Triple Butter Mashed Potatoes ($15). Add sides: Crispy Brussels Butternut Squash Hash ($8), Triple Butter Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy ($9), and Brioche Stuffing with House Bacon ($6). To end the meal, don’t miss the dessert caddy with Mini Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream ($4.5), and Pumpkin Cheesecake with Pecan Brittle, Whipped Cream and Graham Cracker Crumbs ($4.5). For reservations, call 407.955.4340 or visit chromalakenona.com
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Known for their killer prime-aged steaks around the world, this elegant staple of the Orlando restaurant scene on International Drive will serve a prix fixe Thanksgiving menu featuring elevated takes on traditional items including a three course Thanksgiving Dinner featuring appetizer choice of Butternut Squash Soup or Harvest Salad with Mixed Greens, Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Sun-Dried Cranberries, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing. Entree of Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with apple sausage stuffing, and all the trimmings such as mashed sweet potatoes and Chateau Potatoes, Thin Green Beans and seasonal desserts like Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie A La Mode for $49 per adult, $24.95 for children. The entire full dinner menu will also be offered for those looking for a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. Don’t miss the Dry-Aged Steak or Wagyu Tasting. Your dinner is complimented by flavorful new cocktails and an award-winning wine list. This is a perfect option for families where not everyone at the table wants the traditional turkey dinner. For reservations, 407-351-5074 or DelFriscos.com GO for a steak dinner Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
The French inspired brasserie in Downtown Orlando hosts Thanksgiving dinner from 1 pm to 6 pm. The family style meal prepared by Chef Proprietor Clay Miller will feature DoveCote signature dishes plus Thanksgiving classics, including various hors d’oeuvres like Chicken Liver Pate and Country Pork Terrine, Tuscan Kale Salad, and as well as Dutch Valley Roasted Turkey with Turkey Gravy & Cranberry relish, Whipped Yukon Potatoes, Fried Brussels Sprouts, Candied Collards, and Cornbread Stuffing. End on a sweet note with petit fours and pumpkin tartlets. Adults $62, children $18. Adults can also enjoy beverage pairings with each course featuring cocktails like The Gobbler with Turkey fat washed Bourbon and various French wines for an additional $21. For reservations call (407) 930-1700, for more information visit DoveCoteOrlando.com GO for a Delightfully French Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Eddie V’s has become an Orlando Restaurant Row favorite for good reason. Classical fine dining service, well prepared inventive steakhouse fare and a relaxed setting with beautiful lake views, make Eddie V’s a must-visit luxury experience in Orlando, worthy of the splurge. Open from 11am-9pm on Thanksgiving Day, they will be offering their full a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving turkey menu with all the trimmings for $42 for adults and $15 for kids. Make this a true celebration. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407-355-3011. Read about my dining experience at Eddie V’s. GO for a Glam Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
The ‘industrial gothic’ steampunk themed eatery at Disney Springs will be serving a traditional holiday turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day. For $25 per person, guests can dine on classic oven roasted turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes with gravy, savory house-made stuffing, sweet baby carrots, and cranberry chutney. If you wish to celebrate Thanksgiving all month long, give their Burger of The Month a try, it’s a Thanksgiving Triple Stack! Turkey burger topped with oven roasted turkey, slathered with cranberry relish and drizzled with gravy! The classic cocktails and nightly entertainment further provide the setting for an electric holiday made to eat, drink and be merry. For reservations visit TheEdisonFla.com
Go underground to experience Thanksgiving at Enzo’s Hideaway in Disney Springs. Gather around the family tables and feast on a three course menu of Italian favorites with starters like Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup, Forest Mushroom Arancini, and Marinated Goat Cheese with Roasted Baby Beets. Entrees will include Braised Turkey Meatballs, Pasta al Forno, or Grilled Wild Salmon. A tasting of desserts with mini house-made cannoli, pumpkin cheesecake, gelato, and sorbet will be available to satisfy your sweet tooth and conclude the ultimate Thanksgiving meal for $39 per person and $19 per child nine and under. Reservations visit: EnzosHideawayFla.com
Fogo de Chao
Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, it doesn’t mean you can’t spice it up with flavors from around the world. Enjoy the Brazilian flair at Fogo de Chao on International Drive with a gourmet salad bar of over 30 dishes including cured meats and Brazilian side dishes and let the gaucho chefs bring over 16 cuts of fire roasted meats right to your table. The pao de queijo (warm cheese bread) and garlic Picanha signature top sirloin steak are a must-eat but don’t miss the traditional Thanksgiving favorites included in the regular dinner price. Menu price includes all selections of fire-roasted meats carved tableside, Roasted turkey breast with au jus, Market Table & Feijoada Bar, Traditional Brazilian side dishes, Homemade cranberry relish, Brazilian sausage and apple dressing, and Sweet potato casserole. Kids under 6 eat free for an added bonus. For reservations call 407-370-0711 x8282. GO for an International Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Four Seasons Orlando Resort
Orlando’s only five diamond resort has your Thanksgiving holiday covered with a variety of dining options. Ravello’s buffet is perfect for those who like to celebrate in style and enjoy expansive options, while Capa’s menu provides a unique way to enjoy traditional Thanksgiving offerings with a twist.
Thanksgiving at Ravello:
Get ready to eat with your eyes and delight your taste buds. This posh Italian restaurant at The Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney World Resort is serving up a lavish buffet with an extensive selection to please more than just your turkey cravings. Reservations available from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. The Thanksgiving buffet offers highlights such as antipasti and charcuterie display, oysters, king crab legs, sushi, shrimp ravioli, chicken al mattone, baked ham, roasted leg of lamb, Boursin-whipped potatoes, traditional green bean casserole, a selection of salads and a roasted butternut squash soup. Of course, there will be delicious turkey with all of the fixings, including cranberry-cherry and ginger sauce, Chef Marco Koch’s Ritz cracker stuffing, giblet-sage gravy, charred sweet potato puree, roasted vegetables medley with brussels sprouts, and more. Make sure to leave room for dessert, as the pastry team has created a menu worth indulging in, including traditional pumpkin pie, cinnamon pumpkin tiramisu, mini pecan pies, and more. The menu is available for USD 115 per adult and USD 45 per child. For the full menu, FourSeasons.com/Orlando
Thanksgiving at Capa:
For those looking for a unique way to celebrate the holiday, Capa, the exquisite rooftop steakhouse with spectacular views, will be offering a Thanksgiving special in addition to an a la carte dinner menu available from 4:30 to 9:00 pm.The special includes roasted turkey confit, served with a side of potato puree, stuffing, winter vegetables, and cranberry and port gravy sauce. To end the meal on a sweet note, Capa’s dessert special is a black bottom pumpkin cheesecake with caramelised pecans. This entrée and dessert is available for USD 58 per adult and USD 29 per child.
For those who wish to celebrate Thanksgiving but perhaps not necessarily with turkey, there are several additional options available at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Guests can celebrate with Goofy & His Pals at the Character Breakfast in Ravello, offered on Thursday from 7:30 to 11:00 am. PB&G will also offer its standard menu from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, as will Plancha at the Tranquilo Golf Clubhouse from 11:00am – 6:00pm. For dining reservations, call 407 313 6161. Go for a Five Diamond Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek’s La Luce
Voted the top restaurant in Orlando by Trip Advisor, La Luce at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is also one of my favorites. Experience a flavorful Italian family-style Thanksgiving feast for $65 per adult, $25 per child. The menu includes Zuppa of Butternut Squash with Crispy Pancetta, Insalata Testarosa with Warm Red Cabbage, Bacon, Apples, Stilton, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Lasagna Verde Al Forno with Wild Boar Ragu, Spinach, Aged Provolone, Oven Roasted Poussin with Seasonal Vegetables, Sherry and Thyme Jus. To complete the meal Signature Pumpkin Pie with Salted Caramel Gelato. A minimum of three guests required. Reservations are recommended. Please call 407-597-3675. LaLuceOrlando.com
Hemispheres at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Thanksgiving travel may give you pause and cause you to hesitate going to the Orlando International Airport, however you may miss out on one of the most unique dining spots in town. Here you can indulge in a fantastic buffet spread in a relaxed, newly re-designed setting after a $3 Million dollar renovation with spectacular views of the airport runways. Located on the 9th floor of the airport hotel, it is the complete antithesis of the hustle and bustle of holiday travel occurring just outside their doors. As you watch the planes coming and going off the runway, this dinner may inspire your next family vacation. $44.95 Adults, $19.95 Children (5-12), valet parking is complimentary for two hours. 407-825-1315 OrlandoAirport.Hyatt.com GO for a Travel Inspired Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Highball & Harvest at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando
With a modern approach to Southern cooking, featuring locally sourced product, some of it grown at the on-site Whisper Creek Farms, this casually swanky eatery at The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Orlando Resort has the rustic feel of the season. Enjoy a festive family style feast of traditional dishes complemented with their own Cider Press Punch, seasonal micro-brews and sparkling wine. Menu includes charcuterie and local cheeses, cajun pork and turkey terrine with pickled vegetables, pimento cheese smoked crab dip, carved sage roasted turkey, giblet gravy, spiced cranberry raisin relish and Cherry Wood Smoked Prime Rib with horseradish and Cabernet sauce. Roasted vegetables, Sweet Potato, goat cheese panacotta with tomato confit. Plus an Ice Bar with cold water oysters, poached shrimp, and crab claws. More formal fare like Lamb Leg with roasted apples and fennel, Pastrami Cured Cobia, charred cauliflower steaks, brown butter scallops, and duck confit. Of course, the list of sweets is unreal! Classic Pies of all kinds, tarts, logs, cheesecakes. You name it! View the menu online as it is too long to list here! If you’re looking for the mother load for Thanksgiving this is it! $120 adults, $50 children. Reservations required 407-393-4648. Highball & Harvest GO for a rustic chic Foodie Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The Lake Buena Vista resort offers multiple options to celebrate the holiday:
Enjoy a special Thanksgiving four course plated lunch or extensive dinner buffet menu at LakeHouse, the newest eatery at this classic Florida resort, overlooking panoramic views of private Lake Windsong. Chef Craig Steffenson even shines the spotlight on cranberries with an inventive cranberry sauce bar during the resort’s lavish Thanksgiving Day Feast. Traditional cranberry sauce, flavored with oranges, cinnamon and anise is joined by a variety of off-the-wall flavors like guava, Florida key lime and whisky bacon made with Palmetto Creek Farms bacon, to complement the beautifully brined Joyce Farm’s all-natural, free-range roasted turkey. The 11-year Hyatt veteran joined the Orlando team this year and is excited to introduce his fun holiday bar, originally inspired by fresh jams he would taste at Santa Monica farmers market. Guaranteed you won’t skip the cranberry relish at this Thanksgiving table.
Dinner at the iconic Hemingway’s includes a plated as well as family style service with Rosemary-Citrus Brined and Roasted Fresh Free Range All Natural Turkey, Apple, Leek, Celery and Sage Stuffing, Classic Yukon Gold Potato Mash with Butter and Crème, and much more, including dessert. For more information and reservations, click here. GO for classic Florida style Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Loews Universal Orlando Resorts
The award-winning chefs of Loews Universal Orlando Resorts are preparing a festive lineup of Thanksgiving celebrations at each hotel. Guests will feast on sumptuous holiday buffets and enjoy family-friendly entertainment that includes appearances by Universal Orlando characters, face painters, balloonists, live music and more. Plus there’s plenty of festivities after turkey day to take part in. (see the bottom of this post for those Can’t Miss events!)
Thanksgiving Day Buffets include:
Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Savor the tastes of Italy at this Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 am – 6 pm. Entertainment includes appearances by Universal Orlando characters, kids’ holiday crafts and activities table, face painter, balloonist and live music. Adults $65, Children (ages 3 – 9) $20, under 3 free. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).
The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Join in for a rockin’ Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am – 4 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm. Entertainment includes appearances by Universal Orlando characters and Magic Man. Adults $62, Children $22, under 3 free. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).
Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Enjoy our Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet among the sights and sounds of the South Pacific from 11 am – 9 pm. Entertainment includes a face painter, balloonist, musician and hula dancer, and appearances by Universal Orlando characters. Adults $58, Children (ages 3 – 9) $26, under 3 free. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).
Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
This Caribbean-style Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 am – 9 pm will be full of flavor! Entertainment includes a face painter, balloonist and appearances by Universal Orlando characters. Adults $58, Children (ages 3 – 9) $26, under 3 free. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).
Maria & Enzo’s
Experience an authentic Italian Thanksgiving at Maria & Enzo’s at Disney Springs with a gourmet three-course holiday dinner. For $39 per person and $19 per child nine and under, sit back, relax, and let Maria & Enzo’s treat you like family for a home-cooked style meal. Starters include Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup, Forest Mushroom Arancini, and Marinated Goat Cheese with Roasted Baby Beets. Guests can dine on entrees such as Braised Turkey Meatballs, Pasta al Forno, or Grilled Wild Salmon. A tasting of desserts with mini house-made cannoli, seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, gelato, and sorbet will be available to top off your Thanksgiving feast. For reservations visit: MariaandEnzos.com
For a unique twist on “unlimited dining”, this new culinary hotspot celebrating all things local at Gaylord Palms Resort is featuring an unlimited a la carte menu where you order from an extensive selection of small plates, fresh fruit dishes, cheeses, waffles and biscuit creations like chicken and waffles and country ham biscuits, and larger plates including Key West Benedict with yellow tail snapper and Crab Cake Benedict. All this in addition to a local Turkey Carving Station, Bacon Bar with varieties of house-cured bacon. And if that wasn’t enough, you get to indulge in a Bloody Mary Bar and Bacon Cinnamon Rolls. Everything included for a set price per person. Eat up! When they say MOOR (Mindful Of Our Resources) they really meant MORE! Request to dine on the 60ft sailboat docked in the lagoon for an extra special treat for the kids and kids at heart. Valet parking complimentary. 407-586-1101 Gaylord Palms GO for a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
At Morimoto Asia, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s first Pan-Asian restaurant located in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World, the restaurant will be serving a special Thanksgiving treat for those looking for an Asian twist. Enjoy a spin on the traditional holiday staple and try the Peking Turkey Dinner, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, it is served with roasted pork fried rice “stuffing,” Japanese-style candied yams, cranberry-litchi chutney and Szechuan peppercorn gravy. $48 per person. For reservations, MorimotoAsia.com
Award-winning chef and culinary legend, Norman Van Aken, together with Executive Chef Andres Mendoza bring you a Thanksgiving Feast worthy of indulgence. In addition to the New World Cuisine a la carte menu which features a fusion of Latin, Caribbean and Asian recipes with traditional European technique, a special four course menu with various delicious choices for each course is offered from 5pm-9pm on Thanksgiving Day. Highlights include Thai butternut squash bisque, Sheep Empanadas, House Bacon Wrapped Turkey, Snapper al ajillo, and pumpkin semifreddo to close this amazing dinner. Free valet parking. Reservations required, call 407-393-4333. 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando FL. GO for an award-winning Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
This Thanksgiving, the spectacular seafood restaurant Paddlefish at Disney Springs will be serving up a traditional herb roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, green beans, cranberry relish, and pan gravy for $34 for adults and $17 for kids. Their regular menu of seafood specialties will also be available. To unwind and de-stress the holidays, cocktails on the top deck are a must! For more information visit paddlefishrestaurant.com
The Polite Pig at Disney Springs
From The Swine Family that brought you renowned The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder, comes a casual concept full of flavor. The Polite Pig at Disney Springs will be open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving day serving A la carte menu selections including signature dishes like the Smoked Chicken Wings with pickled carrots; House-Smoked Brisket with coffee rub; The Southern Pig Sandwich with pulled pork, fennel-apple slaw, tangy mustard bbq and Duke’s mayo; and Crispy Brussels Sprouts with whisky-caramel. Visit www.politepig.com for more information.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
For an Irish twist to your holiday, this authentic Irish Pub in Disney Springs is serving an incredible feast. Come as you are to enjoy live music and dance while digging in for butter and herb roasted turkey breast on mashed potatoes with apple sage and sweet onion stuffing, smoked bacon Brussels sprouts, duck-fat roasted potatoes, cranberry and plum chutney served with traditional gravy. $28 for adults, $14 for children. Menu served all day long. Don’t fret if turkey isn’t your entrée of choice – the full Raglan Road menu will be available. Gobble gobble! I guarantee this will be the most festive spot on the block. Raglan Road’s live Irish music and dance entertainment will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue through the evening. For reservations call 407-938-0300 RaglanRoad.com GO for an Irish Hooley Good Time Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Rosen Centre Hotel
Executive Chef Mike Rumplik and his team at Rosen Centre Hotel are masters of Holiday brunch buffets. By far the best value in town, guaranteed to have you as stuffed as the Thanksgiving turkey when you finish this dining extravaganza of over 55 dishes. Offering an insane selection of antipasto, seafood, sushi, tapas, soups, salads, pasta station, holiday favorites roasted Tom Turkey with all the trimmings, Island rum glazed ham, and a full breakfast station with Eggs Benedict, omelet and waffles made to order. Save room for the extensive dessert display including warm spiced apple & cranberry compote over vanilla ice cream, a flowing chocolate fountain and lots of mini Swiss sweet shots. If that was not enough, unlimited champagne and mimosas are included. See the full menu here. Open from 11am-7pm. $47.95 adults, $17.95 kids. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407-996-2385. GO for the most extensive champagne brunch Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Ruth’s Chris Steak House is offering 3-course turkey dinner, and Thanksgiving sides-to-go. For sides-to-go, guests can purchase orders of Sweet Potato Casserole or Creamed Spinach (serves 10-12). Orders need to be purchased in advance. For more information visit website.
The seasonally inspired Seasons 52 Altamonte Springs and Dr. Phillips locations serve up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, featuring Plainville Farms Roasted turkey raised on family farms never, ever given antibiotics. Full menu also available. Don’t miss the seasonal cocktails like the Cranberry Sage with Prairie Organic Gin and of course the mini indulgences are a must! For more information and reservations, visit Seasons52.com GO for a Seasonally Terrific Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
You’ll find a traditional taste of Spain for your Thanksgiving holiday at this I-Drive Icon 360 eatery. Don’t miss checking out the Paella Pit. Holiday three-course dinner features white bean soup made with pork belly, sausage, chorizo, scallion oil and smoked paprika as the first course; carved porchetta served with chorizo stuffing and maple-glazed Brussels sprouts as the second course; and to top things off, a cranberry-orange tart made with sweet butter crust, cranberries and chantilly cream for $27 per person. The full Spanish Tapas menu also available. Their nightly Flamenco dancers will have you make-believe you have traveled to Spain. Open from 11am – 11pm. 407-226-2929 TapaToro.Restaurant GO for a Spanish infused Thanksgiving Celebration in Orlando!
If you are not a fan of turkey, Taverna Opa is the perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving in Orlando! Give the holiday a Grecian twist and indulge in lamb instead with a three course menu featuring Greek favorites Horiatiki Traditional Greek Salad, Spanakopita spinach pie and keftedes Greek meatballs, and roasted lamb. For dessert indulge in Loukoumades, Greek donuts spiced with honey syrup. Yum! All for $25 per person. In addition to the great food, guests enjoy the lively atmosphere, Zorba line dancing, napkin showers and belly dancing as well as an in-house DJ. For reservations call 407-351-8660. Pointe Orlando. GO for the non-turkey of Thanksgiving Celebrations in Orlando!
Terralina Crafted Italian, one of the newest eateries at Disney Springs in collaboration with James Beard award winning chef Tony Mantuano is adding a touch of rustic Italian flare to your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy grappa marinated roasted turkey, pancetta-apple bread stuffing, buttered green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted winter squash, and natural gravy for $36/adult in addition to their fantastic menu of Italian comfort food which is also available. For more information visit TerralinaCraftedItalian.com
Spend a swanky holiday in 1940’s ambiance with superb cuisine by one of my favorites, chef Tim Keating. Urbain 40 in Dellagio Plaza on Restaurant Row’s Sand Lake area, will offer a 3-course Fall Harvest prix fixe menu featuring popular dishes from their Magical Dining Menu with seasonal inspiration. The menu at $35 per person is one of the best deals in town and includes choice of Chef’s Seasonal Salad with Mesclun Greens, Fall Crop Pears, Pickled Red Onions, Gorgonzola Dolce, Candied Walnuts & Artisanal Walnut Oil Dressing, Soup du Jour Inspired By The Seasonal Market, Crepe Urbain of Mushroom-Laced Eggplant Caponata, Gruyere, Yellow Tomato & Sweet Pepper Sauce with Balsamico Drizzle to start. You can also choose their fantastic Cast Iron Skillet Sea Salt-Roasted Mussels for a $5 supplemental charge (A Must Do!). For your entree choices are plentiful and include The Risotto di Giorno features Pan-Roasted Sweet Red Argentine Shrimp, Butternut Squash, Sage, Mascarpone & Pecorino Romano-Laced Risotto di Carnarolli. Butchers Block Reserve Veal Milanese with Pesto Pasta Dumplings, Broccolini & Lemon, Orecchiette alla Campana with Italian Fennel Sausage, Eggplant, Rhapini, and Herb-Infused Olive Oil, Grana Padano, Free-Range Organic Chicken Parmigiano Bianco Mediterranean Vegetable-laced Pearl Pasta, Tiny Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Parmigiano & Fontina Cream, Panko & Fines Herb-crusted North Atlantic Cod Fillet with Marble Potato, Spring Onion, Tiny Pepper & Fall Crop Squash Hash for a $4 supplemental charge. For dessert, save room for pastry chef Amanda McFall creations like Apricot & Pecan “Cobbler” Croissant Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Streusel, Vanilla Bean Gelato, Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Ginger & Pear Crème Brûlée with Madagascar Vanilla Chantilly Cream, Pumpkin Spice & Salted Caramel Buttercream, her decadent cookies, macarons and seasonal torta. Reservations can be made at urbain40.com or 407-872-2640.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando Bull & Bear
Known as offering one of the best fine dining experiences in the City of Orlando, Bull & Bear delights guests with a four-course Thanksgiving dinner you’ll be talking about for years. Their masterful wine pairings are not to be missed. $125 per adult; $60 per child. Reservations are required, please call 407-597-5413. WaldorfAstoriaOrlando.com
Wine Bar George
The uber popular wine bar created by local Master Sommelier George Miliotes opened earlier this year to much anticipation in Disney Springs. You can read all about my 9 Reasons to Visit with fantastic wines, inventive cocktails and shareable plates. To celebrate the holiday, Wine Bar George will add a Thanksgiving option to its menu on November 22 featuring a Thanksgiving plate with turkey and all the fixings for $32 for adults, $16 for kids (9 and under) and of course there’s pumpkin pie for $10. This is a perfect spot for an adult outing or romantic date night on Thanksgiving with over 140 wines to choose from! Restaurant opens at 11am. For reservations: winebargeorge.com/events
Thanksgiving at Disney Theme Parks:
Heading to Disney Parks this Thanksgiving? No need to skip the turkey dinner. Many of Disney Parks restaurants are serving up a spread of holiday cheer with all the fixings. See the roundup below for a cornucopia of thankful flavors:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
If you’re traveling to the Valley of Mo’ara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ll find that the Na’vi have created their own version of a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Pandora. Satu’li Canteen will be serving up wood-grilled roasted turkey breast with gravy, apple and sage stuffing, green beans, orange marmalade glazed sweet potatoes with candied pecans, mashed potatoes and cranberry boba pearls; available in both adult and kids’ portions. And for dessert, you’ll find a delicious pumpkin cheesecake mousse.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom & Epcot
Mosey on over to Magic Kingdom Frontierland’s Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn and Cafe to partake in a hearty feast that includes turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy. Sunshine Seasons in Epcot will also be serving a Thanksgiving plate for lunch and dinner consisting of turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce.
Restaurants Worth The Drive From Orlando:
If you’re looking to head out of town for the holiday, here are some delicious options worth the drive.
1921 Mt. Dora
Located outside of Orlando but worth the drive is 1921 Mt. Dora in the charming town of Mt. Dora. On Thanksgiving enjoy a special 3-course prix fixe menu for $65 per person. Menu includes choice of Chestnut & Foie Gras Stuffed Turkey Roulade or Brown Sugar Glazed Smoked Ham with Pineapple Chutney, Fixin’s like Milk Buns with Artisanal Butter, Smothered Green Beans with Wild Mushrooms and Crispy Shallots, Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow and Candied Pecans, Sourdough Stuffing and Citrus Cranberry Sauce and House-Made Seasonal Pies. Thanksgiving Hours of Operation: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reservations can be made on online at 1921nva.com or via phone at 352.385.1921.
Elevage at Epicurean Hotel, Tampa
Visit the hotel for foodies, Epicurean Hotel in Tampa this Thanksgiving holiday. Indulge in Élevage restaurant 3-course feast by two-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef South semi-finalist, Chad Johnson. He’s crafted a bountiful menu with apropos sides and desserts to properly elevate your holiday experience. Enjoy creative twists on the classics. Start with choice of Fried Brussels Sprouts & Spinach Salad with country ham, fuji apple, goat cheese, quince vinaigrette, Brie, Cheddar, & Cider Bisque with smoked chicken, pumpkin seeds, ancho chili, sorghum, or Hubbard Squash Risotto with key west pink shrimp, thyme, pecan, muscadine brown butter. For your main entree, choose Roasted Turkey Tenderloin ($52) with cornbread stuffing, sweet potato, haricot vert, spiced cranberry jam, sage gravy, Grilled Broccolini ($48) with sea island pea & Jupiter rice hoppin’ john, smoked tomato broth, Roasted Salmon ($57), roasted autumn vegetables, spaghetti squash, truffle & fig vinaigrette or Filet Mignon ($64) with goat’s milk potatoes, porcini & shallot marmalade, watercress, bbq bordelaise. To cap off the night, choose Chocolate Terrine with salted peanut brittle, vanilla ice cream, Tasting of Cheddar & Orchard Fruits with honeycomb, candied walnut, crostini or Pumpkin Bread Pudding with coffee ice cream, bourbon & laurel anglaise. Thanksgiving hours: 5pm-10pm. Reservations online. Tampa.
Bonus: After Thanksgiving Celebrations
Once you’ve recovered from your food coma and done all the holiday shopping, check out these fun after Thanksgiving celebrations in Orlando:
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Holiday Harbor Nights
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, kick off the season at Holiday Harbor Nights, a wine and music event designed to capture the ambiance of the Mediterranean. Featuring select wines and sparkling wines, gourmet foods from the various resort restaurants, live music and the grand illumination of the majestic Christmas tree! General admission $55, VIP $90 (plus tax and ticketing fee). Purchase tickets online at HarborNights.tix.com.
Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando & Feeding Children Everywhere
It’s the season of giving back! Help the Loews Hotels Universal Orlando Resorts team accomplish the goal of assembling 425,000 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere. Volunteer for a one-hour shift at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel between 9 am and 1 pm. Click here to sign up to volunteer.
With these great Thanksgiving celebrations in Orlando, there is no reason to skip Thanksgiving!
If you are looking to celebrate at home or in your hotel room but don’t want to spend time cooking, check out my Thanksgiving To Go recommendations. There’s lots of delicious options!
Be thankful for the bounty and enjoy the best Thanksgiving feast with family and friends! Don’t forget to #MakeSomedayHappen one delicious bite, sip and trip at a time!
And, after Thanksgiving, then we can officially move on to Christmas…