Everyone’s favorite food-filled holiday is right around the corner. Traditional celebrations tend to call for hours spent prepping for the meal, but sometimes it’s fun to break tradition. For those feeling rebellious, those who don’t know their way around the kitchen, or even the ones who simply don’t want to deal with the aftermath and mess, there’s an easy solution. Plenty of Miami’s favorite chefs and restaurants are opening their kitchens to make everyone feel right at home on Thanksgiving day. Make your reservations soon, because these spots are bound to fill up.Read More
12 Worthy Restaurants for Thanksgiving Day in South Florida
Cooking is overrated anyways
1. El Vez Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Turn Thanksgiving into a major fiesta with El Vez’s Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving dinner. For $31 per person, guests will enjoy a spice-rubbed turkey with mole poblano served with green chorizo and squash blossom stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, and sweet potato pie. Pair it with a margarita to to really set the mood.
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2. Burlock Coast
On Thanksgiving Day, diners can feast on various carving stations, tapas, seafood, and even a caviar station — all while sipping on included bottomless BC Brew, rum punch, mimosas, and more. Want to skip cooking but still be in the comfort of home? Order a full Thanksgiving to go for six to eight people prepared by executive chef Paula DaSilva for pickup on Thanksgiving Day. Those who aren’t ready to end Thanksgiving can stop in on Friday for a special leftovers menu as well.
Price: $49 for kids, $129 for adults (drinks included)
The newly opened BALEENkitchen in Sunny Isles is diving right into the scene with a full Thanksgiving spread offering. The prix fixe menu is full of the classics, like roasted squash soup, sliced turkey breast with traditional gravy, winter squash-cranberry succotash, and sweet pumpkin, pecan, and brioche bread pudding. Full Thanksgiving and an ocean view sounds like the right way to spend the fall holiday.
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4. Beach Bar at Newport Pier
For those looking to keep it simple on Thanksgiving, but who still want a little Miami vibing during dinner, there’s Beach Bar at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort. Grab a traditional Thanksgiving meal while enjoying the ocean breeze. The turkey dinner includes stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, and choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Simple and to the point, with a side of beach.
5. Malibu Farm Miami Beach
Bring on the midday food coma at Malibu Farm. Here, guests have the option of a 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. seating as they are greeted with a complementary cranberry mimosa. The buffet-style meals include dishes like a BLT salad, herb-roasted turkey, brisket, snapper, and plenty of vegetables in keeping with Malibu Farm’s healthy menu style. Complete the meal with pumpkin-chocolate bread pudding with tequila sauce and call it a day. For those looking to really celebrate, add bottomless rosé for $30 to sweeten the deal.
Price: $35 for kids, $75 for adults
6. StripSteak by Michael Mina
Michael Mina’s steakhouse inside Fontainebleau Miami Beach is ideal for anyone looking to treat themselves on Thanksgiving day. Choose butternut squash soup or beet salad before moving on to a family-style American turkey dinner complete with lemon-roasted turkey breast and beer-battered turkey legs — and, of course, foie gras and apricot stuffing. Don’t forget to save room for the spiced pumpkin tart.
7. Sette Osteria
Make it an Italian Thanksgiving with the help of Sette Osteria in Wynwood. For $45, dine on a three-course dinner where highlights include a homemade pumpkin ravioli topped generously with amaretti crumbles and butter-sage sauce. Or, for a twist on the traditional route, order the tacchino al forno — a roasted turkey, ciabatta stuffing, pancetta Brussels sprouts, spiced sweet potatoes, and cranberry chutney.
8. Icebox Cafe
Just for the food-filled holiday, Icebox Cafe will serve a special weekday brunch featuring a “leftover turkey sandwich” ($19) with melted provolone, cranberry sauce, and stuffing and a Thanksgiving Benedict ($17) with stuffing, hollandaise, roasted potatoes, and applewood-smoked bacon, along with the regular brunch menu. For dinner, expect the full Thanksgiving experience with a roasted turkey dinner and sides including sausage breadcrumb stuffing, Brussels sprouts, and choice of dessert. Remember, this is the place where the cakes are Oprah approved. For an extra $24, sip on two cocktails, or add $20 for two glasses of wine. It’s a holiday; the calories don’t count.
9. Azabu Miami Beach
Trade the usual turkey for chopsticks and head over to Azabu to grab sushi and sake. For $50, diners looking for a different kind of holiday can celebrate with a special Japanese experience. The menu starts with a chef’s selection starter of the day, an appetizer like the wagyu beef tataki, an entree, and a decadent dessert. Also available are $22 sake flights and $35 Japanese whisky flights.
Brickell’s newest spot, located in West Miami, is ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with plenty of Champagne to go around. Enjoy Brickell views from above from noon to 8 p.m. while feasting on a three-course menu featuring roasted fig and pecan Brie frisee salad, orange-brined pibil turkey breast, and classic pumpkin pie. Add a little extra something with $25 bottomless mimosas or $35 bottomless Champagne, because what’s a holiday without Champagne?
11. Quinto La Huella
Thanksgiving at an Uruguayan restaurant seems like a great option for those looking to stay out of the kitchen. Here, guests can enjoy a four-course meal for under $60 that starts with a choice of salad, followed by the traditional roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy and herb-crusted rib roast served with sides of mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and brown butter sage-roasted squash. Finish off the meal with a slice of pecan-bourbon tart or pumpkin pie. There’s even some liquid love, as this deal includes two glasses of wine in the price.
Price: $58, with two glasses of wine included
Celebrate Thanksgiving with chef Michael Beltran as he shares his family recipes in an all-you-can-eat buffet-style feast for the holiday. From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can stuff their faces with fried turkey, porchetta a la romana, honey-baked ham, and all the fixins. Of course, there will be a classically sweet ending with pumpkin pie, pecan pie, chocolate cake, and, in Miami fashion, tres leche.
Price: $35 for kids, $65 per adult