Top Picks for Thanksgiving Dinner To Go and Dine In

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Thanksgiving Dinner to Go and Dine In - Tampa

It's safe to say that 2021 has been much busier than last year. While we might not be completely back to normal yet, many of us have gotten back into regular routines with work, school, and activities. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can contribute a lot to an already busy schedule and for some, the thought of laboring in the kitchen to cook Thanksgiving dinner just isn't enticing. If that's the case, don't fret. Several Tampa area restaurants have Thanksgiving dinner to go specials that lets you skip the shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Whether you'd rather pick up a ready-made meal to serve at home or dine-in, check out these establishments serving up Thanksgiving feasts this year.

Dining in

Thanksgiving Buffet at Ocean Hai | Noon to 4 p.m.

100 Coronado Dr
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Enjoy a grand meal with family and friends while soaking in gulf views at Wyndham Grand Clearwater's signature restaurant, Ocean Hai. Indulge in various food stations including a carving station, traditional favorites, and a delightful dessert spread.

The menu is filled with twists on traditional favorites, like pork belly, butternut squash ravioli, cranberry-braised short ribs, and oysters on the half shell. For those who are devout to the standard Thanksgiving fare, there will be items such as roasted turkey, glazed sweet potatoes, and sausage apple stuffing. To round out the night, get your fill sweets at Ocean Hai’s dessert station and indulge in chocolate-pecan bars and pumpkin-pecan creme brulee.

$52 per adult and $25 children 12 and under. Reservations are available online.

Ocean Hai

Bon Appétit

148 Marina Plaza
Dunedin, FL 34698

Bon Appetit is putting a fancy spin on Thanksgiving dinner. Not only do they provide a full Thanksgiving menu, but they also have an unbelievable turkey day buffet. Along with a complimentary glass of champagne, your plated celebration will include your choice of items like Maine lobster “martini,” escargot, roasted Carolina turkey with pecan stuffing, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass. Bon Appétit’s buffet menu boasts dishes like Creole remoulade shrimp, chilled mussels, prime rib beef with au jus and more. They also have a separate kids menu that includes roast Carolina turkey, penne pasta, and crispy fried shrimp. Don't want to miss out on leftovers? For an extra $15 you can take home extra servings of turkey, stuffing and gravy.

$79.95 plus tax per adult and $14.95 per child. Reservations are available online.


Yacht StarShip Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Tampa dock: 603 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602
Clearwater dock: 25 Causeway Blvd Clearwater, FL 33767

Set sail on the waterways of Tampa Bay with a Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise. Yacht StarShip’s Executive Chef is offering up a traditional Thanksgiving feast while you enjoy a 2-hour cruise aboard one of their yachts in Downtown Tampa or Clearwater. There are three departure times to choose from (11:30am., 3pm. and 6:30pm). The menu will include an autumn salad, roasted herb turkey with country cornbread stuffing and sage gravy, honey glazed ham, candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and orange glazed baby carrots. A Chef’s selection of holiday desserts will also be served.

Reservations are required in advance and can be booked online or by calling (813) 223-7999. Starting at $69.95 per adult and $44.95 per child.


The Don CeSar

3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

Stroll to St. Pete Beach's iconic Pink Palace, aka The Don CeSar, and start your day at Spa Oceana to relax with one of the seasonal specials, like a Vanilla Bourbon on The Rocks manicure and pedicure. Then continue your tranquil celebration with a Thanksgiving brunch buffet in the King Charles Ballroom. Feast on a variety of options including a raw bar, omelets made to order, hand-carved turkey, leg of lamb, and spice-rubbed salmon. Sip on unlimited champagne and enjoy the beautiful views of the gulf waters. For a later celebration, check out the Society Table and Rowe Bar Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. Feast on a three-course prix fixe menu with delectable offerings like roasted pumpkin bisque, pan seared halibut and pumpkin pie.

Bunch buffet: $88 per adult, $29 per child 12 and under.
Dinner buffet: $80 per adult, $40 per child 12 and under.

Dining-in and To-go

Cooper's Hawk Winery

4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607

Chef Matt McMillan has planned a delectable Thanksgiving dinner that's available as a heat-and-serve for pickup or to enjoy dining in. The to-go package includes butternut squash soup with spiced pumpkin seeds, traditional stuffing, slow-roasted turkey, and pumpkin praline cheesecake. Pre-ordering is required by November 19. The same menu is available for a flat rate for those who would rather dine-in. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their wine of the month to compliment dinner – the Grateful Red and Grateful White.

Dine in: $28.99 per adult and $12.99 per child 12 and under.
To-go: $174.99 (serves 6)

Cooper's Hawk Winery


Elevage at The Epicurian Hotel

1207 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606

Treat yourself to a three-course pre-fixe dinner at Elevage. Served family-style, options include lemon, herb, and honey roasted turkey, rosemary and garlic crusted prime rib, chestnut-crusted salmon, and vegan “turkey roasted” butternut squash. Salad and fall-inspired breads, carmelized sweet potatoes with pecans and molasses, green bean casserole, and three-cheese baked mac and cheese are just a few of the items served up on the side. After dinner, guests can head over to the Dessert Social in the ballroom to enjoy sweet such as pumpkin pie, cinnamon cheesecake, and cranberry apple cobbler. Adults receive a complimentary glass of champagne and there will be activities for children. To-go orders can also be made.

Prices range from $50-$75 per person. To-go orders can be made by calling 813-999-8726.


Seasons 52

204 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609

Seasons 52 is a reliable seasonal staple you can count on for holiday meals. Their traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes all the staples such as Roasted “Never Ever” Turkey, Yukon mashed potatoes, brioche & sage stuffing and more. If you prefer to dish out the meal at home, they have a warm and serve carryout option that feeds 4 to 6 people. It includes all the same options as the dine-in menu . Be sure to place your order by Monday, November 22, 2021 for pickup on the 24th.

Dine in: $32.95 per adult and $16 per child.
To-go: $175 (serves 4-6)

Thanksgiving Dinner to Go

Haven Tampa

2208 W. Morrison Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

Don’t stress about cooking this year, for Haven's sake! The culinary connoisseurs at Haven have prepared a generous carry out menu that includes 2 lbs. of sage roasted turkey breast, 1 lb. of pulled confit thigh meat, slow-cooked turkey gravy and cranberry, orange and bourbon relish for $70. For $120, you'll get an array of sides including chestnut stuffing, black truffle macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. However, the meal isn’t complete without adding a Macadamia Chocolate Pie ($39) and bottle of fine wine. Quantities are limited and pricing is a la carte. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 between 1pm and 7pm.


Fred’s Market

Locations in Plant City, Riverview, and Lakeland

If you are in need of a little Southern comfort this Thanksgiving, leave your holiday feast to Fred’s Market. For only $89, you will get a full-flavored, farm-to-plate meal for up to 8 people. The turkey day menu includes roasted turkey n’ gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and choice of three sides. Place your order by November 17, 2021 by calling your nearest location.


Feature image credit: Cooper's Hawk


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