Let’s be honest. 2020 has made most of us about as happy as a turkey on Thanksgiving Day. This year, the holidays are going to be a little different and, in some cases, a little more distant. For a lot of us, there will be fewer loved ones from out of town gathering around our tables. Between homeschooling, working from home, or not working from home, you deserve to relax. Treat yourself to Thanksgiving dinner to go. Or, gather your local group of relatives and celebrate being together at a local restaurant that could use a holiday boost. Put on your fancy pants (preferably with an elastic band) and check out these establishments serving up Thanksgiving feasts this year.
Thanksgiving Dinner to Go
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 smoked and pulled dark meat, slow-cooked turkey gravy and cranberry, orange and bourbon relish for $50. The restaurant is also offering an array of side kicks for $80 including cornbread stuffing, slow cooked Hubbard squash, green bean casserole and more. However, the meal isn’t complete without adding a Macadamia Chocolate Pie and bottle of fine wine. Quantities are limited and pricing is a la carte. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 25 between 1pm and 7pm.
If you are in need of a little Southern comfort this Thanksgiving, leave your holiday feast to Fred’s Market. For only $80, you will get a full-flavored, farm-to-plate meal for 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 20 by calling your nearest location.
Have a smokin’ good Thanksgiving with your family with a Thanksgiving to-go meal from 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Enjoy the BBQ chain's famous smoked meats like their 18-hour smoked Angus brisket, whole smoked turkey and smoked ham. They are also featuring premium meats like smoked prime rib, boneless leg of lamb and smoked salmon. Add savory sides and sweet holiday pies for a complete feast. Pricing is a la carte and Thanksgiving orders must be placed by noon on Monday, November 23 for pickup on Wednesday, November 25.
Calling all biscuit lovers! With multiple locations in the greater Tampa Bay area, Maple Street Biscuit Company has all the staples for your grateful gathering. For $115, you will receive 4 lbs. of fully-cooked, skin-on turkey breast, buttermilk biscuit stuffing, smokey garlic Dijon mashed potatoes, green beans & shallots, turkey gravy, 8 flaky buttermilk biscuits, and cinnamon biscuit bread pudding. Each pre-ordered meal will serve about 6 to 8 people. Pre-order your ready-to-heat and serve meal here for pick-up on November 24 or 25.
Thanksgiving Dinner To Go and Dine In
2117 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
*Additional locations throughout Tampa Bay
They had us at 1905 Salad! If your turkey crew is still substantial, Columbia’s curbside takeout option is a no-brainer. For $149.95 plus tax, you will receive a 12-pound whole roasted Vermont turkey, Columbia stuffing, 1905 Salad, loaf of fresh Cuban bread, sautéed baby carrots & green beans, sweet potato casserole, whipped russet potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce, giblet gravy and a choice of a whole pumpkin or key lime pie. Place your order before 2pm on Thursday, November 19 by calling your preferred pickup location. Orders will be available for pickup between 11am and 6pm on Wednesday, November 25.
In addition to curbside, you can enjoy holiday dining at any of the Tampa Bay locations. Call for reservations.
1207 S Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Head to the stylish Epicurean Hotel for a Thanksgiving meal enjoyed inside of Élevage, or take your feast home with the to-go meal option. The menu is a family-style meal including a salad, classic Thanksgiving side dishes and meaty options like white & dark turkey meat, glazed ham or a Bern's dry-aged rib eye. The cost is $59/person. If you're dining in, reservations are required. To-go orders must be placed by Tuesday, November 24 by phone at 813-999-8726.
2425 N Rocky Point Dr
Tampa, FL 33607
If it’s time to mix up your Thanksgiving traditions and start something new, Rusty Pelican’s three-course brunch from 10am-2:30pm is for you. Brunch menu selections include filet mignon & eggs Benedict, Hangover Hash, and lobster & waffles (just to name a few.) Why not add on bottomless mimosas to your meal? An a la carte Thanksgiving dinner menu will be served from 4-9pm.
Rusty Pelican is also serving up family meals to go, with a choice of salted roast turkey with herbs and shallot-Dijon gravy, Atlantic salmon, or 24-hour herb roasted prime rib. Add on a bottle of Canyon Road wine for $30. To pre-order a meal for take out or make a reservation, call 813-281-1943 or order online by Tuesday, November 24.
400 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Executive Chef Jason Lutzke is preparing a special Thanksgiving feast to enjoy in the restaurant or at home. The best part? Part of the proceeds will be given to Feeding Tampa Bay and The Kind Mouse along with other local charities. From seasonal staples like roasted turkey to fresh favorites like pan seared Gulf grouper, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The cost for dine-in is $35.95/person.
The holiday feast for four to-go is $140 and includes roasted turkey, green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry relish. Order by Sunday, November 22 for pickup on November 25 or 26. Call 727-896-2400 to make your reservation or order your carryout meal.
4138 West Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
Whether you want to dive into Del Frisco’s Thanksgiving selections at home, or pair them with a hand-crafted cocktail in the restaurant, you will delight in their completely craveable menu. For starters you will be served butternut squash bisque with maple mascarpone and toasted pumpkin seeds. For your entrée, you will enjoy herb and butter roasted turkey with all of the fixings, and for dessert you can indulge in a pumpkin cheesecake with ginger snap cruise, caramel and pecan crumble.
The restaurant is also offering Thanksgiving dinner to go meals to feed 2-4 or 4-6.
1700 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
Reserve a full Thanksgiving turkey dinner to-go or wine and dine inside the restaurant itself. In house, Ruth's Chris will be serving up a 3-course feast including your choice of starter and a side, along with oven roasted turkey breast served with sausage & herb stuffing, homemade turkey gravy and cranberry relish. Indulge in pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream for dessert. The cost is $41.95/person. If you’d rather dig into the turkey at home, packaged meals for four are available for $165. Make a reservation or order your Thanksgiving dinner to go online in advance.
204 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Seasons 52 is a reliable seasonal staple you can count on for holiday meals. If you prefer to dish out the meal at home, they have a warm and serve carryout option that feeds 4 to 6 people for $150. It includes all the traditional trimmings like Roasted “Never Ever” Turkey, Yukon mashed potatoes, brioche & sage stuffing and more. Be sure to place your order at least 24 hours in advance. Don’t feel like doing dishes? Make a reservation to enjoy the same menu at the restaurant.
Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day for Dine In
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) and prices start at $64.95 per adult. 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.
1500 Masters Blvd
Championsgate, FL 33896
In the mood for a mini holiday getaway? Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (just a 1-hour drive from Tampa's downtown) is offering a full Thanksgiving Day buffet on November 26 from 10am – 6pm. The spread will include a meat carving station (complete with citrus oven roasted turkey, rosemary prime rib or beef, herb crusted lamb rack, and cedar plank salmon), a cheese and charcuterie spread station, all of your favorite Thanksgiving sides, desserts made by the resort’s pastry team, a breakfast bar for early diners (10am – 3pm), bruschetta station and so much more. Here’s the full menu. Wash it all down with bottomless mimosas and bellinis. The cost is $69/adult ($29 for kids) and reservations can be made by calling 407-238-6565.
Book a room for the weekend to enjoy a special fireworks display on Saturday, November 28 at 9pm just for resort guests, plus all of the resort amenities like Mokara Spa, multiple restaurants, golf and more. The resort’s Stay a Part of Holiday Magic package includes 20% off best available rates, late checkout and a taste of The National Gingerbread House Competition™ with an exclusive gingerbread welcome gift. This package is available for stays November 20, 2020 through January 2, 2021.
601 N Florida Ave
Tampa, FL 33602
If your family is full of foodies, they will all be grateful for a Thanksgiving dinner at Bizou Brasserie located at Le Meridien Tampa. The culinary team will be serving a flavorful take on tradition with a drool-worthy Thanksgiving menu. For only $26/person enjoy a fresh herb and white wine brined roasted turkey breast served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots and sage brioche stuffing topped with creamy gravy and cranberry sauce. Reservations are available online.
453 Edgewater Drive
Dunedin, FL 34698
Trek to Dunedin's Fenway Hotel restaurant for a multi-course Thanksgiving meal served family style. The menu includes an assortment of family-style salads, entrees, sides and desserts like traditional roasted turkey breast, carved prime rib, goat cheese & scallion whipped potatoes, sweet & smokey braised collard greens, pumpkin pie and more. The cost is $75 per person. Call 727-254-7256 for reservations available from noon – 8pm on Thanksgiving Day.
3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706
Are you looking to have the baste Thanksgiving ever? 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 spiced caramel latte manicure and pedicure. Then continue your tranquil celebration with dinner at Maritana or Rowe Bar. Both have crafted special prefix menus for the holiday. Gobble up turkey roulade with hedgehog mushrooms and butternut squash rosti with thyme cream sauce at Maritana, or confit of turkey breast with cornbread dressing, haricot vets Yukon puree and cranberry jus at Rowe Bar.
Prices begin at $63/person for Maritana and $52/person for Rowe Bar. Reservations are available online.
100 Coronado Dr
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Sip, savor and celebrate at Ocean Hai with an Asian-American fusion Thanksgiving. The four-course prix fixe dinner menu is filled with twists on traditional favorites, like pork belly with sweet potato, kimchi and candied pecan. For those who are devout to the standard Thanksgiving fare, there is an all-natural Turkey with sausage stuffing entrée. Want a modern take on Thanksgiving? Their menu provides options pork chop with Tokyo turnip and cider gastrique. To round out the night, get your fill sweets at Ocean Hai’s Viennese dessert table. The cost is $40 – $58 depending on entree selection. Reservations are available online.
148 Marina Plaza
Dunedin, FL 34698
There is no end to Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving offerings. Not only do they provide a full Thanksgiving menu, but they also have an unbelievable turkey day buffet. Along with a complimentary Champagne toast, your plated celebration will include your choice of items like Maine lobster cocktail, beef tenderloin carpaccio, roasted Carolina turkey with pecan stuffing, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass. Bon Appétit’s buffet menu boasts dishes like house-cured grav lox, truffled macaroni & cheese, prime rib beef with au jus and more. Both options are $79.95/person plus tax. Reservations are available online.
Feature image credit: 4 Rivers Smokehouse