Enjoy Thanksgiving Dining in Orlando in 2022

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Thanksgiving dining is whatever you make it. For some folks that’s traditional turkey and trimmings, for others its always lasagna on Turkey Day. If you’d prefer Thanksgiving dining in an amazing restaurant in or around Orlando, that tradition can be just as authentic as homemade stuffing and sweet potatoes. Here’s some options for Thanksgiving dining in Orlando in 2022 (plus picks for carrying out) for Thanksgiving week. We’re going to focus on restaurants with special menus or prix fixe offers. If they take reservations, you should make a reservation ASAP.

Hotels & Resorts for Thanksgiving Dining

Grande Lakes Resort Orlando

Many of the restaurants at Grande Lakes’ two hotels, The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott, are open for Thanksgiving and adding holiday menu items for the day. At the JW Marriott, Citron’s Thanksgiving, 2 – 8 p.m., will feature items the resort’s Whisper Creek Farm, a wine bar, and children’s buffet. Primo is planning a farm-to-table á la carte fall menu with turkey, local seafood, and seasonal offerings from the Primo Garden, 6 10 p.m.

At the Ritz-Carlton, Highball & Harvest is cooking a southern-style spread, 1 -7:30 p.m., at $155 for adults and $55 for children 12 and under. The Michelin Guide one-starred Knife & Spoon will have a traditional family Thanksgiving, 5:30 – 10 p.m., with à la carte menu for children 12 and under.

If you’d like the Ritz-Carlton chefs to do the cooking for you, they’ll make a full Thanksgiving dinner for early pick-up, but you must get the order in by Friday, November 13. A meal for up to six, you get Whisper Creek Farm Seminole pumpkin soup, kale salad with cranberry vinaigrette, a 14 to 16-pound whole roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans, gravy, and for dessert, a choice of chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin pie or apple crumble. You pick up the $400 meal at the Ritz-Carlton starting at noon on Thanksgiving.

Beautiful BACÁN

BACÁN 

The Michelin Guide recognized BACÁN’s Latin-inspired menu this year, everything from charred octopus to dry-aged pork chop carne asada. On the ground floor of the Lake Nona Wave Hotel, BACÁN will do Thanksgivng brunch buffet , 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., with seafood bar, pastry shop, omelet and eggs Benedict station, carving station and dessert display. The meal is $85 for adults and $45 for children under 12 before tax and service charge.

Aurora at the Celeste

Inside the Celeste Hotel near the University of Central Florida. Aurora just added a very Thanksgiving-inspired appetizer available through the holidays. How about crispy turkey wing with chipotle cranberry BBQ sauce? If you’re looking for something more traditional on Thanksgiving Thursday, Aurora will be doing a brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Of course, there’s the classic Thanksgiving fare, but also breakfast stations, seafood buffet, pasta station with lobster mac and cheese, prime rib, children’s buffet, and 36 feet of desserts. Adults are $79 per person and children 12 and under are $25.

Sear + Sea

As you might guess from the name, Sear + Sea at JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek specializes in surf and turf. So much so that the Michelin Guide recognized the restaurant and its 1200-bottle wine cellar for 2022. For Thanksgiving, the four-course Thanksgiving dinner is $90 per person with a menu that includes choice of lobster bisque or Tuscan kale salad for appetizer, a main course of duck fat confit turkey legs, cornbread sage stuffing, potato puree, cranberry gastrique and truffle gravy. Dessert choices include pumpkin genoise (a rich sponge cake). That’s all $90 per person.

American Kitchen Bar & Grill

Inside the B Resort and Spa on Hotel Plaza Blvd near Disney Springs, American Kitchen is doing an evening Thanksgiving meal, 5 – 10p.m. For your entrée, you choose from apple cider-brined roast turkey with sage gravy or bourbon-glazed ham with cranberry honey mustard. Both are served with green salad, herbed mashed potatoes, almond butter-glazed green beans, mushroom and cornbread dressing, and pumpkin pie brûlée. Adults are $29 and children are $15 before tax and tip.

Four Flamingos

Recommended this year by the Michelin Guide, Four Flamingos inside the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $76 per person for two or more. The family-style meal includes butternut squash and crab bisque, jerk-spiced turkey breast, pork belly, boniato mash and gravy, hot honey carrots, dessert and more. Adults are $76 and kids 12 and under are $38 before tax and tip.

Rosen Plaza

The International Drive hotel is serving up a big Thanksgiving buffet meal from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Chefs are doing turkey two ways – sliced thighs with roasted shallot gravy and a carving station with pumpkin seed pesto-crusted turkey breast and soubise sauce (onion cream). You’ve also got a salad station, seafood station, pasta station, more hot entrees, and both dessert and ice cream bars. The meal is $55.95 for adults and $23.95 for children ages four to 11. Those prices are before tax and 26-percent service charge.

Rosen Centre

Just down the road from Rosen Plaza, Rosen Center is also planning a Thanksgiving buffet from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Entrees include sliced turkey roast with apple cider pan gravy as well as sofrito-crusted pork and Portuguese mahi-mahi caldeirada (stew). Then there’s the breakfast station, seafood stations, sushi station, pasta station and bottomless champagne or mimosas.

The buffet is $58.95 for adults with reservations or $65.95 at the door. Children four to 11 are $24.95. All prices are before 22-percent service charge and taxes.

Tradewinds

Inside the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Tradewinds is usually a breakfast and lunch spot, but will have a Thanksgiving Thursday buffet, 1 – 6 p.m. Adults are $52 and children under 12 are $23. That’s before tax and 20% gratuity. On top of carving stations with turkey and smoked prime rib, you’ve got salad bar, shrimp cocktail, charcuterie and cheese, all the traditional Thanksgiving sides, and a dessert bar including sweet potato pie and cranberry cheesecake.

Shula’s 347 Grille

At the Westin in Lake Mary, Shula’s 347 Grille is also adding a three-course traditional Thanksgiving meal to the regular menu of steaks, burgers and more. First course is butternut squash soup or apple walnut arugula salad. The entrée is turkey with green bean casserole and sage stuffing. Dessert is a pumpkin pie cheesecake tart. The featured holiday cocktail for the month is a cinnamon maple whiskey sour.

The Wilson Cocktails & Seafood

Inside the Melia Orlando Hotel Celebration, The Wilson is serving up a Thanksgiving three-course prix fixe menu that’s $47 for adults and $18 for children 12 and under. Appetizer options include roasted acorn squash soup or Caesar salad. Entrée choices include five-spice roasted turkey with all the trimmings, squash ravioli, or lobster risotto. Dessert could be apple strudel with vanilla gelato or s’mores pizza with toasted walnuts.

Caribe Royale

Two restaurants inside the World Center Dr. resort will be doing Thanksgiving meals. Tropicale will have a $75 brunch buffet, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with carving stations for turkey with all the sides, beef strip loin, pork loin, and salmon en croute. You’ve also got eggs/omelets, crepes, sushi, salads, desserts and more. Kids eat for $25. The Venetian Chop House, takes over for Thanksgiving dinner, 3 – 8 p.m., with a five-course menu of amuse-bouche, pumpkin bisque, seasonal salad, citrus-brined turkey breast or bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and dessert.  That’s $120 for adults and $60 for children.

Tesoro Cove

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek’s buffet restaurant is serving up a Thanksgiving meal of apple-brined roast turkey and spiced ham with lots of side dishes, 2 – 7 p.m. Sure, there’s a salad bar and cornbread stuffing and marshmallow maple sweet potatoes and roasted root vegetables with pecan pesto, but we’re drawn to the fresh-roasted corn off the cob station with toppings including shrimp, bacon, scallions, goat cheese and chorizo. The meal is $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 6-12. Oh, and at least seven desserts!

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

How about a Thanksgiving buffet with free champagne or mimosas and live music? The Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach is doing just that, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., in its Avalon Ballroom. The menu includes green salad, cheese and crackers, herb-roasted turkey breast and turkey leg confit carving station, salmon, pot roast, whipped potatoes, stuffing, honey-roasted root vegetables, roasted Brussels sprouts and desserts. Adults pay $60 (including the champagne and non-alcoholic beverages). Seniors save $5 and children 5-12 are $35. Those prices include tax and tip.

Pointe Orlando

The Oceanaire

The seafood spot at Pointe Orlando is keeping it traditional for Thanksgiving, although you can still get the crab cakes or swordfish if you prefer. Open 1 – 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the Thanksgiving special includes herb-roasted turkey breast filled with savory cranberry and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry chutney, green beans almondine and more. That’s $50 per person.

Rodizio Grill

Most days, hungry people come to Rodizio Grill at Pointe Orlando (pictured) for the dozen or so Brazilian-style grilled meats carved tableside. Starting at noon on Thanksgiving, they’ll have all that plus turkey, stuffing, sweet mashed potatoes and more. That’s $56.99 per person and when the meal is over, each family gets a coupon for one free dinner with the purchase of one dinner in 2023.

The Capital Grille

Known for steak, seafood and wine – The Capital Grille at Pointe Orlando is open on Thanksgiving and adding a traditional meal of turkey with brioche stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, and cranberry-pear chutney. That’s $47 for adults and $17 for children. If you’ve got the turkey at home but not the side dishes, you can advance order a $135 bundle for four of brioche stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with hot honey, green beans, cranberry-pear chutney and seeded rolls. (You can also enjoy this menu at their Mall at Millenia location.)

I-Drive

Café Tu Tu Tango

Café Tu Tu Tango on International Drive is doing a Thanksgiving bottomless brunch with carving station for $29.22 before tax and tip. Served from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the brunch includes mojo turkey with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce; pineapple-glazed ham, candied sweet potatoes, sweet plantain casserole, garlic mashed potatoes, truffle-scented wild mushroom stuffing and jalapeño mac and cheese. The regular dinner menu is served 4 – 10 p.m.

Mia’s Italian Kitchen

On I-Drive, Mia’s is open for Thanksgiving lunch and dinner with the regular menu plus a $49 three-course prix fixe meal for adults and a $29 option for kids. Options for grown-ups include butternut squash bisque, cider-brined turkey with sausage stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread crust. The kid menu includes Mia’s minestrone, pasta with chicken or meatballs and house-made apple ricotta doughnuts.

Thanksgiving Dining in Disney Springs

STK Steakhouse 

Dine-In deals at STK

The Disney Springs spot for steaks is doing both dine-in and take-out Thanksgiving specials. The dine-in deal is $64 for adults and $29 for children 12 and under with shallot and thyme confit turkey thighs, cornbread and sage stuffing, gravy, sauteed green beans with crispy shallots, maple baked sweet potato, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes and cranberry orange chutney. Spiced pumpkin pie with candied ginger cream and caramel honeycomb is $12 a slice. The STK take-out offer includes everything in the dine-in deal plus pie at $64 per person or $124 for two. Both Thanksgiving specials are available on Thanksgiving Thursday and through Sunday night

Wine Bar George

Starting at noon on Thanksgiving Day, the Disney Springs restaurant with 150 wines by the glass will be serving a traditional turkey plate for $39 (or $16 for children nine and under) alongside select items from the regular menu. If turkey isn’t your thing, maybe the new grilled delmonico steak with marble potatoes, Brussels sprouts and bone marrow jus?

Jaleo 

 Most days, Jaleo’s menu at Disney Springs is focused on the flavors of Spain run through the imagination of Chef José Andrés. For Thanksgiving, the Jaleo team is adding some menu items with an American holiday spin. That includes Thanksgiving croquetas (filled with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce), sopa de calabaza (butternut squash soup), and tarta de queso con calabaza (a pumpkin version of Chef Andres’ burnt Basque cheesecake). Jaleo will be open on Thanksgiving Thursday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Paddlefish

The Disney Springs restaurant that looks like a riverboat has a Thanksgiving menu at $29 for adults and $12 for children. That’s roasted turkey breast, andouille cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, pan gravy, green beans and cranberry relish and Pan Gravy. Select bottles of wine will be $30. red or white wine for $30. If you’d rather have crab cakes or shrimp pasta, the regular menu is available too.

Terralina Crafted Italian

Terralina has a Thanksgiving meal of rosemary-roasted turkey with sautéed asparagus, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry relish at $28 per adult and $11 per child.

Raglan Road

The Irish pub and restaurant is adding a Thanksgiving meal to the menu for the day, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. For $38, you get butter and herb roast turkey, roast garlic mashed potatoes, duck fat roasties (roasted potatoes), honey-glazed carrots, bacon-braised Brussels sprouts, sausage walnut stuffing, and red wine jus with cranberry sauce. The children’s version is $18. Live Irish music and dancing start at 5 p.m.

Maria and Enzo’s / Enzo’s Hideaway

Both spots at Disney Springs are putting an Italian twist on Thanksgiving. Menu specials just for Thanksgiving Thursday are frittelle di zucca (pumpkin ricotta fritters with cacio e pepe zabaglione), porchetta di tacchino (turkey, crispy pancetta, brussels sprouts, polenta dressing, butternut squash, and cranberry agrodolce), and pumpkin cheesecake.

Morimoto Asia

The pan-Asian restaurant created by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is building a Thanksgiving Thursday feast around turkey prepared in the style of Peking duck, crispy skin and all. The dinner ($45 for adults, $20 for children 9 and under.) also includes roasted-pork fried rice stuffing and Japanese-style candied yams. The regular menu will be available too for folks who want sushi on Turkey Day.

The Edison

Folks already know about the clothesline candied bacon at The Edison at Disney Springs, but the Roaring ‘20s / gothic-themed restaurant and bar will be adding a traditional dinner for Thanksgiving – turkey breast, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. That’ll be $39 for adults and $18 for children ages 9 and under.

Neighborhood Faves for Thanksgiving Dining

Feast of Sides from Hungry Pants

Hungry Pants

The SoDo spot for vegans, vegetarians, and the “plant curious” has a $104 plant-based “Feast of Sides” for pick-up before Thanksgiving Day. You get saucy Brussels sprouts, mashed purple potatoes, sourdough stuffing, green beans with sauteed mushrooms, fried onion topping, white gravy and fresh citrus cranberry sauce. We guess that’s enough for six to eight people. Hungry Pants is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Bites & Bubbles

The Mills 50 favorite will be closed on Thanksgiving and through the weekend, but you can get a pick-up order on Wednesday night for $29 per person. That menu includes sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, duck fat gravy, stuffing, ands green beans. They’ve also got charcuterie and cheese boards, dressed turkeys with roasting instructions, and Grandma Della’s deviled eggs.

Hinckley’s Fancy Meats

The sandwich shop at East End Market is closed on Thanksgiving, but you can order a turkey dinner for two (with leftovers) to grab on Wednesday. For $100, you get a pound of coal-fired Lake Meadow Naturals turkey (light & dark meat), sausage stuffing, duck fat mashed potatoes with porcini mushroom gravy, Brussels sprouts with bacon lardons, cranberry sauce, pumpkin bread pudding with caramel, and Parker House rolls with black truffle butter.

Canvas Restaurant & Market

The Lake Nona spot for new American cuisine is doing a to-go turkey feast for four on Thanksgiving Thursday. For $175, you get citrus-brined turkey, sage gravy, buttered mashed potatoes, brioche stuffing, local green beans in shallot garlic butter, citrus cranberry sauce, and a pumpkin pie with vanilla whipped cream.

Smoke & Donuts

While we’re waiting for the popular food truck to open its new brick and mortar location in the Milk District, you can order various Thanksgiving dishes by Nov. 20 for pick up Nov. 22 or 23. You could get an (approximately) four-pound smoked turkey breast, assemble a bundle of smoked meats and sides, or just grab a quart of doughnut bread pudding with pumpkin and maple syrup.

Columbia Restaurant

The Celebration location of “Florida’s Oldest Restaurant” will be serving a Thanksgiving meal with turkey and a family recipe for stuffing made with Italian sausage, ground beef, chopped chicken liver, apples, raisins and water chestnuts. You also get a cup of soup, Caesar salad, whipped potatoes, green beans with carrots, sweet potato casserole, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. All that for $28 per adult. We suggest upgrading the Caesar to Columbia’s legendary 1905 salad for $2.95 more. The child’s meal for 10 and under is $7 without soup or salad.

Multiple Locations

Buca di Beppo

The locally owned family-style chain will be open on Thanksgiving Day, 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., with both a traditional Thanksgiving turkey menu and the usual Italian favorites. Whether to-go or for dine-in, the turkey day feast includes white meat turkey, gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, vegetables, cranberry sauce, bread and butter, and pumpkin pie. Pre-orders have to be in by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. A feast for three is $99. For six folks, it’s $186.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

Order by Thursday, Nov. 14 and 4 Rivers (that’s their festive photo up top) will cater a full Thanksgiving meal for up to 20 for pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Eve. If you want just the main course or side dishes or dessert, à la carte is also an option. Meat choices include smoked turkey, ham, brisket, smoked salmon and prime rib. Side dishes include mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, cornbread stuffing, green beans, collard greens, mac and cheese, and more. Desserts include caramel apple pie, bourbon pecan pie, and pumpkin pie. Four Rivers locations are closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Classic comfort from TooJay’s

TooJay’s

The locally owned deli and bakery chain TooJay’s will have all locations open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving with a traditional turkey dinner available alongside TooJay’s pastrami and matzo ball soup. You can also pre-order several sizes of Thanksgiving feasts for Thursday pick-up that feeds up to 20. The order deadline for carry-out is Monday, Nov. 21. Pumpkin rugelach sounds good!

Seasons 52

The Darden-owned fresh grill and wine bar chain is both open on Thanksgiving day and selling boxes you can pick up on Wednesday and heat at home. The package for 406 people is $195 and includes a field greens salad with white balsamic vinaigrette, roast turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, brioche and sage stuffing, green beans, mashed butternut squash, cranberry relish, and six mini desserts with pumpkin mousse, pumpkin cake, whipped cream and gingersnap cookie.

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