Where to Eat (And Shop) Thanksgiving Dinner in Orlando


For some hosts, Thanksgiving is more stressful than enjoyable. Shopping, cooking and cleaning isn’t always the recipe for a relaxing day. If you’re vacationing here, or just want a day off from the kitchen, take a look at some of the places serving up a hearty meal in Orlando on Thanksgiving.

Dining Out

Enjoy a locally inspired holiday spread at Citron at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes featuring items from the resort’s onsite Whisper Creek Farm, along with a champagne and wine bar, seasonal items and a fun children’s buffet. 2-8pm; $75 for adults, $30 children 12 and under. Also at Grande Lakes, Highball & Harvest at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando will feature a festive southern-style Thanksgiving spread with traditional items and a variety of farm-fresh southern sides. Noon-8pm; $120 for adults, $50 children 12 and under.

At American Kitchen Bar & Grill at B Resort & Spa, choose from pecan-wood fire-roasted organic turkey or bourbon-glazed country ham and an array of delicious sides, then finish off with a slice of Southern-style sweet potato pie. Noon-10 pm; starting at $29 per adult, $10 per kid.

Christini’s Ristorante Italiano will add Italian accents–butternut squash ravioli, chestnut mousse with brandy–to its three-course turkey dinner. 4pm-close; 62.50 for adults, 31.25 for kids under 12; regular menu also available.

Guests can enjoy a four-course Thanksgiving dinner at Bull & Bear. This dining experience includes an extensive, traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings. 5-10pm; $130 for adults, $65 for children.

For a lively feast, head to Raglan Road at Disney Springs. Here the turkey, duck-fat roasties and bacon Brussels sprouts will be served all day, and starting at 4:30, there will be live Irish music and dancing. $28 for adults, $14 for children; regular menu also available.

Choose between turkey, citrus-glazed pork loin and mushroom Bolognese as your main on the three-course menu at Mia’s Italian Kitchen. Noon-8pm; $29 per person.

Even steak houses can rustle up a turkey on the big day. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will offer a three-c0urse prix fixe menu with all the classics. $49 per person; regular menu also available. 

There’s teriyaki-glazed turkey on the three-course menu at Roy’s Restaurant, as well as choice of starter and dessert plus a bevy of sides. 10am-9 pm; $39.95 per person.

Choose from country ham, roasted turkey, NY strip or all three on the buffet at The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando. 11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm; $67 adults, $24 kids (free under 3). 

Turkey-free Feasts:

Tired of big birds? Chef Susan Ytterberg of Golden Plum Personal Chef Services is serving smaller fowl that are big on flavor. Your guests will love her Cornish game hens with porcini mushroom, pecans and truffle duxelles stuffing.

For the whole month of November, The Venetian Chop House is offering a Mountain Creek Ranch elk chop paired with maple-glazed acorn squash, harvest rice, cranberries and red-wine demiglace. 6-9:30pm Monday through Saturday; $49 per person.

Tapa Toro is serving up three courses of Spanish-inspired Thanksgiving eats with a side of live Flamenco dancing. 11am-11pm, $27 per person.

For a fun night out, try Taverna Opa. They are offering a three-course prix fixe Greek menu, and late night dancing. 12pm-11pm, $27 per person.

Meals To Go:

Eat well and do good by ordering from Second Harvest’s Catering for Good. Order by November 20 to pick up dinner for 8 on November 27 ($85) or have your holiday buffet delivered for $17.95/person (minimum $150). 

For those who like to host, but don’t want to spend time in the kitchen, Swine and Sons is serving up turkey (pictured above), sides, sauces and everything in between to take home. Orders must be placed by November 22; pickup in store November 26 & 27.

Just the Bird:

If you’re feeling ambitious and like to do the cooking yourself, Orlando Meats has two sizes of heritage black turkeys from Joyce Farms available via pre-order. $5.95/pound.

Visit the farm market at Lake Meadow Naturals during regular working hours to place an order for one of their heritage birds.

Choose from applewood-smoked whole turkeys or try yours in turkducken form at Hinckley’s Fancy Meats.