Stressed at the mere thought of hosting Thanksgiving this year? We hear you: What if there’s another option? Lucky for you, the Magic City is home to its fair share of delicious restaurants open on the holiday. From brunch to dinner, indulge in a gourmet, chef-driven festive meal with our pick of the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami—all without the dreaded clean-up. You’re welcome.
The 19 Best Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Miami
1. Acqualina Resort & Spa
Did you know Acqualina was voted the best waterfront hotel in the country… for the fifth year in a row?! So it may be worth giving their luxurious Thanksgiving feast a try this year. With oceanfront views, the hotel’s Il Mulino New York restaurant will serve a prix-fixe experience featuring pumpkin gnocchi, organic roasted turkey, walnut and sausage stuffing and pumpkin cheesecake. If you decide to stay the night, you can opt for a private holiday meal experience prepared by the hotel’s head chef Edward Boncich.
17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles; acqualinaresort.com
2. Nikki Beach
Who says you can’t celebrate Thanksgiving on the beach with a cocktail in hand? Book a cabana (or table) and bask in the Miami sun as you enjoy a holiday lunch with staples like roast turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, honey-baked ham and house-made seasonal pies.
1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; miami-beach.nikkibeach.com
3. Root & Bone
Forget turkey—Root & Bone is serving up its legendary fried chicken for Thanksgiving (among other delicious dishes, of course). The menu features Southern-inspired comfort food classics, from green bean casserole to stuffing. Plus, you can order everything to-go if you feel like indulging at home in PJs. Um, yes please.
5958 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; rootnbonemia.com
4. Icebox Café
Looking for something a bit healthier this year? Icebox Café’s three-course menu—featuring turkey breast, mushroom and sausage stuffing, lemon-scented Brussels and sweet potato casserole—is the farm-to-table Thanksgiving meal of your dreams.
Various locations; iceboxcafe.com
Chef Michael Beltran’s charming Coconut Grove restaurant is a beautiful setting to dine with friends and family this Thanksgiving. Whether inside the cozy dining room or outside on the tree-lined patio, indulge in a festive family-style menu with equal parts tradition and culinary pizzaz. For $85 per person, expect charcuterie with fall venison sausage, juicy turkey breast with truffle mac and cheese, green bean casserole, thigh meat pot pie and house-made cranberry sauce. Don’t forget dessert: apple pie with streusel, pumpkin cheesecake, pecan pie, cranberry bread pudding or chocolate pie—or, you know, you could try them all.
3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove; arietecoconutgrove.com
6. Bourbon Steak
Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is celebrating Thanksgiving this year with a crave-worthy three-course menu. For $125 per person, the star of the evening will be the wood-grilled free-range turkey with cornbread-foie gras stuffing, tangerine cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, cider glazed yams and black truffle gravy. But if turkey isn’t your thing, consider the bone-in short rib, filet mignon or veal chop. There’s no shortage of desserts either. Think: pumpkin pie with cinnamon marshmallow, walnut crumble and maple ice cream; German chocolate cake with salted caramel, chocolate cremeux and toasted coconut ice cream; and cranberry cheesecake mousse with cranberry compote and ginger-snap crumbles.
19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura; bourbonsteakmia.com
7. Gianni’s At The Villa
Thanksgiving inside a mansion? At the former home of Italian designer Gianni Versace, you can dine on an Italian-Mediterranean-inspired Thanksgiving meal by executive chef Valter Mancini. The four-course feast for $85 per person begins with a potato and leek soup, followed by a choice of cannelloni spinach and ricotta served with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese or Gianni’s signature salad. The main course includes roasted turkey breast complemented by sweet potato mash, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Top it off with cherry coulis with toasted marshmallow and chocolate ganache or apple sponge cake served with baked apple, caramel sauce, rosemary crumble, cinnamon and whipped cream.
1116 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; vmmiamibeach.com
8. Rusty Pelican
It’s hard to top Thanksgiving at the Rusty Pelican. Known for its dazzling waterfront views, the restaurant will serve a three-course brunch for $92 per person, filled with chilled seafood, charcuterie selections, filet mignon and roasted turkey and an assortment of sweet treats served family style. (Café con leche bread pudding, anyone?) Plus, make the experience bottomless for an added $25.
3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne; therustypelican.com
9. Toro Toro
Thanksgiving takes a pan-Latin twist at Toro Toro, Richard Sandoval’s restaurant at the InterContinental Miami. The prix-fixe menu features arepas filled with figs, goat cheese and avocado, and farro and butternut squash with candied walnuts, queso frito and miso soy dressing to start. For the main course, there’s roasted turkey with turkey jus or the option to upgrade to the restaurant’s iconic Australian wagyu tomahawk. Finish with dessert featuring a choice between pumpkin bread cake with caramel, orange blossom milk, spice pepitas and cinnamon ice cream or spicy pecan pie with cayenne pepper, cumin and vanilla maple ice cream.
100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; torotoromiami.com
10. Burlock Coast
For those who want to stay at home and let a pro do the cooking, Burlock Coast’s Thanksgiving to-go is hearty enough for six to eight people with all the fixings. Dig into a whole roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, bread stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, grilled broccolini, house-made focaccia and pecan pie. To place your order, call ahead at 954-302-6430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; ritzcarlton.com
11. Stripsteak By Michael Mina
StripSteak by Michael Mina, the modern American steakhouse at the Fontainebleau, is serving up a family-style Thanksgiving for $75 per person. Start with roasted squash salad and seared prawns, followed by herb-brined turkey breast with crispy leg confit. Sides include butter whipped golden mashed potatoes, wild mushroom and chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts with herbs, pecans, and aged balsamic and turkey gravy and cranberry citrus compote. If you’re in it for the dessert, take your pick of spiced pumpkin pie or key lime tart. Make sure to pair your holiday meal with curated wine pairings—all you have to do is ask.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; fontainebleau.com/thanksgiving
12. Corsair Kitchen & Bar
Picture a plate of roasted turkey breast with dark meat confit, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Then add a slice of pumpkin pie with toasted meringue and cinnamon cream. Or wait, maybe pecan pie with bourbon-maple glaze. OK, fine—we’ll do both. Corsair, you know how to dish up a serious Thanksgiving feast.
19999 W Country Club Dr., Aventura; jwturnberry.com
If you’re looking for an upscale, chef-driven experience, check out Lightkeepers’ epic Thanksgiving menu. Highlights include caramelized acorn squash, chipotle pumpkin hummus, lobster deviled eggs, glazed ham and duck breast. We’ll take one of each, please.
455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne; lightkeepersmiami.com
14. Lona Cocina & Tequileria
Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist at Lona Cocina & Tequileria. The restaurant’s a la carte holiday menu includes braised turkey enchiladas, pulled turkey tacos, and roasted turkey with plantain puree.
321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; lonarestaurant.com
15. Oceans 234
This seaside restaurant in Deerfield Beach will host an all-day, multi-course Thanksgiving meal for under $50. Enjoy brined turkey breast with brown butter gravy, challah stuffing and sweet potato souffle. Not into turkey? Opt for the red miso-glazed salmon or center-cut filet mignon instead.
234 N. Ocean Blvd., Deerfield Beach; oceans234.com
16. Henry’s Sandwich Station
If your only goal for Thanksgiving is to indulge in a slice of next-level pie, skip the turkey and stuffing and head straight to Henry’s Sandwich Station. Their bake shop will be baking up a slate of delicious pies, from strawberry rhubarb to apple crumble and even chocolate cream.
545 NW 1st St., Fort Lauderdale; henryssandwich.com
17. The Strand
Repeat after us: Pumpkin bisque. Beet pasta with stracciatella, black truffle and sage. Lemon pepper-crusted turkey. Lavender key lime pies with blueberry jam. Can Thanksgiving get any better? Yeah, we think not.
6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; strandcarillonmiami.com
18. Isabelle’s Grill Room & Garden
This chic Coconut Grove eatery inside the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is pulling out all of the stops for Thanksgiving: live music, a complimentary glass of bubbly and a flavorful four-course festive meal. Available both for lunch and dinner, take a bite out of apple and butternut squash soup, brined roasted turkey and spiced pumpkin tart, among other items.
3300 SW 27th Ave., Coconut Grove; isabellescoconutgrove.com
19. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
This James Beard-nominated South Beach spot is behind a four-course holiday extravaganza, featuring a curated selection of drool-worthy plates. Think: herb-roasted turkey, lobster mac and cheese, melted leek potato gratin, biscuit stuffing and spiced pumpkin pie. Mmm.
1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach; runchickenrun.com
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