Much the same way department stores skip over Thanksgiving and go straight to Christmas, Miamians like to get a head start prepping La Caja China for an end-of-the-year pig roast rather than worry about the Thanksgiving turkey. That’s where some of the best restaurants in Miami step in, whipping up everything from the traditional roast bird to French and Italian cuisine so you don’t have to. Instead, hit South Beach, check out one of the best miami beaches, make reservations and give thanks for these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami. Then, instead of washing dishes, you can chill out with some prime Thanksgiving movies after your feast.
Restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami
Thankful for waterfront views? Book a table at Seaspice overlooking the Miami River. Stick to your favorites from the restaurant’s regular menu or opt for something festive from a list of fall-inspired specials, including autumn soup, a harvest salad, seared foie gras, turkey roulade and sweet potato mousse. Thu noon–midnight; á la carte.
East, Miami guests and locals are invited to the hotel’s Uruguayan steakhouse for a parillada-style feast. The prix-fixe dinner includes a selection of holiday dishes, including turkey, stuffing and salads, plus an assortment of wood-oven roasted veggies and grilled meats. Thu noon–6pm; $75.
The picturesque Mediterranean restaurant on the Miami River celebrates its first Thanksgiving with a prix-fixe dinner. The three-course meal includes mains like roasted turkey and pork belly, butternut squash and green beans for side dishes and a slice of traditional pumpkin pie (a non-negotiable this time of year). Thu 5:30–11pm; $39.
Why wait until Sunday for brunch? The Brickell bakery and restaurant fires up the long weekend with a special Thursday brunch, featuring a selection of Thanksgiving-inspired dishes. Enjoy your favorite side dish as a green bean casserole tartine, get your pumpkin fix with a stuffed croissant and elevate your seasonal caffeinated drink with a pumpkin-spiced latte mousse with pumpkin cremoux and brown sugar sponge. Thu 8am–3pm; a la carte.
The Coconut Grove restaurant, known for its progressive American-meets-Latin fare, puts out a traditional Thanksgiving buffet this holiday. Choose from smoked or fried turkey, roasted ham and an array of hearty side dishes and baked desserts. For $7 a glass, wash it down with Enzo’s holiday punch, an aromatic brandy-based concoction with a cinnamon kick. Thu 3–10pm; $55.
Prefer something saucy and Italian to dry turkey this Thanksgiving? Book a table at Wynwood’s home-style restaurant Jack’s, which offers diners a four-course meal this holiday. You’ll start with a cold antipasto and move on to lasagna, turkey with cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Thu 4–11pm; $39.
For less than you’d pay for a steak, Truluck’s offers a three-course Thanksgiving meal complete with shareable side dishes for the whole table. Dinner includes holiday favorites such as cornbread stuffing, creamed corn and classic pumpkin pie. Thu 5–10pm; $38, children $15.
Graduate from the kiddie table to a sleek mid-century dining room this Thanksgiving. Head to the popular MiMo restaurant for a four-course meal that includes a butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and choice of pumpkin cheesecake or pecan pie (both with ice cream!) for dessert. Thu 5–11pm; $45.
For those who enjoy Thanksgiving food more than just once a year, Meraki offers a festive prix-fixe meal all month starting Monday, November 13. For $45, the Greek-style menu includes honey-glazed ham with chestnut phyllo puffs, turkey with pumpkin purée, stuffing with house-made gravy and the choice between a double-chocolate mousse or chocolate lava cake. Dinner comes with a pomegranate prosecco cocktail on the house. Daily at various hours; $45.
You’ll want to sport your fanciest eating pants for BLT’s massive Thanksgiving spread. This year’s prix-fixe options include shaved Brussels sprouts salad with goat-cheese-stuffed dates and bacon gastrique, pumpkin crab bisque garnished with spiced croutons and pine nuts, turkey roulade or roasted lamb shank. Oh, and since it’s Thanksgiving and all, dinner includes a family-style serving of traditional sides. Thu 3–6pm; $80.
Chef Andrew Carmellini’s American brasserie serves a traditional Thanksgiving spread for guests all day Thursday. Stop in during lunch or dinner for cider-brined turkey, turkey leg stuffing, butternut squash and your choice of dessert—which includes the Dutch’s irresistible pies. Thu 1–9pm; $55.
The SoBe hotel’s Nautilus Cabana Club invites guests to feast on a bountiful Mediterranean-style buffet, complete with a carving station that includes salmon, roast turkey and prime rib. A hefty salad spread—kale, roasted beet, orzo and quinoa, among others—mezzes and a dessert station round out the beachside affair. Thu 11:30am–6pm; $55.
You won’t get paper plates and plastic cutlery at Barton G. Instead, chef Jeff O’Neill and his team promise their usual dose of pageantry this holiday with a three-course dinner that includes herb-roasted turkey breast and house-made pumpkin doughnuts. Thu 6–10pm; $65.
Not all Thanksgiving dinners need be fancy affairs. The Miami Beach restaurant keeps things low-key (at least as far as five-star hotels go) with a three-course meal you customize from a selection of dishes, including roasted beet salad, salmon with truffled mashed potatoes and pumpkin ice cream with bourbon caramel and spiced pecans. Specially priced bottles of red and white wine are available for $49. Thu 6–10pm; $55, children $33.
If Thanksgiving’s gut-busting side dishes aren’t for you, head to Byblos for chef Stuart Cameron’s Mediterranean spread. The prix-fixe meal kicks off with your choice of spicy Hamachi or duck kibbeh and includes turkey porchetta, searched cauliflower and a sweet halva parfait for dessert. Wine pairings are available for an additional $30. Thu 6–11pm; $65, wine pairing $30.
Leynia’s Thanksgiving dinner is a multicultural banquet of grilled meats and South-American-inspired starters and sides. Create your own prix-fixe meal from options like sous-vide turkey breast roulade, smoked ham topped with chimichurri glaze, Peruvian potato salad and brie and spinach empanadas. Optional $35 wine pairings are available. Thu 7–11pm; $75.
Everyone’s favorite party brunch spot buttons up for a special Thanksgiving lunch, featuring an array of traditional holiday fare available a la carte. Entrées such as honey baked ham and turkey rolled with sage stuffing are $18, while side dishes (green bean casserole, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes) and desserts are $6. Thu noon–6pm; a la carte.
One of the most affordable high-end dining experiences you’ll find this Thanksgiving is at Upland. The South of Fifth restaurant offers its regular á la carte menu plus a special family-style featuring wood-fired turkey, charcoal-roasted vegetable medley and cranberry compote. An optional wine pairing is available for $32. Thu 1–9pm; $48.
Appease the pescatarians in your group with a three-course dinner at Sunset Harbour’s newest seafood joint. The family-style feasts includes choices like smoked Okeechobee fish dip, sour orange yellowtail ceviche and fried turkey (for the purists, of course). Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited to noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. Thu; $65, children $25.
Leave the cooking to Tamara Bistro inside the National, which is treating guests and locals to a traditional three-course menu. Choose from a soup or a salad to start, follow it up with a turkey entrée and fixings and a dessert. Specials on wine by the glass are also available throughout the night. Thu 5–10pm; $39.