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Toro Toro Thanksgiving
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Where to eat on Thanksgiving in Miami when you don’t want to cook

No time to cook on Thanksgiving? Miami restaurants welcome you with open arms and delicious spreads of holiday classics.

By Virginia Gil and Amber Love Bond

Spending Thanksgiving in Miami? Besides hitting the best clubs in Miami on Wednesday—one of the biggest party days of the year—or checking out the best things to do in Miami, the actual holiday calls for some serious feasting. That’s where some of the best restaurants in Miami come in, whipping up everything from the traditional roast turkey 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

Bourbon Steak
Photograph: Libby Vision

1. Michael Mina: Bourbon Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse Aventura

Why should your taste buds be bound by the holiday? If you’re feeling like red meat, go for it at Bourbon Steak. The Turnberry Isle restaurant offers a three-course, prix-fixe menu this Thanksgiving, featuring gourmet options like the American wagyu beef tartare with grilled pita bread and truffle macaroni and cheese. There’s also a children’s menu with kid-friendly mashed potatoes and warm beignets. Thu 4–11pm; $105, children under 12 $49.

The Surf Club
Photograph: Deborah Jones

2. The Surf Club Restaurant

Restaurants American Surfside

Do Thanksgiving Thomas Keller-style at the Surf Club Restaurant, where the meal begins with fall spiced nuts and a Waldorf salad. Entrée choices include slow-roasted turkey breast with sage gravy, poached halibut or The French Laundry garden pumpkin cannelloni, plus a bevy of sides for the table. Round out dinner with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake or bourbon pecan pie for dessert. Thu 6:30—9:30pm; $150.

Jaya at the Setai
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jaya

3. Jaya at the Setai

Restaurants Contemporary Asian South Beach

Kick off your Thanksgiving at Jaya’s sumptuous brunch buffet, featuring classic holiday fare as well as the restaurant’s Asian signatures—from roasted lamb and turkey to pad Thai and green curry. For a á la carte option, check out dinner beginning at 6pm. Thu 11:30am–4pm; $145, children under 12 $63.

Photograph: Anthony Nader/52 Chefs

4. LightKeepers

Restaurants Seafood Key Biscayne

One of the priciest options on our list is a boozy, oceanfront buffet at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Wear your roomiest outfit for unlimited breakfast items (omelettes, benedicts, etc.,), lunch-y fare like composed salads and big, hearty meat options suitable for an extravagant Thanksgiving celebration. Champagne, Bloody Marys and Bellinis will flow. Thu 12:30–4pm, 5–8pm; $145, children under 12 $49.

Thanksgiving at the National
Photograph: Courtesy the National

5. Tamara's Bistro at the National Hotel

Restaurants Bistros South Beach

The National Hotel welcomes out-of-towners and locals to its poolside restaurant for a three-course meal, featuring all the trimmings. Your meal begins with a butternut squash bisque or fresh autumn salad before moving on to Thanksgiving turkey and two very delicious, seasonal options for dessert: apple pecan sundae or pumpkin caramel cheesecake. Thu 5–10pm; $39.95, children $19.95.

Rusty Pelican
Photograph: Courtesy Rusty Pelican

6. Rusty Pelican

Restaurants Seafood Miami

Surely, there’s one poor cook in the family whose Thanksgiving is spent slaving away in the kitchen. That person deserves a medal and, most importantly, a break from their holiday duties. Treat them to a dazzling waterfront feast at Rusty Pelican, featuring a pre-set menu of delicious fall-inspired dishes—think maple roast turkey with cornbread and apple sausage and grilled baby carrots. Thu 6–11pm; $75.

Le Sirenuse
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Monica G.

7. Le Sirenuse Miami Restaurant

Restaurants Mediterranean Surfside

Feasting early this year? Head to Le Sirenuse, where a sophisticated, family-style brunch awaits. The Italian restaurant keeps things fairly traditional with á la carte options like turkey breast with a side of roasted sweet potatoes and granola turkey jus. And just wait until you get to dessert, which takes over an entire room. How fancy! Thu noon–3:30pm; $160, children $75. 

Bird & Bone
Photograph: Moris Moreno

8. Bird & Bone

Restaurants Soul and southern American Miami Beach

Chicken or turkey, you know you’re in for tasty poultry at Bird & Bone. This Thanksgiving, the restaurant goes the traditional route, serving butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, green bean casserole and a yummy pumpkin tart. Thu 5–11pm; $60.

Matador Room
Photograph: Courtesy Matador Room

9. Matador Room

Restaurants Latin American Miami Beach

What’s there to be more thankful for than an indulgent four-course, prix-fixe menu that highlights some of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s signature Thanksgiving dishes? Nothing, really and we’re humbled by our blessings: 12 spectacular dishes to choose from. Thu 5:30–11:30pm; $125, children under 12 $58.

Photograph: Courtesy Seaspice

10. Seaspice

Restaurants Seafood East Little Havana

The Thanksgiving glow up you deserve: organic turkey and pristine waterfront views. Seaspice invites you to feast on gourmet holiday classics like butternut squash and celery root soup, country pâté, a slow-cooked bird and bourbon butterscotch pot de crème. Thu noon–midnight; á la carte.

Photograph: Courtesy Ariete/Blue Shell Media

11. Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for stretchy pants and all-you-can-eat buffets. Ariete has the latter covered with unlimited helpings of turkey legs and fried turkey breast, green bean casserole, candied yams, cheddar and fresno cornbread, among other offerings. The Grove restaurant isn’t holding back on dessert either, serving pecan pie, goat cheese flan and apple streusel pie. Thu 3–10pm; $75, children under 10 $35.

Market Miami EDITION
Photograph: Courtesy Miami EDITION

12. Market at EDITION

Restaurants Italian Miami Beach

Looking for a casual option this Thanksgiving? Market at the Edition serves a tasty buffet spread of salads, soups, sides, desserts, plus a carving station with juicy turkey. Add bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys to your meal for an extra $35. Thu noon–8pm; $75, children under 12 $35.

Icebox Cafe, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
© Nicole Franzen Photography

13. Icebox Cafe

Restaurants Tea rooms South Beach

The Sunset Harbour restaurant gives you two reasons to leave the cooking to someone else this Thanksgiving. Stop in for brunch and enjoy a turkey sandwich or a themed Benedict with stuffing, plus the option to add bottomless mimosas or Bloody Marys. If it’s dinner you’re looking to outsource, try the $48 prix-fixe dinner with roasted turkey, sausage stuffing and more. Wine pairings are available. Thu 4–10pm; $48.

Villa Azur, Bars and lounges, Miami
Photograph: Francois Colinet

14. Villa Azur

4 out of 5 stars

When you can’t be bothered to spend the day with family or you’ve ditched loved ones altogether and made a beeline for South Beach, make Villa Azur your Thanksgiving destination. Holiday or no holiday, the restaurant-meets-club continues its popular Thursday night dinner party, featuring live entertainment and dancing as well as a festive menu.
Thu 8pm–2am; á la carte.

Quinto La Huella at EAST, Miami
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15. Quinto La Huella

Restaurants Uruguayan Brickell

The Uruguayan restaurant throws in a bonus a course for four succulent plates that include entrées such as roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and an herb-crusted rib roast with au jus. Diners get their choice of side dishes from options like mashed potatoes, brown-butter sage roasted squash and cheesy cauliflower gratin, among others. Save room for something sweet, because of course there’s dessert: pecan-bourbon tar or classic pumpkin pie. Thu 4pm–midnight; $45.

Yardbird dining room
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16. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

Restaurants American South Beach

Your favorite fried chicken spot also does a mean turkey. This Thanksgiving, head to Yardbird for a delicious, a-la-carte dinner, where you’ll find all sorts of holiday dishes—from the traditional turkey plate and the crowd-pleasing sweet potato casserole to the off-the-wall biscuit stuffing and peach cobbler with a marzipan crumble. Thu 10am–9pm; á la carte.

International Smoke Aventura Miami
Photograph: Jordan Wise

17. International Smoke Aventura

Restaurants Barbecue Aventura

Enjoy a holiday tasting menu where the turkey surely won’t be dry. The restaurant known for its global-inspired ‘cue serves a slow-smoked turkey, smoked St. Louis ribs and a flaky Hawaiian-style snapper. Ayesha’s famous cornbread and healthy braised greens make it a true feast. Vegetarians are welcome to order á la carte from a veggie-focused menu. Thu noon–7pm; $55.

18. Nikki Beach

Nightlife South of Fifth

Skipping the family gathering? Book a cabana or a table—up to you—and feast beachfront this Thanksgiving. Nikki Beach’s á la carte menu features all your favorite holiday dishes like roast turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and sweet potato, plus a selection of seasonal pies. Thu noon–6pm; á la carte.

BLT Prime - Trump Doral
Photograph: Unsplash/Emerson Vieira

19. BLT Prime

Restaurants Steakhouse Doral

Here there are two opportunities to enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal. First, there’s breakfast buffet stacked with all the classics like fruit salad, assorted pastries, oatmeal and hot stations with made-to-order omelettes. Then, in the evening, there’s a prix-fixe, three-course dinner that includes more holiday fare like kabocha squash risotto, roasted turkey, prime rib, mashed potatoes and more. Round out the meal with a choice of pumpkin pie with maple ice cream or an apple tart. Thu 6am–noon; $38. 5–11pm; $82, children under 10 $40.

STK Miami
Photograph: Courtesy STK Miami

20. STK Miami

Restaurants Steakhouse South Beach

This Thanksgiving, dine elegantly at STK, where the roasted turkey special features chestnut cornbread stuffing, green beans, two types of potatoes (sweet and Yukon!), cranberry-orange chutney and old-school turkey gravy to smother on everything. Dessert is available é la carte, not that it should keep you from ordering it. Thu 611–pm; $42, children under 12 $16.

Lolo's Surf Cantina
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21. Lolo’s Surf Cantina

Restaurants Mexican South of Fifth

If you couldn’t care less about Thanksgiving but still want to be somewhat festive, Lolo’s has the dish for you: turkey tacos. Stop into the Mexican cantina for roasted turkey tacos filled with gravy, cranberry and all the trimmings. Thu 6:30am–11pm; $14 for two.

Photograph: Unsplash/Сергей Орловский

22. Il Mulino New York

Restaurants Italian Sunny Isles Beach

Get the best of both cuisines at this Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner. For the purists, there’s organic roasted turkey, fresh cranberry sauce, walnut and sausage stuffing, green beans and mashed potatoes on the prix-fixe menu. Or shake things up with dishes from the Abruzzo region of Italy available á la carte. Creamy pumpkin cheese is sure to please both camps. Thu 5:30–11pm; $60.

Beach Bar at Newport Pier
Photograph: Courtesy Beach Bar at Newport Pier

23. Beach Bar at Newport Pier

Restaurants Seafood Sunny Isles Beach

Chances are the weather on Thanksgiving Day is going to be spectacular. Soak it in over a meal on the pier, where you’ll savor a traditional holiday spread (turkey, gravy, potatoes) plus your choice of pumpkin or apple pies. Thu 11am–midnight; $29.95.

The Capital Grille Thanksgiving
Photograph: Courtesy the Capital Grille

24. The Capital Grille

Restaurants Steakhouse Brickell

Trust a steak house to make your turkey? We do, especially if it’s the Capital Grille. Brickell’s oak-decked meat lair goes into holiday-mode with a selection that includes a slow-roasted bird with brioche stuffing, green beans with Marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney and mashed potatoes, a must for any Thanksgiving feast. Thu 11am–11pm; $43; children $15.

Kiki on the River
Photograph: Chat Chow TV

25. Kiki on the River

Restaurants Greek East Little Havana

An affordable prix-fixe menu in a beautiful waterfront setting is what diners can expect from Kiki on the River this Thanksgiving. The Greek restaurant doles out American fare with a twist, including roasted butternut squash with marshmallow brûlée and green bean and brussels sprout casserole. Top of the meal with a slice of freshly baked pumpkin pie. Thu 5pm–midnight; $49.

Three Wynwood
Photograph: Courtesy Three

26. Three

Restaurants Fusion Wynwood

What’s better than a family-style feast? One that doesn’t result in a giant mess in your home. Let Three take over and feed you heart-warming food like benne-seed bread, slow-cooked turkey leg confit, honey glazed root veggies, farro verde with brussels sprouts, and Yukon gold potato gnocchi. No Thanksgiving would be complete without a pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmallow. Thu 5:30–10pm; $65.

Diez y Seis
Photograph: Courtesy Shore Club

27. Diez y Seis

Restaurants Mexican South Beach

Not into traditional Thanksgiving? Celebrate with an equally festive feast at Mexican restaurant Diez y Seis. Dishes include fun riffs on holiday classics like the tasty turkey tamales made with braised turkey in tomato chipotle sauce and cotija cheese, and topped with pickled red onions, Mexican crema and tamale sauce. Thu 6:30–11:30pm; á la carte.

Wolfgang's steakhouse
Photograph: Courtesy Wolfgang's Steakhouse

28. Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Miami

Restaurants Steakhouse Downtown

Traditional Thanksgiving at downtown Miami’s classic steakhouse. Feast on a three-course menu featuring dishes like mixed greens salad or butternut squash soup; turkey with stuffing; and string beans with sweet mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. There’s also the obligatory pumpkin pie with homemade Schlag (German whipped cream) for dessert. Thu noon–10:30pm; $70.

Burlock Coast Thanksgiving
Photograph: Ricardo Mejia

29. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Restaurants Seafood

Known for its sumptuous seafood offerings, Burlock Coast changes it up this Thanksgiving with an extravagant buffet that’s equal parts surf and turf. Seafood towers, a caviar station and a tapas bar with a range of cold and hot options give diners plenty to choose from. The bottomless drink package includes beer, rum punch, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Thu noon–8pm; $129, children under 12 $49.


Toro Toro Thanksgiving
Photograph: Courtesy Toro Toro

30. Toro Toro

Restaurants Steakhouse Downtown

Celebrate Thanksgiving Miami-style, gorging on a full buffet of Latin dishes. The extensive selection including chorizo, ancho-chile rubbed turkey, hickory-smoked prime rib and sweet potato bravas, plus the more traditional cornbread and honey glazed ham. It wouldn’t be a Latin spread without flan, of course, though Toro Toro also throws in beignets filled with chocolate and an apple crumble pie. Thu 11am–8pm; $65, children $30.

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31. Truluck's Miami

Restaurants Seafood Brickell

The upscale Brickell restaurant let’s you build your perfect, three-course meal this Thanksgiving. Choose from roasted turkey breast, parmesan mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing and other dishes, and make sure to pile on the signature fix-ins. Thu noon–9pm; $45, $19 children 12 and under.

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