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.
Best restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Miami
True, the French don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but when it comes to sumptuous feasting, they take the gateau. So if you want quality time with your family lingering over a delicious meal, db Bistro Moderne has you covered. The restaurant’s prix-fixe menu offers plenty of choices, both traditional and non, such as the country pâté starter or the roasted turkey with chestnut dressing entrée. Desserts run the gamut from delicate to indulgent, with the pumpkin bread pudding topped with spiced crème fraîche being a favorite. Before you feel like you’re missing out on the whole Thanksgiving experience, db will send you home with a complimentary turkey sandwich to go. The French, always surprising us.
Pass on stuffing and green bean casserole in favor of chef Diego Oka’s Peruvian-inspired holiday dishes, like the arroz con pato (cilantro rice with seared duck breast) or the oven-roasted pork shank for two, which is served with mini corn cakes, peaches, figs and a crisp arugula salad. The view of Brickell Bay from the restaurant is reason enough to skip dinner at home.
Price: á la carte
If you’re the type to pile your plate high with turkey and sides, rendering it one big unidentifiable mess, you’ll appreciate the convenience of Talde’s Thanksgiving ramen. It’s an oversize bowl packed with holiday staples you can easily scoop up to eat. It's got turkey breast, stuffing, pickled cranberries, mushroom gravy and creamed spinach wontons all floating about. Slurp it alone or share it with a friend.
Essensia’s Thanksgiving buffet is packed with healthy choices that won’t wreck your waistline. There’s a salad station, featuring the restaurant’s perennially popular kale Caesar salad, and a carving station, serving herb-rubbed turkey with cranberry-orange chutney and braised beef brisket. The restaurant is going all out for sides, pulling together a range of classics (think mashed potatoes and stuffing) and several figure-friendly add-ons like roasted root vegetables and broccolini and leaks. Dessert will be a smattering of mini pies and cakes.
Price: $59, kids $29
For a pared-down feast that’s simple and classic, head to The Dutch. The South Beach restaurant is offering guests a two-course, prix-fixe menu that includes a cider-brined turkey, whipped potatoes and traditional stuffing. For dessert, it’s a toss-up between apple pie with salted caramel ice cream and pumpkin brûlée, both very solid choices.
Traditional doesn’t necessarily mean boring, especially when chef Timon Balloo is at the helm. His Thanksgiving menu includes a Thai red curry and carrot soup topped with coconut cream and fried almonds; a maple glazed turkey breast and leg served alongside cornbread grits and green beans; and a creamy panna cotta with gingerbread streusel.
Price: á la carte
Chef Peter Vauthy doesn’t just cook great steak; he also makes a mean roasted turkey. This holiday, he’s pairing it with an exhaustive list of traditional side dishes, like apple-sausage stuffing, whipped potatoes and gravy and sweet potato fondue topped with homemade marshmallows, plus other restaurant favorites, including Red’s four-cheese macaroni. Pair your meal with one of over 400 wine options available.
Price: à la carte
More restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Miami
Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits (Fort Lauderdale), buffet lunch or dinner $95, $49 for children under 12; noon–9pm. Ritz-Carlton, 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd (305-302-6460).
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana (South Beach), à la carte dishes; noon–11pm. 1014 Lincoln Rd between Lenox and Michigan Aves (305-531-4833.
Earls Kitchen + Bar (Kendall), à la carte dishes; 11:30am–1am. Dadeland Mall, 7535 N Kendall Dr (305-667-1786).
PB Station (Downtown Miami), Latin-themed prix-fixe menu $68; 6–11pm. The Langford Hotel, 121 SE 1st St between NE 1st and 2nd Aves (305-420-2205).
The Restaurant at The Raleigh (South Beach), three-course lunch or dinner $49; noon–4pm, 6–10pm. The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Ave at 18th St (305-612-1163).
Byblos Miami (South Beach), three-course Mediterranean meal $65; 6–11pm. Royal Palm South Beach, 1545 Collins Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (305-680-1308).
StripSteak by Michael Mina (Mid-Beach), prix-fixe, family-style meal $75; 6–11pm. Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4000 Collins Ave (877-326-7412).
Bianca (South Beach), three-course meal with side dishes $65; 4–11pm. Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave between 16th and 17th Sts (305-674-5752).
Beachcraft (South Beach), prix-fixe menu served family style $120; 6–10pm. 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave (866-615-1111).
Swine Southern Table & Bar (Coral Gables), three-course meal with sweet tea $55; 10am–9pm. 2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd (786-360-6433).