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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
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Where to eat on Thanksgiving in Miami 2020 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

Spending Thanksgiving in Miami? Besides hitting up one of the Miami beaches (because that’s still a thing to do in Miami in November), the actual holiday calls for some serious feasting. But you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen to eat well on Thanksgiving in Miami. Instead, trust the city’s top spots to whip up a traditional feast for you and yours. This year is a little different than most so while you can make a reservation at one of Miami’s best restaurants for dine-in, you can also call ahead and get your feast delivered to pick it up to enjoy at home. Either way, you’ll be saving yourself a trip to the grocery store and hours of clean up.

Where to eat on Thanksgiving in Miami 2020

Barton G
Photograph: Courtesy Barton G

1. Barton G the Restaurant

Restaurants South Beach

Barton G doesn’t do simple and that’s why we like it. Head to the South Beach restaurant for a special, three-course dinner that eases you in with a crisp green salad before filling you up with a full feast of slow-roasted heritage turkey breast and confit leg, plus sides like whipped potatoes and brown butter and Frangelico sweet potato casserole without any of the bagged marshmallows. For dessert, get all the fall flavors in profiteroles stuffed with pumpkin ice cream. Dine in. 6–9:30pm. $85pp.

Drunken Dragon
Photograph: Courtesy Drunken Dragon

2. Drunken Dragon

Restaurants Korean South Beach

Korean for Thanksgiving, why not? For something more exotic than the classic turkey-and-carb combo, get Drunken Dragon to cater your at-home feast. Meals feed up to 10 people and include a 13-pound honey glazed bird with your choice of four sides—think whipped yuzu kosho butter, shanghai rice and brussel sprout slaw. For all you pie haters, dessert is a tasty pumpkin bread pudding. Orders must be placed by Friday, November 20. Takeout; $199. Email to order.

Smith & Wollensky, Restaurants and cafes, Miami
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3. Smith & Wollensky

Restaurants Steakhouse South of Fifth

Here’s a great option for families where not everyone is into the traditional Thanksgiving spread. At Smith & Wollensky, you can opt for a three-course prix-fixe meal with herb-roasted turkey, potatoes au gratin, cornbread stuffing and other staples or you can do your own thing and order from the dinner menu. A medium-rare steak and a baked potato on Thanksgiving—this is America. Indoor and outdoor seating are available. Dine in. Noon–11pm. $69, $35 children under 12.

Malibu Farm
Photograph: Anthony Nader/52 Chefs

4. Malibu Farm Miami Beach

Restaurants American Miami Beach

Some people get to look at snow on Thanksgiving, but we prefer an ocean view. Enjoy your holiday meal with the beach as your background at Malibu Farm, where the three-course menu includes an assortment of veggie-forward starters, your choice of turkey or pineapple glazed ham and seasonal sides such as winter root vegetables. Not into pumpkin? Keep it local with a key lime jar. The full feast is available for dine-in as well as delivery via Postmates (it’s discounted $20 when you get it to enjoy at home). Malibu Farm is also selling a full turkey meal to-go throughout most of the month should you be planning multiple celebrations at home. Dine in and takeout. Noon–10pm. $65, $85 wine pairing.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
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5. 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 with green bean casserole and cranberry compote to mama’s off-the-wall biscuit stuffing a spiced pumpkin pie that’ll put knock the socks off any other pie you’ve tried. If dining in isn’t for you yet, Yardbird also offers a separate menu of Thanksgiving dishes to-go. You’ll just have to place your order in advance or risk missing out on a southern-style holiday. Dine in and takeout. 11am–9pm; á la carte.

Sherwoods Bistro & Bar
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6. Sherwoods Bistro & Bar

Restaurants American creative Little River

Feel at home away from home at Sherwoods, the Little River spot with couch setups and oversize wooden tables like the kind your cool aunt might have. This year’s menu features healthier versions of your Thanksgiving favorites, like pumpkin cauliflower macaroni and cheese and sweet potato salad with brown rice. But there’s also a festive apple and cinnamon cocktail on deck should you want to let loose. Dine in. 4–11pm; $40.

Stiltsville Fish Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Stiltsville Fish Bar/Grove Bay Hospitality

7. Stiltsville Fish Bar

Restaurants Seafood South Beach

Sunset Harbour’s popular seafood spot let’s you go for more than turkey this Thanksgiving. You’ll get the option of a prix-fixe menu that includes holiday-centric fare, like a fall pear salad and sweet corn spoon bread (a delicious restaurant staple), plus fried turkey. Or you can ditch the coursed meal altogether and go straight to the raw bar for stone crabs, raw oysters and caviar deviled eggs. Dine in. 5–10pm; $65, children under 12 $25.

Quinto La Huella
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8. Quinto La Huella

Restaurants Uruguayan Brickell

The Uruguayan restaurant throws in a bonus a course for four succulent plates that include two starters—a baby arugula salad and spiced butternut squash soup—and a roasted free-range turkey with sweet potato hash and french green beans as your main. Save room for something sweet there’s a house-made pecan pie with dulce de leche sauce for dessert. Dine in. Noon–11pm; $59, children under 12 $29.

Photograph: Courtesy Battery Operated Productions

9. Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for stretchy pants and Cuban-inspired, family-style feasts you enjoy at home. There’s no worrying about mom over-spicing the turkey or dad ruining the potatoes because Ariete’s home kits are ready to pop in the oven to heat up. Choose from a meal that feeds from four to eight people and includes a hefty turkey with croqueta stuffing and gravy, pastelitos filled with turkey fricassee, whipped mashed potatoes and more. Orders must be placed by November 16 by calling the restaurant (305-640-5862) or via email. Dine in and takeout. 5–11pm. $75–$85 per person.

Bourbon Steak
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10. Michael Mina: Bourbon Steak

Restaurants Steakhouse Aventura

Why should your taste buds be bound by the holiday? If folks in your party feel like red meat over turkey, go for it at Bourbon Steak. The Turnberry Isle restaurant offers a three-course, prix-fixe menu this Thanksgiving with a traditional wood-grilled turkey with cornbread-foie gras stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, cider glazed yams and black truffle gravy. But it’s also serving its full steakhouse menu, featuring gourmet options like the Reuben-style bone-in short rib and a decadent seafood tower. In short, there’s something for everyone. Dine in. 6–10pm; $105 prix-fixe or á la carte.

Photograph: Courtesy Lightkeepers

11. LightKeepers

Restaurants Seafood Key Biscayne

If it’s views you’re seeking, find them at LightKeepers, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s fine-dining, oceanfront spot. The restaurant ditches its usual buffet spread in favor of a three-course meal with all of the Thanksgiving day trimmings that begins with oven-fresh rolls and a seasonal harvest salad—plus butternut squash ravioli because you can never have too many carbs during the holiday. Entrées are stacked with turkey and honey-glazed ham served with sourdough and sage stuffing, sweet potato casserole and more sides than you can handle. Dessert is a festive spread of mini pumpkin pies and bread pudding and cheesecake. For an extra $26 ($125 total), opt for the beverage package and drink up while you feast. Reservations are a must. Dine in. 12:30–4pm, 5–8pm; $99, children under 12 $39.

Sala’o Cuban Restaurant & Bar
Photograph: Ricardo Mejia

12. Sala’o Cuban Bar and Pescadería

Restaurants Cuban East Little Havana

Skip the turkey in favor of confit smoked pork belly, sous-vide lobster tail, and cornish hen with carrot purée at the Little Havana restaurant, where creativity trumps tradition this Thanksgiving. Sala’o keeps things festive with an array of gin-and-tonic cocktails and live music all night long. Dine in. 5–11:30pm; a la carte.

Burlock Coast
Photograph: Courtesy Burlock Coast

13. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits

Restaurants Seafood

Known for its sumptuous seafood offerings, Burlock Coast leans into the holiday with a Thanksgiving meal brimming with the classics. There’s grilled squash and a turkey breast roulade served with stuffing, grilled broccolini and green bean casserole, among other side dishes. Dessert is a decadent two-for with both chocolate pecan tart and pumpkin mouse. A bottomless drink package is available for an extra $34. Dine in. Noon–9pm; $79, children under 12 $29.

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14. StripSteak by Michael Mina

Restaurants Steakhouse Miami Beach

Michael Mina’s StripSteak elevates the holiday spread with a fixed menu you won’t find at your annual family shindig. Choose from a pumpkin and goat cheese fig tarlet or a roasted squash salad to start, and a brined turkey breast or roast porchetta with baby carrots for your main. We highly suggest saving room for the sides, which range from chestnut and black truffle stuffing to a green bean casserole with miso mushroom duxelles to jalapeño cornbread. Dine in. 5–11pm; $75.

Truluck's Miami
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15. 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, Lyonnaise potatoes, steamed asparagus and other dishes. For an extra $18, Truluck's will throw in seconds complete with all the fixins. Dine in. 5–10pm; $55, 22 children 12 and under.

La Mar
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16. La Mar

Restaurants Peruvian Brickell Key

Are you used to traveling on the holiday? Do it a little differently this year, taking your palate on a trip to Latin America via La Mar. The Brickell spot offers a family-style dinner for parties two ($135) or four ($180), featuring Latin American specialties such as Peruvian tamal, crispy roasted pancetta and caramelized sweet potato purée, among other things. Dine in. 6–11pm; $135–$180. 

Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
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17. SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Restaurants Fusion Midtown

If you’re feeling something festive but not really in the mood for a full-on Thanksgiving meal, Sugarcane has you covered. The Midtown restaurant peppers in a handful of holiday specials to satisfy your cravings for all things turkey day without going overboard. Opt for a butternut squash soup starter or a composed dish of classics such as stuffing, sweet potato mash and, of course, turkey. Dine in. Noon–midnight; á la carte.

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

18. Villa Azur


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.
Dine in. 6:30–11pm; á la carte.

Kiki on the River Thanksgiving
Photograph: Peter Stepanek

19. 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 and green bean and brussels sprout casserole. Top of the meal with a slice of freshly baked pumpkin pie and Chantilly ice cream. Thu 5pm–midnight; $59.

Nikki Beach Thanksgiving
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20. 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.

Turkey dinner
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21. SOBEWFF® Thanksgiving Table To-Go

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival teams up with Constellation Culinary Group for a special Thanksgiving feast to-go that doubles as a fundraiser for the local hospitality community. Dinner packages include two salads, a choice of one of three sides, bread and two desserts. Wine and bottles of water are also part of the deal, as is a canister of Illy coffee because the tryptophan effects are real. Meals are available for parties from two to 10 people. Takeout. Pick up Nov 25 noon–5pm, Nov 26 9am–noon. $150–$675.

Lido Bayside Grill
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22. Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach

Restaurants Mediterranean Belle Isle

November in Miami is the ideal time to dine outdoors, especially at Lido where you also get a waterfront view to enjoy. For something casual, scenic and affordable, head to the Standard, where you’ll get a full traditional lunch or dinner—including a slice of pumpkin cheesecake—for just $36. The restaurant is also discounting bottles of bubbly for the day, so be sure to take advantage. Dine in. Noon–11pm, $36.


23. Icebox Cafe

Restaurants Tea rooms South Beach

The last thing you need to worry about on Thanksgiving is whether or not your meal is going to suck. That won’t happen at Icebox, Sunset Harbour’s reliably delicious spot (and now in Hallandale). The prix-fixe dinner menu is stacked with elevated holiday favorites, such as a golden brown turkey breast rolled around a wild mushroom and sausage stuffing served alongside lemon-scented brussels sprouts and sweet potato casserole. Wine pairings are available. Dine In, 4–10pm; $48.

24. Dolce Italian

Restaurants Italian South Beach

The Italian restaurant makes it easy to grab-and-go without having to sacrifice quality or presentation with a turkey feast you can customize to any party size. Dining solo? Scoop up the $40 dinner (dessert is an extra $12). Dining with family? Go for the meal for eight. ($416), which includes every single traditional side under the side, turkey and dessert, plus they’re throwing in a free bottled cocktail (serves three) as well. Takeout. Pickup begins at noon. $40, with dessert $52. 

Three Wynwood
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25. 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 slow-cooked turkey leg confit, honey glazed root veggies, winter chicory salad and Brussels sprouts with braised bacon. No Thanksgiving would be complete without a pumpkin pie topped with toasted marshmallow. Dinner is served indoors or upstairs on the rooftop. Dine In, 5:30–10pm; $65.

Fuego y Mar at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Photograph: The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

26. Fuego y Mar at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

Fresh off a massive remodel, the Ritz-Carlton South welcomes folks for a double-dose of Thanksgiving. Guests have the option of a holiday brunch, complete with a carving station loaded up with prime rib and guava-glazed ham, plus an assortment of decadent pies. At night, the restaurant switches over to a four-course meal that’s vegetarian friendly. Dine in. Brunch: noon–4pm; $115, children under 12 $57. Dinner: 5–9pm; $70, children under 12 $35.

The Surf Club
Photograph: Deborah Jones

27. 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 a pumpkin seed risotto for our vegetarian friends, 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.

Le Zoo
Photograph: Courtesy Le Zoo/Andrew Hektor

28. Le Zoo

Restaurants French Bal Harbour

Inject your holiday with a little French flair at Le Zoo. The Bal Harbour Shop spot is keeping it simple and classic with a three-course meal (available for lunch or dinner) that includes roasted turkey with puréed potatoes (not mashed, this is France), green bean casserole and pumpkin or apple pie á la mode for dessert. Dine in. 1–8pm, $65.

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