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TOP PICKS: Thanksgiving dinner to-go and dining in restaurants in Tampa Bay

It’s safe to say that 2021 has been much busier than last year. While we might not be completely back to normal yet, many of us have gotten back into regular routines with work, school, and activities.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays can contribute a lot to an already busy schedule and for some, the thought of laboring in the kitchen to cook Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t enticing.

Related: Thanksgiving Week Things to Do: Camps, special events + MORE!

If that’s the case, don’t fret. Several Tampa Bay area restaurants have Thanksgiving dinner specials that lets you skip the shopping, cooking, and cleaning.

Whether you’d rather pick up a ready-made meal to serve at home or dine-in, check out these establishments serving up Thanksgiving feasts this year.

Where to Dine-in for Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay with style!

Safety Harbor Resort and Spa

105 N. Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

Enjoy a Thanksgiving with a view at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. They’ll be serving up a special brunch buffet that will include a gourmet omelet station, pumpkin spice French toast, lobster bisque, Mediterranean platter, slow-roasted prime rib, and an international cheese board. They will also offer traditional Thanksgiving items  such as herb-roasted turkey with apple stuffing, sweet potato mash with marshmallow and strudel, and traditional green bean casserole. A separate children’s buffet will offer creamy macaroni and cheese, hot dog pups, chicken tenders, and tater tots. All non-alcoholic beverages are included as well as one welcome mimosa per adult. Reservations are required.

Adults: $49.95 plus tax per person
Children 10 and under: $15.95 plus tax per person

Bon Appétit

148 Marina Plaza
Dunedin, FL 34698

Bon Appetit is putting a fancy spin on Thanksgiving dinner. Not only do they provide a full Thanksgiving menu, but they also have an unbelievable turkey day buffet. Along with a complimentary glass of Champagne, your plated celebration will include your choice of items like Maine lobster “martini,” escargot, roasted Carolina turkey with pecan stuffing, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass. Bon Appétit’s buffet menu boasts dishes like Creole remoulade shrimp, chilled mussels, prime rib beef with au jus and more. They also have a separate kids menu that includes roast Carolina turkey, penne pasta, and crispy fried shrimp. $79.95 plus tax per adult and $14.95 per child. Reservations are available online.

Yacht StarShip Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise

Tampa dock: 603 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602
Clearwater dock: 25 Causeway Blvd Clearwater, FL 33767

Set sail on the waterways of Tampa Bay with a Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise. Yacht StarShip’s Executive Chef is offering up a traditional Thanksgiving feast while you enjoy a 2-hour cruise aboard one of their yachts in Downtown Tampa or Clearwater. There are three departure times to choose from (11:30am., 3pm. and 6:30pm). The menu will include an autumn salad, roasted herb turkey with country cornbread stuffing and sage gravy, honey glazed ham, candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and orange glazed baby carrots. A Chef’s selection of holiday desserts will also be served.

Prices start at $69.95 per adult and $44.95 per child. Reservations are required in advance and can be booked online or by calling (813) 223-7999.

Rusty Pelican Tampa

2425 N Rocky Point Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607

Give thanks with family and friends this Thanksgiving with a three-course brunch or a-la-carte dinner at Rusty Pelican. The menu will feature oysters, crab, shrimp cocktail, charcuterie, crab cake benedict, fried chicken and waffles, wild mushroom pappardelle pasta, salt roasted turkey, lobster mac and cheese, roasted tri-color cauliflower, and a showstopper dessert platter. Reservations are recommended.

$75 per adult, $35 per child.

Rusty Pelican

The Don CeSar

3400 Gulf Boulevard
St. Pete Beach, Florida 33706

Stroll to St. Pete Beach’s iconic Pink Palace, aka The Don CeSar, and start your day at Spa Oceana to relax with one of the seasonal specials, like a Vanilla Bourbon on The Rocks manicure and pedicure. Then continue your tranquil celebration with a Thanksgiving brunch buffet in the King Charles Ballroom. Feast on a variety of options including a raw bar, omelets made to order, hand-carved turkey, leg of lamb, and spice-rubbed salmon. Sip on unlimited champagne and enjoy the beautiful views of the gulf waters. If you prefer a later celebration, the Society Table and Rowe Bar will be serving up a Thanksgiving Buffet. This three-course pre-fixe menu will include roasted pumpkin bisque, pan-seared halibut, oven-roasted turkey, and pumpkin pie brown butter crumble.

Brunch: $88 per adult, $29 per child 12 and under
Dinner: $80 per adult, $40 per child 12 and under

Ocean Hai

100 Coronado Dr
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Sip, savor and celebrate at Ocean Hai with an Asian-American fusion Thanksgiving buffet. The menu is filled with twists on traditional favorites, like pork belly, butternut squash ravioli, cranberry-braised short ribs, and oysters on the half shell. For those who are devout to the standard Thanksgiving fare, there will be items such as roasted Turkey, glazed sweet potatoes, and sausage apple stuffing. To round out the night, get your fill sweets at Ocean Hai’s dessert station and indulge in chocolate-pecan bars and pumpkin-pecan creme brulee.

$52 per adult and $25 children 12 and under. Reservations are available online.

River’s Edge Restaurant and Bar

200 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Located in the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, River’s Edge will be offering an extraordinary Thanksgiving Buffet. There will be an array of options to choose from such as Bourbon Maple Glazed Roasted Tom Turkey, Lavender Cruised Pork Loin, and Butternut Squash Veloute. Guests can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner while taking in the panoramic views of the Hillsborough River and unwind with a post-meal walk along the Tampa Riverwalk.

$45 per adult and $20 per child.

Hew Parlor and Chophouse

453 Edgewater Drive
Dunedin, FL 33698

Head over to the Hotel Fenway for a Thanksgiving Day family-style feast. Main course options include carved prime rib, traditional roasted turkey breast, and grilled country ham. Enjoy traditional side items such as sage stuffing and maple roasted yams, or try something a little out of the ordinary such as sweet and smoky braised collard greens or creamed haricourt verts with crispy shallots. Finish off your meal with traditional pumpkin pie, pecan pie, or cranberry apple cobbler.

$75 per adult, $25 for children ages 6-13, children under 5 are complimentary

K Club Bar and Bistro

2675 Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL 33762

Clearwater’s Karol Hotel’s signature restaurant is offering a three-course family-style prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Feast on items such as honey glazed ham, roasted turkey tenderloin, pan-roasted salmon, cornbread casserole, glazed carrots, whipped potatoes, and garlic broccolini. For dessert, indulge in apple tartan, tiramisu, or key lime pie.

Starting at $36 per adult, $14 for children 12 and under

Photo Credit: Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Add a touch of glamour to your Thanksgiving holiday with dinner at Eddie V’s. Their traditional Thanksgiving dinner will include slow-roasted turkey, french green beans, brioche-sage stuffing, butternut squash and cranberry chutney. For those wanting to venture away from a traditional turkey dinner, their full menu will be available as well (at regular menu prices).

$43 per adult, $15 per child


Dining-in and To-go Thanksgiving Dinners in Tampa Bay

The Captial Grille 

2223 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

The Capital Grille is giving you the option of dining in or enjoying Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your own home. Their traditional Turkey Day meal includes slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, french green beans with marcona almonds, cranberry-pear chutney, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. For $125, heir to-go option includes the same menu and serves four. If you’re not craving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, their regular menu will be available as well (regular menu prices apply). Reservations are highly encouraged.

$43 per adult, $15 per child

Cooper’s Hawk Winery

4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607

Chef Matt McMillan has planned a delectable Thanksgiving dinner that’s available as a heat-and-serve for pickup or to enjoy dining in. The to-go package is $174.99 and serves up to 6 people. It includes butternut squash soup with spiced pumpkin seeds, traditional stuffing, slow-roasted turkey, and pumpkin praline cheesecake. Pre-ordering is required by November 19. The same menu is available for a flat rate for those who would rather dine-in. Be sure to pick up a bottle of their wine of the month to compliment dinner – the Grateful Red and Grateful White.

$28.99 per adult and $12.99 per child 12 and under.

Cooper’s Hawk

Elevage at The Epicurian Hotel

1207 S. Howard Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606

Treat yourself to a three-course pre-fixe dinner at Elevage. Served family-style, options include lemon, herb, and honey roasted turkey, rosemary and garlic crusted prime rib, chestnut-crusted salmon, and vegan “turkey roasted” butternut squash. Salad and fall-inspired breads, carmelized sweet potatoes with pecans and molasses, green bean casserole, and three-cheese baked mac and cheese are just a few of the items served up on the side. After dinner, guests can head over to the Dessert Social in the ballroom to enjoy sweet such as pumpkin pie, cinnamon cheesecake, and cranberry apple cobbler. Adults receive a complimentary glass of champagne and there will be activities for children. To-go orders can also be made.

Prices range from $50-$75 per person. To-go orders can be made by calling 813-999-8726.

Seasons 52

204 N Westshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609

Seasons 52 is a reliable seasonal staple you can count on for holiday meals. Their traditional Thanksgiving dinner includes all the staples such as Roasted “Never Ever” Turkey, Yukon mashed potatoes, brioche & sage stuffing and more. If you prefer to dish out the meal at home, they have a warm and serve carryout option that feeds 4 to 6 people that includes all the same options as the dine-in menu.

Dine-in: $32.95 per adult and $16 per child.
To-go: $175. Be sure to place your to-go order by Monday, November 22 for pickup on the 24th.

Season’s 52

Cafe Alfresco

344 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Head over to Dunedin for a mouthwatering Thanksgiving dinner. Cafe Alfresco is offering dine-in and to-go options that include roasted turkey breast, old-fashioned apple sage dressing, creme fraiche mashed potatoes, and baked ham with brown sugar cinnamon spice glaze. They will also have a brunch menu featuring crab cakes benedict, eggs alfresco, french toast a la ritz, and biscuits and gravy. Reservations are not available however, to-go options will be available all day.

Pane Rustica

3225 S. MacDill Ave
Tampa, FL 33629

Pane Rustica is serving up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Menu items include roasted turkey, cinnamon whipped sweet potatoes, savory stuffing, carrots and green beans, cranberry dressing, specialty breads, and desserts. For to-go orders, the deadline to place your order is Saturday, November 20th.


Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go in Tampa Bay

Haven Tampa

2208 W. Morrison Ave
Tampa, FL 33606

Don’t stress about cooking this year, for Haven’s sake! The culinary connoisseurs at Haven have prepared a generous carry out menu that includes 2 lbs. of sage roasted turkey breast, 1 lb. of pulled confit thigh meat, slow-cooked turkey gravy and cranberry, orange and bourbon relish for $70. For $120, you’ll get an array of sides including chestnut stuffing, black truffle macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. However, the meal isn’t complete without adding a Macadamia Chocolate Pie ($39) and bottle of fine wine. Quantities are limited and pricing is a la carte. Orders will be available for pickup on Wednesday, November 24 between 1pm and 7pm.

Fat Beet Farm 

13830 W Hillsborough Ave, Tampa

This new family-owned farm in Tampa is offering a delicious spread for Thanksgiving so you don’t have to do the cooking! You’ll want to pre-order by November 23. The Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $170 and can serve 4-6 people. You can also add on more Chef’s selections and Baker’s Selections. They even have a Black Friday Brunch for pick-up as well! It’s a win!

Willa’s (pictured at top of story)

1700 W Fig Street, Tampa

Willa’s is offering its “Big Willa Style” Thanksgiving take out which features delicious offerings like turkey, salmon, shrimp cocktail, all the sides and you can imagine and more! It’s truly a feast! There are also a la carte options too. You can see the full menu here. IT goes for $450 and serves 4-6 people. You’ll need to order by November 22.

Fred’s Market

Plant City, Riverview, and Lakeland
If you are in need of a little Southern comfort this Thanksgiving, leave your holiday feast to Fred’s Market. For only $89, you will get a full-flavored, farm-to-plate meal for up to 8 people. The turkey day menu includes roasted turkey n’ gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry sauce and choice of three sides. Place your order by November 17 by calling your nearest location.


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Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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