Local Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day
Bevardi's Salute! Italian Artisan Restaurant
Looking for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner without the hassle of cooking? Check out these great local restaurants!
23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 941-365-1020; salutesarasota.com
The Italian restaurant in downtown Sarasota will be open starting at 3 p.m., offering a three-course traditional Thanksgiving menu with an Italian twist ($32.95 adults, $15.95 children under 12.) Bevardi’s offers both indoor and outdoor dining, with reservations recommended and takeout available, too.
431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota; 941-388-4415; cafeleurope.net
A St. Armands Circle landmark founded in 1973 that specializes in Continental cuisine with indoor and sidewalk seating, Cafe L’Europe will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving special from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. First course is a choice of butternut squash soup, Caesar salad or house salad. Roasted turkey with sage dressing, haricots verts, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and cranberry relish is the second course. For dessert, you have choice of pumpkin, pecan or apple pie. Price is $46.95 per adult and $22.95 for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity. A selective a la carte menu also will be available.
5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key; 941-349-1423; cafegabbiano.com
This Italian restaurant in Siesta Key Village will be open 2-8 p.m. with a menu featuring a $35 turkey dinner with garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. They will also offer other Italian and fine dining entrees such as osso buco and filet mignon.
Chaz 51 Steakhouse
549 U.S. 41 Bypass N., Venice, 941-484-6200; chaz51.com
This Venice steakhouse will be open from noon to 8 p.m. offering a three-course Thanksgiving feast, with main course options including roasted turkey breast, mustard-glazed ham, stuffing, gravy and orange cranberry relish; filet mignon; New York strip with peppercorn brandy cream; pan-seared Scottish salmon and crispy shrimp; and grilled vegetarian platter. Prices vary by choice, with additional options for first course, sides and dessert.
411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota; 941-388-3987; columbiarestaurant.com
A St. Armands icon dating back to 1959 and one of the oldest restaurants in Sarasota (their sister restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City is the oldest in Florida), the Gonzmart family-owned and operated Columbia will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving with reservations now being accepted. The restaurant will serve a special menu featuring roast turkey with a house-made stuffing made from the Gonzmarts’ great-grandmother’s recipe of Italian sausage, ground beef, chopped chicken livers, apples, water chestnuts and raisins. Other sides include sautéed carrots and string beans, sweet potato pecan casserole, whipped potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. Entree also includes choice of cup of soup or the restaurant’s famed Original “1905” Salad and warm Cuban bread. The meal costs $26 ($6 for children under 10) and the regular dinner menu is also available.
3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota; 941-955-8007; derdutchmansarasota.com
The Ohio-based, family-owned business serving Amish and Mennonite foods, with a location in Sarasota’s Pinecraft neighborhood, will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for buffet only ($23.99 adults, $11.99 ages 6-12, $9.99 ages 3-5, ages 2 and under free.) Dishes will include all-you-can-eat roasted turkey, glazed ham, old-fashioned roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles, candied sweet potatoes, dressing and cranberry sauce, served with dinner rolls, beverage and a dessert bar.
Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood.
1435 Main St., Sarasota; 941-312-4001; duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com
In the heart of downtown Sarasota, now with expanded patio seating including umbrellas, Duval's will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering “The Feast.” Start with a house salad, cornbread and rolls served family-style, and then prepare for a “plate piled high with all the fixin’s." There will be herb and butter-roasted turkey with pan gravy, as well as brown sugar and mustard-glazed ham. The sides are mashed potatoes, “chef’s signature stuffing,” green beans and carrots, roasted sweet potato casserole, and orange-ginger cranberry sauce. For dessert, it’s a choice of pumpkin or Key lime pie. Cost per person is $39 (adults)/$24 (children under 10). Add a family-style mac 'n cheese that serves four to five to your meal for $38. “The Feast” can also be enjoyed at home. It serves four to five and includes a whole pumpkin pie for $175, with several wine pairing options priced between $48 and $69 per bottle.
5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key; 941-383-3633; euphemiahaye.com
The Longboat Key fine dining staple will be open 2-9 p.m., serving its full a la carte menu, daily specials and two Thanksgiving Day specials: sliced turkey on sage stuffing with gravy and honey-glazed carrots, and a quarter roast duck on sage stuffing with raspberry sauce and honey-glazed carrots. Reservations are required downstairs, with the upstairs Haye Loft available for walk-ins.
10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch; 941-893-4321; grovelwr.com
Lakewood Ranch dining destination Grove is offering three Thanksgiving Day options including the Grand Buffet in the ballroom. There will be fresh roasted turkey and prime rib carving stations with sides such as house-made stuffing and mashed potatoes and gravy plus salads, pasta, seafood and numerous dessert options such as pumpkin tarts, apple cobbler shooters and white chocolate blondies. Cost is $44.95, $16.95 for children under 10, pre-paid reservation online is required. Then there's the Feast menu starting at 11 a.m. and in the restaurant. It includes fresh roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, house-made dinner rolls, and house-made pumpkin pie for $34.95 ($16.95 for children under 10). Grove's holiday dinner menu will also be available. In addition, ready-to-eat Thanksgiving family meals ($125) and individual meals ($34.95) will be available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; order by noon Nov. 24.
Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie
1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-487-7300 and 8445 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch; 941-357-1570; libbysneighborhoodbrasserie.com
Specializing in modern American cuisine with creative twists in a hip setting, Libby’s will be open noon-9 p.m. at both its original Southside Village and newer Lakewood Ranch locations. The regular menu will be available, plus a $23 Thanksgiving plate consisting of rotisserie-roasted turkey breast, mushroom cream gravy, sweet potato mash, sage-brioche stuffing, sweet potato mash and hot honey carrots. You can also pre-order your to-go Thanksgiving dinner.
2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota; 941-365-4232; marinajacks.com
A downtown Sarasota landmark that places you right on Sarasota Bay with a menu focused on steaks, seafood and pasta, Marina Jack will also be offering Thanksgiving specials at its main Marina Jack dining room and Deep Six Lounge (by reservation only), with the Blue Sunshine Patio offering just its regular menu. The specials are a traditional roasted turkey with savory herb sausage stuffing, truffle mashed potatoes, green beans almondine and cranberry sauce for $31.50. There's also a pepper-crusted prime rib option for $36.50.
Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; 941-921-3400; Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Avenue, Sarasota; 941-330-0440; Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverwalk Blvd., Bradenton; 941-896-9660; mattisons.com
Chef Paul Mattison will be serving his famed Thanksgiving Feast at all three of his namesake restaurants: the newly renovated Mattison’s Forty-One in south Sarasota as well as the ones in downtown Sarasota and on Bradenton Riverwalk. Enjoy all-natural, antibiotic and hormone-free oven roasted turkey, apple walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, maple ginger roasted vegetable medley (green beans, baby carrots, cauliflower, brussels sprouts), giblet gravy, fresh cranberries, rolls and Boursin butter. The price is $32.95 per person and this meal, along with family feasts that feed up to eight people with options for extra sides and pies, can also be ordered for pickup at either the south Sarasota or Bradenton locations.
Michael’s on East
1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota; 941-366-0007; bestfood.com
A world-class steakhouse with an alluring 1940s supper club atmosphere, plus a courtyard for luxe outdoor dining, Michael’s On East will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. Enjoy oven-roasted, all-natural turkey, slow-cooked mashed potatoes with pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry and cornbread stuffing and fresh cranberry sauce/relish for $37.
6631 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota; 941-349-4024; miguelsrestaurant.net
A family business operating on Siesta Key since 1983 specializing in European-style and French cuisine, Miguel's will open at noon, serving its regular menu as well as Thanksgiving specials. These include a $27.95 three-course turkey and ham special (turkey or ham with all the trimmings, choice of soup or salad and traditional Thanksgiving dessert.) Indoor and outdoor dining options will be available, as will takeout.
Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar
5353 Tamiami Trail S., Sarasota; 941-925-4444; creekseafood.com
A waterfront destination with a fun, Old Florida vibe specializing in local seafood, Phillippi Creek opens at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day to serve their full dining and cocktail menus along with specials such as oven-roasted turkey with croissant sage andouille stuffing, sweet potato cobbler, broccoli au gratin, sage gravy and freshly baked cornbread ($34.95 per person.) For takeout, family-style packages are available for four, eight or 12 people.
1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton; 941-748-8087; pier22dining.com
Featuring outdoor and indoor seating right on the Manatee River, Pier 22 in downtown Bradenton will offer a Thanksgiving menu similar to its sister restaurant Grove but without the buffet option. You will be able to sit down to a plated dinner of fresh roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, house-made dinner rolls and house-made pumpkin pie. Price is $34.95 ($16.95 for children under 10) and their holiday dinner menu will also be available. Interested in takeout? Ready-to-eat Thanksgiving family meals ($125) and individual meals ($34.95) will be available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; order by noon Nov. 24.
Rosemary & Thyme
511 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota; 941-955-7600; therosemarysarasota.com
The Rosemary District restaurant will be open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with a menu that includes a traditional turkey dinner ($30; roasted white and dark meat turkey in pan gravy, creamy sour cream and roasted shallot mashed potatoes, country stuffing with celery and sage, sautéed green beans and carrots and citrus cinnamon cranberry sauce.) The menu also includes other entree options including beef tenderloin filet, roasted duckling and multiple seafood dishes, as well as appetizers and desserts including pumpkin pie.
Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay
8875 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota; 941-346-2207; turtlesrestaurant.com
The casual waterfront Siesta Key restaurant dating back to 1986 will offer a Thanksgiving menu including a roasted Butterball turkey dinner with pecan stuffing and cranberry sauce ($18.) There will be additional seafood and steak entree options (all served with green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, hot baked rolls and butter), as well as appetizers, soups and salads, kids meals, desserts including pumpkin pie, and eggnog to get into the holiday spirit.
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