These Miami Restaurants Are Open for Thanksgiving Dinner and Takeout
Thanksgiving is weird this year. At least eat well.
Thanksgiving usually marks the beginning of “we live where you vacation” season in South Florida, where we see thousands of people escaping the cold to spend the holiday with their relatives who were smart enough to move here. But this year, the annual Thanksgiving migration to Miami may be a little lighter, and those of us who live here may find ourselves staying put.
The good news is you still have plenty of eating options that don’t involve learning how to cook. So whether you want to get Thanksgiving dinner to-go or eat it in the friendly confines of one of our fine restaurants, here’s our picks for the best Thanksgiving dinners in South Florida.
Wild Fork Foods
Those in the know are already familiar with the healthy, prepared food paradise that is Wild Fork. And if you’re familiar, you know it’s only logical that it would offer one of the best pre-made Thanksgiving dinners in the city. All you have to do is cook the boneless turkey breast Wild Fork provides, and it’ll send you home with spanakopita, porcini risotto balls, potato puree, honey glazed carrots, French dinner rolls and a variety of desserts from key lime cheesecake to chocolate souffle.
Cost: $55, serves four
South Florida’s newest fresh-meals-to-go ghost kitchen is bringing an impressive Thanksgiving menu with more options than you’ll find in a lot of physical restaurants. You can pick from free-range turkey breasts with herbed cornbread stuffing; brown sugar honey glazed ham; prime rib with horseradish; maple-glazed salmon; and more. Each main course is a full meal including choice of appetizer, soup and salad, and family-style sides for all.
Cost: Menu prices vary. Must be ordered by Friday, November 20
Southern Wine and Spirits
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which usually only pops its head out around February when it’s time to plan the annual beachside bacchanal, are getting into the Thanksgiving game this year, teaming with the Constellation Culinary Group to offer turkey dinners to go from now until the holiday. Chef Aaron Janus will prepare a feast offering turkey, three sides, two salads and two desserts, and you can pick up at SGWS Wynwood Wednesday or Thursday.
Cost: Packages start at $150. See all your options here.
Broward’s most popular Italian market pivots to become one of its biggest turkey shops this Thanksgiving. Doris Italian Market will offer turkey packages serving 6 to 8, or 14 to 16, plus a spiral ham package. All will bring a dozen rolls, potatoes, and a 10-inch apple or pumpkin pie.
Cost: Packages start at $119.95 for a 12-14 pound turkey.
Are you a vegan whose family scoffs at your plant-based diet? Invite them all over for Thanksgiving this year and grab stuff from Planta’s first ever Thanksgiving takeout menu. You’ll get truffle mac & cheese, cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup, stuffing, mushroom miso gravy, candied sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and pumpkin pie. And you’ll also get the enjoyment of telling everyone that feast they just enjoyed was 100% vegan.
Cost: $130 gets you a box serving four. Order by Monday, November 23 at noon.
Root & Bone
If you’d like to invite Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth into your home for Thanksgiving, odds are they won’t actually show up. But you can grab some of their spectacular creations to go at Root & Bone. Order by Saturday and you’ll get buttermilk biscuits, fried turkey breast and smoked turkey leg, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and more. Or just go into the restaurant and enjoy it all in person.
Cost: Menu prices vary
One of the more inventive Thanksgiving menus you’ll find is at Ariete, where chef Michael Beltran is plating up dinner for families of four to eight. The menu—available to-go or at the restaurant—includes an 8-12-pound turkey with croqueta stuffing and gravy, pastelitos filled with turkey fricassee, whipped mashed potatoes, a cheese ball with candied walnuts and pecans, heirloom tomato and bibb lettuce salad, green bean casserole, cranberry jelly, Parker House rolls with whipped honey butter, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie.
Cost: $85 per person takeout and $75 per person dine-in. Take-out orders must be placed by Monday, November 16.
You might not get the seaside dining experience you’d get at Smith and Wollensky when you bring their Thanksgiving feast home. But since there’s no cruise ships to watch this year anyway, you’ll barely notice the difference when you enjoy their herb-seasoned turkey breast, sausage and cornbread stuffing, potatoes au gratin, bacon brussels sprouts, duck fat root veggies, and apple tart and pecan pie. Or, if you really want the Smith’s experience, you can enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe onsite Thanksgiving Day.
Cost: $69 per person dine-in or $295 to-go, serves 4-6. Order by Saturday, November 14.
Sherwood's Bistro & Bar
Even though eating at Sherwood’s always feels a little like eating at your eccentric aunt’s house, this year you can actually eat it at your eccentric aunt’s house when Sherwood’s offers Thanksgiving dinner to-go. You’ll get herb-roasted turkey breast, pumpkin cauliflower macaroni and cheese, brown rice sweet potato salad, and other holiday favorites, hot and ready to serve.
Cost: $40 per person
Corsair Kitchen & Bar
The JW Marriott Turnberry’s contemporary American hit finally reopens right in time for Thanksgiving this year, offering a three-course, family-style dinner. It starts with salad or pumpkin bisque, then moves on to roasted turkey breast and sliced beef tenderloin for the table. You’ll also get stuffing, sweet potato gratin, buttermilk mash, and dessert. Or you can order it all to take home with service for eight.
Cost: $65 per person dine-in; $250 to-go, serves 8
Villa Azur Restaurant & Lounge
If you’re going to celebrate Thanksgiving in South Beach, you might as well do it with a live DJ. So head to Villa Azur, where it adapted the Thursday night dinner party for Thanksgiving with a special holiday menu alongside resident DJ Stephen M. Rather experience Villa Azur at home? Hire a live sax player and get their to-go menu, which brings roast turkey breast, crispy Brussels sprouts, molasses pecan pie, and more.
Cost: $65 per person
Not only is dining in restaurants back, so are buffets. So get your AYCE dining on during the most gluttonous holiday of the year at Shooters, which will have turkey, honey-glazed ham, prime rib, and all the stuffing and potatoes you can handle along with a front row seat to the Intracoastal. If you’d rather not wait behind people you’re not related to for your T-giving feast, you can get dinner for eight to-go for $150.
Cost: Buffet is $56 per person. Turkey to go is $150, serves 8
Cafe Prima Pasta
As if your Thanksgiving food coma wasn’t going to be deadly enough, Café Prima Pasta takes your regular holiday feast of roast turkey and gravy, sweet potato mash, and pumpkin pie, and adds a heaping portion of Italian meat sauce. Yeah, Black Friday’s not happening for you this year.
Cost: $38.95 per person
Maybe you’re just not so much into turkey, and would rather give thanks with fresh fish from one of the top seafood spots in South Florida. Jose Mendin has a menu to please everyone, with a three-course, prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner. It starts with pumpkin soup or chioggia beet salad, then moves on to either cornbread-linguica stuffed turkey or trout almondine, before finishing off with pumpkin or key lime pie.
Cost: $49 per person
Stiltsville Fish Bar
Miami culinary power couple Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis will sort-of cook you Thanksgiving dinner this year at Stiltsville. In addition to the traditional turkey you’ll set stuff like hog snapper ceviche, sweet corn spoon bread, andouille and crab stuffing, and char-grilled swordfish.
Cost: $65 per person for adults, $25 for children
Thanksgiving might be the only time this fall you can enjoy dinner at Steak 954 while it’s still light enough to see the ocean view. The W’s steakhouse offers a menu including herb & citrus roasted turkey with traditional stuffing, sauteed haricot verts, loaded sweet potato with marshmallows and candied pecan, turkey gravy, and cranberry chutney. Plus butternut squash soup a la carte.
Cost: $52 per person
Nothing says “Thanksgiving in South Florida” like sitting outside at a tropical-themed mall with a warm November breeze. Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo embodies all of that while plating a three-course, prix-fixe menu featuring salt baked beet salad or butternut squash soup, roast turkey served over potato puree, Brussels sprouts and green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie or apple pie a la mode for dessert.
Cost: $65 per person
Though you likely won’t be able to dance off your dinner at LIV this year, you can still enjoy Thanksgiving at the Fontainebleau’s sceniest steakhouse. StripSteak is serving up a special Thanksgiving feast, with a pumpkin and goat cheese fig tartlet or roasted squash and jamon salad, family-style turkey or roast porchetta, golden mashed potatoes, and all your favorite turkey day sides with jalapeño cornbread.
Cost: $75 per person
Ok, so a big family Thanksgiving in Mexico is probably not in the cards for 2020. But it’ll be dark enough you can pretend to be in Mexico when you opt for dinner at Lona. The crashing waves may as well be the Sea of Cortez when you dine on a three-course menu featuring turkey breast glazed with homemade mole poblano, stuffing, and green beans. You’ll also get pumpkin or pecan pie—and plenty of tequila to wash it down.
Cost: $45 per person
Experience Thanksgiving dinner like you never have before with the artful, over-the-top presentation that’s become the trademark of Barton G. The three-course menu includes a big salad, a turkey course called “The Big Experience,” and pumpkin ice cream-stuff profiteroles. No word on what any of it is served in, but might we suggest a Detroit Lions football helmet.
Cost: $85 per person
Il Mulino New York
One of the surprisingly good values this Thanksgiving comes from Acqualina’s Il Mulino New York. The usually-cost-prohibitive restaurant is offering a multi-course dinner with organic roaster turkey, cranberry sauce, walnut and sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake.