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Where to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Ivonne MacMillan

November 12, 2020

Thanksgiving in Greater Fort Lauderdale is all about delicious food in a blissful and beautiful setting, with gracious hospitality. Indulge in a festive meal with all the traditional fixings or a Thanksgiving feast with a twist. Seaside views, dock & dine, feast and play...so many ways to enjoy this special day with your loved ones. Whether you are looking for a quaint venue or luxurious experience, or if you want delectable to-go dishes, there are plenty of Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants to choose from. And, in the event that you have too much nap-inducing turkey, you might just want to book your stay at the onsite hotel or a hotel nearby. 

Be sure to call ahead to see if reservations are required as special Thanksgiving dining events tend to sell out.

Seaside Dining

burlock pumpkin cheesecake

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale’s Burlock Coast is rolling out a lavish family style 3-course meal with a side of stunning views of Fort Lauderdale beach. The festive meal begins with Grilled Squash with pomegranate, pumpkin seed, Humboldt Fog cheese and honey-black pepper vinaigrette, and Artichoke and Baby Shrimp Dip with sourdough bread. The Main Course includes Turkey Breast Roulade and Confit Leg and Thigh, served with potato puree, stuffing, grilled broccolini, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and gravy. To finish, guests can indulge in a Chocolate Pecan Tart and Pumpkin Mousse.

Dock & Dine

Shooters Waterfront

For an exciting twist on waterfront dining, board the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi and disembark at stop nine. Shooters Waterfront's renowned dishes, drinks, and service are steps from the dock. This Fort Lauderdale staple is serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet that features carving stations complete with Herb-Infused Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, and Prime Rib with au jus. There’s also a salad station, plenty of tasty sides like Mac and Cheese and Sweet Potato Casserole, and Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Pies for dessert.

Traditional with a Twist

Lona Cocina Oceanfront Terrace

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist at Lona Cocina & Tequileria at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Dine oceanside as you enjoy a 3-course menu. To start, guests can choose between a Harvest Salad or Pumpkin Bisque; both options are served with fresh cornbread. The second course offers a Mexican-inspired take on the traditional holiday meal: Turkey Breast glazed with homemade Mole Poblano, Homemade Stuffing and Green Beans. Guests can wrap up the evening with something sweet and indulge in a choice between Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie.

Credit Takato

Chef Taek “Taka” Lee blends traditional American fare for the holiday with a fusion of Japanese-Korean flavors at Takato restaurant located at The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. The Thanksgiving feast includes spiced Kurobuta Samm (traditional Korean pork); Turkey Dumpling with Sweet Potato Mash and Teriyaki Gravy; 12 ounce Rib-Eye with Black Garlic and Baked Kabocha Squash; Sesame-Crusted Tuna with Green Bean Tempura, and Pumpkin Pie with homemade Five Spiced Ice Cream. Take in ocean views from the stunning interior dining room or from the expansive outdoor patio.

Feast and Play

NYY Steak Entrance

Gather and feast inside the Yankees-inspired NYY Steak restaurant inside the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Start off with Wild Mushroom Bisque or hand-made Pumpkin Ravioli. Then move on to the Main Course of all-natural free-range Turkey or baked whole Florida Snapper. Complete your meal with Pumpkin Pie or Almond Toffee. Once you've satisfied your palate, step out into the casino where you'll find over 2,000 Las Vegas-style slot machines and over 65 live Table Games. 

Turkey To-Go

Maybe you plan to celebrate the holiday at home in Greater Fort Lauderdale or in your vacation accommodation, but you prefer to leave the cooking to the pros. You can find plenty of delectable to-go dishes throughout the area, including at many restaurants listed below. 

Looking for something to do on your Thanksgiving break?
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