Maybe you just don't like cooking or the stress and mess from prepping a Thanksgiving dinner in Tampa, or perhaps you just want to get out of the house and be waited on in a warm and inviting space this turkey day. Whatever the reason, Tampa Bay provides several excellent choices for Thanksgiving Day when looking for restaurants in Tampa open on Thanksgiving Day. 

Capital Grille 

Make the Capital Grille’s dining rooms yours, relax while dining out on Thanksgiving. Enjoy slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans, Cranberry Pear Chutney, and Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share.  Adults are $47 for dinner; children are $17. Their decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake is $11 extra.  Dinner will be available to guests from 10:00 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Their full a la carte menu is available all day so if you want the Lobster Mac N Cheese, go for it! Reserve your table now to enjoy all this or order sides for home.

Rusty Pelican

Tucked away on the shores of Old Tampa Bay is a rustic restaurant where for more than 25 years locals eat on the water. The Rusty Pelican is offering a Champagne Thanksgiving Day Brunch from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Their Buffet will include Roast Turkey, Prime Rib, Crab legs, traditional trimmings, and more this Thanksgiving. If you want traditional Rusty Pelican fare they will also be offering their seasonal a la carte dinner menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is $65 per adult, $35 for children, and $18 for anyone who wants bottomless mimosas on Thanksgiving. Who doesn't?

Yacht StarShip

Leave the fuss to the Yacht StarShip crew and share a special day with loved ones on a Thanksgiving Day buffet cruise. Sail off on sparkling blue waters while you sit down to a delicious meal including roasted turkey with sage pan gravy, country cornbread stuffing, and creamy mashed potatoes with brussels sprouts and glazed baby carrots. Once you’ve had seconds, take a round at the chef’s dessert selection. After dinner gets on the deck and enjoy the view of the bay and skyline, while the cruise director plays the latest tunes. There are three cruises offered this turkey day, from 12-2 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. with boarding 30 minutes before leaving the dock. Tickets are $69.95 for adults and $44.95 for children, plus $2 for marine fees and tax. Sail off into the sunset on your two-hour turkey cruise.

Seasons 52 Wine Bar & Grille

Located just outside of the Westshore Plaza, Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar with an award-winning international wine list and a seasonally-inspired menu. This Thanksgiving reserve a seat for their traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, roasted turkey with pan gravy, traditional herb stuffing, mashed butternut squash, and Yukon mashed potatoes. Elevate your experience with a Pumpkin Pie Mini Indulgence or two. Adults are $34.95 and children are $16.00 so make sure to make reservations for Thanksgiving in Tampa

Del Frisco's Grille | Tampa

Start a new Thanksgiving tradition at Del Frisco's Grille! You'll find traditional favorites like herb and citrus butter roasted turkey served with to-die-for mashed potatoes, brown gravy, and cranberry sauce. Enjoy a Prix-fix menu, a limited holiday menu featuring our favorites, or take home a prepared Thanksgiving meal for all the family. Reserve a table in one of their private dining rooms, price varies per location. Seating is limited. 

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's motto is no exceptions and no compromise. Thanksgiving Day Ruth's will be serving a soup or salad course, Roast Turkey with Sausage Stuffing, and a choice of one of their four most popular sides. Ruth's finishes off your Turkey Day meal with Pumpkin Cheesecake and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. They open at 11 on Thanksgiving Day and offer their three-course Turkey Dinner for $44. If you're bringing the kid along, each child under 14 can eat a Thanksgiving meal for just $15. 


Eddie V's Prime Seafood

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Eddie V's this year without lifting a finger! Reserve your table today for an exquisite turkey dinner with traditional trimmings: sliced turkey breast with gravy, brioche sage stuffing, cranberry chutney, hand-whipped potatoes, baby French green beans with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted butternut squash. The cost per person is $47 for adults and $17 for children. The dessert this year is pumpkin pie tartlet with butter pecan ice cream which is $12. If you’re a rebel and want to ignore the custom of the traditional Turkey Day meal, their full menu is also available for lobster or steaks. Eddie V's will be serving Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and they will be offering Thanksgiving meals at home.


Bern's Steak House love child Haven is ready to do the cooking this year and give you their take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner meal.  Quantities are limited but they offer meals for 4 and are boasting over 2 pounds of sage roasted turkey breast, one pound of smoked and pulled dark meat, and relish. and gravy. You can also order the side kicks, or sides, which will be plenty for the 4 you are serving. Dessert is also on the menu as well as holiday wines and cocktails.

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