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 open in Tampa for Thanksgiving Day. 

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 or honey dijon pork tenderloin served with mashed potatoes, brown gravy, and cranberry sauce, or pick from their steak or seafood menu. Reserve a table in one of their private dining rooms for the whole family. Seating is limited. 

Enjoy a bottomless Bloody Mary and mimosa bar ($20) and first and second courses that include roasted pumpkin soup, shaved asparagus, a seared lump crab cake or a kale and winter squash. Entrees include a citrus and herb stuffed turkey breast roulade, a glazed double-cut pork chop with maple bourbon, a pumpkin seed crusted hog snapper or a char-grilled flat iron steak. All entrees are served with a rustic county Italian dressing, baby golden crushed potatoes and green beans and butter carrots. Vegan entrees are available too. Reservations should be made in advance, for $50 per person.   

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 carved turkey with sage pan gravy, apple cheddar cornbread stuffing and Yukon mashed potatoes with ricotta and buttermilk. Once you’ve had seconds, take a round at the chef’s dessert selection. After dinner get 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 is 30 minutes before leaving the dock. Tickets are $64.95 for adults and $39.95 for children, plus $2 marine fees and tax. Sail off into the sunset on your two-hour turkey-cruise.

 

O'Brien's Irish Pub in Brandon

One of the long-beloved establishments in Brandon known for their entertainment and neighborhood charm, will certainly be a good time with great food, music, and patrons! Thanksgiving Day they'll be serving up their specialty dishes from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and if you're looking to kick-off the holiday weekend early, Wednesday evening they'll be celebrating with DJ Grimey and DJ Charlie Chase starting at 8 p.m. for anyone 21 and over. 

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Always a first-class experience, the Hard Rock’s restaurants will be open with special Thanksgiving menus. Council Oaks will be serving up delicious fancy meals and be sure to check out the signature cocktails for November! If you’re looking for a more casual Thanksgiving get-together, join the party anytime from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. this Thanksgiving for one of the grandest buffets in Tampa at the Fresh Harvest Buffet. If you’re looking for the Thanksgiving classics, check out the special menu at Rise Kitchen & Bakery. Hard Rock Cafe will have a special Thanksgiving menu as well and will be open from 11 a.m.-1130 p.m. 

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 with Marcona Almonds, Cranberry Pear Chutney and Sam’s Mashed Potatoes to share.  Adults are $43 for dinner; children are $15. 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!

Maggiano's Little Italy

If you decide to eat out this Thanksgiving or in, leave the cooking to Maggiano's. They are open on Thanksgiving for dine-in ($39.99 for adults and $17.99 for children) and carryout packages. The carryout packages serve five people for $200 and are packed with food. Your dining options for turkey day are extensive: you’ll be provided with bread and bruschetta and then the salad course. For the first course you’ll have the option of choosing two dishes from turkey and stuffing, smoked ham and mashed sweet potatoes and parmesan tilapia with sage, lemon and tomatoes. Two sides are waiting to be chosen as well, Tuscan creamed corn, mashed sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, creamed spinach or focaccia stuffing. Don’t eat too much because there is also a choice of two pastas: baked ziti, rigatoni, spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, gnocchi and Italian sausage or roasted butternut squash ravioli. If that’s not enough, you have to sweeten the deal with two desserts: pumpkin praline cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate zuccotto cake or warm apple crostada. Stuffed? Just remember that carryout orders must be placed 48 hours in advance, and with so much food, dine-in options need reservations.

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 $29.95 and children are $14.95 so make sure to make reservations for Thanksgiving in Tampa

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 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Their Buffet will include Roast Turkey, Prime Rib, Crab legs, traditional trimmings and more this Thanksgiving. Best part, they will have bottomless mimosas. Cost is $75 per adult and $35 for children. 

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 three most popular sides. Ruth's finishes off your Turkey Day meal with Pumpkin Cheesecake and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. They open at 12 on Thanksgiving Day and offer their three-course Turkey Dinner for $41.95. If you're bringing the kid along, each child under 14 can eat a Thanksgiving meal for just $14.95. 

Mitchell's Fish Market

Mitchell’s Fish Market will be open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. serving a special turkey plated dinner as well as the standard dinner menu. Adults will be served a 3-course Thanksgiving dish for $29.00 and children will be served a 2-course meal for $12.00.  Have a traditional meal or a fisherman’s bounty at Mitchell’s.

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 $42 for adults and $15 for children. The dessert this year pumpkin pie with butter pecan ice cream and 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.

Terra Gaucha

Feast this turkey day at Terra Gaucha. Their full menu will be served all Thanksgiving Day along with seasonal sides and turkey wrapped in bacon. Make your reservation today and leave the cooking and clean up to them.

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