Thanksgiving means different things to different people. A chance to reconnect with family and friends. An opportunity to help those less fortunate than oneself. A day of football. And a chance to indulge in tantalizing treats that appear just for this day – succulent carved meats, secret recipes of stuffing, puddings, salads, desserts. Arghhh! Can the holiday just come already? I’m dying for some marshmallow sweet potatoes and Grandma’s green bean casserole. Just when you’ve thought you can’t eat another bite, Oh look! A great big slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream!
The following Clearwater restaurants will have either buffets bursting with a bountiful bonanza or special holiday menus filled with popular Turkey Day requisites. You’re sure to find your own mouth-watering favorites among them.
Island Way Grill
20 Island Way, Clearwater
Jimmy’s Fish House & Iguana Bar
521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Clear Sky on Cleveland
418 Cleveland St, Clearwater
Clear Sky on Cleveland will be serving brunch from 8 a.m. to noon, and dinner from noon to 9 p.m. They’ll have their regular dinner menu available, plus turkey with all the fixings, Prime rib, salmon and lobster bisque.
Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber
447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
SHOR Clearwater American Seafood Grill
301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving Day dining experience with Breakfast or Dinner overlooking one of the best views on Clearwater Beach! Breakfast Buffet: Adults $45, Kids $25 Hours: 7AM-1PM Buffet includes: Strawberry French Toast, Chicken Sliders, Traditional and Crab Benedicts and more! Breakfast Stations include: Belgian Waffles, Fresh Seafood, Omelets and Eggs, Charcuterie, Dessert, and more! Dinner Buffet: Adults $65, Kids $35 Hours: 3PM-9PM Dinner Buffet includes: Carving Station including: Honey Bourbon Glazed Ham, Roasted Turkey, Rosemary Crusted Beef Striploin, Seared Mahi Mahi, Cauliflower Cous Cous Salad, Build Your Own Salad Station, Key West Shrimp Ceviche, Fresh Seafood Station, Charcuterie Station, Dessert Station and more!
100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach
Enjoy a grand meal with family and friends while soaking in gulf views at Wyndham Grand Clearwater’s signature restaurant, Ocean Hai. Indulge in various food stations including a carving station, traditional favorites, and a delightful dessert spread.
The menu is filled with twists on traditional favorites, like pork belly, butternut squash ravioli, cranberry-braised short ribs, and oysters on the half shell. For those who are devout to the standard Thanksgiving fare, there will be items such as roasted turkey, glazed sweet potatoes, and sausage apple stuffing. To round out the night, get your fill sweets at Ocean Hai’s dessert station and indulge in chocolate-pecan bars and pumpkin-pecan creme brulee. $52 per adult and $25 children 12 and under. Reservations are available online.
Yacht StarShip Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
Tampa dock: 603 Channelside Dr Tampa
Clearwater dock: 25 Causeway Blvd Clearwater
Set sail on the waterways of Tampa Bay with a Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise. Yacht StarShip’s Executive Chef is offering up a traditional Thanksgiving feast while you enjoy a 2-hour cruise aboard one of their yachts in Downtown Tampa or Clearwater. There are three departure times to choose from (11:30am., 3pm. and 6:30pm). The menu will include an autumn salad, roasted herb turkey with country cornbread stuffing and sage gravy, honey glazed ham, candied yams, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and orange glazed baby carrots. A Chef’s selection of holiday desserts will also be served. Reservations are required in advance and can be booked online or by calling (813) 223-7999. Starting at $69.95 per adult and $44.95 per child.
K Club Bar and Bistro
2675 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater
Clearwater’s Karol Hotel’s signature restaurant is offering a three-course family-style prix-fixe Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Feast on items such as honey glazed ham, roasted turkey tenderloin, pan-roasted salmon, cornbread casserole, glazed carrots, whipped potatoes, and garlic broccolini. For dessert, indulge in apple tartan, tiramisu, or key lime pie. Starting at $36 per adult, $14 for children 12 and under
Rusty’s Bistro @ Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Columbia Sand Key
1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Reservations are being accepted for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25 at the Columbia locations in Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach and Celebration.
In addition to the dinner menu being served all day, a special menu of traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served – with family flavors, of course. Reserve online or by phone. Adult $26, Children under 10 are $6.
Caretta on the Gulf
500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
Opal Sands Restaurant: Sea-Guini
430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Sea-Guini’s is open for Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., $68 per adult · $28 children under 12 years · no charge under 4 years old. Reservations accepted by phone.
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY BRUNCH
Breakfast Selections Available until 3 p.m.
Applewood Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausage
Assorted Fresh Fruit
Freshly Prepared Eggs & Omelets
Biscuits & Gravy
Holiday Eggs Benedict
Mini Turkey Pot Pies
Arugula & Beet Salad
Classic Caesar Salad
Spicy Tuna Rolls
Assorted Treats from our Pastry Shop
Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Oven Roasted Salmon Florentine
Herb Roasted Chicken Breast
More Fixins Available after 3 p.m.
Gouda Mac & Cheese
Personal Charcuterie Boards
25 Causeway Blvd, #58, Clearwater Beach
Come give thanks with us on our festive afternoon buffet cruise. Enjoy a leisurely two and a half hour cruise along Florida’s beautiful inland waters aboard the StarLite Majesty or StarLite Sapphire. Music is provided by our house entertainment and the captain offers a sightseeing narration. This special cruise includes a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings.
THANKSGIVING DINING YACHT BUFFET
Roasted Turkey Breast
Country Herb Dressing
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Rolls & Butter
Apple & Pumpkin Pie
Coffee & Tea Service
Full cocktail service is available for purchase on board.
Adults $59.95, Children $51
26111 US Hwy 18 N, Clearwater
Traditional buffet with holiday favorites such as turkey and ham. No reservations accepted – first come, first served.
Hours from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. , $18
With choices like these, there’s more than enough reason to be thankful for the bounty. Enjoy your holiday!
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