Why not give Mom (or Grandma, Dad or whoever the Turkey Chef in your household is) a break from the cooking this Thanksgiving? And if the kids usually have to chip in and wash mountains of pots and pans afterwards, give them a well-deserved vacation as well!
Clearwater offers some fabulous foodie fests – some with some fantastic water views as well. And as a bonus this year, I’ve included some eateries from some surrounding communities too with some not-to-be missed menus.
Hopefully Thanksgiving excites you as much as it does me, with those special recipes that can usually be found only once a year. You know the ones: marshmallow sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, Grandma’s secret stuffing (or dressing, depending on where you’re from.) And let’s not forget the pies! Pumpkin (my weakness), pecan, chocolate cream, apple and on and on….
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.
Sea Guini at Opal Sands
Reservations are open for our Thanksgiving Day Brunch Buffet from 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Don’t miss out on a delicious culinary feast, unlimited wine & mimosas and plenty of festive fun to go around. Call 727.450.6236 to book now!
Adults $85, Children 12 and under $35, 4 and under free.
Menu and online reservations: https://brnw.ch/21wEgU0
430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Island Way Grill
Spots are filling up fast for our famous all-day Thanksgiving Buffet! Make your reservation today.
20 Island Way, Clearwater
Rusty’s Bistro @ Sheraton Sand Key Resort
From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Don’t miss out on our annual Thanksgiving Dinner – 3 course pre-fixe menu.
Florida Trend Golden Spoon Award for 9 consecutive years. USA Today 10 Best – #1 Seafood Restaurant
1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Columbia Sand Key
Pumpkin flan is on the Thanksgiving Day menu at Columbia (and all month long as a dessert special). The regular dinner menu will be served that day as well.
Reservations are going fast for Thanksgiving Day dining at the Columbia Restaurants in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key in Clearwater Beach and Celebration near Orlando. (Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center is closed that day.)
Make your reservation online at ColumbiaRestaurant.com or call your nearest restaurant’s main number.
Sand Key, Clearwater Beach – 727-596-8400
Ybor City – 813-248-4961
Sarasota – 941-388-3987
St. Augustine – 904-824-3341
Celebration – 407-566-1505
We’ll also be offering Thanksgiving curbside takeout meals for the entire family. Call each location to arrange.
1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Reservations are being accepted for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24 at the Columbia locations in Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach and Celebration.
Thanksgiving Surf & Turf + Turkey Dinner
Indulge in an exquisite Thanksgiving experience at Watercolour Grillhouse with our enticing a la carte menu. Feast your senses on a selection of delectable dishes, including succulent crabcakes, tender seabass, flavorful salmon, mouthwatering steaks, and of course, the quintessential turkey. Accompanying these culinary delights are your all-time favorite sides and sumptuous desserts. Join us for a memorable celebration filled with all the joy and none of the hassle. Your Thanksgiving celebration begins here. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 727-953-1661.
Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
1201 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/clearwater-beach-marriott-suites-on-sand-key/thanksgiving-dinner-at-watercolour-grillhouse/3067191600194744/?paipv=0&eav=AfZjsmOQkFiasoAFrp0-_Sj08y1rJfo7xAaRHvGQhmnpBeWRWvN4jMNewkKZqXgGu0U&_rdr
Enjoy a grand Thanksgiving meal with family and friends while soaking in beautiful Gulf views and indulging in our elevated buffet available from 1PM – 9PM. This offering will have various stations including a carving station, traditional favorites, and an amazing dessert spread, plus so much more! Reservations are required. Adults $75, Children (12 and under) $35
View menu and reserve your table here: https://bit.ly/48jeiDr
100 Coronado Dr, Clearwater Beach
Facebook Event Page: www.facebook.com/events/1023681605448116?ref=newsfeed
SHOR American Seafood Grill
Thanksgiving Buffet will be offered from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Adults $75, Children $35.
Sit inside or enjoy Gulf views from the patio during breakfast and dinner at SHOR American Seafood Grill, located on the hotel’s second floor. An open kitchen at our award-winning restaurant lets diners observe preparation of fresh and healthy upscale American cuisine and regional seafood dishes.
Reservations online: www.exploretock.com/shoramericanseafoodgrill
301 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33767
Bob Heilman’s Beachcomber
447 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
Clear Sky on Cleveland
Our regular menu will be available in addition to a Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations recommended!
418 Cleveland St, Clearwater
Traditional buffet with holiday favorites such as turkey and ham. No reservations accepted – first come, first served.
Hours from 11 – 6 p.m. at $18
26111 US Hwy 18 N, Clearwater
Yacht StarShip Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
Tampa dock: 603 Channelside Dr Tampa
Clearwater dock: 25 Causeway Blvd Clearwater
Reserve online https://yachtstarship.com/thanksgiving-dinner
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.
Caretta on the Gulf
Don’t forget to make your Thanksgiving buffet reservations before seats fill up! 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Menu and online reservations: www.opalcollection.com/sandpearl/restaurants/holiday-menus/menu/thanksgiving/
Celebrate with festive eats, unlimited champagne and plenty of fun to go around. Seats are $94 per adult and $25 per child, call 727.674.4171 to secure your table!
500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach
Come give thanks with us on our festive afternoon buffet cruise. Enjoy a leisurely 2½ hour cruise along Florida’s beautiful inland waters aboard the StarLite Majesty or StarLite Sapphire. Music is provided by our house entertainment. This special cruise includes a Thanksgiving buffet with all the trimmings. Adults $69.72, Children $60.37
25 Causeway Blvd, #58, Clearwater Beach
Papas New York Diner
Open 24/7 for when those other places are closed!
1764 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL
Need a break from Clearwater? Check out these offerings just a short distance away!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Join us for a delectable feast at Market Salamander Grille and Turnberry Pub or explore our Turkey To-Go and Buffet options. Buffet: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults $74, Children 5- 12 $24. Seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Reserve your chance to savor the holiday flavors: https://bit.ly/3Qyj359
36750 US Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor
Have you made your reservation for our Family Style Thanksgiving yet?
Call 727-754-8448 to reserve your table!
1600 Main Street, Dunedin
Lucky Dill Deli
Thanksgiving at The Lucky Dill Deli is a time-honored tradition, and 2023 is no exception. Seats are going fast! Space is very limited! Claim your spot before it’s gone! We’ve taken extra steps to make it a great day. Spend Turkey Day inside one of our NY boroughs or al fresco in true Florida fashion. Here’s what you’ll have to look forward to: A piping hot turkey dinner, finished off with a buffet of your favorite Turkey Day desserts, Lucky Dill-style!
Thanksgiving at The Lucky Dill Deli is a time-honored tradition, and 2023 is no exception. We’ve taken extra steps to make it a great day for everyone. Spend Turkey Day inside one of our NY boroughs or al fresco in true Florida fashion with a dessert cornucopia and the same great Lucky Dill Thanksgiving with more options for you and your family.
Online reservations: We can’t wait to see you! $5.00 per person is requested to hold your seat and will be credited to your dine-in check.
33180 US Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor
Did you know we are open Thanksgiving Day!? Not only are we open, we will be serving a 4-course meal as well as a buffet in our Crystal ballroom!
303 Main St, Dunedin
With choices like these, there’s more than enough reason to be thankful for the bounty. Enjoy your holiday!
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