CitySurfing Orlando’s Picks for Celebrating Thanksgiving 2016 in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando's Picks for Celebrating Thanksgiving in Orlando

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food, family, and fun, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take care of the cooking…and the dishes. If this sounds like you, there are plenty of places to celebrate the holiday in Orlando.

If you don’t already have reservations, here are some of our picks for places to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal in the Orlando area:

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The Alfond Inn – Winter Park
Cost: $69 per adult; $25 children 4-12
The hotel will host their annual Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Park Ave Ballroom. First seating is at 11am and second seating at 2:30pm. The buffet sections include antipasto and tapas, hot soup, salads, seafood, a hot section, carving stations, and a dessert station. Reservations via the website.

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – International Drive
Cost: $49 per person
Enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving dinner including an appetizer, main entrée featuring Slow-roasted Turkey Breast with trimmings and a dessert. For reservations call 407.351-5074.

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DoveCote – Downtown Orlando
Cost: $48 adults; $18 children (4-12)
The family style meal will feature DoveCote signature dishes plus Thanksgiving classics from 1pm to 6pm. For reservations call 407.930.1700.

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Dr. Phillips
Cost: $38 per adults/$15 per child
Located on Orlando’s restaurant row in Dr. Phillips, this steak and seafood restaurant will be offering their full a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of sliced turkey, green beans with sun-dried tomatoes, brioche sage stuffing, roasted butternut squash, and more. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407.355.3011.

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Highball & Harvest – Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
Cost: $105 per adult; $45 children 12 & under
Enjoy a festive multi-station Thanksgiving buffet, including a Sage Butter Roasted Turkey, sides, and a dessert bar. For reservations, call 407.393.4648.

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Itta Bena – Pointe Orlando
Cost: $50 adult; $30 children
Includes a four-course dinner with wine service. Menu features Louisiana Turducken, Charbroiled Oysters, Fried Avocado, Carrot Souffle, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Chef’s Thanksgiving Pie, and many more. For reservations, call 407.757.2910.

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Lafayette’s Orlando – Pointe Orlando
Cost: $35 per adult; $25 per child
Enjoy a Southern-Style Thanksgiving Day Buffet, including a deep-fried turkey, andouille and cornbread stuffing, and more. For reservations, call 407.930.1655.

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Norman’s – Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
Cost: $110 for adults + $55 additional for wine pairing; $55 for children 12 and under
This award-winning restaurant will feature a special four-course Thanksgiving menu from 5pm to 9pm, designed by culinary legend Norman Van Aken and Executive Chef Andres Mendoza. Free valet parking with validated receipt. Reservations required, call 407.393.4333.

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Old Hickory Steakhouse – Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee
Cost: $85 per person
Enjoy a regionally-inspired contemporary Thanksgiving menu, using locally-sourced seasonal products, partnering with regional farmers and artisans. For reservations, call 407.586.1600.

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Ravello – Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World
Cost: $105 per adult; $35 children 5-12
Enjoy a Thanksgiving brunch buffet from 2-8pm. Stations include antipasto and tapas, seafood, hot buffet, carving stations, soup, and desserts. For reservations call 407.313.7777.

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Rosen Centre Resort – I-Drive/Convention Center area

Thanksgiving Buffet
Cost: $43.95 per adults; $16.95 children 4-12
The Rosen Centre will be offering a huge brunch buffet with over 55 items, and complimentary mimosas & champagne to diners 21+, from 11am to 7pm. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving dishes, along with an omelet/waffle station, salads, a carving station, seafood, and a huge dessert section. Free valet parking with validated receipt.

Harry’s Poolside
Cost: $29.95 adults; $13.95 children
Enjoy a 4-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu with a choice of dishes for each course.

For reservations for either, call 866.955.4407.

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Tapa Toro – I-Drive 360
Cost: $24 per person
Enjoy a special Thanksgiving style plated paella dish with turkey, chorizo sausage, green beans, sage, mushrooms, gravy and rosemary and dessert. For reservations, call 407.226.2929.

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Taverna Opa – Pointe Orlando
Cost: $25 per person
Enjoy a a Greek-style prix fixe feast with your choice of appetizer, entree and dessert. For reservations, call 407.351.8660.

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Villa de Flora – Gaylord Palms Resort, Kissimmee
Cost: $75 per adult; $32 children
Enjoy traditional holiday fare along with a seasonal buffet menu. For reservations, call 407.586.1114.

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Universal Orlando

Amatista Cookhouse at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Cost: $58 adults; $24 children (3-9)
Enjoy a Caribbean-style Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 10 am – 9 pm. Entertainment includes a steel drummer, face painter, balloonist and Universal characters. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).

Emeril’s Orlando
Cost: $8 – $34
Enjoy a special a la carte Thanksgiving menu (along with a limited dinner menu) from noon to 9pm. For reservations, call 407.224.2424.

Emeril’s Tchoup Choup – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Cost: $49 per person
Enjoy a three-course meal of (1) Butternut Squash Pumpkin Bisque; (2) Traditional Roast Turkey with Smashed Potatoes, Corn Bread Sausage Stuffing, Mac Nut Buttered Green Beans Cranberry Mandarin Orange Chutney, Gravy; (3) Pumpkin Pie Tartlet. For reservations, call 407.503.2467.

Islands Dining Room at Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Cost: $56 adults; $24 children (3-9)
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet among the sights and sounds of the South Pacific from 11 am – 9 pm. Entertainment includes a musician and hula dancer, face painter, balloonist and Universal characters. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).

The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Cost: $59 adults; $20 children (3-9)
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am – 4 pm and 5 pm – 10 pm. Entertainment includes Magic Man, kids cookie decorating and Universal characters. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).

Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Cost: $64 adults; $18 children (3-9)
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 am – 8 pm. Entertainment includes appearances by Universal characters, kids holiday crafts and activities table, face painter and balloonist. For reservations, call 407.503.DINE (3463).

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Walt Disney World

At Epcot, guests can dine on Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, and Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room.

Holiday menus also are offered at The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and both Cinderella’s Royal Table and Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom.

At Disney Springs, guests can feast on traditional turkey dinners at an assortment of dining locations, including Art Smith’s Homecoming Florida Kitchen, Portobello Country Italian Trattoria, Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Crossroads at House of Blues, and The BOATHOUSE.

Raglan Road – Disney Springs
Cost: $28 per person
Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day meal of herbed buttered, rolled and stuffed turkey breast with apple, caramelized onion and sage stuffing. Served with mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney and traditional gravy. For reservations, call 407.938.0300

Within the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, special Thanksgiving dining options are available at:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jiko – The Cooking Place and Sanaa
Disney’s Beach Club Resort – Cape May Café
Disney’s BoardWalk Resort – Trattoria al Forno
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – California Grill, Chef Mickey’s and The Wave… of American Flavors
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground – Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast and Trail’s End Restaurant
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – Grand Floridian Café, Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s
Disney’s Old Key West Resort – Olivia’s Café
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Riverside – Boatwright’s Dining Hall
Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa – The Turf Club Bar and Grill
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Whispering Canyon Café
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort – Captain’s Grille

Availability is limited and dining events are subject to change. For information and reservations, guests can call 407.WDW.DINE or book online at

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That should be more than enough choices for your family to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal dining out in the Orlando area. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and Bon Appétit!

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.

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