Our Picks for Celebrating Thanksgiving 2014 in Orlando

A guide to Thanksgiving dinner offerings in Orlando for 2014.

Thanksgiving is a holiday of food, family, and fun, but sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take care of the food…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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American Q – b resort and spa
Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with a side of rodizio-style southern barbeque at this restaurant, which is a favorite of ours. Among the meat selections: mahogany-glazed turkey drumsticks, cider-brined turkey breast, and chipotle pumpkin chorizo. The meal also includes their famous all-you-can-eat buffet served from the back of a cherry red classic ‘51 Ford F1 pickup truck. The Thanksgiving Flatbed Buffet is available from 12pm-8pm on Thanksgiving and 5pm-10pm Friday-Sunday. Free valet and self parking. Click here for a full menu. For reservations call 407-827-3080. 1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL. Read our review here.

  • $34.95 per person; $10 for children under 7.

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B.B. King’s Blues Club – Pointe Orlando
Offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixin’s and dessert, starting at 5pm. Live music by the B.B. King All-Star Band. For reservations call 407-370-4550. 9101 International Drive, Suite 2230, Orlando, FL.

  • $30 per person.

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Burger 21 – all locations
All locations in Central Florida are offering the Decadent Turducken Burger for those not wanting a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This “burger” features a hand-formed turkey burger stuffed with a blend of rosemary chicken inside of duck patty, topped with melted Brie and homemade cherry, cranberry and red apple chutney.

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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood – Dr. Phillips
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 bacon, brioche stuffing, glazed acorn squash, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes from 11am to 9pm. There will also be special pricing on Roederer champagnes. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407-355-3011. 7488 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL.

  • $32 per person; $15 for children under 14.

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Emeril’s Tchoup Chop – Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a South Pacific flair from noon to 9pm. The Traditional Feast will include Roast Turkey Breast, Kalua Leg & Thigh, Hawaiian Sweet Bread Apple Chestnut Stuffing, Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes, Fried Brussel Sprout & Bacon, and Cranberry Orange Relish. Free valet parking. For reservations call 407-503-2467. Loews Royal Pacific Hotel, 6300 Hollywood Way, Orlando, FL.

  • $30 per person.

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Fish on Fire – Orlando International Airport area
Located near the airport, this restaurant is offering a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner consisting of turkey or ham, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, plus stuffing, gravy, sweet corn, fresh baked rolls, dinner salad, cranberries and dessert. Thanksgiving Jam Night starts at 9pm. Call 407-812-6881 for reservations. 7937 Daetwyler Drive, Orlando, FL. Read our review here.

  • $16 per person.

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Fogo de Chao – International Drive area
This Brazilian restaurant on I-Drive will be offering their regular dishes, along with traditional Thanksgiving favorites from 11am to 9pm Thursday, and regular operating hours Friday through Sunday. The additional menu items are included as part of the regular dinner price on Thanksgiving Day, and the lunch and dinner price the rest of the holiday weekend. For reservations call 407-370-0711. 8282 International Drive, Orlando FL.

  • $48.50 for adults for dinner; $31.50 – $35.50 for lunch; children 7-12 half price.

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Mitchell’s Fish Market – Winter Park
This seafood restaurant will serve a three-course traditional Thanksgiving meal of oven-roasted turkey with all the trimmings, a choice of starter and dessert, from 11:30am to 9pm. Their full menu will also be available. For reservations, click here or call 407-339-3474. 460 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL. Read our review here.

  • $27.99 for adults; $6.99 for children 12 and under.

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Norman’s – Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
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. Reservations required, call 407-393-4333. 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando FL.

  • $110 for adults; $45 for children 12 and under.

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The Alfond Inn at Rollins College – Winter Park
Located in Winter Park, this boutique hotel will be hosting a buffet menu created by Chef Marc Kusche from 11am to 3pm. Highlights include carved local turkey with a cranberry-cumquat sauce, seafood ravioli, pumpkin soup with cinnamon crouton, and eggnog cheesecake. Click here for a full menu or to make reservations. 300 East New England Avenue, Winter Park, FL.

  • $69 per person; $24.95 ages 3-12; free under 3

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Rosen Centre’s Thanksgiving Holiday Brunch – Rosen Centre Resort
Tucked away on I-Drive, near the Orange County Convention Center, the Rosen Centre will be offering a huge brunch buffet with over 55 items 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. For reservations call 407-996-2385. 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL.

  • $41.95 per person, including complimentary mimosas and champagne; $16.95 ages 4-12; free under 4

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House – all locations
This steak house will offer a traditional Thanksgiving menu from noon to 8pm. Items include Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Ruth’s Sausage and Herb Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and the harvest-inspired duo of Pumpkin Cheesecake and Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. Locations include Sand Lake Rd in Orlando, Winter Park and Lake Mary.

  • $39.95 per person; $12.95 children

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Taverna Opa – Pointe Orlando
Not into turkey? Then celebrate Thanksgiving with the tastes of the Greek Isles with this four-course meal that includes lamb, seafood, and more. For reservations call 407-351-8660 or email info@opaorlando.com. 9101 International Drive 2nd level, Orlando, FL.

  • $25 per person.

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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, as well as quick service at Sunshine Seasons. Holiday menus also are offered at Be Our Guest Restaurant and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Magic KingdomHollywood & Vine and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Special dining options are also available at the following Disney resorts:

  • Artist Point and Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • California Grill and The Wave… of American Flavors at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Cape May Café at Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Captain’s Grille and Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • End Zone Food Court at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Flying Fish Café at Disney’s BoardWalk
  • Mickey’s Backyard Thanksgiving Feast and Trail’s End Restaurant at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
  • Grand Floridian Café, Narcoossee’s and Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Olivia’s Café at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Sanaa at Disney’s Kidani Village Resort at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Shutters at Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

For information and reservations, call 407-WDW-DINE.

 

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Thanksgiving Treats:

The Coop
During the Thanksgiving weekend, you can indulge in these special treats: Pumpkin Cream Pie- a vanilla wafer crust, topped with a cream cheese layer, then a pumpkin layer and fresh whipped cream; Pumpkin Cheesecake- gingersnap crust topped with a creamy classic pumpkin cheesecake and fresh whipped cream; Caramel Apple Pie- flaky house crust filled with a spiced apple filling and caramel

4 Rivers Smokehouse Sweet Shops
Not into a full meal? The following special sweets are available all weekend at all locations: Pumpkin Bayou Bars- a spiced pecan shortbread crust, topped with a pumpkin cream cheese filling; Pumpkin Cupcake- pumpkin cupcake topped with house frosting, decorated in orange frosting with a stem to look like a pumpkin; Pumpkin Cream Bomb- pumpkin cake filled with vanilla mousse, frosted in a spice house frosting, coated in toasted pecans and drizzled in caramel; Harvest Pumpkin Stack- pumpkin sponge cake filled with a whipped mascarpone filling, toasted pecans and topped with whipped cream and caramel

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, 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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