By Ivonne MacMillan
October 31, 2022
Thanksgiving in Greater Fort Lauderdale is all about delicious food in a blissful and beautiful setting, with gracious hospitality. Indulge in a festive meal with all the traditional fixings or a Thanksgiving feast with a twist. Seaside views, dock & dine, feast and play...so many ways to enjoy this special day with your loved ones. Whether you are looking for a quaint venue or luxurious experience, or if you want delectable to-go dishes, there are plenty of Greater Fort Lauderdale restaurants to choose from. And, in the event that you have too much nap-inducing turkey, you might just want to book your stay at the onsite hotel or a hotel nearby.
Be sure to call ahead to see if reservations are required as special Thanksgiving dining events tend to sell out.
Enjoy spectacular oceanside views with loved ones at DUNE by Laurent Tourondel's 2022 Thanksgiving Feast. Guests will be treated to a delicious prix-fixe holiday menu created by the globally acclaimed, Michelin-starred chef that includes elevated twists on holiday classics such as Roasted Heritage Turkey, Butternut Squash Risotto, and Pumpkin and Pecan Pie. The Thanksgiving Day menu will be available from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will include a choice of an appetizer, main course, and dessert alongside shared family sides. $98 per adult, $45 for children 6-12 and FREE for children under 6. Reservations are required and can be made at www.dunebylt.com.
Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is offering a 3-course, family-style dinner with a side of stunning views of Fort Lauderdale beach on Thanksgiving Day. The festive meal begins with housemade Fall Focaccia followed by Roasted Kombucha Squash with pumpkin seeds, pomegranate and Fall greens and Crispy Brie with toasted seeds, honeycomb and brioche toast. The main course features Turkey Breast Roulade, Confit Leg & Thigh served with whipped garlic potato, acorn squash stuffing, roasted root vegetables, mushroom and green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and gravy. To finish, sweet indulgences include Roasted Pumpkin Pie with toasted meringue, cinnamon whipped cream and candied pecans, and Warm Baked Brownie served with salted buttercream caramel and chocolate ice cream. Limited a la carte menu also available. Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. $109 per adult and $49 per child (5-12 years of age). Reservations are required by calling (954) 302-6430 or by emailing Steve.Mulch@ritzcarlton.com.
Celebrate Thanksgiving oceanside with a Mexican feast at Lona Cocina & Tequileria at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Lona is offering a specialty a la carte Thanksgiving entrée with a Mexican twist just for the occasion. Created by Chef Jorge Gutierrez, the dish, Gracias Guajolote, features slow cooked turkey, potato puree, green beans and demi. Lona’s full dinner menu will also be available. The feast will be complemented by seasonal libations including The Chido – Owl Wiseman Bourbon, peach, banana and lemonade; Passion Picante – Hiatus Tequila, 400 Conejos Mezcal, Cointreau, morita chile and passionfruit; and Margarita Anejo, poured from a Lona barrel for up to 6 people, featuring Teramana Blanco + Reservado + Anejo, Don Benedictine, Ilegal Anejo, Laphroaig 10 YR, lime and agave. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.
For an exciting twist on waterfront dining, board the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi and disembark at Stop #9. Shooters Waterfront's renowned dishes, drinks, and service are steps from the dock. This Fort Lauderdale staple is serving up an all-you-can-eat buffet that features carving stations complete with Herb-Infused Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, and Prime Rib Au Jus. There’s also a salad station, plenty of tasty sides like Mac and Cheese and Sweet Potato Casserole, and Pumpkin and Apple Pies for dessert. $75 per adult and $35 for children ages 4-10. Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Make reservations at (954) 566-2855.
Also accessible via Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, Boathouse at the Riverside and Wild Sea Las Olas (also at the Riverside Hotel), Eddie V's, Timpano and Salt7 are featuring mouthwatering specials perfect for celebrating turkey day. Hop off the Water Taxi at Stop #1 for these restaurants located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. After your delectable meal, stroll down Las Olas Boulevard or along the New River to work off all those calories and check out holiday lights.