Thanksgiving 2016

Your Guide to Thanksgiving in Sarasota 2016

Don't feel like making your own turkey this year? Here's your guide to dining out on Thanksgiving, including where to get perfect pie.

By Lana Allen November 16, 2016

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Dine Out 

Café L’Europe

Café L’Europe offers a Thanksgiving dinner package that includes a three course meal comprised of all the traditional fall foods with salad, soup, house-roasted turkey with sage dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish and more.

How Much: $38.95. For reservations call (941) 388-4415. 431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. 

Ruth’s Chris

Ruth’s Chris opens at 12 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day with its traditional three course Thanksgiving turkey dinner. For starters, guests can choose between salad or seafood gumbo. The second course includes oven-roasted turkey with herb stuffing, homemade gravy and cranberry relish with a choice of mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole or creamed spinach. Finally, finish the night with pumpkin cheesecake and vanilla ice cream.

How Much: $39.95 for adults, $12.95 for children. For reservations call (941) 924-9442 or book online. 6700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Michael’s on East

From 2 to 8 p.m., Michael’s on East offers a traditional turkey dinner in addition to its featured holiday menu.

How Much: $29.95. For reservations call 941-366-0007 or book online. 1212 S. East Ave., Sarasota. 

Columbia Restaurant

For more than 111 years, Columbia Restaurant has served Thanksgiving dinner. The holiday meal includes an entrée with a cup of soup or substitute a 1905 salad for only a couple more bucks. Also included: a beverage, hot Cuban bread, roast turkey, a selection of sides and your choice of desserts.

How Much: $21.95 for adults, $5.95 for children under 10. For reservations call (941) 388-3987 or book online. 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota.

Duval’s Seafood

Chef Nils at Duval’s will prepare a four course Thanksgiving feast from 12 to 6:30 p.m. Starting with a soup and salad, the feast includes a butter- and herb-roasted turkey with pan gravy, maple glazed ham, smashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, sautéed corn, cranberry relish and much more, including dessert. Everyone will go home with leftovers.

How Much: $42.95 for adults, 19.95 for children. For reservations call (941) 312-4001 or book online. 1435 Main St., Sarasota. 

Café Venice

From 12 to 7 p.m., Café Venice offers a special Thanksgiving menu featuring traditional fall favorites as well as dishes with a seafood twist. In addition to a selection of starters, guests can choose their entree: turkey breast, filet mignon, half a roasted duck, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon or jumbo lump crab cakes, served with a choice of two sides.

How much: Prices vary depending on entree; see the menu here. For reservations call (941) 484-1855. 116 W. Venice Ave., Venice. 

Libby’s Café + Bar

Celebrate at Libby’s Café and Bar this Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The menu includes roast turkey with savory herb gravy, Yukon potato puree, butternut-berry quinoa pilaf, green bean casserole, bacon Brussels sprouts, cranberry citrus relish and sage cornbread stuffing. Finish the meal with pumpkin cranberry cheesecake with salted caramel whipped cream. In addition to Thanksgiving dinner, other small plates, soups, salads and entrées will be offered.

How Much: Adults $35, children $15. For reservations call (941) 487-7300. 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota. 

Louies Modern

Louies Modern offers its Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 8 p.m., complete with a chef's carving station that features roasted turkey, prime rib and honey ham; a seafood bar with shrimp cocktail, poached salmon, smoked bay scallops and blue crab fritters; a selection of salads as well as a wide selection of sides, including Brussels sprout confit, Gorgonzola brioche stuffing, spaghetti squash and potato puree.

How Much: Adults $40, children $20. For reservations call (941) 552-9688. 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.

Mattison’s Forty-One

You can either dine in or take out your Thanksgiving dinner at Mattison’s Forty-One. If you dine in, you have the option of the traditional Joyce Farms oven-roasted turkey dinner, or upgrade to turkey roulade and apricot-pecan stuffing. There are also à la carte options with alternative entrées, salads, appetizers and a full dessert menu. The takeout option includes a whole oven-roasted turkey, apple walnut stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, fresh cranberries and rolls. You can also add extras like stuffing, pies, gravy and more—or buy just the turkey.

How Much: Dine in for $29.95-$36; takeout ranges from $134 to $169 plus additional optional extras. For reservations call (941) 921-3400. 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.


Make a reservation at Mozaic and sample a wide selection of non-traditional Thanksgiving dishes from 2 to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving specials include farm squash soup, winter mushroom risotto, smoked salmon and crab, grilled hearts of romaine lettuce, herb-roasted turkey, Gulf shrimp and stone ground grits, herb-crusted snapper, coffee-braised short ribs and homemade cranberry dressing. The regular menu will also be available.

How Much: Prices vary depending on the dish. For reservations call (941) 951-6272. 1377 Main St., Sarasota.

Polo Grill and Bar

From noon to 5 p.m., Polo Grill and Bar offers an extensive Thanksgiving Day menu. The meal is five courses, including an assortment of meat carved to order, a selection of hot and cold sides and an array of pies, tarts, mousses and more. There is also a take-out menu package that includes appetizers, a main course and a variety of sides, and a selection of special desserts that serves from eight to 10 people.

How Much: Adults $39.95; Children $19.95; Take-out $320. For reservations call (941) 782-0899, ext. 2. 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.

Season’s 52

Season’s 52's traditional Thanksgiving Dinner features turkey from Plainville Farms, a selection of sides (including French green beans, Yukon mashed potatoes and maple glazed butter squash) and pumpkin pie. Wine pairings and seasonal cocktails are also offered for an extra charge.

How Much: Adults $26.90; children $12.90. For reservations call (941) 702-9652 or book online. 170 University Town Center, Sarasota.


Thanksgiving at Salute! includes a three-course dinner with butternut squash soup or holiday salad, a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s and pumpkin or apple pie.

How Much: $28.95. For reservations call (941) 365-1020. 23 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota.

Harry’s Continental Kitchen

Harry’s Continental Kitchen is serving a three-course Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 8 p.m. Dinner includes a roasted turkey with apple walnut stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry relish, fresh green beans and potatoes and a selection of first courses and desserts. Wine pairings are also offered and a takeout menu is available, as well as whole turkeys and à la carte items.

How Much: $36.99 per person; $48.99 with premium wine pairings; $28.99 for entrée only; $22.99 for takeout; extras start at $3.50. For reservations call (941) 383-077 or email [email protected]. 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key.

Pier 22

Pier 22’s traditional Thanksgiving feast takes place from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. and features a fresh roasted turkey, house-made stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and more. À la carte options are also available.

How much: Prices vary depending on the dish. For reservations call (941) 748-8087. 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton

The Table Creekside

The Table Creekside’s decadent Thanksgiving menu features a selection of entrées accompanied by sweet potato cobbler, brioche-Serrano giblet stuffing and cranberry loquat jam. There are soups, salads, starters such as Barcelona antipasto and deconstructed baked Washington oyster and a variety of entrées like popcorn-poached Maine lobster or a "pilgrim carving feast."

How much: Prices vary depending on the dish. For reservations call 941-921-9465. 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Blu Mangrove

Celebrate Thanksgiving at Blu Mangrove with a Thanksgiving buffet featuring everything from shrimp cocktail and cheese to roasted turkey and spiral ham with an assortment of sides and a variety of desserts. The last seating is at 4 p.m.

How Much: Adults $34.95; children $15.95. For reservations call (941) 479-7827. 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto.

Thanksgiving Pies 

Jim’s Small Batch Bakery

Jim’s Small Batch Bakery, known for its signature homemade desserts, is offering nearly 20 different holiday desserts this season. Among them are pumpkin pie, Southern pecan pie, apple pie and an assortment of pies, tarts, cakes and pastries. Call (941) 922-2253 to order. 2336 Gulf Gate Drive, Sarasota.


Baked from scratch every morning, Yoder’s homemade pies have become a Thanksgiving staple; the restaurant produces 7,000 pies each Thanksgiving. More than 30 flavors are available, from baked peach, pumpkin and red raspberry to traditional Florida Key lime or homemade butterscotch. Call (941) 955-7771 to order. 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota. 

Buttermilk Handcrafted Food

Buttermilk will make only 100 pies in total this year, and they're available on a first come, first serve basis. Flavors include oatmeal, pumpkin, pecan, apple, peanut butter, chocolate buttermilk and "old fashioned" with or without berries. Last day to order is Thursday, Nov. 17; call (941) 487-8949. 5520 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota.

Sift Bakehouse

It’s pie time at Sift, where customers can choose from a selection of five pies this year: brown-butter pumpkin, bourbon chocolate pecan, Key lime, peanut butter and jelly, and apple-cranberry oat crumble. Call (941) 552-8079 to order. 1383 McAnsh Square, Sarasota.

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