Give thanks this holiday season with some of South Florida’s most popular restaurants and caterers, where you can kick back, feast with your family and friends, and let one of the Magic City’s top chefs do the cooking. Boasting seasonal menus curated just for Thanksgiving Miami 2018, these culinary standouts reach every corner of Miami and beyond, from Key Biscayne and Coconut Grove, to Brickell, Miami Beach, South Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Whether you want to eat out, or gather your loved ones and stay in, here are our favorite places to break bread this Thanksgiving season. Part 1 is restaurants and part 2 appearing tomorrow is caterers and takeout.
AZABU Miami Beach
This will be AZABU’s first Thanksgiving in Miami, and the Michelin-starred concept won’t disappoint. On November 22nd, go here for a prix-fixe dinner menu that starts with a chef’s selection “Starter of the Day,” and continues with appetizers like wagyu beef tataki, entrees like branzino with umami butter and desserts like Masa’s Chocolate Cake. Keeping with the Japanese trend, this Thanksgiving, you’ll have the option to pair your meal with a flight of three Japanese whiskies or seasonal sake.
AZABU Miami Beach is located at 161 Ocean Drive. The dinner is priced at $50 per person. Sakef flights are priced at $22 per person and Japanese whisky flights are priced at $35 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 786.276.0520.
Only in Miami can you celebrate Thanksgiving outdoors, in a tank top, while watching yachts casually pass by (karen’s note, be sure to reserve a table on the balcony). Do just that at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, where you can pair a four-course, prix-fixe meal with stunning Miami River views! On the menu, find seasonal items like butternut squash soup with essence of ginger, arugula pear and apple salad, a traditional roast turkey, vegetable stuffing, sweet mashed potatoes, string beans and cranberry sauce, and for a sweet ending, an indulgent slice of house-made pumpkin pie.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is located at 315 South Biscayne Boulevard. The restaurant will be open from Noon to 10:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are required and can be made here.
First and foremost, Thanksgiving is a family holiday! So enjoy modern twists on Chef Michael Beltran’s family recipes at Ariete, which is spicing up Thanksgiving Miami 2018 with a New American menu. Guests can enjoy plates like roasted or fried turkey, porchetta a la Romana, honey baked ham, grilled chicken with salsa verde, local fish with a heirloom tomato ragout, green bean casserole, pumpkin or pecan pie, tres leches, chocolate cake and more.
Ariete is located at 3540 Main Highway. The Thanksgiving buffet will be available from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The buffet is priced at $65 per adult and $35 per child under 10 years old, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 305.640.5862.
Jaya at The Setai
Give your Miami Thanksgiving an Asian flair at Jaya at The Setai, which will host a Thanksgiving brunch like you’ve never had before. Curated by Executive Chef Vijay Veena himself, the spread includes both traditional and non-traditional holiday dishes—think: turkey, ham, truffle-infused chicken, a roasted honey-glaze leg of lamb, Jaya’s famous Chinese dim sum menu, authentic green curry, pad Thai, a slew of desserts and an ice sculpture that doubles as a raw bar. If it’s Thanksgiving dinner you crave, that night, Jaya will also offer an a la carte menu with special Thanksgiving dishes.
Jaya at The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue. This brunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is priced at $125 per adult and $63 per child age 5 to 12. The menu is priced at $44 per person for those who dine between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Reservations for dinner can be made between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Reservations for brunch or dinner are required and can be made by calling 855.923.7899. Hotel valet is available for $15 per car with validation.
Myles Restaurant Group: Prime 112, Prime Fish & Prime Italian
Head to any one of Myles Chefetz’s “Prime” restaurants—Prime 112, Prime Italian and Prime Fish—and take advantage of their signature Thanksgiving Day menus. Each restaurant will open at 5 p.m. on the holiday, and collectively, they’ll serve a range of culinary hits. In addition to the regular menu, expect special a la carte dishes like: Kobe beef and sausage stuffing, southern-fried turkey legs with gravy, sweet potato cupcakes topped with marshmallow frosting, and a slow-roasted turkey with cranberries and gravy.
Prime 112 is located at 112 Ocean Drive. Prime Fish is located at 100 Collins Avenue. Prime Italian is located at 101 Ocean Drive. Dishes at all three restaurants are priced a la carte. Reservations are required, and interested guests can visit the Myles Restaurant Group website to make one.
Spend Thanksgiving Miami 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, where you can enjoy a lavish feast with bottomless Prosecco, mimosas, Bloody Marys and “Brunch Punch” at the hotel’s Florida-inspired restaurant, Lightkeepers. Take in those perfect Atlantic Ocean views while combing through a bevy of food stations with made-to-order omelets, sweet corn-chorizo arepa benedict, cranberry-walnut sweet potato hash, pancakes, waffles, cinnamon French toast, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, endless bread options, salads, soups, braised short rib, smoked squab, roasted turkey, lamb legs, handmade pastas, a dessert spread, and when in the Keys, a raw bar. There with your little ones? The “Kids Corner” will serve child-friendly fare, like macaroni and cheese and crispy waffle fries, just for them. Happy eating!
Lightkeepers is located at 455 Grand Bay Drive. The buffet will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The buffet is priced at $145 per adult and $49 per child age 5 through 12. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 305.365.4156.
Grab your loved ones and gather around the table—the Burlock Coast table for Thanksgiving Dinner Fort Lauderdale! This rustic, oceanfront eatery at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is known for its fresher-than-fresh seafood. This Thanksgiving, it’s offering three ways for guests to get a taste of it: with Thanksgiving dinner, “to-go” and “Thanksgiving leftover” menus. On Thanksgiving Day, guests can take advantage of an extravagant buffet with carving stations, cold tapas, a seafood display, a caviar station, decadent desserts and so much more. Every feast deserves some good libations to wash it all down, and Burlock Coast won’t disappoint; this holiday meal includes bottomless BC Brew, rum punch, mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Planning something at home and don’t want to cook? Pre-order your Thanksgiving dinner to-go, and you’ll get herb-rubbed whole roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, homemade bread stuffing, potato purée, roasted sweet potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, pecan pie and more, all for six to eight people. And the indulgence doesn’t have to stop there. When you’ve recovered from that Thanksgiving food coma and want to do it all again the next day, go to Burlock Coast for breakfast and pig out on menu items inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers: like pumpkin spice lattes, sweet potato pancakes, turkey eggs benedict and more.
Burlock Coast is located at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Reservations for the Thanksgiving dinner can be made between Noon and 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 22nd. The dinner is priced at $129 per adult and $49 per child age 5 to 12. The Thanksgiving to-go package is priced at $369, excluding tax and gratuity, and orders can be made by calling 954.302.6430. All orders must be placed no later than Monday, November 19th, and can be picked up in The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale lobby on Thanksgiving Day, between Noon and 4 p.m. The leftovers menu is available on Friday, November 23rd, from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Reservations for all those dining in the restaurant during the holiday weekend are required and can be made by calling 954.302.6460.
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille is a reliable spot for a good menu, better steak, stiff drinks and a classy atmosphere here in multiple locations in South Florida, and this Thanksgiving, it’s doing the holiday right. In addition to the full a la carte menu, guests can opt for a special Thanksgiving plate with all of the holiday fixings: slow-roasted turkey with brioche stuffing, French green beans with Marcona almonds and a cranberry-pear chutney, and a family-style platter of Sam’s mashed potatoes. End the holiday with the restaurant’s special pumpkin cheesecake, and you’ll definitely have a meal to be thankful for.
The Capital Grill has multiple locations in South Florida. You can find all of their locations here. The Thanksgiving dinner is priced at $42 per adult and $12 per child. Dessert is priced separately, and costs $12 per serving. Reservations are required and can be made here.
Note from Karen: Looking for more places? Click here for a past Thanksgiving post. Prices will be different, but these are other restaurants you may want to check out.