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Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2013

Written By Scott Joseph On November 5, 2013


Here we go again; time for another Thanksgiving feast.

I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving Day service at restaurants that choose to be open that day to fall into one of two categories, but really there’s a third. The two prominent ones are the all-you-can-eat buffet where you serve yourself from the trough, I mean the steam tables, or the a la carte menu that allows you to pick and choose from a special menu or, in some cases, the restaurant’s regular bill of fare.

The third type is the prix fixe menu, which generally offers multiple courses for a set fee.

Personally, I think in general it’s time to move away from the all you can eat model. Americans really need to stop eating like this — it’s more food than you need or that you should eat. But we’re talking about Thanksgiving — most people expect to eat like this, so I’m not going to try to dissuade you this time.

 Below is a list of restaurants that have indicated they will be open on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, which falls on a Thursday this year. This list comes with the usual annual caveats:

  • These are not to be considered recommendations from me. Because of extreme circumstances that holiday dining presents, even the best restaurants will be under stressed operations.
  • Make your reservations now and be prepared to be flexible with your preferred dining time.
  • Be on time for your reservation but don’t be surprised if you are made to wait beyond the appointed time. People dining on holidays tend to take longer and may linger over coffee and pumpkin pie. Just take a seat in the bar and relax.
  • If your plans change and you’re unable to keep your reservation, call the restaurant and let them know. They’ll appreciate it, and so will the party waiting in the bar for a table.
  • Be nice to the servers — they’re working on a day that most people have off to spend with their familes.
  • Think about the people waiting for your table and consider having your coffee and pie in the lounge.


Here is the list of restaurants serving on Thanksgiving, with links to their websites for more information (list will be updated as I get more responses from restaruateurs):

Restaurants offering a la carte menus

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop Enjoy an Emeril-style Thanksgiving meal created by Chef Ryan Vargas at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop located in the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

Emeril’s Orlando Enjoy an Emeril-style Thanksgiving meal created by Chef Bernard Carmouche at Emeril’s Orlando located at Universal’s CityWalk.



Restaurants offering buffet

Caribe Royale 

Tap Room at Dubsdread 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Turkey, prime rib, ham. $29.95 per Adult $11.95 Children under 10 Children 2 and under are free.

Hemisphere at the Hyatt Regency OIA Enjoy traditional favorites including fresh seasonal salads, classic and seasonal entrées, mouthwatering side dishes, and much more including a decadent dessert display at our Thanksgiving Brunch on Nov.28 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $34.95 for Adults and $16.95 for Children (ages 4-12). Complimentary 2-Hour Valet Parking. Call 407.825.1315 for reservations.

Rosen Shingle Creek 

Rosen Plaza Join us in the Rosen Plaza Grand Ballroom, noon to 5:00p.m., for our festive buffet selections and holiday themed décor. For reservations call (407) 996-0256. Cost is $36.95 for adults. Children, ages 4 – 10 are $15.95.

Rosen Center Don’t miss our award-winning champagne buffet from 11:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. featuring selections from Banshoo Sushi and 98Forty Tapas & Tequila. Adults $39.95 plus tax and gratuity; children ages 4 – 12 $16.95 plus tax and gratuity; children under 4 are free. Reservations: 407-996-2385.

Texas de Brazil Texas de Brazil will be opening early at 11:00a.m. and serving our regular dinner menu and price all day. Specialty items include turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes & cranberry sauce!



Restaurants offering prix fixe

David’s at Hilton Orlando Relaxing 3-Course meal for $30, Mojo roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, cranberries and an appetizer and dessert.

The Boheme Savor a four course sampler menu with a table side carved feature for $79 pp including specialty welcome drin from 1:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Matilda’s on Park 

Matilda’s on Park will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and is accepting reservations by calling 407-951-5790

Columbia The Gonzmart family invites you and your family to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roast Vermont Turkey, Columbia stuffing, fresh vegetables, whipped potatoes, sweet potato pecan casserole, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.  Dinner also includes hot Cuban bread and butter, a choice of Caesar salad or Spanish bean, black bean or gazpacho soup – $21.95 for adults and $5.95 for children under 10. Open at 11:00 a.m. on Thansgiving. Regular menu also available.

Capital Grille Please join us for our take on Thanksgiving favorites ($36 per adult/$15 per child.) Our a la carte dinner menu is also available.

Norman’s at the Ritz Join us for a special 3-course Thanksgiving feast! This special menu is $90 (Sommelier wine selection is $37). Reservations are available from 5:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. Our a la carte menu is also available.


Join us for a special fall menu presented by Chef de Cuisine Gilberto Ramirez.

Thursday, November 28
5-9 p.m.
A la carte

For reservations please call 407-393-4619

Vineyard Grill Enjoy a delicious festive Thanksgiving Day Feast with live entertainment, friends and loved ones. 

Thursday, November 28 
12 – 9 p.m. 
$105 Adults, $49 Children 12 & under. 
Children under 3 eat free. Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations required, please call (407) 393-4648.

Citron Enjoy a bountiful feast complete with our champagne and wine bar. Children will enjoy our fun buffet designed just for them. Thursday, November 28, 1-8 p.m. $70 adults, $30 children 12 and under*

*Children under 3 eat free. Price does not include tax and gratuity. For reservations please call 407-393-4619

310 Park South and 310 Lakeside Both locations open at 11am for lunch and dinner.  Full menu is also available throughout the day. Featuring a traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner  for $18; Oven roasted turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, vegetable and a fresh cranberry relish. Children’s plate available,  $13

Brown’s New York Deli Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebration. $29.95 per person.


Drunken Monkey– 

We will be serving “Tofurky” and turkey with all the trimmings. The

cost is $24.99 + tax, $12.99 for kids 12 and under and kids 5 and under

are free with paid adults!

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