Best Restaurants to Get a Thanksgiving Day Meal

Many people will be heading to Siesta Key to have a nice relaxing getaway for the Thanksgiving holiday. Do you try and cook in your resort hotel on Siesta Key or head out for dinner?

Although your kitchen options may seem like enough on your vacation stay, there’s always the issue of having all the right equipment, gadgets to prepare the turkey, and anything else an ambitious cooking project requires.

That’s exactly why many people will choose to dine out while on vacation during Thanksgiving on Siesta Key.

The good news is, there’s no shortage of restaurants on Siesta Key that will be more than happy to serve you a delicious and expertly prepped Thanksgiving Day meal. We’ve served up some of the local spots here.

siesta key restaurants thanksgiving meal

The Bijou Café

Location: 1287 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

If you’re looking for a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with a twist, this is the spot to be. You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixings, including sweet and white mashed potatoes, dressing, and cranberry sauce.

You’ll also be able to incorporate some not-so-traditional sides into your Thanksgiving Day meal, like the signature shrimp and crab bisque. Of course, finish out your feast with a delectable pumpkin pie! Dinner is served from noon to 8 p.m. and costs less than $30.

Café Baci

Location: 4001 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Located on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota, this restaurant is another helpful option if you are looking for a Thanksgiving Day meal. Open from noon to 8 p.m. Café Baci serves a three-course Thanksgiving meal alongside some of its select menu items.

You’ll get coffee or tea with your meal, plus a choice of salad or soup. This is followed by the main course, consisting of a delicious turkey, all the fixings, and a special Italian twist on your traditional sides. You can never go wrong with pie for dessert, especially on Thanksgiving! Here you can choose from pecan or pumpkin. Dinner costs $32 and you’ll want to call ahead to make reservations.

Columbia Restaurant

Location: 411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236

This is one of the restaurants on Siesta Key that is open every single day of the year, including Thanksgiving Day! Located on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, food is served during regular business hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Here, you’ll have your choice of a traditional three-course turkey roast dinner, plus options off the regular menus.

Go off the beaten path this Thanksgiving and order some tapas or some delicious grouper or red snapper. You’ll be thankful you tried this spot out for the holidays. The turkey dinner costs just over $20 per person and less than $6 for kids under 10. Again, this is a place that you’ll definitely want to reserve a table at ahead of time.

Café Gabbiano

Location: 5104 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Café Gabbiano on Siesta Key is also sure to please your taste buds this holiday. Open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the a la carte menu makes for a different type of holiday meal!

Choose from traditional turkey and other Thanksgiving favorites, or a menu special, and even some of the café’s most popular menu items. Reservations are recommended.

Drunken Poet Café

Location: 1572 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236

If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving Day meal that’s a little more out of the ordinary, you should consider this spot. Located on Main Street in downtown Sarasota you’ll find a Thai twist on some Thanksgiving favorites at the Drunken Poet Café.

Pumpkin Curry creates a rich fusion between the exotic and the traditional, plus various other regular menu Thai items. Drunken Poet Café is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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