Locals and tourists alike may be seeking a break from kitchen duties on Thanksgiving Day. Whether you’re seeking a traditional spread or something unique – buffets, brunch, or dinner – Orlando has you covered with plenty of options to choose from. This is always an advisable time to avoid the theme parks (which are known to hit capacity quickly), so here’s a few of our best suggestions for Thanksgiving dining options around town.
The Rosen family of hotels are known for exceptional accommodations, but did you know that you can also find some of the area’s most exquisite dining locations at these resorts as well?
Rosen Plaza – 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 12:00pm – 5:00pm $37.95 (pre-paid); $41.95 (walk-in); $18.95 (children 4-11); under 4 free Includes complimentary parking and complimentary wine Buffet features: soups, fruits, pastries, salads, seafood, turkey, chicken, steak, prime rib, pork loin, stir fry, sides, and a wide variety of desserts. Call 407-996-0256 for reservations, or reserve online.
Rosen Centre – 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 11:00am – 7:00pm $43.95; $16.95 (children 4-12); under 4 free Includes valet parking and complimentary mimosas and champagne Buffet features: soups, salads, antipasto, cheeses, fruits, omelet and waffle station, pasta and paella station, seafood, pork loin, turkey, sides, and a wide variety of desserts. 11:00am – 10:00pm $29.95; $13.95 (children) Harry’s Thanksgiving prix-fixe menu includes choice of appetizer (beef empanadas or island coconut shrimp), starter (soup or salad), entree (turkey, ravioli, or mahi mahi), and two mini desserts. Call 866-955-4407 for reservations, or reserve online.
Rosen Shingle Creek – 9939 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819 11:30am – 8:00pm $67.95; $29.95 (children 4-11); under 3 free (FL resident discount 25%) Includes complimentary valet, and unlimited champagne and mimosas Cafe Osceola buffet features: soups, appetizers, salads, antipasto, cheeses, fruits, seafood, dim sum, stir fry, paella, sushi, crepes, pasta, gourmet grilled cheese station, omelet and waffle station, duck, brisket, turkey, sides, children’s buffet, and an extensive dessert bar. 5:30pm – 10:00pm $49.99; $19.99 (children 4-11) A Land Remembered three-course dinner includes: lobster bisque or arugula, pear and maple bacon salad; turkey or filet mignon; dessert. 5:30pm – 10:00pm $49.99; $19.99 (children 4-11) Cala Bella four-course dinner includes: peppers and bruschetta or vongola and sausage; choice of salad; pork loin, turkey, or cod; dessert. Call 866-819-1121 for reservations, or reserve online.
The Rosens aren’t the only hotels in Orlando with delectable dining options. Here’s a few more lavish resorts to consider…
Hilton Orlando – 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Fl 32819 5:30pm – 10:00pm $52.00 per person Spencer’s prix-fixe three-course dinner includes: choice of soup or salad, entree with sides and choice of dessert. Call 407-313-8625 for reservations. 12:00pm – 6:00pm $45.00; $25.00 (children 12 and under) David’s Club buffet includes: soup, rolls, turkey, ham, salad, sides, and desserts. Call 407-313-8285 for reservations.
Waldorf Astoria Orlando – 14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlando, FL 32821 5:00pm – 10:00pm $120.00; $60.00 (children under 12) For resort guests only. Wine pairing program also available. Bull and Bear four-course dinner includes: soups, salads, turkey or filet mignon, sides, and dessert. Call 407-597-5413 for reservations. 5:00pm – 10:00pm $65.00; children 6 and under are free For resort guests only. Oscar’s buffet includes: soups, salads, sushi, cheeses, pasta, sides, turkey, ham prime rib, seafood, and desserts. Call 407-597-5450 for reservations.
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort – 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837 6:00pm – 10:00pm PRIMO a la carte menu includes: appetizers, gourmet pizzas, salads, pasta, seafood, pork, ribs, chicken, steak, turkey, and sides. 2:00pm – 8:00pm $75.00; $30 (children 12 and under) Citron buffet includes: soups, salads, seafood, sushi, antipasto, sides, turkey, ribs, ham, children’s buffet, and desserts. Call 407-393-4619 for reservations.
Ritz Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes Resort – 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL 32837 12:00pm – 9:00pm $105.00; $45.00 (children) Highball and Harvest Thanksgiving Feast includes: cheeses, salads, seafood, sides, ham, turkey, and desserts. Call 407-393-4648 for reservations.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from Orlando, the Kissimmee area has a couple of worthwhile hotel dining choices as well!
Melia Suite Hotel – 225 Celebration Pl., Celebration, FL 34747 $24.95 per person 360 Bistro and Bar prix-fixe dinner includes: choice of soup or salad, turkey with sides, and choice of cake or pie. Call 407-964-7000 for reservations.
Reunion Resort – 7593 Gathering Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34747 Seatings at 2PM and 5PM $54.95; $21.95 (children 4-12) Includes live entertainment and recreation activities Grande Ballroom Thanksgiving Feast includes: salads, cheeses, breads, seafood, turkey, striploin, pork loin, sides, diverse assortment of desserts. Call 407-396-5259 for reservations. 11:00am – 9:00pm $35.99 per person Clubhouse Thanksgiving Dinner includes: choice of soup or salad; choice of turkey, pot roast, or seafood; pumpkin pie. Call 407-662-1320 for reservations. 5:30pm – 10:00pm Forte a la carte menu includes: soup, salad, turkey, sides, and butter pecan tart. Call 407-396-5285 for reservations. 5:30pm – 10:00pm Eleven a la carte menu includes: salad, turkey, sides, salmon, and butter pecan tart. Call 407-662-1170 for reservations.
If you’re in the Kissimmee area, and looking for something a bit different, add some entertainment to your Thanksgiving feast!
Capone’s Dinner and Show – 4740 West Hwy 192, Kissimmee, FL 34746 $32.99; $20.99 (children 4-12) *With coupon available on website Includes free shot glass for adults, beer, wine, cocktails, soda, buffet Call 407-397-2378 for reservations.
Put a little cultural flavor into your Thanksgiving dinner with these local favorites bringing a taste of distant lands.
Buca di Beppo – 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809 Enjoy a traditional turkey dinner menu with gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Offering dine-in, to-go, and catering options Dine-in (November 24): $20 per person; To-go (November 20-24) $20 per person; Catering (November 16-25) $179.99-service for 10, $349.99-service for 20. Call 407-859-7844
Tapa Toro – 8441 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 Savor the Spanish flavors of a Thanksgiving paella turkey dinner with chorizo sausage, green beans, sage, mushrooms, gravy, and rosemary, with dessert for just $24 per person. Live flamenco dancing and musical entertainment Call 407-226-2929
Raglan Road – 1640 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, Fl 32839 Partake in genuine Irish entertainment while feasting on herbed buttered, rolled stuffed turkey breast with apple, carmelized onion and sage stuffing, mashed potato, Brussels sprouts, cranberry chutney, and gravy – all for $28 per person. Call 407-938-0300
…And in case nothing else on our list has suited your fancy – here’s a few more options to consider…
Eddie V’s – 7488 Sand Lake Rd., Orlando, FL 32819 11:00am – 8:00pm Opt for a traditional Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings for $38 ($15 for children). Add a white chocolate cranberry cheesecake dessert for $10. The standard full menu will also be available. Make reservations online
Crafted Block and Brew – 2417 South Hiawassee Rd., Orlando, FL 32835 $23.95; $11.95 (children under 12) Choose from turkey or ham, stuffing or mashed potatoes, haricot vert or carrots, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Cranberry sauce and biscuits included. Make reservations online
The Capital Grille – 9101 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819 11:00am – 9:00pm Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for $38 ($15 for children). Add pumpkin cheesecake dessert for $10. Full a la carte dinner menu also available. Make reservations online