Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up, go out, get away from the kitchen on the holidays. We know, all too well, the stress induced by family gatherings, especially those that require cooking, cleaning and prepping. Why not celebrate all the things you’re thankful for outside the house this holiday season? Thanksgiving in Miami is nice because the weather tends to be a little milder, and the people a little friendlier. Luckily, lots of restaurants stay open for Turkey Day, too, and even have special menus to boot. This Thanksgiving, get to booking your reservation in advance so you can look forward to a calm, cool, and collected weekend of rest filled with foods guaranteed to contribute to the zen.
Essensia Restaurant & Lounge, at The Palms Hotel & Spa
At $54 per adult and $22 per child 12 and under, the Thanksgiving buffet at Essensia can’t be beat. Head to this organic Miami Beach restaurant, inside the Palms Hotel & Spa, for foods inspired by nature and made with local ingredients. The buffet at Essensia will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and the menu includes deviled eggs with salmon caviar and smoked paprika; Winter Harvest Salad with arugula, pickled golden beets, pomegranate, feta, toasted pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette dressing; slow-roasted heritage turkey with turkey gravy, rosemary, and cranberry-orange chutney; prime rib roast with horseradish cream and bordelaise sauce, caramelized butternut squash wedges with sage hazelnut pesto, mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and herbs, mini seasonal desserts, pies, and more. You really can’t go wrong.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
The Faena Hotel was made to delight and surprise and its Thanksgiving offerings will be no different. Both Pao and Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann will offer be offering a $95 prix fixe menu and a limited a la carte menu for Thanksgiving diners. If you’re looking to go a bit fancier, and indulge a little, Faena Hotel is the place to do it.
Pao’s three-course Thanksgiving menu consists of roasted squash and foie gras veloute with brown butter croutons, fish caramel, and thyme or roasted beet salad with maple vinaigrette, bacon, and goat feta as a starter. The main course is fried turkey breast, turkey leg rice with mirepoix (onions, celery, peppers) and dried cherries, turkey Adobo Sauce, cranberry sauce and fried Brussels sprouts in Worcestershire with shiitake bacon. Let’s not forget the mushroom confit with caramelized onion, Japanese Sweet Potato Puree or creamed corn. For dessert, the restaurant will be showcasing Asian-style desserts with an autumnal twist like cashew sans rival (a Filipino-inspired cake with buttercream and meringue). There’s also a Fuji apple crumble with miso toffee and a kabocho (a Japanese variety of winter squash) pumpkin ice cream bomb.
The Thanksgiving menu at Los Fuegos will be three courses, as well, and includes a poached pear wrapped in prosciutto with burrata and pecans, lamb ribs with tomato chutney, sweet potato “al rescoldo,” and fresh herbs and for the main course, turkey Pamplona with pumpkin “al rescoldo,” charred Brussel Sprouts and gravy. Do have dessert. Offerings are fall-inspired, of course, and include greats like pumpkin flan, bourbon pecan pie and apple chiboust tart.
Located in Miami’s Design District just north of Wynwood, Chef Brad Kilgore opened his newest restaurant earlier in the summer and it just keeps getting hotter. Ember focuses on wood-fired dishes, smoked meats, homemade pastas, and shareable sides, as well as desserts that’ll take you straight back to your childhood, in a good way. The roasted cornbread custard will be on Ember’s Thanksgiving menu and may just remind you of home with every bite.
Similar to last year, Ariete in Coconut Grove will offer a special Thanksgiving menu to all guests who choose to dine there on Turkey Day. Think a buffet dinner with unlimited offerings of smoked turkey legs, fried turkey breast, green bean casserole, cheddar and fresno cornbread, candied yams, goat cheese flan, and apple streusel pie among others. The buffet is $75 per person and the restaurant plans to share its menu options and more information in the weeks leading up to the holiday.
At the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, Lightkeepers is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving Feast. Like last year, the restaurant will charge $145 per adult and $49 per child ages 5-12 and the dinner (which is more like a lunch and/or dinner) will last from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Expect a menu with lots of fresh seafood as well as Florida cheeses, beef, and more with a waterfront view. Lightkeepers boasts quality ingredients that are locally grown and caught, and we can’t forget cocktails—here, champagne, bellinis and bloody marys are boozy and bottomless.
Cecconi’s Miami Beach
Every year, Cecconi’s hosts a huge Thanksgiving feast. Set at $75 per person, this memorable meal will include turkey and all the fixings, prime rib roasts, a raw bar with stone crabs, truffle mashed potatoes, veggies, pecan pie, a selection of desserts, and more. Veg out in Soho Beach House’s jaw-dropping courtyard for a Thanksgiving meal you won’t soon forget. For more info or to make your reservation, call 786-507-7902 or email the restaurant.