Where to Dine on Thanksgiving Day in Orlando

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Whether you're in Orlando, Florida for a family vacation, business endeavor, or trip home to see the family for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are plenty of great places in the area where you can get a full Thanksgiving feast without having to cook.

From the many resorts and tourist attractions like Disney World Resort and Universal Studios Orlando to the area's top restaurants, the Orlando region is filled with great establishments for you and your family to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together.

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

The easiest way to get a traditional serving of turkey, dressing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie is to visit one of the Orlando restaurants serving up a special Thanksgiving feast. 

If you're looking for something a little more upscale, both Emeril's Orlando and Emeril's Tchoup Chop are hosting special Thanksgiving meals, with the Tchoup Chop restaurant featuring a three-course prix fixe meal and Emeril's Orlando offering a selection of holiday-inspired dishes that are sure to "turn it up a notch" for you this Thanksgiving; also consider checking out 301 Restaurant for another exquisite yet expensive holiday feast option.

For something in the more moderate price range, both Boston Market and Mimi's Cafe offer several locations in the Orlando area that serve special Thanksgiving meals, either for dine-in or take-out. Make sure to check each company's website for individual location hours and reservation availability or to pre-order your take-home Thanksgiving feast.

A fun adventure awaits alongside a great meal at Andretti Grill, which is serving special Thanksgiving food and beverages as well as broadcasting the day's big football games on more than a hundred televisions in the Indoor Karting & Games arcade attached to the restaurant, and you won't want to miss Columbia Restaurant's Spanish take on the traditional holiday feast if you happen to be close to Disney World.

Hotels and Resorts Serving Thanksgiving Meals

Whether you're staying at one of Orlando's favorite destination hotels or just want to spend Thanksgiving Day at one of their fine restaurants, the hotels and resorts in Orlando offer plenty to eat on this holiday of feasting.

The Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms Resort; Norman's and The Vineyard Grill at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando; the Beauclaire Restaurant at Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora; La Hacienda and Nicker's Restaurants at Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-In-The-Hills; Cafe Gauguin at Rosen Centre; The Tropicale at Caribe Royale Orlando; and the Rosen Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom all offer buffet-style dinner options for Thanksgiving Day, but be sure to call ahead to reserve a table if you plan on dining with more than a small family of six.

If you're stuck near the Orland International Airport for the holidays, check out the Hemisphere Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency hotel there for an organic and locally-sourced Thanksgiving buffet at a relatively inexpensive price. 

Amusement Parks Serving Thanksgiving Feasts

Many families take vacations to Orlando specifically to visit the many destination parks that populate the area, but did you know that most of the restaurants inside these resorts present special holiday feasts for Thanksgiving each year?

Both Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and  Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando feature great Thanksgiving meals at the restaurants on site.

If you're visiting Disney World, check out the Garden Grove, Fresh Mediterranean Market, or Il Mulino New York Trattoria for a full turkey dinner buffet or visit Todd English's bluezoo for a regular full menu along with the Chef's Holiday Specials for a special Thanksgiving surprise.

Meanwhile, over at Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando, you can visit Trattoria del Porto for a champagne buffet featuring smoked salmon, herb-basted turkey, and a signature dessert station along with entertainment including a strolling musician, Universal Orlando characters, and a face painter, or visit The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel or Islands Dining Room at the Royal Pacific Resort for a similar holiday experience.