Tampa restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, including a cruise with a holiday buffet

Turkey Day is around the corner. We love sitting around a table with friends, family, and neighbors, but we mostly prefer that that table is not one in our own home. Some of the top restaurants in the city of Tampa are open on Thanksgiving Day, so you can enjoy a perfect meal with the people you love without the hassle of cooking and/or cleaning.

If you’re looking for a different way to give back, consider joining The Portico on Thanksgiving Day. They serve and share a hot meal with Tampa’s unsheltered friends. The Portico is located at 1001 N Florida Avenue. Those interested in volunteering/participating can sign up online.

Two pies set on a table. One is a pecan pie with cinnamon sticks on the side. The pie on the right side is a pumpkin pie with dollops of whipped cream on top.
Sucre Table Holiday Pies

Vegan diners can rejoice, too, because Pure Kitchen, and Black Radish are both offering pickup vegan Thanksgiving meals. We highly recommend ordering a pie from Sucre Table, too. It’s a world class bakery, locally-owned, in the heart of Tampa.

You can also pick up an amazing Thanksgiving meal curbside from The Columbia Restaurant in Historic Ybor City. All orders must be placed by 2pm Thursday, Nov. 17. To order, call 813.248.4961. Orders will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at an appointed time between 11am and 6pm at the Curbside Takeout spots at each restaurant. Click HERE to see the full menu.

A plate of food is set on a wooden table. The table is inside a booth surrounded by green leather seat backs. A glass of wine is next to the dinner. A candle can be seen in the foreground.

Lilac at Tampa EDITION
500 Channelside Dr
Reservations available online


Lilac is a modern Mediterranean restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef, John Fraser. Open from Tuesday through Saturday, the dining room’s walnut flooring and the warm glow from the pendant globes create an elevated, convivial space focused around an eight-seat Christian Liaigre chef’s counter in sandblasted walnut and a lively open kitchen. Taking its cues from Fraser’s Greek heritage and his admiration of Turkish cuisine, Lilac’s balanced menu is a celebration of the chef’s vegetable-forward philosophy using fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients.

Menu includes:

  • Herb Fusilli: Poached egg, chanterelles, hazelnuts truffle-cacio e pepe
  • Ora King Salmon: Florida stone crab, potato confit, mustard bearnaise
  • Heritage Turkey: Leg confit, walnuts, currants, carrots, candied orange
  • Braised Prime Short Rib: Hen of the woods, pistachio gremolata, medjool date bordelaise
  • Apple Crostata: Burnt cinnamon ice cream, ginger crumble, saffron anglaise

Eddie V’s
4400 W Boy Scout Blvd
Reservations available online

Elevage at Epicurean
1207 S Howard Ave
$75 per person, under 12 $40 per person
Reservations via OpenTable or by calling 813-999-8726

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Flor Fina
1412 E 7th Avenue
$75 per adult, $25 per child, 5 and under free
Reservations via OpenTable


Floridan Hotel
905 N Florida Avenue
$59 Prix Fixe | $19 12 & under
Reservations via Facebook

Rusty Pelican
Brunch from 10am-3:30pm
Dinner from 5pm-9pm
2425 N Rocky Point Dr
Adults $82 | Children $35 | Champagne $46
Reservations via OpenTable

A large vessel spanning three floors floats in the water. Multiple blue NHL flags are set on the back of the boat.

Yacht Starship
Cruise 1 | Boards: 11:30am, Cruises: 12pm-2pm
Cruise 2 | Boards: 3pm, Cruises: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Cruise 3 | Boards: 6:30pm, Cruises: 7pm-9pm
603 Channelside Dr

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