Top 5 Places to Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner in Orlando

Turkey Day is a great day to gobble things up. Start with a parade or two, pile on some football, add a heaping helping of family and friends, then dig in and enjoy one of the most popular Thanksgiving activities of all—eating. If your culinary skills are for the birds, cooking is probably the last thing you want to indulge in…

So don’t! You can still savor all the flavor will absolutely zero hassle!

Here are five delicious Orlando-area restaurants to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings:

Rosen Plaza Hotel
Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet in the Grand Ballroom of the Rosen Plaza Hotel. The festive menu for this spectacular meal includes a soup station featuring Curried Cauliflower Bisque with coconut milk and a selection of assorted crackers. The Fall Kale Salad is served with pecans apples and dried cherries tossed with pomegranate acai vinaigrette. Visit the chilled seafood station for gulf shrimp and chipotle-lime salmon oysters on the half-shell. Savor freshly sliced pork with tropical cranberry mango jalapeno chutney or delight in succulent pieces of roasted turkey with pan gravy drippings. Roasted autumn veggies complement the meal. For dessert, go traditional with pumpkin pie. Or spice things up with Southern Bourbon Chocolate Cake. Reservations are recommended.

Serving Time: 12 pm until 5 pm

Rosen Plaza Hotel
9700 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

bucca-di-beppoBuca di Beppo Italian Restaurant
If you have a taste for a traditional turkey dinner, visit an Italian restaurant. Thanksgiving at Buca di Beppo in Orlando, Florida includes sliced white meat turkey, homestyle gravy, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, spicy Italian sausage stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The cornucopia of good eats is a family-style meal perfect for sharing around the table. If your vacation resort is just too warm and inviting to leave, you can order the same Thanksgiving feast to go.

Serving Time: 11 am until 9 pm

Buca di Beppo
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809

Emerils-PieEmeril’s Tchoup Chop
Chef Ryan Vargas and his team at Emeril’s Tchoup Chop are cooking up a three-course Thanksgiving meal sure to leave you thankful, grateful and stuffed. Begin the meal with Kabocha Squash Bisque. This flavorful starter comes with biscotti almond crunch, Brussels and pancetta. The turkey is roasted and served traditional style. Fixings include Hawaiian sweet bread and cornbread stuffing, smashed potatoes, wok fried green beans, cranberry Mandarin orange relish and thick turkey gravy. Round out the meal with Pumpkin Pie in a Jar. This sweet dessert is made with pralines and Chantilly cream. Reservations are required.

Serving Time: 11:30 am until 2:30 pm

Emeril’s Tchoup Chop
6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819

sweet-potato-soupRosen Shingle Creek in Café Osceola
Celebrate everything you have to be thankful for with a flavorful feast at Rosen Shingle Creek in Café Osceola. Thanksgiving activities include toasting a day of delectable dining with unlimited champagne and mimosas. Start with a bowl of creamy sweet potato soup topped with toasted pumpkin seeds. Try the Turkish white bean salad or satisfy your seafood craving with lobster mango salad in a curry cone. Enjoy a sampling of international and domestic cheeses along with a fresh fruit. It’s Turkey Day so be sure to stuff yourself with plenty of hand carved, herb-crusted roast turkey with sides of sage gravy, pickled onions and French beans with toasted walnuts. Delectable desserts include Strawberry Romanoff, an overflowing chocolate fountain and cheesecake shot glasses filled with Baileys, pumpkin, hazelnut or apple cinnamon. Reservations are highly recommended.

Serving Time: 5:30 pm until 10 pm

Rosen Shingle Creek in Café Osceola
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

capital-grille-pumpkin-cheescakeThe Capital Grille

Experience the traditional tastes of Thanksgiving at The Capital Grille. The holiday menu for this savory meal includes a tempting slow-roasted turkey with Brioche stuffing. Sides include French green beans with Marcona almonds and sweet cranberry pear chutney. If you’re here with your family, there will be more than enough of Sam’s Mashed Potatoes served up to share. So dig in and be sure to go back for seconds—or thirds. Round out your meal with slice of pumpkin cheesecake for dessert.

Serving Time: 11 am until 9 pm

The Capital Grille
9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

After you get your fill, there’s only one thing left to do: loosen your belt and take a tryptophan-induced nap. Happy Thanksgiving!

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