If you want to wine and dine in good company without the mess of cooking, Miami's restaurants have your back. For Thanksgiving, local eateries are making merry with multicourse feasts. All you have to do is take your seat at the table, give thanks, and enjoy the festivities.
Below a list of the best restaurants to enjoy Thanksgiving this year. Prices listed do not include tax or tip, and reservations are strongly suggested.
AQ Chop House by Il Mulino. AQ Chop House in the Aqualina Resort & Spa will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu. The meal will include organic roast turkey with walnut and sausage stuffing, accompanied by buttery mashed potatoes, sautéed green beans with roasted almonds, and a slice of sweet pumpkin cheesecake. Dinner will be served from 4 to 11 p.m. and costs $60 per person. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; 305-466-9191; acqualinaresort.com
Bird & Bone at the Confidante Miami Beach. Chef Richard Hales' three-course holiday prix fixe comes with a choice of a starter, main dish, sides, and a dessert trio. Options include seasonal squash bisque, turkey cooked two ways, cornbread dressing, and chocolate pecan tart, dutch apple cobbler, and pumpkin brûlée. Dinner is served from 5 to 11 p.m. and costs $60 per person. 4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-424-1234; hyatt.com
Caffe Abbracci. For this year's feast, Nino Pernetti's Italian eatery in Coral Gables will serve a three-course meal of holiday favorites and family recipes. For starters, enjoy pumpkin ravioli drizzled with sage-infused butter, crumbled amaretti, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, or corn and wild rice soup with smoked sausage. A traditional roast turkey will follow, accompanied by stuffing, cauliflower, and Brussels sprout gratin with pine nut breadcrumb topping, along with mashed sweet potatoes and cranberry relish. The meal ends with golden apple pie served with vanilla gelato. The regular à la carte menu will also be available. Dinner will be served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and costs $42 per adult and $23 per child. 318 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables; 305-441-0700; caffeabbracci.com
La Fontana Steakhouse. Doral's new Italian steakhouse will celebrate its first Thanksgiving with a four-course prix fixe including a complimentary glass of champagne, soft drinks, and coffee. Highlights include onion soup, classic burrata, creamy butternut squash gnocchi, seafood risotto, succulent pig, and filet mignon. Dessert is restaurant's original brownie. Dinner will be served from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. and costs $75 per person. 4285 NW 107th Ave., Miami; 786-409-4793; lafontanasteakhouse.com.
La Placita. In addition to offering La Placita's regular à la carte menu, chef Jose Mendín has created a special dish of pavochón for Thanksgiving. The Puerto Rican-style roast turkey will be served with purée de batata, arroz con gandules, and habichuelas tiernas ($27). An entrée of turkey mofongo with gravy and green onions will also be available ($18). Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to midnight. 6789 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-400-8173; laplacitamiami.com.
Le Zoo. At Stephen Starr’s Le Zoo in Bal Harbour, feast on traditional favorites with a French-Mediterranean twist. The three-course prix fixe includes a choice of salt-baked beet salad or butternut squash soup for an appetizer, followed by a traditional roast turkey dinner with potato purée, roasted Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, help yourself to pumpkin pie or apple pie á la mode. Dinner will be served from 1 to 8 p.m. and costs $65 per person. 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305-602-9663; lezoo.com.
Meraki Greek Bistro. Head to Meraki for a Greek-inspired Thanksgiving menu. À la carte options include pumpkin soup ($8) and oven-roasted turkey stuffed with ground beef, nuts, raisins, various spices, and herbs served with roasted vegetables and baby potatoes ($22). Roasted leg of lamb is stuffed with spinach, Greek herbs, and spices and served with pasta salad and baby potatoes ($27), and filet mignon comes with grilled asparagus and Mediterranean pilaf ($30). Finish with homemade apple pie topped with chocolate ganache ($10). Dinner will be served from noon to 9 p.m. Multiple locations; merakigreekbistro.net.
Point Royal. This Thanksgiving, Geoffrey Zakarian’s Point Royal at The Diplomat Beach Resort will be hosting a delicious lunch buffet for guests to indulge in. Guests will be able to enjoy cold items such as beet salad with feta, mint and pumpkin seeds and assorted deviled eggs. Guests can also choose from a variety of hot dishes such as mashed potatoes, sweet potato mash with pecans and marshmallow brulee, and classic stuffing. A carving station will be available for guests, which will have turkey, leg of lamb, bone-in ham and “turducken”. For dessert, there will be a variety of pies from guests to pick from. Lunch buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $45 per person. 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood; 954-602-8750; pointroyal-fl.com.
Root & Bone. Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth's South Miami sensation, Root & Bone, will host a family-style, three-course meal of Southern comfort food. Begin with bites of autumn pear salad with sweet potato roquette or drunken deviled eggs; then move on to fried turkey breast with green bean casserole, loaded mashed potatoes, roasted butternut squash, and Grandma Daisy's angel biscuits, served with cranberry chutney. For dessert, choose chocolate walnut pie or pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust. Dinner will be served from noon to 8 p.m. and costs $48 per adult and $15 per child under 12. 5958 S. Dixie Hwy., South Miami; 786-785-1001; rootnbonemia.com.
Rusty Pelican. Rusty Pelican is offering a lush Thanksgiving dinner. Diners can choose from a la carte options for both children and adults or a special pre-set menu for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The pre-set menu starts with a choice of soup or seasonal salad. Options include creamy squash and chestnut soup with toasted pumpkin seeds or mixed greens with toasted pistachios, goat cheese, and honey balsamic vinaigrette. Entree choices include maple roast turkey with cornbread and apple sausage stuffing, cranberry sauce, grilled baby carrots and chipotle sweet potatoes and toasted pistachios; branzino en papillote with baby heirloom tomatoes, fregola pasta and tarragon; or honey glazed pork tenderloin with manchego cheese and rosemary polenta. For dessert, enjoy pecan cheesecake topped with warm, salted caramel. Dinner is served starting at 6 p.m. The pre-set dinner costs $75 per person. 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy., Key Biscayne. 305-361-3818; therustypelican.com.
The Strand. The Strand at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort will celebrate Thanksgiving with a special menu of signature items such as butternut squash soup, turkey breast confit, and a traditional dessert of pumpkin or apple pie. Dinner will be served all day until 10 p.m. and costs $55 per adult and $35 per child aged 5 to 12. 6801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-7474; strandcarillonmiami.com.
StripSteak by Michael Mina. At this modern American steakhouse at the Fontainebleau, find a family-style meal of lemon-roasted turkey breast and beer-braised turkey legs served with sides of gravy, butter whipped golden potatoes, crisp Brussels sprouts with toasted almonds, foie gras, apricot brioche stuffing, and spiced cranberry sauce with pearl onions and orange zest. StripSteak will offer spiced pumpkin tart with candied pumpkin seeds, brown sugar vanilla ice cream, and cranberry gel for dessert. Dinner will be served from 5 to 11 p.m. and costs $75 per person. 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-4780; fontainebleau.com.