Have your Thanksgiving feast on the town with our alternative dinner guide

Roasted turkey with bacon and garnished with chestnuts and brussels sprouts. Prepared for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Friends, family and food make up the recipe for Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday of tradition, giving thanks with the people you love around a classically prepared meal. It’s beautiful, it’s hearty and it’s delicious.

Sometimes, it’s just not possible. A lot of time and money goes into creating the traditional feast.

Other times, you just need a change of pace. Celebrating with the same recipes in the same house can get monotonous. 

The local culinary scene understands. No matter your reason, change the recipe and gather friends and family at one of many restaurants open for Thanksgiving. Enjoy holiday favorites with prix fixe menus that hit every craving, with our roundup of dining options in or near your backyard. Some are reservation-only, so call ahead to save your seat now. 

1103 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954.785.0226; galuppis.com

Have as many of the classic fixings as you like with a buffet-style Thanksgiving dinner. Besides turkey and casseroles, there’s prime rib, pumpkin eggnog, bread pudding, ahi tuna and honey ham. Buffet is $29.95 and includes a beverage. Call for reservations.

Lemon Tree Café
5463 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; 954.570.8822; thelemontreecafe.com

Lemon Tree offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps and burgers and all-day breakfast. But for a special dinner, try the shepherd’s pie, vegetable lasagna, meatloaf, roast sirloin or roast turkey. Dinner options come with soup or salad, potatoes and vegetables.

Trilogy at Silverspot Cinema
4441 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek; 954.977.9877; trilogyrestaurant.com
Dinner and a movie—in the same place. Trilogy offers family-style traditional and Chinese menus for $25 a person. The traditional meal includes roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, sautéed spinach, apricot cornbread stuffing, pumpkin and apple pie, and more. The Chinese meal includes vegetable fried rice, lo mein, sesame chicken, Kung Pao shrimp and more.

NYY Steak
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954.935.6699;

Choose from à la carte specials or a three-course dinner, which includes first-course options such as spiced kabocha squash soup and a main course of free-range turkey with all the fixings. For dessert, choose from pumpkin crème brûlée or pecan pie. Dinner is served 3 to 10 p.m., $75 a person.

Fresh Harvest
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek; 954.977.6700;

Known for its locally sourced cuisine, Fresh Harvest is offering a variety of Thanksgiving treats. Try honey-lacquered duck breast with wild rice and cranberry along with your choice of pie, including pecan, peanut butter and eggnog. Dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Price is $38 a person and $17 for children 10 and under. Price includes endless mimosas, house wine and sparkling wine, and 1 pound of crab legs.

Marola’s Restaurant
929 N. University Drive, Coral Springs; 954.796.0544; marolascoralsprings.com

The classic Italian bistro usually features handmade pastas, sandwiches and seafood, but on Thanksgiving, it’s offering a traditional turkey dinner. For $24.99 a person, it comes with bread, soup, salad, coffee and dessert—make sure to save room for pie.

Buca di Beppo
9469 W. Atlantic Blvd, Coral Springs; 954.753.4044; bucadibeppo.com/restaurants/fl/coral-springs
The American-Italian restaurant is known for entertaining large groups, and there’s no exception on Thanksgiving. Groups up to five can order a traditional dinner—turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.—for $120, and a party of two to three can do the same for $60. The in-house catering service is $20 a person and serves 15 to 20. Go for the turkey or break tradition with the year-round Italian menu.

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
The Ritz-Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954.302.6460
Beyond turkey and smoked ham, Burlock Coast’s Thanksgiving menu includes seafood and sushi stations, a kids buffet and a variety of desserts from tarts to white chocolate cinnamon apple lollipops. Dinner is offered from noon to 9 p.m. with a breakfast station available until 3 p.m. Cost is $95 for adults, $49 for children 5–12.

Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale; 954.765.3100
Enjoy holiday favorites prepared with a Floribbean touch. Besides the traditional turkey, this buffet offers a variety of dishes including kale and roasted pumpkin salad, hickory smoked fish, black grouper with lobster butter sauce, roasted corn and crab soup. Price is $75 for adults, $37 for children, and includes bottomless mimosas and Prosecco. Dinner times are 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations are required.

Shooters Waterfront
3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.566.2855; shooterswaterfront.com
Have a Thanksgiving feast with views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Arrive by car or boat for a buffet from noon to 8 p.m. Stations will be set up for carving, sides and desserts. Price is $49 for adults and $26 for children ages 6 to 12. If your party of six to eight prefers to stay home, Shooters has a catering option: a 15-pound turkey with sides and dessert for $95.