All the Trimmings: Dining Out for the Holidays in Sarasota

'Tis the season when sleigh bells are jingling (ring-ting-tingling, too) and elastic waistbands are in vogue as Sarasota preps for a scrumptious season of holiday feasting.

Planning on dining out this year for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, or New Year's Eve? Perhaps you don't want to cook this year and are seeking a local chef to prepare a holiday meal that wows your guests? Get the scoop on all the mashed potatoes, turkey and stuffing, Christmas ham and other delectables Sarasota restaurants have to offer for the holidays in 2017.

Bijou Cafe

Bijou Cafe will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. offering a feast that includes all the traditional favorites: Oven roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, fall veggies, cornbread and cranberry sauce, as well as other Chef specials. Adults feast for $29.95; kids 10 and under for $14.95. Call 941-366-8111 for reservations.

Bijou will be open on Christmas Eve from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., offering the full restaurant menu with Chef Specials. The restaurant is closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Cafe L'Europe

Cafe L'Europe is open all day on Thanksgiving from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and will be offering an à la carte traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings for $38.95. Kids under 12 dine for $18.95. Cafe L'Europe will also feature a shortened version of its regular menu on Thanksgiving Day. Call 941-388-4415 for reservations.

Cafe L'Europe will also be open on Christmas Day for its regular hours from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with holiday specials and pricing TBA.

Cafe Gabbiano

Cafe Gabbiano will be open from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering a special à la carte menu that features the restaurant's most popular menu items, favorite specials, and holiday favorites — including the traditional turkey option, Ossobuco, or honey truffle salmon. Call 941-349-1423 for reservations.

The restaurant will be open and serving its signature menu items on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 2:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m. Cafe Gabbiano will also be open on New Year's Eve from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m..

Cafe Venice

Cafe Venice is taking reservations for its Thanksgiving day special, a limited menu featuring a traditional turkey dinner. The dinner includes roast turkey, gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce with a choice of two sides: mashed potatoes, sweet potato, baked butternut squash, green bean casserole, or asparagus. The Cafe Venice turkey dinner is $20.00 per person, with dessert at an additional charge. For reservations, call 941-484-1855.

Cafe Venice will be closed on Christmas Day.

Chart House

Chart House Restaurant will be open for its normal hours (4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For Thanksgiving, the restaurant will feature a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, as well as select items from its core menu, including prime rib and fresh fish. Chart House will offer its full signature dinner menu during the Christmas holidays. Make reservations online or by calling 941-383-5593.

Columbia Restaurant

Columbia  Restaurant on St. Armand's Circle will be open for regular business hours on Thanksgiving Day, offering its regular dinner menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. The three-course roast turkey dinner is $21.95 per person, and just $5.95 for kids under 10 years of age. Call 941-388-3987 for reservations. The Columbia will be open on Christmas for regular business hours offering its regular menu, along with Christmas features of roasted pork or roast turkey. $22.95 adults, $5.95 kids under 10. For New Year's Eve, enjoy Columbia Restaurant's regular menu.

Der Dutchman

Der Dutchman will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., presenting an all-you-can-eat buffet with turkey, roast beef and ham—as well as all the traditional Thanksgiving sides. The restaurant will also feature carry-out package Thanksgiving meals for groups of five, ten or twenty. Der Dutchman asks that carry-out orders be placed by 5:00 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 18 by calling 941-955-8007.

For an individual carry-out meal, pre-order or walk in from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to purchase on the spot.


Expect fall delights this year at Duval's Thanksgiving dinner: choice of lentil and baked ham soup or roasted corn and zucchini chowder, a salad selection, choice of roasted turkey or maple-brown sugar glazed ham, dressings, and a choice of baked apple crisp, pumpkin or key lime pie for dessert. Everyone who dines at Duval's will be sent home with a to-go bag of leftovers at no extra charge. Thanksgiving at Duval's is $42.95 for adults and $19.95 for kids. Thanksgiving seating at Duval's is available from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Call 941-312-4001 to make reservations.

Duval's will also host its decadent annual Christmas Feast in 2017 — menu TBA.

Euphemia Haye

Euphemia Haye will be open from 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the downstairs fine dining room, and from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. upstairs in the Haye Loft on Thanksgiving Day. The restaurant will serve its a la carte menu, as well as two three-course holiday specials. Start with a cup of pumpkin rum bisque or tossed cranberry salad, and choose from sliced roasted turkey with prune stuffing or Euphemia Haye's famous roasted duckling with raspberry sauce and sage stuffing. Finish with your choice of pumpkin, pecan, or apple walnut crumble pie.

For Christmas and Christmas Eve at Euphemia Haye, enjoy Chef Ray’s Bavarian style roast goose dinner: sliced roasted goose with giblet gravy, served with a German potato dumpling and sweet-and-sour red cabbage. Christmas Eve hours are: 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (last reservation at 8:45) in the downstairs dining room, and 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Haye Loft. Christmas Day hours are: 2:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the downstairs dining room and 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Haye Loft.

For New Year's Eve, Euphemia Haye begins serving at 5:00 p.m. with last reservations at 10:45 p.m. Chef Ray will be making his Veal Forestiere: slow roasted rack of prime veal, sliced and served as a chop, topped with sautéed wild mushrooms and a porcini and wine butter sauce, and accompanied by truffle oil mashed potatoes and roasted root vegetables. All reservations on New Year's Eve are prepaid reservations with a minimum of $125.00 per person, which can be used towards dinner, dessert, drinks, tax and gratuity.

Contact Euphemia Haye at 941-383-3633 to make holiday reservations.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., offering a prix fixe three-course, herb-roasted turkey feast. Enjoy buttermilk biscuits with pumpkin butter and honey, house made sage and brioche stuffing, green beans, sweet and mashed potatoes — with a choice of pumpkin cheesecake or carrot cake for dessert. Guests under 12 dine for $15.00 from a special Thanksgiving children's menu. Get reservations online or by calling 941-358-9463.

Harry's Continental Kitchens

Harry's Continental Kitchens will be serving up three-course Thanksgiving meals from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: $38.99 per person, $50.99 with premium wine spirits, or $29.99 for the entree only. Enjoy five-spiced butternut squash soup or a fall salad, turkey with all the fixings, and a choice of pumpkin pie, apple cheesecake, or chocolate pecan pie.

Want to dine in for Thanksgiving without doing the work? Order a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to-go from Harry's Deli by Sun., Nov. 19 and pick up from the Deli on Weds., Nov. 22 between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Harry's Deli will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Harry's Kitchen also offers catering services.

Harry's Deli will offer Christmas dinners-to-go (ham or turkey) with the traditional trimmings and dessert for $24.99 per person. Order by Mon., Dec. 18 for pick-up in the Deli between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 24.

On Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day, Harry's restaurant will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and the deli will be open from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.. Harry's Continental Kitchens are closed on Christmas Day.

Reach Harry's Kitchen at 941-383-0777.

Le Colonne Restaurant

Le Colonne, known for its Italian fare on St. Armand's Circle, will be open during its standard hours from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. In addition to serving its full standard menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more, Le Colonne will offer traditional turkey and other American holiday classics as specials. Contact 941-388-4348 for details.

Libby's Cafe + Bar

For Thanksgiving 2017, Libby's Cafe + Bar will offer a limited menu and a Thanksgiving feast ($35 for adults; $15 for kids). Plates include roast turkey with savory herb gravy, yukon potato puree, butternut squash and quinoa pilaf, green bean casserole, bacon brussel sprouts, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake topped with cinnamon whipped cream.

Libby's Thanksgiving hours are 11:30am-9pm. Call Libby's at 941-487-7300 to reserve your space.

Louies Modern

Louies Modern is open from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and will feature a carving station with turkey, prime rib, pit smoked ham, steamed PEI mussels, poached Faroe Island salmon, mixed seafood escabeche and lemon and thyme poached shrimp. Louies will also feature a salad station and a selection of traditional holiday sides and chef creations, and desserts. The Louies Modern Thanksgiving feast is $65 for adults and $25 for children. Make your reservation by calling Louies at 941-552-9688.

Libby's and Louies Modern will both host a "Black Friday Brunch" special featuring the restaurants' standard brunch menu, as well as select "Thanksgiving leftovers"-themed specials, TBA.

Mattison's City Grille

Celebrate Thanksgiving with al fresco dining at Mattison's City Grille. Mattison's in downtown Sarasota will be serving up a Thanksgiving feast from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. with all the holiday favorites priced at $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children. The restaurant will feature its signature live music on the patio from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Call 941-330-0440 for more info.

Mattison's 41

Mattison's 41 will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. offering a full Thanksgiving buffet with turkey and all the traditional trimmings for $38.95.

On Christmas Eve, the restaurant will be open for its regular hours starting at 4:30 p.m., offering its full restaurant menu in addition to a "Feast of Seven Fishes" special. The restaurant is also open on Christmas Day from 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., serving up a buffet-style spread with all the holiday favorites.

Call 941-921-3400 for reservations.

Michael's on East

Michael’s On East Restaurant will be open from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings (mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing) for $29.95 per person. In addition to the turkey feature, a special menu is available offering signature Michael’s On East favorites a la carte.

Holiday reservations are also available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for restaurant hours 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and on New Year's Eve from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. or 9:00 - 10:00 p.m.. A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating, which includes live music and dancing. Michael’s holiday dinner menu featuring favorite signature dishes and inspired global fare is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. To secure restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit

Ophelia's on the Bay

Ophelia's on the Bay will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., serving its full standard menu, as well as select holiday specials including a traditional turkey dinner.

Ophelia's will also be open from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, offering the restaurant's full standard menu. Call 941-349-2212 or make reservations on Opentable.


Salute! in downtown Sarasota will offer up a three course prix fixe Thanksgiving dinner at $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Dinner includes choice of butternut squash bisque or spinach salad, turkey dinner with all the fixings, and apple or pumpkin pie for dessert. Salute! is open on Thanksgiving Day from 1:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Although the restaurant will be closed on Christmas Day, Salute! will serve up a special holiday 'Feast of Seven Fishes' on Christmas Eve that includes steamed clams and mussels, fried calamari, seafood salad with shrimp, scallops, and calamari; Bacalao salad, marinated sardines, fried smelts,, octopus, vegetables, potatoes and pasta for $28.95 per person.

Salute will be open from 4:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve with its a la carte menu. The restaurant is closed on New Year's Day.

Contact the restaurant at 941-365-1020 for reservations.

Siesta Key Oyster Bar

Join SKOB, open 5:00 p.m. - midnight on Thanksgiving Day, for a three-course turkey dinner with all the fixings for $28.00 (kids dine for $15.00). Choose between butternut squash soup or pear and gorgonzola salad, with oven-roasted turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and house-made cranberry sauce.

Join SKOB for the annual 5K Elf Dash at 8:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve and stay for brunch — or come for dinner from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. for Chef's special Christmas Eve Cioppino: shrimp, scallops, lobster, calamari, mussels and clams in a lobster tomato broth served with garlic toast. On Christmas Day, enjoy the Chef's special Cornish hen with a tomato-basil-garlic demi glaze. Finally, close out 2017 at SKOB with a New Year's Eve dinner special: rack of lamb with herb crust, sweet potato gratin and brussels sprouts.

Contact 941-346-5443 for holiday reservations.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern

Stonewood Grill & Tavern on University Parkway will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., offering a traditional turkey dinner—including hand-carved turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and cranberry relish, topped off with with a slice of apple or pumpkin pie—priced at $24.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids. Stonewood will also offer its standard menu on Thanksgiving Day. Place reservations by contacting 941-355-3315.

Stonewood Grill & Tavern will be closed on Christmas Day.

Table Creekside

Table Creekside returns for its second annual Thanksgiving feast with a special menu that includes roasted acorn squash bisque, with options ranging from traditional Thanksgiving turkey or Virginia slow roasted ham shank to stuffed Maine lobster, Florida stone crab, and Chilean sea bass. Top off your succulent Thanksgiving feast with a choice of Pumpkin Tartelette or a Gianduja Chocolate Sphere. Call 941-921-9465 to make your reservation.

The Table will also be open on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve — menus TBA — but will be closed on Christmas Day.

Tableseide Restaurant Group

Looking for an at-home Thanksgiving Feast without the fuss? Tableseide Restaurant Group (Louies Modern, Libby's, Muse at the Ringling) is offering a full modern Thanksgiving meal for 6-8 people, delivered to your home. For $325 enjoy a 12-15 lb turkey centerpiece with sage and sausage stuffing, as well as honey baked ham or sliced beef tenderloin, traditional sides with a modern twist such as white truffle mashed potatoes and grain mustard and whiskey glazed brussels sprouts, pumpkin or apple caramel pie, and Veuve champagne.

Call 941-552-9650 before Nov. 17 to place your Modern Thanksgiving order for free pick-up or delivery (free within 34236 zip code) on Weds., Nov. 22.

Currents at the Hyatt Regency

Enjoy a Thanksgiving buffet from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 for $49 per person that includes butternut squash bisque, roasted brussels, candied sweet potatoes, Mahi Mahi with spinach and boursin, Baked Ham, Prime Rib, Oven Roasted Turkey with cornbread stuffing, seafood salad, smoked salmon, orecchiette pasta salad, mixed dinner rolls, artisan cheese and much more. Call 941.363.2615 for reservations

Christmas buffet, 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 25 includes turnip bisque, chickecn cordon bleu, Prim rib, seasonal vegetable, cucumber salad, gingerbread cake, pumpkin pie, yule log and more.  $49 per person, $15.95 for desser buffet only.


Peak Performance Catering offers holiday meals for groups of 10 or more people. Menus are filled with traditional favories and healthy alternatives without preservatives or additives. The company caters to specific requests to make entertaining at home easy and affordable. Call for a quote.

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