Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday thanks to delicious turkey and fragrant pies, but not everyone enjoys cooking all day. If you're not feeling up to all the preparation this year, check out these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Sarasota.

The Rosemary

This restaurant in Sarasota will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will have a specialty menu available that customers can order from. The Rosemary provides healthy options made from local ingredients. For $30.95 per plate, customers can purchase a traditional meal consisting of turkey, baby carrots, country stuffing, soup or salad, a dessert, and more. If you want something a little less traditional, their menu also includes lamb, steak, and duckling meals. Reservations are required.

Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood

If you choose to visit Duval’s on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., you will have the option of ordering “The Feast” from their specialty menu. For $36 per adult or $24 for children under 10, you'll receive a full plate of salad, rolls, turkey or ham, potatoes, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and even more. You also get your choice of baked apple crisp or key lime pie for dessert. For an untraditional meal, Duval’s will offer customers lobster, shrimp, pork, and steak. Call to make a reservation so you can secure your family's spot.

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Bijou Cafe

Come by this elegant restaurant from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and you'll be able to order anything from the regular dinner menu. This includes options of veal, chicken, and different types of fish as well as a vegan option. For the customers looking for a traditional Thanksgiving meal, pay just $29.95 for turkey and all the trimmings such as potatoes and cranberry sauce. They require reservations for Thanksgiving, so be sure to call in advance.

Michael's On East

From 2 p.m. to 8 pm, this modern and elegant restaurant in Sarasota will serve select options from their normal dinner menu. They’ll also offer a special Thanksgiving day dinner with turkey and traditional sides for just $32 per plate. Like with other places, you'll need to call to make reservations.


Though this restaurant will not require a reservation on Thanksgiving day, they highly suggest that you call ahead. Element will be open during normal business hours 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Thanksgiving, they will offer options from their regular menu as well as a special Thanksgiving menu.

If you want to avoid the stress and hard work that comes with preparing a Thanksgiving feast, you just take the family to any of these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Sarasota. Eat to your heart’s content without a single drop of sweat or unwanted advice from family members on the best way to cook a turkey!

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