A Guide To Thanksgiving in Venice

There is nothing quite like celebrating Thanksgiving in Venice FL. With beautiful beaches, pristine weather and the tranquility our area has to offer, Venice is an ideal location to be thankful for everything in our lives. However, many of us hate the thought of slaving over a stove all day long just to serve a meal and then clean up all of those pots and pans afterward! If you need another reason to find a place to dine out for Thanksgiving in Venice, think about this. After everything that has happened in 2020, our local restaurants need our support now more than ever.

Considering Dining out for Thanksgiving in Venice?

In recent years, it has become more common for families to go out for Thanksgiving rather than cook themselves. There is something appealing about letting someone else prepare, cook and clean up after such a large meal. It also allows every member of the family to be fully engaged in spending time together.

Another alternative is to consider ordering a fully prepared meal to bring home and serve. Leave the cooking to the professionals while enjoying them in the comfort of your own home with your family. You can even use Instacart to deliver anything else you may need for your celebration like disposable plates, silverware, drinks, etc. The best part? Instacart can deliver things in under 2 hours usually, so any last minute “OH NO!”, you can save the day with delivery!

What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in Venice?

Remember to call ahead to verify hours.
This information has been updated for Thanksgiving 2021, and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available
Reservations are HIGHLY recommended!

Cafe Venice

Nestled in on Historic Venice Ave, Cafe Venice is offering Thanksgiving carryout meals and a limited dine-in menu featuring turkey and all your favorite side dishes. If you choose to pick up a Thanksgiving To Go package, choose from a 10/12 turkey for $75 or a 16/20 lb turkey for $145. This includes stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Then a choice of 2 sides: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, baked brie, butternut squash or green bean casserole. Extra sides are available. In addition, limited delivery will be available.

They will be open from 12-6:30 pm and reservations are required. Call 941-484-1855 to save your spot!

Visit their website for more details

Flynn’s on Venice Ave

A local spot for a taste of fine dining flair from breakfast to dessert and everything in between. This year, they have an incredible Thanksgiving menu lined up with a number of scrumptious options. Starting off this menu is appetizer choices of grilled herb shrimp, beer battered mushrooms with a smoked tomato mayo or baked brie. Second course tempts your palette with butternut squash bisque, lobster bisque, roasted beet salad, house salad or caesar salad. For entrees, there is the tried and true, traditional roast turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and cranberry relish. In addition you can also find these elevated dishes on the menu:

  • Sea Bass – Crab Louie
  • Short Ribs
  • Honey-Ginger Cedar Plank Salmon
  • Beef Wellington
  • Lamb Rack

Finish your meal with a sweet dessert featuring apple crumble, pecan pie, pumpkin, bailey’s chocolate mousse or peanut butter pie.

Reservations do fill up fast, book your table now for Thanksgiving Dinner at Flynn’s on Venice Ave. Serving from 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM. RSVP (941) 488-2200

Check Out Their Thanksgiving Event on Facebook or Visit Their Website

Hotel Venezia

In 2020, instead of offering a traditional buffet, Hotel Venezia offered all-you-can-eat plated meals for $24 per person. Information for 2021 has not been made public yet.
For more information and reservations call 941-308-7700.

Chaz 51 Steakhouse

Chaz 51 Steakhouse has grown significantly over the years. From a small hole in the wall on the outskirts of town to their new location in the heart of Bird Bay Plaza, it’s now an impressive location with upscale dining and an “After Dark” hot spot on Fridays and Saturday nights.

Thanksgiving 2021: A three-course gourmet holiday menu with reservations available between 12-8 pm with a 2 hour sitting starting at $35 per person for adults and $20 for children. The menu includes a traditional turkey dinner with mustard glazed ham, stuffing, gravy and orange cranberry relish. Additional entrees available are the Filet Mignon, NY Strip with Peppercorn Brandy Cream, Pan-seared Scottish Salmon & Crispy Shrimp or a Grilled Vegetarian Platter at varying costs. This all comes with one side and a dessert of either pumpkin or pecan pie ala mode.

This year, Chaz 51 is also offering a Complete Thanksgiving Family Feast To Go! Orders must be placed by 4 PM on Tuesday, November 23rd for noon pickup on the 25th. Additional sides are available to purchase in bulk at $10 per pound with a two pound minimum. For 4-6 people, $165 and for 6-8 people, $245, priced do not include tax.

Reservations fill up fast, so call early to grab your spot! Call 941-484-6200 or CLICK HERE

Anita’s Family Restaurant

Not Updated for 2021

Located just north of Venice in Nokomis is Anita’s Family Restaurant. On Thanksgiving, they will be open 7:30 am to 8:30 pm serving their full breakfast menu. On the Thanksgiving menu that will be served after 10 am is the traditional roasted turkey served with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides of your choice and a dessert for $17.99. Other entrees offered include meatloaf, liver & onions, broasted chicken, grouper, seabass, grilled salmon or grilled ham ranging from $17.99-$21.99.

If you prefer to pick up a dinner for 4, you must preorder by November 16th for only $65. Whole pies such as apple, pecan, pumpkin and cream pies starting at $10.


Burgundy Square Cafe

What Restaurants Offer Takeout for Thanksgiving in Venice?

Yummies Donuts & BBQ

Not Updated for 2021

While Yummies is best known for their donuts and sweet treats, the “Yummy” is really in their BBQ. Nationally known through Food Network Magazine for their famous “Sticky Pig” (a pulled pork sandwich made with a cinnamon roll dropped in donut glaze as the bun), they offer a delightful spread of BBQ for your Thanksgiving table.

Choose from platters, turkey legs, Thanksgiving side dishes, smoked whole turkey or roasted turkey breast. You can also preorder their various donuts, breads, rolls and sweet treats!

In addition, they are also partnering with Yoder’s Amish Restaurant in Sarasota for the best pies for Thanksgiving. You can preorder either Dutch Apple Crumb, Pecan and Pumpkin Pie.

Ristorante San Marco

This is a full Thanksgiving Dinner plus an Italian Twist for 8-10 people for a total of $225. This menu is so similar to the Thanksgiving I grew up eating, I’m loving it!! It includes Turkey, lasagna, penne with a vodka bolognase sauce, glazed carrots, Italian roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, focaccia bread, salad, apple pie and pumpkin pie. You can also add on things like shrimp cocktail, caprese salad, stuffed banana peppers, tiramisu, buttered corn, stuffed flounder, or any of their house wines!

Call to Reserve Your Thanksgiving Dinner 941-254-6565
All orders must be picked up between 9 am and 12 pm on Thanksgiving Day

Papa’s Meat Market

Papa’s offers fresh Amish turkeys that you can reserve in advance with a $15 deposit. They are available in a variety of size ranges for the whole bird or you can choose a bone-in turkey breast. They also have individual Thanksgiving dinners for $23.75 per person.

Seed To Table

Our local Vegan Eatery is offing an alternative Vegan Thanksgiving Menu for catering. With trays of vegetable lasagna, stuffed shells, vegan bolognese, vegan puttanesca, vegan “meatloaf”, sweet potato macaroni & “cheese”, mashed potatoes, vegetable stuffing, vegan cranberry sauce, vegan rosemary gravy, various soups and salads, desserts and more. All catering orders must be placed by November 17th and will be available for pick up on Wednesday, November 24th. You can call 941-492-6232 or order online.

Cafe Evergreen

GitChewSum BBQ

Private Chef Catered Meals

If you are looking for a more personal touch for your holiday meal, there are a few local caterers that you could hire for Thanksgiving.

Looking for a Special Dessert for Thanksgiving?

While it may not be a full Thanksgiving meal, dessert on Thanksgiving can be just as important as the rest of the meal!

The Artic Alligator Creamery

The second location of A Better Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe, owned and operated by a local family raising their family in Englewood. Kevin and Sarah have a huge heart for the community and are often the first to jump in for fundraisers. They are also passionate about providing employment to other locals, many of which are teens looking for their first jobs. Now with their own production facility, they are offering the best ice cream in Florida! For Thanksgiving, they made an amazing pumpkin ice cream and are offering it as an ice cream pie! You can order right online and pick it up curbside!

What Chain Restaurants are open on Thanksgiving?

Chain restaurants are often underrated for their part in celebrating holidays. Of course, we want to support our small businesses and local mom and pop shops as much as possible. However, chain restaurants still employ the locals and still bring tremendous value to our little part of paradise.

Metro Diner

Metro Diner may be a chain restaurant, but it is run by a local family that lives right here in Venice. They are active in our community fundraisers and often host fun events like Chicken and Waffles Day for families to participate in.

Other Chain Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Include:

  • Bob Evans
  • Cracker Barrel

If you are looking for the experience of cooking a meal without any of the preparation, Publix also offers a Thanksgiving meal for pickup in their deli.

Comment below and tell me all about your plans for Thanksgiving this year!

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3 thoughts on “A Guide To Thanksgiving in Venice”

  1. Gail

    Will Metro Diner be offering thanksgiving dinner again this year?

    1. Yes!
      Preorder by Monday, 11/22 @ 7 pm EST.
      Place your order today: bit.ly/metrothanksgiving

  2. Gail

    Thanks! The takeout menu w prices are current, right?

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