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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 this year, our local restaurants need our support now more than ever.

Considering Dining out for Thanksgiving in Venice?

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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?

*Updated November 2nd, 2022*

Remember to call ahead to verify hours.
Reservations are HIGHLY recommended!


Cafe Venice

Cafe Venice Florida

101 West Venice Ave, Venice, FL
(941) 484-1855

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 from 12:00-6:30 PM on November 24th. Reservations are Required, so make sure to call early!

If you choose to pick up a Thanksgiving To Go package, choose from either a family style carved turkey for 2 for $55 or a whole 16/20 lb turkey that serves 6-8 for $165. This includes stuffing with 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 at $6 each with the option for custom orders. In addition, limited delivery will be available from 11 am to 3 pm.

Need Dessert?

Cafe Venice is offering either a Whole Pumpkin Pie for $16 or a Whole Key Lime Pie for $18!


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

The information has been released about the delicious Thanksgiving buffet that is being provided at Hotel Venezia for 2022! For $35.95 per person, the buffet will be served from 12-5 PM and will include all the traditional fixings of a Thanksgiving feast.

  • Salad Station
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Peel and Eat Shrimp
  • Roasted Turkey
  • Orange Blossom Honey Glazed Ham
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Homemade Stuffing
  • Corn Bread Stuffing
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Corn Casserole
  • Holiday Roasted Vegetables
  • Homemade Rolls
  • Assorted Dessert Station

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.

While details have not been posted about 2022 yet, Here is what was offered for Thanksgiving in 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.

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


Burgundy Square Cafe

Burgundy Square Cafe has been a staple in the community for years, offering fabulous meals at all hours of the day, including their award winning lobster rolls. This year, they will be open from 11-8 on Thanksgiving with a traditional Thanksgiving menu as well as other specials. Reservations ONLY so be sure to call (941) 451-8261 and get signed up!

Cote France

Cote France will be having a special menu offering for Thanksgiving for $52 per person. Starting with Butternut Squash Soup with chips of bacon and a main course of Turkey Breast with Mushroom sauce gratin dauphinois, green beans, house salad and brioche along with a Chocolate Dome for dessert.

Other Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving:

  • Waterfrontoo
  • Venice Ale House
  • TJ Carneys
  • Ristorante San Marco
  • Rosebud’s Steak & Seafood House
  • Tikka Indian Cuisine

What Restaurants Offer Takeout for Thanksgiving in Venice?

Yummies Donuts & BBQ

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 $289. This menu is so similar to the Thanksgiving I grew up eating, I’m loving it!! It includes oven roasted turkey breast, lasagna, penne with a vodka sauce, glazed carrots, meatballs & Sausage, traditional stuffing, 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

OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT OF FRESH TURKEYS FOR 2022!

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 available.

Individual Dinners are $24.75 and include:

  • Fresh Amish Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes with homemade turkey gravy
  • Homemade stuffing
  • Choice of parmesan broccoli or savory green beans
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Homemade cornbread
  • Pumpkin Pie

Dinners Must Be Preordered by Friday, November 18th


Seed To Table

Info from 2021: 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. You can call 941-492-6232 or order online.

GitChewSum BBQ

2022 “Heat-N-Serve” Thanksgiving Feast Menu Options!
Cut-off for ordering will be by the end of the day Friday November 18th.
Pick-up for all orders will be on Wednesday, November 23rd in the parking lot next to Cooks Sportland from Noon – 5pm.
Ordering Info:
Text: 941.915.2662
E-mail: gitchewsumbbq@gmail.com

Fully Cooked Thanksgiving Feast Packages

Choose either a Smoked Turkey or a Glazed Spiral Ham for $176 or Sliced Beef Brisket for $291. Package includes your choice of 2 sides, dinner rolls, turkey gravy and a homemade cherry cheesecake.

A La Cart Items:

  • Smoked Turkey- $70
  • Glazed Spiral Ham- $70
  • Sliced Beef Brisket- $189
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes- $40
  • Sweet Potato Casserole- $40
  • Green Beans- $40
  • Baby Carrots- $40
  • Dinner Rolls- $15
  • Turkey Gravy- $15
  • Cheesecake- $25

Left Coast Seafood Co.

Chef Mike SRQ

Chef Mike is a well known private chef in Sarasota. This year for Thanksgiving, he is offering Thanksgiving packages for pickup or delivery for an additional $50

Dessertedbysasha Cuban Cafe

This little business has been taking Sarasota by storm with her delicious Cuban food! She has a great menu available for Thanksgiving delivery (it will be delivered Wednesday). You must call or text (941) 777-0829 to preorder by 11/18/22

  • Cuban Pumpkin Pie Flan
  • Cranberry Nut Zucchini Bread
  • Sweet Potato Brown Sugar Casserole
  • Buttery Home Made Southern Corn Bread with Cinnamon Butter Sauce
  • Tres Leches

Parise’s

This new food truck offers coffee and desserts in our community, but they will have a special order menu for the holidays! Place your order by calling 310-770-6753 or by emailing parisesrq@gmail.com

  • Cannoli – $55 per dozen
    • Parise Original, Chocolate Chip, NY Cheesecake, Limoncello, Sicilian, Pistachio
  • Italian Wedding Cookies – 24 for $33
    • Anisette
    • Lemon
    • White Iced
  • Biscotti – $18 per dozen
    • Lemon Iced
    • Chocolate Chip
    • Almond
    • Anisette
    • Plain
  • Sfogliatelle – $36 per dozen
  • Soft Pignolia Cookies – $45/lb

Other Restaurants That Offer Thanksgiving Carry Out:

  • Cafe Evergreen

Grab a Home Chef Meal Kit for Thanksgiving!

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I am a HUGE fan of Home Chef, not only because of the variety of meals and the ability to customize your menu, but because of the quality of the boxes. I was so excited to learn you can order a la carte for a Thanksgiving Meal Kit starting from $2.66/person!

Home Chef Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Options

The Turkey Breast Entree ($49.98) feeds 6 – 8 and is currently sold out, but they do offer some other a la carte protein options that you could pair with the holiday side dishes.

The options for holiday side dishes feed up to six people.
  • Loaded Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Glazed Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Cheddar and Sage Biscuits
You can add desserts to your meal for either $5.98 or $7.98. Desserts feed 2 – 6 people.
  • Apple Crisp Cake
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

The current Home Chef promotion works out to 60% off your first, second, and third boxes. If you place your first order any time from now until Nov. 18, you’ll receive your Thanksgiving sides at 60% off.


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!

Rolled With Love

apple crumble roll with slices of pumpkin roll
Apple Crumble Cake Roll with slices of the Pumpkin Roll

If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste Devin’s delicious cake rolls, you are truly missing out. She is a home based cottage kitchen and sells her cakes through a group on Facebook. This year, she is also offering sampler platters of her cake rolls for the holidays for only $20.

Flavors include: (Can be made GLUTEN FREE!)

  • Pumpkin
  • Cherry
  • Blueberry
  • Apple Crumble
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Banana
  • Lemon
  • Almond Joy
  • Hawaiian
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Maple Pecan
  • Triple Chocolate
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Pineapple Upside Down

Spelltacular Sweets

This amazing food truck has all some of the best baked sweets in the area. For Thanksgiving, they are putting out some incredible desserts that will be available to pick up at their home in North Port on November 23 between 2-6 pm. You must place your order by NOON on November 22 by calling 941-564-7964

  • Large Bundts – $40
  • Large Boozy Bundts – $45
  • Sweet Potato Pie – $30
  • Vanilla Bean Cheesecake – $45
  • Dozen Cookies – $20
  • Dozen Brownies – $24

Bombshelley’s Bakery

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.

Looking to have Family Photos This Year?

We highly recommend Color in Chaos Photography! She offers adorable Fall Mini Sessions.

fall mini photography sessions
  • $75 – 30 minutes of shooting at a pumpkin patch in Sarasota, you will receive 3 professionally edited images and an online gallery
  • $100 – 30 minutes of shooting at a Fall theme setup at Centennial Park on Venice Island, you will receive 3 professionally edited images and an online gallery.

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

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5 Comments

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

  3. Where can I pick up crispy duck on Thanksgiving Day?

    1. Just discovered that Rosebud’s will have Crispy Duck on their menu for Thanksgiving in 2022!

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