10 Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Orlando

Orlando restaurants open on Thanksgiving include The Capital Grille. The cranberry-pear chutney makes a lovely complement to the slow-roasted turkey.
Orlando restaurants open on Thanksgiving include The Capital Grille. The cranberry-pear chutney makes a lovely complement to the slow-roasted turkey.

Orlando restaurants open on Thanksgiving offer families the chance to breathe a bit when it comes to cooking and cleaning. Whether your family is vacationing in Orlando for the Thanksgiving holiday, or you live local but are wanting a traditional Thanksgiving meal without the stress of prep, we’ve rounded up some of the best family-friendly restaurants that are serving special menus for the holiday. Gobble ‘til you wobble at these tasty restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day around Orlando.

Because Orlando can get very busy during Thanksgiving week, we recommend making advance reservations to ensure your family has a spot—in fact, it may be impossible at some Orlando restaurants to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal without the reservation

In addition to this list, most of these Orlando Dinner Shows are also open on Thanksgiving. Get more details in our Orlando Restaurants Guide and see what else we have cooking in our Holiday and Christmas Guide.  

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Orlando

The Capital Grille – Orlando

$43 per adult/$15 per child
Capital Grille’s Pointe Orlando location is offering Thanksgiving dinner featuring slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, green beans with almonds, cranberry-pear chutney, and mashed potatoes. The full menu will also be available. The restaurant is open from 5-9pm. Reservations can be made online.

City Works Eatery & Pour House – Lake Buena Vista

$35 adult turkey dinner/$15 kids turkey dinner (10 years and under)
Located at the Disney Springs entertainment district, City Works is providing Thanksgiving favorites such as herb-roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, corn casserole, mashed potatoes, and more. Dessert options include baked cookie dough and s’mores dip, and are available at an additional cost of $10 each. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.

Hamilton’s Kitchen at The Alfond Inn – Winter Park

$69 per adult guest/$29 per child ages 5-12 (under 5 free)
Restaurants open on Thanksgiving include The Alfond Inn at Rollins College. The on-site Hamilton’s Kitchen will be serving a chef-inspired Thanksgiving buffet featuring a variety of traditional holiday selections. Reservations are required. Two time slots are available:12pm and 3pm.

The Kitchen at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel – Orlando

$75 per adult/$29 per child ages 3-9 (under 3 free)
The Kitchen at Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel is serving a Thanksgiving Day buffet from 11am-9pm. Menu items include a chilled seafood bar, chef carving station with turkey and ham, as well as traditional sides like cornbread stuffing, sweet potato casserole, and garlic mashed potatoes. For the little ones, there will be chicken tenders, mac and cheese, French fries, and baked rigatoni. An expansive selection of desserts (including a variety of pies) will also be available on the buffet. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling 407-503-DINE (3463). View the full menu here.

Rodizio Grill – Orlando

$49.99 per person
Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal at Rodizio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse at Pointe Orlando. An expanded Thanksgiving menu will include traditional foods such as turkey, stuffing, sweet mashed potatoes, and more. As an added bonus, every family that dines at Rodizio Grill on Thanksgiving Day will receive a coupon for a "buy-one-get-one-free" dinner that can be used beginning in 2022. The restaurant will open at noon on Thanksgiving Day.

Rosen Centre Hotel – Orlando

$51.95 per adult in advance ($55.95 at the door)/$19.95 kids ages 4-12 (under 3 free)
Celebrate restaurants open on Thanksgiving at Rosen Centre Hotel with a buffet featuring classic holiday foods as well as global cuisine. Choose from traditional favorites such as roasted turkey and mashed potatoes, and try exotic flavors like green-lipped mussels and Banshoo sushi. A kids buffet is also available, including chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and mini meatball mozzarella. Buffet is available from 11am-7pm. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling (407) 996-3969.

Waistbands don't exist at the all-you-can-eat brunch at Rosen Shingle Creek.

Rosen Shingle Creek – Orlando

Brunch: $79.95 per adult/$34.95 ages 4-11 (under 3 free)
Dinner: $64.95 per adult/$34.95 ages 4-11 (under 3 free)
Choose from a bottomless Thanksgiving brunch (11:30am-7pm) or a three-course Thanksgiving dinner (5:30-10pm) at Rosen Shingle Creek. The buffet offers a plethora of foods, such as an omelet and waffle station, make-your-own pasta station, breakfast pastries, Thanksgiving desserts, and much more. Three-course dinner includes soup or salad, entrée such as turkey or filet mignon with traditional Thanksgiving sides, and chocolate pumpkin pudding for dessert. Reservations recommended, call 407-996-3663.

Trattoria del Porto at Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel – Orlando

$75 per adult/$25 per child ages 3-9 (under 3 free)
Enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving Day buffet at Trattoria del Porto, available from 11am-9pm. Menu features a salad station, seafood station, chafing dishes, carving station, desserts, and more. There will also be live music and face painters. Reservations are recommended and can be made through OpenTable or by calling 407-503-DINE (3463). View the full menu here.

Villa de Flora at Gaylord Palms – Kissimmee

$80 per adult/$40 children ages 4-12 (under 3 free with a paying adult)
Villa de Flora is located in the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort, which boasts amazing holiday decor and activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance for Villa de Flora’s Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner includes traditional holiday foods as well as a Mediterranean buffet with seasonal food stations inspired by foods from Spain, France, Italy, and more. Time slots are available from 12-7:30pm.

Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney Wilderness Lodge offers Mickey waffles even during Thanksgiving.

Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – Lake Buena Vista

$45 per adult/$27 per child
Available from 12-10pm, Whispering Canyon Café is offering a three-course Thanksgiving feast. Guests will start with a house salad, followed by a Thanksgiving skillet featuring all-you-can-eat oak-smoked turkey and barbecue. Complete the meal with a seasonal dessert sampler. Advanced reservations are recommended.

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