Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida

By: Christopher Follenus

November ushers in the holidays with the anticipation of family, fun, and food! Along with traditional and unique Thanksgiving vacation rentals, Central Florida’s Polk County offers delectable Thanksgiving eats to satisfy every family, budget, and taste. Whether you’re local or just in town for the holiday, these popular restaurants’ holiday meal offerings will surely satisfy every guest
around the table. Check out our list of places for dining out and take-out / delivery for Thanksgiving in Central Florida.

Eat out for Thanksgiving in Central Florida’s Polk County


The Terrace Hotel

Dine for Thanksgiving in the heart of downtown Lakeland at the Terrace Grille. This 1920’s art deco hotel provides a luxurious ambiance with an equally lavish holiday meal. This year the Terrace Grille is offering a smorgasbord of hearty, delicious entrees that will be guaranteed to have you going back for seconds and thirds. The buffet style dinner features choices of roasted turkey breast, honey glazed ham, or herb roast beef with au jus. There’s plenty of side options like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, macaroni & cheese, and more! Dessert options include a pumpkin, apple, or pecan pie.

There will be four seating times at 11am, 1pm, 3pm or 5pm. Book your reservation online or call 863-603-5420.

The Club at Eaglebrooke

Enjoy a holiday brunch from 11 AM to 4 PM. Have your fill of prime rib and pit ham at the carving station and savor selections like shrimp cocktail, freshly baked breads, and assorted salads at the seafood and salad bar. Entrée and side options include roasted turkey, seared salmon, eggs benedict, green bean casserole, mac & cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and candied yams. Be sure to leave room for those heartwarming dessert options of apple cobbler, pecan pie, and chocolate cake.

To book your required brunch reservation at one of Lakeland’s most scenic golf courses, please visit www.eaglebrooke.com/restaurant.


To be or not to be a Thanksgiving traditionalist? Feast on a decadent Thanksgiving meal with traditional sides and starters or choose from a select a la cart menu featuring your favorite Harborside favorites, in a stunning lakefront setting. This conventional Thanksgiving menu includes your choice of butternut squash soup or salad to start, followed by a full entrée of roasted turkey breast, smoked ham with homemade gravy, Italian sausage and herb stuffing, mandarin cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Finish it all off with your choice of Jameson bread pudding with a whiskey caramel sauce or classic pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Reservations are limited and parties must be between 2-10. Kid’s meals are available on the a la cart menu.

Located in Winter Haven

Cracker Barrel

Visit Cracker Barrel for a Turkey n’ Dressing Meal. Cracker Barrel is open regular business hours Thanksgiving Day and serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal beginning at 11 am. Join their Online Wait List to lessen your wait time. 

You can also pre-order your Thanksgiving meal with one of Cracker Barrel’s Heat ‘n Serve meals. With options accommodating both small and large parties, this is the perfect Thanksgiving meal for your gathering.

Locations in Lakeland & Davenport.

Fred’s Market

Fred’s Market in Lakeland will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10am-4pm. The restaurant will be dine-in only and no reservations will be accepted.

Fred’s Market is also offering pre-orders for Thanksgiving dinner. This family holiday feast accommodates up to 8 people and comes with roasted turkey and gravy, cornbread dressing, and cranberry sauce and is accompanied by your choice of 3 sides or dessert selections that will please everyone around the dinner table.

Call 863-603-7080 to place your order.

Located in Lakeland

Take-Out & Pre-Orders


Enjoy a fine dining experience right in the comfort of your own home with your favorite people. Pre-order your Thanksgiving meal from Nutwood in Winter Haven before 11/18. Their menu features smoked ham or turkey that will feed 10-12 people, side options like sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, and collard greens, and of course dessert!

To pre-order, email Nutwood directly at info@nutwoodwh.com

Peebles BBQ

Worried about all the work it takes to get your turkey just right? The famous Peebles BBQ in Auburndale has you covered! They are pre-selling smoked whole turkeys between 10-14 pounds for just $42.00 per turkey. Don’t miss out on some of Central Florida’s most sought-after smoked meats to complete your Thanksgiving Day feast. Pick up your turkey the week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 18th through Saturday, November 20th between 11 AM- 9 PM. Call 863.867.3085 to order and schedule and your pick-up time.

Man looking at racks of ribs cooking inside barbecue pit at Peebles Bar B Que in Auburndale, FL

Boston Market- Winter Haven

Add joy to your Thanksgiving table with catering, heat and serve, or a la carte options from Boston Market. Choose from delicious entrée options like a whole roasted turkey, prime rib, spiral-sliced ham, or ham and turkey combination. All entrees are complemented with traditional side options such as sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, and more. Don’t forget about dessert! Apple and pumpkin pie accompany all meal packages and are available a la carte.

Order online with options to accommodate your small or large family, office party, or social gatherings.

To find out more about dining out for Thanksgiving dinner in Central Florida, or things to do in the area please contact our friendly Welcome Center team through the chat on this page or by phoning  or by phoning 863-420-2586

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