The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin

Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to visit Destin. There are so many fun activities you can enjoy and endless holiday events to keep you busy. However, if you’re wondering what to do for Thanksgiving when you’re far from home, we’ve got you covered. Check out this guide to Thanksgiving dinner in Destin. If you’re searching for an all-you-can-eat buffet, a formal dining experience, or a carry-out option, there’s something for you in Destin!

Thanksgiving Buffets in Destin

If you’re looking for the perfect buffet-style meal in Destin this Thanksgiving, you’re in luck. You’ve got quite a few great options to choose from!

Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet at Vue on 30A

Vue on 30A is hosting a scrumptious Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Adult meals are $49.95 and kid meals are $15.95. The buffet features a carving station with fried turkey and prime rib. In addition, the buffet will feature brunch classics like assorted cheeses, house-cured salmon, fruit, bagels, grilled asparagus, waffles, eggs benedict, bacon, sausage, and an omelet station. Of course, the buffet will also feature holiday favorites like mashed potatoes, bread pudding, assorted vegetables, pistachio-crusted grouper, and lobster bisque. Call 850-267-2305 to book your brunch reservation and check out their Facebook page for more information.

Thanksgiving Buffet Feast at 790

If you’re looking for a delicious Cajun take on Thanksgiving classics, stop by 790 on the Gulf for their Thanksgiving Buffet Feast from 11:30 am to 5 pm. Adult meals are $34 and kid meals are $14. The Thanksgiving buffet menu includes delicious Thanksgiving staples with a Lousiana flare like cheddar-garlic biscuits, duck & andouille gumbo, slow-baked ham, slow-baked turkey, sweet potato casserole, holiday pies, and so much more. Reservations are recommended, so call 850-650-4853 to book your reservation. Check out their Facebook event page for more information!

Annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer

The Annual Thanksgiving Buffet at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer is a great option for those looking for a traditional Thanksgiving feast without all the pressure of cooking. The buffet is from 11 am to 6 pm and features Thanksgiving staples like cajun fried turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, traditional stuffing, and cranberry dressing. Additionally, the buffet also has some southern seafood options as well like shrimp and grits and mahi-mahi. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving dinner without dessert so there’s key lime pie, pecan pie, and bourbon maple bread pudding. Adult meals are $36.95, kid meals are $17.95, and children under three eat for free. Reservations are encouraged, so call (850) 460-8900.

Sit-Down Thanksgiving Dinner in Destin

In addition to buffet-style dinners, there are also a few great restaurants in Destin serving sit-down Thanksgiving meals. Check out these top picks for dining out on Thanksgiving in Destin.

Harbor Docks’ 25th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast

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Take part in a local tradition with Harbor Docks’ 25th Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast. Harbor Docks is one of the finest local seafood restaurants in Destin and they’re serving an incredible Thanksgiving dinner from 11 am to 7 pm on Thanksgiving Day free of charge, but donations are accepted. In addition, American Lunch will set up in the parking lot giving out turkey sandwiches to go for those who don’t want to wait in line. All donations from the dinner will benefit Destin Harvest and Okaloosa Habitat for Humanity projects.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Margaritaville

Head over to the Destin Harbor to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at Margaritaville. Margaritaville is serving their regular menu in addition to a special Thanksgiving one as well while supplies last from 11 am to 9 pm. The Thanksgiving menu features all your holiday favorites like Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, roasted turkey breast, gravy, traditional bread stuffing, honey garlic beans, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Adult meals are $18.99 and kid meals are $10.99. Overall, if you’re looking for a Thanksgiving dinner with harbor views and a great atmosphere, you’ll love Thanksgiving at Margaritaville.

Thanksgiving Feast at AJ’s on the Bayou

AJ’s on the Bayou in Fort Walton Beach is hosting their 4th Annual Thanksgiving Feast from 11 am to 4 pm. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the best holiday classics. Pay whatever you can afford because they are only accepting donations. All proceeds from the feast will go towards AJ’s Kids on the Coast Foundation which provides local kids in need with basic necessities and Christmas gifts. Check out their Facebook page for more details!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Marlin Grill

Marlin Grill is open on Thanksgiving day and they’re serving their traditional dinner menu from 4 pm to 9 pm. Whether you’re in the mood for seafood, steak, or even duck, Marlin Grill has the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for you. Reservations are strongly encouraged, so if you’re planning on dining at Marlin Grill for Thanksgiving call (850) 351-1990 to reserve your table!

Thanksgiving Feast at Vin’tij Food and Wine

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The Thanksgiving Feast at Vin’tij Food & Wine features an incredible four-course meal you’ll love this Thanksgiving. Enjoy amazing dishes like turkey roulade, creamed corn, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, curried butternut squash soup, candied yams, and so much more. The Thanksgiving four-course meal option is $45. Additionally, Vin’tij also has gluten-free and vegan options as well. Check out their Facebook page for more information on the Thanksgiving menu and call 850-650-9820 to reserve your table.

Thanksgiving Carry-Out Options

There’s no reason why you can’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of your own vacation home. Destin has quite a few places that prepare carry-out Thanksgiving meals you can simply reheat in the comfort of your own kitchen. Since every home on the Five Star Properties program features a gourmet kitchen and formal dining area, there’s no reason why you can’t dine in on Thanksgiving, even if you’re on vacation.

Whole Foods

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Whole Foods has a variety of Thanksgiving meal options to choose from. The meals come at a variety of different price points, depending on the size of your party. Whether you’re serving a festive feast for twelve or a vegan dinner for two, Whole Foods has a meal for you. You can also order individual sides and entrees from Whole Foods as well. Just place your order 48 hours in advance and then head to the Whole Foods located in Destin Commons to pick up your meal. Pick-up days are November 21st through the 28th. Check out their website for more information on holiday meals. The only prep you need to do for Thanksgiving is reheating the food in the oven.

Heat N’ Serve Holiday Meal To-Go From Cracker Barrel

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Cracker Barrel is another great carry-out and reheat option for Thanksgiving dinner. Cracker Barrel offers a scrumptious holiday feast for $124.99 that serves up to ten people. The meal features all your favorite holiday staples like oven-roasted turkey breast, cornbread dressing, turkey gravy, cranberry relish, sweet yeast rolls, and your choice of three country sides. The meal also features pumpkin pie and pecan pie for dessert. All you need to do is order 24 hours in advance and pick up your meal at Cracker Barrel in Destin between November 23rd and December 1st. Like Whole Foods, the only prep you need to do is reheating the food!

There’s no better place to spend Thanksgiving than Destin. Whether you’re preparing dinner from scratch in one of our Five Star homes, reheating a carry-out dinner, enjoying a four-course meal or buffet, Destin is the perfect place to be for the holidays.

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