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.

What restaurants are open on Thanksgiving in Venice?

Remember to call ahead to verify hours.
This information is CONFIRMED for Thanskgiving 2020
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 a traditional roast turkey dinner including gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and your choice of two sides: boursin mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potato, baked butternut squash, green bean casserole or asparagus. If you choose to pick up a Thanksgiving To Go package, whole dinners range from $55 for 2-4 people to $135 for 10-14 people. You can add additional side dishes, a whole pie or even make special requests. In addition, limited delivery will be available between 11 am – 4 pm.

Other menu options such as filet mignon, crispy duck, fresh Atlantic salmon and crab-stuffed flounder will be available as well for between $24-$32. Dessert options are between $6-$8 and include apple crisp, pumpkin pie, raspberry gelato truffle or creme brule.

They will be open from 12-7pm 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 seafood cakes. Second course tempts your palette with butternut squash bisque, lobster bisque, 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
  • Chicken Marsala
  • 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 a chocolate flourless torte.

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

Hotel Venezia

This year, instead of offering a traditional buffet, Hotel Venezia will be offering all you can eat plated meals for $24 per person.
For more information and reservations call 941-308-7700.

Chaz 51 Bistro

Chaz 51 Bistro is the definition of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Seemingly on the outskirts of town, this small family-run restaurant may look like a casual cafe, but inside, the quality and flavors of the best fine dining restaurants.

For Thanksgiving this year, they are offering a three-course gourmet holiday menu with reservations available between 11-8 pm with a 2 hour sitting starting at $37 per person for adults and $15 for children for the traditional oven-roasted turkey breast with pomegranate glazed ham, stuffing, gravy and orange cranberry relish. You could also choose Filet Mignon starting at $35 for a 6 oz portion. Additional toppings like blue cheese, peppercorn brandy cream, grilled shrimp, blue lump crab, Oscar style(asparagus, lump crab and béarnaise sauce) or a 10 oz Canadian Lobster tail can elevate your meal to the next level. You will then have your choice of two sides: garlic parmesan broccolini with pancetta, roasted leeks mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. Finish off your meal with either pecan pie or pumpkin pie ala mode.

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

Anita’s Family Restaurant

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.

Stefano’s Family Restaurant

Just on the border of Englewood and Venice, Stefano’s Family Restaurant will be open for dine in, carry out and delivery for $50+. The Thanksgiving Dinner Menu will be served from 12pm to 6 pm. Call 941-475-0868 for more information.

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.

You must preorder by November 20th. 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! Pick up is on November 25th by 2 PM.

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 for $21.99.

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.

Seed To Table

Our local Vegan Eatery is offing an alternative Vegan Thanksgiving Menu for catering. With trays of vegetable lasagna, stuffed shells, macaroni & “cheese”, mashed potatoes, various soups and salads, desserts and more. Thanksgiving, they will be open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 am – 3 pm and then closed for the remainder of the week. All catering orders must be place by November 21st and will be available for pick up on Wednesday. You can call 941-492-6232 or order online at EatSeedToTable.com

GitChewSum BBQ

GitChewSum BBQ is a local catering business here in Venice. Family-run and operated, this competition level BBQ is a flavor not to be missed. Let them handle all your catering needs, starting with Thanksgiving! Learn more about their food truck on our Food Truck Guide.

Please contact (941) 915-2662 or gitchewsumbbq@gmail.com to place your orders today. There are several packages to choose from!

1. Turkey Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 150.00 (20% Savings)

  • 13lb Turkey
  • Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans)
  • Gravy
  • Dinner Roll w/ butter
  • A Gallon of Sweet Tea
  • Cheesecake

2. Ham (Sugardale Hams) Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 150.00 (20% Savings)

  • 8 lb Ham
  • Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans)
  • Gravy
  • Dinner Rolls w/ butter
  • A gallon of Sweet Tea
  • Cheesecake

3. Brisket Package (Feeds 10-12) – $ 170.00 (19% Savings)

  • 6lbs Brisket
  • Choice of 3 sides (Mashed Potatoes Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, or Green Beans)
  • Gravy
  • Dinner Roll w/ butter
  • A gallon of Sweet Tea
  • Cheesecake



  • Smoked Turkey 12-14lbs. – $ 60.00
  • Smoked Sugar Cured Ham 7-9lbs (Sugardale Hams) – $ 60.00
  • Smoked Brisket 6lbs – $ 90.00 Sides (1/2 Pan) –

Side Dishes – $25.00 (Per side)

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Green Beans

Add Ons:

  • Cranberry Jelly 1/2 Qt. – $ 5.00
  • Dinner Rolls w/butter pads 16 – $10.00
  • Turkey Gravy Quart – $10.00
  • Cheesecake 8″ round – $20.00
  • Sweet Tea 1 Gallon – $ 5.00

Minimum Order $50.00 Deliveries within a 25-mile radius. Contact us at (941) 915-2662 or gitchewsumbbq@gmail.comPlease share with family and friends!

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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