Where to Eat Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner in Destin

Autumn is a beautiful time of the year in Destin. But hey, who are we kidding?  Isn’t any time of the year beautiful here? The beach is beautiful. It’s still warm, the water is still a tolerable temperature, and most importantly, getting up and down Hwy 98 is a breeze! So if you’re lucky enough to be in town for Thanksgiving, lucky you! 

Whether you are looking to take the family out or need help with a great spread at home, we are here to help you – So read on! 

Dining Out

Harbor Docks

Harbor Docks will be hosting its 28th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served, free of charge. Donations are accepted and appreciated. All proceeds go to the Destin Harvest and Habitat for Humanity. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. 

Free of charge – Donations accepted

Phone:  (850) 837-2506

Address: 538 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

Beach Walk Cafe

Beach Walk Cafe – Henderson Park Inn

How does beachfront dining sound for Thanksgiving? Beach Walk Cafe at Henderson Park Inn is front and center to the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! Reservations are a must here. Guest must be 13 years or older as Henderson Park Inn is an adults-only resort. Guest attire is Resort Casual. 

November 24th, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. 

Four Course Meal $75 per person. $85 To Go option. 

Reservations: (850) 650-7100

Address: 2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL 32541

Marina Cafe

Marina Cafe Thanksgiving Menu

What better place to celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved one than at the beloved Marina Cafe? Marina Cafe has huge floor-to-ceiling windows allowing diners beautiful views of the Harbor. Reservations are a must and guest attire is Resort Casual. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 7 P.M. 

Buffet  $58 Adults/$28 12 & under/5 and under eat free

Menu: Follow this link for the menu and click on the Annual Thanksgiving Buffet link

Reservations: (850) 837-7960

Address: 404 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

The Henderson Beach Resort

The Henderson Resort Thanksgiving Buffet

The beautiful Henderson Beach Resort is the most delicious option we can think of for Thanksgiving. Seafood, meat carving stations, enormous tables filled with sides, charcuterie, salads, and more. Make sure to save room for all of the beautiful desserts as well. You must have reservations. The dress code is Resort Casual. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. 

Buffet $95 Adults/$35 Kids/Free for 6 yrs and under

Reservations: Online or call (850) 741-2777

Address: 200 Henderson Resort Way, Destin, FL 32541

The Crab Trap

The Crab Trap Thanksgiving

The Crab Trap is situated on Old 98 right on the beach. This is a very family-friendly restaurant. The atmosphere is laid back. The Crab Trap doesn’t take reservations. It’s first come first serve.  If there’s a wait, the kids can play on the beach while you soak up the sun, the sugar sand, and the gorgeous emerald waters. What better way to dine out for Thanksgiving, right?

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 7 P.M.

Traditional Plated Dinner $38.99 Adults/$16.99 Kids 

Additional Menu Options Available

You may view the menu online here.

Phone: (850) 654-2722

Address: 3500 Scenic Hwy. 98 East, Destin, FL 32541


790 – Thanksgiving Buffet

Come to 790 for Thanksgiving with a delicious Louisiana flair! Carved ham and turkey, gumbo, rice dressing, cornbread dressing, and bread pudding for dessert are only a few of the holiday dishes you’ll find on this buffet. You and your loved ones will definitely be saying “Ca C’est Bon!” Mais, you can’t beat that!  Reservations are highly recommended. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M 

Buffet $38 Adults/$15 Children ages 6-12

You May View a Menu Here

Reservations: (850) 650-4853

Address: 14073 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida 32541

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

AJ’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day offering their full menu plus some Thanksgiving extras. Come watch NFL football on the jumbotron and starting at 4 P.M. live bands! 

November 24th, 11 A.M. 

Full Menu plus Thanksgiving additions

Phone: (850) 837-1913

Address: 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541

Chipper’s BBQ

Chipper’s Thanksgiving Menu

Chipper’s BBQ is offering dine-in or take-out Thanksgiving dinners. Comfort food at it’s best here. Oven-roasted turkey breast and a selection of sides to choose from will surely make your Thanksgiving complete. Reservations needed. 

November 24th, 1 P.M. – 6 P.M. 

Oven Roasted Turkey plus a choice of sides

$36 Adults/$15 Children 10 and under

Dine-In or Take-Out

Menu Available on Chipper’s Website

Reservations: (850) 353-2753

Address: 4419 Commons Dr. E Suite 101, Destin, FL 32541

Surf Hut

Surf Hut Thanksgiving Dinner

Enjoy Thanksgiving at the Surf Hut for their Blessings on the Beach. A plated dinner will be served along with a limited menu. Seating is first come first serve. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than the beachfront? If there is a wait, you and your family can head out to the beach and take pictures all while giving Thanks for all of the Blessings in your lives. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 7 P.M. 

Plated turkey dinner with traditional sides. 

$38.99 Adults/$16.99 Children

Dine-In First come first serve.

Full Menu Available Here

Phone: (850) 460-7750

Address:551 Scenic Gulf Dr, Destin, FL 32550

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Ruth’s Chris Thanksgiving Dinner

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is offering both Dine-In and Take-Home options this Thanksgiving. Diners are served sliced roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry relish, and gravy for the main and then get a choice for a starter, a side, and a dessert. Please note, Ruth’s Chris will also have a regular menu available all day, as well.  Reservations are a must. 

November 24th, 11 A.M. – 8 P.M.

Thanksgiving Dinner Option Dine In/Take Home 

$44 Adults/$17 Children (Dine In) 

Take-Home $175 serves 4 (other sides available for purchase)


Thanksgiving Menu HERE   Full Menu HERE

Telephone: 850-837-7884

Address: 15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Silver Shells Resort

Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Thanksgiving

Cracker Barrel is tried and true, home cooking. You and your family can head over to Cracker Barrel on Thanksgiving (make sure to get your name on the “Join Waitlist”) and enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal that will warm the cockles of your heart! If you don’t feel like going out, place your pick up order ahead of time. Plenty of options to choose from! 

November 24th, 7 A.M. – 9 P.M. 

Dine In
Take Home – Choose from Family Feasts or order individual items 

Telephone: 850-269-3344

Address: 34930 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32451

Take Home Thanksgiving

If you and your family are thinking of a quiet meal at home or even hosting a house full of relatives, this could be the option for you. Below are a few suggestions on bringing Thanksgiving home to your house. Be sure to check the listings above as some also offer “Take Home” options! 

AJ’s Rocking L Specialty Meats and Gourmet Market

Choose from pre-fix Family Feasts or pick and choose your own menu. AJ’s has entree’s, sides, soups, salads, and apps. Make sure to get your order in soon! 

See Menu Here

Phone: (850) 279-4098

Address: 872 US-98 Unit #19, Destin, FL 32541

Fresh Market

Fresh Market is offering a wide variety of Family Meal packages as well as individual items. Meats include whole turkey, turkey breast, lamb, ham, and prime rib. Traditional sides that include their delicious mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more! Be sure to leave room for dessert!

Fresh Market Thanksgiving Menu

Phone: (850) 650-0989

Address: 4495 Commons Dr W, Destin, FL 32541

Honey Baked Ham

Honey Baked Ham is known for their yummy spiral cut hams and sides. For Thanksgiving they have added turkey as well to the menu. Choose from set menus or order items individually. Get your order in soon. 

Honey Baked Ham Thanksgiving Menu

Phone: (850) 650-2636

Address: 530 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32451

We hope this list will help you with your Thanksgiving dining decisions. It can be overwhelming! Did we miss a favorite of your’s? If so, Let Us Know!

Til next time!


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