Finding places to eat on a holiday can be a challenge, especially on Thanksgiving. If you want to skip the drudgery or just switch up your holiday plans, look no further than these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale.


You’ll come for the food but stay for the ambiance at Boatyard, one of several restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale. Boatyard is a brand-new Fort Lauderdale waterfront dining destination and with the motto, “eat local, be coastal,” it doesn’t disappoint. From Charred Octopus to Florida Paella, there’s something for most seafood lovers. Although turkey might be limited to the Turkey Club, this is the perfect place to celebrate any holiday, especially since they also offer a full liquor bar with handcrafted cocktails in addition to a beer and wine list.

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Gilbert's 17th Street Grill

Gilbert’s casual vibes make this restaurant an ideal place to have a less formal but nonetheless delicious holiday meal as they will be open on Thanksgiving as well. Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill is a family-run business that serves up burgers, ribs, soups, and salads. Turkey isn’t mentioned on their regular menu, but their blackboard specials change often and may feature Thanksgiving-esque items that week. However, you may still want to opt for a burger since many claim that their burgers are the best they’ve ever had! Hot tip: Mrs. Gilbert’s Key Lime Pie and Cheesecake are must-trys!

S3 Restaurant

With a more upscale vibe, Sun Surf Sand is a trendy and delicious spot to visit this Thanksgiving as they will be open on the holiday. With coastal cuisine including fresh-cut fish, premium meat, and a large sushi as well as oceanfront dining, S3 will add some flair to your Thanksgiving meal. From Double-Cut Lamb Chops to their Tuna Pizza, S3 provides magical creations. S3 also allows for private events!

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Whether you’re looking for a cultural twist on Thanksgiving traditions or escape into an upscale atmosphere, check out these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderale.

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Gilbert's 17th Street Grill
Restaurant $
1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33316
Voted in Sun Sentinel as the 2010 "Best Burger in South Florida" Gilbert's 17th's Street Grill is a family owned and operated restaurant that serves up great...
S3 Restaurant
4.8  5 Rating (1)
505 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33304
The ultimate wave in oceanfront dining, S3—where sun, surf and sand uniquely fuse with steak, seafood and sushi. It serves an eclectic mix of fresh coastal...
Galuppi's Restaurant, Patio Bar & Banquets
Bar $$
1103 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach FL, 33062
Galuppi's offers a full scale menu, beginning with breakfast and continuing through the dinner hour. We offer an incredible Brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m....
Shooters Waterfront Cafe
4.4  5 Rating (3)
3033 NE 32nd Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33308
Shooters has become a "must see" location for travellers. With an inside/outside dining area, the locals and tourists alike fully enjoy.
DUNE by Laurent Tourondel
Bar & Restaurant $$
2200 North Ocean Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale FL, 33305
Michelin-star chef, Laurent Tourondel brings you an elegant oceanfront dining experience like no other. Contemporary American cuisine includes Asian and Italian influences.