Dining guide: Thanksgiving dinner at a Tampa area restaurant
Don't want the hassle of stuffing a turkey and dealing with leftovers — or company? Here's a sampling — by no means a complete list — of restaurants serving a holiday feast. Columbia, various locations. The historic restaurant will serve Thanksgiving dinner at multiple locations from Sand Key to Ybor City. FYI, the café at the Tampa Bay History Center will be closed. You can go the traditional route or order from the regular dinner menu. Cost for adults is $21.95, $5.95 for children younger than 10. Make reservations at www.columbiarestaurant.com. Yacht StarShip, Channelside, Tampa, (813) 223-7999. Cruise Tampa Bay aboard this yacht that departs from the Channelside District. Two cruises feature a Thanksgiving buffet, entertainment and a cash bar. The first cruise boards at 11 a.m. for an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. cruise; the second cruise boards at 2:30 p.m. for a 3 to 5 p.m. cruise is sold out. Cost is $44.95 for adults and $29.95 for children. (Buffet prices do not include tax and other surcharges.) Don CeSar, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, (727) 360-1881. The Thanksgiving buffet is set up in the King Charles Ballroom, complete with a beautiful view of St. Pete Beach. The buffet includes seafood and traditional fare. Eat a few less mashed potatoes because there's a room devoted only to desserts. Cost is $64.95 for adults and $29.95 for children (free for kids younger than 4). Seating is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reservations are required.Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 N. Orient Road, Tampa, (866) 502-7529. The Fresh Harvest buffet is so plentiful, it will make your head spin. Not only is there a traditional turkey carving station, but also sushi, raw bar, grill station and pasta. It costs $27 and is served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, (813) 874-1234. The newly renovated hotel is offering holiday buffets at two of its restaurants — Oystercatchers and Petey Brown's. Both will be serving traditional comfort foods but also fresh, locally grown produce. Petey Brown's is serving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., $40 adults and $16.50 for children. Oystercatchers is serving from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., $65 adults, $25 children. Children age 5 and younger eat free at both. Reservations recommended. Pelagia Trattoria, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, (813) 313-3235 or www.pelagiatrattoria.com. Dozens of dishes are on the buffet, from the traditional carving stations to pastas, pizza and sushi. There also will be supervised activities for children and complimentary sparkling wine for adults. The restaurant will serve to 9 p.m. Only reservations after 7 p.m. are available. It's $40 for adults, $16.95 for children ages 3 to 12. Reservations are required. Timpano Italian Chophouse, 1610 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, (813) 254-5870. The restaurant in Hyde Park Village is offering a three-course meal that includes butternut squash soup, roasted duck and turkey and pumpkin cheesecake. It will be serving from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The price is $28.95 for adults; $12.95 for kids. You can also order off the regular menu. Saddlebrook, 5800 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. (813) 907-4401. Feast and then work off those calories by playing golf or tennis at this resort and spa in Pasco County. The Tropics Restaurant buffet boasts seafood, carving stations, paella and a sweet endings bar that is chock full of desserts. Dinner is served from noon to 5 p.m. It costs $48.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 5 to 12. Reservations are required. Lauro Ristorante, 3915 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 281-2100. The turkey dinner includes soup or salad and traditional side dishes such as green beans, potatoes, pumpkin pie and coffee. Price is $29.95 per person. The restaurant is open from 1 to 8 p.m. Call for reservations. You can also order from the regular menu.