How to Spend Thanksgiving at the Beach

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We’re so lucky here in South Walton because so many restaurants open up for Thanksgiving Day, inviting people in for delicious feasts to celebrate the holidays. So, if you’re away from home — or just don’t want to deal with the dishes — here is our round-up of how to spend Thanksgiving on 30A.

Kick off the morning — and justify that extra slice of pumpkin pie — by running the 30A Thanksgiving Day 10K or Family Fun Run in Rosemary Beach. There’s still time to register!

To cook at home:

While the options below are primarily for eating out, if you’re looking to cook in, the friendly team at  For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach has organic and free-range turkey options, ready to roast and serve with their wide range of healthy, affordable produce, including organic brussels sprouts and locally grown organic green beans. Yum! Call 850-267-0558 to reserve a turkey.

Where to grab Thanksgiving Dinner in South Walton:


This year, Local Catch will serve up a Southern-style Thanksgiving feast from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from roasted turkey, prime rib or grouper, all the sides and dessert. (Plus a bottomless mimosa option!) Find more info on their Facebook page. And, don’t miss their big Thanksgiving party on Friday night, featuring the Forrest Williams Band. Festivities start at 9 p.m.

Trebeaché, the new sister restaurant to Stinky’s Fish Camp, is hosting an all-day ‘Grand Thanksgiving Buffet’ featuring the traditional dinner items along with some creative additions, including oysters on the half shell, chicken liver pate, boudin bites, wild boar and a round-up of delicious dessert options. Reservations are strongly recommended. Reserve your table here.

Stinky’s Fish Camp will also have several delicious options for Thanksgiving Day, including a fixed traditional turkey dinner or a three-course dinner. Their regular menu will be available, too, which means you can supplement your turkey with some fresh oysters! Thanksgiving is the only day of the year Stinky’s accepts reservations, and they are highly recommended.

Enjoy your dinner with breathtaking views while on board the SOLARIS yacht.
Enjoy your dinner with breathtaking views while on board the SOLARIS yacht.

For something different, book a cruise on the SOLARIS Yacht and enjoy a lavish Thanksgiving dinner actually ON the water. The menu includes turkey, ham, all the sides and traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Two cruises are available, one at noon and one at 6 p.m. Book your cruise here.

The Pearl at Rosemary Beach will be celebrating Thanksgiving all day with a brunch, lunch and dinner. Brunch will be a full buffet in The Pearl’s ball room with wine available for purchase and special pricing for kids.  Lunch and dinner will be served at Havana Beach Bar & Grill, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Service includes a complimentary hot mulled cider or hot toddy upon arrival. Choose your entrees from a special menu of items. Reservations are required and can be made online at The Pearl’s website.

The Hilton Sandestin‘s Thanksgiving Dinner buffet features one of the widest varieties of dishes including she-crab soup, BLT salad, New York strip, roasted duck, baked oysters and of course turkey and traditional sides. The dessert menu includes over a dozen different sweet items, all made in-house. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. See the full menu.

Vue on 30A will be open for a Thanksgiving brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner with your friends and family with one of the best views of the Gulf of Mexico in the area. Learn more and make a reservation here.

The critically acclaimed Fish Out of Water at Watercolor Inn & Resort will offer a Thanksgiving brunch with traditional breakfast items alongside traditional Thanksgiving items and fresh Gulf seafood including shrimp, crab, oysters and more. Brunch runs from from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., dinner kicks off with an a la carte menu and Thanksgiving specials.  See the full menu and make reservations online.

Old Florida Fish House will be open from noon to 6 p.m. with a special Thanksgiving meal on the coastal dune lake. Their regular menu, including sushi, will also be available. Get details here.

The Bay is serving Thanksgiving dinner on the shores of the Choctawhatchee Bay.

The Bay will have a special Thanksgiving menu available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a carving station with turkey, ham and garlic-roasted pork, a build-your-own pasta station, baked mahi, tons of sides and don’t forget the pies! Learn more here.

Bijoux Destin will be open Thanksgiving Day, serving a roasted turkey special, selected items from their regular menu and seasonal desserts. Yum! Reservations are highly recommended. Dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m.

Cuvee 30A will have their Thanksgiving Buffet available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., including Fried Louisiana turkey, New Orleans style BBQ shrimp, veggies and more. Learn more at their website.

Marie’s Bistro is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a traditional Thanksgiving buffet and a la carte items. Reservations are highly recommended.

Thanksgiving Dinners To Go

Shades Bar & Grill is closed on Thanksgiving, but you can order a Thanksgiving Dinner to go, including a fried turkey and sides. They have a limited quantity though, so call 850-231-9410 to reserve yours today!

Cowgirl Kitchen will have Thanksgiving dinners to take home with you. Order by Saturday, November 19, to enjoy turkey, praline sweet potatoes, 7-layer salad, pecan praline pie and more. Order online here.

Roux 30A will also be preparing a Thanksgiving menu to go. See the full menu and order online here.

The Hub 30A is prepping dinners, as well, with in-house smoked turkey and ham, cranberry sauce, local veggies and more. Check it out here.

Did we miss something? If you know of any other Thanksgiving Day events or meals, please let us know in the comments section or by emailing