What local restaurants are open in Sarasota-Manatee

Newlyweds Kristy Clements, left, and Gary Roose, right, of Tampa, met their friend Christopher Mouta, center, of Sarasota, for lunch at the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota in July. The oldest restaurant in Sarasota, the Gonzmart family-owned and operated Columbia will be open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for dine-in and takeout.

Don’t feel like spending basically the rest of the month preparing a massive meal? We’ve got you covered. Many of our favorite locally owned and operated restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties will be open Thanksgiving Day.

They’re mostly serving turkey dinners with traditional sides, often given creative twists, and holiday pies. There are also plenty of fresh seafood options as well as pasta dishes and premium steaks on limited and full menus. In addition, your favorite cocktails, wines and local craft beers will be served on Thanksgiving. 

The majority of restaurants featured offer outdoor seating as well as extensive takeout options. Reservations are highly recommended, sooner than later.

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