Bistro Soleil Does a Thanksgiving Buffet

Spend Thanksgiving in Marco Island with a Thanksgiving buffet at Bistro Soleil.

By Anthony

November 19, 2019

Holiday season is suddenly upon us with Thanksgiving looming right around the corner. In a few short weeks, it will be turkey time, and we will be feasting with family! Marco Island is a great place to relax and treat yourself, which might mean taking a backseat as it comes to cooking a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

French Cuisine in Florida

Bistro Soleil, a restaurant attached to The Olde Marco Inn, is a local spot to grab a quick bite to eat with a bit more luxury than a regular cafe. Run by Chef Denis Meurge from France, and his wife Lisa, Bistro Soleil prides itself on serving “authentic gourmet French cuisine.” This authentic French cuisine takes a break for our traditional American holiday as Bistro Soleil provides an authentic Thanksgiving buffet for Marco Island residents and visitors.

On November 28th, Thanksgiving Day, beginning at noon, Bistro Soleil is accepting reservations for their holiday feast. Varying from non-traditional Thanksgiving foods like lobster bisque, smoked salmon, and key lime pie while incorporating dishes like roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and more. Of course, Bistro Soleil is celebrated for its delectable seafood, so it’s no surprise that it’s making an appearance this Thanksgiving! A guest of the restaurant during a past Thanksgiving buffet writes that it was a “wonderful Thanksgiving dinner…the cozy and warm atmosphere make this restaurant a real ‘treat’ for the holidays.” They said it best!

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Holiday Shopping in Marco Island

Now that it’s November, the temperature is dropping more every day as we eek closer to winter. For warm-weather lovers or those who need an escape from the cold, Marco Island is the perfect getaway. The predicted weather for Marco Island on Thanksgiving Day is 81 degrees and mostly sunny, which sounds fantastic right about now! While temperatures across the country are fluctuating, Floridians are nice and warm throughout the holiday season.

Another excellent aspect of visiting Marco Island at this time of year is the opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done! The shopping center, only a few minutes from Marco Island Lakeside Inn, is loaded with local shops (and some chain stores if that’s your thing)! The Marco Town Center Mall is referred to as “the center of it all” due to the vast array of stores and restaurants, not to mention the live shows and concerts. Additionally, the Esplanade Shoppes are a collection of “coastal Italian-style” stores. A short 5-minute drive from Marco Island Lakeside Inn, these shops – reachable by car or boat – are well worth the trip.

Marco Island area esplanade fountain
Fountain at the Esplanade Shoppes.

While you’re in town for a delicious Thanksgiving buffet at Bistro Soleil, check out Night Lights in the Naples Botanical Garden! The day after Thanksgiving, Saturday, November 29th (and going until December 23rd), Naples Botanical Garden will light up a path for patrons to enjoy, along with live music and tasty food! Tickets start at $15 for adults and $8 for kids, with children under four allowed in free of charge.

In Naples, a few minutes from Marco Island, you can catch the annual Christmas tree lighting at The Village Shops, also on Saturday, November 29th! Santa will visit the Village Shops, and provide lots of family-friendly activities like face painting and a “magical snow show”!

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Home-Base at Marco Island Lakeside Inn

With all of this happening around Marco Island, you’ll need an excellent place to call home-base. Luckily for you, we think we have a pretty good option! The island’s only freshwater lake houses Marco Island Lakeside Inn, and the sandy lakeshore beach creates a peaceful oasis with old Florida charm. Open year-round, this warm-weather destination is perfect for escaping the cold. With over 25 rooms, you’re bound to find the right fit for your stay! Our not-too-big, not-too-small, just-right boutique hotel fits perfectly in Marco Island, and you’ll feel right at home when you visit.

Marco Island Lakeside Inn exterior sign

Don’t stress over Thanksgiving this year. When you take a treat-yourself vacation to Marco Island, you can feel the stress of cooking for the entire family melting away! Join us at Bistro Soleil for a gourmet Thanksgiving meal and enjoy quality time with friends, family, or both. November is a great time in Marco Island, with holiday festivities all around. You might even get some Black Friday holiday shopping done at one of the many nearby boutiques!

We look forward to seeing you soon!


About Beachtree

Beachtree Properties specializes in personalized guest stays at several leisure vacation destinations across the United States, including Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Moloka’i, Hawaii, South Lake Tahoe, California, Marco Island, Florida and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. The collection of inns and small hotels provides travelers unique experiences. Our management values local character, recognizes the individuality of each property and ensures well-appointed accommodations, quality amenities and friendly staff in convenient locations and relaxed atmospheres. For more information, please visit