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Thanksgiving in Branson - 29 Places to Find a Delicious Holiday Meal!

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Thanksgiving in Branson - 29 Places to Find a Delicious Holiday Meal!

Spending any holiday in Branson is a big treat, but there’s something extra special about Thanksgiving, especially when it comes to dining out - this isn’t the time to settle for whatever you can find around the corner!  Where you eat is important...what you eat needs to be feel like it fits in with your family traditions...but what’s most important at Thanksgiving is the company you keep, and there’s no better place for keeping good company than Branson!  

We hope we’ve found some helpful Thanksgiving dining options for you, no matter the size of your party, or whether you want a holiday afternoon meal or an evening supper.  If you’re looking to celebrate low key and prefer something to take back to your hotel and munch on while watching the game, no worries, there will be plenty of places to find burgers or a pizza!  (Remember, the Christmas season has arrived in Branson! Check out this post for ideas on where to enjoy holiday lights: Branson Christmas Lights - 11 Great Places to Find the Sparkle!)

Before we begin our list, let’s all be thankful for the restaurants in Branson who’ll have their doors open, ensuring that everyone who wants to enjoy a great meal on Thanksgiving has a “home away from home” for this festive holiday!  While we’re at it...let’s be thankful for family, friends, our nation’s veterans and active duty military, and for the other heroes in our lives, from firefighters to teachers - police officers to community volunteers - this country’s a better place because of the work they do and the sacrifices they make to do it.

IMPORTANT:  If you’ll be in Branson for Thanksgiving with a large family or other group and plan to dine out, please call your restaurant to give them advance notice - even those that don’t require reservations will appreciate the call and be better prepared to provide the best possible customer service.

Dining Options Unique to Branson

Big Cedar Lodge - Devil’s Pool Restaurant - Big Cedar is famous for their incredible holiday and special event brunches, and Thanksgiving is no exception!  Both holiday items as well as other menu selections will be available in a fabulous brunch throughout the day. (SPECIAL NOTICE:  Reservations are required - seats for Thanksgiving won’t last long!)

Time:  10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Brunch served all day.  Contact: 800.225.6343

Big Cedar Lodge - Worman House - The popular, long-standing Thanksgiving tradition continues at the beautiful Worman House, where they’ll be serving a holiday brunch that includes a carving station with Roasted Turkey.  (SPECIAL NOTICE:  Reservations are required - seats for Thanksgiving won’t last long!)

Time:  9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Brunch served all day.  Contact: 417.335.2777

Location:  Devil’s Pool and Worman House at Big Cedar Lodge - 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale

Branson’s Center Stage Grille & Bar - Excellent food and live entertainment keep happy guests returning time and again!  They’ll be offering their annual Thanksgiving buffet that includes a carving station with Turkey, Prime Rib, and Baked Ham, Salad Bar, Stuffing, Mashed and Candied Sweet Potatoes, and an impressive array of Desserts that includes Pumpkin and Pecan Pies, and more. Reservations recommended - Adults: $30 and Children (5-12): $12

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Location: 1810 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.320.6079

Buckingham’s Prime Rib & Steakhouse - A popular choice in Branson for Prime Rib and other tasty meats, Buckingham’s will be serving a special Thanksgiving Day brunch you won’t soon forget!     

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Location: 2820 West Highway 76, Branson  Contact: 417.337.7777

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center - One of Branson’s most grand resorts will be serving up their annual Thanksgiving buffet in the Great Hall, and an upgraded buffet in the Grille and Atrium. Stunning Christmas decorations and their annual Candy House display make for a festive atmosphere!  (SPECIAL NOTICE:  Reservations are required - the Chateau is currently sold out for 2018 - reserve early for 2019!)  

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Great Hall and 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Grille & Atrium  Location: 415 N State Highway 265, Branson  Contact: 888.333.5253

Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House - They’ll be tossing rolls and serving turkey (sorry, no turkey-tossing allowed) with all the fancy fixins’ for Thanksgiving at Fall Creek!  

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Location: 997 Highway 165, Branson   Contact: 417.336.5060

Flat Creek Bar & Grill - Looking for a traditional Thanksgiving meal?  Check out Flat Creek - a nice scenic drive from Branson in Cape Fair.  You can enjoy dining at the restaurant or opt for their Thanksgiving-To-Go.  Dine-in menu includes Classic Baked Turkey, Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Sweet Baked Rolls with choice of Pie. Adults: $15.99 and Children: $8.99  (Complete family meal-to-go that serves up to eight: $119.99)

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Location: 7847 State Highway 173, Cape Fair   Contact: 417.538.4802

Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano - If you’re looking for authentic and scrumptious Italian food for the holiday, Florentina’s will be offering their popular menu of items, including Brick-Oven Pizza, Pastas, Salads, and more.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Location:  2690 Green Mountain Drive, Branson   Contact: 417.337.9882

Grand Country Buffet at Grand Country Resort & Waterpark - You can always count on one of Branson’s premier buffets for the best in homestyle comfort foods!  Oven-Roasted Turkey with Homemade Stuffing and Potatoes dressed up for Thanksgiving is the type of traditional treats you’ll find at Grand Country.  (Hint: Salad bar junkies will love this place!)

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Location: 1945 West Highway 76, Branson  Contact: 888.514.1088

The Great American Steak & Chicken House - It’s not hard to find this fun dining spot - just look for the gigantic chicken at the entrance!  They’ll be serving up a Thanksgiving buffet, complete with Turkey, Ham, and all the fixins’, as well as Fried Chicken, Chicken ‘n Dumplins’, and a full salad bar.

Time:  7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Thanksgiving buffet replaces breakfast at 11:00 a.m.)   Location: 2421 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 888.363.9880

Keeter Center’s Dobyn’s Dining Room - There’s probably no meal in the area as popular as brunch at the Keeter Center, and Thanksgiving is even more incredible!  Campus-Smoked Hampshire Ham, Hickory-Smoked Prime Rib, Turkey Breast with House-Made Giblet Gravy, Oysters on the Half-Shell, Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing, a Pastry Table with at least 20 sweets, and the huge list goes on...and on...and on!  (SPECIAL NOTICE:  Reservations are highly recommended - seats for Thanksgiving won’t last long!)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Location: College of the Ozarks - 1 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout   Contact:  417.690.2100

Level 2 Steakhouse - Boasting elegant, contemporary decor, this upscale eatery will offer a special holiday brunch featuring House-Smoked & Oven Roasted Turkey, Orange & Ginger Glazed Salmon, and Dijon & Herb Crusted Prime Rib, along with an array of Salads and Sides that include Herbed Cornbread Stuffing, and a selection of breakfast treats and desserts.   Reservations recommended.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.   Location:  Branson Convention Center Hilton in Historic Downtown Branson, 200 East Main Street   Contact:  417.243.3433

Main Street Lake Cruises - Lake Taneycomo’s only dinner cruise, you’ll enjoy an amazing Thanksgiving meal aboard the luxury Landing Princess yacht!  Your meal includes Brown Sugar-Glazed Smoked Ham, Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy, Mashed and Sweet Potatoes, Holiday Stuffing, and more.  Reservations required and in high demand!

Time:  12:00 noon boarding for lunch at 12:45 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m. boarding for dinner at 4:45 p.m.   Location:  9 South Boardwalk, Branson Landing - just south of Bass Pro   Contact:  417.239.3980

McFarlain’s Family Restaurant - Discover a special Thanksgiving Feast filled with homestyle comfort foods that include McFarlain’s famous Fresh-Baked Honey Cornbread!

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Location: IMAX Entertainment Complex, 3562 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson   Contact: 417.336.4680

Outback Steak & Oyster Bar - Nope, it’s not that Outback, this Aussie-style restaurant is a Branson dining landmark that prepares a fabulous menu for Thanksgiving!  

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Location: 1914 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.334.6306

Paradise Grill & Steakhouse - One of Branson’s best-kept steak secrets, Paradise is also famous for their food bar!  Expect to see a phenomenal Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday!

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Location: 3250 Shepherd of the Hills Expy, Branson  Contact: 417.334.5405

Pasghetti’s Italian Restaurant - Another Branson eatery that’s hard to miss - just look for the giant meatball on a fork!  They’ll be offering a special Thanksgiving meal in their unique dining room.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Location: 3129 West Highway 76, Branson    Contact: 417.335-0690

Plaza View Restaurant - Offering a lovely Branson view from atop the Grand Plaza Hotel, the Plaza View will be laying out a holiday buffet in their spacious dining space to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Location: 245 North Wildwood, Branson   Contact: 417.335.2798

The Pointe Bar & Grill - A favorite location for golf, the clubhouse restaurant is open to the public - they’ll be offering a Thanksgiving buffet in a comfortable and casual atmosphere. Reservations recommended.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Location: 142 Clubhouse Drive, Branson   Contact: 417.334.0634

Stage Door Restaurant - A special Thanksgiving buffet will be set up with Turkey, Ham, Beef, lots of Sides, Salads, and incredible scratch-made Desserts, in addition to the traditional Pumpkin and Pecan Pies.  You’ll find the Stage Door at the Welk Resort in the theater building. Adults: $21.95 and Children (12 & under): $9.95

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Location: 1984 State Highway 165, Branson   Contact: 417.337.5056

Top of the Rock - Arnie’s Barn - One of the best lake views in the Ozarks, and a fantastic meal, too, it’s sure to be a wonderful Thanksgiving at Arnie’s!  A holiday brunch includes entrees, salads, appetizers, desserts, and a carving station, as well as breakfast items.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Contact: 800.225.6343

Top of the Rock - Buffalo Bar - That fantastic Thanksgiving brunch will also be available in the bar.

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.   Contact: 800.225.6343

Top of the Rock - Osage Restaurant - Top of the Rock’s most elegant dining experience is still comfy and casual, offering Thanksgiving Brunch that includes breakfast items, salads, appetizers, entrees, and a carving station. Cover your eyes if you want to resist dessert until after your turkey!

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.   Contact: 800.225.6343  Location:  Arnie’s Barn, Buffalo Bar, and Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock - 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale  

Familiar Restaurants

If you prefer your Thanksgiving meal in familiar surroundings, you’ll have lots of options in Branson for holiday dining at the following family-friendly, comfort food favorites:

Bob Evans Restaurant:  Thanksgiving to-go or dine-in!  Diners will choose from Turkey & Dressing, Hickory Smoked Ham, or Country-Fried Steak, with three sides, endless bread, and a slice of pie - choices include Pumpkin and Apple - yum - for $14.99.  Breakfast will still be served all day, too. Thanksgiving take-out is available as the Farmhouse Feast or a nice selection of Holiday Family Meals (pie included!)

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.   Location: 801 West Main Street, Branson   Contact: 417.336.2023

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store:  Dine in or take home ready-to-serve or ready-to-heat - it’s the best of all holiday worlds!  A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served in-house with Turkey and fixins’, including Sweet Potato Casserole. The take-home Homestyle Turkey Family Meal includes favorites like Cornbread Dressing, and it’s hot and ready to serve.  The Meal Kit is chilled, with Turkey Breasts and sides ready to heat. (The regular menu is also available for guests dining in.)

Time: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.   Location: 3765 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.335.3003

Denny’s Restaurant:  Now offering seasonal menu items, including new stuff like the Pumpkin Spice Pancake or Cinnamon Roll Pancake Breakfast - wow!  There’s a Turkey & Dressing Dinner and a Holiday Turkey Melt, as well as the to-go Thanksgiving Dinner Pack. (Note: To-Go is online ordering only.)

Time:  24 Hours   Location: 2335 West Highway 76, Branson  Contact: 417.339.3670

Golden Corral:  The world’s largest Golden Corral (and, in our opinion, the one with the best food!) will be laying out a sensational Thanksgiving buffet!  Slow-Roasted Beef, Carved Turkey and Ham, Homestyle Cornbread Stuffing, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Coconut Cake, plus the usual enormous buffet.  (A take-out holiday meal is also available.) No reservations required.

Time: After 4:00 p.m. daily for a limited time - after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday   Location: 3551 Shepherd of the Hills Expressway, Branson   Contact: 417.336.6297

Montana Mike’s Steakhouse:  This popular steakhouse will be serving a special “Thanksgiving Day Cut” - a Hand-Cut 12oz Prime Rib, served with your choice of Potato, a fresh Dinner Salad, and a Fresh-Baked Roll.  $18.99 (Not valid with any other discount.)

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.   Location:  3225 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.334.2766

Shoney’s:  A special Thanksgiving buffet will be loaded with holiday favorites, including Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potato Casserole, Collard Greens, Fried Chicken, Mac ‘n Cheese, and more - plus a free slice of Pumpkin Pie!  Adults: $16.99 and Kids (5-10): $7.99 Kids under 4 are free with a paid adult meal.

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.   Location: 1950 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.335.6855

Shorty Small’s:  A great place for burgers and barbecue...just wait until you experience a holiday meal at Shorty’s!  Expect traditional Thanksgiving favorites with a special Shorty Small’s touch!

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.   Location: 2600 West Highway 76, Branson   Contact: 417.337.9716

Travelling for Thanksgiving, but still want to feel “at home” for the holiday?  Well, just hang onto this list of unique dining spots and familiar favorites so that you and yours can enjoy the smells, flavors, festivity, and fellowship that makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving at “home” in Branson this year!