There’s nothing like spending a holiday in Branson! Everyone gets so busy preparing for Christmas that their favorite day of feasting is often overlooked -- or maybe just reduced to pizza while watching football. This year, let’s remember to take a day to say “thank you” -- thanks to our families -- thanks to our friends and neighbors -- thanks to the veterans who’ve made our freedoms possible -- thanks to the emergency professionals who come to our aid, and to officers of the law who protect us -- and thanks to a higher power who makes everything possible.
Now, let’s say “thanks” to all the restaurants and dining spots in Branson who open their doors for this special holiday!
Here are great places to eat that are unique to Branson -- you won’t find them in any other destination:
Big Cedar Lodge - Devil’s Pool Restaurant - A holiday, buffet-style brunch featuring lunch and breakfast items, including made-to-order omelets, special entrees, salads, soup, Herb Roasted Turkey, and dessert will be available, as well as holiday dinner offerings. Reservations are required.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Brunch - Dinner served at 5:00 p.m. 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 breakfast, as well as their dinner buffet featuring appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, and a carving station with Roasted Turkey, Maple Glazed Ham, and Prime Rib. Reservations are required.
Time: Breakfast - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner - served until 8:00 p.m. 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 - Quickly becoming famous for their excellent food and live entertainment, this popular and fun restaurant is, once again, offering their annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (operating hours may differ for the holiday) Contact: 417.320.6079
Location: 1810 West Highway 76, Branson
Buckingham’s Prime Rib & Steakhouse - Sporting an eclectic, safari-accented decor, this long-time Branson staple is famous for prime rib and other excellent meat entrees. For the holiday, they’ll be serving a special Thanksgiving Day Brunch that’s truly inspired!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: 2820 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.337.7777
Castle Rock Resort & Waterpark’s Tower Grill - A tasty traditional Thanksgiving spread will be served in the Grill. The meal with beverage for adults is $15.99 - for children ages four (4) to eleven (11) it’s $7.99 - children three (3) and under are free-of-charge. You can save 10% if you make reservations by Monday, November 2, 2017.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Location: 3001 Green Mountain Drive Contact: 417.336.6000
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center - The beautiful Chateau Grille will be offering select menu items as well as a Thanksgiving buffet, and a buffet-style brunch will be available in Chateau’s Great Hall. Both dining events have limited seating, so make reservations early for Chateau’s popular Thanksgiving dining celebration!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: 415 N State Highway 265, Branson Contact: 888.333.5253
Fall Creek Steak & Catfish House - The happy home of tossed rolls will be offering a Thanksgiving meal of your favorite comfort foods! Don’t worry, there won’t be any turkey-tossing goin’ on!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: 997 Highway 165, Branson Contact: 417.336.5060
Flat Creek Bar & Grill - They’ll be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal with a Flat Creek twist! They’re offering both dine-in dinner and a Thanksgiving-To-Go. Dine-in menu includes Turkey, Glazed Ham, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Sweet Baked Rolls.
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 not in the mood for turkey, Florentina’s will be open for Thanksgiving Day, and they’re offering their usual menu of excellent Italian fare, including brick-oven pizza. (The only other location for Florentina’s is just north of Branson in Springfield, Missouri.)
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Location: 2690 Green Mountain Drive, Branson Contact: 417.337.9882
Grand Country Buffet at Grand Country Resort & Waterpark - Satisfying comfort food done up holiday style! Oven-Roasted Turkey with Homemade Stuffing and Sweet Potato Pecan Casserole are just a couple of the mouth-watering treats you’ll discover. And you’ll love the well-stocked Soup and Salad Bar!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: 1945 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 888.514.1088
The Great American Steak & Chicken House - The restaurant you just can’t miss along Highway 76 -- maybe it’ll be the chicken at the entrance, the one that measures an impressive 43-feet-tall, that’ll catch your eye! Nearly neighbors with Tanger Outlets, the big chicken invites you to a special Thanksgiving buffet for the holiday!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to Closing (usually 9:00 p.m.) Location: 2421 West Highway 76, Branson
Keeter Center’s Dobyn’s Dining Room at College of the Ozarks - Brunch at the Keeter Center is popular year-round, but their Thanksgiving Brunch is truly unforgettable! They’ll serve hand-carved meats, have a Chef’s Table of dressing, gravy, potatoes, and more, along with salads, their Farmhouse items, the Market Station that includes New Orleans Shrimp, and a long list of sweet treats. Adults are $36.95, children six (6) to twelve (12) are $16.95, and children six (6) and under are free-of-charge.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Thanksgiving Brunch reservations are currently full; however, you can have your name added to a wait list.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: 1 Opportunity Avenue, Point Lookout Contact: 417.690.2100
Level 2 Steakhouse - One of Branson’s finest dining spots will be serving a family-style Thanksgiving Brunch. All courses will be served at your table, including a Baby Spinach Fall Salad, Citrus Brine Roasted Turkey, and Jalapeno Cornbread Stuffing. $45 per adult, $25 per child ages six (6) to twelve (12), and free-of-charge to children five (5) and under. Reservations recommended.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Branson Convention Center Hilton in Historic Downtown Branson, 200 East Main Street Contact: 417.243.3433
Main Street Lake Cruises - Enjoy a special Thanksgiving lunch or dinner cruise aboard the lovely Landing Princess yacht. Your homemade holiday meal will include Roasted Turkey and Baked Ham, a Tossed Mandarin Orange Salad, and more. Reserve early!
Time: 12:00 noon for boarding for lunch - 4:00 p.m. boarding for dinner Location: 9 South Boardwalk, Branson Landing - just south of Bass Pro Shops Contact: 417.239.3980
McFarlain’s Family Restaurant - A special Thanksgiving Feast will be served up until it’s gone! Sliced Turkey Breast or Ham, Cranberry Chutney, and Fresh-Baked Honey Cornbread are a just a few of the goodies you’ll find. SPECIAL NOTICE: Coupons will not be accepted for Thanksgiving.
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 - Not to be confused with the Outback Steakhouse chain, this one-of-a-kind Aussie-style eatery cooks up an incredible Thanksgiving!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: 1914 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.334.6306
Paradise Grill & Steakhouse - A Branson favorite for their juicy steaks and fabulous food bar, Paradise Grill will be laying out an incredible 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 - The giant meatball on a fork might be what brings people through the door, but the food keeps ‘em coming back for more! At Pasghetti’s, it’s sure to be a tasty Thanksgiving!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: 3129 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.335-0690
Plaza View Restaurant - Positioned atop the Grand Plaza Hotel, the views here are spectacular, and the buffet available on the Thanksgiving holiday is sure to make you plenty thankful!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: 245 North Wildwood, Branson Contact: 417.335.2798
Pointe Royale Bar & Grill - The dining spot that makes a “point” of delivering great food and friendly service is offering up a Thanksgiving buffet that’s more than just “par for the course!” Reservations recommended.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: 142 Clubhouse Drive, Branson Contact: 417.334.0634, ext. 3
Stage Door Restaurant - Their year-round buffet dining is great, so the holiday spread they’ll put together for Thanksgiving is sure to be spectacular! You’ll find the Stage Door at the Welk Resort in the theater building.
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 - That stunning view comes with a Thanksgiving Brunch featuring sensational entrees, salads, appetizers, desserts, and a carving station, as well as breakfast items.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact: 800.225.6343
Top of the Rock - Osage Restaurant - Thanksgiving Brunch can also be found at the gorgeous Osage; it includes breakfast items, salads, appetizers, entrees, and a carving station. The desserts alone are worth a holiday visit!
Time: 11:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contact: 800.225.6343
Location: Arnie’s Barn and Osage Restaurant at Top of the Rock - 190 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale
If you want your Thanksgiving meal at a place that you already know and love, Branson has you covered! Here are a few familiar eateries delivering a happy holiday meal this year:
Bob Evans Restaurant - When it comes to good American comfort food, there’s nothing quite like Bob Evans -- and they’re sure to be serving up a great holiday meal for Thanksgiving!
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 - Another great option for familiar food in a fun atmosphere, one that’s ideal for a delicious holiday meal without all the preparation and dirty dishes at home! They’ll be offering a Thanksgiving menu all day.
Time: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Location: 3765 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.335-3003
Denny’s Restaurant - Not sure when your stomach rumbling will take precedent over watching football on Thanksgiving? No worries, there’s always great food waiting for you 24-7 at Denny’s!
Time: 24 Hours Location: 2335 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.339.3670
Golden Corral - The world’s largest Golden Corral will be laying out a spectacular Thanksgiving buffet! They’re known for good food that’s better than a typical budget-friendly buffet, so their holiday spread is sure to be extra special! No reservations required.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location: 3551 Shepherd of the Hills, Branson Contact: 417.336.6297
Lone Star Steakhouse - Your favorite place for steak will have a special Thanksgiving menu for the holiday, and if you’re not looking for traditional food, you can still get a Lone Star steak or other yummy entrees from their regular menu!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: 201 South Wildwood Road, Branson Contact: 417.336.5030
Shoney’s - Popular any time of year, they’ll be open at 7:00 a.m. for dining from their regular menu, then at 11:00 a.m., you can order a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Location: 1950 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.335.6855
Shorty Small’s - They’re busy putting together a Thanksgiving Treats menu, but if you have something other than turkey on your mind, like maybe barbecue or a burger -- no worries, their regular menu will be available, too!
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Location: 2600 West Highway 76, Branson Contact: 417.337.9716
Texas Land & Cattle - This Branson Landing staple will be serving a special turkey dinner, and they’ll even have it to go! That’s right, they can assemble your whole holiday meal and have it ready for pick up on Thanksgiving Day. SPECIAL NOTICE: Pick up orders must be reserved by November 22.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Location: 915 Branson Landing Blvd, Branson Contact: 417.337.8200
With a list of fantastic places to enjoy a perfect holiday meal, it’s easy to see why spending Thanksgiving in Branson will be the best holiday decision you’ve ever made!