There are some fantastic places in the Buffalo, New York area where you can dine out on Thanksgiving just because sometimes a family might feel like the preparation takes away from the true meaning of the day.
On Thanksgiving, the important thing is to spend time with those close to you so if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the burden of making your own feast, consider stepping out this Thanksgiving to one of the many restaurants that are open just for that reason.
Here, you'll find the best places open this Thanksgiving in Buffalo, New York.
Tucked away on the outskirts of downtown, you might be surprised to find a restaurant with such a contemporary atmosphere. Standing in the midst of large Victorian homes and in the shadow of recent development, 31 Club is an unexpected escape from the norm that Buffalo restaurants tend to offer.
This Thanksgiving, the restaurant is offering the unexpected again but serving up a variety of holiday dishes buffet style including glazed ham and prime rib, in addition to the classic turkey. There's also a spread of delicious sides and three types of dessert.
Situated right in the heart of Buffalo's Theatre District, Buffalo Chophouse has been a local favorite for years. They will be open on Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve. They are working on their menus for special dinners so watch the Facebook page for updates.
Their dining room will remain open regular hours, until 9 pm, and they will also be serving their usual menu as well.
Oliver's Restaurant is dazzling guests with an impressive and unique spin on traditional American fare. Contact the restaurant for details.
Dinner is being served from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Panorama on Seven
Panorama on Seven is the newest addition to this list, having opened within the past year. Situated on the seventh floor of the new HarborCenter downtown, the restaurant offers incredible views of Lake Erie. The modern interior would be easy to confuse with any high-end restaurant in New York City and the food is no different.
The restaurant is offering their usual menu on Thanksgiving which includes a seared duck breast with confit and bourbon pulled chicken if you don't want to stray too far from your usual turkey dinner. Entrees average $30 per person and the dining room is open until 11 pm.
Salvatore's Italian Gardens
If you're looking for a classic dinner with a lot of character then Salvatore's Italian Garden is your place. The eclectic dining room, filled with decorations, vases and plenty of sculptures is offering a special on Thanksgiving in addition to their regular menu of classic Italian dishes.
They are offering their 3 for $39 menu which includes a salad, appetizer or soup and turkey dinner along with dessert.
Texas de Brazil
If you're looking to spice up your Thanksgiving then Texas de Brazil is perfect for you. The brightly colored walls and modern architecture are a clean break from the traditional holiday setting, allowing you to try an entirely new experience.
For dinner, the Brazilian steakhouse offers tableside carving of various meats including pork chops, a variety of filets and steaks. Additional sides are available buffet style and there's a salad bar for those looking to break up the meat with some greens.
Opening at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 22nd, Texas de Brazil will be serving this regular dinner menu alongside traditional Thanksgiving favorites all day long.