Whether you're in town to see family or stuck in Reno on a business trip over the holidays, you don't have to go without a Thanksgiving meal on your trip to Nevada this November. Fortunately for residents who just don't want to bother with the holiday meal prep and tourists alike, there are numerous options for dining out at a variety of family restaurants and casino eateries on Thanksgiving day.
The holiday gives you a great reason to enjoy a long weekend getaway with family or friends where you can enjoy the mild fall weather in the Reno and Lake Tahoe region while feasting on a traditional Thanksgiving meal or even one with a bit of flair. With all the options to choose from, there's no doubt you'll find the perfect holiday meal for you and your loved ones.
The Nugget serves a traditional Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rotisserie Buffet or you can enjoy a special Thanksgiving tailgate buffet in the Rose Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. where you'll be able to watch all of the day's football action on large screen televisions throughout the room.
The Thanksgiving Tailgate Buffet features a chilled line with shrimp, seafood, and salad; a tailgate line with beef sliders, chicken wings, hot dogs, and macaroni and cheese; a line for hot foods with roasted turkey, pork loin, grilled salmon, braised chicken, baked ham, and a variety of sides; a carving station with prime rib; and a dessert bar with a variety of cakes, pies, and shots. The casino's restaurants recommend reservations but will take walk-ins, space permitting. The Nugget is at 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks, Nevada (89431).
On Thanksgiving Day, Bonanza Casino (4720 North Virginia Street, Reno 89506) will serve a plated Thanksgiving dinner in its Cactus Creek Prime Steakhouse from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and your choice of a plated dinner or a buffet-style meal in the Branding Iron Cafe from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Although the Branding Iron Cafe is always open (365 days a year, 24 hours a day), it will only be serving its special selection of Thanksgiving menu items until supplies last—which typically run out before 10 p.m. At Branding Iron's buffet and on its dinner menu, you'll find spicy southern twists to traditional holiday favorites like baked quail, roasted turkey, and even some Spanish-inspired side dishes.
This holiday season, five of the restaurants within the Eldorado Casino and Resort (345 North Virginia Street, Reno 89501) will feature special Thanksgiving dining menus: Roxy, La Strada, Millies24, The Brew Brothers, and The Buffet at the El Dorado. No matter where you go, you'll find all of your holiday favorite plus dishes with an upscale Italian flair. For family dining, try The Buffet and its wide selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes; service at The Buffet starts at 11:30 a.m., and you can make dining reservations online.
Choose from several Thanksgiving dining venues at The Peppermill Resort Casino (2707 South Virginia Street, Reno 89502): Biscotti's Thanksgiving Harvest Buffet, Bimini Steakhouse, Island Buffet, and Oceano. The Peppermill Thanksgiving dining page details the options with links to individual menus, but will not go live until November 1, 2018.
For casual dining, Ocean, Island Buffet, and Biscotti's offer a great menu at affordable prices, but you'll want to head over to the Bimini Steakhouse if you want to treat a special someone to one of the best fine dining experiences available for Thanksgiving this year. Bimini was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its wine selection and the AAA Four Diamond Award for its overall menu and service. It was also voted Reno's Best Steakhouse by Reno News & Review as well as Reno Metromix.
With five Thanksgiving dining venues—Toucan Charlie's Buffet & Grille, Atlantis Steakhouse, Bistro Napa, Manhattan Deli, and Purple Parrot—the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (3800 South Virginia Street, Reno 89502) has a menu to satisfy every taste this holiday season. From casual Americana favorites like dressing and turkey to exquisite fine dining options like filet mignon, you can find it all at this luxury resort and spa—just make sure to book your reservations in advance, especially for the fine dining establishments that fill up quickly during the holiday season.
The Grand Sierra Resort (2500 East Second Street, Reno 89595) serves Thanksgiving dinner at The Grand Buffet, Grand Cafe, Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, Cantina, and Briscola with seating available from 11 a.m. to midnight at each location. If you're looking for an international Thanksgiving meal, head over to The Grand Buffet for a wide selection of traditional dishes from all around the world, and for a Mexican-inspired feast, stop by Cantina for a relatively inexpensive selection of plated dishes. You can peruse the menus and make reservations online, and be sure to check out special events happening at venues inside this famous Reno resort before you go.
The upscale Gar Woods Grill & Pier (5000 North Lake Boulevard) is located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Carnelian Bay, California. Thanksgiving dining at Gar Woods includes a choice of roasted turkey or honey pineapple glazed ham, plus all of the traditional sides and desserts. Although this restaurant is a bit of a trek from downtown Reno, it's worth the adventure—just make sure you bring warmer clothes as the mountains of North Lake Tahoe get colder earlier in the year than the valley of Reno.