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, there are numerous options for dining out at a variety of family restaurants and casino eateries on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, 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's Grand Ballroom serves a special Thanksgiving tailgate buffet on from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. that features a variety of traditional holiday entrees and appetizers alongside regional favorite dishes. For one low price, you can fill your plate as many times as you like at the Thanksgiving Tailgate Buffet. This special annual event 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. Sparks is about a 15-minute drive east of Reno, and the casino's restaurants recommend reservations but will take walk-ins, space permitting.
On Thanksgiving Day, Bonanza Casino serves 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, 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. The Bonanza Casino is located about 3 miles northeast of Reno along Old U.S. 395 North.
This holiday season, five of the restaurants within the Eldorado Hotel Casino 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 can find all of your holiday favorite plus dishes with an upscale Italian flair. For family dining, try the wide selection of traditional Thanksgiving dishes at the Buffet, which offers dining reservations online for its 11:30 a.m. lunch service. For a more laid back and adult-oriented venue, check into the Brew Brothers for a bar menu twist to traditional holiday dishes served from open to close on Thanksgiving Day.
Choose from several Thanksgiving dining venues at The Peppermill Resort Casino: Biscotti's, Bimini Steakhouse, Island Buffet, and Oceano. For casual dining, Oceano, Island Buffet, and Biscotti's each offer a great menu at affordable prices, but 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 has a menu to satisfy every taste palette 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.
Head to the Atlantis Steakhouse for an intimate lounge experience paired with a high-end dining menu or pop into the Bistro Napa for a traditional Californian Thanksgiving feast complemented by a diverse wine selection. The Grand Ballroom Gourmet Dinner features a carving station of roast Tom turkey, bone-in ham, herb-crusted rack of lamb, slow-roasted prime rib, and filet of beef wellington along with hot and cold selections like jumbo prawns on ice, seafood salad, house-smoked scallops and trout, and petite filet mignon cooked to order as well as a spread of fabulous desserts. Meanwhile, Toucan Charlie's Buffet and Grille offers Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with selections like roast turkey, pumpkin French toast, salt and pepper prawns, and pumpkin pie for dessert.
The Grand Sierra Resort 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.
Located in the Riverwalk District, Club Cal Neva is an old-school hotel and classic gaming casino that serves up a traditional Thanksgiving meal at its Top Deck and Steak & Pasta House restaurants on Thursday through Saturday on the week of Thanksgiving. Stop by Top Deck all day or the Steak & Pasta House any time after 5 p.m. for classic turkey and ham, dressing, and a wide variety of classic entrees, sides, and desserts.
Enjoy a Lobster Buffet at Boomtown
Step outside the ordinary at the Boomtown Casino Hotel in Reno this Thanksgiving for a lobster feast at the Famous Lobster Buffet. Along with traditional favorites like roasted turkey, dressing, and sweet potatoes, you'll also have access to all-you-can-eat lobster with your purchase of a holiday meal. Additionally, guests get a discount if they have a Player's Card from the connected casino, so you can stop by the slots or card tables before you dine and maybe even win enough to pay for your meal.
The upscale Gar Woods Grill & Pier is located on the north shore of Lake Tahoe in Carnelian Bay, California, about an hour away from Reno. This restaurant is a bit of a trek from the city, but 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. Thanksgiving dining at Gar Woods includes a choice of roasted turkey or honey pineapple glazed ham, plus all of the traditional sides and desserts. If you're in town early, stop by Gar Woods on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for the 43rd Annual Elegant Affair, a black tie-optional food and wine tasting fundraiser for the North Tahoe Boosters Club.
Another great restaurant on Lake Tahoe's northern shore, Lone Eagle Grille serves up a special holiday feast for Thanksgiving. Located in Incline Village, Nevada, about an hour away from Reno, this scenic restaurant offers a holiday buffet complete with roasted turkey, prime rib, sweet potato casserole, a fresh seafood area, and plenty of dessert options on Thanksgiving Day. Take in breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe through the restaurant's panoramic windows while you enjoy your meal and stick around afterward for some late-night cocktails in the cozy lounge.