Thanksgiving is a time to bring the family together for a great meal and express gratitude for the things you're thankful for. Many people spend two days preparing a special holiday meal, but sometimes all that hard work can go down the drain if you burn the turkey or realize you're missing some ingredients. Take the stress out of the holiday this year and spend more time with your family by eating out at one of these great restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Gainesville.

Backstreet Blues Chophouse and Oyster Bar

Backstreet Blues Chophouse will have their annual Thanksgiving day meal served buffet-style. Although meal details haven't been released yet, Bloody Marys and mimosas will be available. They will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., so you can call to reserve your family's spot for lunch or dinner.

Francesca's Trattoria

Francesca’s is hosting a Thanksgiving Day buffet once again this year. Although they’re an Italian restaurant, they'll be serving holiday classics including carved roast turkey, glazed ham, sweet cream mashed potatoes, and stuffed shells plus more.

This best part about this buffet is that you don’t have to miss out on having Thanksgiving leftovers! Their $20 snack pack for two will include turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, and carrot cake. The buffet will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $32.95 for adults and $15.95 for children.

The Great Outdoors Restaurant

Just outside of Gainesville in High Springs, The Great Outdoors will host their annual Thanksgiving buffet again this year. Pricing has not been specified yet, but the buffet will be serving Thanksgiving classics from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Your local cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home away from home inside its restaurant in Gainesville, Fl. Enjoy warm country cooking this Thanksgiving in Gainesville with your friends that feel like family at your local Cracker Barrel. 

If you plan on eating out on Turkey Day, save your family's spot at one these restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Gainesville and make the holiday completely stress-free!

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