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Not Cooking? Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Here’s our fresh list of what’s open on Thanksgiving this year, plus take-out options for a stress-free feast!

Photo: Paul Broussard

For some people, Thanksgiving cooking is a fun, challenging thing to look forward to all year round. But for others, it means battling long grocery store lines, burning pumpkin pies, and dealing with a dirty kitchen. That’s why we’ve put together a sample menu full of locally made items you can pick up for a stress-free feast. We’ve also rounded up some great New Orleans restaurants (in alphabetical order) that are staying open for the holiday to give you a delicious day of eating, without the cleaning. *Note that because of high demand for tables on Thanksgiving day, we recommend calling ahead to make a reservation.

Willa Jean. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Dine In: A Big, Easy Thanksgiving

Take the pressure off this Thanksgiving by opting to dine out or host a nice catered meal. From pre-brined and stuffed turkeys, to pans of green bean casserole and artfully crafted pies, this is an easy job for the pros. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a big, easy Thanksgiving everyone will love – you included!

Bread, Wine, Appetizers

La Boulangerie Fill your breadbasket with freshly baked breads, like potato rolls, jalapeno cheddar corn bread muffins, olive baguette, and raisin walnut loaves. Cakes, pies, and other pastries are also available.

Martin Wine Cellar No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a toast. Martin Wine Cellar, located Uptown on 3827 Baronne, can help you stock up on the best bottles to pair with your meal. Plus, many bottles are on sale for the holidays. Pick up some cheese straws while you’re at it.

Langenstein’s Everyone knows it’s not a party or feast without this family-owned grocery’s Better Cheddar dip. Don’t forget the sturdy crackers to hold up against aggressive dippers!

The deliciously appointed Dryades Public Market. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)
Cochon Butcher is located in downtown New Orleans and has an array of meat offerings. (Photo: 13th Witness)

Turkey and Sides

Cochon Butcher Let the pros do the prep: pick up your brined and/or boudin-stuffed turkey to roast yourself. And for something a little more non-traditional, whole hogs are also available, raw or pre-cooked. Sides such as green bean casserole, mac and cheese, oyster dressing and homemade gravy complete the feast. They even have dinner rolls and dessert!

Dryades Public Market Give the fire department a break and pick up your fried turkey from Dryades Market in Central City, where $40 of turkey can feed 24 people. Serve it up with some sides of sweet potatoes, squash medley, cornbread stuffing, and orange cranberry sauce. They also have seafood and non-seafood gumbo as well as freshly baked pies.

Photo: Paul Broussard

Desserts

Gracious Bakery Make a smaller mess of your kitchen this year by allowing Gracious Bakery to prepare dessert for your Thanksgiving feast. Festive options include brown sugar pecan cake with brown sugar buttercream and Dutch apple crumble pie with sour cream custard. Each 9-inch cake serves about 10-12 people and pies serve up to 8 people.

Willa Jean In charge of dessert? Show up to your Thanksgiving feast with one of these incredible pies: double-crust apple huckleberry, banana and peanut butter cream, or chocolate bourbon pecan. Maybe you’re a cookie lover like us? The chocolate espresso cookies and coffee make for the perfect alternative. This delightful bakery in the CBD is open for take-out only in the morning. Breads, sides, and desserts — everything but the turkey is available for pick up!

A cocktail from Compere Lapin. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Dine Out: New Orleans Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Photo: Paul Broussard

Arnaud’s: Famous for French Creole Cuisine, this New Orleans establishment is serving a special Thanksgiving menu.

Bayona: Enjoy a special menu prepared by Chef/Owner Susan Spicer.

Blue Oak BBQ: Whether you want the Pecan-smoked turkey, garlic mac n’ cheese, or the whole feast, Blue Oak BBQ offers a Thanksgiving catering menu with portions big enough for the entire family.

Borgne Restaurant: Seafood-focused modern Louisiana cooking with a special Thanksgiving menu.

Brennan’s: Thanksgiving at Brennan’s means a special 3-course menu!

Broussard’s: This New Orleans favorite is offering a 3-course Thanksgiving Prix Fixe for just $38.

Cafe Adelaide: The upscale spot in the Loews Hotel will serve its special Thanksgiving menu all day from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cavan is located inside an old, converted mansion in Uptown New Orleans. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Cavan: You’ll feel right at home celebrating Thanksgiving in this old Uptown mansion.

Chophouse New Orleans: Prime chops and family-style sides perfect for the holiday, noon to 8 p.m.

Commander’s dining room and staff.

Commander’s Palace: The iconic (and historic) New Orleans restaurant will serve a special Thanksgiving menu within its posh and proper confines.

Compere Lapin is located in the Old No 77 Hotel in downtown New Orleans. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Compére Lapin: Chef Nina Compton‘s restaurant will feature a fixed-price feast including standouts like curried cauliflower soup with local shrimp and roast turkey Wellington.

The Court of Two Sisters: Creole classics in the heart of the French Quarter, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Country Club: This bohemian getaway in the heart of the Bywater neighborhood is offering a special Thanksgiving menu.

CriolloElegant, Creole-inspired fare inside the iconic Hotel Monteleone; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu and a la carte menu, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Curio: Curio is a new seafood restaurant in the French Quarter and is keeping its doors open on Thanksgiving this year.

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House: Authentic New Orleans dishes in a lively atmosphere on Bourbon Street, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dickie Brennan’s Palace Cafe: Creole cuisine on bustling Canal Street, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: Posh environs and prime steak, noon to 7:30 p.m.

Dickie Brennan’s Tableau: Elegant, upscale Creole in an open-kitchen setting, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Domenica: Artisanal pizzas and Italian fare in the Roosevelt Hotel; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Tujague’s in the French Quarter will be open on Thanksgiving. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Fogo de Chao: Indulge in a special holiday dinner of bone-in cuts and seasonal recipes exclusive to the holidays. Dinner price applies all day Thanksgiving.

Photo: Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak Hosts a family style Thanksgiving Day Feast. (Photo: Galatoire’s)

Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak: Have a family-style Thanksgiving day feast on Nov. 23 from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. The menu includes: Fried turkey breast, Seafood Eggplant Stuffing, Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows, Spinach Rockefeller, Classic Green Bean Casserole, Dirty Rice and Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans. There will also be carving stations of Prime Rib and Pork Tenderloin.

Gumbo Shop: Simmering, authentic gumbo just off Jackson Square, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Johnny Sanchez: Modern Mexican in a downtown setting; will serve a special Thanksgiving menu, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Josephine Estelle: Located in the Ace Hotel, Josephine Estelle is offering a special Thanksgiving menu featuring a four-course prix-feast with Todo Mezcla as musical entertainment.

LMNO: Le Méridien’s signature restaurant is open to Thanksgiving diners.

Meauxbar: This cozy French Quarter hideaway is taking Thanksgiving Day reservations.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: Classic, elegant steakhouse on Canal street, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mr. B’s Bistro: This old New Orleans family restaurant will make your family feel right at home on Thanksgiving Day.

Oceana Grill: Casual and classic, with a courtyard in the French Quarter, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Public Service: Located in the brand new N.OP.S.I. Hotel, Public Service is currently the talk of the Crescent City.

Ralph’s on the Park is housed in a building dating back to 1860. (Photo via Ralph’s on the Park on Facebook)

Ralph’s on the Park: A gorgeous restaurant in a picturesque setting across from City Park, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Restaurant R’evolution: Let Chef John Folse prepare your Thanksgiving dinner!

Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans: Prime steak in a clubby, intimate French Quarter space, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saunter through the block-long Waldorf Wonderland Lobby at the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans.

The Roosevelt New OrleansThe stately hotel (known in part for its memorable holiday decorations) will hold a traditional Thanksgiving buffet brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. Later, a four-course Thanksgiving-inspired meal will be served at the Fountain Lounge from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SoBou: The W Hotel eatery with inventive craft cocktails and located south of Bourbon Street (hence the name) will serve a special Thanksgiving menu from 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Sylvain: This New Orleans gastro-pub, located in a historic French Quarter building is the perfect location for your Thanksgiving meal.

Tableau: Tableau is featuring a special Thanksgiving menu.

Tommy’s Cuisine: Located in the Warehouse District, Tommy’s Cuisine is known for a delicious mix of Italian and Southern cuisines.

Tujague’s Restaurant: Authentic Creole cuisine dating back to 1856; call ahead for details.

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