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Not Cooking? Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in New Orleans

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Arnaud's is one New Orleans restaurant open for Thanksgiving dinner (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 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.

Willa Jean (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Dine In: Order Thanksgiving Dinner from these places

Willa Jean: Willa Jean is your go-to for sides and desserts for Thanksgiving Day. Order favorites like the Willa Jean Cornbread, Cornbread + Andouille Stuffing, and Chef’s famous Key Lime with Whipped White Chocolate Pie.

Beth Biundo Sweets: New Orleans native Beth Biundo uses quality ingredients and carefully-tested recipes to create old-fashioned favorites. Nutella tarts or Old Fashioned Chocolate with Chocolate buttercream cake make the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving meal.

Bellegarde Bakery: Bellegarde’s Thanksgiving menu includes Louisiana Citrus Meringue Pie, Spelt Brioche Tear Rolls, Herb & Garlic Focaccia, Louisiana Pecan Pie, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

A delicious selection of pastries at Gracious Bakery (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Gracious Bakery: Named One of America’s Best Bakeries by Travel and Leisure Magazine, you really can’t go wrong selecting Thanksgiving treats at Gracious Bakery. Order pumpkin bread, Banana Cream Pie with white chocolate spiced ganache, mini pecan tarts, breads, pies, and pastries from Gracious Bakery for Thanksgiving dinner.

Café Reconcile: Café Reconcile works with disadvantaged youth, giving them an opportunity to succeed through workforce development and training. Cater your holiday meal with Café Reconcile’s baked or fried turkey, collard greens and mac n’ cheese, Bananas Foster bread pudding, and more.

Blue Oak BBQ: Order a Whole Pecan Smoked Turkey, Whole Brisket, or just sides from Blue Oak BBQ for your Thanksgiving meal. Shrimp and andouille dressing, cauliflower mash, bourbon bread pudding, and their famous roasted garlic mac ‘n’ cheese are the perfect additions.

Cochon Butcher + La Boulangerie: Turkeys, whole hogs, gumbo, mac n’ cheese, chocolate cake, pies, and tarts are some of the catering options at Cochon and La Boulangerie. Get your boudin-stuffed turkey and jambalaya-stuffed chicken while supplies last.

Grocery Stores: New Orleans’ local groceries are known to have delicious holiday menu items available for catering, such as Cajun turkeys, potato salad,deviled eggs, and more. Check out Langenstein’s, Robért’s, Rouses, and Breaux Mart.

*Editor’s Note: Due to high demand for tables on Thanksgiving day, we recommend calling ahead to make a reservation.

Dine Out: New Orleans Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

Arnaud’s Restaurant (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Apolline: This Uptown neighborhood spot will feel just like your own dining room.

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

August: August is open for lunch and dinner this Thanksgiving.

The Bombay Club: Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at the cozy French Quarter spot. 

Borgne Restaurant: Seafood-focused modern Louisiana cooking.

Brennan’s: Thanksgiving at Brennan’s is a classic.

Broussard’s: This New Orleans institution is a favorite spot among locals.

Cambria Hotel: This Arts/Warehouse District hotel is serving on Thanksgiving day.

Chophouse New Orleans: Prime chops and family-style sides perfect for the holiday.

Commander’s Palace (Photo: Paul Broussard)

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

Compére Lapin: Chef Nina Compton‘s restaurant will offer delicious dinner options.

The Court of Two Sisters: Creole classics in the heart of the French Quarter, open during regular hours on Thanksgiving.

The Country Club: This bohemian getaway in the heart of the Bywater neighborhood is the perfect place to spend Thanksgiving Day.

Couvant: Couvant has special menu offerings for Thanksgiving dinner that put a French twist on holiday classics. Standout offerings include a Wild Mushroom Veloute, Turkey Leg & Foie Presse with Autumn Greens in Red Wine Vinaigrette, and Brown Butter Caramel Ice Cream.

CriolloElegant, Creole-inspired fare inside the iconic Hotel Monteleone.

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

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

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House: Authentic New Orleans dishes in a lively atmosphere on Bourbon Street.

Dickie Brennan’s Palace Cafe: Creole cuisine on bustling Canal Street, is perfect for a New Orleans-style Thanksgiving.

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: Posh environs and prime steak.

Dickie Brennan’s Tableau: Elegant, upscale Creole in an open-kitchen setting, located right on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter.

Domenica: Artisanal pizzas and Italian fare in the Roosevelt Hotel.

Fogo de Chao: Indulge in a special holiday dinner of bone-in cuts and seasonal recipes exclusive to the holidays.

Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak: Have a family-style Thanksgiving Day feast at this French Quarter restaurant.

Galatoire’s (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Galatoire’sThis “grande dame” of Creole cuisine is open for an elegant feast.

Jack Rose: Enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day menu that puts a twist on the old classics.

Johnny Sanchez: Modern Mexican in a downtown setting.

Josephine Estelle: Located in the Ace Hotel, Josephine Estelle is offering a four-course Thanksgiving dinner for $65, with menu offerings including salads, pasta, your choice of swordfish, turkey breast, or smoked turnip sformato, and dessert.

Kingfish: This French Quarter spot is a great pick for seafood.

Lüke: This downtown restaurant is open all day.

Mayas: Celebrate at Mayas with special drinks and menu items.

Mr. B’s Gumbo (Photo: Justen Williams)

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

Muriel’s: In the heart of the French Quarter’s Jackson Square, you’ll find Muriel’s.

Oceana Grill: Casual and classic, with a courtyard in the French Quarter.

Olde NOLA Cookery: This French Quarter location is open for regular hours.

Pat O’Brien’s: Keep celebrating all day long on Thanksgiving at Bourbon Street’s famous Pat O’Brien’s.

The Press Room: The hotel lobby bar inside the Eliza Jane Hotel will offer a quick and hearty alternative to Thanksgiving dinner. The Press Room Thanksgiving Plate will consist of Roasted Turkey, Caramelized Winter Squash, Cider-Braised Greens, Truffled Celery Pain Perdu, and Robuchon Potatoes.

The Roosevelt Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Public Service: Located in the N.O.P.S.I. Hotel, Public Service is a bright and cheery place to spend Thanksgiving.

Ralph’s on the Park: A gorgeous restaurant in a picturesque setting across from City Park, Ralph’s on the Park features a special Thanksgiving menu.

Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans: Prime steak in a clubby, intimate French Quarter space.

The Roosevelt New OrleansThe stately hotel (known in part for its memorable holiday decorations) will hold a traditional Thanksgiving buffet brunch inside the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. Later, Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the Fountain Lounge.

Seaworthy: Also located in the Ace Hotel, Seaworthy is offering a Thanksgiving Seafood Boil from 5-11 p.m. for $32 per person. The boil includes two pounds of Louisiana shrimp, andouille sausage, red potatoes, corn, and button mushrooms.

SoBou: This restaurant is located inside the W Hotel and features inventive craft cocktails.

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.

The Grill Room: Festive feasts at the Windsor Court’s Grill Room include pumpkin ravioli with toasted pecans, butternut squash bisque with pork belly croutons, roasted turkey breast and braised turkey let with sage gravy and mashed potatoes, and sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallow fluff.  Thanksgiving Day meals are served from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

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