Editor’s Note: We have done our best to compile restaurants that have availability on Thanksgiving. This is a growing list, so if you have recommendations of a restaurant in your neighborhood, please leave them in the comments below.
Ah, Thanksgiving. The day where everyone gets to eat amazing food until they’re stuffed and ready to sleep it off in front of the football game. But that big meal comes with one downside:
It’s a lot of work.
There’s the planning, the preparation, the cooking, the cleaning up afterward. And then there’s the days and days of leftovers (which, believe it or not, not everyone enjoys). Some families would really rather leave all that for someone else to handle.
So if you’re looking to skip out on the work this Thanksgiving, or if you’re simply planning to visit New Orleans for the holiday, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our compiled list of places where you can eat out on Thanksgiving.
Don’t procrastinate on making those reservations – in this city, tables fill up fast.
Where to Eat
Andrea’s – Open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In the mood for Italian? On Thanksgiving (and any other holiday), Andrea’s offers a set-price holiday menu that includes your choice of appetizer, salad, and a selection of 12 to 16 different entrees. Don’t forget to save room for dessert!
Apolline – Seatings at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a Creole meal for your Thanksgiving dinner, you might try Appoline. For $65 per person, you can pick up a three-course meal with your choice of appetizer, an autumn salad, and a choice between three entrees. You’ll also get a choice of desserts.
Arnaud’s – Seatings from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Arnaud’s is famous for their classic French Creole cuisine. This year, they’re celebrating their 100 years of operation, and they’re going all out. On Thanksgiving, they’re offering a full Table D’Hote for $55 per person, with your choice between two appetizers, a salad, your choice of three entrees, and two desserts. You’ll want to dress to impress.
Bombay Club – Open 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Choose between a $39 three-course meal with your choice of soup or salad, roast turkey or pork, and of course, dessert. If those don’t strike your fancy, you can take your pick from their abbreviated dinner menu.
Brennan’s – Open 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Getting a table at Brennan’s for Thanksgiving might be difficult. If you do manage to secure a reservation, you’ll enjoy a $65 full three-course meal with plenty of Creole comfort favorites to choose from.
Broussard’s – Open 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Broussard’s is an award-winning local favorite that merges French and Creole cuisine. On Thanksgiving, they’re offering a $40 prix-fixe. Choose from two different appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts.
Curio – 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Curio is a bistro and bar located in the heart of the French Quarter, on Royal St. For Thanksgiving, they’re offering a $35 prix-fixe menu with your choice of appetizer, honey rosemary roasted turkey, and apple cobbler for dessert.
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House – All day
Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House is an excellent option if you’re in the mood for seafood and oysters. On Thanksgiving, they’ll be offering their regular menu, plus additional options like roasted turkey with giblet gravy, stuffed quail, and Creole rubbed smoked prime rib.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse – Service begins at 11:00 a.m.
It’s hard to turn down a place that offers tableside martinis. On Thanksgiving, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse will be offering a limited three-course meal that is sure to satisfy.
Dickie Brennan’s Tableau – Service begins at 11:00 a.m.
Tableau is an upscale casual restaurant located on Peter Street in the French Quarter. They’re offering a three-course prix-fixe menu for the holiday. If you decide to eat here, keep in mind that jeans are discouraged.
Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak – Service starts at 11:30 a.m.
If you’re looking for a family-style meal without the hassle, Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak has you covered. For $75 per person (excluding beverages, tax, and tip), you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast with all the extras – including the pumpkin pie.
Galatoire’s Restaurant – Service starts at 11:30 a.m.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially New Orleans than Thanksgiving dinner enjoyed right on Bourbon Street. You’ll be able to enjoy the restaurant’s a la carte menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving plate dinner, complete with vanilla bourbon brined turkey for only $35.
Jack Rose – 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for a different experience, Jack Rose may be just what you’re looking for. On Thanksgiving, you can enjoy their special prix-fixe menu that mixes classics like duck gumbo with interesting twists like a squid ink campanelle.
Kingfish – 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Kingfish is a popular French Quarter restaurant and bar whose menu features classic New Orleans cuisine. Their three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu features all of the traditional favorites (including Bourbon pecan pie) and is available for $38.
Mr. B’s Bistro – Service begins at 11:30 a.m.
Mr. B’s is a well-known staple in the French Quarter. For Thanksgiving, they offer a special three-course menu that consists of local favorites. If turkey isn’t your thing, give their pork roast, steak, or duck a try.
Ralph’s on the Park – 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful place to spend Thanksgiving than New Orleans’ City Park. This Thanksgiving, they’re offering a three-course meal for $56 that includes options like turkey & andouille gumbo, fried oyster crepes, a wide range of entrees, and twists on classic desserts like banana bread pudding or sweet potato crème brûlée.
The Roosevelt New Orleans – 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
If you’re looking for elegance, you really can’t beat the Thanksgiving brunch in the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom at the Roosevelt New Orleans. The cost is $89 for people 11 and up, and $35 for children ages 3-10. Children under 2 eat for free. The menu offers a generous selection of salads, antipasti, seafood, carved-to-order meats, and more.
SoBou – Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
SoBou is another French Quarter favorite, located on Rue Chartres. They’re keeping their Thanksgiving menu under wraps, but they’re one of the only places we could find that will be open early for breakfast.
Tommy’s Cuisine – 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m.
Tommy’s Cuisine specializes in Creole Italian food served in a family atmosphere. Their three-course $38 Thanksgiving menu includes interesting choices like spicy crab and pumpkin soup, stuffed flounder with crab and shrimp dressing, and white chocolate pecan praline doberge cake.