Thanksgiving is right around the corner on Thursday, November 23, and there is no better place to be for it than New Orleans. The city is obviously known for its cuisine, and Thanksgiving here can look a multitude of ways. Everyone will have a place to eat for the holiday here, whether you want all of the traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy—or maybe you prefer some wildcards like shrimp, gumbo, or perhaps even tikka marsala.
New Orleans has a diverse range of restaurants, and many of them have specific Thanksgiving specials to help you celebrate. Some of them will even offer special Thanksgiving menus on top of their regular menus. So if you don't want to cook this year, but still want to enjoy a plateful of delicious food, here are the top 14 New Orleans restaurants where you can enjoy a Thanksgiving banquet.
Top 14 New Orleans Restaurants to Enjoy Thanksgiving
813 Bienville St., (504) 523-5433, arnaudsrestaurant.com
Arnaud's is an essential New Orleans restaurant serving up classic Creole dishes in a beautiful and upscale space. They are offering a Thanksgiving Table D'Hôte this year with an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $65 (not including gratuity or tax). Guests can stick to more typical Thanksgiving foods with their traditional roasted turkey or opt for a more New Orleans-style dish like the stuffed Gulf fish.
417 Royal St., (504) 525-9711, brennansneworleans.com
Brennan's is another famous New Orleans spot that has been serving up Creole cuisine since 1946. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, they will be serving up Chef Ryan Hacker's three-course menu for the whole family to enjoy. Whether you order the roasted buttermilk brined turkey breast or decide to try the braised pork cheeks, you will love the food that Brennan's has to offer. The menu is $75 per person, and don't forget to finish off your meal with their famous Bananas Foster for dessert.
701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496, briquette-nola.com
Briquette is a stylish restaurant in the Warehouse District that plates up seafood and craft cocktails. On Thanksgiving day, they will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving foods from their special Thanksgiving menu, as well as their normal menu. The specific menu offerings have yet been announced, but usually, they offer a three-course meal for $55 per person. With delicious Thanksgiving foods on top of their usual seafood offerings, everyone will leave Thanksgiving dinner happy and with a full stomach.
4. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard
819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866, broussards.com
Broussard's is a high-end Creole restaurant down in the French Quarter, known for their elegant dining rooms and courtyards. They have an extensive Thanksgiving menu available when you make a reservation for Thanksgiving Day. They are offering plenty of traditional dishes with Creole twists, and they also have a Kid's Menu so you can bring the entire family. Alongside their appetizers and main dishes, they have your classic Thanksgiving sides like green bean casserole, brandied sweet potatoes, and whipped Yukon Gold potatoes.
5. Chemin à la Mer
2 Canal St., (504) 434-5898, fourseasons.com/neworleans
Chemin à la Mer is one of the delicious restaurants within the Four Seasons Hotel here in New Orleans. They are famous for plating up classic Louisiana fare that is executed with a French technique. Chemin à la Mer invites guests to reconnect with their family and friends this year over Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant. Chef Donald Link will be serving his favorite foods to guests that night, including boudin-stuffed turkey and cornbread dressing. Reservations are essential for this event and can be made on OpenTable or by calling Chemin à la Mer itself.
6. Compère Lapin
535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119, comperelapin.com
Compère Lapin combines Caribbean and European flavors with a special New Orleans twist. Thanksgiving dishes will be served on Thanksgiving Day this year featuring a pre-fixed three course meal for $85 per person. The first course will be a butternut squash soup, followed by a mojo roasted turkey leg with jerk sweet potatoes, creamed collard greens, sage stuffing, and cranberry sauce. The meal will be finished off with a slice of pecan pie, served with rum caramel and rum raisin ice cream. Everything will be served in a family-style fashion.
7. Creole Cookery
508 Toulouse St., (504) 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com
Creole Cookery, an upscale eatery with a beautiful courtyard patio, will be serving Thanksgiving foods in partnership with Briquette in addition to their normal menu. From 11 a.m. through 8 p.m., you will be able to enjoy a selection of Thanksgiving foods or just opt for their normal menu if you're not in the mood for traditional food options. Specific menu items have yet to be released, so keep checking their website for updates on food offerings.
8. Criollo Restaurant
214 Royal St., (504) 681-4444, criollonola.com
Located in the Hotel Monteleone, Criollo Restaurant serves up creative takes on classic Creole fare with a rotating seasonal menu. Both brunch and a chef's special turkey dinner for $22 will be served on Thanksgiving Day. Both guests of the hotel and those who just are looking for a great deal on some Thanksgiving classics will be welcome to join. Don't forget to have a drink or two at the famous Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone after you get your Thanksgiving fix.
9. Jack Rose
2031 St. Charles Ave., (504) 323-1500, jackroserestaurant.com
Right in the Pontchartrain Hotel, Jack Rose is an elegant restaurant known for Cajun-Creole cuisine. On Thanksgiving Day, they will be serving a four-course pre-fixed menu from $61-$79 per person (depending on entree choice). With an even mix of traditional Thanksgiving foods, Cajun foods, and other creative dishes, Jack Rose will be the perfect space for both hotel guests and other folks who wish to partake.
10. Lula Restaurant Distillery
1532 St. Charles Ave., (504) 267-7624, lulanola.com
Located right on St. Charles Avenue, Lula Restaurant Distillery is a Southern eatery that also distills their own vodka, rum, and gin. Lula is offering a Thanksgiving menu this year for $60 (without tax or tip) per person, which includes one specialty Lula cocktail. Kids from ages 4-12 can participate for only $20, and children under 3 years old will be able to eat for free. The menu begins with a rabbit and sausage gumbo, an Iberville salad, and then a Crystal-brined deep fried turkey for an entree. Everything will be served family-style, and there will be a dessert bar for after dinner.
11. Miss River
2 Canal St., (504) 434-5701, missrivernola.com
Another restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans, Miss River is the masterpiece of the iconic Chef Alon Shaya. Miss River is considered to be Chef Shaya's "love letter to Louisiana" and highlights local ingredients and flavor profiles. It will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and will have a Thanksgiving menu in addition to their normal menu. Guests can look forward to the carved buttermilk fried chicken, green beans almandine, and oyster dressing.
12. Mister Mao
4501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 345-2056, mistermaonola.com
Mister Mao's, located right on Tchoupitoulas St, plates up global cuisine through refined small plates. They will open on Thanksgiving Day to serve a three course pre fixe menu, with seatings available at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., Guests can book their tables on Resy to secure their spots. The pre fixe menu is $68 per person, with a $25 kids menu for children that are 12 years old and younger. Enjoy non-traditional takes on Thanksgiving foods such as turkey tikka marsala or a blue crab chaat.
13. Mr. B's Bistro
201 Royal St., (504) 523-2078, mrbsbistro.com
Join Mr. B's Bistro, a refined restaurant serving seasonal Louisiana fare, for a Thanksgiving feast this year. This year they have combined their normal menu with a specialty Thanksgiving menu in order to create the optimal Thanksgiving experience. Enjoy their classic seafood options or get into the holiday spirit with their roasted turkey, served with sausage & cornbread dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, haricot verts, cranberry relish, and housemade gravy.
429 Decatur St., (504) 525-8676, tujaguesrestaurant.com
A historic dining spot down in the heart of the French Quarter, Tujugae's is known for their fixed-price Creole menu that they have been serving since 1856. On Thanksgiving this year, Tujugae's will be serving a three-course menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Thanksgiving menu is $65 per person, plus tip and gratuity. Dig into a choice of a first and second course, followed by spiced pumpkin crème brulee for dessert.
Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Food in New Orleans
So if you don't want to spend all of Thanksgiving week in the kitchen, consider heading out in the city to experience all of the delicious food that local New Orleans restaurants have to offer. You can either keep it traditional or try something new to celebrate this essential American holiday. Whether you want to dress up for your dinner experience or keep it more casual, these restaurants can cater to all of your needs.
With a rich history in both cuisine and American tradition, New Orleans is the perfect place to have a Thanksgiving Feast. And you won't have to worry about the pre-Thanksgiving cooking stress. So have a great time and Happy Thanksgiving!