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Where to Eat on Thanksgiving in New Orleans

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Ready to talk turkey? We've rounded up some of the the tastiest Thanksgiving meals in New Orleans taking place outside of your own kitchen. If you’re on the fence about cooking, these restaurants might tempt you to skip kitchen detail completely. What’s not to like? Leftovers can be taken home for that midnight snack and best of all, no dishes to do.

So whether you’re planning a Friendsgiving or taking mom out for a treat, this line up of A-list spots dish plenty of options. And where else but New Orleans is eating Thanksgiving at a horse track a family tradition? Just know that these places fill up fast, so get those reservations locked in.

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Jack Rose

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Jack Rose, the stylish restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel, dishes its regular menu along with spins on Thanksgiving classics. A good choice for thinking outside the turkey box, try the Royal Red Shrimp Muddy Waters with squid ink campanelle, Traditionalists will be happy with classic stuffed roast turkey with cornbread, parsnips, greens, and cranberry. Bet the former Caribbean Room’s Mile High pie for dessert.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

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Thanksgiving Day isn’t just about turkey. In New Orleans, Thanksgiving is opening day for racing season, creating a holiday tradition in generations of New Orleanians that is anything but Rockwellian. A crowd of 7,000-plus typically spend Thanksgiving at the track, passing the stuffing in the upscale Clubhouse Dining Room, where dinner for four runs $500. Thankfully there’s also a $39 Thanksgiving buffet served in the Grandstand, where jockeying for a drumstick isn’t the only game in town.

Willa Jean

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Chef and co-owner Kelly Fields knocks it out of the park with her to-go Thanksgiving options at Willa Jean, with savory feasts that cover everything but the bird. Each dish feeds six to eight, from cornbread and andouille stuffing to braised collards with ham. Even just picking up a quart of perfect gravy for $10 would take out some of stress from eating at home. She’s also serving a Thanksgiving menu at the restaurant if you just can’t bear to leave.

Copper Vine Winepub

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Copper Vine, the CBD’s hot new wine pub and eatery, serves a full a la carte menu from 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Specials include roasted Cornish hen with crispy skin, braised spinach and truffled potatoes; pork belly with braised collards, cornbread pudding and mushroom demi; and more. Dessert offerings include buttermilk pie with berry compote and Vietnamese coffee ice cream, and goat’s milk cheesecake with basil ice cream.

Poydras & Peters

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 Poydras & Peters, the newly rebranded American brasserie in the Loew’s Hotel, is serving a three course ala carte Thanksgiving menu from executive chef Tommy Hines. Mix and match starters, mains and dessert as you choose, with options like gumbo, roasted pumpkin with foie and baked oysters Inez with lemon and Parmesan; roasted heritage turkey with chestnut-sage stuffing and red wine braised short r with salsify. Vegetarian dishes are also on the menuy. For dessert, of course pumpkin cheesecake or try the brown butter profiteroles. The menu will be served 11am-8 pm. Don’t worry about parking - valet for free.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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Thanksgiving is a swank brunch affair at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, served from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on turkey day. Along with Cajun fried turkey with giblet gravy and traditional oyster dressing, there are breakfast options, barbecue shrimp and grits, a seafood bar, antipasti platters and boatloads of sweets for dessert. The buffet runs $89, $39 for kids 3-10, with toddlers munching drumsticks for free. Turkey is an ala carte option at the Fountain Lounge, which is serving its regulary menu.

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Josephine Estelle

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Josephine Estelle inside the hip Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District will offer a four course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe for $65 per person (the kid’s menu is $25) with salad, appetizer, choice of entree, and dessert. Start with a fall chopped salad with fruits and nuts, followed by a wild mushroom sofrita with black truffles. Then choose between turkey breast (with cornbread chestnut dressing, smoked broccolini, and pancetta gravy) or grilled swordfish (with carrot puree, crab, salsa verde, farro, and pumpkin seeds). Finishers get spice cake.

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Bourbon House

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Bourbon goes swell with turkey and Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House has one of the best selections this side of the Mississippi. This year’s Thanksgiving menu additions include kale and collards salad with pecans, turkey with oyster dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce and Creole rubbed prime rib with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and horseradish cream. The restaurant also has an excellent selection of raw oysters with all the shells being donated to help rebuild the coast.

Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak

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Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak will serve a family-style Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m The menu includes vanilla-bourbon brined turkey, oyster dressing, herb-crusted prime rib, green bean, country ham and mushroom casserole and pumpkin pie with cinnamon meringues. It’s $75 for adults (excluding alcohol), and $40 for children 12 and under.

Arnaud's

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The four-course prix fixe at this French Quarter Creole jewel box (with a Mardi Gras “museum” inside) runs $55 a person and includes an appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert. Plus, Arnaud’s bar, the French 75, won a James Beard in 2017, so there’s that too. And bonus: there’s a choice between cornbread and oyster dressing. Consider ending the meal with the dazzling Cafe Brulot, a coffee cocktail flamed table-side.

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Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel

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This fashionable French brasserie in the Eliza Jane hotel is all about turkey day. The $55 menu ($20 for kiddos) is anything but traditional, with each course given a French accent. Savor the likes of wild mushroom veloute and hazelnut flan, turkey leg and foie presse with sour cherry marmalade and truffled celery pain perdu. Finish up with a pear frangipane tart with brown butter caramel ice cream. It’s served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Restaurant R'evolution

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If the perfect Thanksgiving includes a caviar “staircase”, Restaurant R’evolution is the place. One of the ritziest restaurants in New Orleans, this T-Day menu is full of options. Consider Creole cream cheese mashed potatoes, sweet potato bisque, sugar-cured ham or roast turkey, French bread oyster dressing, shrimp and mirliton casserole, crab mac and cheese, and much more. Both prix fixe and a la carte menus are available.

Broussard's

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An elegant French Quarter staple, Broussard’s is known for its lovely courtyard, and is offering a $40 prix fixe menu that includes choices of cranberry and almond salad or Creole turtle soup with sherry, as well as traditional roast turkey with oyster dressing or Gulf fish amandine. There’s even a nice vegetarian option (something not everybody is offering), in the form of wild mushroom farro with butternut squash. Opt for pumpkin praline cheesecake or traditional bread pudding for dessert. Early eaters take note: The feast is served from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Compère Lapin

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Compère Lapin, named one of Eater’s Best Restaurants in America, gives Thanksgiving a Caribbean twist. The three-course menu offers options including roasted turkey leg, jerked sweet potatoes, biscuit stuffing and spiced pumpking budino with rum caramel for dessert. It’s available from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).

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Tommy's Cuisine

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This Creole-Italian fave is dishing a three course Thanksgiving feast for $38. Start with a spicy crab and pumpkin soup or go out on a limb with crispy boudin and a spiced sweet potato goat cheese stuffed jalapeño. Tommy’s Cuisine serves its turkey with sausage stuffing, but a crab and shrimp dressing is also offered. End it all with a tough choice between white chocolate doberge cake or sweet potato pie with salted caramel ice cream.

Brennan's

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Chef Slade Rushing’s fried buttermilk brined turkey is certainly a reason to dine out at the big pink landmark in the French Quarter this Thanksgiving. The menu is full of twists on the classic New Orleans Thanksgiving script, like candied squash ravioli and pumpkin pie bread pudding. Want to venture even further off-script? Options abound, making pleasing everyone easy. It’s open noon to 4 p.m., with three courses for $65 per person.

SoBou Restaurant

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SoBou does a $27 Thanksgiving menu from 11:30am until 9:30pm serving its signature Mom’s Champagne and Cointreau injected turkey with Creole oysters dressing, shrimp, tasso and mirliton stuffing, with spiced pecan and marshmallow whipped sweet potatoes. There’s also a sprightly new fall cocktail list to throw back: A few toasted pecan Old Fashioneds will liven up the table for sure.

Tujague's

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If you are blasé about the bird, Tujaques is your jam. The owner doesn’t like turkey — so it’s not on the menu. Instead, this French Quarter landmark serves up a $60 prix fixe with loads of revelry and regulars from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The four-courses include choices of shrimp and grits, beef short ribs, Gulf fish, and lamb shank.

Cafe Sbisa

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Cafe Sbisa in the French Quarter is a three-story delight powered by Dickie Brennan’s alum Alfred Singleton, who is architect of the restaurant’s fine French Creole fare. This year he’s roasting turkey with cornbread dressing, or you can opt for blackened prime rib for the mains. Say yes to pumpkin pie cheesecake with ginger cookie crust for dessert. Ask about balcony seating.

The Country Club

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The Country Club, the lively Bywater restaurant and social club with a pool, serves three-course options like smoked rabbit and mushroom gumbo, crispy Gulf oysters, crab beignets, roasted turkey, and lamb t-bones. Choose from a slew of traditional sides and then some from Commander's alum Chris Barbato. The a la carte menu includes a roasted turkey plate with country dressing for $24, or go rogue with Louisiana speckled trout and wild Texas boar chops.

Jack Rose

Jack Rose, the stylish restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel, dishes its regular menu along with spins on Thanksgiving classics. A good choice for thinking outside the turkey box, try the Royal Red Shrimp Muddy Waters with squid ink campanelle, Traditionalists will be happy with classic stuffed roast turkey with cornbread, parsnips, greens, and cranberry. Bet the former Caribbean Room’s Mile High pie for dessert.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

Thanksgiving Day isn’t just about turkey. In New Orleans, Thanksgiving is opening day for racing season, creating a holiday tradition in generations of New Orleanians that is anything but Rockwellian. A crowd of 7,000-plus typically spend Thanksgiving at the track, passing the stuffing in the upscale Clubhouse Dining Room, where dinner for four runs $500. Thankfully there’s also a $39 Thanksgiving buffet served in the Grandstand, where jockeying for a drumstick isn’t the only game in town.

Willa Jean

Chef and co-owner Kelly Fields knocks it out of the park with her to-go Thanksgiving options at Willa Jean, with savory feasts that cover everything but the bird. Each dish feeds six to eight, from cornbread and andouille stuffing to braised collards with ham. Even just picking up a quart of perfect gravy for $10 would take out some of stress from eating at home. She’s also serving a Thanksgiving menu at the restaurant if you just can’t bear to leave.

Copper Vine Winepub

Copper Vine, the CBD’s hot new wine pub and eatery, serves a full a la carte menu from 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving day. Specials include roasted Cornish hen with crispy skin, braised spinach and truffled potatoes; pork belly with braised collards, cornbread pudding and mushroom demi; and more. Dessert offerings include buttermilk pie with berry compote and Vietnamese coffee ice cream, and goat’s milk cheesecake with basil ice cream.

Poydras & Peters

 Poydras & Peters, the newly rebranded American brasserie in the Loew’s Hotel, is serving a three course ala carte Thanksgiving menu from executive chef Tommy Hines. Mix and match starters, mains and dessert as you choose, with options like gumbo, roasted pumpkin with foie and baked oysters Inez with lemon and Parmesan; roasted heritage turkey with chestnut-sage stuffing and red wine braised short r with salsify. Vegetarian dishes are also on the menuy. For dessert, of course pumpkin cheesecake or try the brown butter profiteroles. The menu will be served 11am-8 pm. Don’t worry about parking - valet for free.

The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

roasted turkey and side dishes
roasted turkey and side dishes
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Thanksgiving is a swank brunch affair at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, served from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on turkey day. Along with Cajun fried turkey with giblet gravy and traditional oyster dressing, there are breakfast options, barbecue shrimp and grits, a seafood bar, antipasti platters and boatloads of sweets for dessert. The buffet runs $89, $39 for kids 3-10, with toddlers munching drumsticks for free. Turkey is an ala carte option at the Fountain Lounge, which is serving its regulary menu.

roasted turkey and side dishes
roasted turkey and side dishes
Photolibrary RM

Josephine Estelle

Fran Parente

Josephine Estelle inside the hip Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District will offer a four course Thanksgiving Day prix fixe for $65 per person (the kid’s menu is $25) with salad, appetizer, choice of entree, and dessert. Start with a fall chopped salad with fruits and nuts, followed by a wild mushroom sofrita with black truffles. Then choose between turkey breast (with cornbread chestnut dressing, smoked broccolini, and pancetta gravy) or grilled swordfish (with carrot puree, crab, salsa verde, farro, and pumpkin seeds). Finishers get spice cake.

Fran Parente

Bourbon House

Bourbon goes swell with turkey and Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House has one of the best selections this side of the Mississippi. This year’s Thanksgiving menu additions include kale and collards salad with pecans, turkey with oyster dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and cranberry sauce and Creole rubbed prime rib with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and horseradish cream. The restaurant also has an excellent selection of raw oysters with all the shells being donated to help rebuild the coast.