New Orleans celebrates Thanksgiving every which way. Dishes like shrimp and mirliton dressing are just a few favorites at the dinner table while gathering at the Fair Grounds on Thanksgiving morning is an annual outing for a crowd of regulars. Scores of the city’s top restaurants serve turkey-centric menus on Thursday, November 23, so here we’ve rounded up the most enticing dine-in offerings in town. Not a fan of the bird? In some cases, the restaurant’s regular menu is also on tap, keeping everybody around the table happy.Read More
19 New Orleans Restaurants Serving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day 2023
Make those November 23 reservations to enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings
Looking for something non-traditional on turkey day? No better choice than Mister Mao, serving a $68 per person/$25 kids three courser with three seatings, noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Possible menu options could be blue crab chaat; turkey tikka masala; and beef short ribs. Vegan options are also available.
Ralph's on the Park
For a tranquil Thanksgiving Day setting followed by a City Park stroll, Ralph’s on the Park is serving a $65 three-course meal from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Expect the likes of turtle soup, squash and pumpkin soup, crab ravigote, seared duck breast, and more. The classic Mid-City restaurant will also offer a kids (under 12) menu for $21.
Reserve a four-course, prix fixe menu ($61-$79) at this fanciful St. Charles Avenue hotel restaurant. The menu is a refreshing mix of nontraditional starters like pork cheeks polenta and rock shrimp with rapini and entrees like zucca with roasted squash and stuffed roast turkey.
Lula Restaurant Distillery
Lula will be open for Thanksgiving for dine-in and there’s plenty of space for large parties. Served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the family-style feast runs $60 per person; $20 for kids 12 and under. Some choices include rabbit and sausage gumbo, Crystal-brined deep-fried turkey with Cajun gravy, beef tenderloin, and a slew of sides. There’s also a dessert bar.
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Commons Club New Orleans
Commons Club at the Virgin Hotels New Orleans is celebrating Thanksgiving 2023 with a brand new chef, Chris Borges, and he’s cooking up an extensive a la carte Thanksgiving menu. Available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the offerings include wild mushrooms with gumbo z’herbes, autumn greens, and puffed rice krispies; fried Brussels sprouts salad with lima beans, sourdough croutons, and cardamom yogurt; a Berkshire pork chop with Louisiana shrimp dirty rice; and a traditional turkey dinner with cornbread chestnut chicken andouille dressing, green beans, giblet vermouth gravy, and cranberry relish.
Enjoy a family-style holiday at Josephine Estelle, the upscale Italian comfort restaurant in the Ace Hotel. Priced at $75 per person, the centerpiece is roasted turkey breast or porchetta with sides like pumpkin soup with leek, brown butter pepitas, and creme fraiche; cornbread gnudi with pheasant confit, and crispy Brussel leaves.
Red Fish Grill
Can’t argue with a great buffet. With plenty of space for extended kin, Red Fish Grill dishes a swell turkey spread from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., priced at $69 for grown-ups, $19.95 for kids 12 and under, and free for tots two and under. It’s not just turkey and fixin’s either. The menu includes two soups, a seafood display, three seafood entrees, and a carving station with Tanglewood Farms turkey, prime rib, and porchetta. Tons of sides and a hefty dessert station round out this good deal in the Quarter.
Arnaud’s is exceptionally festive during the holiday season, making the Thanksgiving table d’hôte a tradition for many. The $65 three-course menu includes a choice of shrimp Arnaud and wild mushroom bisque, crabmeat and shrimp stuffed gulf fish, roast turkey with cornbread or oyster dressing, or braised short ribs with pancetta and sage jus.
Mr. B's Bistro
Mr. B’s plans an a la carte Thanksgiving celebration, featuring the regular menu, along with dishes that will include a roast turkey option with all the trimmings, perhaps sausage and cornbread dressing, mashed sweet potatoes, haricots verts, cranberry relish, and gravy. Naysayers can enjoy dishes like the restaurant’s famous barbecue shrimp and bacon-wrapped shrimp and grits instead.
The newly-revamped Restaurant R’evolution, located inside the Royal Sonesta New Orleans on Bienville Street, is open on Thanksgiving Day and serving a special menu. Seating is available from 11 a.m., and it’s a good spot to accommodate a group for the holiday for a splurge-worthy meal.
Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard
Broussard’s chef Jimi Setchim is cooking an a la carte feast for the holiday, with service from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thanksgiving day. Choose from the likes of a bibb wedge, Creole turtle soup, duck and alligator sausage gumbo, bronzed redfish with blue crab, and roast turkey with oyster dressing.
Criollo, the best-kept secret restaurant at the Hotel Monteleone, offers both an enticing brunch menu and a chef’s special $22 turkey dinner until 3 p.m. November 23. Beyond eggs every which way, there’s a mighty fine burger and a bistro steak with handmade tagliatelle in a garlic cream sauce. Enjoy live Jazz in the main dining room.
King Brasserie + Bar
Chef Sam Peery gives Thanksgiving a creatively French accent at King Brasserie in the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot, serving a special turkey menu from noon to 8 p.m. on the holiday. Besides Joyce Farms heritage turkey and trimmings, there’s a Nueske’s cane syrup glazed ham option, both priced at $36 including sides. There are plenty of a la carte choices, including Gulf shrimp bisque, Parisian gnocchi, and grilled whole fish. Pastry chef Lanna Talley adds to the feasting with pumpkin mousse and bourbon pecan beignets. The Peacock Room is also open, and serving its regular menu.
Nina Compton’s acclaimed Compere Lapin is open on Thanksgiving, serving a family-style three-course menu that includes mojo-roasted turkey leg, jerk sweet potatoes, and sage stuffing; as well as pecan pie with rum raisin ice cream for dessert. Reserve a table from noon to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
The French Quarter landmark known for its endless breakfast service serves up three courses for $75 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. The best thing about Brennan’s menu is the number of options for each course — there are seven starters including turtle soup and artichoke and oyster gratin and mains including buttermilk brined breast and cornmeal-crusted redfish. Of course, the famed bananas Foster is just one dessert option.
The Grill Room at Windsor Court
The ever-so-elegant Windsor Court sparkles during the holidays, offering a splurge option for those seeking an extravagant Thanksgiving meal. The Grill Room is serving a three-course lunch and dinner menu for $150 per person. Add a wine pairing for $75. The menu includes variety in each course besides turkey roulade, like Ora King salmon or NY strip steak, each accompanied with veggies on the side. For dessert, apple cobbler with spiced ice cream or pecan tart.
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Celebrate Thanksgiving at Tujague’s, the birthplace of the Grasshopper cocktail. A three-course menu for $65 per person will be available on Thursday, November 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. From a traditional turkey dinner with oyster dressing and giblet gravy to gulf fish amandine and grilled filet, the menu dishes tons of variety.
Chemin à la Mer
Chemin à la Mer spotlights chef Donald Link’s favorite family Thanksgiving dishes for a three-course $92 tasting menu. A turkey and andouille sausage gumbo starts the feast, which includes boudin-stuffed turkey roulade, mashed potatoes with gravy, and cornbread dressing. Chef Link’s family recipe for satsuma buttermilk pie crowns the meal. Can’t get enough turkey? There will be a Thanksgiving sandwich on the menu the next day.
Miss River celebrates the holiday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a family-style menu from partner chef Alon Shaya and the Miss River team. Instead of turkey, there’s a whole buttermilk-fried chicken along with sides including oyster dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans almondine, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce. Miss River’s regular menu will also be available.