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Stuffed with NOLA: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

October 12 2018 | What's New

In New Orleans, great food isn't reserved for holidays. We give thanks for our world-renowned chefs. award-winning restaurants, and fresh Gulf seafood every day. Many restaurants in Greater New Orleans are closed for Thanksgiving, but, thankfully, some of our very favorites are open. If you're vacationing or just don't want to spend all day in the kitchen, check out these options. 

New Orleans Restaurants


This iconic centuries-old restaurant will be serving a four-course. prix-fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can start with Cauliflower and Brie Soup and  Harvest Salad. Then follow it up with your choice of four entrées (the Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp and Grits is calling our name). Save room for Bananas Foster Bread Pudding (pictured). View full menuMake reservations.

Brennan's Restaurant

There's a lot to be thankful for when you spend the holidays at Brennan's. They'll be open from 11 a.m. to 7 pm. on Thanksgving, offering a 3-course menu for $65. Make reservations.

Commander's Palace

It always feels like a holiday at Commander's Palace in the Garden District. This James Beard award-winning restaurant featuring the cuisine of Chef Tory McPhail will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to  8 p.m. Make reservations.

Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy

Chef Matt Regan has really outdone himself this year with a 3-course prix fixe menu ($48 per person) that includes choices like Pumpkin, Bacon & Oyster Bisque, Roasted Turkey & Giblet Gravy and Sweet Potato Pie with Dulce De Leche Cream. If the weather behaves, sit outside in their gorgeous courtyard, one of the most beautiful in the city. Bistreaux is serving from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with free valet parking. View full menu.  Make reservations.

 Court of Two Sisters 

The famous Court of Two Sisters will be offering a Thanksgiving themed brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ask for a table in the courtyard near the Devil's Wishing Well. Between the food and the atmosphere, you'll be wishing you could spend every holiday here. Make reservations.


SoBou in the French Quarter will be open for breakfast on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and for lunch and dinner with an all-day menu from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sorry, no happy hour.) Reservations are recommended at this inventive eatery, a member of the Commander's Family of Restaurants. Reserve your table now.

Hard Rock Cafe

Have turkey at Christmas! From 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., you can celebrate Thanksgiving in the French Quarter at Hard Rock Cafe. While they don't offer traditional Turkey Day fare, nothing beats the "Rock Chop," a large Center Cut Smoked Rib Pork Chop, grilled and basted with Sweet Maple-Mustard Glaze, served with White Cheddar Smashed Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables and Granny Smith Apple-Mango Chutney. Or maybe you prefer a burger! Make reservations.

Landry's Seafood House

Thankgiving at this "house" is kind of like going to your grandparents–if you're grandparents are Cajun. Come enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine like Crawfish Etouffée, Blue Crab Cakes, and BBQ Shrimp (pictured)–all with  breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and Jackson Square. Landry's at 620 Decatur will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. They will be offering their regular dinner menu (sorry, no happy hour). Make reservations.

Oceana Grill

On Thanksgiving Day, head to the Vieux Carré for Thanksgiving, Oceana style. They’ll be open regular hours (8 a.m. to 1 a.m.) and offering all your Creole and Cajun favorites (if the pilgrims could’ve had red beans and rice at the first Thanksgiving, they would have!) Make reservations.

Olde Nola Cookery

Celebrate Thanksgiving on Bourbon Street! Olde NOLA Cookery will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Talk about a feast!  Make reservations.

Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

Ciao down at this fabulous Italian restaurant in Lakeview. They will be serving a 4-course pre-fixe menu on Thanksgiving Day between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., starting at $40 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).  How does this sound for a Thanksgiving feast: Oysters Rizzuto, Seafood Gumbo, a USDA Prime Dry Aged Ribeye topped with Jumbo Lump Crab Meat and Hummingbird Cake? See full menu Make reservations.

Metairie Restaurants

Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon

Bobby Herbert’s will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Come celebrate with friends and family and watch a little football while you’re at it! Staying for the weekend? Bobby Hebert’s now serves a breakfast buffet on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Make Thanksgiving reservations

A Short Drive from New Orleans

Houmas House

Experience Thanksgiving like a sugar baron at Houmas House. This beloved plantation is offering a Thanksgiving Buffet from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. for $65 per person. The Carriage House Restaurant will also be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an à la carte menu. For Thanksgiving Day reservations, call 225-473-9380.

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