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Stuffed with NOLA: Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day

October 28 2019 | 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.

Pelican Club

CNN and Forrest Brown included Pelican Club on their list of "10 Best Restuarants for Thanksgiving Across America." For $59, you'll enjoy a 3-course prixe-fixe Thanksgiving feast with entree options like Slow Roasted Turkey Roulade with Mushroom Gravy and Sausage Dressing, House Made Orange Cranberry Relish, Bourbon Sweet Potatoes and Haricots Verts. View full menu. Make 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 (kids can dine for $25). 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 to the delight of all its guests. Make reservations.

Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy

Chef Matt Regan has really outdone himself this year with choices like Butternut Squash Bisque, Roasted Turkey & Giblet Gravy and Sweet Potato Pie with Praline 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.  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. aad dinner from 5:30  p.m. to 10 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.

Ralph's on the Park

Enjoy a 3-course meal for $58 (kids for $21) with a fabulous view of City Park on the side. This lovely restaurant never disappoints.  Make reservations.

Red Fish Grill

Spend Thanksgiving in the French Quarter at Red Fish Grill where holidays are always something special. They'll be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a menu filled with wonderful offerings like Tanglewood Farms Herb Roasted Turkey with turkey gravy and Satsuma cranberry sauce, Roasted Prime Rib with horseradish cream and au jus, Alligator Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, Molasses Meringue and Sweet Potato Casserole, and Pumpkin Cheesecake just like they wish they'd had at the first Thanksgiving. There's also a Kid's Buffet. View full Thanksgiving Day menu. Make reservations.

Hard Rock Cafe

Have turkey at Christmas! While Hard Rock doesn't offer traditional Turkey Day fare, nothing beats their Baby Back Ribs. Or maybe you prefer a burger! 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 inspired fare on Thanksgiving Day between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., See full menu.  Make reservations.


If Autumn Apple Cider Brined Turkey with Creole Oyster Dressing, Shrimp & Tasso Mirliton Stuffing, Spiced Pecan & Marshmallow Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Turkey Gravy, and Bayou Satsuma Rum Spiked Cranberry Chutney sounds good to you, head to SoBou in the French Quarter. This member of the Commander's Palace Family of restaurants will be serving breakfast from 7-10 a.m and a special Thanksgiving menu between 11:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Plus, there will be no happier hour on Thanksgiving Day!) View full menu. Call 504-552-4095 for reservations.

BB KIng's Blue's Club

If you have family in town for Thanksgiving, head over to BB King's in the French Quarter for some fun for dinner or after! They're open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Make reservations.

Landry’s Seafood House

Thanksgiving 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. Both the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain locations will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering their regular dinner menus. Make reservations.

Metairie Restaurants

Andrea's Restaurant

Come enjoy Turkey Day at Andrea's in Metairie. For just $45 per adult ($14.95 for kids under 12), ou can enjoy a three-course meal with items such as Homemade Cannelloni Alfredo, Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, and Pumpkin Pie. Reserve your table now.

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! 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 Thanksgiving Day reservations, call 225-473-9380.

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