Thanksgiving in New Orleans: Where to Eat

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Tasty bowl of Louisiana seafood gumbo

French 75 Cocktail from Arnaud's Restaurant

French 75 cocktail from Arnaud's

We all know that the best part about Thanksgiving is gathering with loved ones for a delicious meal. For those who don’t want to worry about grocery shopping, burning the turkey or doing the dishes, this one is for you. The New Orleans culinary scene has all sorts of dining options - from prix fixe, a la carte, or catering feasts for brunch, lunch, dinner and desserts. You'll see everything from traditional holiday favorites to those with Southern contemporary twists. Here are a few spots with just a sampling of Thanksgiving dishes you can get without all the hassle (check out the full menus on the restaurant websites):

Dine In:

  • Arnaud’s – This Thanksgiving table d’hôte features Arnaud’s signature Shrimp Arnaud marinated in Creole remoulade sauce; traditional roasted turkey with cornbread or oyster dressing and candied yams; slow roasted pork loin with mirliton & shrimp dressing; chocolate caramel or apple custard tart and more.
  • Brennan’s – Brennan’s offers a $75, three-course menu. Choose from appetizers like pumpkin malfatti with country ham and crispy shiitakes or fried sweetbreads with gruyere and chive fondue. For the main course – fried buttermilk brined turkey breast with cranberry & rosemary Jus; chicory rubbed beef tenderloin with red wine sauce; or cane syrup & rum glazed pork loin. Finish with a seasonal dessert.
  • Mr. B's Bistro – Start with crispy fried oysters or oven roasted pork belly with fig preserves. Then, dig in to roasted turkey with sausage and cornbread dressing; pepper crusted duck with creamy risotto; or bourbon pork loin with onion & bacon jam. For dessert – apple crumb cake or lemon ice box pie with raspberry sauce.
  • Muriel’s – This $62 menu includes choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Options include shrimp & goat cheese crêpes; butternut squash & apple sage autumn gnocchi; roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, gruyere dressing and tasso gravy; hickory smoked pork chops with braised southern greens, candied sweet potatoes, and apple-pepper jelly glaze; pumpkin crème brûlée; spiced cranberry galette and more.
  • Ralph’s on the Park – Begin with turtle soup or roasted squash & pumpkin soup before moving on to slow cooked turkey with giblet gravy, cranberry compote and roasted sweet potatoes; speckled trout amandine with brown butter and green beans; or panéed veal with jumbo lump crabmeat and roasted cauliflower gratin. Finish with praline bread pudding or chocolate bourbon pecan pie.
  • Restaurant R'evolution – Appetizers include gumbo, oysters on the half shell R’evolution style or blue crab beignets. For your main course, choose from roasted free range turkey breast; root beer glazed heritage ham; root vegetable & black truffle pot pie; Louisiana wild boar ragu and more. Finish with sweet potato pie or spiced apple doberge.

Take Out:

  • Blue Oak BBQ – Choose from a la carte items like smoked turkey, brisket, roasted garlic mac n’ cheese, potato salad, brussels sprouts and banana pudding. Or, pick one of their preset catering packages. Please place order 36 hours prior to pick-up.
  • Cochon Butcher – Start off with a house charcuterie box, but don’t get too full. Entrées include boudin stuffed turkey, butcher ham, prime rib, jambalaya stuffed chicken or even a whole hog. Pair with shrimp & eggplant dressing, broccoli & rice casserole, smothered greens, deviled eggs and more. And don’t forget a pumpkin pie, carrot cake or red velvet cake. Orders must be placed by November 22nd.
  • La Boulangerie – Starters include pimento cheese or baked brie with pepper jelly. From the bakery – soft potato rolls or cheddar chive biscuits make a great accompaniment to your meal. But the big shebang here are the desserts - choose from pies like pecan, apple, key lime or chocolate cream. Or, try the Louisiana strawberry tart or vanilla cheesecake. Thanksgiving orders must be received by Sunday, November 21st at noon and picked up on either Tuesday, November 23rd or Wednesday, November 24th.

For more delicious dining options, check out the Creole Crescent Culinary Trail.


*Note: Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required for all indoor dining in New Orleans.