Where To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner In New Orleans

Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans lobby entrance | ©
Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans lobby entrance | ©
Photo of Rebeca Trejo
24 November 2016

Spending Thanksgiving in New Orleans has never made more sense. Why? Well, it’s simple – there are perhaps only a handful of cities in the world today that care about food as much as the Big Easy does. Whether you are traveling down south for a weekend getaway or just decided to skip the cooking altogether this year, we’ve rounded up the best New Orleans restaurants that are staying open to celebrate the Turkey Day holiday with you.

Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar

Restaurant, American, Fast Food, Dessert, Coffee, Tea
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Shrimp appetizer and vodka tonic cocktail at Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar
Shrimp appetizer and vodka tonic cocktail at Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar | courtesy of Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar
Located in New Orleans’ Central Business District, Cafe Adelaide is an upscale eatery that serves Creole fare and handcrafted cocktails with inventive takes. During the Turkey holiday, this business casual restaurant will be serving its special Thanksgiving menu, which includes everything from herb roasted turkey and Louisiana wild white shrimp to rabbit gnocchi and black Angus tournedos of beef. It will be open from 11 in the morning to 8:30 p.m.

Chophouse New Orleans

Restaurant, Steakhouse, Seafood, Gluten-free, $$$
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Named the highest rated steakhouse in New Orleans, Chophouse New Orleans is a brick-walled restaurant inside the city’s Central Business District. This dinner spot, known for serving USDA Prime for every steak, will be serving prime chops and family-style sides, such as the creamed or garlic spinach, the steamed asparagus and the sautéed mushrooms and onions. Chophouse New Orleans will be open during the annual feasting holiday from noon to 8 p.m.

The Roosevelt New Orleans

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The Roosevelt New Orleans, a stately hotel known in part for its memorable holiday decorations, is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving brunch featuring a buffet filled with carving stations and a raw bar. The historic stay, located in New Orleans’ Central Business District, will begin serving its brunch special from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
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Compere Lapin

Restaurant, Caribbean, Cajun, $$$
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Helmed by celebrity Chef Nina Compton of Top Chef, Compere Lapin is a trendy eatery serving Caribbean and European inspired fare with New Orleans flavors. For the autumn harvest holiday, Compton’s restaurant will be featuring a fixed-price menu including standouts like the roasted turkey Wellington and the curried cauliflower soup with local shrimp. Compere Lapin, located in the heart of the city’s Warehouse Art District, will start serving its Thanksgiving specials at 11:30 a.m.

Criollo Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant, American, Seafood, Cajun, French, Caribbean, African, Spanish
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Criollo, Spanish word for Creole, is a high-end restaurant and lounge located inside New Orleans’ historic Hotel Monteleone. This French Quarter bistro, known for serving a fusion of Italian, French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cuisines, will be featuring its famous Cajun & Creole-inspired a la carte menu starting 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stop by the hotel’s revolving carousel bar once you’re done Turkey Day feasting – they make killer martinis!

Restaurant August

Restaurant, Contemporary, French, $$$
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A five-star dining experience, Restaurant August is Chef John Besh’s award-winning flagship restaurant. This Central Business eatery, located in a historic 19th century French-Creole building, will be serving a special Thanksgiving menu for both brunch and lunch, and at 5 after midday cleanup.

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