Not cooking for Thanksgiving Day? Here are the restaurants that’ll be open

Not slaving over the stove on Thanksgiving Day? Well, we've gathered up a few options for you to still get a good meal in.

by Mary Staes
November 12, 2018

Not slaving over the stove on Thanksgiving Day? Well, we’ve gathered up a few options for you to still get in a good meal. You should definitely start whittling your choices down ASAP, because most restaurants require a reservation on holidays.

Messina’s Runway Cafe

The art deco-style cafe will be serving lunch at two times Thanksgiving Day: noon and 2:30 p.m. Their menu includes oyster dressing, a seafood bar, smoked duck, chorizo gumbo and pumpkin pie.

Messina's Runway Cafe
Getting there
6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 8am–3pm
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Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise on the Creole Queen

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – AUGUST 1996: The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)

This relaxing 2-hour cruise will feature a live jazz band for a little extra lagniappe, as well as a full Thanksgiving Dinner. If you want to do this option, be prepared to eat a little later. Boarding for the cruise starts a 6 p.m., and the buffet-style dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Prices are $89 for adults, $39 for kids 3-12. Children 2 years old and under are free. Drinks not included in dinner price. Click here for more information.

Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
Getting there
1 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun 8am–3pm
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The Country Club

Better known for its pool, this Bywater getaway is also a bar and restaurant, hosting a special menu on Thanksgiving. For starters, there’s smoke rabbit and mushroom gumbo, crispy gulf oysters and crab beignets. Main course options include a roasted turkey plate, char grilled filet mignon or pan roasted shrimp. All of the menu items are a la carte, so you can go as small or fancy as you’d like. Click here for more information.

The Country Club
Getting there
634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Mon-Sun 10am–11pm
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Ralph’s on the Park

A local go-to for special occasion’s, Ralph’s sits across the street from picturesque City Park. A three-course Thanksgiving menu will be served from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Appetizers include turtle soup and turkey and andouille gumbo. Main courses feature a turkey entree with oyster dressing, giblet gravy, cranberry compote and roasted sweet potatoes. If turkey will put you to sleep, there’s also redfish, veal and crabmeat or pecan striped bass. Click here for a full menu or to make reservations.

Ralph's on the Park
Getting there
900 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon Closed
Tue 5:30–9pm
Wed-Thu 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–9pm
Fri 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–9:30pm
Sat 10:30am–2pm, 5:30–9:30pm
Sun 10:30am–2pm, 5:30–9pm
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Landry’s Seafood House

Another choice if turkey isn’t your thing, Landry’s on the Lakefront will be featuring a maple-glazed salmon, along with it’s regular menu of fresh seafood.

Landry's Seafood House
Getting there
8000 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Thu 11:30am–9pm
Fri-Sat 11:30am–10pm
Sun 11:30am–9pm
More Info

If you know a place that’ll be open Thanksgiving Day, give us a shout at [email protected] or on social media @VeryLocalNOLA on Twitter and Instagram.





Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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