Dine at Tujague’s for the Holidays

Dine at Tujague’s for the Holidays

Many generations of New Orleanians celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with a traditional turkey dinner at Tujague’s. Two of those regulars, Elliott and Mary Ann LaBorde, often made the trip from Monroe, Louisiana before retiring to New Orleans. “The waiters make you feel so comfortable, it’s like you’re dining at home or at Grandma’s,” the couple said. 

Our previous owner Steven Latter made holidays at Tujague’s into a true family affair, working each year with his wife and children to bring the familiarity and warmth of a home-cooked holiday meal to every table he served. Latter’s daughter, Shane, served as the hostess on those days, and she still recalls them fondly. “It’s so much fun to watch the babies grow up here over the years,” she said. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas may have been working holidays for the Latter family, but they made up for it during Mardi Gras, when the entire second floor was reserved for family and friends. By the time our owner Mark Latter was in college at the University of Alabama, he would delight in bringing friends home for Carnival. “I’d really feel like the big man on campus,” Mark said, “with free food and drinks for everyone!”

Whether hosting the official Mardi Gras party for the satirical Krewe d’Etat, St. Patrick’s Day, or Easter Sunday, Tujague’s has always been deeply involved and invested in the holiday spirit of New Orleans. Read on to learn what’s cooking for the holidays this year!

Raised Colorado Lamb Shank


Thanksgiving ($48 per person)

This Thanksgiving, save yourself and your family from the stress of a crowded kitchen by letting us do the hard work. Your three-course meal includes a variety of choices guaranteed to make you feel right at home.

Start with our Cauliflower and Brie Soup with rye croutons or a Harvest Salad made with roasted granny smith apples, dried cranberries, shaved onions, crumbled feta, toasted pumpkin seeds, baby greens, topped with a hard cider vinaigrette. 

For your entrée, get all of the traditional tastes of the season with Tujague’s Thanksgiving Plate, a practical feast of white and dark meat turkey, oyster dressing, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and pecans, giblet gravy, and cranberry compote. 

If you’d rather something unique at Tujague’s, try one of our four other entrées, such as our Braised Colorado Lamb Shank with white beans and roasted Brussel sprouts. 

In true New Orleans fashion, finish your meal with a plate of our Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, which is sure to be the perfect cap atop a Thanksgiving that no one will ever forget.

Pan-Seared Gulf Fish


Christmas Day ($54 per person)

Start a new Christmas tradition with us at Tujague’s by joining us for a hearty meal that’s sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. 

Our Christmas Day menu offers the same delectable openers as our Thanksgiving menu—Cauliflower and Brie Soup or Salad

The main course items include hearty options like Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and roasted Brussel sprouts or something truly Louisiana, like Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp and Grits, made with pepper jack cheese grits and New Orleans-style barbeque sauce. 

Dessert consists of our famous Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, the sweetest gift for anyone in your life. 


New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp


Réveillon ($54 per person)

Join us for our personal holiday tradition here at Tujague’s – Réveillon! This special four-course menu is offered only during dinner service from December 1st through 30th, excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Call now to reserve your table or private room!

Open the evening with a first course of either Shrimp & Tasso Vol-au-Vent—gulf shrimp, smoked tasso, English peas in rich cream sauce served in a puff pastry shell—or our holiday Salad (featured on both our Christmas and Thanksgiving menus). Either option makes an excellent pairing with the second course of Lobster and Corn Bisque.

We offer four mouth-watering entrées, including Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Tujague’s brisket dirty rice and bourbon creole mustard jus and Tournedos of Beef served with Yukon gold mashed potatoes, caramelized red onions, and roasted wild mushrooms. 

It wouldn’t be a meal at Tujague’s without our Bananas Foster Bread Pudding as a dessert to leave you full and happy until you dine with us again. 


New Year’s Eve ($80 per person)

Ring in the New Year with Tujague’s! We’re offering a four-course dinner-only menu, with the last available seating at 10:30 p.m. 

The first course is a choice of Duck and Goat Cheese Crêpes made with tender braised duck, dried cherry jus, and spiced pecans; Crispy Fried Oysters with crumbled Point Reyes blue cheese, baby greens, and Crystal Hot Sauce beurre blanc; or a Blue Crab and Truffle Roasted Beet Salad. Any of these selections perfectly compliments our second course of Lobster Bisque.

Pick from three of Tujague’s unique holiday favorites—our Braised Colorado Lamb Shank, Abita Amber BBQ Shrimp and Grits or the Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs. You’ll start your new year with a bang no matter your choice.

Closeout 2019 with a little something sweet! Try Tujague’s traditional Bananas Foster Bread Pudding or Grasshopper Panna Cotta with Chocolate Mousse. Take in the sights from our balcony and watch the fireworks over the Mississippi River as we begin 2020 together!


Experience the Original

Come join us for our traditional New Orleans holiday experience in the French Quarter! See our full menus online, and call 504-525-8676 to reserve your table today.

If you’re interested in learning more about the rich history of the New Orleans food scene, take a look at Poppy Tooker’s Tujague’s Cookbook! Filled with stunning restaurant memorabilia, ghost stories, classic recipes and more.