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Where to Eat on Christmas in New Orleans

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Sometimes all you want for Christmas is someone else doing the cooking. In New Orleans, there are a number of restaurants that will be open on December 25, Christmas day, for just this purpose. There's a little something all over town, including casual neighborhood spots, destination restaurants, a slew of Besh Group hotspots, and reliable eateries for Chinese and Indian food, as well as sushi.  Eater Nola recommends you call ahead to make reservations for all of these restaurants, despite the number of people in your party.

Also, if you need help with your holiday baking and cooking, here are some handy holiday take-out options:

  • Willa Jean has online ordering for everything from sides to pie. Pick up available on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning.
  • Gracious Bakery is selling breads for the table, cakes, pies, and more pastries.Orders accepted until December 21 at 3 p.m. with Christmas Eve pick up or free delivery if you spend over $100.
  • Deanie's Seafood has a ton of catering items including everything from fried turkeys to seafood gumbo to homemade cheesecake. Christmas orders must be placed by December 22 at noon and picked up Christmas Eve between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Don't see a great spot that's open on Christmas Day? Leave a comment or send a tip and let Eater NOLA know all about it. Please note: These restaurants are arranged by neighborhood, not by ranking.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Compère Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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Chef Nina Compton's flavorful Christmas Day prix fixe is unlike anything else in town, with choices of blood sausage or crudo for starters, and a family-style main course meal including porcetta with crispy rice and beans, oyster dressing and more... seatings available from 1 to 8 p.m.
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2. The Caribbean Room

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2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 323-1500
For those in search of a luxurious dining affair, this Besh Group destination restaurant in the LGD will rock a five-course Reveillon menu on Christmas Day from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. with foie gras, lamb chops, oyster bisque and more.

3. Chiba

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8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 826-9119
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Seating from 4 to 10 p.m., this is one of the busiest days of the year for Oak Street's sushi hub, so do make a reservation, even if its just for two. It's normally not even open on Sundays, so that's how much this restaurant loves its Christmas Day tradition.
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4. Nirvana Indian Cuisine

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4308 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 894-9797
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Get your curry on at this Uptown fave, run by the Keswani family (also of Taj Mahal fame), a go-to for casual Indian cuisine that's open for dinner on Christmas.

5. Jung's Golden Dragon II

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3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 887-6081
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Magazine Street's Chinese food stalwart— known for its secret "Chinese menu" including items like jellyfish— will be open for normal hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations are suggested for larger groups.

6. Restaurant R'evolution

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777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-2277
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For fine dining enthusiasts, this Quarter stunner is serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Chef Jana Billiot's four-course Reveillon menu features classic turtle soup or seafood gumbo, and entree choices of short ribs or Gulf Fish with Lobster Nage.

7. Tujague's Restaurant

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823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-8676
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A holiday tradition for many locals, this French Quarter landmark serves up a prix fixe with loads of revelry and regulars from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with four-courses including choices of grilled redfish, filet mignon and more.

8. Shaya

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4213 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 891-4213
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Uptown Israeli powerhouse Shaya will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. with a family-style Hannukah menu ($55/person) including four-courses of potato latkes, slow roasted turkey and more from chef Alon Shaya.

9. Morton's The Steakhouse

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365 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 566-0221
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For the steak lover, head to this opulent Quarter steakhouse, serving its decadent menu including filet, crab cakes and lobster, from 1 to 9 p.m.

10. Domenica

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123 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-6020
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Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for laid-back fine dining on Christmas day, along with a four-course Reveillon menu with highlights including a black olive-rubbed snapper preparation and dessert of pear and ricotta hand pies.

11. Lüke

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333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 378-2840
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This CBD gem is serving from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a Reveillon menu and a limited a la carte Christmas menu with some of their classic dishes like Flammenkuchen (Alsatian flatbread), buttermilk fried quail, and moules et frites​.

12. Borgne

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601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 613-3860
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At this Besh Group seafood and Cajun fave in the CBD, chef Brian Landry cooks up a special four-course Christmas Day menu (to be announced this week).
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13. Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar

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300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 595-3305
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Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and Christmas dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. including a fairly extensive menu with a la carte items— shrimp and tasso corndogs, filet, stuffed redfish— as well as a hearty three-course prix fixe.

14. Willa Jean

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611 Okeefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 509-7334
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Start your Christmas Day off with coffee and pastries at the front counter from 7 to 11 a.m., where you will also find your pre-ordered holiday items (including glorious pies, sides, and even baked goods from Chasing Wang cake studio) ready for pick up.
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15. Avenue Pub

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1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 586-9243
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The Avenue Pub is 24/7/365 so it stands to reason that it's open on Christmas. But owner Polly Watts decided to let the Pub's clientele in on her family's own tradition of Christmas Day Chinese food and Doctor Who. Asian-vegan popup Midnight Noodle will be on hand with five dishes sold a la carte, and the kitchen will also be serving its regular menu. The annual Doctor Who Christmas special will air on the televisions in the upstairs bar starting at 7pm.
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1. Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Elsa Hahne for Compere Lapin
Chef Nina Compton's flavorful Christmas Day prix fixe is unlike anything else in town, with choices of blood sausage or crudo for starters, and a family-style main course meal including porcetta with crispy rice and beans, oyster dressing and more... seatings available from 1 to 8 p.m.
535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. The Caribbean Room

2031 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
For those in search of a luxurious dining affair, this Besh Group destination restaurant in the LGD will rock a five-course Reveillon menu on Christmas Day from 11 a.m to 8 p.m. with foie gras, lamb chops, oyster bisque and more.
2031 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Chiba

8312 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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Seating from 4 to 10 p.m., this is one of the busiest days of the year for Oak Street's sushi hub, so do make a reservation, even if its just for two. It's normally not even open on Sundays, so that's how much this restaurant loves its Christmas Day tradition.
8312 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

4. Nirvana Indian Cuisine

4308 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Get your curry on at this Uptown fave, run by the Keswani family (also of Taj Mahal fame), a go-to for casual Indian cuisine that's open for dinner on Christmas.
4308 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Jung's Golden Dragon II

3009 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Magazine Street's Chinese food stalwart— known for its secret "Chinese menu" including items like jellyfish— will be open for normal hours, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day. Reservations are suggested for larger groups.
3009 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Restaurant R'evolution

777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
For fine dining enthusiasts, this Quarter stunner is serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day. Chef Jana Billiot's four-course Reveillon menu features classic turtle soup or seafood gumbo, and entree choices of short ribs or Gulf Fish with Lobster Nage.
777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Tujague's Restaurant

823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
A holiday tradition for many locals, this French Quarter landmark serves up a prix fixe with loads of revelry and regulars from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. with four-courses including choices of grilled redfish, filet mignon and more.
823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Shaya

4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Uptown Israeli powerhouse Shaya will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. with a family-style Hannukah menu ($55/person) including four-courses of potato latkes, slow roasted turkey and more from chef Alon Shaya.
4213 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Morton's The Steakhouse

365 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
For the steak lover, head to this opulent Quarter steakhouse, serving its decadent menu including filet, crab cakes and lobster, from 1 to 9 p.m.
365 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Domenica

123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for laid-back fine dining on Christmas day, along with a four-course Reveillon menu with highlights including a black olive-rubbed snapper preparation and dessert of pear and ricotta hand pies.
123 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Lüke

333 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
This CBD gem is serving from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with a Reveillon menu and a limited a la carte Christmas menu with some of their classic dishes like Flammenkuchen (Alsatian flatbread), buttermilk fried quail, and moules et frites​.
333 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Borgne

601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
ENOLA
At this Besh Group seafood and Cajun fave in the CBD, chef Brian Landry cooks up a special four-course Christmas Day menu (to be announced this week).
601 Loyola Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

13. Café Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar

300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and Christmas dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. including a fairly extensive menu with a la carte items— shrimp and tasso corndogs, filet, stuffed redfish— as well as a hearty three-course prix fixe.
300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Willa Jean

611 Okeefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113
Paul Broussard
Start your Christmas Day off with coffee and pastries at the front counter from 7 to 11 a.m., where you will also find your pre-ordered holiday items (including glorious pies, sides, and even baked goods from Chasing Wang cake studio) ready for pick up.
611 Okeefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113

15. Avenue Pub

1732 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
ENOLA
The Avenue Pub is 24/7/365 so it stands to reason that it's open on Christmas. But owner Polly Watts decided to let the Pub's clientele in on her family's own tradition of Christmas Day Chinese food and Doctor Who. Asian-vegan popup Midnight Noodle will be on hand with five dishes sold a la carte, and the kitchen will also be serving its regular menu. The annual Doctor Who Christmas special will air on the televisions in the upstairs bar starting at 7pm.
1732 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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