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Impress Holiday Guests With These 15 Trusty Showboats in New Orleans

Every guest, including you, will delight in these New Orleans' restaurants, beloved by locals and tourists alike.

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Accommodating out of town guests? There's no better way to usher in the holidays then by taking them to one of New Orleans' finest, reliable showboats for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. These restaurants are in a class all their own--impressive and representative of The Crescent City's unique culture and fine hospitality. Because these show-offs aren't just for the upscale diner, here you'll find  a range of dining possibilities, from affordable dining to glamorous steakhouse (with oysters and cocktails too!), from Creole stunners to casual soul food haunts. All of them are sure to leave your guests happy, and in some cases, even wearing bells this holiday season.  Calling ahead for holiday hours is highly encouraged.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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If the stress of planning a holiday meal is taking it’s toll, make reservations soon and let your guests be impressed by the 6 course Reveillon menu. Carolers have been known to make an appearance, and they even have a tradition of giving out jingle bells to diners in December. Can't go wrong with brunch or lunch either.

2. Galatoire's

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
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Galatoire's probably deserves the "most over the top" spot on this list. They are famous for extravagant old-school New Orleans service and patrons can be seen lining up for Friday lunch at 7 in the morning. The cuisine screams fine dining and tradition with the same dishes still on the menu from 1905.

3. The French 75 Bar

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(866) 230-8895
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When booze is in order, head to Arnaud's impeccable lounge, headed by beloved bartender Chris Hannah, who whips up a bevy of seasonal drinks. But don't overlook the tableside preparation of Cafe Brulot, which is a sight to behold at this institution.

4. Casamento's

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4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-9761
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If your guests have oysters on the brain, (which, let's be honest here, they will at some point) Casamento's is a quintessential New Orleans dining experience that everyone should be turned on to at least once in their lives.

5. Bacchanal Wine

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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If the weather is mild, head to this Bywater favorite, home to a killer wine selection, a glorious courtyard, live music, and fabulous small plates from chef Joaquin Rodas, who also does a great job curating their cheese selection. Not too mention the awesome upstairs cocktail bar.

6. Café Du Monde

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800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-4544
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One of New Orleans' unmistakeable landmarks, Café Du Monde has been whipping up cafés au lait and beignets for well over one hundred years. It's tourist trappy, yes, but Café Du Monde is one of those iconic New Orleans spots that locals actually love to patronize too.

7. August

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301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 299-9777
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If there's one John Besh restaurant that's known as a showboat, this is it. Chef Todd Pulsinelli serves inspired contemporary french cuisine in this modern, and lunch here is the best bet, even for vegetarians.

8. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

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538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-4911
(504) 482-3047
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Treat your guests to po-boys at this favorite New Orleans spot. It’s family friendly and great for large groups. If you’re lucky you might get to sample some of their holiday-only special sandwiches. Celebration in the Oaks is located only minutes away in City Park.

9. The Columns

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3811 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 899-9308
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This Garden District hotel is always a destination for posh lounging and libations in the Victorian Lounge or on the porch when guests are in town.

10. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Breakfast at Brennan's is back with a classy upgrade. Chef Slade Rushing refines the classics like Eggs Sardou while updating the menu with gorgeous additions, like a barbecue shrimp variation made with lobster. The booze list is better than ever, and this newly-annointed Champagne House of The South is a sure fire way to impress your entire family.

11. Peche

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800 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1744
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Chef Donald Link's James Beard Award winning Best New Restaurant in America is packed basically every night, so you'll need reservations well in advance. Order the whole fish and selections from the raw bar. Famous people will likely be dining around you.

12. Doris Metropolitan

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620 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
The swankiest steakhouse in New Orleans right now is Doris Metropolitan, which also boasts a great location in the Quarter for sightseeing and strolling.

13. Willie Mae's Scotch House

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2401 Saint Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-9503
The wet-battered fried chicken at this legendary Treme restaurant is the stuff of dreams. Stand in line. Order macaroni and cheese for the table. Take photos. Repeat. (Also: there is now a second location at 7457 St. Charles Avenue).

14. Tan Dinh

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1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 361-8008
When guests come to town, it's imperative to introduce them to New Orleans' amazing Vietnamese offerings. Tan Dinh represents the best of the bunch, with an enormous menu that boasts everything from banh mi to house specialties like curried goat.

15. Toups Meatery

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Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119
If a trip to Cajun Country isn't in the cards, head to chef Isaac Toups eponymous Mid City restaurant, where cracklin, boudin, chaudin, and more Cajun delicacies arrive on the must-order Meatery Board. Do a shot of whiskey from a marrow bone, and save room for the Debbie Does Doberge cake offerings for dessert.

1. Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
If the stress of planning a holiday meal is taking it’s toll, make reservations soon and let your guests be impressed by the 6 course Reveillon menu. Carolers have been known to make an appearance, and they even have a tradition of giving out jingle bells to diners in December. Can't go wrong with brunch or lunch either.
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Galatoire's

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Galatoire's probably deserves the "most over the top" spot on this list. They are famous for extravagant old-school New Orleans service and patrons can be seen lining up for Friday lunch at 7 in the morning. The cuisine screams fine dining and tradition with the same dishes still on the menu from 1905.
209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. The French 75 Bar

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
When booze is in order, head to Arnaud's impeccable lounge, headed by beloved bartender Chris Hannah, who whips up a bevy of seasonal drinks. But don't overlook the tableside preparation of Cafe Brulot, which is a sight to behold at this institution.
813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

4. Casamento's

4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
If your guests have oysters on the brain, (which, let's be honest here, they will at some point) Casamento's is a quintessential New Orleans dining experience that everyone should be turned on to at least once in their lives.
4330 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Bacchanal Wine

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
If the weather is mild, head to this Bywater favorite, home to a killer wine selection, a glorious courtyard, live music, and fabulous small plates from chef Joaquin Rodas, who also does a great job curating their cheese selection. Not too mention the awesome upstairs cocktail bar.
600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Café Du Monde

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
One of New Orleans' unmistakeable landmarks, Café Du Monde has been whipping up cafés au lait and beignets for well over one hundred years. It's tourist trappy, yes, but Café Du Monde is one of those iconic New Orleans spots that locals actually love to patronize too.
800 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. August

301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
If there's one John Besh restaurant that's known as a showboat, this is it. Chef Todd Pulsinelli serves inspired contemporary french cuisine in this modern, and lunch here is the best bet, even for vegetarians.
301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-4911
Treat your guests to po-boys at this favorite New Orleans spot. It’s family friendly and great for large groups. If you’re lucky you might get to sample some of their holiday-only special sandwiches. Celebration in the Oaks is located only minutes away in City Park.
538 Hagan Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119-4911

9. The Columns

3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
This Garden District hotel is always a destination for posh lounging and libations in the Victorian Lounge or on the porch when guests are in town.
3811 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Breakfast at Brennan's is back with a classy upgrade. Chef Slade Rushing refines the classics like Eggs Sardou while updating the menu with gorgeous additions, like a barbecue shrimp variation made with lobster. The booze list is better than ever, and this newly-annointed Champagne House of The South is a sure fire way to impress your entire family.
417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Peche

800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Chef Donald Link's James Beard Award winning Best New Restaurant in America is packed basically every night, so you'll need reservations well in advance. Order the whole fish and selections from the raw bar. Famous people will likely be dining around you.
800 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Doris Metropolitan

620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The swankiest steakhouse in New Orleans right now is Doris Metropolitan, which also boasts a great location in the Quarter for sightseeing and strolling.
620 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Willie Mae's Scotch House

2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119
The wet-battered fried chicken at this legendary Treme restaurant is the stuff of dreams. Stand in line. Order macaroni and cheese for the table. Take photos. Repeat. (Also: there is now a second location at 7457 St. Charles Avenue).
2401 Saint Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70119

14. Tan Dinh

1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
When guests come to town, it's imperative to introduce them to New Orleans' amazing Vietnamese offerings. Tan Dinh represents the best of the bunch, with an enormous menu that boasts everything from banh mi to house specialties like curried goat.
1705 Lafayette St
Gretna, LA 70053

15. Toups Meatery

Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119
If a trip to Cajun Country isn't in the cards, head to chef Isaac Toups eponymous Mid City restaurant, where cracklin, boudin, chaudin, and more Cajun delicacies arrive on the must-order Meatery Board. Do a shot of whiskey from a marrow bone, and save room for the Debbie Does Doberge cake offerings for dessert.
Carrollton
New Orleans, LA 70119

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