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Christmas in New Orleans: 10 Great Choices for Dining Out

The best restaurants open on Christmas Day

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The Roosevelt Hotel in 2014
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In many Norman Rockwell-esque American cities, the idea of celebrating Christmas Eve or Day away from hearth and kin is unthinkable. Then there’s New Orleans, where restaurants are like family and partying every day of the year is how we roll. At this second-most festive time of the year (yes, Carnival season is around the corner), these kitchens are staffed up to take care of you, your family, and your celebrations. There are also plenty of spots that offer their regular every day menu, no fuss no muss. Just remember — whatever you eat it’s still Christmas, so don’t go cheap on the tip.

Don’t see a great spot that’s open on Christmas Day? Let us know.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jack Rose

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2031 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 323-1500
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Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and serving guests of the Pontchartrain Hotel and everybody else, Jack Rose features chef Brian Landry’s focus on seasonal and Cajun flavors. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($60 to $70) including the likes of duck gumbo, pork porterhouse Milanese and Gulf snapper amandine, will be served 5 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Even and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

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2. The Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt New Orleans

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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Since the Roosevelt can’t be missed this time of year, might as well have Christmas Day meal there and soak it all in on the day of. From 2 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, a lovely four course menu includes options including crispy sweet breads, pumpkin tartine, parsnip, seared scallops, and crispy duck breast. Price is $89 excluding tax and gratuity.

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3. Seaworthy

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630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3071
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Seaworthy, the tres romantique sustainable seafood restaurant, oyster and cocktail bar by the Ace Hotel, is open with regular menus and hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. New festive cocktails include 24 Karat (vanilla, raisin and black pepper spiced bourbon, lemon, honey) and Devils Pay (chilled red wine, white port, spices, lemon).

Seaworthy
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4. Bar Marilou

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544 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 814-7711
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The still newish sexy Bar Marilou — the first US project from France-based hospitality group Quixotic Projects — will offer its regular menus and hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including aperitif and specialty cocktails, as well as French-inspired snacks from its latest menu including Saint Jacques, seared scallops with charred broccoli rabe and pommes Marilou, crispy potatoes topped with bowfin caviar.

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5. Josephine Estelle

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3070
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Ideal for eaters seeking less pomp and circumstance around holiday grub, the southern-inspired osteria Josephine Estelle will offer its regular menus and hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including favorites like its signature pasta. Also, seasonal desserts from pastry chef Breanne Kostyk including peanut butter budino and charred sourdough panna cotta. 

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6. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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614 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 412-8900
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Nothing says Christmas like piles of grilled meat on a sword. That’s what you’ll have, and much more, at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, the gaucho-style meat palace in the JW Marriott on Canal. Open both Christmas Eve (11:00 am - 9:30 pm) and Christmas Day 11:00 am-9:00 pm, this place isn’t just for carnivores, who pay $52.95 for unlimited meat and sides. The Market Table is $29.95, a seriouis repast of salads, grains, breads and veg, along with feijoda - the Brazilian version of red beans and rice.

7. The Bombay Club

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830 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 577-2237
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Get dressed up and have a sexy date night Christmas at Bombay Club Martini Bar & Restaurant, where the martinis are strong and the regular menu of sandwiches, burgers and sides will be served from 4 pm to 12 midnight. Prices won’t break your budget - all the better to keep the specialty cocktails flowing. There will also be live jazz from 8 p.m.

8. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

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819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3866
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Broussard’s, home to one of the prettiest courtyards in the Quarter, is open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving a still under wraps prix-fixe menu from chef Jimi Setchim. Expect a mix of seasonal and classic dishes.

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9. Tommy's Cuisine

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746 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-1103
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Tommy’s Cuisine on Tchoup is dishing its regular American steak-forward menu for Christmas Eve and Day, with one addition. If frying a turkey isn’t something to try at home, order it here; a Cajun fried turkey for $19 with crawfish dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bean casserole, and sweet potato pecan crumble for dessert. What a bargain.

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10. Tujague's

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823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-8676
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Get in one last meal at the iconic location of this quintessentially New Orleans restaurant before it moves down the street. On Christmas Day, a $54 menu sounds enticing — cauliflower and brie soup? Abita Amber shrimp and grits? Yes please.

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1. Jack Rose

2031 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Jack Rose
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Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and serving guests of the Pontchartrain Hotel and everybody else, Jack Rose features chef Brian Landry’s focus on seasonal and Cajun flavors. The four-course prix-fixe menu ($60 to $70) including the likes of duck gumbo, pork porterhouse Milanese and Gulf snapper amandine, will be served 5 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Even and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.

2031 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. The Fountain Lounge at the Roosevelt New Orleans

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112
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Since the Roosevelt can’t be missed this time of year, might as well have Christmas Day meal there and soak it all in on the day of. From 2 to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, a lovely four course menu includes options including crispy sweet breads, pumpkin tartine, parsnip, seared scallops, and crispy duck breast. Price is $89 excluding tax and gratuity.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

3. Seaworthy

630 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Seaworthy
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Seaworthy, the tres romantique sustainable seafood restaurant, oyster and cocktail bar by the Ace Hotel, is open with regular menus and hours for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. New festive cocktails include 24 Karat (vanilla, raisin and black pepper spiced bourbon, lemon, honey) and Devils Pay (chilled red wine, white port, spices, lemon).

630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Bar Marilou

544 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bar Marilou
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The still newish sexy Bar Marilou — the first US project from France-based hospitality group Quixotic Projects — will offer its regular menus and hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, including aperitif and specialty cocktails, as well as French-inspired snacks from its latest menu including Saint Jacques, seared scallops with charred broccoli rabe and pommes Marilou, crispy potatoes topped with bowfin caviar.

544 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Josephine Estelle Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Ideal for eaters seeking less pomp and circumstance around holiday grub, the southern-inspired osteria Josephine Estelle will offer its regular menus and hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including favorites like its signature pasta. Also, seasonal desserts from pastry chef Breanne Kostyk including peanut butter budino and charred sourdough panna cotta. 

600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Nothing says Christmas like piles of grilled meat on a sword. That’s what you’ll have, and much more, at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, the gaucho-style meat palace in the JW Marriott on Canal. Open both Christmas Eve (11:00 am - 9:30 pm) and Christmas Day 11:00 am-9:00 pm, this place isn’t just for carnivores, who pay $52.95 for unlimited meat and sides. The Market Table is $29.95, a seriouis repast of salads, grains, breads and veg, along with feijoda - the Brazilian version of red beans and rice.

614 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. The Bombay Club

830 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Get dressed up and have a sexy date night Christmas at Bombay Club Martini Bar & Restaurant, where the martinis are strong and the regular menu of sandwiches, burgers and sides will be served from 4 pm to 12 midnight. Prices won’t break your budget - all the better to keep the specialty cocktails flowing. There will also be live jazz from 8 p.m.

830 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Broussard’s, home to one of the prettiest courtyards in the Quarter, is open for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, serving a still under wraps prix-fixe menu from chef Jimi Setchim. Expect a mix of seasonal and classic dishes.

819 Conti St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Tommy's Cuisine

746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Tommy’s Cuisine on Tchoup is dishing its regular American steak-forward menu for Christmas Eve and Day, with one addition. If frying a turkey isn’t something to try at home, order it here; a Cajun fried turkey for $19 with crawfish dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, bean casserole, and sweet potato pecan crumble for dessert. What a bargain.

746 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Tujague's

823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Inside Tujague's
Inside Tujague’s
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Get in one last meal at the iconic location of this quintessentially New Orleans restaurant before it moves down the street. On Christmas Day, a $54 menu sounds enticing — cauliflower and brie soup? Abita Amber shrimp and grits? Yes please.

823 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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