Whether you’re wanting to dodge the same old same old or gift the cook with a real holiday treat, dining at one of these festive restaurants will set the tone for a relaxing day of celebration. Some spots offer a special holiday meal, some a Reveillon menu, others the usual bill of fare with a few added dishes, but all will be decorated and fa la la-ing like crazy. Reserve a spot early and be filled with good cheer - guess who doesn’t have to sit next to boring Uncle Fred again this year?Read More
Where to Eat On Christmas in New Orleans
Give yourself the gift of no muss no fuss this holiday
1. The Elysian Bar
The Elysian Bar, chef Alex Harrell’s part-French, part-Southern outpost in the new Hotel Peter & Paul, will be open to serve guests and Marigny neighbors who wander into the cozy space, which feels exactly like a church of the cool bar. The regular menu is served from 10:30 am, with brunchy and snacky bites like mussels escabeche, chicken liver mousse, and a classic French omelet with duck egg. Expect some special dishes for the holiday festivities, but honestly any day feels like a holiday at this spot.
A New Orleans landmark since 1856, Tujaque’s is dishing a classic four-course menu from chef Guy Sockrider priced at $58 a person. Enjoy the likes of roast ruck with Brabant potatoes, trout amandine and grilled double cut pork chop. For dessert? White chocolate bread pudding with Maker’s Mark caramel sauce. Order a grasshopper here, where it was first invented.
3. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard
Christmas feasting will take over Broussard’s from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with a la carte and a three-course $40 Reveillon menu available. The prix fixe includes choice of braised duck cassoulet, blanquette de veau with roasted mushrooms and a veg option, wild mushroom farro with kale and butternut squash. Reserve a spot in this lovely dining room early - there is usually a waiting list.
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Kingfish offers brunch options (blue crab grilled cheese!) along with traditional holiday fare. Or break from tradition with seared Gulf fish, roast suckling pig with mustard greens and the always wonderful barbecued Scallop fettuccine with plenty ofBBQ butter sauce for sopping. Yes, a three course Reveillon menu is also offered.
This Creole soul bistro and bar on Royal sets the stage for a lovely holiday French Quarter experience, just steps from the St. Louis Cathedral and the Mississippi. Enjoy a special Christmas Day menu of roast duck and black-eyed pea gumbo, grilled ribeye steak, and more on Curio’s Christmas Day menu. A $39 three-course Reveillon menu is also offered through Dec. 28.
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6. SoBou Restaurant
Lots of interesting options on chef Juan Carlos’ a la carte holiday menu at SoBou in the French Quarter W hotel. Enjoy a few appetizers (smoky oysters en escabeche, crispy turkey necks) or mains like braised short ribs or a delectable pork bacon chop with andouille dirty rice for two. Cocktails are always special and seasonal - maybe a smoked cranberry daiquiri if it’s on the menu?
7. The Roosevelt Hotel
Ideal for a multi-gen outing and sure to please all, The Roosevelt’s annual, traditional Christmas brunch buffet has an eye-popping assortment of delicacies from which to choose. Served in what surely might be the most elegant ballroom in New Orleans, this buffet brunch is offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $105 price tag ($45 for kiddos 3-10, complimentary for the 2 and under set) is of course all you can eat, with seafood and raw bar, roasted meats and acres of endless pastries included. Tax, drinks, gratuity and parking is extra.
8. Couvant at The Eliza Jane Hotel
Love this Frenchified brassier in the stunning Eliza Jane Hotel just a few blocks from the Quarter on Magazine. Also Eater’s pick for most gorgeous design of 2018, Couvant is open both Christmas Eve and day for celebrating. Order from the regular menu along with the likes of beef Wellington ($35) and the option of buche de noelle (the traditional yule log) for dessert. Enjoy a bottle of bubbles (or two) with Taittinger priced at a special $75 a bottle.
9. Chophouse New Orleans
Chophouse New Orleans is an old school meat palace that serves artery-clogging slabs of gorgeous beef aged 28 days to tender perfection. Better still, the steaks are served Pittsburgh-style (what other way is there?) with a charred crust sealing all the juices within. Tables are going fast, so if you want prime rib eye for Christmas lock it in.
10. Poydras & Peters
The newly redone restaurant inside the Loews Hotel will be serving traditional holiday fare from brunch on, with a special menu (still under wraps) offered to celebrate the holiday. Poydras & Peters will also offer its regular menu, which features Berkshire pork with Brussels, BBQ shrimp and grits and handmade ricotta cavatelli. The menu includes seasonal desserts like blood orange cheesecake so save room.
11. Ruth's Chris Steak House
Open Christmas Eve and day, Ruth’s Chris gives steak and seafood lovers two super options in the CBD. Order a $49.95 steak and lobster extravaganza (two tails!) with sides, or the three-course $45.95 menu, with the likes of roasted butternut squash soup with nutmeg crème and blackened coconut snapper. Beef lovers will always be happy here, in the city that started it all for the popular chain.
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12. Compère Lapin
James Beard award-winning chef Nina Compton is inviting diners to celebrate Christmas with a family-style dinner at Compère Lapin inside of the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery Hotel. Served from 1 to 7 p.m. on Christmas Day, the $85 (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) feast includes chestnut soup, oyster dressing, roasted pork belly, butternut squash risotto and multiple desserts (milk punch ice cream? Yes please!).
13. Tommy's Cuisine
Enjoy a three-course Reveillon menu for $39 at this Creole-Italian favorite from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day. Try Tommy’s baked oysters, which has nibs of roasted red pepper added to the usual bread crumb and parmesan topping. The $16 spaghetti and meatballs is also always a winner.
14. Flamingo A-Go-Go
This way-fun casual spot for outdoor day drinking with Fido (there’s even a doggy menu!) will serve a lovely brunch Christmas day, along with the regular menu. Buck tradition at Flamingo-a-go-go and munch chorizo, egg and chihuahua cheeses flatbread or fried chicken and waffles, accompanied by flutes of bottomless mimosas or sparkling rosé - a libation steal for $10. Take note of the crawfish boil soup, it’s a party in a bowl.
15. Jack Rose
Jack Rose in the Pontchartrain Hotel will be serving a special three-course prix-fixe menu from 11 AM - 8 PM on Christmas day. Also offered on Christmas Eve, the $63-$72 four-course menu will offer the likes of oysters en brochette with mascarpone and pepper jelly or duck gumbo to start the feast off right. Roast duck with wild mushroom polenta and kale and scallops with risotto Milanese are two of the entrees available. Jack Rose has a super cocktail menu, so be sure to indulge.
16. Charlie's Steak House
Charlie’s Steakhouse has a history of dishing sizzling hot beef uptown since 1932, when Charlie Petrossi opened the steak palace uptown. Closed after the storm, Matt Dwyer reopened the neighborhood steakhouse in 2007 and continued the tradition - including opening at 5 pm on Christmas night and New Year’s Eve - your waiter will tell you what to order.