If you’re opting to celebrate Christmas at a restaurant this year or need suggestions to offer loved ones visiting the city, we’re here to help if your plan is to dine out. Many restaurants we spoke with say tables are going fast. So, call for more details, and make sure space is available.
Here’s a look at some restaurants in the New Orleans area open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with most offering special holiday menus:
Andrea’s Restaurant: This Metairie favorite offers an Italian feast for its Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu. The Christmas Eve menu is a la carte with items like speckled trout crabmeat royale, veal piccata, crabmeat ravioli and chicken parmigana. The Christmas Day menu features an appetizer, entree and dessert for $49.95. Your choices include items like roast prime rib au jus, herb crusted salmon and crabmeat ravoli.
Antoine’s: While Antoine’s is open on Christmas Eve, at the time of this posting all of the tables were booked. However, you can ask to join the wait list. Antoine’s serves a condensed holiday menu on Christmas Eve but still features many favorites. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day.
Arnaud’s: While Arnaud’s is open on Christmas Eve, at the time of this posting all of the tables were booked. If you had your heart set on going here for your holiday dinner, you may want to check back for cancellations. They are not open Christmas Day.
BH Steak at Harrah’s: Located inside Harrah’s casino, this restaurant has a five-course prixe-fix menu for $75 including a satsuma salad with fennel marmalade, pine nut brittle and grana padano and paneed veal with blue crab, truffle and fondant potato.
The Bombay Club: A hidden gem in the heart of the French Quarter offers a Christmas Day brunch menu, a three-course reveillon menu and a la carte items. Dining hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas day.
Borgne: Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day, Borgne has a four-course Christmas menu with plenty of choices for each course. Shrimp toast, duck poppers, cauliflower soup, duck gumbo, fish and steak are just a few of the items available.
Broussard’s: This elegant French Quarter restaurant will be offering their Reveillon menu on Christmas Day. It’s a four-course meal for $49 and includes choices like pan-fried trout, roasted beef salad, duck cassoulet and a yule log.
Café Adelaide: As part of the Commander’s family of restaurants, Café Adelaide, opens Christmas Day with plenty of options for the family. You can choose from a four-course menu for $49 or order a la carte from a more extensive menu.
Commander’s Palace: The Grande Dame of the Garden District is serving a special menu for Christmas Eve but will be closed on Christmas Day.
Copper Vine: The new downtown wine-pub opens on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy dishes from the full a la carte menu, shareables or a drink from the bar.
Couvant: For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Couvant serve its regular menu and feature traditional holiday additions like Beef Wellington, Buche de Noelle, Montblanc. Guests can also try holiday cocktials like Candied Pecan and Brown Butter Bourbon Milk Punch. Couvant opens for normal hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Press Room Bar opens 4 p.m. to midnight.
Caribbean Room: This classic restaurant housed in the Pontchartrain Hotel has a four-course special menu available on Christmas Day. The menu consists of foie gras, short rib ravioli, oyster bisque, fish, lamb, veal and a dessert. Prices range from $66 to $77.
Charlie’s Steak House: The historic New Orleans steakhouse opens on Christmas Day at 5 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Chophouse: This Magazine Street steakhouse will open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Compere Lapin: James Beard-winning chef Nina Compton puts her Caribbean twist on a Christmas feast with a special holiday menu. The festive dinner will be offered from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Day. Priced at $85 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity), the Christmas menu includes items like oyster dressing, roasted pork belly, warm winter squash and chestnut soup.
Criollo: Located in the holiday-dressed Monteleone Hotel, Criollo offers a Reveillon menu starting at $75. Choices include rabbit fricassee, roasted acorn squash soup, lamb chops, roasted goose, beef cheeks and flounder.
Curio: This French Quarter restaurant will host its first Reveillon dinner. From now until December 29, you can get a four-course dinner for $48. Menu includes crab bisque, shaved vegetable salad, duck confit and buttered-rum yule log.
Dakota Restaurant: The Covington restaurant is open Christmas Eve with a special menu featuring some of their signature dishes like crabmeat and brie soup and braised lamb shank.
Del Porto: Open from 5pm – 8pm on Christmas Eve, Del Porto will be serving an abbreviated version of their regular menu.
Domenica: The Italian restaurant located in the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel serves up a four-course Reveillon menu for $60. Courses include pumpkin soup, fried kale, pasta dishes, fish, pork, meat lasagne and dessert.
Doris Metropolitan: This upscale steakhouse will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.
Fountain Lounge at The Roosevelt: In true Roosevelt tradition, Christmas Brunch returns to the Fountain Lounge with fine culinary offerings. A special dinner is served in the Fountain Lounge on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Galatoire’s – The New Orleans institution has a Reveillon dinner being offered from now until Christmas Eve. Oysters Rockefeller, salad, gumbo, turtle soup, petite filet, sauteed drum, pork chop and desserts are included on the menu.
Galatoire’s 33 – The steakhouse is offering a Reveillon menu that will be served through Christmas Eve. This menu is a little different than its sister restaurant, Galatoire’s, in that it offers shrimp scampi risotto, crab maison salad, drum amandine and pork roast.
The Grill Room: The Windsor Court’s flagship restaurant has a special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu including options like beef strip, duck, lamb chops and striped bass meuniere. The four-course menu costs $110. Christmas Eve dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant opens for Christmas brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Gumbo Shop: This French Quarter restaurant will be open Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. Expect traditional New Orleans dishes.
Jack Rose: The restaurant inside the Pontchartrain Hotel offers a special four course prix-fix menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Menu highlights include Oysters en brochette, fillet of beef lollipops, scallops and roasted duck.
Kingfish: The restaurant’s holiday hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There’s plenty of options on the abbreviated holiday menu.
Landry’s Seafood House: On Christmas Eve, Landry’s Seafood open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving its signature seafood dishes for all to enjoy. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Luke: Open to guests on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a four-course Reveillon menu featuring holiday favorites such as shrimp remoulade, turtle soup, glazed ham shank and a yule log. The prix-fixe menu is $60.
M Bistro: The Ritz Carlton’s farm-to-table restaurant offers a special Christmas Eve, four-course Reveillon menu. The cost is $80 for adults and $40 for kids age 12 and under. On Christmas Day, enjoy a four- course menu featuring a seafood buffet, dessert station, unlimited champagne and live entertainment. It’s $90 for adults and $45 for children under age 12.
Morton’s Steakhouse: Let Morton’s take the stress out of your holiday by feasting on one of their mouth-watering steaks or seafood specialties.
Oak Oven Restaurant: The Harahan restaurant will open for Christmas Eve for lunch and dinner. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Oceana Grill: If you are in the French Quarter between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, then swing by Oceana Grill for a traditional New Orleans meal.
Olde NOLA Cookery: If you don’t make it to Oceana, don’t worry, it’s sister restaurant will be more than happy to serve you. Opens 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Pizza Domenica: The mini-version of Domenica is open both days serving traditional Italian pizzas and dishes.
Public Service: This restaurant located inside the NOPSI Hotel will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Ralph’s on the Park: Ralph’s will be serving a set brunch menu on Christmas Eve day.
Restaurant R’evolution: John Folse and Rick Tramonto’s upscale French Quarter restaurant features a selection of New Orleans delicacies and a wine list with over 10,000 bottles in stock. On Christmas Eve, you can indulge in oyster bisque, smoked pompano and duck breast off of their Reveillon menu. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rib Room: Leave the cooking to the experts, and enjoy your time with friends and family at the Rib Room located inside the Omni Hotel in the French Quarter. A special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu offers a selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts, including Maine scallops and deep fried trout.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: You can enjoy Ruth’s Chris full menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Seaworthy: The seafood restaurant is serving a special Christmas Day menu featuring caviar, small plates, entrees such as grilled lobster and desserts.
SoBou: Exact menu details haven’t been determined, but SoBou will open Christmas Day offering up a special holiday menu.
Shaya: Expect the delicious award-winning food of Shaya on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The restaurant serves a reveillon menu through Christmas for $45.
Tableau: Open Christmas Eve, Tableau is offering its regular menu, as well as a Reveillon menu.
The Pelican Club: There is a large selection of choices on the Christmas Eve Reveillon menu at the Pelican Club including baked oysters, jumbo lump crab cake and stuffed artichoke. Christmas Eve hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day.
Tommy’s Cuisine: Opening Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tommy’s will be serving both regular menu items on an abbreviated menu, as well as a Reveillon menu.
Trenasse: This CBD restaurant located in the Intercontinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue will be open both days serving a special menu. Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tujague’s: This historic French Quarter landmark serves up a special four-course menu on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tujague’s has a special menu with entrée options such as beef short ribs, Gulf fish roasted duck and barbecue shrimp and grits. Adults are priced at $60 per person.
Vacherie: Enjoy a holiday feast at Vacherie’s Christmas Day buffet comprised of holiday favorites like baked ham, cornbread dressing and candied yams. With more than 20 items to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Adults can dine for $45, and kids ages 6 to 12 eat for $19. The restaurant is also open Christmas Eve with a buffet style Reveillon menu.