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 or 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.
The Steakhouse: 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.
Broussard’s: This elegant French Quarter restaurant will be offering their Reveillon menu on Christmas Day and other items are also featured on their abbreviated menu as well. Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day.
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.
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.
Curio: Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. This French Quarter restaurant features an abbreviated Christmas menu.
Dakota Restaurant: The Covington restaurant is open Christmas Eve with a special menu, but reservation slots are almost full.
Domenica: The Italian restaurant located in the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel serves up a four-course Reveillon menu for $65. Courses include fried oysters, ricotta raviolo, veal osso bucco and dessert.
Doris Metropolitan: This upscale steakhouse will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.
The Roosevelt New Orleans: In true Roosevelt tradition, you can enjoy Christmas Day brunch in the Crescent Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pricing is $105+ for adults ages 11 and over, $45+ for children ages 3-10, and complimentary for children ages 2 and under. Guests can also enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Four Course Dinner in the Fountain Lounge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Galatoire’s – The New Orleans institution has a Reveillon dinner being offered from now until Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oysters Rockefeller, salad, gumbo, turtle soup, petite filet, sauteed drum, pork chop and desserts are included on the menu. Pricing ranges from $40 to $55 per person, based on entree selection. The restaurant closes on Christmas Day.
Galatoire’s 33 – The restaurant also offers a Reveillon menu that will be served through Christmas Eve. This menu is a little different than its sister restaurant, Galatoire’s, it offers pan seared snapper, roasted black duck or grilled eye of ribeye as entree selections. Pricing ranges from $55 to $70. Christmas Eve hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant closes on Christmas Day.
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.
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.
Josephine Estelle: Inside Ace Hotel, Josephine Estelle will open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will serve specials like roasted squab and lamb shank in addition to the dinner menu from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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 are fully booked for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so check back for cancellations. The adjacent Davenport Lounge is open 8 a.m. to midnight on both days, with food and drink both available. There will also be live music on Christmas Eve from Don Vappie and his band at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Christmas from Christian Winther and his band at noon to 9 p.m.
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. The restaurant is closed on Christmas Day.
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: The restaurant opens for brunch on Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closes Christmas day. They will serve a modified version of the brunch menu.
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 the restaurants open from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Christmas Day, the restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant currently has an extensive waitlist.
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 will open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Seaworthy will serve specials like Gulf Tuna Crudo and Monkfish in addition to the dinner menu.
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: Tableau will open for regular hours on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Menu details are still being finalized. The restaurant will close Christmas Day.
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.