The Feasting Season

Here is a link to our Christmas List for 2015. I’ve checked it twice, and the thing I am most certain of is that more restaurants will announce that they’ve decided to open between now and Christmas Eve. When they do, we will add them to this list. We update it right down to Christmas Eve, so keep checking back if you still haven’t made your plans.

Also here on the NOMenu site (but on a different page) is the only critical and complete coverage of Reveillon dinners, the special seasonal menus around town. Reveillon menus and our ratings and recommendations can be found by clicking the link below.

Restaurants Open Christmas Eve
Restaurants Open Christmas Day
Reveillon Restaurants And Menus
Christmas Recipes From Tom Fitzmorris

Christmas

Eating Out During The Holidays, 2015

Dining out on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a challenge. The best plan is to avoid doing so if you possibly can. There is a reason most restaurants are closed both days. If you were one of the best chefs, waiters, and managers, would you work on Christmas?

SantaMany restaurants are open, however, for various reasons. The most reliable among them are the hotel restaurants, which must be open. A small percentage of the independent restaurants also swing into action. In most cases, despite their best intentions, these can’t keep pace with the crush of customers. There are exceptions, but not many.

To try to streamline things, the restaurants almost always depart from their standard menus on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Regular customers are surprised and dismayed by this. Sometimes the prices rise, too: that dismays everybody.

But sometimes dinner in a restaurant on Christmas is essential. It can be done reasonably well, with reservations made well in advance and reasonable expectations.

GiftHere’s a list of all the restaurants I’ve found so far that will be open for those days. It doesn’t include fast food, pizza, and the like. Nor does it include the Asian restaurant community, many members of which will open for dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Because restaurants have a way of making plans at the last minute, this list will change as the season jingles all the way. I’ll update the list almost daily; check back if you’re still looking.

The ratings–given as one, two or three ornaments–are specifically for the holiday only, not overall performance the rest of the year. Three denotes the best; one ornament denotes acceptable. Click on the name of the restaurant to go to a detailed review.

Note To Restaurants: If you will be open on Christmas Eve or Christmas but are not included in the lists below, send specifics to us at: news@nomenu.com There is no charge for your listing, although I don’t guarantee inclusion.

ChristmasMargin1

Open Christmas Eve

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 5Fifty5. CBD: Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal. 504-553-5638.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 8 Block Kitchen & Bar. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave. (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3850.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 American Sector. Warehouse District & Center City: 945 Magazine St. 504-528-1940.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Antoine’s. French Quarter: 713 St Louis. 504-581-4422.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Arnaud’s. French Quarter: 813 Bienville. 504-523-5433.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Bayona. French Quarter: 430 Dauphine. 504-525-4455.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Bistreaux. French Quarter: 1001 Toulouse St. 504-586-8000.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Borgne. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Bourbon House. French Quarter: 144 Bourbon. 504-522-0111.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Cafe Adelaide. CBD: 300 Poydras St. 504-595-3305.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Cafe Giovanni. French Quarter: 117 Decatur. 504-529-2154.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Carmo. Warehouse District & Center City: 527 Julia. 504-861-7763.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Charlie’s Steak House. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 4510 Dryades. 504-895-9705.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Chiba. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 8312 Oak St. 504-826-9119.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Commander’s Palace. Uptown 1: Garden District & Environs: 1403 Washington Ave. 504-899-8221.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Court of Two Sisters. French Quarter: 613 Royal. 504-522-7273.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Crescent City Brewhouse. French Quarter: 527 Decatur. 504-522-0571.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Criollo. French Quarter: 214 Royal. 504-523-3341.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Crystal Room. CBD: Le Pavillon Hotel, 901 Poydras. 504-581-3111.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Dakota. Covington: 629 N US 190. 985-892-3712.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Desire Oyster Bar. French Quarter: 300 Bourbon. 504-586-0300.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Domenica. CBD: 123 Baronne (Roosevelt Hotel). 504-648-6020.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Doris Metropolitan. French Quarter: 620 Chartres St. 504-267-3500.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Drago’s. CBD: 2 Poydras. 504-584-3911.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Flaming Torch. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 737 Octavia. 504-895-0900.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Galatoire’s. French Quarter: 209 Bourbon. 504-525-2021.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak. French Quarter: 215 Bourbon St. 504-335-3932.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Gallagher’s Grill. Covington: 509 S Tyler. 985-892-9992.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Galvez. French Quarter: 914 N Peters. 504-595-3400.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Gumbo Shop. French Quarter: 630 St Peter. 504-525-1486.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Kingfish. French Quarter: 337 Chartres St. 504-598-5005.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Lebanon’s Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 1500 S Carrollton Ave. 504-862-6200.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Lüke. CBD: 333 St Charles Ave. 504-378-2840.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 M Bistro. French Quarter: 921 Canal. 504-524-1331.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Maple Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7623 Maple. 504-314-9003.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Martinique. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 5908 Magazine. 504-891-8495.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Maximo’s Italian Grill. French Quarter: 1117 Decatur. 504-586-8883.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Morton’s The Steakhouse. CBD: 365 Canal (Canal Place Mall). 504-566-0221.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 N’Tini’s. Mandeville: 2891 US 190. 985-626-5566.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Olivier’s Creole Restaurant. French Quarter: 204 Decatur. 504-525-7734.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Palette. Warehouse District & Center City: 700 Tchoupitoulas. 504-613-2350.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Pardo’s. Covington: 69305 Hwy 21. 985-893-3603.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Pelican Club. French Quarter: 615 Bienville. 504-523-1504.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Red Maple. Gretna: 1036 Lafayette. 504-367-0935.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Restaurant August. CBD: 301 Tchoupitoulas. 504-299-9777.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Rib Room. French Quarter: 621 St Louis St. 504-529-7045.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant. French Quarter: 301 Dauphine St (Chateau LeMoyne Hotel). 504-586-0972.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Roux On Orleans. French Quarter: 717 Orleans (Bourbon Orleans Hotel). 504-571-4604.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Royal House. French Quarter: 441 Royal. 504-528-2601.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3633 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-3600.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. CBD: 525 Fulton St. 504-587-7099.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 SoBou. French Quarter: 310 Chartres St.. 504-552-4095.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 The Besh Steakhouse. CBD: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal. 504-533-6111.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Tiffin Inn. Metairie 3: Houma Blvd To Kenner Line: 6601 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-6602.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Tivoli & Lee. Warehouse District & Center City: 936 St. Charles Ave. (Modern Hotel). 504-929-0909.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Tomas Bistro. Warehouse District & Center City: 755 Tchoupitoulas. 504-527-0942.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Tommy’s Cuisine. Warehouse District & Center City: 746 Tchoupitoulas. 504-581-1103.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Tujague’s. French Quarter: 823 Decatur. 504-525-8676.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Vacherie. French Quarter: 827 1/2 Toulouse St. 504-207-4532.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Vega Tapas Cafe. Metairie 1: Old Metairie: 2051 Metairie Rd. 504-836-2007.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Veranda. CBD: 444 St Charles Ave. 504-585-4383.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Windsor Court Grill Room. CBD: 300 Gravier. 504-522-1994.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Wolfe’s. Warehouse District & Center City: 859 Convention Center Blvd. 504-613-2882.

ChristmasMargin1

Open Christmas Day

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 5Fifty5. CBD: Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal. 504-553-5638.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 8 Block Kitchen & Bar. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave. (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3850.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Borgne. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Broussard’s. French Quarter: 819 Conti. 504-581-3866.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Cafe Adelaide. CBD: 300 Poydras St. 504-595-3305.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Charlie’s Steak House. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 4510 Dryades. 504-895-9705.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Chiba. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 8312 Oak St. 504-826-9119.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Criollo. French Quarter: 214 Royal. 504-523-3341.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Crystal Room. CBD: Le Pavillon Hotel, 901 Poydras. 504-581-3111.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Desire Oyster Bar. French Quarter: 300 Bourbon. 504-586-0300.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Domenica. CBD: 123 Baronne (Roosevelt Hotel). 504-648-6020.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Doris Metropolitan. French Quarter: 620 Chartres St. 504-267-3500.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Flaming Torch. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 737 Octavia. 504-895-0900.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Galvez. French Quarter: 914 N Peters. 504-595-3400.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Kingfish. French Quarter: 337 Chartres St. 504-598-5005.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Lüke. CBD: 333 St Charles Ave. 504-378-2840.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 M Bistro. French Quarter: 921 Canal. 504-524-1331.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Maple Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7623 Maple. 504-314-9003.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Olivier’s Creole Restaurant. French Quarter: 204 Decatur. 504-525-7734.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Palette. Warehouse District & Center City: 700 Tchoupitoulas. 504-613-2350.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Rib Room. French Quarter: 621 St Louis St. 504-529-7045.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant. French Quarter: 301 Dauphine St (Chateau LeMoyne Hotel). 504-586-0972.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Roux On Orleans. French Quarter: 717 Orleans (Bourbon Orleans Hotel). 504-571-4604.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Royal House. French Quarter: 441 Royal. 504-528-2601.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3633 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-3600.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 SoBou. French Quarter: 310 Chartres St.. 504-552-4095.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 The Besh Steakhouse. CBD: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal. 504-533-6111.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Tivoli & Lee. Warehouse District & Center City: 936 St. Charles Ave. (Modern Hotel). 504-929-0909.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Tujague’s. French Quarter: 823 Decatur. 504-525-8676.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments2 Vacherie. French Quarter: 827 1/2 Toulouse St. 504-207-4532.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Veranda. CBD: 444 St Charles Ave. 504-585-4383.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments3 Windsor Court Grill Room. CBD: 300 Gravier. 504-522-1994.

ChristmasRatingsOrnaments1 Wolfe’s. Warehouse District & Center City: 859 Convention Center Blvd. 504-613-2882.