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GoNOLA Tops: Reveillon Dinners

Ten Reveillon dinners for 2016 to put you firmly (and deliciously) in the holiday spirit.

A Reveillon cocktail from Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

The tradition of the Reveillon dinner (pronounced ‘rĕ -vē -ŏn) began with French colonists during the early 19th century. In preparation for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, many would fast all day and then feast on big, hearty meals following church. We’ve both adopted and adapted this tradition for modern times: the entire month of December, celebrate Reveillon with prix-fixe menus at New Orleans restaurants that consist of seasonal flavors and time-honored cooking techniques. And with a range in price points, you’re sure to find a Reveillon menu that awakens your holiday spirit… and your appetite.

Top Reveillon Dinners for 2016

Seaworthy. (Photo via Facebook)

Seaworthy 

New Orleans’ newest all-American oyster bar inside the Ace Hotel specializes in serving the freshest Gulf, east, and west coast oysters. Their four-course Reveillon menu includes half a dozen Gulf oysters with house-made saltine crackers, Verlasso salmon ceviche with white soy and shiso, Gulf flounder with shrimp and mirliton dressing and ginger butter, and espresso creme brûlée beignets for dessert. $50

Ace Hotel 630 Carondelet St.; (504) 930-3071

Broussard’s

Home to one of the most beautiful courtyards in the French Quarter, this Creole restaurant has been a New Orleans staple for nearly 100 years (it celebrates its centennial in 2020). Enjoy eloquently prepared dishes like truffle butternut squash bisque, filet mignon Wellington with port wine truffle glaze, and roasted pumpkin bread pudding with pecan praline sauce. $45

819 Conti Street; (504) 581-3866

Upperline

Join the locals at Uptown’s artsy, contemporary Creole restaurant where hospitality, food, and wine come together to create a truly unique dining experience. Hop on the streetcar and ride to Upperline Street (could they make it any easier?), enjoying the view of historic homes and holiday lights on St. Charles Avenue along the way. Once there, make sure to order the Turtle Soup au Sherry, fried green tomato with shrimp remoulade, and the sautéed fish meunière with lump crabmeat. $46

1413 Upperline St.; (504) 891-9822

Brigtsen’s

There are few remaining chefs in New Orleans who have seen and done as much as Frank Brigtsen. His popular restaurant in the Riverbend neighborhood has been serving us for more than 30 years, and Brigtsen’s recipe for success is simple: serve nothing but the best, and treat everyone like family. Gather around the table with file gumbo, baked oyster Bienville, baked oyster LeRuth, pan-roasted pork tenderloin with apple cider pan gravy, and egg nog crème brûlée. And if you love Brigtsen’s food, you’ll really love following him on Instagram. $48

723 Dante St.; (504) 861-7610

Brigtsen’s recipe for success is simple: serve nothing but the best, and treat everyone like family.

Reveillon at Arnaud’s is a festive affair. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Arnaud’s

Since 1918, this family-owned French Quarter restaurant has remained true to the high level of service and quality of food upon which it was founded. Today, fourth-generation owners Katy and Archie Casbarian carry on the traditions we have all come to know and love, like the Reveillon menu. Begin with Arnaud’s award-winning shrimp remoulade, choice of entrees like flank steak with whipped goat cheese and pimento grits, and chocolate absinthe trifle to bring the meal to sweet end. $49

813 Bienville St.; (504) 523-5433

Caribbean Room 

Located in the spruced-up Pontchartrain Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, this restaurant is like taking a step back in time to the original spot that so many visitors and locals adored. The five-course Reveillon meal includes foie gras with chestnuts and gingerbread, lamb chops with sweetbreads and sauce perigueux, and a tarte a la bouillie with grapefruit and white chocolate. $95

2031 St. Charles Ave.; (504) 323-1500

The Caribbean Room. (Photo via Facebook)

M Bistro

Admire the Christmas lights along Canal Street as you head to this farm-to-table restaurant tucked inside the exquisite Ritz Carlton Hotel. The prix-fixe, four-course menu offers options like roasted beet salad with whipped goat cheese, potato gnocchi with duck leg confit and cauliflower puree, bone-in rib-eye steak with crab gratin, bronzed scallops with butternut squash risotto, and strawberry Bûche de Noël. $80

921 Canal St.; (504) 262-5048

Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse 

Known for having some of the best steaks in the city, this family-owned steakhouse is one of many successful restaurants owned by Dickie Brennan himself. Start the meal with lobster and corn bisque, then smoked rabbit pot pie, and instead of steak, enjoy duck with brussels sprouts, lentils, and bacon. A pear tarte tatin with house-made egg nog ice cream completes a unique steakhouse meal. $95

716 Iberville Street NOLA 70130, 504.522.2467

Carmo

With a menu built upon celebrating the tropical flavors of Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia, Carmo is a truly unique dining experience. Their Reveillon menu features vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore options like oyster mushroom soup, wild boar loin stuffed with persimmons, pecans and mirliton, or curried veggies with organic tofu stewed in curry sauce and served with basmati rice and fig chutney.

527 Julia St.; (504) 875-4132

Commander’s Palace. (Photo: Juley Le)

Commander’s Palace 

This iconic New Orleans restaurant located Uptown on Washington Avenue impresses holiday diners with a whopping eight courses. The memorable meal includes Gulf flounder with spicy caviar, shrimp, crab and oysters with French-pressed shellfish broth, a small cocktail (how fun!), croque madame with egg and escargot, rabbit confit, wild boar cochon de lait with liquefied hog’s head cheese, and a house-made chocolate “Hubig’s” pie.  Optional wine pairing per person is available for an additional cost. $110

1403 Washington Ave.; (504) 899-8221

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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