While some people like to cook on Christmas, your idea of a nice way to spend the day might be not cooking (or doing the resulting dishes). If you fall into this category, it’s a Christmas miracle: several New Orleans restaurants will be open for the holiday. A delicious, stress-free meal might be the best present of all.
New Orleans’ culinary traditions also include Reveillon, a Creole multi-course meal created to celebrate the holiday. Almost 50 restaurants participate in the Reveillon holiday tradition, which runs from December 1-31.
So, carry on to find traditional options and Creole favorites as well as Japanese, Indian, steakhouse, and Israeli culinary options to choose from. Check Open Table or call the restaurant for reservations.
New Orleans Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
Bombay Club Martini Bar & Restaurant, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. — This is your chance to experience a traditional Reveillon menu (with or without a martini).
Borgne Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — You can’t go wrong with anything that chef Brian Landry puts on his four-course holiday menu.
Broussard’s, noon to 6:30 p.m. — Celebrate the holidays in one of the loveliest dining rooms in the French Quarter. However, beware, they usually have a waiting list.
Cafe Adelaide, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — This Warehouse District bistro has a special Christmas menu for Dec. 25, which includes apps and entrees from its regular menu and special Christmas plates of turducken or shrimp-and-mirliton-stuffed redfish.
The Caribbean Room, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy a Reveillon dinner in restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel that was beautifully restored by Chef John Besh and Chef Chris Lusk.
Chiba, 4 p.m. to midnight. — Sometimes, all you want for Christmas is some sushi and sake.
Compère Lapin, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. — Chef Nina Compton brings a family-style meal tinged with Caribbean flavor to her restaurant on Christmas day.
Domenica, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Prix-fixe Italian and seafood dishes bring a European flair to the holidays. The menu will also include a few Domenica classics.
Five Happiness, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (delivery after 5 p.m.) — What could be better than Chinese food for Christmas?
Jung’s Golden Dragon, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — All your favorite Chinese dishes are available for dine-in, take-out or delivery. Holiday offerings include fresh-baked Peking duck served with duck soup (order a half hour early).
Kingfish, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy a contemporary Reveillon four-course meal.
Lüke Restaurant, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Serving the restaurant’s regular menu in addition to a special Christmas menu.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Samosas and curry make for a nice change of pace.
Restaurant R’evolution, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Offering an a-la-carte and a Reveillon prix-fixe menu.
Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. — This three-course brunch includes all your New Orleans and holiday favorites.
Roosevelt Hotel 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Roosevelt’s annual, traditional Christmas brunch buffet with a lot of different foods to choose from.
Sobou — Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m, lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Fountain Lounge 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. — Enjoy chef Mark Majorie’s four course prix fixe menu in the middle of the Roosevelt Hotel lobby’s winter wonderland.
Tujague’s Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — A special four-course menu is on the menu at this classic New Orleans restaurant.