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Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in New Orleans

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Compere Lapin
Compère Lapin is one of many restaurants serving first class dining on Christmas day in New Orleans. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

While some people enjoy cooking 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, we have 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.

We’ve got traditional options for you, Creole favorites, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, and more to choose from. One of New Orleans’ many culinary traditions is Réveillon, a Creole multi-course meal created to celebrate Christmas. Almost 50 restaurants participate in the Réveillon dinners, which last from Dec. 1-31.

New Orleans Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

Bombay Club (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Bombay Club Martini Bar & Restaurant, 4p.m. to 10 p.m. — Bombay will serve specialty cocktails like the Réveillon Brandy Milk Punch, alongside their regular menu.

Borgne Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — You can’t go wrong with anything that chef Brian Landry puts on his four-course holiday menu.

Broussard’s, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrate the holidays in one of the loveliest dining rooms in the French Quarter with a special four-course dinner menu on Christmas day.

Cambria Hotel, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. breakfast, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. dinner — Celebrate Christmas at this trendy Warehouse District hotel, just three blocks from the French Quarter.

Chophouse New Orleans, noon to 8 p.m. — Indulge in the holiday with a hearty steak dinner at Chophouse. Extra sides, please!

Compère Lapin, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. — Chef Nina Compton brings a family-style meal tinged with Caribbean flavor to her restaurant on Christmas day.

Couvant inside the Eliza Jane Hotel (Photo: Justen Williams)

Couvant, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. This restaurant located inside the Eliza Jane Hotel will include festive dishes on their Christmas Day menu, such as Beef Wellington, Bûche de Noëlle, and a Champagne special of Tattinger 

Curio, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy a feast of roast duck and black-eyed pea gumbo, grilled hanger steak, and more 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 also includes a few Domenica classics.

Five Happiness, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (delivery after 5 p.m.) — Satisfy your Chinese food cravings and make it a laid back Christmas dinner with Five Happiness.

Fogo de Chao — Celebrate with family, friends, and a Churrasco feast. Dinner price all day includes seasonal menu items.

Hard Rock Café, noon to 11 p.m. — Start your Christmas celebration with Hard Rock in the French Quarter.

Jack Rose – Located inside the Pontchartrain Hotel in the Lower Garden District, Jack Rose will offer a special Christmas menu including three courses and a dessert from 11a.m. – 8p.m. Choose from items liks their royal red shrimp muddy waters, duck gumbo, gulf snapper amandine, and more.

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).

Enjoy a Christmas dinner at SoBou. (Photo: Justen Williams)

Kingfish, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy a feast of molasses cured duck breast and twice cooked pressed pork on Christmas day.

Lüke Restaurant, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. — Serving the original breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu in addition to a special Christmas menu.

Morton’s Steakhouse New Orleans, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Treat yourself to a decadent meal of steak and potatoes.

Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Expand your palate with samosas and curry for your holiday dinner.

Oceana Grill, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.  If you’re feeling hungry even after your own Christmas dinner, this restaurant is open late to satisfy your seafood cravings.

Olde NOLA Cookery, 11:00 a.m. to 2 a.m.  Olde NOLA Cookery is the sister restaurant to Oceana Grill. Visit one or both on Christmas day!

Pat O’Brien’s, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Why not visit the home of the hurricane on Christmas Day? Be sure to fill up on food before hurricanes!

Pizza Domenica, noon to 10 p.m. — Enjoy wood-fired pizza and the delicious cauliflower that everyone raves about.

The Roosevelt Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Roosevelt Hotel, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — The Roosevelt’s annual, traditional Christmas brunch buffet has plenty of different foods to choose from.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Get your steaks (and don’t forget the fries!) on Christmas Day.

Shaya, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Shaya is open regular hours on Christmas Day, serving its fantastic regular menu.

SoBou, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy special Christmas menus designed by Chef de Cuisine Darren Porreto.

Tommy’s Cuisine, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — Enjoy a four-course menu at this iconic Creole-Italian spot on Christmas day.

Tujague’s Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. — A special four-course menu will be served at this classic New Orleans restaurant from 11:30a.m. to 3p.m. and 5:30p.m. – 9p.m.

The Grill Room at the Windsor Court-Enjoy a fabulous holiday meal and then take in the winter wonderland in the hotel lobby afterwards; holiday meals will be served between 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

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