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. And a delicious, stress-free meal might be the best present of all.
We’ve got traditional options for you, Creole favorites, Japanese, Indian, Israeli culinary options, and more to choose from. One of New Orleans’ many culinary traditions is Reveillon, a Creole multi-course meal created to celebrate Christmas. Almost 50 restaurants participate in the Reveillon dinners, which last from December 1-31. Here’s a look at what’s on the menu. 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, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Celebrate the holidays in one of the loveliest dining rooms in the French Quarter. However, be aware that there is usually a waiting list.
Cafe Adelaide, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — This Warehouse District bistro has a special Christmas menu for December 25. If you can’t make it on Christmas Day, come for a Reveillon dinner between December 1-23.
The Caribbean Room, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Enjoy a Reveillon dinner in restaurant in the Pontchartrain Hotel, which was recently beautifully restored. Come for dinner, stay for the Mile High Pie.
Chiba, 4 p.m. to midnight. — Sometimes, all you want for Christmas is some sushi and sake. Chiba is the place for you.
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.
Desire Oyster Bar, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. — What says New Orleans better than endless oysters 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.
Doris Metropolitan, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. — Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this fan favorite steakhouse offers premium dining in an upscale setting.
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.
Hard Rock Café, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. — Start your Christmas celebration with Hard Rock in the French Quarter.
The Jazz Playhouse, 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Have a classic Christmas dinner inside the Sonesta Hotel.
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. — 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. — Enjoy a decadent meal of steak and potatoes.
Nirvana Indian Cuisine, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Samosas and curry make for a nice change of pace 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 late-night seafood cravings.
Olde NOLA Cookery, 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. — It’s the sister restaurant to Oceana Grill. Visit one or both on Christmas day!
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 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.
Sobou — Enjoy 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.