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GoNOLA Tops: Reveillon Dinners

Our top ten Reveillon dinners for 2017 to get you firmly (and delectably) in the holiday spirit.

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Broussard's boasts a special Reveillon dinner menu for Christmas. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

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 2017

Seaworthy 

There’s no better place to celebrate seafood than in New Orleans, and Seaworthy’s menu does just that. Begin with an amuse-bouche of deviled quail egg with bowfin caviar, raw oysters from three coasts with different accoutrements, gumbo with blue crab, oysters, shrimp and okra, roasted half lobster with chili butter, and finish up with a chocolate hazelnut cake with candied fennel and rosemary. $88

Ace Hotel 630 Carondelet Street, (504) 930-3071

The Country Club

Known for their famous Drag Brunch on Saturdays, this picturesque eatery located on Louisa Street in the Bywater dishes out some incredible cuisine in addition to all the fun. Executive Chef Chris Barbato (formerly of Commander’s Palace) has put together a beautiful Reveillon menu for us this year, including stone crab with Louisiana caviar, butter-poached redfish, oxtail with gnocchi, and baked Alaska with cherries jubilee. $60

634 Louisa Street, (504) 945-0742

Curious Oyster Co. inside Dryades Public Market. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Curio

Curio is Royal Street’s newest restaurant and a part of the Creole Cuisine restaurant family. Enjoy a hearty meal of crab bisque, veggie salad with spicy truffle vinaigrette, duck leg confit with goat cheese grits, and a buttered-rum yule log with toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon chocolate sauce. Yum! $48

301 Royal Street; (504) 717-4198

Galatoire’s

It’s one of the biggest names in New Orleans culinary history, and for good reason. Since 1905 this Bourbon Street restaurant has set high standards for dining room sophistication and food quality. Reveillon choices this year include (but are not limited to): fried oyster Rockefeller, crab and okra gumbo, breaded pork chop with caramelized onions, and banana bread pudding with praline sauce. And gentlemen, don’t forget that jacket! $40-$59

209 Bourbon Street, (504) 525-2021

Kingfish

Pay homage to the roaring 20s era at this Chartres Street restaurant. Their four-course Reveillon menu includes roast duck and andouille gumbo with popcorn rice, curry kale salad with toasted pine nuts and tasso cranberry vinaigrette, braised pork shank with roasted brussels sprouts, and a caramel chocolate brownie fruit cake with toasted marshmallow fluff. $45

337 Chartres Street, (504) 598-5005

The Caribbean Room (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Caribbean Room 

Enjoy a spectacular five-course dining experience at this beautiful restaurant located inside the Pontchartrain Hotel on historic St. Charles Avenue. Begin with beef tartar with foie gras mousse, smoked oyster and duck gumbo with jalapeño potato salad, crispy red snapper with blue crab, panéed veal with grits, browned butter & Bérnaise (holy cow), and Gâteau de sirop (Cajun syrup cake) with creole cream cheese ice cream for dessert. $95

2031 St. Charles Avenue, (504) 323-1500

Rue 127

Going for quaint? Then this restaurant housed in a late 19th century shotgun house in Mid-City is for you! The five course menu includes roasted pear salad, honey glazed quail, Chinese BBQ pork belly, fried lamb shank, and pecan pie with bourbon ice cream. $65

127 N. Carrollton Avenue, (504) 483-1571

Restaurant R’evolution

Arguably one of the most stunning dining rooms in the city, R’evolution is the culmination of what happens when two talented chefs, Rick Tramonto and John Folse, combine their culinary talents. Their menu includes turtle soup, a salad with noisette vinaigrette (served warm), smoked pompano with shrimp and fennel dressing, and creole cream cheese bread pudding. $72

777 Bienville Street, (504) 553-2277

Bombay Club (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Bombay Club

A romantic atmosphere plus an extensive list of martinis, and live music makes the Bombay Club a must do during the holidays, or any day! Their reveillon menu is one of my favorites with smoked salmon rillettes, rabbit and tasso gumbo with potato salad, pecan and andouille crusted redfish, and a pear galette with ginger-brown butter ice cream. $49

830 Conti Street,(504) 577-2237

Gumbo Shop 

If a great value is what you’re after, then look no further than the menu at the Gumbo Shop in the French Quarter. Choices include shrimp and artichoke, chicken andouille gumbo or turtle soup as your first course and blackened catfish with crabmeat stuffing, crawfish étouffée, crab cakes, and roast half duck for a main. Bread pudding with whiskey sauce or pecan pie sweetens the deal. And café brulot as a lagniappe! Affordable and delicious. $36

630 St. Peter Street, (504) 525-1486

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 checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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