The tradition of the Réveillon 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 service. We’ve both adopted and adapted this tradition for modern times: the entire month of December, celebrate Réveillon with prix-fixe menus at New Orleans restaurants that consist of seasonal flavors and time-honored cooking techniques, as well as more contemporary cuisines and flavors. And with a range in price points, you’re sure to find a Réveillon menu that awakens your holiday spirit – and your appetite. In the meantime, go inside Réveillon dinners in New Orleans with our GoNOLA video below.
Top Réveillon Dinners for 2019
430 Dauphine St.
Chef Susan Spicer never disappoints! Her beautiful restaurant in the French Quarter is offering some stellar items this year like chicken liver mousse with house-made pickles and mostarda, Pork osso bucco with sweet potato puree and spiced apple jus and butterscotch budino with meringue and pecans. $75
819 Conti St.
This French Creole restaurant will be celebrating 100 years in 2020! Raise a glass to their success over port poached pears, butternut squash bisque, stuffed duck leg with brown butter and sage potatoes, and spiked coffee cake with café brulot ganache. $48
813 Bienville St.
A visit to this hundred-year-old restaurant in the French Quarter is sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit. Sit amongst beautiful decorations and enjoy a very traditional four-course meal of daube glacé with garlic crouton, seared scallops or creole onion soup, herb-crusted black drum with French lentils, and chocolate grand marnier crème brûlée. $50
777 Bienville St.
Chefs Rick Tramanto and John Folse have put together a concise menu with an all-star cast of veal sweetbreads, creole bouillabaisse with andouille sausage and local seafood, rabbit and dumplings with crispy foie gras, and café brulot crème caramel. $85
5229 Dauphine St.
Located in the Lower Ninth Ward, Café Dauphine serves Creole comfort food and New Orleans classics. Their Réveillon menu features a first course of crawfish corn chowder or chicken, sausage, and shrimp gumbo, a second course of fried green tomatoes and rémoulade salad, a third course of blackened red drum, smothered French-cut pork chops, or southern fried chicken, and a fourth course strawberry cheesecake or raisin-pecan bread pudding. $48
634 Louisa St.
I’ve always been a big fan of Chef Chris Barbato since his Commander’s Palace days, and with the big painted flowers on the walls, The Country Club’s dining rooms are a beautiful backdrop to Barbato’s food. Begin with duck and oyster gumbo, then royal red shrimp with sauce gribiche, truffle roasted poussin or lemon herb crusted fish, and panettone bread pudding with warm rum anglaise. $60
641 Tchoupitoulas St. and 5004 Prytania St.
Sometimes dinner isn’t always an option, but a lunch is! St. James to the rescue with a petite Réveillon menu of an artisan cheese plate, fennel and cheese soup with roasted hazelnuts, ham and pickled winter squash, and creole cream cheese cheesecake topped with honey and walnuts. $35
301 Tchoupitoulas St.
This restaurant may boast the most expensive and limited Réveillon menu, but this five-course meal is bound to be a winner. Begin with tete de cochon and foie gras terrine, turtle soup, yard egg “brouillad” with winter truffles, wagyu hanger steak with pommes aligot (super cheesy mashed potatoes), and spumoni with dark chocolate, black cherry, and pistachio. $98
534 St Louis St.
Emeril’s French Quarter restaurant has some great options this year! Take your pick from chicken fried duck liver, turtle soup or smoked duck and mushroom gumbo, andouille and cornbread stuffed quail, fish court bouillon or NY strip, and a satsuma tart or chocolate layer cake with butterscotch. $50 – $65
2441 Orleans Ave.
Chefs Mary and Greg Sonnier are the king and queen of Cajun food with a twist, and they’ve been making culinary magic together since Gabrielle first opened in 1992. For their Réveillon this year you can expect fried oysters, bacon-wrapped scallops, duck liver mousse pate, oyster and Jerusalem artichoke soup, braised lamb shank, fish and shrimp couvillion, and bourbon milk punch with Christmas cookies. Sounds so festive! $47
8201 Oak St. #1
Chef Nathan Richard is now running the show over at DTB on Oak Street and he’s put together an awesome four-course Réveillon for us this year. Options include gumbo, marinated beet salad with goat cheese, shrimp and grits, and sticky toffee pudding with peppermint bark. Plan to visit on a Tuesday night and hit up the Rebirth show at the Maple Leaf afterwards! $52
600 Carondelet St.
This contemporary Italian restaurant in the Ace Hotel is offering a nice four-course Réveillon this year, with a set menu of oyster stew, carrot ravioli with saffron and andouille, pork tenderloin with sweet potato, and chocolate cheesecake with peppermint gelato. Linger before or after and visit their bar – it’s lovely! $55
315 Magazine St.
In addition to a contemporary Réveillon dinner, Couvant in the Eliza Jane Hotel is also offering a brunch-time Réveillon, which sounds so fun! This very French menu consists of an onion pissaladiere (onion tarte), quiche with seasonal vegetables, duck a l’orange, mont blanc (puréed chestnuts with whipped cream), and coffee or tea to finish off the meal. $24