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GoNOLA Tops: Reveillon Dinners

Our top ten Réveillon dinners for 2018 to get you firmly (and delectably) into the holiday spirit.

Broussard's
Broussard's boasts a special Réveillon dinner menu throughout December (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

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 church. 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.

Top Réveillon Dinners for 2018

Seaworthy (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Seaworthy 

Ace Hotel, 630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071

I featured this restaurant last year and it’s no surprise that their contemporary Réveillon dinner made the list again this year. The four-course menu doesn’t offer choices but the lineup is stellar: half a dozen oysters with sauces (including mignonette), diver scallops with butternut squash and browned butter, panéed monkfish with rapini, blue crab, and castelvetrano olive, and white chocolate mousse rice pudding with Louisiana strawberry, pistachio, and mint for dessert. $65

Brigtsen’s

723 Dante St., (504) 861-7610

Tucked away in the Riverbend, this famous restaurant has a consistently wonderful traditional four-course Réveillon menu with offerings like filé gumbo, BBQ shrimp with calas, baked oysters, roast duck a l’orange, stuffed flounder with seafood dressing, sweet potato bread pudding, and strawberry shortcake. $58

Shaya

4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213

One might not think of Israeli food when it comes to the tradition of Réveillon, but Shaya joins the list with a set menu of labneh and babaganoush to start, scallop hummus with brown butter and herbs, falafel with tahini, harissa, and zgoug cabbage salad, and a dessert of melabi (milk pudding) with Louisiana citrus and honey. $45

The Bourbon Roasted Quail stuffed with smoked boudin dirty rice with braised Southern greens and bacon bourbon glaze (Photo courtesy of Gris-Gris)

Gris-Gris

1800 Magazine St., (504) 272-0241

Gris -Gris and Chef Eric Cook were just voted Eater New Orleans’ Reader’s Choice Restaurant and Chef of the Year, so make those reservations! Their petite three-course Réveillon consists of cheese and cracklins, bourbon roasted quail with dirty rice and southern greens with bacon, and red velvet pie with vanilla chantilly cream. $40-$49

Longway Tavern 

719 Toulouse St., (504) 962-9696

Eater New Orleans’ 2018 Reader’s Choice Bar of the Year also has a food menu that stands out as one of the best in the city. Their set petite four-course Réveillon begins with a salad of beets, pistachios, blue cheese, and fennel followed by a second course of green beans with maitake mushrooms and fried onions. Third comes roast breast of duck confit with Yorkshire pudding and plums. The dinner ends with a dessert of peanut and maple shortbread with peach caramel and whipped cream. $45

Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak

215 Bourbon St., (504) 335-3932

The sister restaurant to the famous 113-year-old Bourbon Street dining staple, 33 Bar and Steak has options far beyond the traditional seafood offerings that Galatoire’s is known for. Enjoy a four-course menu of foie gras au torchon or lobster tortellini, shrimp bisque or green goddess salad, and pan-seared snapper, roast duck, or grilled ribeye. Complete the meal (and the experience) with a seasonal cobbler, petite gateau, or strawberry vacherin. $55-$70

The pumpkin pie martini from GW Fins (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

GW Fins

808 Bienville St., (504) 581-3467

A meal at this French Quarter eatery is always a treat, and their three-course prix-fixe menu has oyster and artichoke soup or crab salad with Thai chili aioli, New Zealand John Dory (a type of fish) with butternut squash and brown butter or crispy duck breast with duck boudin and savoy cabbage. An end to this epic meal comes in the form of apple pie with cheddar cheese crust or chocolate molten cake. $55

Rib Room

Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., (504) 529-7045

Located inside the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the Rib Room is offering a B’Réveillon (breakfast Réveillon), Petite Réveillon, and Traditional Réveillon for a range of prices that will fit any budget. Depending on the menu, you’ll enjoy things like grilled asparagus with crabmeat béchamel and shaved parmesan cheese, loaded baked potato soup, chicken and waffles with tasso-braised southern greens, blackened pork tenderloin with sweet corn grits, hickory-smoked beef short rib and blue cheese cassoulet, and Creole coffee cake. $22-$55

Upperline

1413 Upperline St., (504) 891-9822

No matter how many years pass, the traditional Réveillon at Upperline Restaurant will always remain as one of my absolute favorites. They’ve got all the classics, like turtle soup, duck and andouille étouffée with pepper jelly, sauteed fish meunière with crabmeat, roasted duck with ginger peach sauce and pecan pie with chantilly cream. It just doesn’t get any better than that. $46-$58

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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