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Holiday Dining
 

Holiday Dining

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Holidays are traditional times for people to be at home, dining with their families and other loved ones. But sometimes being away from home during holidays like Christmas or New Year's is unavoidable, such as for business, or sometimes it can be by choice. And, during those occasions, it may often be difficult to find places that are open for dining out. After all, restaurant owners and their employees would like to be home with their families as well.

However, there are still a good many first-class dining establishments that will be open in New Orleans on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve/Day. Thirty or more restaurants will be open Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, according to a survey taken recently by the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Christmas Day is the hardest one to find an open restaurant but there are close to 20, again according to the LRA survey. Two of the establishments listed will open their doors for private parties of a sufficient number of people if reservations are made ahead of time.

Most of the open establishments will be serving their normal menus but you can expect some special holiday treats to be offered as well. After all, this is New Orleans, a city internationally renowned for fine cuisine, and we don't intend for anyone visiting here to go hungry on any of those days. No city cares more about good eating, after all, and no city has a finer selection of restaurants offering holiday meals and specials. Some feature buffet-style meals; others are a la carte.

Make sure you check ahead to see which restaurants are open and what the hours will be. Some of them have separate seating times. Check with your hotel guide, concierge or cab driver for recommendations and call a few places. When you find something to your liking, call ahead and make reservations.

Click a link below to view restaurants open on that particular holiday:
Christmas Day | Christmas Eve | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

 
Restaurants Open on New Year's Eve
Antoine's
713 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 581-4422
www.antoines.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Creole

Description: Since 1840, world-renowned Antoine's Restaurant has set the standard that made New Orleans one of the greatest dining centers of the world. Known for their Oysters Rockefeller.
Arnaud's Restaurant
813 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 523-5433
www.arnaudsrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Creole, Gluten-Free

Description: Leader of the culinary old guard since 1918. Dinner & Dixieland at world-famous Arnaud's with legendary Creole cuisine and music in the Jazz Room every night from 6:30. Sunday Brunch & Jazz. Fine cigars, cognacs, ports in Arnaud's Bar. Mardi Gras museum. Lunch Sunday-Friday 504-523-5433 13 private dining rooms for special occasions.
Borgne
601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 613-3860
www.borgnerestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Louisiana, Gluten-Free

Description: Inspired by Chef John Besh and Chef Brian Landry’s love for fishing on Lake Borgne, this restaurant, located in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, celebrates the best of coastal Louisiana seafood. Borgne is the perfect place for a casual lunch or dinner with friends.
Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar
144 Bourbon St. , New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 522-0111
www.bourbonhouse.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood

Description: Esquire Magazine "Best New Restaurants in America"ť, Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House showcases New Orleans Seafood and classic Creole dishes. If it's not in season, you won't find it on the menu. Enjoy authentic New Orleans dishes in a lively atmosphere with huge picture windows overlooking Bourbon Street.
Chophouse New Orleans
322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-7902
www.chophousenola.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Steakhouses

Description: Chophouse New Orleans serves USDA Prime for every steak, including filets. Check out the photos here to see how the relaxed sophistication of the restaurant complements the great food and the bustling, live entertainment. Top ratings from previous diners attests to a great dining experience ahead for you.
Court Of Two Sisters Restaurant
613 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-7261
www.courtoftwosisters.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Continental, French, Creole

Description: Experience the ambiance of the largest outdoor dining courtyard in the French Quarter with flowering plants and flowing fountains. Listen to the strolling live jazz trio during the daily live Jazz Brunch Buffet, serving Eggs Benedict, omelets and a feast of local specialties or enjoy a romantic Creole-style Dinner surrounded by softly glittering glass lights. Our three indoor dining rooms also offer the perfect setting for any occasion.
The Crazy Lobster
1 Poydras St., #83, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 569-3380
www.thecrazylobster.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Creole

Description: The Crazy Lobster - "Home of the Steamed Seafood Bucket" live entertainment nightly, Riverside dining, Char-grilled oysters, cajun food located on Spanish Plaza across from Harrah's casino. Full service bar.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-0571
www.crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Breweries/Brew Pubs, Sandwiches

Description: New Orleans' favorite restaurant and microbrewery! Our Bavarian Brewmaster prepares five freshly brewed beers in state-of-the-art brewing equipment you can see behind our bar. A golden Pilsener, a rich Red Stallion, a smooth Weiss and a deep Black Forest are always on tap, along with a monthly specialty brew. We feature traditional and innovative cuisine designed to be served with our hand-crafted lagers. When you're in the Big Easy come see us at the Crescent City Brewhouse! Join us for food so good... you'll forget you came for the beer!
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
716 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-2467
www.dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Steakhouses

Description: Prime steaks with a New Orleans touch. The restaurant has been named one of the "Top 12 Steakhouses in the U.S." by national food authority John Mariani and in November of 2006 was cited as "one of the Best Steakhouses in America" by the world's leading men's lifestyle publication Maxim Magazine.
Domenica
123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 648-6020, (800) 925-3673
www.domenicarestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Adding a new chapter to the storied dining tradition at The Roosevelt New Orleans is Domenica, the latest creation of internationally acclaimed chef John Besh. Domenica brings an elegant take on the unique cuisine of rural Italy, prepared with Besh’s signature of using only the best local ingredients. Homemade pastas, cured meats and wood-fired pizzas all paired with a stylish, vibrant atmosphere create a dining experience that is sure to start a few traditions of its own.
Emeril's Delmonico
1300 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-4937
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Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Contemporary, Creole, Louisiana

Description: Located on the famed St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, Delmonico, the legendary, century-old institution, is an icon in the restaurant industry and as been a cornerstone of traditional Creole dining since 1895. Reopened by Emeril Lagasse in 1998 after an extensive historic renovation, Delmonico continues today serving a modern style of Louisiana’s Creole cuisine with Emeril’s warm style of service in a grand setting. The menu features Creole classics interpreted with a global palate – Moroccan spiced lamb sirloin, rabbit crepes, artisan cured meats, in-house dry aged steaks. The bar is the perfect setting for a sazerac or special bottle from the restaurant’s second floor cellar.
Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 528-9393
www.emerilsrestaurants.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Contemporary, Louisiana

Description: Where it all started – Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant in the heart of the historic Warehouse District! Nestled in a renovated Pharmacy warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street, eight blocks from the Vieux Carre, the rustic interior features exposed brick and glass walls flanking one side of the main dining room, with plaster-lathe wood forming a wine wall on the other. Local artists are displayed creating an energetic, yet warm atmosphere that reflects the feel of the neighborhood. There is a food bar overlooking the open kitchen, where 10 or so lucky guests view Chef Emeril and his crew creating culinary delights directly in front of them. The chef's wine room recreates the feel of a wine cellar with oak barrel slat ceiling and slate, where guests can enjoy a chef’s tasting, or Degustation menu, written on a daily basis according to seasonal and specialty products available from local growers. Twenty years since bursting onto the culinary scene, it is still the talk of the town.
Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 525-2021
www.galatoires.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Continental, Gluten-Free

Description: Located in the historic French Quarter, Galatoire's has the reputation of being the best of the old line establishments of New Orleans. Along with excellent French Creole cuisine, a festive and yet elegant atmosphere lure locals and visitors alike. Steeped in tradition and run by fourth generation proprietors, Galatoire's has delighted the many who have dined on renowned specialties such as shrimp remoulade, oysters en brochette and crabmeat Yvonne.
The Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-1486, (800) 554-8626
www.gumboshop.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun

Description: Enjoy traditional and contemporary Creole cuisine in the casual elegance of a restored 1794 cottage with muraled walls and a garden patio. Our full menu includes salads and sandwiches, and a large wine list with all selections available by the glass. Cocktails, local beers, daily specials and fresh local fish.
GW Fins
808 Bienville St. , New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 581-3467
www.gwfins.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Seafood, Contemporary

Description: GW Fins, one of the country's most heralded fine dining seafood restaurants, changes their menu daily based on the freshest seafood available. Favorites include Lobster Dumplings, Wood Grilled Scallops, and Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Chilean Sea Bass in hot and sour stock. The wine list features 100 varieties, 70 offered by the glass. Complimentary validated parking is available at the Standard Parking Garage on Iberville and Dauphine.
The Irish House
1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 595-6755
www.theirishhouseneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Irish, Vegetarian, Desserts, Variety, Breakfast

Description: The Irish House by Chef Matt Murphy is a high-end gastropub serving authentic Irish food in the Lower Garden District. Born in Dublin, owner and celebrity Chef Matt Murphy pays homage to his heritage by serving up classic pub fare. Irish house specialties include Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash with brown onion gravy and traditional fish and chips.
Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 304-6615
www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Mexican
Little Gem Saloon
445 S. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 267-4863
www.littlegemsaloon.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Creole, Louisiana

Description: Set in a historic space on Rampart Street, Little Gem Saloon offers a fresh take on legendary New Orleans Jazz. Artists who frequent Little Gem Saloon include Kermit Ruffins and Meschiya Lake. Dining options include lunch, dinner, and a traditional Sunday Jazz Brunch. Located steps from the street car line and just a few blocks from the French Quarter, Little Gem Saloon is easily accessible for both visitors and locals.
Lucy's Retired Surfer Cafe
701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-8995
www.lucysretiredsurfers.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food

Description: Lucy's Cafe Pacifico serves southern California style Mexican food in an atmosphere which captures the flavor of the southern California coast. Serving grilled specialties, salads, and sandwiches, and a truly unique California breakfast. Awesome appetizers include the rali-platter (sampler), crawfish etouffee enchiladas, delicious grilled shrimp dishes and always fresh grilled and sauteed fish - All margaritas made with Cuervo Gold!
Lüke
333 St. Charles Ave., Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125 [Map It]
(504) 378-2840
www.lukeneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Gluten-Free

Description: Lüke is Chef John Besh's homage to the Franco-German brasseries that once populated the Crescent City. Lüke has attracted nationwide critical acclaim and is said to "satisfy something more than just an appetite."
Morton's The Steakhouse
365 Canal St., Canal Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 566-0221
www.mortons.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Steakhouses

Description: Famous for their USDA prime-aged beef and and fresh seafood, Morton’s Steakhouse offers customers quality, consistency, and genuine hospitality.
NOLA
534 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-6652
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Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Creole, Louisiana

Description: Located in a renovated warehouse with a bright yellow stucco façade, large French door windows, and second floor balcony, NOLA is Emeril's casual and funky restaurant in the French Quarter. Featuring an eclectic menu of New Orleans Creole and Acadian cuisine with an occasional ethnic twist, the rustic style of cooking showcases Southern Cajun, Vietnamese and Southwestern flavors using Louisiana products. Private dining rooms, a bread and pastry bakery and wine cellar are located on NOLA's third floor.
Oceana Grill
739 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-6002
www.oceanagrill.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Seafood, Creole, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: Oceana Grill is THE choice for locals. All cravings are satisfied as Oceana serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. Try the world famous crab cakes and the best char-grilled oysters in New Orleans. Reservations accepted and recommended during busy times and for large parties.
Palace Café
605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 523-1661
www.palacecafe.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Contemporary

Description: Classic and contemporary Creole cuisine is served daily at Dickie Brennan's lively, grand cafe located at the entrance to the French Quarter. Nationally recognized, Chef Darin Nesbit leads the culinary team.
Pat O'Brien's
718 St. Peter St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-4823, (800) 597-4823
www.patobriens.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: Under $12
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Sandwiches

Description: If you're a tourist, you are required to visit Pat O's, order at least one high-velocity Hurricane and listen to the piano-players. It's the law.
Pizza Domenica
4933 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 301-4978
www.pizzadomenica.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Italian, Pizza

Description: Pizza Domenica is a more casual spin-off of Chef Alon Shaya's wildly popular Domenica Restaurant located in Uptown New Orleans.Expect wood-fired pizzas, small Italian plates and salads with emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients and a beverage program featuring American and local craft beers, specialty Italian brews, italian influenced craft cocktails, small production boutique wines, pitcher of specialty house cocktails
Ralph's on the Park
900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 488-1000
www.ralphsonthepark.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Contemporary

Description: Recognized by Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, New York Times and The Washington Post for fine cuisine and an innovative menu. Ralph's on the Park, owned and operated by Ralph Brennan, offers food fresh from the farms and waters of Louisiana and majestic views of City Park.
Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 299-9777
restaurantaugust.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Continental, Contemporary, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Description: Some of August's popular specialties include wild pheasant and rabbit with sage and morel mushrooms, seared bass and shrimp- and lobster-stuffed piquillo peppers. The foie gras appetizer is the rave of the town, while the reasonably sized entrees always leave room for dessert. The wine list includes an impressive 250 bottles, some of which can be quite expensive. Chef John Besh combines everything to make this restaurant a unique CBD stop!
The Rib Room
621 St. Louis St., Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 529-7045
www.omniroyalorleans.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: $18-$24
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Contemporary

Description: A popular spot, (even with the locals), is best known for its prime rib and huge martinis. Other excellent selections include, wood grilled rotisseries, spit-roasted rack of lamb, grilled barrel-cut tenderloin, roasted shrimp, and juicy, pan-seared salmon, served with wilted spinach and fried leeks.
Tableau
616 St. Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 934-3463
www.tableaufrenchquarter.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Price Range: Over $24
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Creole, Louisiana

Description: Located on picturesque Jackson Square at Le Petit Theatre, Tableau is Dickie Brennan’s newest restaurant. The menu, developed by Chef Ben Thibodeaux, showcases regional ingredients and classic French Creole dishes with a unique twist. The cuisine is sophisticated, yet true to tradition, with great depth of flavor. Guests enjoy a front row seat to the culinary action beside the open kitchen in the restaurant’s main dining room.
Tujague's
823 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 525-8676
www.tujagues.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $12-$18
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, French

Description: In New Orleans, where restaurants come and go like a cool day in August, Tujagues has survived eras of war, derpession, and "low-cal" to marke 140 years of outstanding creole cuisine. What has kept patrons and visitors coming back to Tujague's is its food, service, atmosphere, and more atmosphere. When a restaurant has been around as long as Tujague's and has entertained the likes of Cole Porter, O. Henry, Eleanor Roosevelt, Diane Sawyer, Don Johnson, and Dan Akroyd, it must offer more than just good food. Visitors and locals alike want a traditional New Orleans scene complete with ceiling fans, picturesque balconies and a melange of local flavor and at Tujague's they can get their fill. Long before New Orleans bore the name "New Orleans", the bulding at 823 Decatur served as a Spanish armory. Today, Tujague's Restaurant still bears a great resemblance to the Tujague's of old -- The ornately framed mirror brought over from Paris in 1856 by Guillaume Tujague still stands behind the bar. The cypress bar itself is legendary - As New Orleans' oldest standing bar, it survived prohibition with no liquor and three bartenders. Guest books chronicle 140 years of patronage with signatures of such notables as Ty Cobb and John D. Rockefeller. Dining rooms are modest, yet cozy, displaying photographs of famous and infamous patrons, as well as shadowboxes filled with the restaurant's extensive miniature liquor/liquer bottle collection numbering over 5,000.
 
 
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