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50 Best Restaurants Open Christmas Eve & Day

The Food Show with Tom Fitzmorris
December 21, 2018 - 1:59 am
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Fifty Best Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve.

This year, Christmas is Tuesday. That puts Christmas Eve–one of the busiest days of the year for first-class restaurants–on Monday evening. A lot of restaurants are closed on Mondays, but for this Monday, you will find that many of those places will be open and packed. Reservations will be essential, and needed now. On the other hand, many restaurants–especially among the ethnic and neighborhood places–may well be closed. To untangle the confusion, I offer you this list of not only fifty restaurants that will be open, but the ones that my research tells me will be the best such places. The relative excellence of the restaurants is noted by our ratings from zero to three four Christmas ornaments.

The restaurants are listed in reverse alphabetical order. (It’s my policy to let the restaurants in the W’s and R’s and Q’s get the attention that the A’s and D’s and especially the C’s always get.)


Following this list is a second one that gives the same information for Christmas Day. Far fewer restaurants are open for that sacred day, and the demand is less than on Christmas Eve.

In both lists, there is some flux. Restaurants have been known to close on days when they said they’d be open. If you operate a restaurant and will be open for either day, if you’re not on the list, let me know and I will add your place to the list, if I possibly can. (I will be singing in at least four venues around the city on each day, but that’s hardly worth cataloguing.

Merry Christmas!

Tastefully yours,
Tom Fitzmorris

 Windsor Court Grill Room. CBD: 300 Gravier. 504-522-1994.

 Vacherie. French Quarter: 827 1/2 Toulouse St. 504-207-4532.

 Tujague’s. French Quarter: 823 Decatur. 504-525-8676.

 Trenasse. CBD: 444 St Charles Ave. 504-680-7000.

 Tommy’s Cuisine. Warehouse District & Center City: 746 Tchoupitoulas. 504-581-1103.

 The Steakhouse. CBD: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal. 504-533-6111.

Sushi Brothers. Uptown 1: Garden District & Environs: 1612 St Charles Ave. 504-581-4449.

 SoBou. French Quarter: 310 Chartres St.. 504-552-4095.

Shaya. Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 4213 Magazine St. 504-891-4213.

 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3633 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-3600.

 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. CBD: 525 Fulton St. 504-587-7099.

Royal Sonesta Ballroom. French Quarter: 300 Bourbon. 504-553-2278.

 Roux On Orleans. French Quarter: 717 Orleans (Bourbon Orleans Hotel). 504-571-4604.

 Rib Room. French Quarter: 621 St Louis St83. 504-529-7045.

 Restaurant August. CBD: 301 Tchoupitoulas. 504-299-9777.

 R’evolution. French Quarter: 777 Bienville (in the Royal Sonesta Hotel). 504-553-2277.

 Pelican Club. French Quarter: 615 Bienville. 504-523-1504.

 Pardo’s. Mandeville: 5280 L. Hwy. 22, . 985-893-3603.

 Maple Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7623 Maple. 504-314-9003.

 Lüke. CBD: 333 St Charles Ave. 504-378-2840.

 Lebanon’s Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 1500 S Carrollton Ave. 504-862-6200.

 Latil’s Landing. River Parishes: In Houmas House Plantation. 225-473-9380.

 Kingfish. French Quarter: 337 Chartres St. 504-598-5005.

 Gumbo Shop. French Quarter: 630 St Peter. 504-525-1486.

 Gallagher’s Grill. Covington: 509 S Tyler. 985-892-9992.

 Galatoire’s. French Quarter: 209 Bourbon. 504-525-2021.

 Fountain Lounge. CBD: 123 Baronne, Roosevelt Hotel. 504-648-1200.

 Drago’s. CBD: 2 Poydras. 504-584-3911.

 Doris Metropolitan. French Quarter: 620 Chartres St. 504-267-3500.

 Domenica. CBD: 123 Baronne (Roosevelt Hotel). 504-648-6020.

 Dakota. Covington: 629 N US 190. 985-892-3712.

Curio. French Quarter: 301 Royal St. 504-717-4198.

 Crystal Room. CBD: Le Pavillon Hotel, 901 Poydras. 504-581-3111.

 Criollo. French Quarter: 214 Royal. 504-523-3341.

 Crescent City Brewhouse. French Quarter: 527 Decatur. 504-522-0571.

Couvant. CBD: 317 Magazine St. 504-324-5400 .

 Court of Two Sisters. French Quarter: 613 Royal. 504-522-7273.

Compere Lapin. CBD: 535 Tchoupitoulas. 504-599-2119.

 Commander’s Palace. Uptown 1: Garden District & Environs: 1403 Washington Ave. 504-899-8221.

 Charlie’s Steak House. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 4510 Dryades. 504-895-9323.

Cavan. Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3607 Magazine St. 504-509–7655.

Cafe Minh. Mid-City: 4139 Canal. 504-482-6266.

 Brennan’s. French Quarter: 417 Royal. 504-525-9711.

 Borgne. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860.

 Bistreaux. French Quarter: 1001 Toulouse St. 504-586-8000.

 Bayona. French Quarter: 430 Dauphine. 504-525-4455.

 Arnaud’s. French Quarter: 813 Bienville. 504-523-5433.

 Antoine’s. French Quarter: 713 St Louis. 504-581-4422.

 Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583.

 Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308.

Fifty Best Restaurants Open On Christmas Day.

 Windsor Court Grill Room. CBD: 300 Gravier. 504-522-1994.

 Vacherie. French Quarter: 827 1/2 Toulouse St. 504-207-4532.

 Tujague’s. French Quarter: 823 Decatur. 504-525-8676.

 Trenasse. CBD: 444 St Charles Ave. 504-680-7000.

Sushi Brothers. Uptown 1: Garden District & Environs: 1612 St Charles Ave. 504-581-4449.

 SoBou. French Quarter: 310 Chartres St.. 504-552-4095.

 Shaya. Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 4213 Magazine St. 504-891-4213.

 Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3633 Veterans Blvd. 504-888-3600.

 Royal Sonesta Ballroom. French Quarter: 300 Bourbon. 504-553-2278.

 Roux On Orleans. French Quarter: 717 Orleans (Bourbon Orleans Hotel). 504-571-4604.

 Rib Room. French Quarter: 621 St Louis St83. 504-529-7045.

 R’evolution. French Quarter: 777 Bienville (in the Royal Sonesta Hotel). 504-553-2277.

 Maple Street Cafe. Uptown 4: Riverbend, Carrollton & Broadmoor: 7623 Maple. 504-314-9003.

 Lüke. CBD: 333 St Charles Ave. 504-378-2840.

 Latil’s Landing. River Parishes: In Houmas House Plantation. 225-473-9380.

 Kingfish. French Quarter: 337 Chartres St. 504-598-5005.

 Fountain Lounge. CBD: 123 Baronne, Roosevelt Hotel. 504-648-1200.

 Doris Metropolitan. French Quarter: 620 Chartres St. 504-267-3500.

 Domenica. CBD: 123 Baronne (Roosevelt Hotel). 504-648-6020.

Curio. French Quarter: 301 Royal St. 504-717-4198.

 Crystal Room. CBD: Le Pavillon Hotel, 901 Poydras. 504-581-3111.

 Criollo. French Quarter: 214 Royal. 504-523-3341.

Couvant. CBD: 317 Magazine St. 504-324-5400 .

Compere Lapin. CBD: 535 Tchoupitoulas. 504-599-2119.

 Charlie’s Steak House. Uptown 3: Napoleon To Audubon: 4510 Dryades. 504-895-9323.

 Borgne. CBD: 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860.

 Bistreaux. French Quarter: 1001 Toulouse St. 504-586-8000.

 Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd: 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583.

 Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon: 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308.

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