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Sep 13, 2008 12:37 PM

Christmas in New Orleans

We will be spending Christmas Eve & Christmas day in New Orleans (French Quarter). Any suggestions on where to eat? Plus who will be open on Christmas day? Need advice on both lunches and dinners.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. It's funny, but several years ago, my wife her dad went to feed the homeless at Bridge House on xmas day. They left and went to find someplace to eat. The only open place they could find was Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. They're open because xmas is Jimmy's birthday. They served free bday cake to everyone who showed up. The only people in there were themselves and asian tourists. Sorry that's the only rec, but Margaritaville's better than nothing, I guess. I'm sure there might be some better places open, but someone else'll have to point you in the right direction. Good luck.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      At least we will have one meal on Christmas day. lol. I need to check and see if our hotel room has a fridge. Then we can stash a couple of po-boys for our other meal. Thanks for your response.

      1. re: N.O.Food

        N.O.Food, you have given me the extra push to do more research. I found a list of restuarants on the "Christmas New Orleans Style" site. Now I need recommendations. Here are some from the list: MiLa, LaCote Brasserie, Bombay Club, Pere Marquette Bistro, Hunt Room Grill, Tujague’s, Rib Room/Omni Hotel, and Zoe Restaurant.


        1. re: kftw

          MiLA is the best on the list. Rib Room and Tujague's are both okay. Skip the rest. Never heard of Zoe.

            1. re: N.O.Food

              Zoe is in the "W" CBD. Check nomenu.com for Tom's list of open resto. (wait till a bit closer to Xmas).

          1. re: N.O.Food

            Hotel dining rooms will be open and the Rib Room is the best.

            1. re: bronwen

              Thanks bronwen. I think that's where we when end up for Christmas Day.

              Any suggestions for Christmas Eve?


              1. re: kftw

                If MiLA's open, go there for xmas eve. In my opinion, it's much better than rib room. Have fun.

          2. There are several Reveillon dinners on Christmas Day but you must have reservations. Other than that, you had better do some grocery shopping prior because there is nothing else open. I know. We were there one Christmas and even the local Popeye's chain was closed! We finally found a Chinese restaurant open but we had to look and look. Do plan ahead.

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            1. re: hellen

              I'm looking for the same thing. Open Table has Luke, Shula's Steak House, New Orleans Grill and Wolfe's in the Warehouse with availability. I'll probably check back in a few weeks to see what else opens up. Some restaurants only have reservations a month or 2 in advance.

              1. re: hobbes404


                I've found a couple of sites that might help us over the Christmas holiday. The first one has actual Christmas menus. The 2nd gives information on which restaurants will be open Christmas Eve & on Christmas Day.




                1. re: kftw

                  Thanks. I think I ran across those sites looking for Papa Noel rates, but they didn't have menus posted yet.

                  I was planning on Galatoire's, Maximo's, somewhere for Christmas Day, and breakfast/brunch before the Saints game Sunday. After looking at some of those menus, I may have to drop Maximo's for one of them.