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Nov 5, 2009 05:53 AM

Xmas Eve/Xmas Day Reservations

We're visiting one of our favorite towns this year at Christmas. We have reservations for Christmas day at Restaurant August for lunch, and are trying to decide where to make reservations for Christmas eve. Open Table shows availability at the Pelican Club, the Rib Room, Stella!, and Coquette, among others.

Which would you recommend for Christmas eve dinner (we'll probably eat around 6 or so, if that makes a difference)? We've been to many places on previous visits, but none of the ones listed in this post. I read the NOLA board regularly, and think these are the places we would most enjoy, based on previous posts.

Thanks in advance; we can't wait to come back!

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Stella Restaurant
1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. I would choose Pelican Club 1st - 6 PM is nice as you could take a walk along Royal Street at sunset before and even afterwards. There's something just so unique in
    walking onto Exchange Alley. If not there, then Stella!

    The Rib Room and Royal Orleans is under new ownership (Berger Group) and it's not quite as enjoyable as before (had to just about beg for 2nd's on bread).

    While you're in town, do go to the Roosevelt and walk thru the Holiday "Angel Hair
    Everywhere" display and stop at the Sazerac bar while you're there too.

    Thanks for visiting NOLA and spending $ here.

    Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
    312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

    3 Replies
    1. re: savory south

      I'd missed the new ownership of Rib Room..thanks for the info.

      1. re: savory south

        The Windsor Court was recently acquired by the Berger Company. I hadn't heard that the (Omni) Royal Orleans was too. Are you sure?

        1. re: uptownlibrarian

          Yes, seems to be 2 different holding companies. The Royal O deal went through
          right before the holidays last year - 2008. It was referred to as The Royal Ogden in some circles as he is one of the investors for that one. They clamped down on small things, like the ability to get Touche red beans & rice on Monday in the Rib Room, letting you be seated while you awaited the rest of the group (to folks that have long standing every Tues at 11:30 lunch types). The begging for bread was the tipping point for us. The good part is Patrick vonH left the Rib Room for August - a much better fit. Seems that the wine / luncheon groups have switched over to August too.

      2. Coquette makes a nice lunch option as well. But if you're staying downtown and want a whimsical way to spend an hour or so, go to the Ritz-Carlton and walk through their life-size gingerbread house. Yes, you can eat the gum drops off the walls! And then have a cocktail on the patio if the weather's nice.