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  • sw79 Nov 11, 2012 07:43 AM
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We will be in New Orleans on December 22-24 and are considering doing a Reveillon dinner at one of the participating restaurants (list available at: http://www.neworleansonline.com/holiday/). In my experience, the items on prix fixe menus can be hit or miss - we find that they sometimes fall short of their counterparts on the a la carte menu. Does that hold true for Revillion dinners? Right now, the top contenders are Galatoire's, Upperline, SoBou, or Brigtsen's, all restaurants that we have never been to but have been on our list. Does anyone have any endorsements or suggestions?

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  1. we had it at Galatoires last year and it was excellent. we're going this year also.

    1. I have the same question, essentially. I'll be in New Orleans December 7-10, traveling by myself. A friend and native to New Orleans (New Orleanian?) has recommended Galatoire's, and I see that seconded here.

      I'd just like to know which of the Reveillon restaurants are most comfortable for single diners. Well, and have good food too ;-). Thanks!

      PS Just browsing: the American Sector, Sazerac, and Crescent City Brewhouse sound good - I love craft beer so that last one got my attention, but I don't know how the food would be.

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      1. re: annettesan

        I've never tried reveillion meals but i think they vary from year to year. Last years suggestion for a specific restaurant may not apply to this year.

        I think your post is the first time Crescent City Brewhouse may have reached these pages. It is not known for its food. If you are a beer fan the best place near to the FQ is the Avenue Pub which has rare beers from all over. The local Abita and Heiner Brau aren't bad. For a restaurant, Luke has beers that are custom brewed for it.

      2. I looked through the menus last night and I think the best food/dollar value is the menu at Arnaud's. And I will remain forever grateful to their listing for opening the idea of their remoulade sauce on deviled eggs.

        1. We are leaning toward Upperline. Their menu (pasted below) looks fantastic and the atmosphere is more casual, which will make my parents (who are accompanying us) more comfortable. Has anyone been there for Reveillon or had any items on the Reveillon menu? Upperline is doing Reveillon only at dinner in December

          FIRST COURSE (CHOICE OF)
          • Turtle Soup with Sherry
          • New Orleans Creole Gumbo
          • Spiced Pecans with Glass of Madeira
          SECOND COURSE (CHOICE OF)
          • The Original Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Rémoulade
          • Crispy Louisiana Oysters with choice of Two Rémoulades or St. Claude Sauce
          • Duck and Andouille Etouffée with Cornbread and Louisiana Pepper Jelly
          • Watercress, Mixed Greens, Stilton Cheese and Pecan Salad
          THIRD COURSE (CHOICE OF)
          • Sautéed Baby Drum Meunière
          • Grilled Gulf Fish Piquant with Hot and Hot Shrimp
          • Classic Creole Veal Grillades with Parmesan Cheese Grits
          • Savory Slow Roasted Duck with Garlic Port or Ginger Peach Sauce
          FOURTH COURSE (CHOICE OF)
          • Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée
          • Warm Louisiana Pecan Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream
          • Honey-Pecan Bread Pudding with Toffee Sauce
          • Brandy Alexander on the Rocks

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          1. re: sw79

            Disappointing and Frustrating Update on Upperline: We were unable to get a reservation there with a party of 6 at any point in December (particularly the weekend of December 22). I called in mid November, and the host told me that they were not accepting reservations until December. To be on the safe side, I called back on November 29, and was told that I could not make a reservation with a party of 6 on any night in December because the few large tables in the restaurant are reserved for patrons who have been dining at the restaurant for years. I asked to be put on a wait list, and the host recommended that I make reservations elsewhere. I am very disappointed that we will not be able to dine there, but am even more disappointed in the way I was treated.

            We are now trying to decide between SoBou, Brigtsens, and Martinique Bistro, and we may also try to walk in at Galatoire's, which is also booked since I waited until late November to make our reservation. Any guidance as to which is the best option? How long might we have to wait to walk in and sit on the first level at Galatoire's?

            1. re: sw79

              The last time Xmas Eve was on MOnday (the day they are usually closedd) Galatoire's opened anyway. But that is a highly local day in there and you'd be lucky to get a two-op by 3:00. Saturday would be better but it is still The Festive Season and folks shopping downtown are going to end up there. Sunday is of course Sunday. Again, you might get a spot in the wearly afternoon. But there likely won;t bea huge line for opening on either Sat or Sunday. I never do teh Revillion menu there so cannot speak to that.

              1. re: sw79

                That's a shame about Upperline. It's never been anywhere near my favorites, but obviously has many loyal patrons.

                Martinique is great, I've always had a nice time there and if they can take you I'd go with that.

                1. re: sw79

                  Galatoire's only takes reservations for upstairs. Downstairs dining room is first come, first served so you'll be on an even keel with everyone else. Downstairs is the preferred dining room anyway. No way of telling how busy they will be on any given night. As for Upperline, no big deal. The menu reads beeter than the food delivers. Brigtsen's is better than Martinique. IMO, their appetizers is,where they shine. Make a,tasting meal of,them. Most,entrees are servedmwith themsame onld veggies and mashed potatoes.

              2. Our first experience at The Pelican Club was not too good but since then we have had great meals there. Galatoire's was great for the coolinary lunch.

                1. Best options: The Grill Room and R'evolution followed by Galatoire's and Brigtsen's.

                  1. I've been wondering the same thing, since we'll be there next week. I better get on it and make a reservation! I think we're going to go to Upperline.

                    But Jazzy, you would recommend R'evolution, huh?

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                    1. re: SnackCakes

                      A reply, and a slight change of subject...since I last posted, I've been doing some research, and am considering skipping a Reveillon dinner to just eat (and drink) here and there, without necessarily stopping for a whole meal. (But that Upperline menu sounds awesome.)

                      So I'm thinking of going to a few bars that have good menus, so I can try one of the famous cocktails and have a good bite to eat. Bar R'evolution sounded good, and i read about a new (I think) place in the Bywater neighborhood, Maurepas, that seems to have small plates. The Carousel Club has been recommended, though I'm not sure if they serve food.

                      Definitely going to do the Acme Oyster House, the Gumbo Shop, and Cafe du Monde (the one universal suggestion). Any other suggestions of bars (maybe not dives ;-)) with good food would be greatly appreciated.

                      1. re: annettesan

                        You will be doing yourself a didervice by dining in the bar at R'evolution. (won't do that again). Three Muses in Marigny is a good for small plates plus live music. I had been looking forward to trying Maurepas until my son went and said "the food basically sucks". lol. Perhaps The Delachaise on St. Charles. Get off the streetcar at Louisiana. It will be just across the neutral ground. The Columns Hotel is about 1 block uptown on the opposite side of the avenue. It is a lovely spot for sitting on the porch with a cocktail. Antoine's streetside Hermes bar for cocktails and bites. They have a bar menu with a sampler plate. you can also order off the restaurant menu

                      2. re: SnackCakes

                        Yes. However after revisiting the Revillion menu, it seems one can select the same number courses for about the same price. FWIW, they are quite accomodating and will split entrees to serve as appetizer (tasting ) portions . The crab beignets are wonderful. I think my husband is addicted.