Get ready to eat, drink, and be merry during one of New Orleans most treasured traditions: Reveillon. A Catholic Creole custom that dates back to the early 19th century, Reveillon, meaning “awakening,” was a big meal enjoyed when the family returned from midnight mass.
Today, it takes place in more than 50 New Orleans restaurants with special, multi-course, prix-fixe Reveillon menus served throughout the month of December. Here are five of our favorites, all conveniently located within walking distance of our French Quarter hotel.
$75 per person; 214 Royal Street; (504) 681-4444
Creating a meal from Creole tradition is a task well-suited for a restaurant whose name literally means “Creole” in Spanish. Located inside our magnificent sister property, Hotel Monteleone, Criollo’s seasonal Reveillon menu features five decadent courses with options ranging from smoked quail risotto, rabbit with sweet breads, coriander-crusted lamb chops, and a holiday dessert favorite: Bûche de Noël with coffee and vanilla genoise and cocoa buttercream.
$49 per person; 713 Saint Louis Street; (504) 581-4422
As America’s oldest family-run restaurant, Antoine’s is the pinnacle of maintaining tradition and celebrating French Creole cuisine. During the holidays, their famous menu gets an upgrade with Reveillon dishes like the Noël Salad, charbroiled oysters, alligator bisque, Louisiana drum stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp, and their festive eggnog bread pudding.
$45 per person; 819 Conti Street; (504) 581-3866
Established in 1920, Broussard’s is known for adding modern flavors to traditional Creole cuisines. This beautiful restaurant features elegant dining rooms that overlook a lush, tropical courtyard perfectly dressed for the season. Gather around the table for a Reveillon dinner featuring charcuterie and house-made pâté, Creole turtle soup with Sherry, filet mignon wellington and roasted pumpkin bread pudding.
$49 per person; 813 Bienville Street; (504) 523-5433
With an extended history in the New Orleans community during World War I and Prohibition times, Arnaud’s celebrates classic Creole cuisine and lifestyle as much as possible in today’s world — Reveillon dinners included. Start with an amuse bouche of daube glace, then Arnaud’s famous shrimp remoulade, pork flatiron steak with spinach Rockefeller, and end with gateau de sirop (Cajun syrup cake).
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
$95 per person; 716 Iberville Street; (504) 522-2467
While this restaurant is known for their world-class steaks, the Reveillon menu is worth a try as well. The prix fixe menu for 2016 features lobster and corn bisque and smoked rabbit pot pie to start off, followed by magret of duck with Brussels sprouts, lentils and bacon. The dinner is finished off with a pear tarte tatin with house-made eggnog ice cream.
Visit Us For The Holidays!
Bienville House Hotel is at the heart of it all in the French Quarter. You’ll be able to walk to all of these restaurants as well as many of the most popular New Orleans attractions.
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