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 from Dec. 1-31.
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.
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, Louisiana drum stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp, and their festive eggnog bread pudding.
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 with pistachio Pâté, turtle soup with Sherry, burgundy braised lamb shank, and pumpkin cheesecake.
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).