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The Rise of the Reveillon Dinner in New Orleans

Many many years ago, well, way back when, you know, back dere in dem olden days. You know what they used to do for Christmas? They’d stay up all night, go to midnight Mass and then come home and have a big meal with all the trimmings and drink and celebrate till the wee hours of the morning. This was a French thing. And I dare say there are places in France that still observe the Holiday in this manner.

The Rise of the Reveillon Dinner in New Orleans

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Diners feast a Reveillon Dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant in the French Quarter.

Me, stayin’ up all night and eatin’ a big meal and drinkin’ and such, I couldn’t handle it. In fact, with the way we celebrate Christmas now what with getting up early in the morning to open presents and such I doubt anyone in our culture could do it. I mean, even just going to midnight Mass and getting to bed around 1:30 takes its toll. But heck. It’s only once a year, right?

And now in New Orleans some folks have decided it’s time to bring the Reveillon Dinner back but in a much more modified version. In fact, during the holiday season many famous restaurants around town have pris fixe menus. You can snag an awesome meal for 40 or 50 busk or so.

And it’s all about celebrating the holidays, being with friends and family and just getting into the sprit, which New Orleanians are so good at doing. We love any excuse to party and of course eat great food. And what better way to honor the season than to honor the bounty God has given us.

These Reveillon Dinners started up several years ago and has been such a success more restaurants are jumping on board.

Below is a comprehensive list of the restaurants and their starting price for their Reveillon Dinners.

Arnaud’s $45
Brigtsen’s $48
Albertine’s Tea Room $45
5Fifty5 $45
Upperline $45

Mat and Naddie’s $40
Palace Cafe $55
Galvez $50
SoBou $48
Domenica $65

Criollo $75
Cafe Adelaide $42
Pat O’Brien’s $30
Bayona $55
Borgne $45

Bourbon House $60
Andrea’s $55
7 on Fulton $60
Muriel’a Jackson Square $5

Mike’s on the Avenue $48
Broussard’s $48
Crescent City Brewhouse $45
The Bombay Club $60
Maximo’s Italian Grill $50

Morton’s Steak House $65
The Grill Room $55
Vacherie $39
Luke $60
Cafe Degas $37

Besh Steak $70
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse $50
Galatoire’s $45
Court of Two Sisters $45
Sazerac Restaurant $48
R-evolution $95

Pelican Club $56
The Red Maple $48
The American Sector $45
Royal House Oyster Bar $30
August $95

Antoine’s $49
Ste. Marie $50
Brennans $60
Commander’s Palace $85

Martinique Bistro $58
Tujaque’s $40
Gumbo Shop $38

Find out what else there is to do in New Orleans at Christmastime.

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