Food & Drink

18 New Orleans Bars & Restaurants That Are Open on Christmas Day

J Stephen Young (edited)

Drinking & dining out is a year-long affair in the Crescent City, so even on Santa’s special day, you’re always able to grab a great cocktail & a bite to eat. Here are some notable spots to choose from if you happen to be in need of a little stronger holiday spirit on the 25th...

Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard/Empire Bar

French Quarter
One of the newest (and coincidentally one of the oldest, weirdly enough) old Creole restaurants in the French Quarter will be open and ready to stuff you full of holiday cheer. 
 

Besh Steak

Warehouse District
Who wants wine and steak for Christmas? If the answer is you, you’ll find it inside Harrah’s.

Café Adelaide

Central Business District
Chances are things are going to get fancy and fun at Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick bar on Xmas day, should you find yourself hungry, thirsty, and in the CBD. 
 

Borgne

Central Business District
Chef Brian Landry’s love letter to Gulf seafood might be just the perfect spot to share a festive drink. Excellent cocktails, and a stunning beer menu.
 

Chiba

Leonidas
Sake for Christmas? WHY NOT? And to pair it, nothing says the holidays like sea urchin, salmon roe, and tuna tataki. Chiba is only open for dinner, 4pm to midnight.

Kingfish

French Quarter
The spectacular pairing of Nathan Richard's cuisine and a killer cocktail menu (fit for the Kingfish himself) will not steer you wrong down in the French Quarter on Christmas Day. Or pretty much any day, for that matter. All reservations are officially booked, but walk-ins are welcome and available.
 

Lüke

Central Business District
Pop a bottle of bubbly and order the intimidatingly wonderful grand seafood tower (“Le Grand Plateau De Fruits De Mer”, featuring a whole Maine lobster, 16 oysters, 12 shrimp, 10 clams, 16 mussels, king crab, and ceviche) for a truly special holiday experience on Xmas day this year. It will do you no wrong.

Domenica and PIZZA Domenica

Central Business District and Uptown
If you happened to miss Chef Alon Shaya’s special Chanukah menu at Domenica, don’t fret; both his original outpost in the Roosevelt Hotel and the new Uptown slice spot will both be serving beer, pies, and pillowy garlic knots on the 25th.

Restaurant August

Central Business District
John Besh is no Grinch when it comes to his restaurant group, all of which pretty much open on Christmas day, including his flagship, August. (Editor's note: after getting some updated information, it looks like August will be open on Christmas eve, but sadly closed on Christmas day this year). 

Shaya

Uptown
Famously, many of the Besh Group restaurants stay open 365, and thank goodness that's true for Shaya, which is going to be serving up its Israeli food fit for peasants and magi alike.

Restaurant R’evolution

French Quarter
Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto are making sure their beautiful baby is going to be pleasing fancy folks on the 25th.  
 

La Provence

French Quarter
Should you find yourself in Lacombe, LA for some reason -- or are looking for a good reason to visit -- Besh’s elevated country spot out there won’t let you down come Christmas.

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Willa Jean

CBD
The best new bakery in NOLA isn't wholly closing up shop for Christmas, thank goodness. However, it's only open until noon, and you need to place an order in advance on its website if you want to get in on the hot baked action.

Compère Lapin

CBD
Chef Nina Compton's popular new spot will be feeding the masses on the 25th with its elegant Creole/Caribbean fare, and it has a killer prix-fixe menu that you'll want to check out, just in case you happen to burn your goose.

Jung's Golden Dragon

Uptown
Because Jung's is known for its upscale Chinese, you know it's going to be killing it on Magazine St come Xmas day for the Uptown set -- and really, anyone else who likes Chinese on Christmas, which should be everybody, right?

SoBou

French Quarter
It’s a Caribbean Christmas for all at SoBou, and if you’re looking for some wonderfully festive cocktails, and maybe an alligator corn dog, this is where you’re headed.
 

Five Happiness

Gert Town
Jewish Christmas means one thing, and that’s Chinese food. If you’re a member of the tribe and you’d like to continue this hallowed tradition (or if you just like roasted duck and lo mein), Five Happiness is the place you’re going to head for all your dumpling and noodle needs. (Note: if you’re more than a party of five, it will behoove you to make a reservation well in advance.)

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Scott Gold is a writer in New Orleans who will definitely be eating Chinese on Christmas. Follow him @scottgold.