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Reveillon Tradition Continues

November 27 2023 | What's New
Photo: Tujague's

Réveillon is a New Orleans tradition dating back to the mid-1800s. Back then, Creole families celebrated Réveillon twice during the holidays, Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve. Now it’s celebrated on a nightly basis with rich, indulgent and very delicious multi-course meals, from Dec. 1 to New Year’s Eve at premier restaurants throughout the city.

Photo: Crescent City Brewhouse

Traditionally, the Christmas Eve meal celebrated the Christian faith. When families returned from St. Louis Cathedral, they broke their daylong fast with a large, extravagant meal that included egg dishes, sweetbreads and Creole dishes like daube glace, which is a jellied stew made with seasoned beef and veal stock molded and served cold as hors d’oeuvres with crackers. The meal typically ended with a cake filled with fruit confection, drizzled with wine or rum and topped with whipped cream.

Photo: Court of Two Sisters

While Christmas was spent only with the family, New Year’s Eve was celebrated in a large group that also included friends and other loved ones. This fun-filled meal featured delicious treats like eggnog, fancy pastries, meringues, sugar sculptures, and crystallized fruits. Afterward, families would return home and enjoy a light meal before an evening of dancing and singing.

Photo: ANNUCIATION Restaurant

Today, restaurants in New Orleans serve both traditional menus inspired by the Creole tradition and contemporary menus using modern-day ingredients and techniques not available when the tradition started.

Here are our favorite New Orleans restaurants participating this year. Click on the name of the restaurant to start the reservation process.

ANNUNCIATION Restaurant – Celebrate the holiday with five heavenly courses at ANNUNCIATION Restaurant in the Warehouse District. The Blueberry Ricotta Crepes with Louisiana Blueberries is calling our name. View complete menu. $65.

Commander's Palace – A five-course feast awaits in the Garden District in one of the most beloved restaurants in the South. Come taste delights such as Plaquemens Parish Satsuma Crusted Gulf Fish and Chargrilled North Dakota Bison. We promise this will be the best Roasted Bone Marrow Canoe you've ever tasted!  $110.

Court of Two Sisters – Few restaurants in the French Quarter are as well known as this one. For Reveillon, they’re serving a fabulous four-course meal that includes Turtle Soup au Sherry. Yum. View complete menu. $60.

Crescent City Brewhouse – Beer and holiday cheer go hand in hand at this brew house on Decatur Street. Their four-course Reveillon includes items like Butternut Squash Bisque, Brown Butter Gnocci with Wild Mushrooms, Grilled Redfish and Brewhouse Bread Pudding with Candied Malted Barley & Amp and Beer Caramel Sauce. Yum! $49

Tujague’s – The second oldest restaurant in New Orleans blends traditions of the old with the new with a four-course Reveillon guaranteed to get you in the spirit of Christmas. View complete menu. $67. 

Photo: Commander's Palace

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