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Holiday Dining in New Orleans

Where to eat this Christmas in NOLA.

If you're in New Orleans this Christmas and aren't sure where to dine, here are four fantastic holiday options with fun flavors for a festive holiday meal. 

Holiday Dining in New Orleans

Mister Mao

What: A special holiday menu that includes shrimp fried rice, chile crisp burrata, sticky eggplant lettuce wraps, crispy pork belly and more. 

When: December 24 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Mister Mao

How: Book online at Resy or call 504.345.2056. 

Mister Mao Dining Room New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Mister Mao Dining Room (©Paprika Studios)

Bywater American Bistro

What: Christmas Heat & Eat kits to-go for $60 per person. The menu includes red wine-braised short ribs, winter vegetable salad, roasted Brussels sprouts, truffle pomme purée and satsuma pie. 

When: Pickup on December 24 from noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Bywater American Bistro for to-go. 

How: Orders must be placed online

Bywater American Bistro Open Kitchen New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Bywater American Bistro Open Kitchen (©Josh Brasted)

Commons Club 

What: A special Christmas menu that includes local gulf fish, grilled heritage pork chops, cornmeal & roasted mushroom fritters, slow-roasted prime rib, sweet potato sticky toffee pudding, warm apple & almond crisp and dark chocolate pot de crème. 

When: December 24 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and December 25 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Commons Club at Virgin Hotels New Orleans 

How: Reservations can be made online at OpenTable. 

Holiday Spread at Commons Club New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Holiday Spread at Commons Club (Courtesy Virgin Hotels New Orleans)

Toups Meatery

What: The full dinner menu is available and includes standouts like the foie gras torchon, roasted winter veggie salad, veal schnitzel, rabbit & dumplings and the LA jumbo lump crab salad.

When: December 24 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Toups Meatery

How: Reservations can be made on OpenTable. For more information, call 504.252.4999. 

Toups Meatery Exterior New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Toups Meatery Exterior (Courtesy Toups Meatery)

Compère Lapin

What: Christmas lunch at Compère Lapin priced at $80. The menu features roasted jerk porchetta, butternut squash soup, cornbread stuffed acorn squash and more. 

When: December 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Compère Lapin

How: Reservations can be made on OpenTable. 

Compère Lapin Bar New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Compère Lapin Bar (Courtesy Compère Lapin)

Jack Rose

What: A four-course set menu priced from $65-75, including options such as the baked oysters, lamb bolognese, duck gumbo, flounder en papillote, grouper amandine and white chocolate bread pudding. 

When: December 24 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and December 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Jack Rose at the Pontchartrain Hotel

How: For reservations, call 504.323.1500. 

Mile High Pie at Jack Rose New Orleans | WhereTraveler
Mile High Pie at Jack Rose (©Randy Schmidt)