Curio Dish | Loews New Orleans
New Orleans

New Orleans’ history was built on a strong foundation of European heritage (specifically French and Spanish) and this couldn’t be more prevalent than during the holiday season. Réveillon dinners originated with a deep connection to this cultural heritage, and the Catholic faith, that permeated the happenings of everyday life. Those preparing to take communion at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve would fast the entire day prior. When it was time for mass, it was a family affair that everyone attended, dressed in their best. Afterwards, everyone would gather back at their homes for a grand feast — the Réveillon meal. Réveillon comes from the French word “réveiller”, meaning, “to awaken” — or rather, to stay awake well into the wee hours of the morning, supping on rich and lavishly prepared dishes.

Throughout the years, Réveillon dinners became less and less celebrated in the old way until the early half of the 20th century, when they nearly disappeared altogether. Until someone came to the rescue. In 1988, the local non-profit organization French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) came up with the brilliant idea to bring back the Réveillon tradition to the city and imbibe it with a fresh new feel. Each restaurant in the city was encouraged to participate by providing a Réveillon Menu to its patrons during the month of December, served at more reasonable hours during the day. Traditional dishes can be found on these decadent pre-fixe menus but chefs are encouraged to put their own twist on their special Réveillon feast.

Take a look here for a list of all the participating establishments in the city, or just keep scrolling for a few of our favorites we’ve already picked out for you.

Curio

Tucked away in the middle of the French Quarter, on the corner of Royal and Bienville, sits this vibrant and fresh new bistro. Fully renovated but retaining its historical charm, Curio’s eclectic and energetic character will beckon you indoors. Chef Hayley Vanvleet enjoys adding her own unique flair to New Orleans seafood cuisine, often pulling inspiration from her own family’s recipes.

Réveillon Menu – $48

First Course
Roasted Fennel, Garlic & Bisque Crab
Second Course
Shaved Vegetable Salad
Spicy Truffle Vinaigrette
Third Course
Muscovy Duck Leg Confit
Creamy Goat Cheese Grits, Crispy Fried Onions, Satsuma Creole Mustard Sauce
Fourth Course
Buttered Rum Yule Log
Toasted Hazelnuts, Cinnamon Chocolate Sauce

Broussard’s

Nearly a century ago, this French Quarter fixture on Conti Street opened its doors to the public. Named after its original owner and chef, Joseph Broussard, the building itself speaks to the history of the city and its residents. It played the role of home to his wife, Rosalie Broussard, and her relatives before transforming into a celebrated five-star dining establishment. Living above the restaurant until their deaths in 1966, the couple left behind a legacy that still continues to thrive to this day.

Réveillon Menu – $48

First Course
Crispy Oysters Bienville
Tarragon, Mushrooms, Tasso
OR
Duck Confit
Brandy Duck Liver Mousse, Creole Mustard – Apricot Glaze
Second Course
Butternut Squash Bisque
Truffle Crema, Crispy Leeks
OR
Belgian Endive & Baby Arugula Salad
Cambazola Blue Cheese, Candied Pecans, Cranberry Vinaigrette
Third Course
Pan Roasted Gulf Fish
Andouille Potato Hash, Creole Meunière Sauce
OR
Grilled Petit Filet Mignon
Celery Root Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Marchand de vin
Fourth Course
Peppermint Panna Cotta
Dark Chocolate Ganache
OR
Praline Bread Pudding
Eggnog Custard, Bourbon Sauce

Tommy’s

Just a meager three blocks from Loews New Orleans Hotel, on a quiet strip on Tchoupitoulas Street, Tommy’s will be your new favorite gathering place with delicious food, stellar service and inviting atmosphere. Creole Italian is on the menu every night and never disappoints. Newly renovated NOSH (New Orleans Social House) next door boasts clean and contemporary lines but also a rustic elegance, playing with the copious amounts of natural light pouring through the windows and providing a glimpse of the bustling Warehouse District.

Réveillon Menu – $45

First Course
Roasted Beet & Arugula Salad
Ricotta Salata, Toastd Hazelnuts, Chianti Vinaigrette
OR
Ribolitta Soup
Kale, Cannelini Beans, Torn Bread, Reggiano Parmigiano
Second Course
Hand Made Tagliatelle Bolognese
OR
Gemelli
Butternut Squash, Sage, Gorgonzola
Third Course
Pan Roasted Gulf Fish all’ Acqua Pazza
Gulf Shrimp, Fennel, Tomato, Cippolini Onions
OR
Pork Chop Milanese
Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, Roasted Peppers Agro Dolce
Fourth Course
Tiramisu
Lady Fingers Dipped in Espresso Layred with Creamy Mascarpone Cheese
OR
Chocolate Truffle Mousse
Crème Anglaise, Toasted Almonds

Bon Appetit!

Lizzie