Three Mid-City restaurants are honoring the Revéillon tradition with prix fixe menus that reflect their style and cuisine.
The local Revéillon dinners were inspired by the early Creole residents celebrating the start of Christmas with a big family meal after midnight Mass. This European tradition was used to break the daylong fast leading up to Christmas Eve. The word “revéillon” in French can mean “awakening,” but it has come to mean “Christmas Eve.”
In contemporary New Orleans, Revéillon dinners have shifted to restaurants serving specials, as opposed to being only in private homes. These menus are being served in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve, instead of Christmas morning.
The current and historical Revéillon meals have one thing in common: They are lengthy, multi-course meals that give us a chance to savor the food and the time with loved ones.
These Mid-City eateries offer a range of menus to celebrate the season by enjoying a leisurely Revéillon dinner with friends and family: Café Degas, Frey Smoked Meat Co. and Ralph’s on the Park.
The menus are below. Contact the restaurants for more information or reservations.
3127 Esplanade Ave.
Café Degas in Faubourg St. John is modeled on the French bistro. It is serving a four-course Revéillon dinner, plus lagniappe, for $50:
Entrée: Almond-Crusted Frog Legs with pork belly collard greens and blueberry chutney. Plat: House Cured Duck Leg Confit & Andouille Cassoulet
with mirliton and white bean ragout, roasted baby carrots. Salade: Barratta & Strawberry Salad with baby arugula, spiced pecans and blackberry balsamic vinaigrette. Dessert: Chocolate Mousse with Tuile Cookie. Lagniappe: Glass of ruby port wine.
Frey Smoked Meat Co.
4141 Bienville Street, Suite 110
With its red smoker by the parking lot out front, Frey offers award-winning BBQ and other gourmet casual fare. Its custom-built bar has more than 40 beers and 50 whiskeys. It is serving a four-course Revéillon dinner for $46:
Course 1: Fried ribs with a pepper-jelly glaze. Course 2: Mr. Fred’s chicken and sausage gumbo. Course 3: Choice of brisket pot pie baked in a cornbread crust and topped with cheddar cheese or Cornish hen with garlic roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Course 4: White chocolate bread pudding.
Ralph’s on the Park
900 City Park Ave.
Recognized for fine cuisine, Ralph’s on the Park offers food fresh from local farms and waters, along with views of City Park’s moss-draped oaks.
Ralph’s is offering its Revéillon menu until Dec. 23. The four-course dinner is $75 or $100 if paired with wines (wine pairings are included in the menu below).
First course: Turtle Soup topped with Sherry (Graffinga Malbec, Uco Valley, AR, 2019). Second course: Crab Crusted Fish with crab fat rice, shrimp and crab velouté (Jordan Chardonnay, Russian River, CA, 2018). Third course: Grilled Filet with roasted root vegetables and foie gras demi glace (Auctioneer Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, CA, 2019). Fourth course: Bourbon Pecan Pie with chocolate ganache and Bourbon-caramel sauce.
For more information on restaurants across town that are serving Revéillon dinners, see the New Orleans & Co. website.