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Where to Eat? Top Pre-Fixe NYE Menus in New Orleans

Don’t feel like cooking this holiday? Lucky for you in the culinary capital, several chefs are donning their best holiday feasts for New Year’s Eve. New Orleans’ outstanding chefs are presenting three or five-course dinners with a pre-set menu. 

Some include cocktail and dessert and are a great choice for an unforgettable holiday meal. Here are some of our favorite selections from restaurants around the city:

Compere Lapin

Photo by: Josh Brasted

Address: 535 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
When: Christmas Day (1 pm – 7 pm) / NYE (5:30 pm – 10 pm)
Price: Christmas: $85 per person / NYE: $125 per person

Headed by 2018 James Beard Nominee for Best Chef (South), Nina Compton is offering both Christmas and NYE meals. Compere Lapin is a critically acclaimed restaurant in the Old 77 Hotel & Chandlery. 

For New Year’s Eve, Compton is offering a luxurious menu. This six-course offering features sunchoke veloute with caviar, tenderloin of beef, and Bolivian chocolate, just to name a few of the options. 

Join in the party and make reservations here. Or call the restaurant at (504) 599 – 2119.

Bywater American Bistro 

Photo by: Denny Culbert

Address: 2900 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
When: New Year’s Eve (5 pm – 10 pm)
Price: $95 per person (not including taxes and gratuity)

The sister restaurant to Compere Lapin, and also curated by Nina Compton, Bywater American Bistro has been receiving a ton of attention in 2018. They’ve just won Eater New Orleans’ Best Restaurant of the Year award and there’s a reason why. This “neighborhood American restaurant” shows off their contemporary casual style with the skill of a 5-star chef.

For their New Year’s Eve pre-fixe dinner, Compton has taken a spin on contemporary American seasonal flavors with a Southern twist. Offerings like Kusshi oysters and American red snapper with Crystal’s hot sauce hollandaise are sure to be a holiday for your taste buds. Check out the full menu here and be sure to make reservations early! 

Toups’ Meatery 

Address: 845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
When: New Year’s Eve (5 pm – 11 pm)
Price: $85 per person (not including taxes and gratuity)

Chef Isaac Toups released one of the hottest cookbooks of this year, “Chasing the Gator”, and is now bringing this cajun flavor for a pre-fixe NYE dinner.

This exquisite meal comes with the opportunity to choose between 2-3 items for each course. It will be hard to decide with selections like foie gras and white truffle soup. Will you choose the aged NY strip or scallops for your main course? The five-course menu also offers wine and cocktail pairings for an additional $40 per person.

View the full menu and make reservations here

Vessel NOLA 

Address: 3835 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
When: New Year’s Eve (5 pm – 11 pm)
Price: $75 per person (not including taxes and gratuity)

Mid-City gem (inside of an old church), Vessel NOLA, is preparing a five-course menu including a welcome glass of champagne for their New Year’s Eve festivities.

A delicate mix between contemporary and Southern dishes, the menu is certainly worth the price. Some dishes that caught our eye are the Crabmeat Bruschetta and Scallop Risotto. Aside from the Amuse and Dessert course, diners will have a choice between three options. 

View the full menu and make reservations here

Josephine Estelle at the Ace Hotel

Address: 600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
When: New Year’s Eve (5 pm – 11 pm)
Price: $98 per person (not including taxes and gratuity)

The chefs at Josephine Estelle are creating huge notoriety in the New Orleans restaurant scene. Nominated for a James Beard award, they are bringing together traditional Italian flavors with a Southern flair.

Their classic preparation of a New Years Eve pre-fixe dinner is a well (and not overly) done menu. It seems to strike the perfect balance between simple yet incredible food.

View the full menu and make reservations here.


Where will you be dining this New Year’s Eve? There’s nothing like a good meal surrounded by the people you love. That’s what is most important for this transition into the New Year!

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