Arrived Christmas Eve minus our friend's luggage - he in warm-up suit and walking shoes. Plans for dinner obviously required different attire. I had made reservations way, way ahead, too! Finally after numerous phone calls and very few options, I called Cuvee to cancel and was told "oh, come on - it's Christmas"!!! Food was absolutely wonderful. Pricey but worth it. $55 for a four course meal and then extra for wine. They were so gracious no matter our circumstance. This is a definite re-visit at another time.
Can't say the same for what message boards are touting about Clancy's on Annunciation Street. Food less than okay - guess it must be the "place to be seen"?
Probably need to determine age demographics for restaurant reviews - it probably will make a difference, not only in expectations but in results as well.
Warning - if you don't have reservations for meals at downtown hotels - don't go to New Orleans Christmas Day. Absolutely zero choices for dining - not even Popeye's, Burger King, McDonald's, etc!!! No grocery stores are open either. After driving around forever we finally found a Chinese place and got "to-go" and went to our room.
Actually, not too many choices anywhere during 24th-27th. Emeril's places, Brennan's places, Prudhomme's -all close for the three day period - those as well as any local neighborhood hangouts. Mandina's on Canal was open except for Christmas Day and you can ALWAYS get a good meal there, no matter what you order. Be prepared to wait, though, because it's always crowded.