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Recommendations Fine Dining at the Bar?

We are traveling to New Orleans this weekend for a wedding and staying in the Faubourg Marigny district. Since much of our weekend is planned we are unable to make reservations for dinner, but wanted to try to eat dinner somewhere Friday and potentially Saturday night without reservations. I found that Stella does not offer dinner service at the bar. Can anyone recommend a good restaurant that serves a full menu at the bar?
Thanks! Also, a good Friday lunch spot recommendation woudl be appreciated as well.

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  1. A few spots off the top of my head:

    Cochon
    Herbsaint
    Dick & Jennie's (they don't take reservations anyway, so you could even get a table)

    I would imagine all will be a little busy - there's a 10,000+ person conference in town this weekend.

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    1. re: Burgoober

      i actually like the atmosphere of Cochon even better than the food.

    2. Marigny Brasserie for dinner...it is close to where you're staying, has great food and a wonderful bar/lounge area. One of my favorites.

      I've found that Cafe Adelaide is a great lunch spot. It is by the same people who do Commander's Palace - great specials and if you're a drinker, $.25 martinis (i.e., martinis, cosmos, appletinis, and one other drink).

      1. Clancy's, Emeril's (I'm not a fan, but many are), Rio Mar

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        1. re: Blumie

          Rio mar just opened up their new tapas bar...check it out on their website

        2. how about GW Finn's? They have a nice bar and great cocktails..

          PLEASE avoid Marigny Brasserie, although the atmosphere is nice, the food is not worth your time.

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          1. re: EatingEmily

            I disagree. It's not the best restaurant in the City by any means, but I've had a number of good meals there. It's also got a particularly welcoming bar, for what that's worth.

            Now if you're looking to find someplace that will actually seat you on a Friday or Saturday night without reservations, my advice would be to simply call that night. Pick a half dozen places, and without doubt you'll find at least one that will seat a 2 top.

            1. re: Robert Peyton

              I have had some of the best meals that I've ever had in New Orleans at the Marigny Brasserie - and I've been everywhere.

          2. Actually, the convention in town this weekend is close to 20,000, so you're probably best off eating at the bar, as those might be the only available seats.

            Bombay Club has a very comfortable bar area and great food...1179 has a full menu at the bar also and is very good...

            1. Try Peristyle as well. One Restaurant has seating at the bar looking into the kitchen, that's a fun night.

              Since you're in that area, there's Mimi's tapas-- I wouldn't put it in the fine dining category, but I thought it was very good. And open until 4 am.

              1. I know you can dine at the bar at Muriel's. Not sure, but other possibilities are Cafe Amelie, Meauxbar & Orleans Grapevine.

                1. You can eat at the bar at Palace Cafe. They have a great selection of appetizers and you can make a great meal at the bar just ordering several appetizers. Do not miss the Crawfish Cheesecake!

                  1. What about Feeling's Cafe? I'm not sure if you can eat at the bar or not, though I seem to recall that you could pre-Katrina. But a very nice place to go for food and atmosphere...

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                    Feelings Cafe D'Aunoy
                    2600 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70117

                    1. Luke is great for lunch. Try the pate.