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Best Restaurant for a Splurge Girls Night

Hi all-

My girlfriends and I are coming to NO to celebrate our 30th birthdays.

Last time we were there, we were in our mid-twenties and not employed gainfully enough to dine anywhere special. (Though we found many many other ways to fall in love with the food and the city and succumb to hangovers that I still talk about.)

So my question is:

Where should we make dinner reservations for a celebratory triple 30th birthday dinner?

Commanders Palace

are these woefully out-of-date? Am I missing any top contenders?

Can't wait to be back.

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  1. Galatoire's, Stella!, Cuvee, August, Patois, Iris, Clancy's, MiLa, Bistro Daisy

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    1. re: edible complex

      Commander's in the garden room would be the most fun. August and Cuvee are excellent, elegant and sedate. Brennans a definite NO!. Galatoire's is boisterous and a truly NOLA experience. You would be going for the experience rather than outstanding food.

    2. I would skip Brennan's, it's just okay. Go to Commander's for the quintessential new orleans experience that still serves excellently prepared food. Bayona is outstanding, too. It's just not as traditional.

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        N.O.Food, I haven't been to Bayona in a while. We were all disappointed finding it overrated with bla food. However, your opinions so often mirror mine that I am considering a return visit. What did you have?

        1. re: JazzyB

          I agree. We should all go eat sometime. Let's see. The wife and I both did the 23.00 lunch special. Sad to say I can't exactly recall what we had. The sweetbreads stand out as well as the scallop dish. Sorry I can't be more helpful. I can say that it was one of the better, if not the best, lunch I've had all Summer. Nothing earth-shattering, just every dish was really solid. I'd give it another shot. Everywhere has off days and nights - especially post katrina. We just went to Stella last night for the first time in about a year and a half after having a bad experience there. Happy to report we had an excellent dinner this time around.

          1. re: N.O.Food

            Funny, we also had a disappointing meal at Stella! about 6 or so months ago. Haven't been back since.

      2. Galatoire's is the best "good time" restaurant with exceptional food and terrific service. it's always a party in there. a total throwdown. people sit there for hours and take their time, get hammered, and enjoy incredible food.
        another fun place with wonderful food is jacque-imo's, you would be right next to the Maple Leaf bar which is a great place to hit after dinner to boogie down all night.

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        1. re: mcegielski

          Only hesitation that I would have with Galatoire's would be the birthday ladies standing in line, prior to their meal. If they make reservations upstairs, it's not the same experience, and is a bit more quiet (normally) up there.

          Hence, my rec. for CP.


        2. Predicated, solely on your three choices, I'd opt for Commanders. In the Garden Room, you should be able to have fun, without incurring the looks of others, too critically. Food and service are good, and the Garden Room is open enough, so that you do not feel too confined.

          Enjoy, and happy birthdays!


          1. I love the following for girls nights out: Cuvee, Jacques Imo, Cochon...there are so many fun places! Don't overthink it! Have Fun!


            1. I would definately stick to the FQ, my recs would be:
              Galatoire's,(loud, fun, waiters keep the champagne flowing for the ladies!)
              Bayona - great menu, cool atmosphere
              Mr. B's - loud, fun atmosphere, great drinks at the bar
              Cafe Adelaide - really fun bar and good drinks for after dinner - they have a great dinner as well.
              After dinner, I would go to the bar at the Ritz, or if yall feel like booty shaking - hit up The Goldmine, but after 12-1 a.m.

              Yall have fun!

              1. I'd go to Galatoire's. Table loads of chatty women always seem to have a great time there. Commander's will cost about double and it doesn't have the "good time" atmosphere of Gal's.

                1. Oh wow, you guys are great!

                  I think I might heed N.O.Food and Hunt's suggestions to do Commanders for the big night - but I think I might try to convince my girls to do Galatoire's the next night.

                  Brennans for brunch, then, since we were too poor and hung over to get there last time.

                  Thanks nolalawyer - see you at the Goldmine!

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                  1. re: vanesscipes

                    Commanders, Galatoire's, & Brennan's might be too much of the same thing; they're all so old school. You might try branching out to Stella! or August or Bayonna or Cochon for a different, more modern NOLA dining experience.

                    1. re: vanesscipes

                      I would do Galatoire's before Commander's.

                      FWIW I have never enjoyed Brennans' food or service.
                      consider Patois for a more lively brunch; you're turning 30 not 90:

                      1. re: vanesscipes

                        Doing Gal's and CP would be fine. Their cuisine is different enough. Gal's menu hasn't changed in ages - that's the point. Commander's is more seasonal and they let their chefs do their own thing much moreso than Gal's. Have fun!

                        1. re: N.O.Food

                          N.O. Food,
                          “While the items offered on the Business Lunch Menu are inspired by Galatoire’s classic French Creole cuisine, this menu is a new and exciting way for patrons to sample some of Chef Landry’s original recipes,“ said General Manager Chris Ycaza. Galatoire's is changing it up a bit with their 3 course Summer Lunch Menu, if you want to try something new.

                          1. re: edible complex

                            Yeah, I heard about that and should have cited it in my post. I just meant to speak generally. I am glad they've started doing the new dishes though. Let the young guy shine a bit. We're going to Gal's for lunch tomorrow. However, I'm not sure if they're doing the new stuff on Fridays. Either way, tomorrow's going to be a blast.

                      2. Food quality of places like Commanders, Galatoire's, Brennan's, Bayona, aside, I'd agree that they are all pretty old school and maybe a little stuffy for a 30th birthday dinner girls night out. +1 with JohnnyForks for one of the more modern places like Cochon for a more casual, fun upscale. Still great New Orleans/Louisiana food but with a modern twist. I've had 2 great meals with large parties (8-12) at Cochon. The food was great, service excellent, and the place is fun.

                        1. So many great places - I'd suggest that want to do all three nights of these places: CP, Galatoire's and somplace 'modern' like Cochon... but then when would I get my fill of oyster bars and po-boys.... decisions!

                          As for night life, an you all recommend any more bars / dancing places to live up the remainder of the night?

                          I've heard these mentioned so far:

                          Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone
                          Bar at the Ritz
                          Goldmine - boogie shaking after 1pm.

                          Ya'll are lovely!