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Jan 3, 2009 02:34 PM

Authentic Dinner for Group

Hi there! I will be visiting New Orleans in February and was hoping to get suggestions on restaurants that could accommodate a group of up to 25 people. This would be just prior to Mardi Gras, so I am sure most places will be very crowded. restaurants even accept reservations Mardi Gras week?

We'd like someplace casual but that serves wonderful local dishes to really give us a taste of New Orleans.

I will be staying just west of Canal Street (Camp Street), so it seems like anything in the French Quarter, Warehouse District or Business District would be an easy walk?

Thank you in advance! I cannot wait to visit your wonderful city.

Also if you have any general suggestions on the essentials on what to see and do (aside from the Mardi Gras festivities), please feel free to share those as well. You can email me directly at

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  1. I'm not sure who takes regular reservations for a group of 25. You're probably into private room territory. Commander's and Ralph's on the Park have private rooms, to name a couple. Neither are walkable, however.

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    1. re: N.O.Food

      What about a room at Muriel's in the FQ?

    2. book now! many carnival krewes have their luncheons the week before Mardi Gras and often take over entire restaurants (especially the Friday before Gras). try Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Bourbon House, Redfish Grill, Palace Cafe, Rib Room, Antoine's, Arnaud's.

      1. Thank you for the thoughts...I had a feeling it may be difficult to plan a large group thing so close to MG. I will call around and maybe I will limit it to a smaller group of say 10-12 people. Counting down... :D

        1. Mandina's might be more casual than you are looking for but they can certainly accommodate 25 people. It's one of my favorites for gumbo, shrimp poboy, and meatballs and spaghetti. And you can take a streetcar up Canal St. to get there.