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Feb 25, 2009 06:45 PM

romantic restaurant for 5 year anniversary

My husband and I honeymooned in New Orleans and for our 5 year anniversary I would like to go back. We would only be there one night on our way to Florida. Romantic dinner, best meal of our lives experience. One night only. What will it be?

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  1. I live in the Quarter and some girls at work would occasionally ask this question. My answer is: do you want to get laid or have a good meal. Mostly, they would say: Both. Almost impossible. So I'll give you the most romantic place. Amalie's in the 900 block of
    Royal at dusk. The place and courtyard have the most New Orleans romantic atmosphere and at dusk the soft lights of both Amalie's and the Cornstalk Fence Hotel come on. Very quiet very romantic. The food is pretty good but not earth shaking.

    1. Giving some thought to your request, I think that the New Orleans Grill at the Windsor Court Hotel would fit the bill, all the way round. Make a reservation for one of the window-side tables, so you can look out on the courtyard, and somewhat beyond. They are on the mezzanine level, so you don't really have that much elevation, but sill a lovely view. Tell the host/hostess that it is your anniversary. The tables are well-separated and the lighting is just about perfect - old guys, like I, can read the menu and wine list, but it's basically subdued. The room is elegant, as is the food. If you enjoy wines, their list is one of the more impressive that I have encountered, and their wine service is quite good. The only drawback is that they are expensive, though I found the experience to be a good value. You only celebrate a 5 year anniversary once - if you a lucky.

      I reviewed them a couple of months ago: half-way down. I think that I gave an indication of our fare, but we did add some pretty pricey wines.

      If you dine there, be sure to get the printouts of the murals, and spend a few moments looking at each one.

      Happy anniversary,


      Windsor Court Hotel
      300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Cafe Amelie
      912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: Bill Hunt

        I just checked out the Windsor Court. They have a special were I can spend one night in the hotel and enjoy a 3 course meal for 2 in the Grill Room for $279.00. This seems like an excellent deal! A great meal and a beautiful hotel. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

      2. my go-to's are:
        window table at Rob Room
        corner booth at Lilette

        8 Replies
        1. re: edible complex

          Yes, the window table at the Rib Room would work well too. Have not made it to Lilette yet, but it certainly gets good marks from this board. Maybe our trip over in June?


          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

          Rib Room Rotisserie Extrrdnr
          621 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70140

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I would also agree with Lillette for a great combination of food and atmosphere. The courtyard at Amelie at dusk is indeed the most atmospheric venue in NOLA, and the food is very good, but not at "best in NOLA" good. I've had many a romantic meal at Bayona in the FQ, and they have a courtyard as well. Another place you may want to consider is Iris, now in the FQ. We have not been to the new location yet, but the Riverbend version of the restaurant was very nice. And I agree with Bill that the Grill at the WC is amazing (best meal we had anywhere in 2007). That said, Greg Sonnier has left the restaurant, and I cannot recall the new chef, so I can't speak to how it is these days.

            1. re: jeffchow

              Ditto on Cafe Amelie & Bayona. Both have beautiful settings. CA's courtyard is magical, but prefer Bayona's food. Can't go wrong with either. Congrats & enjoy!

              1. re: jeffchow

                Thank you for the update on Chef Sonnier. I had not heard that.


                1. re: Bill Hunt


                  Sonnier was long gone by the time you ate at the WC a few months ago. (A quick search revealed he left in march of 08.) As far as I know, he's just doing catering now. I wish he would find a place to open a restaurant. I sure miss Gabrielle.

                  1. re: N.O.Food

                    Interesting. I had gotten info (at the restaurant) that he was there, when we dined - Sept. '08. Hm-m-n, riding on the coat tails?

                    Thanks for the report. I've gotta' be a bit more careful and do more research.


            2. re: edible complex

              I love Lilette , the food, the atmosphere, my only complaint is it gets awfully noisy when full, that does not say romance to me.

              1. re: Tonto

                I totally agree with Tonto. Lilette is one of my top picks......for everything but romance.

            3. MiLa. The food is amazing. Atmosphere romantic.