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Apr 5, 2009 03:31 PM

Help with Upscale Lunch

We will be back in town for Tulane University's graduation in May After the ceremony (which is in the Superdome), eight of us would like to eat an upscale lunch. I was thinking that we should stay in the FQ or Warehouse District for convenience sake---but we do have a car. A larger menu with a variety of choices in a nice setting would be ideal. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Bayona in the French Quarter or Commanders Palace in the Garden District, but try to make reservations ASAP as there are many others making the same plans.

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    1. re: ScarlettNola

      Bayona has a lovely outdoor courtyard and the main restaurant is housed in a 200 yr old creole cottage. They have an extensive selection of lunchtime entrees. Commanders Palace is the Garden District and is housed in a building that has been a restaurant for nearly a century. They have absolutely wonderful lunches served in several "rooms" throughout the restaurant. The Garden Room is an ideal placed to request when making a lunch reservation. Both Bayona and Commanders Palace are jewels and you could not go wrong with either, but for an occasion such as this, I would probably recommend Commanders. If you need more information and to make reservations you can visit the websites at or

    2. My vote: Commander's. If you'd rather stay in the quarter or cbd, consider Stella, Bayona, August, or Galatoire's. You'd better be making reservations, though.

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      1. re: N.O.Food

        We have August booked for dinnert that night. (It will be a Saturday....) Any suggestiopns for a "lighter" lunch? Maybe a nice restaurant with a brunch/lunch menu?

        1. re: Debbie

          Petunias in the FQ has a light menu and it is quite good, but depending on what time you get there you may find a substantial wait. Cafe Amelie has a pretty courtyard and serves pretty light fare. But Bayona does have a 3 small plate luncheon (tapas style) for lunch. Muriels in the FQ is big on atmosphere as well and has brunch and lunch that is very good. Cafe Degas in Mid-City would probably be your best bet. The setting there is delightful and they serve lighter bistro fare such as quiche, salads, sandwiches, pate etc., AND you can make reservations. It is a great place for lunch and brunch. A few other options would be Palace Cafe, Ralph's on The Park, Dantes Kitchen or Lilette. Just wanted to mention so many in the event that you were not able to get a reservation and had to call around a bit. Good luck!

      2. Try Coquette on Magazine. We had a delicious lunch there and the atmosphere was nice, and would make for a nice upscale lunch. The dinner menu which changes daily looked fabulous!
        We also ate at Commander's for lunch(garden room) and it was lovely.

        1. Galatoire's on Bourbon is a good bet. They have an extensive menu and a consistent quality and will also do up a selection to your taste. If it is on a Friday it could be quite crowded and noisy due to many celebrations but never more fun.