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May 18, 2009 12:34 PM

Good N.O. Restaurant with Bar Seating

I'm looking for restaurants that have bar seating available with a full dinner menu and is still a worthy restaurant to visit. Tourist traps are frowned upon. Dressy-casual at most, nothing too fancy. I'm traveling by myself on business and I would rather sit at a bar as opposed to by myself at a table. I've been to Cochon (I guess thatcould be considered a tourist trap of sorts!) and loved it but I'm just looking for something else to vary my experience. Even Herbsaint is an option if I were to stay with the same chef, but places like Stella would probably not be an option... Any suggestions?

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  1. I would try Clancy's, Dick and Jenny's, Restaurant August, Delachaise, MiLa, Rambla, and Herbsaint. You would be just fine when dining in business casual at these places.

    1. I'm not a big fan of One R&L, but many here swear by the food. The bar has seating overlooking the galley kitchen, so you would be entertained while dining.

      One Restaurant & Lounge
      8132 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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      1. re: edible complex

        I typically don't like eating at the bar, but I've very good experiences at the bars at both NOLA and GW Fins.

        1. re: edible complex

          I love One and the bar is great because you can watch the chef's prepare your food.

          You can get the full menu service at the bar at Rio mar.

        2. MiLa looks interesting. I do see that they have a "bar menu" available, do they also have a full dinner menu available at the bar?

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          1. re: SQHD

            Yes it is. We have eaten off of the dinner menu at the bar in times past.

          2. I was thinking that perhaps Mr. B's would fulfill your requirements. They have a nice bar, good food and atmosphere. I have no been for dinner so atmosphere maybe a little different for the dinner crowd.

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            1. re: Annasta

              Cafe Adelaide and Redfish grill are two outstanding places to eat at the bar.

              1. re: joedontexan

                Last time I went to Adelaide, a couple of months ago, the food was just ok. The rice in the gumbo was mushy and there was not a lot of flavor to the dish. My friend was underwhelmed as well. It used to be one of my favorite lunch spots.

            2. I think the easier question would be what restaurants don't have food service at the bar.

              I love eating at the bar at One, the bartender is a great guy. I also recently had an outstanding dinner at Coquette and their bar is huge and beautiful. My old standby is Mat and Naddie's - they have a tiny intimate bar and sometimes the bartender gives you a complimentary bowl of the yummy spiced pecans. I think you would have a nice meal and maybe some nice conversation - nothing too intrusive, I like my solitude when I dine alone - at any of these places.

              Have a good time!

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              1. re: lawstudent

                agreed. I love eating at the bar at Chateau du Lac. food and service are always terrific. and I LOVE eating at the bar at Clancy's.

                1. re: edible complex

                  I think that Clancy's would be my number one choice for bar dining. It is a great experience to say the least and the food is great as well.

                  1. re: ScarlettNola

                    Hmm - you may have convinced me. No menus online for Clancy's though that's not a huge deal. Is is cheaper than some of the others like MiLa?

                    1. re: SQHD

                      It is at a similiar price point, and I truly love the food. The atmosphere downstairs(much like Galatoires) is what truly sells me. It is almost as if you are at a party in Uptown New Orleans where great majority of people know one another and a few do not-but stick around and you will probably make new friends. It is a fun and exciting place to eat (and drink) but if you prefer more solitary dining, I would chose MiLa. (I also think the food at Clancy's trumps MiLa) but it all depends on what you are looking for.

                      1. re: SQHD

                        my faves at Clancy's: oysters w/brie app; any of the seasonal salads, but especially anything w/creoles and lump crabmeat; sweetbreads; veal chop; smoked soft shell crab. and don't forget a frozen brandy alexander for dessert.

                        1. re: SQHD

                          You will have to let us know where you ended up dining. I am especially curious to see what you think of Clancy's if you chose to dine there, as it is always a go-to place for fun, food, and frivolity IMHO.

                          1. re: SQHD

                            Where did you end up dining and what did you think?

                      2. re: lawstudent

                        Well, Brigtsen's, for one, does not offer a bar to eat at. That said, I went there once as a solo diner and had a wonderful meal.