August Patois or Gautreaus???
OK, first you have to give details....romantic dinner? Or a group?
I had to groan when you said Stella's. I may be the only one - but I hated that place. Oh, the food was fine (just fine) - it was the atmosphere - so serious - you could hear a pin drop. One of those situations where you immediately knew you had to whisper.
I love food and have been to many places here - looking for that perfect dining experience.
If it's romantic - I would recommend Louisiana Bistro on Dauphine
You can walk if you are staying in the Qrtr. Had to be the best meal ever - filet mignon with crawfish butter sauce. Crawfish, however, is just past the end of the season - but this restaurant is so quaint and romantic. Small and untouched by the masses.
I also love Nola or Emerils. Emeril, by far, knows what tastes fabulous. If it's a group - you'd have fun at either. The service is top notch. At Nola, the Texas Redfish encrusted in garlic with bacon butter sauce is to die for. At Emerils, the filet mignon with fingerling potatoes and veal reduction is so unbelievable you want to lick the plate. One caveat - do not go on a weekend - so busy - you miss the experience. If you are in a group -- at Emerils - ask for the wine cellar room - we went with a group - and they treated us like kings and queens.
Other highly recommended:
Dick and Jennys on Tchop - Cool location - casual but great, tasty, gourmet food
Dante's Kitchen on Riverbend - Everything the use is local LA
I've been told Maximos on Decatur is a great place - gonna go this weekend and see.
I also love Irene's food - but crowded - atmosphere not the best.
For breakfast you have GOT to take a cab to Elizabeth's in Bywater - funky old house with the absolute best food -- get the shrimp and grits or the grillades and grits !!
Happy Birthday !!