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Aug 24, 2009 08:57 AM

Wedding lunch/dinner at a restaurant?

Out-of-towners thinking about getting married in New Orleans, wondering if anyone has thoughts to share based on hosting or attending a restaurant-catered event. We're looking at downtown spots like Mr. B's and Palace Cafe, also Herbsaint and the new Calcasieu space above Cochon. But we're really open to any helpful suggestions for old-line or contemporary Creole or Creole-ish food. Note #1: any restaurants nicer than the ones I've mentioned are probably out of our price range. Note #2: The group would likely be fairly large -- say as many as 50. Of course we welcome your comments on food and ambience both. Thanks!

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  1. Bacco, a Ralph Brennan Restaurant, is an excellent place to have a wedding party. Both the ambience and food are excellent. It's located in the heart of the French Quarter and is attached to the W hotel, their boutique location. The hotel has a charming courtyard and have seen a few weddings conducted there. My favorite room in the restaurant is the Skylight room with its Tuscan yellow painted walls, the evening light shining through the skylight windows, and charming arches. Their best dishes, BBQ Shrimp (one of the best in town, up there w/Mr. B's) and Lobster Ravioli (depending on the season they also have Crawfish Ravioli). I know I've seen some criticism on this board about their service staff, but I do know their party staff is specifically picked to be a very good team. I'll see if I can attach a link to their FaceBook page. Another of the RBRG is Ralph's on the Park, very Romantic too, with a lovely balcony overlooking City Park. I like Bacco because of its FQTR location.

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    1. re: poca1969

      Ditto on the W French Quarter courtyard....amazing place. In the evening they light the area with candles. It is serene, romantic and classic. Bacco has great food, but I found the service to be lacking. I'm sure for a catered event you can have strict requirements around the service of your guests.

      Don't go to Palace Cafe.

    2. Emeril's (not as expensive as you'd imagine) with excellent food and service. Commanders has the best food of all Brennan restos.

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      1. re: JazzyB

        I was hoping you'd weigh in, JazzyB. Emeril's is less than I thought it would be, but may be just a bit over our budget... any thoughts on the other Brennan restaurants as possible venues? Or others around town?

      2. Definitely not the Palace Cafe. We had our rehearsal dinner there and the upstairs room is not secluded enough. You will be drowned out by the noise of other patrons. Try Muriel's. They have beautiful rooms upstairs that can be partitioned for parties of any size. They can work with most budgets.

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        1. re: shanefink

          Try Arnaud's. They have private rooms upstairs and can work with your budget. What time of year? Broussard's has a lovely patio, but it would have to be October or early November to beat the heat.

        2. my wedding reception was upstairs at muriels. excellent food and atmosphere, and surpisingly reasonably priced.

          1. I totally agree with the Muriel's recommendations because the private rooms are really memorable and the food is great. I would add Maximo's (in the quarter) to your list of potentials. It's Italian food, but they do a nice job with private events, and they serve some seriously good food. Whatever you choose, enjoy!