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Aug 29, 2009 02:34 PM

Dinner in french quarter attire

Looking for dinner recommendations in the french quarter where I can eat and party in the same attire. I'm assuming the dress code on bourbon street is laid back?

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  1. I don't know of any street that has a particular dress code, but I know of severla restaurants that have dress codes.

    If you want to be laid back in the quarter I suggest the following:

    Redfish Grill;
    Bourbon House;
    Coops Place;
    Napoleon House;
    Arnaud's Jazz Bistro;
    The Gumbo Shop; and
    Pat O'Briens is a must for drinks for a first timer.

    There are unlimited choices in the quarter. It all depends on what you want, how much you're willing to spend, if you want the culinary experience, and what your objective is for the weekend.

    1. A nice collared shirt paired with slacks or even jeans will get you into 99 percent of the restaurants in New Orleans. Galatoire's is an exception -- a jacket is required. But that's not typical of the French Quarter, where things are usually very laid back. I don't think you'll have a problem eating and then hitting Bourbon. If you're looking for fine restaurants with a more casual feel, NOLA or GW Fins would work well. For casual dining, FoodChic's list is good.

      8 Replies
      1. re: HalfShell

        Galatoire's has jackets at the door, if you don't pack one and still want to eat there.

        for oysters, also check at Desire Oyster Bar at the Sonesta.

        1. re: HalfShell

          Can you get into Galatoire's with a nice collared shirt and nice jeans? Or will they turn you away? I heard they will supply you with a jacket if you dont have one. But are jeans and a long sleeve button down good enough to get you in? Or are slacks a definite? Thanks.

            1. re: edible complex

              I'd be very surprised if they let you in wearing jeans.

              1. re: FoodChic

                surprisingly, I did see jeans on Friday Gras. I find it inappropriate otherwise.

                1. re: edible complex

                  I'm right there with you. I find it terribly inappropriate for people to show up to a known formal restaurant and think the dress code doesn't apply to them.

                  1. re: FoodChic

                    I fifth the sentiment - I have several times in the past changed my plans to take guests there when they didn't have the appropriate clothing. Galatoire's is not the be all end all; there are plenty of places you can get a great meal wearing jeans. In the Quarter I would suggest Irene's. You won't regret going there, and it's a bit more casual.

                2. re: FoodChic

                  There used to be a sign on the door prohibiting jeans ....the rule has become flexible and, while I have seen new denim in there, I have seen people turned away with new denim as well. Coat & tie for men, the equivalent for women is the best approach. Leave the cell phone in your room.

          1. Luke is casual with good food and you can definitely party in the same outfit. My husband wore Jeans and a button down shirt. I wore jeans and a cute satin top with heels, but there were people that were definitely more dressed down than us.

            If you decide on Luke, and like oysters, I recommend the oyster salad for an appetizer. Their shrimp and gritz is pretty fantastic as a main course.

            Have fun!!

            1. I'm piggy-backing off of gmen's post.

              Given that I hate packing, can I get away with nice denim and a dress shirt at:

              Commander's Palace (brunch, not dinner)

              Thanks in advance.

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              1. re: ulterior epicure


                I cannot comment on brunch as I went for dinner, but I do believe that you can wear jeans at Commander's for brunch. When you call to secure your reservation just ask the receptionist.

                As I know you are a true and dedicated food lover, you are truly in for a treat going to New Orleans. It is easily one of the best food cities in the world. And being from NYC and eating at many of the fine dining establishments here (as I know you have as well), it is easy to appreciate how reasonable the tabs are. I would also recommend that you MUST hit Galatoire's, NOLA, Emeril's, and Antoine's. I did not have a bad meal there. It was such an incredible experience. Look forward to seeing your great pictures and reviews as usual. Enjoy!! Buon Appetite!

                1. re: steakrules85

                  Thanks steakrules85. Yes, I'm long overdue for a visit to the Crescent City. My last trip was pre-K(atrina, not kindergarten). I will be sure to take lots of photos. And, hopefully manage to catch up on my blogging. My time is limited, but all of my dining plans have been set (for a couple of months now).

                  1. re: ulterior epicure

                    Pretty sure Commander's officially frowns on jeans for lunch, so probably more so at brunch. I'm sure you can get away with it, but why not take a pair of pants anyway?

                  2. re: steakrules85

                    Galatoire's requires a jacket, otherwise they will loan you one of theirs.
                    I would not wear jeans there or to Antoine's, and you will feel underdressed at Commander's in jeans.

                    1. re: edible complex

                      Very good point. Sometimes it is more about fitting in, and feeling comfortable. For me, denim would not be included for most dining destinations, but then I am much more formal, than most. I always feel much more comfortable with a blazer and maybe kahikis, if I want to dress-down a bit. Though my lifestyle is a lot less formal, than when I lived in NOLA, I still travel with a tie, for places like Galatoire's. Unless I am traveling to NYC, or maybe Chicago, I seldom travel with a suit, unless there are events that would require such. Heck, most fine-dining in Hawai`i will find me in my blazer, though seldom a tie. Orchids for Sunday brunch at the Halekulani is the one exception there. Everyone dresses "to the nines" for that meal.

                      Even if I do not fly FC, I can usually talk a flight attendant into hanging my blazer. If not, I fold it inside out, and place it below my hat in the overhead. I never travel without it, and never feel under dressed.

                      Just my choices, and others will feel differently. Over dressed, I can handle. Under dressed stresses me out, when dining.


                    2. re: steakrules85

                      Steak - nice seeing you around here - interesting that you comment so highly of Antoine's as the reviews I've read are very mixed - what did you order and enjoy most? I'm trying to decide between it and Clancy's.

                      1. re: uhockey

                        I went with my father and we split the following:

                        Appetizers- Shrimp remoulade and crab gratin
                        Main- Chateaubriand for two, roasted potatoes, mushrooms, carrots sauteed in butter
                        Dessert- The kind of all desserts Antoine's Baked Alaska for two (or for 12 offensive lineman).

                        Everything was great including the old school atmosphere and service. But the food was really noteworthy. As many know, I take my steak seriously and usually only will order steak from a steakhouse (and usually ONLY bone-in). However, I wanted to see how Antoine's did with beef so we ordered the chateaubriand. It was an amazing piece of meat cooked perfectly rare. It was sliced tableside and was a really great, fun tableside preparation. The vegetables were also prepared with great care and they gave us three great sauces for the chateaubriand.

                        The star of the meal was the dessert of Baked Alaska. It is TREMENDOUS. Not only in size but in flavor and execution. The creamiest french vanilla ice cream, wrapped in vanilla cake, whipped cream, topped with gluttonous amounts of meringue that is perfectly torched underneath the broiler. We requested some extra chocolate sauce just because well we are pigs and it just wasn't indulgent enough. I loveeeeeeee dessert and this was probably one of if not the best dessert creations I have ever had. You can see the reviews of all of my culinary adventures on the boards btu I will show you a picture of their beautfiul Baked Aslaka here:


                        Basically a birthday cake for two haha. God I miss New Orleans.

                    3. re: ulterior epicure

                      We ate at Brigtsen's for dinner on a Tuesday night when we were there in November and loved it. I think you would be safe dining there in nice denim and a dress shirt. It's a very quaint and small place in an old house, but despite its hominess, it still has an air of elegance, but not stuffy at all. A place you can feel very much at home and comfortable, and then when you figure in the fantastic food that Frank concocts, you can't go wrong. Bon appetit! I just finished My Life in France by Julia Child, and I now want to say this phrase every chance I get! :)

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        Ah, but the discussion still has merit, no?