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Thinking of having our wedding in NOLA and looking for intimate restaurants preferably with an outdoor setting for a dinner of about 25 people - we are leaning towards Stella at the moment, so something similar to that in style.

Any ideas are extremely appreciated.

Thanks!

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  1. What part of NOLA are you interested in. The FQ, GD, or where. Martinique Bistro is very nice.

    Martinique Bistro @ 5908 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 8495.
    http://www.martiniquebistro.com/

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    1. re: Littleman

      Ideally a courtyard in FQ but GD is nice too - I like Martinique, good idea! Also - off the beaten path would be great as well. Thanks!

    2. The nicest courtyard in the FQ is Cafe Amelie which is part of the Princess Monaco Hotel, their specialty is wedding events. I doubt the food would be as good as Stella, which really isn't a ding on Amelie, its just that Stella is one of the City's best restaurants, some say the best. The other option would be Latrobe's, not sure they would do something that small, but worth a call. They are probably the leading event hosting locale in the Quarter right now, between food and location, very dynamic space, lots of charm history etc., I have seen it decked with candles and all and its pretty darn nice. For Stella money they might just open up for you. The other courtyard I can think of would be Feelings, not on the page as Stella though. The St. Louis Hotel has a large courtyard as does the Royal Orleans. Post up if you need other options.

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      Cafe Amelie
      912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: CharlieH

        Thanks for the help!

        Latrobes would be perfect but yes, they don't do small groups. We're trying to find a great spot for everyone to stay (10-12 rooms) and then do the ceremony there in a courtyard or in a restaurant.

        The list grows and is currently:
        Stella
        Bayonna
        Commanders Palace
        Martinique
        Calcasieu
        Galvez
        House on Bayou Road

        Any thoughts on these?

        I would be interested in looking out of FQ and GD if there are any suggestions. We are looking at about $80/person for food and wine.

        Thanks!

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        Galvez Restaurant
        914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. re: evoo

          Food wise thats looks like a good list, with the possible exception of Galvez, although their have an awesome space, right on the river, huge dramatic windows, tall ceilings. If I am not mistaken, the House on Bayou Road was formerly Indigo, and is also a lovely space as well.

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          Galvez Restaurant
          914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          1. re: evoo

            Galvez is lovely, unfortunately, the food is subpar.

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            Galvez Restaurant
            914 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: evoo

              depending on what the budget would allow, i'd go for commander's. what a piece of NO history! it's fun and funky and the level of attention to detail almost assures a flawless event...on the other hand, if you don't mind going up the road a piece, check out john folse's white oak plantation near baton rouge. i'm not sure about lodging, but it is an exquisite site for a wedding -- and the food is to die for!

          2. I'm going to weddings at both Latrobe's and Princess of Monaco in the next couple weeks. I'll report back, if that will still be in time to help your decision-making process.

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            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              I want to know who the chef is that Latrobe's uses. Its like its a secret. The menus all look great and they get rave reviews. ch

              1. re: CharlieH

                It's Nathanial Zimet of Que Crawl and Boucherie fame.

              2. re: uptownlibrarian

                That would be great - thanks! We are coming to NOLA in July to look around, but the wedding won't be until November.

                1. re: evoo

                  OK, I was at Latrobe's for a wedding this weekend. It's an absolutely beautiful venue, and they appear to be able to work with a variety of budgets because this wedding was decorated more simply (but still beautifully) than ones I've been to there in the past .

                  But anyway, main event. There were passed apps which I can't comment on because I didn't taste any of them. Then there was a buffet line of hot items. There was some kind of beef sliced really thinly and served in a brown gravy with veggies. There were rolls on the side. This was not good. It was totally overcooked and dry despite the gravy. Then there was shrimp and grits, which was meh. The shrimp were overcooked. Then pasta with chicken alfredo sauce, which was the best of the hot offerings but not outstanding by any means.

                  Then there was a selection of serve yourself stuff. There was a crudite tray with two dips, and this was fine. The veggies were fresh and crunchy and the dips were fine. A baked brie was ok I guess; I don't like baked brie so I'm a bad judge. Then there was a smoked salmon platter with toast points and the traditional accompaniments. This was my favorite part.

                  I'm sorry I can't report very positively about the food. It didn't at all reflect what Zimet does at Boucherie. The space is so lovely though. I'd probably still check them out - but maybe make different choices of food.

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                  Boucherie
                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                      1. re: evoo

                        I went to a wedding at Princess of Monaco this past Saturday. The food was great, much better than Latrobe's. For passed things they had delicious crabcakes, mushrooms with blue cheese and walnuts, a sausage trio (duck, andouille, and alligator I think) and a couple other things I don't remember. The dinner was green salad, beef (tenderloin maybe, thickly cut and cooked nicely medium), good green beans, and a few other things that I also don't remember. Everything was good; I was actually kind of shocked as generally wedding food isn't as tasty as this was.

                        The courtyard was very pretty even in the awful heat. The staff were professional and friendly. They have a nice bar area, and the staff also passed trays of lemonade, vodka lemonade, and ice water throughout the event.

                        Good luck with your wedding!

                2. A previous poster just had her wedding at Bistro at Maison de Ville. You may want to keep up with the posts to see how it turned out. FWIW, I love Bistro.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6830...
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7064...

                  1. I'll second on the Bistro & Maison de ville for doing it at 1 single locale.

                    Another possibility could be The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Ave - and the Pitot House and also the Claiborne Mansion B & B on Dauphine - although you would need to find a caterer,florist,etc.

                    If you are looking for wedding vendors go to LaTrobe's website. LaTrobes has the "A" list for weddings and corporate events.

                    Some places require a local wedding planner.......

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                    Columns Hotel
                    3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115