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Jul 16, 2010 01:43 PM

Suggestions needed for small rehearsal dinner in New Orleans

I’m getting married in New Orleans this November at Café Amelie. We need to schedule a rehearsal dinner for the night before for 12-15 people. Hoping to find a place with a private-ish room and great (but affordable) food.

The last time we visited town we ate at Cochon, August and Café Atchafalaya. Since it’s usually us younger folk we are more likely to go to places like Mother’s, Acme, etc. We are pretty open neighborhood-wise but everyone is staying in the Quarter so it would be great to do it there or over in the Marigny.

We also need to get a bar or a room for a few hours of open bar post-dinner so would love some suggestions for that as well (my ideal would be a place like DBA but I’m guessing I can’t afford to rent a live music venue on a Friday night).

Please let me hear what ya got.

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  1. I have no idea about the costs but Muriel's has about 10 private rooms that can accomodate any size party from 2 to 800 they say on their website. Call them. I thought about Maison De Ville because it's a small restaurant but your group would not be large enough to take the entire restaurant. It is very small though.

    1. Olivier's has a private dining room on the 2nd floor with a bar

      204 Decatur Street
      New Orleans, LA 70130-1016
      (504) 525-7734

      1. Napoleon House, the iconic French Quarter venue on St. Louis and Chatres, has a lovely private room upstairs that you can set up in a variety of ways.

        Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
        500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: Windsome

          thanks guys - I was originally considering Jacques Imo's just because it would be so much fun and there is sort of a private room on the side - but I dont think it would be right. Please keep them coming your rec's are better

        2. Not sure there is much on the private-ish room and great (but affordable) food options without thinking outside the box. I could think of a number of small restaurants, none really small enough that 15 would fill up and if you are really doing a rehearsal dinner with toasting and all that then you need a private room. If that is what you want, there a large number of options. All the old line restaurants have scads of private rooms, The Rib Room has a few, which you can look at on-line, as well as the other locations mentioned. Drinks on the balcony at Muriels is a nice. Two off the path ideas might be the Country Club in the Bywater and the courtyard at Bacchanal Wine, which they use for events. Neither would be off the rack type deals. The House on Bayou Road would also be nice, probably not cheap though. As mentioned, Maison de Ville is a little big, but worth investigating. I say that because it is owned and run by the chef which means there could be room for negotiation. Remember, bird in the hand. As far as French Quarter bars, there is Bar Tonique, which I like a lot, French 75, the bar at Tujaques is lovely and rarely busy, and Cosmos. Also there is a small bar at the Chateau Lemonye Hotel that is off the path and is nice. If you decide that you can get by with a big table in a small restaurant, I would look at Cuvee, Mr. B.'s, Meauxbar, or iris, maybe even upstairs at Galatoire's, which I think has a semi private room just about that size. For other needs check the list of vendors at Latrobe's website, very useful. Have fun, its a great town to get married in. Your friends won't forget it, and Cafe Amelie is a wonderful choice, esp. in November. And remember to pace yourself. ch

          Galatoire's Restaurant
          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Cuvee Restaurant
          322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Cafe Amelie
          912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Country Club
          634 Louisa Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

          820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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          1. re: CharlieH

            THANK YOU Charlie for your detailed response!

          2. Mahony's would be perfect for this. They have a back area that's kind of secluded but not far from the bar.

            3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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            1. re: twangster

              Hi all,

              Thanks again for the advice - we are, unfortunately, still looking. We had basically decided on EAT but while we dragged our feet on deciding someone else got it. I just realized that I have been to Meauxbar and that actually could be good since most of the people at the dinner will be New Yorkers and Meauxbar reminds me of NYC. I just think we'd be too disruptive/need a little more privacy.

              Any other suggestions are welcome. To make it easier we for guests we are mostly looking for places in the Quarter and we still need a spot to have a couple hour open bar for 70 or so guests. Thanks again!

              1. re: johnnyalibi

                For your dinner, Tujague's has rooms upstairs that could accomodate your group and is very reasonable. For much better food (and more expensive), Bayona has a private room upstairs.

                I can't think of a bar in the Quarter that would close for a small party for only a couple of hours.

                430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                1. re: BayouTeche

                  thanks - were not trying to rent a whole bar but just a private or semi-private room/space within a rest. or bar - were getting close to making it happen

                  1. re: johnnyalibi

                    I just went to an event at Capdeville on Capdeville and Magazine.that was centered at the bar area (as well as a couple tables nearby and had passed hors d'oerves. Nice place, good drinks, good food!


                2. re: johnnyalibi

                  consider it a blessing -- EAT is not very good, at least for dinner. you can do much, much better in this city. CharlieH had all the best suggestions, from old dame private rooms to smaller joints. i hear good things about the upstairs room at Napoleon House. good luck!

                  Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                  500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: kibbles

                    thanks - i had a great time at the napleon house a few years ago so i will look into it.

                    believe me i love charlie h's post and have looked into a lot of places. its just were young and dont have a ton of money so we are trying to stretch what we do have to make the most of it

                    1. re: johnnyalibi

                      I am confused, the open bar for 70 plan, is that related to the dinner? What's your time slot. Are people saying no thanks? Why won't Tonique or Tujacques work. Also, I don't see why you need to make it an open bar event. People are hugely understanding of the price of liquor and don't mind paying for their own drinks. Just tell everyone that the plan is to meet a place A or B. Sorry to hear about Eat, I hadn't thought of that. As I guess you are realizing, trying to economize in the French Quarter is difficult. If you are willing to leave the Quarter for your dinner, there are a number of more budget friendly possibilities. I haven't been to Capedeville, but I have heard good things, you should look into that. Bouche would be similar and is worth checking out. Upstairs at Tujaques is a great idea, get the chicken bon femme. The price fixe 3 course dinner is their whole thing. A final thought, it just occurred to me, there is one restaurant in the Quarter that seats almost exactly 15, and actually, I really like it, the Italian Barrel, its really cute, check it out. Post up if you need some more help. Don't worry it will work out.

                      The Italian Barrel
                      430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

                      820 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                      1. re: CharlieH

                        We have actually reserved Tujaques for the open-bar party - thank you all for the help - things are starting to come together!