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Sep 23, 2010 01:48 PM

Looking for rehearsal dinner suggestions

I am looking for restaurant suggestions for my rehearsal dinner next March. There will probably be around 50 guests and if possible I'd love to keep the dinner on the inexpensive side. Does anyone know of any smaller restaurants which may be possible to rent out, or restaurants with private rooms? I've spoken to Muriels, Broussard's, The Palace Cafe, and Mother's Next Door so thoughts on those restaurants would also be appreciated!


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  1. Bistro at Maison de Ville is another option, that was done successfully recently. 50 might be too many there though. Maybe Meauxbar. Palace Cafe might be too big, upstairs might work though. Clacasieu, could be your best bet. It is Donald Links Private dinning space. The BonTon does private parties. Napolean house is another option. Time is ticking though, March is right around the corner, although I think April and May are the big months. Does anyone know if the old Plimsol Club is still available? I would shoot for Calcasieu though, as for the others Muriels is a nice space, right on Jackson Square, and Broussards has got the old school thing going for it.

    1. I think Mandina's on Canal Street would fit your needs: inexpensive with good New Orleans food. Guests can get there via the street car if they are staying in the FQ.

      Mandina's Restaurant
      3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      1. Thanks for all the suggestions!

        1. I know not everyone is fond of Mahony's but I had my rehearsal dinner there a year ago and our guests loved it. You can get the place for yourself, an open bar, a selection of po'boys, and they will also make stuff not always on the menu (jambalaya and gumbo). For our out of towners it was a great introduction to New Orleans food in a casual atmosphere. Call or stop during a nonbusy time and they can give you the details.

          3454 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

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          1. re: twangster

            Love this kind of out of the box thinking. Seems like everyone wants to go to a website, see a price list with available menu items, have it be very affordable, click reserve, and call it a day. Seems like that doesn't happen very often though, does it.

            1. re: twangster

              how long was the wait for a poboy when you have it rented out!? ;)

            2. I'm currently planning a rehearsal dinner for February. We've looked into the following:

              American Sector at the WWII Museum
              Bombay Club
              Le Foret
              Sunray (which actually gave me an awesome price/menu but my fiance wanted something more formal)
              Cafe Giovanni
              As well as the other places you listed...

              I see someone below suggested Napoleon House and I know they do a great job for private parties (I think their catering is much better than the restaurant and the space is dressier) - they were too small for us but would work for you.

              I've also read some good things on here about Cafe Amelie.

              As to the restaurants you've talked to, I've only been to a private event at Muriel's and my fiance really wanted to do ours there because he thinks they do a fantastic job. However, they only offer one entree for larger groups and that might be a deal-breaker at that price point.

              I think Wendy at Antoine's is a great event planner and she's been there for 6+ years as opposed to the typical < 1 year I've encountered. They can create menus that aren't as expensive as the set ones on their website.

              If you have a sense of your budget/ what you want I can probably give you an idea of which of these places would work as I'm doing the same research right now!!

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

              Emeril's Restaurant
              800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Cafe Amelie
              912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

              Cafe Giovanni
              117 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Le Foret
              129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              1. re: Paisley16

                just attended a reception at Napoleon House. space was fine, food -- not so much. i much prefer their restaurant menu because its real food (avocado shrimp salad, RB poboy, vegetarian sammich are my go-tos). the reception food we had was a buffet and h'or d'heures, but none of it was very good. bland and utterly forgettable.

                perhaps it depends on what the party orders, but i was disappointed. service was *very good* however.

                1. re: kibbles

                  Thanks for the update! I haven't been to a private party in a while but had asked around and got very good reviews from a friend's rehearsal dinner last year.

                  We had appetizers/drinks there recently and the food at the restaurant was not very good. The drinks were great!