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Restaurant for Sunday dinner with clients?

Looking for a place to take a group of 7-8 for a client dinner tomorrow (Sunday) night. Loved Bayona, but it is closed on Sundays. Want somewhere we can eat great food, hear each other and cater to a group that might include more and less adventurous eaters. (Green Goddess is my favorite NOLA restaurant from this trip, but probably not to everyone's spirit of adventure.) Restaurant August was a tad pricey, and also a tad too precious and pretentious. We don't want the presentation of the food to interrupt the flow of dinner, although we want the food to be great. It should be within walking distance of the French Quarter. Oh, and we need to be able to get a same day reservation for 8 on the evening after a Saints game. Impossible task?

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. Luke is open on Sunday. Gumbo Shop is open on Sunday. Antoine's and Arnaud's are open on Sunday. They are old NOLA but the food and atmosphere is outstanding. French 75 Bar at Arnaud's is very nice. Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Muriel's, NOLA, Palace Cafe and Rib Room are open on Sunday. I would go to Emeril's.

    Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
    http://www.lukeneworleans.com/
    Gumbo Shop @ 630 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 2081.
    http://www.gumboshop.com/
    Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.
    http://www.antoines.com/
    Arnaud's @ 813 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 5433.
    http://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/
    Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.
    http://www.galatoires.com/
    Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
    http://www.mrbsbistro.com/index2.php
    Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
    http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html
    Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.
    http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/2/N...
    Palace Cafe @ 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 1661. http://www.palacecafe.com/reservation...
    Rib Room @ 621 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 7046.
    http://www.ribroomneworleans.com/

    Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393.
    http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/E...

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

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

    9 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Thanks, Littleman. Off your list, we chose Luke. (The more touristy places would have been off for this group.) A couple of us were spoiled by two consecutive dinners at Green Goddess, but Luke seemed to work for the group: some gourmets, some plain eaters. The consensus later was that the food wasn't as amazing as promised, but was good. Someone observed, and everyone agreed, that had we all eaten there earlier in our stays in NOLA, the meal would have been higher on the lists. That being said, this was the perfect choice for a client dinner and I would go there again in similar circumstances. So, thanks!

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      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: coffeebrownies

        I would have been dining with my wife and not some clients so I think you chose well. I would have been at Galatoire's or Emeril's most likely but I don't go to NOLA on business. I go to eat good food. I hope your trip is a lot of fun and you benefit from your clients. Good luck.

        1. re: coffeebrownies

          Just for future reference, Emeril's is wonderful and not terribly touristy.

          Hope you enjoyed your trip.

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

          1. re: FoodChic

            i kinda have to disagree with this -- cant say how many tourists in t-shirts, shorts and sandals ive seen in Emeril's. also, when the waiter asks you "Where are you from?" i have to conclude theyre used to catering to tourists.

            1. re: kibbles

              I had my first dinner at Emeril's a year ago, and have since been three or four times at the suggestion of my clients and they're hardly tourists.

              Kibbles, are you suggesting that only tourist wear t-shirts and shorts in New Orleans? Or that they're the only ones stupid enough to wear them to Emeril's?

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

              1. re: FoodChic

                I used to go into Emeril with one of his suppliers and it seemed more "business casual" early on. In recent years I have seen children of friends in there who would be indistinguishable from the Central Casting Concept of "a tourist." Then too, I have seen Commander's where the locals were heavily outnumbered and we cannot say that you'd have mistaken the more casually dressed character for an Uptowner (if over 50). It really has changed a great deal in recent years. Fanny packs used to be a giveaway. Well, what with teh economy and the realxing of thiongs, the Big Houses just cannot affordto rturn people down as easily, rather like when they all started accepting credit cards.

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

                1. re: FoodChic

                  @foodchic - yes.

                  also, as i said, the waiter leading with, "Where are you all from?" is a dead giveaway.

                  this doesnt mean im knocking its food. im just saying it is definitely popular w/ the tourist crowd. bam.

                  1. re: kibbles

                    I am sure that you have been there on those nights when the customers act as though they are on the old TV show. A little goes a long way.

                2. re: kibbles

                  I have to agree with Kibbles...was at Emerils last Friday night and the tourist vibe was high. The dining crowd would have fit right in at Chili's or Fridays. Its just the way it is I guess...wasnt what I was expecting oh well.

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

          2. Good to hear that Emeril's is not just a tourist place. I would love to try it before I leave. So far, we have loved Green Goddess and Feast, and been less enamored with old faithfuls, like Mr. B's, and the 2 Besh restaurants we tried, Luke and August. Eating with colleagues at Pierre Mafero's was mainly a waste of an evening, although it was lovely to find some plain steamed vegetables on my plate the night after the Feast tasting menu extravaganza. I have 3 nights left--any thoughts for what I really shouldn't miss? Traditional NOLA fare doesn't interest me as much as food that changes the way I think about food (hence my delight at the revelatory nature of both Feast and Green Goddess) .

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

            Green Goddess
            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: coffeebrownies

              Tommy's Cuisine is just N of Emeril's and within walking distance of the FQ. It's classic creole Italian and outstanding. You could leave early and have drinks in Emeril's to check out his place and walk back to Tommy's a block for dinner. Tommy's ex wife Irene has a place in the FQ called Irene's. Tommy's might be something different from traditional NOLA fare for your group. Emeril's Delmonico on St. Charles is not traditional NOLA fare IMO. The steaks are outstanding and it's quiet. Bob the piano player will keep you entertained. Emeril's NOLA in the FQ might interest you also as all 3 of his restaurants serve basically the same type menu.

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

              Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
              1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Tommy's Cuisine
              746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: coffeebrownies

                Lilette would be an outstanding option. The food is very imaginative and well prepared. It's a smaller and quieter environment that what you'll find in other restaurants, but still has a very positive and respectful energy. From the Marriott, it's about a $12-15 cab ride, but well worth it.
                http://www.liletterestaurant.com/

                Another option in the Quarter is Bayona - Susan Spicer's restaurant. Wonderful food, beautiful courtyard, and fabulous service. EDIT: Sorry, noticed the OP mentioned Bayona.
                http://www.bayona.com/

                Another option that isn't really traditional New Orleans fare would be Stella. Very upscale with real attention to service and just beautifully prepared food. The dining room is breathtakingly beautiful. I think you'll really enjoy it.
                http://www.restaurantstella.com/

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                Bayona
                430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                Lilette
                3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                1. re: coffeebrownies

                  You might consider getting out of the Quarter and trying some of the Uptown gems: (Brightsen's, Coquette, Bistro Daisy, Patios...) I've only been to two out of the four, but they are both excellent, and the other two are highly praised. With this weather, you might even opt to streetcar it, and stop at the Columns for a cocktail(it has unfortunately become touristy of late, but it's charm and setting, timeless. Though it's been a good while, I also second the Lilette recommendation, (also uptown) be sure to check out there new bar next door.

                  If you plan to stay downtown, one of my food loving friends reported recently that she had a show-stopping fabulous dinner at Mila, and Cochon and Butcher come highly recommended as well.

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Lilette
                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                  Bistro Daisy
                  New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA