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Romantic restaurant for anniversary dinner

leavenworthgal Oct 8, 2010 10:42 PM

I looked up some great past posts and will be checking websites for the restaurants but I want to know which one I should go to for our tenth anniversary dinner??

My husband doesn't like seafood so need place that serves other types of food also. A nicer place for that night.

We are leaving on Oct 19th and anniversary is 24th so it would be a sunday night dinner.

Thanks for any info...

marla :)

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    morganeats Oct 14, 2010 08:20 AM

    I had a really romantic meal at le foret this sunday with my fiance. We ate late and were pretty much the only ppl there. But its so pretty and relaxing there. They were playing great jazz music. The waiter was so attentive and nice. They give you mimi popovers, brioche, two amuse bouche and little home made cookies for desert. We were stuffed bc we also ordered apps and entrees. I ordered an artichoke and scallop bahn mi (it was more like a pastry with artichoke and scallop inside). This was so delicious and light. I also ordered lamb. It wasnt my choice cut of lamb but the flavors were right on. My fiance ordered some salad he loved and the rabbit which was so different and delicious (he almost licked his plate). I really would like to see more people going to le foret bc i think there is some seriously thoughtful cooking in the kitchen and it was such a lovely meal. It seems expensive but really not bad considering what we ate (3 glasses of wine, 2 apps, 2 entrees, a souffle and all the extras they gave us, for like $150... not bad!)

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      myshel Oct 14, 2010 01:51 AM

      The word on the street is Tommy's over Irene's. They are separated and was once just irene's but I heard Tommy's actually cares about the customers. Either way veal Marsala is a must. I am however, a fan of the Italian barrel, the restaurant is extremely small but if you can miss the rush at 7:30 you'll be fine. 6pm or 9pm perfect. The staff is friendly and sometimes hilarious, very knowledgeable on the Italian wines. Also if not too busy, they even offer a taste. I'm completely addicted to the truffle ravioli, seafood linguine, mussels, and crab salad. I love my seafood, but this is true nor. Italian style.

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      1. re: myshel
        kibbles Oct 14, 2010 08:35 AM

        heh, whose word is that? "tommy's actually cares about their customers" implies that irene's does not, but thats never, ever been my experience. besides irene greeting her customers personally at the door, they offer complimentary bruschetta, and sometimes a dessert shot of ice wine. their service has always been top-notch which is part of the reason i enjoy it so.

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          myshel Oct 14, 2010 09:32 AM

          I've never made it to Tommy's or Irene's yet. I've asked the same question to many french quarter locals and they prefer Tommy's only due to not being seated prompty or not getting a table. It was a few mentioning something along those lines. Other then that Irene's does rank in the top romantic restaurants and I've heard the food is suburb at both.

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            kibbles Oct 14, 2010 10:58 AM

            ah...yeah theyre referring to the capacity. Tommy's is much larger than Irene's. it is common for irene's to fill out quickly, at which point there is little you can do other than put your name on the list and wait. i often wait somewhere nearby since its a tight squeeze in irene's limited lounge area.

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        leavenworthgal Oct 10, 2010 05:36 PM

        I just checked out Tommy's and a bunch of reviews said to go to Irene's that it was better?

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        1. re: leavenworthgal
          Suzy Wong Oct 10, 2010 06:22 PM

          Regardless, Irene's is closed on Sunday. Tommy's and Irene's have love it or leave it camps...Very loyal to one or the other. No Switzerland....so to speak...

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            BayouTeche Oct 12, 2010 01:43 PM

            I'd pick Tommy's over Irene's any day of the week.

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            leavenworthgal Oct 10, 2010 04:35 PM

            I really like the small atmosphere of Bistro Daisy, Lillette, or Patois but all of them are closed on Sunday....is there anything like those that are open sunday night??

            And my husband loves Italian so it can be a romantic italian place too.

            Bistro Daisy
            New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA

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            1. re: leavenworthgal
              Suzy Wong Oct 10, 2010 04:56 PM

              I agree with Mrs Fury HA

              Italian and open on Sunday:



              Domenica in The Roosevelt Hotel (not as romantic but the hotel is

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

              Maximo's Italian Grill
              1117 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

              123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                BayouTeche Oct 12, 2010 01:42 PM

                Bistro at Maison deVille....open Sunday.

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                  leavenworthgal Oct 12, 2010 02:57 PM

                  Looks great but its closed for dinner! Thanks. I am checking out Martinique Bistro and Italian Barrel right now.

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

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                    BayouTeche Oct 12, 2010 03:03 PM

                    You sure? I've been on a Sunday night.

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                      leavenworthgal Oct 12, 2010 03:11 PM

                      I saw two websites one says tues-sat dinner and the other says thurs-monday dinner...

                      i might have to email or call them, thanks!

                      sorry I can't edit off the bottom part....

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                        BayouTeche Oct 12, 2010 03:16 PM

                        I think you're looking at the old hotel website. The hotel is closed. The Bistro's website is: http://www.bistromaisondeville.com/ab...

                        Hours of Operation

                        Thursday - Monday

                        Lunch Hours
                        11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                        Dinner Hours
                        6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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                          leavenworthgal Oct 12, 2010 03:53 PM

                          thanks it looks like what i have been looking for small and intimate with good food and close to where we are staying at Place d'armes

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                            BayouTeche Oct 12, 2010 04:08 PM

                            It really is a great little restaurant. You shouldn't be disappointed......at least I've never been.

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                      kibbles Oct 13, 2010 08:00 AM

                      just my 2 cents, but i dont think Italian Barrel is very romantic, not for an anniversary dinner. its small, right on the street, and when we tried it the food was awful.

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

                  2. re: leavenworthgal
                    Littleman Oct 14, 2010 08:30 AM

                    Bacco's is in FQ it's Italian and open on Sunday night. Nice place. I would go to Tommy's myself. Have a drink at Lucy's Bar before you get to Tommy's and at Tommy's Wine Bar after dinner.

                    Bacco @ 310 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 2426.
                    Tommy's Cuisine @ 746 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 1103.
                    Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

                    Bacco Restaurant
                    310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    leavenworthgal Oct 10, 2010 09:36 AM

                    It was late when I posted not thinking clearly! We are staying in the FQ, taking cab from airport so no car.

                    Price range well for that night maybe $100 or more if we pick a good wine...we could take cab or walk or street car?? I don't know the area yet...

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                    1. re: leavenworthgal
                      Suzy Wong Oct 10, 2010 10:21 AM


                      On Chartres in the French Quarter

                      Stella Restaurant
                      1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                        mrsfury Oct 10, 2010 04:43 PM

                        I'm with Suzy.

                      2. re: leavenworthgal
                        izzy23 Oct 11, 2010 09:40 AM

                        August is a great restuarant. The workers are super nice and the food is outstanding. My friend and I spent a little over $200. We had a bottle of wine, a single glass of wine, a martini, 2 appetizers, our entrees and desserts. I'm not a seafood eater either but I pick around the seafood when it was in the dishes. It is in the warehouse district across the W hotel. Very accesible to the fq.

                      3. Bill Hunt Oct 9, 2010 09:40 PM

                        Just out of the FQ, I would recommend The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel:

                        They are into romance, and have a full menu.



                        Windsor Court Hotel
                        300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                        1. noradeirdre Oct 9, 2010 02:04 PM

                          We had a nice time at Cuvee for our anniversary last week. Good food, good service, dark romantic atmosphere.

                          Cuvee Restaurant
                          322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                          1. re: noradeirdre
                            kibbles Oct 10, 2010 07:55 AM

                            +1 Cuvee. dark and romantic, good food, good service.

                            Cuvee Restaurant
                            322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            JazzyB Oct 9, 2010 08:28 AM

                            August, Le Foret.

                            Le Foret
                            129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                              Littleman Oct 9, 2010 07:21 AM

                              You did not mention a particular price range for dinner. Will you have a car? Are you staying in the FQ. It helps to know where you are staying and how you plan to get around. If you are staying in the FQ you could have a great anniversary at Commander's Palace or Brigtsen's which are in the GD and Uptown. You would need to take a cab if you did not have a car. You could walk from FQ to Emeril's in CBD and have a great time. There are some wonderful places in the FQ such as Galatoire's, Antoine's, Arnaud's and Bayona to celebrate.

                              Post back where you are staying, your budet and how you plan to get around. Thanks.

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