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We are having a destination wedding in NOLA at the end of December. Our reception will be a Arnaud's. For our rehearsal dinner we are looking for a restaurant that a) has great food b) is reasonably priced (~$30/pp) and c) can accommodate our group of 20. We don't need/want to have a private room for the dinner.

We were thinking Red Fish Grill but the restaurant is unavailable on Dec. 28th due to a buyout. We were thinking Boucherie but they weren't sure they could accommodate our sized group.

We will be staying in the FQ so we're looking for a restaurant either in the FQ or along the streetcar line. We won't have cars and would prefer to take public transportation if possible.

Any suggestions would be more than welcome.

Thanks in advance!

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Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Check out EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine
    http://www.eatnola.com/NIGHT.pdf
    It is BYOL, so that will help you stick to your budget.

    Napoleon House
    http://www.napoleonhouse.com/menu1.html

    or one of the other Brennan restaurants: Mr. B's or Bacco in the FQ
    http://www.neworleans-food.com/

    Take the streetcar to The Columns on St. Charles Avenue
    http://www.thecolumns.com/index.cfm

    or OAK Wine Bar on Oak Street one block off of Carrollton/St. Charles Street Car
    http://www.oaknola.com/

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

    Bacco Restaurant
    310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. You might want to check out this recent thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736111

      1. Thanks for the suggestions and the link. I'll check them out.

        We're having creole for our reception so I'd like our guests to experience another type of cuisine if possible.

        1. Does 30/person include drinks? It's going to be tough to eat dinner anywhere for that much. Of all the places listed, Napoleon House is the only one that strikes me as doable for your price.

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

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          1. re: N.O.Food

            No, it doesn't include drinks. I think we've narrowed it down to Bacco, provided they are open and can accommodate us.

            Thanks!

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            Bacco Restaurant
            310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: dandy_warhol

              Will they be giving you a limited menu with cheaper items? Because based on their online menu, I'm guessing it'll be closer to 45 per person if everyone orders three courses a la carte from the full menu. That includes taxes but not tip or drinks.

              1. re: N.O.Food

                I think it will be a limited menu. They're supposed to be sending it in the near future.

              2. re: dandy_warhol

                Meuxbar would be better. Or even the Rib Room. Maison de Ville?

                1. re: CharlieH

                  Thanks for the suggestions. It appears from their website that Maison de Ville is closed. Is that accurate?

                  I think we want to go more seafood than meat. Our reception dinner options are steak au poivre or chicken.

                  1. re: dandy_warhol

                    The hotel is closed.....not the restaurant. Try this:

                    http://www.bistromaisondeville.com/

                    1. re: dandy_warhol

                      I wouldn't worry about whether seafood is offered. In fact, when it comes to large groups I almost always lean towards the non seafood offerings, as they just tend to come out better, something like duck just holds better than fish.

                      I must say, seems like there have been a number of these small rehearsal dinner type requests and they really are inherently challenging. Twenty is just a difficult number, what's the plan one big table, two ten tops? Not many restaurants are set up to handle that easily. And once you start splitting things up, then you sort of get pulled into the restaurant as a whole. I really think the better play is just get a private room, do some toasting and enjoy yourself, otherwise its just a big group at a restaurant. One option I have recommended in the past is the Italian Barrel. Its a tiny little restaurant that can't seat more than twenty, its a bit pricey for what they serve, but I have enjoyed several meals there. Might be worth a look. Its a very cute spot, and its only a short walk over to Frenchmen Street from there.

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

                      1. re: CharlieH

                        I absolutely love the Itallian Barrel, but don't think there is any way to do it all for their $30 pp limit.