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Jan 2, 2011 08:29 PM

Galatoire's Friday lunch...questions

Hi all,

How early should we show up to wait in line? It's January, so will it be less busy than usual?

Should my husband wear a tie/jacket? The site says jackets aren't required at lunch, but I don't want him to feel out of place if most people do wear ties and/or jackets!

Any other etiquette/traditions we should know about?

Thank you!

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

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  1. This process was confusing to me too and I just went through it a couple of weeks ago so here is what I can offer you. It's not as hard as it sounds.

    My husband and I went at about 1:30 and were seated right away although there was a large crowd waiting for tables. Seems seating 2 is much faster as most people attend lunch there in large groups. I think Fridays are where you have to wait the longest although there may be long waiting at lunch on other days too. I think we were there on a Wednesday and there were many waiting for larger tables at 1:30. But if there are only two of you, I wouldn't fret so much over it and just go at 10:45 or 11 to eat an early lunch. You can always opt to eat upstairs if the wait gets too bad. You will be there 2+ hours more than likely. We were there at least that long.

    My husband wore a coat and tie for lunch but it was really cold outside. I don't remember anyone else there with coat and tie. Here is what they have on their website - Galatoire's dress code is business casual for lunch. No shorts or t-shirts. Jackets are required for gentlemen starting at 5 p.m. nightly and all day Sunday.

    Go and enjoy. I think either upstairs or downstairs you'll like it but most prefer downstairs for the happy happy mood. If you go later - after 1 - you'll see all the happy happy business crowd getting happier and happier. lol It was great fun.

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

    5 Replies
    1. re: texasredtop

      Surprised there were so few in jacket or tie.

      1. re: CharlieH

        Mostly slacks and starched shirts, probably had their jackets checked or something. But I wasn't paying much attention either. I would say it's pretty dressy for lunch but less dressy than dinner. It was FAR dressier than the people at August the night before at dinner. Some of them were downright sloppy with wrinkled shirts, slacks and one guy looked like he hadn't combed his hair in a month. I saw two people in warm up suits. I was pretty shocked. My whole experience at August ended up appearing it was only about getting into your wallet.

        1. re: texasredtop

          yes, we recently had a late lunch at August -- one table was a young mom & dad in jeans (her in a tank top) w/ baby, another table was a dude in t-shirt and baseball cap. what the hell? im taking my SO out on a special bday lunch and its like Muriel's in there. water and wine service was very slow as well. amuse bouche came out after bread and apps.

      2. Throw on a jacket. Go to Galatoire's. Have fun!

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

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        1. re: erikschwarz

          Agreed~you will also be surrounded by people in Saints/Who Dat attire as we marched thru the playoffs. be sure to start the day off with a Brandy Milk punch upstairs! cheers!

          1. re: edible complex

            Thanks for the advice! I am really excited, we have never been there before. My friend from NOLA said to ask for Harold, who is Harold's son. I'm not entirely sure if he will still be there, but we'll give it a shot.
            If we show up for lunch at 11, will it already be a total zoo on Friday? I've been told Friday lunch is a pretty big deal there! :)

        2. As for your husband, I would definitely go with the jacket. He will not be alone. Normally, there will be many gentlemen in suits and ties, but they are having a business lunch.

          With a jacket only, he'll be right in the middle of the attire list. Some will be a tad more "formal," but are going back to their offices, or to court, and some will not have jackets (more likely tourists), so no one will ever notice, and he will be comfortable.

          It's tough to pick a time, even knowing the day of the week, and month of the year. Could be clear-sailing, or there could be some groups, who have occupied many tables. That will just depend. I'd go early, as the experience will be worth the effort.



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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Thanks for the advice! I'm so excited! We are doing sooooo many things while we are there, and trying lots of different restaurants! I'll have to post an update when we get back.

            1. re: beck123

              We will be waiting to hear your reviews :-) Have a fabulous time!!