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Best Valentine's Day Ambiance

lilmoses Jan 5, 2011 08:16 PM

Flying in from Texas on Valentine's Day. Debating between Antoine's, Arnaud's, and Bayona for Valentine's Day dinner. Need some opinions as to which one would be the most romantic and have the best atmosphere. What do you guys/gals think? Anyone been to either of these in the past on V-Day?

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

  1. lilmoses Jan 9, 2011 08:57 PM

    Bayona it is! (It was my first choice anyway). Thanks ya'll!

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    Bayona
    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    1. edible complex Jan 6, 2011 05:47 PM

      I would get a window table at the Rib Room. also the courtyard at Martinique is lovely. otherwise, Bayona is the best of your three.

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      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. Bill Hunt Jan 6, 2011 04:49 PM

        Depending on the weather, the courtyard at Bayona could be lovely. If not, then inside will be.

        We've had good meals at Arnaud's, unlike some here, but would not consider it romantic.

        I agree with Erik on Antoine's, though we had a major pre-K disappointment. I hear that it's been greatly improved, and hope so, as I have such fond memories. Still, for a romantic meal, it would not be my choice.

        Two others to consider would be Stella! and The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel.

        Still, Bayona should be very, very nice.

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

        1. erikschwarz Jan 5, 2011 11:46 PM

          Yes, I have been to Antoine's for V Day. Largely because my partner and I had neglected to make reservations anywhere else and Antoine's was able to seat us. It is of course a deeply historic restaurant, and there is something to be said for patronizing it on those grounds. If however you want a romantic and intimate dinner - perhaps including great food - I cannot recommend Antoine's. My clear choice among the three you give would be Bayona. Though not a particular favorite of mine, it is highly regarded and will deliver a quality dining experience in an attractive setting.

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

          Antoine's Restaurant
          713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            hazelhurst Jan 6, 2011 04:46 AM

            I agree....Antoine's is a great party place..and in days of yore the little stian-glass-window room behind the Rex Room would have been a great place for dinner "a deux" but that is probably _too_ cramped for to-day's amours...Bayona is perfect.

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              JazzyB Jan 6, 2011 04:19 PM

              Not on your list, my choice would be Coquette, upstairs, the table for 2 in the corner by the window. Order some specialty cocktails, followed by the tasting menu w/wine pairing.

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