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Need a restaurant rec. where we can be "loudish"

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My husband's college friend is coming into town next weekend, and when they get together they tend to get a little boisterous. So, we need a restaurant where we do not have to whisper or be fairly quiet. The other requirement is really great food and a decent wine list. It does not necessarily have to have a New Orleans flair. We originally had thought of August, since the last time my husband and I were there, the people around us were fairly loud, and it was not a problem. However, they are booked for Friday. I would love to take them to Stella, but I think it is a little to quiet for this evening. Any help would be really appreciated!!

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  1. Emeril's gets quite loud, plus the food and service are terrific. Coquettehas good food/specialty cocktails in addition to being pretty loud (downstairs). Domenica would work too..

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

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Hell, damn near any of 'em can get loud. Clancy's can rock windows across the street. There are times when I don't mind it.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        I have to agree. I can't think of anyplace besides Stella that I haven't seen get raucous....there was once a fairly boisterous table at the Rib Room (ok, I was at it; it was years ago, I don't know how that would go over normally, but it was quite a party)

        1. re: swampsue

          Agree on Clancy's and Emeril's. I have been in Stella in the room to the right of the entrance when it was so loud that normal conversation was almost impossible. Guess it depends on the night and the crowd.

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

        2. re: hazelhurst

          Now that I think about it, that is true. What is also true is that the noisiest tables are not necessarily the conventioneers and tourists, but the locals.

          Any of our family get togethers can compete with the best.

        3. re: JazzyB

          Domenica is loud w/no one in there.

          123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        4. Galatoire's is very loud and fun downstairs at lunch.

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

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          1. re: texasredtop

            Wanna struggle to hear the person next to you? Head right to Mondo.

            900 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

          2. I vote for Gautreau's - great food and wine, and not so fussy about the loud crowd.

            Gautreau's Restaurant
            1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115