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LeroyT Mar 6, 2011 02:34 PM

I promise I searched the board first, but "romantic" is about as close as I could find. My two girls are very civilized (in public), and I'm looking for a place wear I can wear a suit and tie and they can get dressed up for a dinner. My first thought was Galatoire's, but I thought you all could point us in the right direction. We'll be eating at any number of great places during our 5 days in town, so it's as much for the experience of a "fancy" dinner as it is about the food. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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

  1. JB BANNISTER Mar 6, 2011 02:59 PM

    I think a very cizilized meal is the Sunday Brunch and Comanders Palace. I would ask for the upstairs dining room overlloking the patio. I think it is directly over the kitchen. Brennons would also be good.

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    Commander's Palace Restaurant
    1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      Littleman Mar 6, 2011 04:07 PM

      I would go to Stella if you want to dress up. Le Foret is also very romantic. I would also dress up and go to Commander's Palace for dinner. Get a table in the Garden Room.

      Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091.
      http://www.restaurantstella.com/
      Le Foret @ 129 Camp St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 553 - 6738.
      http://www.dmillanleforet.com/

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      Commander's Palace Restaurant
      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Le Foret
      Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. Bill Hunt Mar 6, 2011 05:03 PM

        Galatoire's would be nice, and the servers will just fawn over your daughters.

        Stella!, mentioned above, would be a great choice, and a bit less lively, plus with smaller crowds, that could be a bit intimidating.

        The Grill Room at the Windsor Court would fit very well, into your dining trip, and the young ladies would love it.

        Commander's could well be a dream for them, and there is much to see.

        Most of all, enjoy, and allow them to enjoy, as well,

        Hunt

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

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          CharlieH Mar 7, 2011 06:11 AM

          I think the Grill Room at the Windsor Court still wins the most elegant restaurant award without much difficulty. High tea is over the top as well.

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            Blumie Mar 7, 2011 07:55 AM

            I have been bringing my 11-year-old to nicer NOLA restaurants her entire life -- I can recall dinners at Bayona, Stella, Brigtsen's, Emeril's, Delmonico, August, Cuvee (now gone), the Grill Room, among others -- and I've yet to find one that didn't work well. That said, Dick & Jenny's, while not on the highest rung of the "fancy" latter, is a nice place where one can (but does not need to) dress up, and where, if nothing on the menu appeals to the kids, they have a nice kids menu. Hotel restaurants, like the Grill Room, also seem to do especially well with kids.

            1. h
              hazelhurst Mar 7, 2011 01:11 PM

              You are doing the Lord's work here...

              Commander's, Grill Room and Galatoire's will all have locals who are dressed in what we think of as "normal"... coat and tie etc. Rib Room will be a smattering of everything. But littele girls and boys in their Sunday best are pretty common..folks hereabouts like to train the kids early and generally do a good job of it...

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

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              1. re: hazelhurst
                LeroyT Mar 7, 2011 04:43 PM

                You all are very kind, I appreciate the help. After looking at all the menus I hadn't already, I think Galatoire's is still the spot. I really want my daughters to love New Orleans like their mother and I do, and to me it's the only place on the list that could not happen in any other town. I am thinking about swinging by parkway tavern for po-boys, but would take direction on that question as well (but it'll be hard to sway me from drippy po-boy and botled barq's). Once again, muchas gracias y'all, if you ever need pointers for Houston, holla!

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

                1. re: LeroyT
                  Bill Hunt Mar 7, 2011 06:01 PM

                  LeroyT,

                  Galatoire's is really two restaurants in one - upstairs w/ reservations, and downstairs, with the "happy people." The food is the same, as is the service, if you do not have a "family server." The difference is the climate, and the "tableau," that unfolds. They are two totally different things, If you, and the young ladies, do not mind standing in line, then downstairs, with the "show," will be wonderful. Otherwise, go for reservations, and dine upstairs, with the same food and service, and observe the goings-on below, as you walk through.

                  Enjoy,

                  Hunt

                  PS - in either location, the servers will fawn all over the young ladies, and will very likely take them under their wings. They are all highly-trained professionals, and can help the young ladies with the orders, and anything else required.

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

                  1. re: Bill Hunt
                    TaTee Mar 9, 2011 02:39 PM

                    Agree with the choice of Galatoire's. Had two of the granddaughters with us recently and it was a little late in the evening. The adults all put in their drink orders and before the drinks were served, my youngest granddaughter had chicken fingers and french fries in front of her. I asked her how that had happened and she said the nice waitress asked if she was real hungry and when she said " yes," she said " I'll take care of that."
                    Delightful experience, as always. Another spot your girls might enjoy is Domenica for pizza in the Roosevelt Hotel.

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

                    Domenica
                    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                    1. re: TaTee
                      Bill Hunt Mar 9, 2011 03:28 PM

                      A very nice story, and thank you for sharing. Good service can come in many forms.

                      Thanks,

                      Hunt

                      1. re: TaTee
                        LeroyT Mar 9, 2011 03:49 PM

                        Thanks TaTee, that is one of those little service moments that are not difficult, but very rarely enter the equation at the vast majority of restaurants, ALso, thanks for the domenica heads-up, it looks great!

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