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I'm having my bachelorette party in New Orleans and want to have a good, but fun (ie. not stuffy) dinner on Saturday night in or near the French Quarter. Our group will be 8-10 girls in our early 30's from all over the US, many first time visitors to New Orleans.

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  1. While the FQ has many, many options, I would check into G W Fins. They have a private room, and it seats 12 - 20, IIRC. The food is great (local and locally prepared seafood), plus they have a really good wine list.

    G W Fins has a pretty festive atmosphere, and the food is excellent. With the private room, you can unwind, to your heart's content.

    Enjoy,

    Hunt

    1. Emerils

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

      1. GW Fins would be a good choice. I really love Emeril's. Muriel's is another good choice. They have some private rooms too. Good luck.

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

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        1. re: Littleman

          Muriel's has been getting a lot of slams, both here and in general 'round town comments. On the whole, I think Bill Hunt's GW Fins is probably the best idea.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            Hazelhurst........I have not seen Muriel's getting bad reviews here. I may have missed them. I used to go there all the time but i started going to Emeril's more often. What's the bad news there. I thought the food was outstanding but I just tired of going there. I used to go to Manale's all the time but I got tired of it and new places were opening also.

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

            1. re: Littleman

              I'm one that "slams" them, tho not that harshly. I just don't think they try very hard. I think the food is okay, the service okay, the location excellent, and the clientele too often loudmouths in shorts and flip-flops.

              could be much, much better. but they succeed doing what they're doing.

              1. re: kibbles

                Someone else on here had a crack at them awhile back but damned if I know who. I was there about eight months ago with a gal from out-of-town who wanted the view. As I've said, I cannot get the Chart House out of my mind in there. It was perfectly fine..what DID I have? I'd really rather have been at Tujaque's bar and I did get her there afterwards. Next day I took her to Galatoire's and All Was Right With the World.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  We did two events there - culinary and wine, and were horribly underwhelmed. The potential seemed to be at hand, but the execution was not up a culinary and wine event - even an event. When a restaurant is hosting an evening for foodies, winos, bloggers and writers, one would think that they would dot the i's and cross the t's, but there seemed to be a major lack of concern. We wanted to like them, and did try. Still, I could not recommend them, until I did a personal dinner, and sampled their fare for the "general public."

                  Hunt

                2. re: kibbles

                  I think they get negative reviews when speaking of a food destination restaurant. I agree they are good at what they are and I usually enjoy visits there which are always a large group celebration of some sort.

                  Last time there we had drinks on the balcony before dinner and shared the balcony with Susan Spicer who was there posing for a photo shoot.

                  1. re: collardman

                    That is a perfect description, I think.

          2. Cochon, Maximo's, Sylvain, Ste. Marie or K-Paul's.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130