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Sep 23, 2011 08:23 AM

Going to give it a shot...Friday lunch at Galatoire's...Tips for a rookie??

Thank you so much for all the input in my last post (re: "dumb question about Galatoire's"). I believe you've convinced me to forgo Thursday dinner and go all in with Friday lunch. What are your top tips for securing a table? I know that we need to get there early, but just how early? I've read 9am for, maybe, a 1 or 2pm seating. Does that sound right?

If we get there at 9am, will we have to stand in line (or be on-premises at the bar) until we're seated? Or, can we leave our name and go grab some beignets for breakfast in the interim?

Anything else I should know??

Thanks again for indulging me. I truly appreciate the help.

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

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  1. I have arrived there between 11:30 and 1:30 on Fridays (and other week days) and always been seated immediately. If it's just two people, don't sweat it, you probably won't have a long wait. A large party will have some wait. You'll see why when you get there. Lots of large parties. Lots of noise and hoopla. Lots of TGIF. My husband had the shrimp etouffee last time we were there and it was awesome. I'm having that next time. I didn't care for my fried soft shell crab. :-( It wasn't bad, just not what I was expecting I guess. But everything else I've had there has been great. The souffle potatoes - yum!!

    Charlie is our new waiter of choice since Dorris passed away. Charlie is great.

    1. Richard is a great waiter. He's about 70, tall and nice looking. They have an appetizer plate with about 4 different specialties on it including Oysters Brochette. Get the fresh fish grilled with crab meat and also the crab maison is a great side. Good luck.

      1. You are going into one of the peak seasons so there will be a wait and there is no 1 or 2pm seating. You either get there for the 1st seating or don’t bother. It might be 3 before another table opens. If it’s a 2-top it’s not as big a deal, but anything over 2, you need to get there before 10am and wait on line. Sometimes they take your name right away, sometimes you need to wait a while, but once they take your name, you can leave and come back or go upstairs to the bar. It’s a fun way to spend the day. Take your time and enjoy the party.

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        1. re: shanefink

          This local prefers not to participate in the typical lunchtime melee' - I've gone mid-afternoon a lot to Galatoire's with friends, usually around 3pm-ish, and yes a few times on Fridays too.

          Its interesting to see the waning lunch crowd, some all sloppy drunk with the wait staff ever patient tending to their needs, and then watch the transition to dinner as the evening patrons filter in around 5:30-ish.

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