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Reservations required?

NOLA Hounds, a Phoenix Hound will be first-time visiting next week (Thu-Mon). Staying in CBD at Wyndham Whitney.

Are reservations generally required/recommended for places or no? The only place I've reserved thus far is Commander's Palace brunch on Sunday.

The two of us don't plan any $$$$ dining, just good, casual Southern/NOLA recs I've culled from all your advice on here (fellow PHX Hound BillH too!).

I don't have a problem doing reservations if that's preferred for NOLA dining. We are easy going otherwise; I enjoy a drink at the bar while waiting for a table for two.

Let me know your thoughts. It is very much appreciated.

Likely places on my list:

Acme Oyster House


Cafe du Monde


Cochon or Cochon Butcher - lunch or dinner

Coquette (lunch)



Mr B's

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Of the ones you mentioned, Acme, Cafe du Monde, Casamentos and Cochon Butcher do not take reservations. All the other places, reservations are highly recommended. Coquette and Mr. B’s do have large bars that you can dine at if you prefer to wing it. Your choices are very well conceived.

    1. I would make reservations at those noted by Scaheld. Galatoire's does not take reservations downstairs. Go around 11 AM and see if there's a line and have lunch there. You will enjoy it. Enjoy your visit.

      1. I would make as many reservations as you are allowed to. This year we did not make them for our usual lunch at Mr. B's and were seated in the back and I think we were the last ones without reservations allowed to be seated at 11:45. They open at 11:30 so we figured we were safe but I won't chance it again.

        1. Thanks for the feedback so far.

          One follow-up question: I see "jacket required" mentioned for Galatoire's & Commander's; is this really the case (lunch/brunch & dinner)?

          Remember, I come from Phoenix where shorts are the norm ;-)

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          1. re: scaheld

            It is the case. They have jackets there if you want to "borrow" one. But nice dress is a must even for lunch. Designer tee shirts are not appropriate. lol

            Shorts are the norm down here too but remember, those places are way above normal.

            1. re: texasredtop

              Got it. I will put on my "big boy" clothes for this trip!

              1. re: scaheld

                I don't think you'll regret it. NO is the only place we pack dressy clothes for. I hate having to pack dressy clothes but it's worth it for Galatoire's and CP. There are some other places that require coats for dinner and let in sloppy warm up suits and tennis shoes but not those two.

                1. re: scaheld

                  Once, way, way back, I had not worn a tie to Antoine's, and had to don a "paper tie." Even at about 13, walking through the dining room was traumatic. Time HAVE changed, but still, I always have a blazer in tow.



            2. I always do reservations, as a convention might be in town (NOLA), and fill tables.

              Now, not sure how many times we really NEEDED to do those, but I do. If I have to change plans, I also call to cancel.



              1. Trip report.

                First of all, thanks to all for your wonderful & useful advice.

                Acme Oyster House - char grilled oysters were great, service efficient & friendly.

                Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone was fun - had to stop in four times till we scored seats on the carousel; drinks were well made and the staff was efficient & organized considering their patrons are constantly moving;-)

                Coquette for lunch Friday (reservations recommended, otherwise we would've had to sit at the bar) - this was the best meal of the trip. Their housemade focaccia bread was heavenly. Lamb pate was delicious as was the shrimp & grits with merguez sausage.

                Drinks at belloqc bar at the Hotel Modern - apparently a new bar that's doing some old style cocktails like Cobblers (variety of liquor choices combined with complementary fresh fruit juices & bitters). Drinks were tasty & the staff very enthusiastic. Attracts a younger crowd (20s-30s).

                Herbsaint for dinner Friday (reservations recommended, was busy) - everything was well prepared. Staff was friendly.

                La Boucherie Coffee House (339 Chartres) for late breakfast - delicious coffee & pastries in the FQ. Owner was so nice.

                Mr B's Bistro for lunch - had the BBQ shrimp and it is very good. Obviously something you can only get in this part of the country. Staff was professional & friendly.

                Napoleon House for dinner - was looking for a more downscale meal; the atmosphere was quite nice as it felt very old & European. Food was decent but nothing special; good drink & wine BTG prices. Staff was friendly.

                Commander's Palace for Sunday brunch (reservations recommended but probably not required for our visit) - had the turtle soup, braised beef over grits & bread pudding souffle they were all very delicious. Service was cordial but very slow. Took forever to get garlic bread & then butter for the french bread. Entrees delivered at first were wrong so we waited another 15 mins for the correction. Server did bring us a free "shot" cocktail for our trouble. We did wear our jackets for this meal & while that was nice, I certainly would not have felt out of place without it.

                Yo-Mama's for dinner - again we wanted downscale food after such a rich brunch, had the peanut butter burger and it was okay. I was hoping for somewhat of a satay flavor but it was definitely just peanut butter and bacon. Staff was very friendly.

                Cafe du Monde - we made three visits here over the course of our weekend. Just love the beignets and cafe au lait, hot chocolate too!

                Thank you NOLA, it was a great first visit for me and the friendly attitude exhibited by absolutely everyone made for a most pleasant trip.

                Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand
                800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

                Carousel Bar
                214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

                Mr B's Bistro
                201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: scaheld

                  Glad that you had a very good trip.

                  "Slow" can well be part of the culture. Similar to "getting on 'Island Time' on Hawai`i. We have hosted many in NOLA, from other areas of the world, and what we find ideal, they often find slow. For us, the conversation is part of the evening, and so long as the pacing is even, I seldom complain, but then, I dine slowly - more slowly, than many.

                  Thank you for taking the time to post. Glad that you enjoyed, and hope that is not your last trip to NOLA.