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Jan 14, 2012 09:47 AM

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 ;-)

          4 Replies
          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.