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Jan 25, 2012 09:38 PM

large group..casual atmosphere...loud...need help

coming in April for a bachelor party. group of 12-14 guys...looking for something in or walking distance of the french quarter

looking for good food...but we dont want to dress up too much (so commanders palace, etc are out)...

need a dinner spot for friday and a lunch spot for sat.

we need a place not to quiet...a group of 14 guys tends to get loud.

wondering if K Pauls, Mr B bistro, Couchon, august are good choices...any other suggestions?

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. Check out Jax Bistro Bar at The second floor turns into a nightclub at night so its a little more of a relaxed atmosphere.

    1. If Commanders Palace is overly formal, so to is Restaurant August. Mr. B's would be a fine place for lunch - it is not a quiet place & has a couple of cant miss items on the menu. The food at K-Pauls, while fine, is definately a pass for me. For that price point, there is def. better to be had. NOLA in the fq is the loudest of the Emeril's establishments. The food is pretty good, and you wouldnt feel out of place being boisterous. Enjoy your time in the city!

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      1. re: GDPhalp

        Emeril's for dinner. Port of Call for lunch if you want burgers or Domenica for casual Italian.

      2. Cochon is not a loud place at all. Not good for a party. Mr B's is noisy but I wouldn't say loud. Acme Oyster House is pretty boisterous. Or Port of Call would be fun.

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        1. re: texasredtop

          We've had different experiences at Cochon it seems. It's been very loud when I've been there for dinner. Nary a soft, sound-absorbent surface in the place. I think it would be fine for a party and in fact I've been to four or five parties of that size at Cochon.

          1. re: uptownlibrarian

            I seem to have had uptownlibrarian's experience at Cochon as well ... the place has always been lively when I've been there for dinner. The staff there know how to manage large groups well.

            The PoC is a good choice but will almost certainly involve a longish wait for a party of 12 at lunchtime. An alternative that's worked for me with a group is the Napoleon House though that can get busy too. If you don't mind a little schlepping out to the Bywater you might consider Elizabeth's--their lunch is great and not usually quite as packed as places in the FQ.

            1. re: uptownlibrarian

              I was there during lunch and it was quiet as a mouse. It was early, about 11:30 and the place was not full but 3/4 full maybe. I didn't think their setup would be something some young boisterous men would enjoy either. The seats were terribly hard and I couldn't wait to finish and get my behind back in my soft seat in the car for the ride home :-)

              1. re: uptownlibrarian

                You are correct. In many cases, it is not the restaurant, that is loud, but the patrons that night. A good example, for us, was MiLa, which would not normally be a "loud" restaurant, but considering the six diners, just around the corner from us, who were screaming and stomping, like a Drew Brees last second drive, at the Superdome, it was way, way over the top - at least that night. So, it just depends.


            2. thanks everyone!

              any thoughts on Mr. B's for a large group? K-Pauls?

              I hear Antoines has a bunch of is the food there??

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              1. re: samtron608

                Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse has a kewl room overlooking Iberville Street. you can get as rowdy as you want and watch the action pass by.

                for a table of that size, Mr. B's might stick you in the back in the dark.

                skip Antoine's.

                1. re: edible complex

                  If you are a steak lover, Dickie Brennan's doesn't make the cut. Texasredtop is correct . Cochon has THE most uncomfortable chairs. In addition, the menu reads better than the food tastes. Stick with the apps should you go.

              2. Cochon is good for that. Loud as hell at dinner. It's a masonry box.