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Romantic dinner for an eloping couple!!

sabiem Jul 1, 2013 09:35 AM

I have been researching ( reviews, you guys, books) my butt off to find a perfect romantic dinner spot in NOLA. We are there for 5 days and I have an idea of hat spots we want to hit, but now the dilemma is romance.We want a romantic/unforgettable dinner for our wedding celebration night ( just the 2 of us) at the end of July.

Here are some recommendations that were made:

Root ( not so romantic but dishes look amazing)


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    Hungry Celeste Jul 1, 2013 09:43 AM

    Stella: http://www.restaurantstella.com/

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste
      sabiem Jul 1, 2013 01:07 PM

      Thank you, I will check it out, it had not come up yet. Anyone have any comments about Bacchanal?

      1. re: Hungry Celeste
        sabiem Jul 2, 2013 04:56 PM

        The menu is impressive at Stella:) We are staying on Rampart near St-Bernard,so it would not be that far, but really that is of no real concern...Atmosphere and food here are paramount.

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        collardman Jul 1, 2013 10:38 AM

        I think August would be the perfect fit, atmosphere, service and food. There are many other places with two of the three but they are a bit short on romantic atmosphere.

        A place with atmosphere and good service, and good, but not exceptional food, is Feelings.

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        1. re: collardman
          sabiem Jul 1, 2013 01:05 PM

          Thank you! I think mu hubby to be is looking for exceptional food...We had looked at Emilie but he was not impressed with the menu so...

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          Gizmo56 Jul 1, 2013 10:46 AM

          How about dinner at Commander's Palace, followed by drinks on the front porch of the Columns Hotel?

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          1. re: Gizmo56
            sabiem Jul 1, 2013 01:06 PM

            It could be a good idea, we will be all dolled up anyways :)

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              Gizmo56 Jul 1, 2013 01:10 PM

              I think the Garden District veritably screams romance, and I am sure if you let Commander's Palace know the special nature of the occasion, and your desire for the ultimate romantic dinner experience, they would take very good care of you.

              1. re: Gizmo56
                kukubura Jul 18, 2013 08:53 AM

                Indeed! We've never been there for dinner, only lunch when it sparkles, but either way it can be a very special experience. Hobnob with the bartender over cocktails before you dine to really stretch out the experience.

            2. re: Gizmo56
              sw79 Jul 1, 2013 06:42 PM

              I second the Garden District/Uptown for romance. If not Commander's, then maybe start with a drink at the Columns and take the streetcar up to Audubon Park. Walk through the park and down Magazine for dinner in the courtyard at Martinique Bistro.

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                buzd504 Jul 2, 2013 06:09 AM

                That's a pretty long walk for summer in New Orleans when you are dressed up.

            3. Bill Hunt Jul 1, 2013 08:38 PM

              OK. Some good recs., and many would have made my short-list, especially Stella! and August.

              One that has NOT yet been mentioned, that I feel should be in consideration is the New Orleans Grille at the Windsor Court Hotel, just up-River from the FQ.

              I did not catch where you are staying, so that might figure into the mix, but as the Windsor Court is in the CBD, as is August, it should not be too far.

              Let the staff know of the occasion, sit back and enjoy. Great, innovative food, and wonderful service, in an elegant setting.

              OTOH, if you go with Stella! (have not done the new menu), or August, you will not be disappointed.

              Most of all, ENJOY!


              1. girloftheworld Jul 1, 2013 09:01 PM

                not too touristy very charming food is awesome service is amazing they may be able to sit you upstairs

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                  sabiem Jul 2, 2013 04:59 PM

                  You guys are so helpful! I cannot wait to come back and report to all of you.We will be in NOLA for 5 days so much eating will be done. Also, this is a road trip from Montreal to NOLA, so we will be stopping at a few microbrews on the way,if anyone is interested...

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                    girloftheworld Jul 2, 2013 05:37 PM

                    there is a little bakery on Ursulines... again it is not touristy.. but it is amazing... it has a sweet romantic court yard to eat in with a fountain.. It is by the convent I can not remember the name.. But we sayed at an Inn next door and ate breakfast there every morning.... Also Cafe Beignet on Royal behind the police station is the best place for beignets...

                    1. re: girloftheworld
                      uptownlibrarian Jul 3, 2013 08:28 AM

                      Croissant d'Or.

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                    sabiem Jul 8, 2013 12:40 PM

                    Has anyone tried Root? We are hesitating between Stella ( good reviews for atmosphere and food) and we looked at the menu for Root and it looks fabulous!! Arg! Seems like NOLA is awesome food everywhere you look....I guess this decision is harder since it's a special night :) Also, do you guys know of the good restaurant where you can BYOB? Again, I thank you guys for being so awesome!

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                    1. re: sabiem
                      montuori Jul 8, 2013 06:27 PM

                      EAT (eatnola.com) on Dumaine St. is BYOB and has great food at its price point. Service is on the casual side but tends more towards friendly than familiar. They take reservations.

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                        girloftheworld Jul 8, 2013 09:11 PM

                        you do realize anyplace you decide on is going to end up perfect because it is such a special night....nothing will ever be able to ruin it..it may be more memorable but nerver ruined... just know that The City is Magic and you really cant go wrong... realllly

                        1. re: girloftheworld
                          sabiem Jul 10, 2013 02:46 PM

                          I do realize this :) Thank you, you are right!

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                          kukubura Jul 18, 2013 08:52 AM

                          I wrote up our experience at Root in my recent trip report. Most of what we had was really good (one dish was unexciting) but it's not at all romantic. But over the course of your trip you should definitely check it out.

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                            sabiem Jul 18, 2013 09:35 AM

                            Thank you for your help! Was Root worth it?

                            1. re: sabiem
                              kukubura Jul 18, 2013 10:20 AM

                              Definitely, although I wish we'd split the marrow bones for our entree since a) they were huge and b) they were amazing. The apps and cocktails we got were fantastic as well. (of course roasted marrow bones aren't everyone's thing... The other entree we got, as you saw, was not nearly as exciting)

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