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Dinner for 30+ in New Orleans

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I'm arranging a dinner for 30 - 40 people in New Orleans in January. The group is staying on Canal St., so a restaurant in the French Quarter or Central Business District would be ideal. I'm open to other neighborhoods, if it's the right place. Budget around $50 a head, not including alcohol. I'd love any advice anyone has on restaurants that do a good job of handling large groups. If possible, I'd like to offer the diners more than just 1 or 2 entrees to choose from and would like them to be able to specify how they want items cooked (e.g. medium, rare, no butter). I've learned from experience that restaurants that can provide a great experience for 2-4 diners, can be a nightmare for a large party. I appreciate in advice or feedback you can provide. Thanks!

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  1. Palace Cafe, Borgne, Muriel’s and Tableau are all restaurants worth checking out that should be able to accommodate a party of your size.

      1. re: kibbles

        That was my first thought..need to work in advance with the banquet folks to make sure you get what you want.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          I'd add Broussard's (http://www.broussards.com/) as a possibility. While I have never done a group of that exact size, they hosted us for a party of 12, and then one of 250, and did a great job with both.

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Bill Hunt, Broussard's is under new ownership and just re-opened last week. Waiting for reports on the new operation.

            1. re: TaTee

              Thank you. I sort of remembered something similar, but the Web site did not go into details, so I went with what I knew once.

              Appreciated,

              Hunt