If you're looking for the ultimate Southern formal dining experience, you'll find it here. A jacket is required, and the waiters are tuxedoed. Generally, the "old money" families are seated upstairs, and the tourists are seated downstairs. Some of the dishes we had were the asparagus salad (fresh), crabmeat maison (very good), filet mignon (perfect), green salad with garlic (quite a kick!), crabmeat St. Pierre (a bit peppery). After both of us had 3 courses, a bottle of wine, 2 glasses of champagne, and a cognac, the bill was a mere $155. Not bad!
Favorite Dish: Banana bread pudding and the shrimp remoulade, not necessarily in that order! The horseradish in the shrimp remoulade should easily open your sinuses up! The bread pudding is to die for!
Galatoire's is New Orleans, especially on a Friday afternoon when the locals come for lunch and stay through the afternoon drinking Champagne. Anything Creole can be excellent at Galatoire's from fried foods, to fish papilotte to their chops. Diners can pick and choose from a selection of sauces for their food. Bernaise on your steak...no problem. They are also more than willing to split orders, so if you can't decide between their crabmeat maison or the remoulade, just ask them to bring both. There's always a line, so be patient. No shorts are allowed, ever. We have had much better food when we stick to the downstairs dining room. Upstairs food hasn't been up to the usual standard.
Favorite Dish: Crabmeat maison is so good it makes you cry.
Oyster brochette has perfectly fried oysters and bacon.
Soft shell crabs can be delicious here.
galatoire's restaurant was founded by jean galatoire in 1905. this historic restaurant specializes in french creole cuisine. they offer very good local seafood, poultry, and steaks. a very good value in the french quarter. the first floor dining room is first come first serve but you can make reservations for the second floor dining room.
When money is no object, or for a special occasion, this is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans. Jackets are required for the gentlemen. The downstairs dining room manages to be festive and noisy as well as elegant. No reservations are taken - every and all must wait in line downstairs (although some of the hoity toity hire people to do this for them). The walls are mirrored, the waiters tuxedoed, and the food - sublime!
Be warned - the menu is a la carte, so if you are used to getting a vegetable with your entree, you will have to order one separately. This can get costly, hence the first sentence...
Favorite Dish: My favorite meal would be as follows:
Appetizer: Oysters en Brochette
Soup: Turtle Soup
Entree: Chicken Bonne-Femme - chicken breast wrapped in bacon and topped with caramelized onion, garlic and ham - scrumptious!
Vegetable: Broiled Tomatoes
Dessert: Chocolate-Pecan Pie - sheer heaven on a plate, manages to NOT be overly sweet
They say things haven't changed at Galatoire's since 1905. I'll have to agree with that - even though I wasn't around back then!
I've been back to Galatoire's several times over a span of 20 years, and it's rock solid in terms of expectations being met. I love that about this place. It's one of my all-time favorites. The potatoes lyonnaise are delicious, and it's the one place where I broke my pact to eat crab (I'm a vegetarian- which is almost impossible to maintain while in New Orleans).
Another thing I love about Galatoire's is that the first floor (the traditional dining area) doesn't accept reservations. Part of the excitement about going to Galatoire's was the wait in line (not too bad - maybe 15 or 20 minutes)
I was just there in August 2003 and sure enough, there was an elderly woman who came in and was shown to her "usual table". I can't remember if she was General George Patton's cousin (known for going to Galatoire's just about every evening, for decades....if she's still alive, then that woman was she. Otherwise it was just another older "Ms.Daisy" type of wealthy patroness).
This may be my favorite restaurant in all of New Orleans - .I'm salivating even as I write this. (reservations in the newer, 2nd floor).
Favorite Dish: I recommend the following: to start, either the stuffed crabmeat avocado or stuffed tomato with shrimp; artichoke oyster soup; pompano meuniere amandine or the crabmeat sardou or sauteed softshell crab meuniere - or really, any of the crab entrees; and for vegetables, the Rockefeller Spinach is out of this world. Seriously. I have to stop right now or I'll drive myself insane. Formal dining for dinner - JACKET REQUIRED for men (if you don't have one, they'll supply you with one - don't you just love it?!!)
This is classic New Orleans cuisine at its best. The French Creole menu is packed with familiar and famous dishes that have helped defined the city and its dining scene. It's ironically situated on the somewhat tacky side of Bourbon Street next to strip clubs and cheesy tourist shops, but when you step inside, you'll be surrounded by elegance. It's also notorious for attracting celebrities. Over the years, legends such as Tennessee Williams and Ronald Reagan have eaten here.
Favorite Dish: A sampling might include any or all of the following: shrimp remoulade, oysters Rockefeller, Creole gumbo, crabmeat Maison, shrimp Clemenceau, pompano with sautéed crabmeat meuniere, and banana bread pudding.
Prices are not outrageous. You can eat dinner here with an appetizer, entree and dessert for $25 not including tip or drinks.