5 Best Dinner Restaurants in New Orleans

With so many incredible restaurant options in New Orleans, it’s hard to know the best post-elopement dinner restaurants – so here are my favorite 5!

*NOTE: As of September 2020, all these restaurants are open for dine-in service. Reservations are highly highly encouraged (or required) during COVID restrictions. If anything changes, I’ll be updating this post!*


Located on Magazine Street in the Garden District (close to both the Sully Mansion and Audubon Park), Coquette’s 150 year old building has been a grocery store, an auto parts store, and is now home to one of the best restaurants in the city. Known for their candlelit dining room and inventive menus, it’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner.


Tucked uptown near the levee, Boucherie is a cozy home with an upscale dining experience. With delicious cocktails and imaginative takes on classic Southern favorites, Boucherie is a place you can settle in for a few hours and enjoy several courses. (Don’t forget dessert!)

La Petite Grocery

A James Beard award winning restaurant, La Petite Grocery is located in an old corner grocery store (thus the name) and has been around since 2004. Awarded Eater’s Best 38 Restaurants in the nation as well as James Beard’s Best Chef award, they’re known for their blue crab beignets and turtle bolognese.


A classic New Orleans restaurant located in the French Quarter, Brennan’s is known for their extravagantly decorated dining rooms and incredible service. A cultural stalwart since 1946, having dinner here is taking an active part in New Orleans history. (You can also have your elopement here!)


My personal favorite (and located in my very own neighborhood, the Bywater), dinner at Saint-Germain feels like you’ve flown to Europe for the evening. Their twelve-seat dining room is home to a five-course tasting menu experience (that’s right, it’s all a surprise!) loaded with seasonal flavors. With nearly everything being made from scratch in-house, you will not find fresher food anywhere in the city. (Get the wine pairing!)

Bon appetit, newlyweds!



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