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For GAIA Steakhouse, the ultimate goal is to give guests an unparalleled dining experience on every level. A warm atmosphere, top-notch service, and culinary excellence make GAIA Steakhouse and unmatched local dining encounter.
AT GAIA, ALL STEAKS ARE GRILLED TO ORDER OVER CHARCOAL EMBERS AND FINISHED IN A SCREAMING HOT WOOD FIRED OVEN!
We are quintessentially southern with a distinct Louisiana influence. We are Lula Restaurant-Distillery.
As the first and only restaurant-distillery in New Orleans, Louisiana and in the Southeast US, we promise to offer you an incredible experience in the shadows of our copper still and along the historic streetcar line of St. Charles Avenue.
Join us Monday-Sunday for Happy Hour from 4-7, Saturday and Sunday 11-3 for Bottomless Vodka Bar
- MCMarcusCNashville •2 reviews5.0Dined 1 day agoGreat all around restaurant. Staff was very respectful and took care of us very well.More infoLula Restaurant DistilleryPrice: Moderate• Contemporary Southern• Lower Garden District•4.7
- OTOpenTable DinerNew Orleans / Louisiana •1 review5.0Dined 4 days agoGreat experience, enjoyed the food and ambiance! Always enjoy coming to Nola but tonight was extra special and The Bower was perfect!More infoThe BowerPrice: Moderate• Contemporary American• Lower Garden District•4.7
- HHeathervipAustin •15 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 2, 2023This restaurant was recommended by locals and the seafood was very good. Amazing oyster selection and overall good food. Service was great but very, very slow.More infoLukePrice: Moderate• French• Central Business District•4.6
- OTOpenTable DinerNew Orleans / Louisiana •1 review5.0Dined on Jan 2, 2023We went to Brennans for a New Years dinner as well as a late celebratory dinner for my 2 year olds birthday dinner. I had a 2 year old, a 6 year old and my spouse present. My children were fairly noisy, and playful and the wait staff were very friendly and helpful as well as brought them cotton candy and treats to the table. I never felt uncomfortable having children present for fine dining, and had a great dinner experience. The traditional cabbage and black eyed pea single bite appetizer spoons were delicious, even my 6 year old loved it. My waitress was a sweet younger woman originally from New England, She wore glasses and I hate that I can’t remember her name, but she was very soft spoken and sweet and made the experience much more enjoyable. We will be back to try the 2nd quarter menu but this time as an adults only New Orleans vacation.More infoBrennan'sPrice: Expensive• Creole• French Quarter•4.7
- OTOpenTable DinerNorthwest Florida •2 reviews5.0Dined on Jan 1, 2023New Years Day Brunch. Great atmosphere, great service, great food. Second time going here. I will go everytime I come to New Orleans.More infoBirdy's Behind The BowerPrice: Moderate• American• Garden District•4.6
12 stellar special-occasion restaurants in New Orleans
New Orleanians mark time by food seasons, not calendar flips. The hottest months belong to frozen daiquiris and technicolor snoballs. Spring brings families and friends together over spicy spreads of boiled crawfish. Carnival season is all about sweet and savory king cakes. In other words, in a city that puts food at the center of its life—and not just the center of the table—eating and drinking is always a special occasion. When it comes to celebrating a birthday, graduation, or just feeling alive in the Big Easy, the stage is set with buckets of seafood, cocktails in James Beard Award-winning bars, and grand dining rooms that have hosted generations of milestone events. Read on for a guide to the 12 best restaurants to book across New Orleans to get the party started.
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4 Must-Book Restaurants in New Orleans
New Orleans’s restaurants are the beating heart of this festive city, and to say they’ve had a tough few years would be putting it mildly. The good news is that hospitality is calling again, and nobody does it better than the restaurateurs, chefs, servers, and bartenders that call the Big Easy home. Superior service continues to set New Orleans’s restaurant scene apart. Among the standouts, there’s a brand-new izakaya helmed by a meticulous executive chef who spent time in Japan and a Mid-City tapas bar that churns out a one-of-its-kind, afterhours brunch for the midnight munchies. Book one, book all, and be warmly welcomed at these four new restaurants, representing the best of New Orleans right now.
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Discover Lower Garden District
The Lower Garden District is a tiny part of the greater Garden District of New Orleans, located adjacent to Tulane University. It is home to many college graduate students and a prime location for quick contemporary and unique entree eateries and international cuisine. New Orleans is historically synonymous with Cajun food of all types, especially seafood gumbos served at iconic local establishments. International food, other than Spanish and French combination restaurants, includes Vietnamese, Caribbean, Italian, and Thai. There are also several American sandwich shops and cafes interspersed in this historic district catering to both the locals and the many visitors to the New Orleans area.
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The best reviewed restaurant in Lower Garden District is Emeril's Delmonico
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