Date Night in New Orleans: The City's Most Romantic Restaurants

By Beth D'Addono |

Man may not be able to live on bread alone, but add in a dozen grilled oysters, a pecan crusted red fish and bananas foster prepared tableside, and we're getting somewhere.

New Orleans is a city that inspires love, Talk to locals and more often than not, you'll hear a few stories of people who fall in love with New Orleans, and wind up moving here. Like every love affair, there are highs and lows, but in New Orleans, the rich gastronomic landscape is impossible not to adore. With the person you love across the table, sharing quaffs of bubbly, local seafood and pecan-defined desserts is sure to satisfy on multiple level.s

Whether you want the grand experience of a Commander's Palace, or a more modern take on an intimate evening dining at Dante's Kitchen on Riverbend, each of these 10 spots will make your sweetie's heart beat a little faster as he, or she, tries not to gulp down the goodness of smartly prepared specialties served in a moody, jazzy setting. The regional flavors, European architecture and fabulous courtyards of New Orleans restaurants can simply not be found anywhere else. Whether in the French Quarter or Warehouse District; Uptown or outside the City Limits; New Orleans has great romantic restaurants that make excellent date night options. [...]

Broussard's Restaurant and Patio
Back and better than ever. Reopened in early 2014 after Creole Cuisine Concepts purchased from retiring owners Gunter and Evelyn Preuss, Broussard's was treated to a $1 million renovation and the results are just gorgeous. The A-team here includes GM Chris Ycaza, whose concept of service was honed at Galatoire's and French-born and trained chef Guy Reinbolt, a veteran of five Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Germany. Chef Reinbolt maintains Arnaud's integrity as a grand restaurant of historic proportions with dishes like smoked duck and mushroom strudel, oysters three ways and Dover sole served tableside. The kitchen's smartly imagined Creole-French cuisine is among the best in town. The classically informed cocktails at the Empire Bar landed Broussard's on Esquire's best bar list. (504-581-3866)

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