There’s nothing like a nice dinner with the right atmosphere to set the mood. Good food and an elegant setting can make all the difference if you’re looking for a romantic night out, especially for newlyweds who just married or eloped in New Orleans.
We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best romantic restaurants in New Orleans for you to sink your teeth into.
We start our restaurant tour with Tableau, a trendy eatery located right in the gorgeous Jackson Square in the French Quarter. This restaurant is most known for its trendy style and Creole cuisine, replete with its own tiny theater and atmospheric private dining hall.
Their bright dining area full of chandeliers and ornate furnishings epitomizes class and is exactly what you would want in a romantic setting for you and your significant other. It doesn’t hurt that they have mouth-watering dishes like BBQ Shrimp & Grits, and Grilled Gulf Fish Curry.
Must Try Dessert: Crème Brulee (Less custard and more carmelized sugar!)
The newly reopened historic restaurant located right on Royal Street in the heart of New Orleans, has plenty of luxury and charm, with the food to back it up. Delicious New Orleans favorites like seafood gumbo and barbeque lobster meet new delights, such as their unique take on the Buddha Bowl.
Perfect for a couple looking for a classy spot for a ritzy dinner, or simply to enjoy classic New Orleans at its best.
Must Try Dessert: Bananas Foster (A longtime Brennan’s tradition!)
Specializing in traditional southern food in a trendy modern setting, this restaurant is another gem of the Mississippi.
They locally source their meat and seafood, their roots are Cajun, and they excel at hosting special events, with private and semi-private dining options located right in their restaurant. If you’re looking for classic Cajun food with a romantic setting, you’re in the right place.
Must Try Dessert: Grasshopper Pie (Don’t let the name fool you, if you’ve never had this traditional southern treat, no one does it better than Cochon!)
This award-winning historic restaurant is a New Orleans staple, and the perfect destination for a newlywed couple looking to share a romantic dinner together.
With live music, private dining options, a wine room, exquisite atmosphere and 5-star food, the Commanders Palace might be just what you’re looking for. Their specialty Haute Creole dishes and list of accolades makes them one of New Orleans most famous dining locations.
Must Try Dessert: Bread Pudding (The epitome of New Orleans comfort food!)
Antoine's on St. Louis
Hailed as the oldest French Quarter Creole restaurant in New Orleans, Antoine’s is another historic landmark in the heart of the city that people flock to for great traditional eats.
What began in 1840 as a simple classy restaurant with great food is now an elegant foodie destination with ten massive dining rooms, exquisite furnishings, top quality Creole dishes, and a tradition of quality service. What more could a newlywed couple want?
Must Try Dessert: Peche Melba (Antoine’s signature, it’s just as good as it sounds!)
This Arts District Staple is another Creole and Caribbean food Mecca. Their menu is based around traditional Caribbean folktales and its modern but classy setting makes it another excellent selection for couples looking for a place to have a romantic night out.
Headed by Chef Nina Compton, this recently-opened New Orleans gem is sure to please any newlywed pair wanting a taste of what the city has to offer.
Must Try Dessert: Roasted Banana Zeppole (A dessert so yummy, it was mentioned in the New York Times!)
Dickie Brennans Steakhouse
New Orleans’ signature steakhouse, Dickie Brennans has been specializing in beef preparation for decades, and is known for its awards and accolades from across the country. Not only are their steaks something to write home about, they also cook up delicious New Orleans favorites such as turtle soup and crabcakes. They also feature a full bar and private dining options.
If you’re looking for upscale dining with a focus on “roadhouse” style eats, a couple couldn’t go wrong making their destination here.
Must Try Dessert: Sweet Potato Doberge Cake (Hulking seven layers of rum-soaked cake goodness.)
Ralph's on the Park
Another renown New Orleans restaurant located in the heart of Mid-City, specializing in luxurious events and parties. Traditional southern fare with an international, refined twist. They pride themselves in establishing relationships with local farmers, and source all of their ingredients right from these small, dedicated farms. They place high importance on the “farm to table” aspect of their dishes, and it shows. Their food is top quality, as is their service.
If you’re looking for an upscale eatery with a diverse selection of great food, with plenty of space to accommodate a party or simply you and your significant other, you can’t go wrong with Ralph’s.
Must Try Dessert: Banana Bread Pudding (A decadent New Orleans favorite!)
We finish our restaurant tour with a French Quarter staple. This fancy French bakery is home to a wide variety of pastries, cookies, cakes, and mouth-watering confections. They’re not a restaurant in the traditional sense, as they only serve brunch, but if you’re looking for a downright magical outing, Sucre is where you want to be.
Stylized as a “sweet boutique,” Sucre has been producing high quality sweet and treats since 2007, and has since become one of the city’s best known landmarks for foodies and tourists, and just about anyone looking for something to quell their sweet tooth.
They specialize in everything from gourmet chocolates to giant decadent cookies (literally Big Awesome Cookies), custom cakes, delicious coffee and more. There’s no way we could pick any one must try dessert: you have to try everything here and see (taste) for yourself why this place has such a high reputation!
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You decided against the big wedding and instead opted for a more fun, intimate adventure at a beautiful elopement destination like the New Orleans French Quarter. You’re not worried about family drama, planning for a hundred people, expensive decorations, or any of that other typical wedding stuff.
But wait, you still need someone to capture those special moments! This is a situation many couples find themselves in. They make the choice to get eloped, forgo many of the typical trappings of planning for a big wedding ceremony, but forget that they still need a professional to man the cameras. Believe me, you don’t want to leave this task up to a local hobbyist or your niece who bought a GoPro last year and who suddenly thinks she’s a star on Instagram.
Elopement photography is almost an art unto itself: often it’s about capturing more candid moments than in a normal wedding. It’s about grabbing those magic moments, the intimate setting, the romantic day trips, the quaint aura of the ceremony, and all the little memories in between.
The Perfect Elopement Setting at the Historic French Quarter
Imagine a place where gorgeous ambiance meets historical class: that’s the New Orleans French Quarter summed up. There’s a reason why this area sees thousands of couples every year for their special destination events, because it offers everything you could want in a romantic getaway.
Active nightlife, exquisite restaurants, fancy boutiques, art, entertainment, and photogenic vistas, all with traditional New Orleans style. What’s not to love?
Capturing these moments is so important, especially for an elopement. If the French Quarter is your dream destination, you don’t want to leave the job of capturing those memories to any second-rate photographer.
This is one of the greatest issues couples face when planning for a big wedding. Booking a reliable “camera guy” is perhaps one of the biggest headaches outside of the catering. There’s many amateurs out there, and still others just don’t have the eye for the romance and fun of an elopement. You’re looking for a “set it and forget it” kind of service, someone who knows what they’re doing and will transform ordinary pictures into memories that will last a lifetime.
Your elopement photography should be something you can cherish forever. That’s what we at IBAY Photography believe. Our goal is to do all the work so you don’t have to: we provide the tools, we put ourselves in the right places at the right time, we capture all the golden moments (and the silly ones!) and ultimately take the burden of having to worry about your photography completely out of the picture. Your elopement should be about you, no stress, no hassle. That’s why we’re here.
Expert New Orleans Photographers Specializing in Elopements
There are a lot of photographers out there, and many who do weddings as a side gig. We however have perfected the art of attention-grabbing, romantic elopement shots, it’s our specialty!.
We live to capture all of your best moments on film so you can have them forever, without forcing you to break the bank or have to rely on outsiders. We’re located right in New Orleans, minutes from the historic French Quarter itself. We know the area and pride ourselves in delivering top quality service to couples from around the country.
Here’s just a taste of some of our recent elopement shoots.
We work intimately alongside couples to help them plan their day, arrange shoots, and even provide elopement package plans that take care of everything you could possibly want in a romantic destination elopement.
Stunning photography is one of the cornerstones of an amazing wedding or elopement, this is not an area you want to leave to chance. Contact us for more information on how you can have us capture the magic moments in your elopement!