The view from Tableau's wrap-around balcony, overlooking Jackson Square, Chartres and St. Peter streets, is truly amazing, y'all. The brand new restaurant from Dickie Brennan? serving French Creole cuisine with Palace Cafe's Ben Thibodeaux heading up the kitchen&$#151; officially opens on May 15, and is a breathtaking beauty with three stories of dining in and outside. Tableau is currently having a soft opening, but some rooms haven't been opened up for dining yet, and are still awaiting art work and few final touches.
A lounge on the second story (not pictured) which has its own bar, leather couches (think Hemingway), and dark wooden tables is still waiting on large mirrors that moonlight as televisions, so expect this to be a swanky and rowdy Who Dat den during football season.
Private rooms include a masculine and intimate wine room, an ornate Green Room, and a library with gold leaf ceilings, cedar cabinetry, and a private entrance onto the balcony at Le Petit Theatre. The staircase was built to replicate the one in the historic Pontalba apartment building (replacing an existing cement-block/fire code violating nightmare) and the foyer features the bread specially made by Leidenheimer to replicate the football shaped loaves of sourdough popular during the old days of dining in the Vieux Carre.