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15 Restaurants & Bars for Whale Watching in New Orleans

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New Orleans is no stranger to indulging the expensive tastes of celebrities, star athletes, and politicians. We are, at this very moment, hosting the freaking Super Bowl, the ultimate in spending cash moneys with a Meyer The Hatter fedora feather on top. As Beyonce, Roger Goodell, the entire Playboy Mansion, Justin Timberlake, and NFL players galore file into town, Eater is rolling out our Best Restaurants and Bars for Whale Watching map. These are the bars and restaurants that the filthy rich love to go to the most. Exclusive, expensive and extravagant, or not, these are the restaurants where 'the other half' goes take a load off.

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Antoine's Restaurant

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Between the Rex Room and the fact that General Patton, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, President Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett and Pope John Paul the II have all dined here, Antoine's is, historically speaking, the center of New Orleans' whale watching universe.

Galatoire's

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The undisputed Grand Dame of New Orleans dining, there is probably no better place to whale watch, especially on a Friday, when all day power lunches turn into gluttonous, table-hopping booze fests.

Arnaud's Restaurant

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While Arnaud’s was being renovated in the 1980s, customers could spend $10,000 and have a plaque placed above a table marking it as their own. They also got open accounts credited with $12,000, private stocks of wines and liquors, priority reservations and other whale perks. Today, you can still buy a table for the right price.

Dooky Chase Restaurant

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Obama comes to New Orleans. Obama eats lunch at Dooky Chase. That's all you need to know about this New Orleans whale watching institution.

The Swizzle Stick Bar

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Nary a Friday evening passes, when the likes of New Orleans' political dynasties, lawyer types and CBD haunchos don't convene at this swanky bar and lounge to kick back with martinis and listen to jazz. Also known to attract celebrities, and out of towners accompanied by high priced escorts (not together)

Morton's The Steakhouse

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Located in Canal Place, this steakhouse is known for attracting Saints players, and teaming up with Jonathan Vilma for his annual fundraiser, the Celebrity Servers Dinner.

Maurepas Foods

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Whales in the Bywater? Yes, sir. Pretty much every night of the week this place is packed with artsier baller types from musicians to Hollywood Southers, including famous celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio.

St. James Cheese Company

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Whales flock to the home of gourmet fromage and charcuterie for lunch and to stock up on artisinal trends. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is a take-out regular, and celebs from Dave Matthews to Blake Lively have frequented the shop while in town.

Restaurant August

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The John Besh CBD favorite is known to attract high rollers for power lunches and luxury dinners. NFL players, coaches, and VIPs will descend upon the restaurant during Super Bowl week, especially on Wednesday for the Samaritan's Feet fundraiser.

Commander's Palace

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The New Orleans institution in the Garden District has been host to the likes of Barbra Streisand, Sandra Bullock, and Leonardo DiCaprio, not too mention myriad local whales who like to indulge in fine fashion. An auction for dinner in The Garden Room on Super Bowl Eve is currently going for $5,000.
Doctors, lawyers, and Jennifer Coolidge. You never know what type of whale might show up at the bar that started the craft-cocktail renaissance in New Orleans, lured in by sexy drinks and small plates.

Irene's Cuisine

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From local garbage-collection icon Sidney Torres and his pal Lenny Kravitz dining at a table with an entourage, to the myriad autographed headshots lining the walls, one gets the feeling that everybody has dined at the Quarter's most romantic Italian spot.

Stella!

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The prix fixe menu is $85 with wine pairings at an additional $60. North Star Caviar another $30. Perigord Truffles another $30. The total bill comes out to... high rollers only.
Uptown Whale Fest. Chef Aaron Burgau's Laurel Street hot spot attracts business types, restaurant industry big wigs (Balthazar's owners were supposedly just in), and celebs like Brad Pitt.
Have you seen the hoards of neurosurgeons, lawyers, bankers, and convention goers that wait for tables alongside Jimmy Buffet and whale friends at Cochon on a nightly basis? The Cajun restaurant is simply irresistible to rich folks in suits or flip flops.

Antoine's Restaurant

Between the Rex Room and the fact that General Patton, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, President Roosevelt, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett and Pope John Paul the II have all dined here, Antoine's is, historically speaking, the center of New Orleans' whale watching universe.

Galatoire's

The undisputed Grand Dame of New Orleans dining, there is probably no better place to whale watch, especially on a Friday, when all day power lunches turn into gluttonous, table-hopping booze fests.

Arnaud's Restaurant

While Arnaud’s was being renovated in the 1980s, customers could spend $10,000 and have a plaque placed above a table marking it as their own. They also got open accounts credited with $12,000, private stocks of wines and liquors, priority reservations and other whale perks. Today, you can still buy a table for the right price.

Dooky Chase Restaurant

Obama comes to New Orleans. Obama eats lunch at Dooky Chase. That's all you need to know about this New Orleans whale watching institution.

The Swizzle Stick Bar

Nary a Friday evening passes, when the likes of New Orleans' political dynasties, lawyer types and CBD haunchos don't convene at this swanky bar and lounge to kick back with martinis and listen to jazz. Also known to attract celebrities, and out of towners accompanied by high priced escorts (not together)

Morton's The Steakhouse

Located in Canal Place, this steakhouse is known for attracting Saints players, and teaming up with Jonathan Vilma for his annual fundraiser, the Celebrity Servers Dinner.

Maurepas Foods

Whales in the Bywater? Yes, sir. Pretty much every night of the week this place is packed with artsier baller types from musicians to Hollywood Southers, including famous celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio.

St. James Cheese Company

Whales flock to the home of gourmet fromage and charcuterie for lunch and to stock up on artisinal trends. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is a take-out regular, and celebs from Dave Matthews to Blake Lively have frequented the shop while in town.

Restaurant August

The John Besh CBD favorite is known to attract high rollers for power lunches and luxury dinners. NFL players, coaches, and VIPs will descend upon the restaurant during Super Bowl week, especially on Wednesday for the Samaritan's Feet fundraiser.

Commander's Palace

The New Orleans institution in the Garden District has been host to the likes of Barbra Streisand, Sandra Bullock, and Leonardo DiCaprio, not too mention myriad local whales who like to indulge in fine fashion. An auction for dinner in The Garden Room on Super Bowl Eve is currently going for $5,000.

Cure

Doctors, lawyers, and Jennifer Coolidge. You never know what type of whale might show up at the bar that started the craft-cocktail renaissance in New Orleans, lured in by sexy drinks and small plates.

Irene's Cuisine

From local garbage-collection icon Sidney Torres and his pal Lenny Kravitz dining at a table with an entourage, to the myriad autographed headshots lining the walls, one gets the feeling that everybody has dined at the Quarter's most romantic Italian spot.

Stella!

The prix fixe menu is $85 with wine pairings at an additional $60. North Star Caviar another $30. Perigord Truffles another $30. The total bill comes out to... high rollers only.

Patois

Uptown Whale Fest. Chef Aaron Burgau's Laurel Street hot spot attracts business types, restaurant industry big wigs (Balthazar's owners were supposedly just in), and celebs like Brad Pitt.

Cochon