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Reports of Fine Dining's Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

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The abrupt closure of Scott Boswell's high-falutin' French Quarter restaurant Stella! (mind the exclamation point!) has caused some to question if it was an issue of mismanagement or one of New Orleans no longer able to support the number of fine dining institutions in the city.

Brett Anderson of the Times Picayune asked the provacative question "Does the closing of Stella signal an end to fine dining in New Orleans?" In his discussion, he points out the trend toward a more casual (but still high quality) dining experience here.

However, we at Eater don't think that the bloom is off the fine dining rose just yet. We've assembled a map of the most well known fancy-pants restaurants where locals and tourists alike go to enjoy excellent food, impeccable service, and even if the restaurant doesn't enforce a dress code, if your mama raised you right you'll be wearing a jacket or dress.


· Does the closing of Stella signal an end to fine dining in New Orleans? [NOLA.com]
· All Stella! Coverage [-ENOLA-]
[photo: Restaurant August/Facebook]

— Nora McGunnigle

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Restaurant August

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Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District provides a luxurious dining experience, with impeccably conceptualized and executed food, amazing service, and a wine list to be envied.

Commander's Palace

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Commander's Palace is a temple of fine dining that appeals to both locals and tourists, treating both groups like New Orleans royalty. From the storied classic dishes to James Beard award winner Chef Tory McPhail's new interpretations, the food and service are at the top echelon of the city's restaurants.

Restaurant R'evolution

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Restaurant R'evolution, a relatively young two years old, sets out to provide an extravagant dining experience. The lushly decorated rooms match the bold flavors and high end ingredients of this modern interpretation on Creole and Cajun food as imagined by Shefs John Folse and Rick Tramato.

Galatoire's

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Galatoire's epitomizes New Orleans fine dining. Customers have regular waiters, career servers that have spent years taking care of all who walk through the doors. While the atmosphere can get raucous on Friday afternoons, every detail is attended to, every need is met, and every appetite satisfied.

Square Root

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Square Root is the new fine dining kid on the block. Its inspiration seems to come from Northern California's The French Laundry, with multiple small courses, culinary wizardry by chef Philip Lopez, and a steep time and financial commitment. It remains to be seen whether this high concept restaurant can succeed in the New Orleans market.

Brigtsen's Restaurant

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This Riverbend gem has served as Frank Brigtsen's masterpiece since 1986. The decadent South Louisiana food is served by an attentive staff and despite to elegance of the ingredients and technique, guest feel at home in the converted Creole cottage.
Susan Spicer, one of the hardest working and well-respected chefs in the city, offers both traditional and contemporary menus.

Antoine's Restaurant

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The oldest fine dining restaurant in the city. The quality of service and food may have varied throughout the years, but it is truly one of the grand dames of New Orleans dining.

Emeril's Delmonico

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Swanky Creole restaurant owned by superstar chef Emeril Lagasse.

Restaurant August

Chef John Besh's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District provides a luxurious dining experience, with impeccably conceptualized and executed food, amazing service, and a wine list to be envied.

Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace is a temple of fine dining that appeals to both locals and tourists, treating both groups like New Orleans royalty. From the storied classic dishes to James Beard award winner Chef Tory McPhail's new interpretations, the food and service are at the top echelon of the city's restaurants.

Restaurant R'evolution

Restaurant R'evolution, a relatively young two years old, sets out to provide an extravagant dining experience. The lushly decorated rooms match the bold flavors and high end ingredients of this modern interpretation on Creole and Cajun food as imagined by Shefs John Folse and Rick Tramato.

Galatoire's

Galatoire's epitomizes New Orleans fine dining. Customers have regular waiters, career servers that have spent years taking care of all who walk through the doors. While the atmosphere can get raucous on Friday afternoons, every detail is attended to, every need is met, and every appetite satisfied.

Square Root

Square Root is the new fine dining kid on the block. Its inspiration seems to come from Northern California's The French Laundry, with multiple small courses, culinary wizardry by chef Philip Lopez, and a steep time and financial commitment. It remains to be seen whether this high concept restaurant can succeed in the New Orleans market.

Brigtsen's Restaurant

This Riverbend gem has served as Frank Brigtsen's masterpiece since 1986. The decadent South Louisiana food is served by an attentive staff and despite to elegance of the ingredients and technique, guest feel at home in the converted Creole cottage.

Bayona

Susan Spicer, one of the hardest working and well-respected chefs in the city, offers both traditional and contemporary menus.

Antoine's Restaurant

The oldest fine dining restaurant in the city. The quality of service and food may have varied throughout the years, but it is truly one of the grand dames of New Orleans dining.

Emeril's Delmonico

Swanky Creole restaurant owned by superstar chef Emeril Lagasse.

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