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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]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Restaurant August

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301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 299-9777
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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.

2. Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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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.

3. Restaurant R'evolution

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777 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-2277
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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.

4. Galatoire's

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
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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.

5. Square Root

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1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA
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.

6. Brigtsen's Restaurant

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723 Dante St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-7610
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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.

7. Bayona

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430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112-3406
(504) 525-4455
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Susan Spicer, one of the hardest working and well-respected chefs in the city, offers both traditional and contemporary menus.

8. Antoine's Restaurant

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713 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-4422
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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.

9. Emeril's Delmonico

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1300 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-4937
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Swanky Creole restaurant owned by superstar chef Emeril Lagasse.

1. Restaurant August

301 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
301 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

2. Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Restaurant R'evolution

777 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
777 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. Galatoire's

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

5. Square Root

1800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA
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.
1800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA

6. Brigtsen's Restaurant

723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118
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.
723 Dante St
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Bayona

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112-3406
Susan Spicer, one of the hardest working and well-respected chefs in the city, offers both traditional and contemporary menus.
430 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70112-3406

8. Antoine's Restaurant

713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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.
713 Saint Louis St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. Emeril's Delmonico

1300 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Swanky Creole restaurant owned by superstar chef Emeril Lagasse.
1300 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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