Plenty of special events bring large parties to New Orleans - festivals, corporate meetings, weddings, college graduations, or just plain old weekend getaway trips for friends. To make your search for accommodating establishments easier, we’ve rounded up some great picks for big groups. These restaurants offer amazing food, lovely atmospheres, and even private rooms or dedicated group dining staff members. See our full list below:

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Paul Broussard, NOTMC

This quintessential New Orleans restaurant is one of the most accommodating in the Crescent City. With spacious rooms and two floors filled with seating – plus a courtyard and back carriage house – the restaurant provides a wonderful atmosphere for special events. You can even reserve a chef’s table or wine room. Plus, Commander’s has an experienced party planner who can assist with events of all kinds. Be sure to book your large party in advance, as they fill up, especially over the holiday season!

For more information, see here.

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Paul Broussard, NOTMC

 Arnaud’s has been a French Quarter staple for over a century, and there’s a reason people keep coming back. The restaurant hosts live jazz music in the Jazz Bistro, dining in the Main Dining Room, cocktails at the iconic French 75 Bar, and 17 private dining rooms. The private rooms are each filled with crystal chandeliers, antique furniture, plush carpet, and rich drapery, and your special meal will be serviced by fantastic tuxedoed waitstaff. There are even two balconies to reserve, and with Arnaud’s location right off Bourbon Street, this will make for an event to remember!
 
Arnaud’s can accommodate events with parties ranging from 12 to 120 guests, and can customize menus.

For more information, see here.

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Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Another French Quarter staple, Brennan’s is known for its bananas foster, made before your eyes. The restaurant has six separate private event areas, with space for anywhere between 12 and 160 guests. Have an elegant evening here in the stunning courtyard, wine room, or other picturesque facilities and enjoy the incredible food and service.

For more information, see here.

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photo courtesy of Emeril’s Delmonico

One of Chef Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants, Emeril’s Delmonico, is located along the streetcar line on St. Charles Avenue and can host groups ranging from parties of 10 to 120. With classic New Orleans decor, live music upon request, and delicious Creole cuisine made by one of the most famous NOLA chefs, your event here would be nothing short of a New Orleans experience.

For more information, see here.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

SoBou, the trendy restaurant located South of Bourbon, offers various private dining rooms: an intimate salon that seats eight, a pool room with a patio that seats 22, to a beer garden room that seats 36, and the main dining room that seats 60. For quick turnaround party planning, SoBou even offers their “Pincho Party” for 5 people for $99 dollars, which includes an assortment of meats and desserts, festival cocktails, and more.

For more information, see here.

 

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Balise is perfect not just for its wonderful food, but for its historic ambiance right in the Central Business District. The cozy atmosphere makes for an intimate atmosphere, even if your event has over 100 guests (but it’s great for groups of 10-20, too). Balise also specializes in cocktail parties off-site, so if you’d like the food and service without the venue, the team is happy to accommodate.

More information can be found here.

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Photo courtesy of Ralph’s on the Park

Ralph’s on the Park is nestled right along the lush greenery of New Orleans City Park. Here you’ll find a setting fit for groups large and small, with a variety of private rooms to choose from. Some private rooms even offer a balcony with access to a scenic park view, where the Ralph’s staff can set up a bar for your group.

More information can be found here.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

You could recognize the glowing signage for Palace Café on Canal Street anywhere. The beautiful restaurant has a lively interior that both locals and visitors alike adore. Downstairs, the restaurant can be converted into a big private party venue, and on the third floor there are three intimate private dining rooms for anywhere between 10 and 80 guests. Rather than a room rental charge, there is just a minimum that must be met for the bill. A-la-carte menus are available also for parties up to 17.

For more information, see here.

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Image courtesy of Bourbon House

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House serves classic Creole cuisine and is known for its elegant interior. It also boasts a view of Bourbon Street and one of the largest American whiskey collections in the world. With custom menus, various private room sizes, and additional services like floral arrangements, audio visual, and entertainment, along with its close proximity to plenty of French Quarter hotels, Bourbon House is one of the best group dining options.

For more information, see here.

 

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Paul Broussard, NOTMC

If you ever imagined an iconic New Orleans party, you probably imagined it right on Jackson Square, next to the Cabildo. Muriel’s offers that experience, plus rich Southern cuisine and hospitality. Event planners are available to help accommodate groups of all sizes with amenities like audio visual, custom menus, and special rooms.

For more information, see here.

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Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Katie’s is a local restaurant in Mid-City that has become one of the most renowned neighborhood eateries in New Orleans. Anyone who dines here on the restaurant’s indulgent cuisine leaves feeling like family. The atmosphere is casual, welcoming, and always promises delicious food. Private dining is available on the second floor of Katie’s, but if you’d like to take Katie’s to you, off-site catering is possible as well.

For more details, see here.