Crawfish Benedict. Eggs Sardou. Grits and Grillades. New Orleans has its own special way of doing things, especially when meals are involved. But there is one time-honored New Orleans tradition that you definitely don’t want to pass up during your celebratory weekend: brunch.
While post-wedding events aren’t mandatory, arranging a send-off brunch for your guests creates a final opportunity to catch up and swap stories about the night before. Having all your closest friends and loved ones together in one place is reason enough to celebrate, but when you host the party at any of these New Orleans restaurants, you can keep the time of your life going for as long as you like!
It’s tempting to hit the snooze button on the morning after your big day, but brunch at Palace Café is the perfect pick-me-up. This upscale restaurant in the historic Werlein music building has an eye-popping interior, and their brunch menu features incredible Creole cuisine. The Café’s weekend brunch is well known as one of the best in the city, and its three stories feature art deco décor that makes your final wedding gathering feel like a grand finale.
For a traditional New Orleans jazz brunch that’s right in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud's is a great choice. You and your loved ones can reminisce about yesterday’s festivities while you dine to the tunes of Dixieland Jazz. The restaurant’s stunning private rooms add a personal touch to your send off brunch, and everyone will enjoy Arnaud’s award-winning Creole cuisine.
Cane & Table
For a more casual get-together, you can’t go wrong with Cane & Table. Locals and visitors alike have made it one of New Orleans’ most raved-about spots, and their brunch time menu is perfectly paired with bottomless drink specials. You can spend the morning enjoying deliciously rustic, colonial cuisine and proto-tiki cocktails in the comfort of their French Quarter courtyard. With a laid-back atmosphere and flavorful fare, your wedding party will love this Decatur Street gem.
Court of Two Sisters
For a relaxing atmosphere with a vibrant menu, Court of Two Sisters can’t be beat. This New Orleans favorite is nestled in the French Quarter, and their brunch buffet offers superb selections with Southern flare. You and your guests can enjoy an easygoing meal in the sun-dappled courtyard, dine in the Grand Marquis Ballroom, or take the party out on the Terrace. With plenty of private options, The Court of Two Sisters makes any post-wedding affair special.
If you ask any local where to find the best brunch in the city, Commander’s Palace is sure to be on the short list. This upscale establishment has served award-winning dishes in the Garden District since 1880, and their ever-changing brunch menu is New Orleans dining at its finest. Take your pick from a mix of traditional and unique breakfast items while the sounds of a live jazz band fill the air, and don’t miss out on a world-renowned Bloody Mary. For a special slice of Southern hospitality, Commander’s Palace is the perfect venue.
Katie’s Restaurant & Bar
For a true taste of New Orleans, treat your wedding party to a table at Katie’s. This Mid-City gem is as authentic as it gets, with a menu full of local favorites like Crawfish beignets, bottomless Bloody Marys, and their famous Grillades and Grits. Hospitality is Katie’s specialty, and the restaurant’s cozy décor will make your family and friends feel right at home. It’s a wonderfully welcoming spot to top off a memorable wedding weekend.
Muriel’s Jackson Square
Muriel’s is the ideal setting for an iconic French Quarter brunch. Hosting your post-wedding party here puts you right in the heart of the city’s rich history, just steps from St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Each of the restaurant’s dining rooms feature lofty ceilings, ornate décor, and gorgeous antiques that are nothing short of magnificent. Southern-style cooking, Creole flavor, and bubbly mimosas all go hand-in-hand. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a relaxing meal before your honeymoon – and your guests are sure to fall head over heels for Muriel’s charm.