209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 525-2841
Fax: (504) 525-5900
Fax Number: (504) 525-5900
Galatoire's Restaurant, Inc.
Bike Parking: No
Attire: Formal (Jacket Required), Formal
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Southern, Family Style, French, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental, Cajun & Creole
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
03/14/2012Provided by Citysearch -
To say this restaurant is a place to 'see and be seen' by locals is about the best thing that happens here. I'm not sure that qualifies this restaurant to have any other positive comments made about it. Having made the decision to go there for a birthday celebration, we left virtually ANGRY at what we experienced. The fact patrons are asked to adhere to their rather 'formal' dress code, makes no sense. The dining room offers no soothing atmosphere. The lighting is too bright, the tables are so close together we struggled getting to our table & so did our server. We were seated off to the side next to the large mirror that covers the wall. Not only were there crumbs all over the ledge, but the mirror was covered with dried crusty food particles. The light fixtures had dust balls dangling so far down, I was fearful it would land on my not so interesting dinner. IT WAS FILTHY If this is the way a landmark restaurant treats its dining room I would be afraid for my life to see what goes on in the kitchen. The service was reasonable considering the server had tables in all corners of the dining room. This made it difficult to get the type of service you would expect for a $320 dinner tab. New Orleans has some AMAZING restaurants where all aspects of the dining experience ARE touched upon. Galatoire's certainly isn't one of them. Trust me on that.
Given that our goal was to experience the famous Friday Galatoire's lunch, I can't say I was disappointed by the atmosphere. Every Friday the place bustles with local business people who take a late "liquid lunch." At first I was disappointed to be put in the more subdued upstairs area, but was grateful when I realized how deafeningly loud it was downstairs.
We ordered an assortment for the table, starting with a nice and spicy bloody mary. The oysters en brochette (fried and wrapped in bacon) were deadly. Tasty, but a little dry, and one is enough. The crab salad was delicious -- super-tender crab topped with mayo and capers. My friends were raving about the fried veggies of eggplant and potato "chips," which I thought were just OK.
The seafood gumbo was quite nice. The seafood average, but the roux delicious. For the second drink, the dirty martini was fine, but needed to be a little dirtier. Our waiter recommended the fried crab topped with fish or crab as the best thing on the menu. Indeed the crab was incredibly fresh and tender. But still heavy, with all the fried. A friend's fish was just OK.
So all in all, worth the price? Not really, but it was fun to experience part of history in a place that fully encourages you lounge at your own pace.
I have lived in New Orleans my whole life, I do not recommend this place to anyone. There are many more restaurants that are actually worth eating at. Guys have to wear sports coats and cannot take it off. What kind of crap is that? Who actually likes eating with a coat on. And then Galatoires is so small and stuffy, I know the guys are hot and uncomfortable. They say you must be dressed up to eat there but then they had people with saints pajama pants on eating there. I know the city is for the saints and yes we did win the superbowl but seriously guys have to wear a jacket the whole time but yet some could wear pajama pants I mean WTF???
I felt like everytime I turned around i bumped into someone, I guess our table was the worse one to sit at because it was right by the doors by the kitchen. People were bumping into me while I was eating. A few of the servers bumped into me and know that they did but yet I never once got an apology. I feel this place is totally not worth it. The food was way over priced for what you get. I hate to think that Galatoires is known for their New Orleans food when I thought it was a disgrace to New Orleans. Hate that tourist eat there, seriously what are they thinking about us and our food. I can think of many other places that are worth the money and the wait. $20 for a martini, I can go buy everything for less than that to make a good martini at my house. I can say one good thing, the drinks were very strong. I think they make the drinks so strong so that you get totally intoxicted and will spend more money.
12/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Unfortunately, this once fine restaurant has run its course. The wait staff was incredibly friendly, but the food was just plain disappointing! Every loaf of bread they brought out was burned on top, my chicken clemenceau was unremarkable, as was my son's steak. For $100 for two, it just wasn't worth the build-up. Wouldn't g there ever again.
11/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Had he most amazing meal at Galatoire with my Fi's family. I suggested the place and no one was let down. The Grand Goute, fried eggplant the potatoes were great beginings. A new thing was the salad with everything, called a Godcheaux Salad, it was just yummy and amazing. I had trout and it was made perfectly. I think they could add a few deserts and the wine list was reasonable. A great night in a great New Orleans tradition.
11/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We were in New Orleans last month for a weekend to celebrate our seventh anniversary. We decided to go to Galatoire's for our anniversary dinner because we wanted to get really dressed up and have an old-school, New Orleans-style dinner. We went a bit later in the evening and didn't have to wait in line--great start to the night! Our waiter turned out to be fantastic. He was super friendly and made us feel right at home. Now, here's the deal with Galatoire's: don't go there expecting some cutting-edge, super gourmet experience. It's not that sort of place. You go to Galatoire's for the classic New Orleans dining experience and for old, standard, dishes done to absolute perfection. And that's just what we got. Our whole meal was truly outstanding: Oysters Rockefeller, fried eggplant and potato souffles, roasted duck a l'orange, and banana bread pudding. We couldn't have asked for a better dinner to celebrate our anniversary. And don't miss out on the cafe brulot, a house specialty. I can't recommend Galatoire's enough if you want a true, old New Orleans dining experience and old standards cooked to perfection. It was the highlight of our weekend and we can't wait to go back again.
08/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Galatoire's should uphold their end of the bargain. If they are going to insist that men wear coats and on charging $$$$, they should serve food that cannot be mistaken for the Kid Cuisine Seafood Adventure Pack. My girlfriend and I knew that things were off to a bad start when the server mentioned at least 5 recommendations in which the first ingredient was iceberg lettuce. Are you kidding me? The same stuff that's on the Whopper?
Ok, well perhaps Galatoire's renowned chefs can work miracles with iceberg--maybe even give it flavor. No such luck. The shrimp remoulade, served on a bed of iceberg lettuce, had the consistency of a wetsuit, but with less flavor. The sauce was about what you would expect from your average supermarket brand. And the iceberg characteristically tasted like crunchy water. The escargot tasted like butter and garlic, both of which I like, but I certainly don't need to go to Galatoire's for butter and garlic.
The redfish with crabmeat was fine, but I'd take Cafe Reconcile's scrumptious $8 catfish (which comes with a choice of two sides and cornbread) over it anytime. The Chicken Clemenceau was cooked, which I did not take for granted under the circumstances. The potatoes were saturated with oil, and the mushrooms and peas looked as if they came from a can.
The bread pudding and lemon tart were good, but our coffee was the same temperature as bath water but with less flavor.
I put on a coat for this?
06/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
One cannot judge a restaurant simply by the food alone. We had visited Galatoires's several years ago and were anxious to return. Once our flight from Denver landed on 6/6/08, we jumped into the rental car and headed straight for the restaurant around 2:30 in the afternoon. The sign at the entrance said ""long pants."" The maitre d' made us wait, then looked us over and said my jeans were fine but my husbands were too faded. We told him we just arrived from Denver, and yes, he purchased stonewashed blue jeans; they were new Levis, certainly not faded. We are in our late fifties, conservative business owners in Denver and do not wear ratty jeans. If the sign had said ""no jeans,"" that would certainly have been understandable. But we both fit in the ""long pants"" category; the maitre d' just didn't care for the lighter blue color. We were humiliated in front of the other customers and will not return to a place where people are treated with such disrespect. New Orleans is trying to attract more tourists. This is NOT the way to do it. There are so many fine restaurants in New Orleans - Commander's Palace, Arnaud's, Antoines - too many to list. No doubt they still show ""southern hospitality"" in addition to wonderful food.
If you want ""snooty,"" Galatoires is the place!
01/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I got dressed up the last night of our weeklong trip to New Orleans and headed down to Galatoires. We dined on the first floor and enjoyed the jovial ambience. The service was impeccable! Our waiter was very attentive and helped narrow our choices down. He also recommended a fabulous bottle of wine. However, the food did not meet my expectations. Everything from appetizer to entree was drenched in butter and lacked any seasoning. I ordered the seasonal fish, Pompano, and my friend likewise ordered a fish dish. While I can appreciate the mild flavor of the fish, I expected it to be somewhat seasoned. It was just plain bland. I was also not impressed with the flavor of the Cafe Brulot, although it was quite a sight for our waiter to pour the flaming liquid onto our tablecloth. The best part of the meal was the other half of dessert- banana bread pudding. It was just perfect! I would go back to Galatoires on my next visit to New Orleans, but would be extremely selective about what I ordered.