POSTED Mon. Nov 4, 2013

The best spots for a romantic Creole meal

Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

New Orleans abounds with good spots for a romantic meal, but to really set the tone of your date correctly, indulge in our finest home grown Creole cuisine. Because nothing says love like fresh gulf shrimp downing in a metric ton of melted butter. No, We’re serious, that sorta meal equals straight up love.

1 Dick & Jenny's

New ownership? As of 2013, yes, but it’s the same great haute Creole cuisine served in the same incredibly cute Creole rivershack down on Tchoup.

(504) 894-9880
Mon & Sat 5:30–10:00 pm, Tue-Fri 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30–10:00 pm, closed Sun

2 Brigsten's

Sumptuous seafood and locally sourced Louisiana goodness, set against a candlelit Riverband cottage. Their seafood platter contains something like half of the marine life of the Gulf of Mexico.

723 Dante St New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 861-7610
5:30-10pm Tue-Sat

3 Patois

We barely knew this was a restaurant the first time we passed Patois, so brilliantly does it blend into the surrounding Uptown neighborhood. Fine French food and Creole cuisine abounds, but also laid back enough to have a tatted bartender with some refreshingly dry attitude.

(504) 895-5441
Wed & Thu 5:30–10:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, 5:30–10:30 pm, Sat 5:30–10:30 pm, Sun 10:30 am – 2:00 pm, closed Mon

4 Lilette

With a host of James Beard nominations and a lovely perch over Magazine Street, Lilette hits the sweet spot between good food and unbeatable location.

(504) 895-1636
11:30 am – 2:00 pm and 5:30–9:30 pm, til 10:30pm Fri & Sat, closed Sun & Mon

5 Mat & Naddie's

Funky interior, friendly service and a menu as eclectic as all get out, wrapped in a pretty Riverbend historical home. If your date appreciates a little eccentricity, this is a good spot.

(504) 861-9600
5:30-9:30pm, closed Sun & Wed


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