Roasted quail salad features baby spinach, a hard-poached quail egg, herb-marinated fresh mozzarella, pickled watermelon rind, red and gold beets and balsamic beet vinaigrette. Seared hanger steak is served with french frites, vegetables, toasted shallots and garlic bordelaise. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$
Creole pepper shrimp are cooked in garlic-butter sauce with sweet and spicy peppers and served with French bread. Signature fried bell peppers are stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp dressing. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$
The bar offers craft cocktails along with Cafe B's menu of seafood, gourmet burgers and more. Popular drinks include the elderflower cosmo, lavender mint martini and the Jack-O-Drop, made with Pinnacle pumpkin pie vodka, citrus vodka, fresh sour mix and orange juice. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.
An appetizer of chilled roasted beets comes with goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic glaze. Ahi tuna glazed in honey, sesame, soy and ginger comes with julienned vegetables and soba noodles. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$
The charcuterie plate features house-made sausages and cured meats such as Genoa salami, spicy fennel sausage and hog’s head cheese served with house-made crackers and accoutrements. The pork belly sandwich combines braised pork, cucumbers, mint and chili-lime aioli on white bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$
Located across Esplanade Avenue from the French Quarter, Buffa's has live music in the back room Wednesday through Sunday, including acts such as Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott on Thursday and a traditional jazz brunch with Some Like It Hot! on Sunday. Open daily. Smoking allowed in front bar. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 a.m.-6 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6 p.m. daily.
The Empire Bar is an elegant place to sip bartender Paul Gustings' Improved Pimm's cup and sample the Creole-French cuisine prepared by Broussard's Restaurant. Nods to Napoleon dot the cocktail menu (the Napoleon Complex is popular), while an adjoining courtyard provides a view of the French Quarter rarely seen from the street. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Cochon du lait is served with cornbread stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, cracklings and pan gravy. The seafood platter includes grilled drum amandine, shrimp cornbread with jalapeno-smoked butter, baked oysters Leruth, shrimp and Napa cabbage slaw, artichoke baked oysters and sea scallops with roasted cauliflower. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$
There are eight rooms for private parties, each decorated in New Orleans architectural traditions and ambience. Complete event planning services are available for wedding ceremonies, rehearsal dinners, receptions, bridal showers and luncheons.
The seafood restaurant and oyster bar in the French Quarter has private rooms for 15 to 150 guests, or you can rent the entire restaurant, which features Creole cuisine. The restaurant has large picture windows that overlook Bourbon Street.
Pan-seared duck breast comes with wood-grilled heirloom carrots, pickled ramp bulbs and porcini mushrooms. St. Louis-style Niman Ranch pork ribs are served with backbone gravy, smothered broccoli and crispy shallots. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$
Chef John Besh’s restaurant offers refined versions of rustic seafood and fishing-camp dishes. Gulf fish ceviche is made with pickled mirliton, sweet corn, chilies and tomatoes. Adobo-marinated hanger steak is served with wild mushrooms, potatoes and salsa verde. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$$
Redfish Bon Ton is a sauteed fillet of black drum served with jumbo lump crabmeat and lemon-butter sauce. Crabmeat au gratin features jumbo lump meat in mushroom-sherry cream sauce topped with grated cheese. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $$$
There's live music daily, and select martinis are $3 during happy hour. The martini bar serves breakfast daily, dinner Thursday through Sunday and jazz brunch Saturday and Sunday. Open daily. No smoking. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4 p.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Jumbo lump crabmeat is served with chilled roasted beets, torn-bread croutons, horseradish aioli and chives. Porcini-dusted chicken breast is pan-roasted and served with roasted mushrooms, oven-dried tomato, spinach, thyme reduction and french fries. Reservations recommended. Dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$