This year, the end of Carnival is followed immediately by Valentine’s Day. The holiday placement does not give couples a lot of wiggle room when it comes to planning their romantic endeavors.
Recently, online food aficionados Delish named the most romantic restaurant in each state. And French Quarter staple Arnaud’s took the top spot for the state of Louisiana.
Though New Orleans is bursting with amazing, romantic restaurants, we can agree that Arnaud’s and its history have a charming air about them that enhances its romance.
In the current issue of New Orleans Bride, Arnaud’s is highlighted for its newly renovated Count’s Room. The event space got an over-the-top modern upgrade with hints inspired by the Jazz Age and the likes of Jay Gatsby.
See the write-up below and click here to see all of the restaurants highlighted by Delish.
Arnaud’s Count’s Room
The Count’s Room at Arnaud’s gets an Art Deco makeover
Located in the historic French Quarter, Arnaud’s Restaurant has been serving the people, and visitors, of New Orleans since 1918. Owner Arnaud Cazenave made it his mission to serve quality Creole cuisine to his guests, with an unforgettable experience. The event coordinators who organize private parties and events, accommodating anywhere from 12 to 220 guests, ensure the same quality and commitment as the restaurant’s namesake.
This year, the team at Arnaud’s decided to spruce up one of the larger event spaces on the property, The Count’s Room.
The room had not seen an upgrade since 1978, and previously housed a low ceiling and pale green color scheme. Since the upgrade, The Count’s Room is now a modern, art deco wonder among the other 16 private dining spaces.
Though newly renovated with modern upgrades, the room offers a nostalgic nod to the Jazz Age, the era around the time the restaurant first opened, and mixes well with the emergence of other modern and Art Deco-inspired event spaces around the city.
As the renovations are now complete, The Count’s Room boasts crisp white walls and columns along with dramatic black doors and etched glass accents. The ceiling in the room was changed from a drop ceiling to a coffered style. The classic black door, decorative walls and the tops of the columns are all adorned with gold leaf, and the sizable, original paintings by Judy Merrell complete the story presently told by the space.
The Count’s Room holds 200 to 220 for a seated dinner and 180 to 200 cocktail style – depending on the food and bar station setup. Pair the room with one or more of the 16 other private dining rooms and your wedding will be one for the ages.