The beginning of summer in New Orleans brings endless opportunities for entertainment—festivals, barbecues and patio dining, to name a few. While flip-flops and Bermudas, icy cold beer and boiled seafood are all welcome additions to the season, many want to host a warm-weather party that kicks it up a notch—not the temperature, but the style and elegance. 

Whether you are looking for a chic hotel to host a corporate event, a favorite restaurant to entertain visitors, a romantic maison for a wedding or the most unexpected venue for an unusually fabulous fête, New Orleans has the place for you.

An Affair to RememberAudubon Tea Room
6500 Magazine St. | New Orleans | 504/212-5301
Audubon Golf Club

Audubon Park | 504/212-5301

Reception size: Tea Room: 450 sit down; 750 reception; Golf Club: 100 seated; 200 reception • Courtyard or balcony: Tea Room: Private gardens, covered porch and the Sea Lion exhibit. Golf Club: Covered veranda • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: Yes, fees vary • Off premise catering: Yes, everywhere from private homes to synagogues • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: No, but clients can hire their own valet service. • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Outlined in specific contracts. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Depends on party, does not change on weekends. • What makes this place special: “Our wonderful facilities combine nature with excellent culinary and service standards. And the success from all our events ensure our city’s zoo, aquarium, parks and research center’s well being into the future.”

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St. | New Orleans | 504/528-3805

• Reception size: 800-1,000 people in the galleries; 3,500 with the attached warehouse space • Courtyard or balcony: No • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: Preferred catering list • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Offered through caterer • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: 50 percent refund up to 60 days before event, nothing after 60 days • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Depends on event • What makes this place special: “The Contemporary Arts Center is a multipurpose facility that offers the ultimate in entertaining from 50 to 3,500 guests. Complete with exposed beams and bricks, soaring atrium, open galleries, theater for 200 and a fully renovated 20,000-square-foot warehouse with open site lines. We are out of the ordinary for any event.”

The Foundry
914 N. Peters St. | New Orleans | 504/529-1583

• Reception size: One room at 11,000 square feet, can be modified into smaller spaces, can seat 600 guests or 1,000-reception style • Courtyard or balcony: No • Serving style: Buffet or service • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: Yes • Kosher available: Yes, from Kosher Cajun • Valet parking: Yes, but parking is conveniently across the street • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: If less than 60 days prior to event, company will keep deposit; if within 60-90 days, company will retain 50 percent of deposit; if more than 90 days, customer receives full refund • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: From $100-$150 • What makes this place special: Flexible space and a clean, hip atmosphere.

An Affair to RememberHampton Inn and Suites Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd. | New Orleans | 504/566-9990, ext. 4043

The Hampton Inn also has a French Quarter location available.
Please call the number listed above for information.

• Reception size: 10 rooms, up to 500 guests for reception, 400 for banquet • Courtyard or balcony: Yes, overlooking pool • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: No, catering provided by Joel’s • Off premise catering: Yes, Joel’s goes off-premise • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight
accommodations: 288 rooms, including 76 suites • Cancellation policy: 72 hour notice • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Reception starts at $52 per person, including tax, gratuity, call bar • What makes this place special: Beautiful renovation of a 1900s classic New Orleans warehouse, great location in Warehouse District and blocks from French Quarter.

Latrobe’s on Royal
403 Royal St. | New Orleans | 504/299-0601

• Reception size: Up to 350 cocktail reception, 150 seated dinner • Courtyard or balcony: Covered courtyard • Serving style: Table or buffet • Outside catering allowed: Yes • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: No • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Please call • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Bar from $15 to $38 per person, dinner from $45 to $95, depends on menu choices and party size • What makes this place special: Architecture, history and location

An Affair to RememberLoews Hotel
403 Royal St. | New Orleans | 504/299-0601

• Reception size: Up to 350 cocktail reception, 150 seated dinner • Courtyard or balcony: Covered courtyard • Serving style: Table or buffet • Outside catering allowed: Yes • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: No • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Please call • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Bar from $15 to $38 per person, dinner from $45 to $95, depends on menu choices and party size • What makes this place special: Architecture, history and location

An Affair to RememberMagnolia Mansion
2127 Prytania St. | New Orleans | 504/412-9500

Shown by appointment only!
• Reception size: As few as two and as many as 500, in the Majestic Courtyard, Big Easy Spirit Gathering Party Room, Magical Courtyard, and the entire Mansion. • Courtyard or balcony: Large veranda • Serving style: Buffet or plated, depends on space • Outside caterers allowed: Yes, preferred list • Off premise catering: No • Kosher: Yes • Valet parking: Yes, for a fee • Overnight accommodations: 9 required rental rooms • Cancellation policy: Depends on contract. • Average Saturday night party price, per person, including tax & gratuities: Varies with contract. • What makes this place special: This historic property was once the American Red Cross headquarters during World War II. Each area has a unique ambiance that combines the excitement of downtown with the elegance of Uptown.

Maison Dupuy
1001 Toulouse St. | New Orleans | 504/586-8000

• Reception size: 200 for buffet, 100 for table service, 2 ballrooms totaling over 2,600 square feet • Courtyard or balcony: Courtyard • Serving style: Buffet or table service • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight accommodations: 200 rooms with group discounts • Cancellation policy: 72 hour for rooms, no refund for functions • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: $65-$90 • What makes this place special: “Full service coordination in a breathtaking tropical courtyard.”

Muriel’s Jackson Square
801 Chartres St. | New Orleans | 504/568-1885

• Reception size: 10–1,100 • Courtyard or balcony: Both • Serving style: European style, including buffet and reception • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: Yes • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: No, but validated for events • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Cancellation of
contracted event within 14 days of will require forfeiture of deposit or 50 percent of guarantee, whichever is greater. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: $75-$100 • What makes this place special: “Muriel’s Jackson Square is a provocative dining destination in the heart of the New Orleans’ French quarter on the landmark Jackson Square. The restaurant, housed in the site of the former Chart House, has been restored at a cost of nearly $4 million to its 1800s splendor. Inspired by the moods and textures of New Orleans—think contemporary Creole cuisine, old-world, French Quarter opulence and jasmine-scented nights filled with the hum of the city’s jazz artists. Muriel’s promises to deliver a provocative sensory experience that exceeds the thrill of traditional dining. Guests will be immersed in a world of refinement and revelry that reflects the rich historical, cultural, and culinary
character of the Crescent City.”

The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine St. | New Orleans | 504/527-6012

• Reception size: Up to 2,500 guests, 6 individual rooms that can hold 40–700 guests, or rent the entire museum. • Courtyard or balcony: No • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: Yes, list of approved caterers. • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: Yes n Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: To be discussed at time of reservation.
• Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: To be discussed at time of reservation. • What makes this place special: Designated by U.S. Congress as the National World War II Museum, the only one of its kind. Includes multimedia facilities.


An Affair to RememberNew Orleans Museum of Art

1  Collins Diboll Circle | New Orleans | 504/488-2631

• Reception size: Exclusive rentals, meaning only one party can rent the space at a time. If under 400 guests, NOMA will use both floors of the Great Hall and McDermott Lobby; the second and third floors can be rented for larger groups at an additional cost; maximum size is 1,500 people • Courtyard or balcony: Two courtyards and the 5-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: Yes • Off premise catering: No • Valet parking: Yes, but adequate free parking is available n Overnight accommodations: No n Cancellation policy: Full refund up to 180 days prior to event. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Price depends on event size and specifications. n What makes this place special: “Whether it’s large corporations or private events, the regal atmosphere, the opportunity to create an unparalleled event and the uniqueness of having the museum and sculpture garden open only for you and your guests is what makes the New Orleans Museum of Art special. Where else can you have a party with $300 million of art?”


An Affair to RememberOak Alley Plantation
3645 Hwy. 18 | Vacherie | 225/265-2487

• Reception size: Up to 250, all events held outside in front of the mansion and in the house • Courtyard or balcony: Yes • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: No  • Kosher available: No • Valet parking: No
• Overnight accommodations: 10 bed & breakfast cottages • Cancellation policy: Must cancel 7 days in advance for refund. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: About $100 • What makes this place special: A beautiful setting.

Renaissance Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas St. | New Orleans | 504/613-2330

• Reception size: Up to 400, 1 ballroom that can be made into four individual spaces, plus 2 smaller event rooms. • Courtyard or balcony: Sculpture garden • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: Yes • Kosher available: No • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight accommodations: 217 rooms, including 7 suites n Cancellation policy: 30 days prior to event for refund. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: A light reception would be about $45-$55. • What makes this place special: AAA 4 Diamond hotel, adjacent to Arthur Rogers Project Art Gallery; specially commissioned art throughout hotel, including Dale Chihuly glass chandeliers; located in Warehouse District, the “Soho of the South”; La Côte Brasserie restaurant; room service; complimentary health club and rooftop pool.


Royal Sonesta
300 Bourbon St. | New Orleans | 504/586-0300

• Reception size: 15,000 square foot ballroom, one suite 3,900 square feet, up to 450 people in the ballroom and 200 in the suite. • Courtyard or balcony: Both • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: On a case by case basis • Kosher available: On a case by case basis • Valet parking: Yes, $10 flat event rate • Overnight accommodations: 500 rooms • Cancellation policy: Varies • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Depends on package. • What makes this place special: “Timeless elegance and refinement … lush tropical courtyards with outdoor pools and serene gardens … In New Orleans, the Royal Sonesta Hotel is at the heart of it all in the French Quarter.”

The Sheraton Hotel
500 Canal St. | New Orleans | 504/525-2500

• Reception size: 2,600 reception style; 55 meeting spaces that can be divided various ways as needed. • Courtyard or balcony: A terrace opens onto Canal Street on the second floor. • Serving style: In tuxedo-style uniforms, the servers can pass, pour, carve, slice, serve and offer buffet-style service. • Outside catering allowed: Only for wedding cakes and ready-to-serve cuisine—the kitchen is not prepared for outside chefs. • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: If the cuisine comes from outside of the hotel and is prepared and does not interfere with the server production. • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight accommodations: 1,110 hotel rooms • Cancellation policy: 20 or more days prior to event, hotel keeps 25 percent of contract; 7 to 19 days prior to event, hotel keeps 75 percent of contract; 6 days prior, hotel keeps 100 percent. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: About $70 n What makes this place special: “With our flexible event
space and beautiful décor, we have the ability to make a dream event come to life that is unparallel to any other. Our exceptional staff has been with the hotel for over 20 years and provides our guests with the utmost professional service you will not find anywhere else in town.”

Steamboat Natchez Southern Oaks
2 Canal St. | New Orleans | 504/569-1480

• Reception size: 1,600 for cocktail party and 800 seated with buffet stations on the boat’s main salon; 1,000 in the Toulouse Riverfront (open air dock) and 50 in the smaller private room. • Courtyard or balcony: Boat has three levels of deck seating; Toulouse Riverfront dock resembles a balcony over the river. • Serving style: Mostly buffet and food stations; table service available upon special request. • Outside catering allowed: Yes, for a fee • Off premise catering: Yes, limited availability. • Kosher available: Yes • Valet parking: If needed, however parking is adjacent to facility. • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Depends on event, typically one month advance notice. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: About $60 • What makes this place special: “We are the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans and there is no closer riverside venue than the Toulouse Riverfront. We provide river cruises offering a unique view of the City.”
Note: Steamboat Natchez also works with the John James Audubon Riverboat and Café Beignet at Music Legends Park; please contact the sales representatives for more information.

3 Ring Circus Productions/The Big Top Gallery
1638 Clio St. | New Orleans | 504/569-2700

• Reception size: 150-200 standing, 50-75 seated; one main room with stage • Courtyard or balcony: Patio • Serving style: Anything • Outside catering allowed: Yes • Off premise catering: No • Kosher available: Yes, if you use outside caterers. • Valet parking: Yes • Overnight accommodations: No • Cancellation policy: Guests may cancel up to one month in advance for 50 percent refund of deposit. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Base rate is $700 for the venue with an on-site manager for a 3-hour event. Bar service depends on what the client wants. Full bar is $25 per person; wine, beer and soft drinks $15 per person. • What makes this place special: “We are an art gallery, so we give the event ‘ART-mosphere.”

Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier St. | New Orleans | 504/522-1992

• Reception size: 9 event rooms, one is 2,660 square feet; 300 people reception style, 240 people banquet style • Courtyard or balcony: Terraces overlooking the pool • Serving style: Buffet and table • Outside catering allowed: No • Off premise catering: Yes • Kosher available: To a certain extent • Valet parking: Yes
• Overnight accommodations: Yes, with special rates for large groups. n Cancellation policy: Varies with size of function. • Saturday night price, per person, tax & gratuities included: Range from $75-$145 • What makes this place special: “Award-winning 23 year history of service and excellence. Orient Express/Windsor Court Hotel is known for its fabulous cuisine. Our event space has silk inlaid walls, European wallpaper and designer drapes, as well as original 17th-century oil paintings (part of an $8 million collection).”

Please note that prices and other variables are subject to change.