Location Spotlight: Tujague’s Restaurant

Many who marry in New Orleans, especially visitors, are looking for the quintessential New Orleans experience for their wedding. Lucky for all of us, the city is filled to the brim with famous locations that are filled to the brim with history, class and that little something special you only get in the Big Easy.

Last week, MyNewOrleans.com reported on Tujague’s Restaurant receiving its iconic sign two years after moving to its new location, a little farther down Decatur Street from the original locale.

Though the restaurant no longer sits in its original 19th century spot, with the new address at 429 Decatur St., Tujague’s still offers couples three floors of event space right in the French Quarter.

For history lovers, Guillaume and Marie Tujague opened the famed restaurant in 1856 at 811 Decatur St. Tujague’s is the city’s second oldest running restaurant, behind Antoine’s Restaurant, and home to the oldest stand-up bar in the country. It is also thought to be the birthplace of brunch. Additionally, it is (confirmed to be) the birthplace of famous cocktails like the Grasshopper and the Whiskey Punch.

With all this history (and some haunted – listen to the last episode of New Orleans Magazine’sBeyond the Grave” podcast to hear author and food maven Poppy Tooker share some of those stories), and a classic lineup of dishes on the menu, Tujague’s could offer a memorable event for couples seeking classic New Orleans flair for their Big Day.

The three-story restaurant has six dining room options — each of which is decorated in traditional New Orleans and Tujague’s décor — that can host anywhere from 10-300 guests.

The first floor of the restaurant has three rooms (two can be combined to host a larger party). The Parlor Room seats 40, the Begue Room seats 30, the Courtyard seats 48 and there is the option to combine the Begue Room and the Courtyard to host 50 seated for dinner.

The second floor also has three rooms – the Patio Room, which seats 50, the Krewe of Iris Room at 64 seats and the Balcony Room that seats 20. Couples could opt to combine the Iris Room and the Balcony, which together, plus an annex area, seats 100, as well as a second-floor buyout for a 130-guest reception.

The third floor is smaller than the second, with the Steven Latter Room seating 50 and the Guichet Room seating 24, but combined they offer a space that can accommodate up to 60 seated for dinner.

To schedule tours and get more information contact Tujague’s Restaurant at 504-525-8678 or visit tujaguesrestaurant.com

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