New Orleans February 11, 2019
Each One Of The 14 Dining Rooms In This Historic New Orleans Restaurant Has A Fascinating Story
New Orleans is filled with historic restaurants with fascinating histories. Tucked away in the heart of the French Quarter, this iconic New Orleans restaurant has been delighting locals for well over 150 years, and if you’ve never been, you’re in for a real treat. Let’s take a closer look at this historic little gem.
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Established 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans and the oldest family-run restaurant in the country.
When the original founder, Antoine Alciatore opened the doors to this French-Creole restaurant, he had no idea it would become such a cornerstone of New Orleans cuisine. Today, the restaurant is run by fifth generation family members and continues to be a cornerstone of New Orleans cuisine.
Antoine’s is known for its incredible cuisine, and it’s also the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller, an iconic New Orleans dish.
This popular dish was created in 1889 by Antoine’s son, Jules Alciatore. Named for the richness of the cause, the dish was actually created due to a shortage of escargot in the area, so he substituted locally available oysters. The recipe remains a closely guarded secret, although many have tried to duplicate this amazing dish.
When you step inside Antoine’s you can help but feel the history of the place.
From the main dining room to their wine cellar, it’s truly an incredible space that’s one of a kind.
Each of the fourteen dining rooms are steeped in history and tours are available upon request.
But to get the full experience, make a reservation and enjoy a delightful meal with your friends or family.
Three of their private rooms are named after Carnival krewes: Rex, Proteus, and 12th Night Revelers.
You’ll find the rooms adorned with historic Mardi Gras memorabilia from the past. From old photos to crowns and scepters, it’s truly mesmerizing.
And their bar is named after the Krewe of Hermes.
A great place to grab drinks after a long day.
The 1840s Room will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another time.
Decorated in period pieces, the charming atmosphere of this space is truly unparalleled. Be sure to check out the photographs of the Alciatore family along the walls.
Perhaps the most interesting room is the Mystery Room.
During the Prohibition era, the sale of alcoholic drinks was illegal. During this time, you used to be able to go through a door in the women’s restroom that led to a secret room where you would be given a coffee cup full of alcohol. If you were ever asked where you received this contraband, the standard answer was "it’s a mystery to me."
For a truly unique experience, dine in their Tabasco Room.
Also known as the "last room" because it was the last room named at Antoine's. This little room contains just one table, perfect for an intimate evening of amazing cuisine over delightful conversations. The room is painted "Tabasco Red" and also happens to be rumored to be the location where the most engagements in New Orleans occur.
Their Wine Cellar is truly astonishing.
Measuring 165-feet long and 7-feet wide, this remarkable room can hold roughly 25,000 bottles when fully stocked. You can actually view this spectacular space from a small window over on Royal Street.
No matter what room you dine in, you're sure to have a memorable meal in a phenomenal atmosphere.
Antoine’s is located at 713 St. Louis St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
Have you ever dined at Antoine’s? What your favorite room? Share your experience in the comments below!