Wedding or not, brunch is the best way to lunch on the weekends if you ask me. Heck, it’s the ONLY way. And if you are looking for the perfect spot to host your bridesmaids for some girl time or your guests are reeling from a post-wedding hangover, why not do it over eggs benedict and Bloody Mary’s?! Not only is brunch a great way to nurse people back to consciousness, but its a wonderful opportunity to actually talk to the people you want to spend time with pre or post wedding. The big day will be such a blur so it’s nice to work in some other less formal moments during the weekend where you can sip mimosas and savor quality time with family and friends while in the Big Easy.
There are lots of ways to work a brunch into your wedding weekend. If you still have some of that wedding budget left over to send your guests off in a grand New Orleans-style Jazz Brunch, or you’d like to pick a quieter spot for a bridal brunch, well New Orleans has a little something for every bride! Here are my top picks.
A Formal Brunch Affair
Commander’s Palace – When you talk about going all out – Commander’s is the obvious place. There is nothing small about this grand palace in the Garden District (especially the large chef hats they give out.) Commander’s is filled with history, style and class (no shorts allowed dudes!) and would be perfect for a private afternoon affair. Plus, if anyone was dying to come to New Orleans and wear their seersucker…well then they’ve got the perfect opportunity to do so here. Jazz Brunch Hours: Saturday 11:30 am – 12:30 pm & Sunday 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Court of Two Sisters – If you need a good old-fashioned Jazz Brunch in the quarter and don’t want to worry about when to do it, look no further than the Court of Two Sisters. Located on Royal St. (my absolute favorite) it’s got history, charm and better yet, offers its jazz brunch daily. Plus, its a buffet so you know there will be options for every to love and more than enough to eat. Jazz Brunch Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Ralph’s on the Park – Want your guests to see something other than the Quarter? Try Ralph’s on the Park (City Park that is) where the views are gorgeous, the restaurant spacious and the only thing you smell is great food, not whatever is lingering on the streets of downtown. They have plenty of private party options, including the use of the second floor balcony for pre-brunch cocktails. I’ll get up in the morning for that! Brunch Hours: 10:30am – 2:00pm
Coquette – I love this restaurant for any meal, and the gorgeous second floor they rent out for private parties is the PERFECT spot for a bridal brunch or final goodbye soiree. Plus, if anyone is still lingering while they wait for their flight home…well then they can stumble on Magazine St. and shop all that hollandaise sauce off. Sidenote: This is Sandra Bullock’s favorite restaurant in Nola. Just sayin’:) Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm
A Casual Brunch Affair
Atchafalaya – Love Bloody Mary’s so much you want to create your own? Come here for their amazing Bloody Mary Bar + live jazz on the weekends! This tiny spot in the GD couldn’t host a huge brunch, but you and your close friends could comfortably sit, chat about the awkward moments when your Dad tried to “wobble;” and most importantly, you get to relax. Jazz Brunch Hours: Saturday 10am-2:30pm & Sunday 10am-2:30pm
Cafe Amelie – I just mentioned Cafe Amelie in my last post as a quiet spot to enjoy the courtyard French Quarter atmosphere, but I have to namedrop it here too. What can I say, I love this place! This restaurant also frequently rents out as an ideal wedding venue so make sure to get reservations well ahead of time. Brunch Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm & Sunday 11am-3pm
Stanley – If you don’t mind a crowd and want a fun brunch spot in the heart of the French Quarter, Stanley is where it’s at. The good thing is they serve breakfast all day. The bad thing is they don’t take reservations. So I’d only recommend this if you only have a very small group of people, and an awesome maid of honor who is willing to put your name in and give you a call when the table is ready;) Brunch Hours: All day 7:00am – 10:00pm.
Dante’s Kitchen – If you are up for an idyllic uptown brunch joint a bit further away, Dante’s Kitchen is a Riverbend neighborhood favorite. Located in a cute house by the Mississippi River, a moderately sized group would fit well in one of the rooms or on the outside patio. It’s quite simply a perfect way to unwind after saying “I do…want a Bourbon Milk Punch with that.” Brunch Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2:00pm
There you have it brides, now go get your brunch on!