Indulge in the tradition.
in 1905 by Jean Galatoire, this infamous address
distinguished itself on Bourbon Street from its
humble beginning. From the small village of Pardies,
France, Jean Galatoire brought recipes and traditions
inspired by the familial dining style of his
homeland to create the menu and ambiance of this
now world-renowned restaurant.
most modern restaurants, Galatoire’s
cuisine is not the creation of a singular superstar
chef but rather of a family that has carefully safeguarded
its traditions of impeccable cuisine, service and ambiance.
Consistently providing this exquisite experience is
itself an art form that Galatoire’s steadfastly
traditions have been preserved with little change
through the decades. There has, however, been
a slight modification of the restaurant’s
once impenetrable policy of no reservations.
Known for years by its characteristic line snaking
down Bourbon Street, patrons would wait for hours
just to get a table— especially on Fridays.
Friday, President Ronald Reagan placed a call
to then retired U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston
who happened to be waiting in line for a table.
After the President’s call had ended, Senator Johnston
graciously returned to his position in line. Today,
Galatoire’s does accept reservations for second
floor dining. The first floor policy remains first
come, first served at Galatoire’s. Senator or
over a century, Galatoire’s tradition for
classic fare done simply and without showmanship has
continued to build the restaurant’s reputation.
In its fourth generation, Galatoire’s remains
to this day family-owned and -operated. Through the
years, 209 Bourbon has remained at once, nestled in
the heart of the Vieux Carre, yet never far from Jean
Galatoire’s picturesque city of origin in the
foothills of the majestic Pyrenees.