Some of our favorite "Local Recommendations" (from folks who have been there, not a website review)

With SO many places in New Orleans offering nothing but wonderful food it can be daunting to choose where to go. These are some of the Waterborne Staff's favorites and what they like to eat there. We can also help you with reservations, taxis and general inquiries.

The Gumbo Shop (recommended by Hannele Stevens - Assistant Program Manager)

Favorite Menu Item: Chicken Gumbo and Alligator Sausage

Price Range: $$

Dress: Causal - come as you are!

Address: 630 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone:(504) 525-1486




Hours of operation:
Sunday thru Thursday, 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Croissant D'Or Patisserie (recommended by James Rawlins - chairman)

Favorite Menu Item: Raspberry Croissant

Price Range: $

Dress: Causal - come as you are!

Address: 617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone: (504) 524-4663


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Hours of operation:
Open everyday except Tuesday, 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant (at Hilton New Orleans Riverside)(recommended by Melanie Bryan)

Favorite Menu Item: Charbroiled Oysters

Prices Range: $$$$

Dress: Causal - come as you are! Great for lunch during the conference.

Address: 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Close  to the Sheraton)

Phone: (504) 584-3911




Hours of operation:
Sunday – Thursday, 11 am until 10 pm
Friday and Saturday, 11 am until 11 pm

Personal Note:

Along with having fabulous good, Drago's actively participates in giving back to the community and feeding the hungry. They donated $285,500 back to the community in 2013!

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Mr. B's BISTRO (recommended by Dr. Storey - Chairman)

Favorite Menu Item: BBQ'd Shrimp and a Derby

Prices Range: $$$

Dress: Upscale Casual
For your listening enjoyment, Mr. B’s offers live piano music nightly from 7 – 10 pm

Address:  201Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504.523.2078




Hours of operation:
Monday – Saturday 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
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Nightly 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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RESERVATIONS:  Reservations at Mr. B's are recommended, but never required. You're always welcome to walk in and enjoy the fun. To make reservations for parties of any size, Call 504-523-2078. 


Arnaud's (recommended by Shelby Thames - Founder)

Price Range: $$$$


Main Dining Room:  Jackets are preferred for gentlemen.  Collared shirts are required for gentlemen.  No shorts, t-shirts or flip flops are permitted.

Jazz Bistro: Business Casual.  Collared shirts are required for gentlemen.  No t-shirts, athletic shorts or flip flops are permitted.

RESERVATIONS: Suggested and accepted online or by phone at 504-523-5433

Private Dining: Jackets are preferred for  gentlemen. 
Collared shirts are required for gentlemen.  No shorts, t-shirts or flip flops are permitted.

Address: 813 Bienville Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: 504-523-5433 




Hours of operation: Serving Dinner nightly from 6pm


W.I.N.O. (recommended by Melanie Bryan)
Price Range: $$ - Wine Bar

Wine Tasting Bar: 610 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
We’re a self-service wine bar. We start by giving you your very own tasting card. You can shop around at any of the 120 wines we have on tap, insert your tasting card,  select your size pour (1, 2 or 4 oz pours) and out comes delicious nectar of the gods.


Your tasting card is your tab, it starts at $0 and goes up as you drink. All pours are priced differently, based on the retail price of the wine. Some are $1 per ounce, others are $20. The price per ounce for each wine is the same regardless of the size you choose.

+ also offered - beer, still or sparkling water, Republic of Tea peach ginger tea, Republic of Tea pomegranate green tea
+ if you are hungry you can order - cheese plate, pate plates, olive tapenade, hummus or bruschetta
+check out an assortment of cheese or chocolates to pair with your wines

610 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, lLA 70130

Phone: (504) 324-8000



Hours of operation: 

Sunday – Wednesday 2 pm to 10 pm

Thursday – Saturday 2 pm to midnight

Tableau at Le Petit Theatre (recommended by Carl Lauto - New Orleans Visitor's Bureau)
Price Range: 

About: Located in the heart of the French Quarter, on the corner of Jackson Square, Tableau is Dickie Brennan's latest production and features Louisiana Creole dishes prepared by talented chef, John Martin and his equally talented culinary team. Look for traditional Creole dishes with an updated approach. Enjoy courtyard dining, as well as balcony dining with some of the best views in the Quarter.

Address:  616 St Peter St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Phone: 504.934.3463 



Hours of operation: 
Monday - Friday
11:30am - 'til
Saturday - Sunday
10:00am - 'til

 Weekend Brass Band Brunch
10:00am - 2:30pm