Audubon Dinner Experience
Starting at $135 | New Food Tour! | Evenings Wed-Fri
Looking for an authentic, local dinner tour experience that goes beyond our typical Creole cuisine?
An Uptown Dinner Tour for Serious Foodies!
Person – $135
Looking for an authentic, local dinner tour experience that goes beyond our typical Creole cuisine? Want to get away from the tourists traps and eat where New Orleanians eat? Dine at some of the best restaurants in New Orleans as you stroll through one of New Orleans’ most beautiful and culinarily diverse Uptown neighborhoods: Audubon.
On this evening food tour experience, you’ll learn the history of the Audubon neighborhood and visit 3 of the best restaurants in New Orleans owned by award-winning and beloved chefs. Examples of places you might visit include Chef Alon Shaya’s Saba New Orleans and the new Picnic Provisions and Whiskey by Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace. Come hungry, as this is an eating tour, not a tasting tour!
You’ll start with a cocktail at the remarkably comfortable Monkey Hill bar and then it’s right to the restaurants! This is a progressive-style dinner where you discuss the iconic chefs and eat their amazing food in a small-group setting. Once again: come hungry!
Other Things to Know
This tour goes to some of the best places to eat in New Orleans, so the chefs whose restaurants we will be visiting are quite famous and are often seen on food-themed TV shows. They are very busy, and are sometimes on the road. Because of this, we can’t guarantee that we will meet the chefs, but of course we’ll make every effort to meet them if they are in the house.
There is very limited walking at just .35 miles (just over a quarter mile) with sitting in between, but do prepare for the weather.
This tour does not accommodate vegan, vegetarian, seafood allergy, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-gluten, or low-sodium dietary restrictions. At least two people are needed to run this tour (may be booked separately).
Where Do We Meet?
We’ll meet inside of Monkey Hill Bar, 6100 Magazine Street (in the Audubon neighborhood)
- What is the dress code?
Our final restaurant is business casual, so please no shorts, graphic t-shirts, or ripped clothing, and no open-toe shoes or tank tops for men.
- How much food will be on the tour?
Short answer: a lot! The longer answer is that it will be enough food for dinner, and most guests will leave quite full. For that reason, we advise you to come hungry!
- Will drinks be provided?
We will start off with a special cocktail at our meeting spot, and water will be provided at every restaurant. If you wish to purchase additional beverages along the way, there will be plenty to tempt you! Each restaurant will settle up with you separately before we leave.
- Can I bring my child?
This experience is geared toward adults, but mature children are welcome to purchase a ticket. Only guests 21 and over will be served alcohol during the tour.
- I can’t climb steps or am in a wheelchair – will that be a problem?
Three of the four venues have a ramp, but the forth has one step at the entry. If you can go up one step, then you will not have a problem. Just let us know when you book so we can alert the venues.
- Do I leave a tip at the restaurants?
Your heart is certainly in the right place, but…nope! That is all included with your ticket price (and we take care of the wait staff very well!). The exception would be if you did decide to purchase additional drinks—then it would be customary to leave $1 or $2 per drink tip.
- Do I tip the tour guide?
It is entirely up to you if you would like to leave gratuity for your guide at the end of the tour. Tips are a big part of a tour guide’s income in the United States, but they should be earned; in other words, you should be very happy with your guide’s performance! (If not, please contact our office by email or phone and let us know.) Standard tipping for tour guides is 15% to 20%, the same as it is for restaurant wait staff.
- What if I have an allergy or special dietary restriction?
This dining experience cannot accommodate vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, low-salt, low-fat, Kosher, dairy-free, egg-free, or low/gluten-free diets. We also cannot guarantee that items have been prepared in peanut-free facilities. Please list any allergies on your booking reservation, and you are also welcome to call the office to discuss your specific requirements to see if this tour is a good fit.
- I’m pregnant. Will that be a problem?
Not at all! No raw meat, raw eggs, or mercury-rich fish will be served. (And congratulations!)
- Can I book a private tour for my group?
Yes! Just call or email the office to get the ball rolling.
- The tour only allows 8 people, but I have a group of 11—can we book this tour?
If your group is larger than 8 people (or there are not enough tickets left for your group), please call or email the office and we can check on guide and venue availability for that date.
- Do you tour in the rain?
Absolutely! Our lovely, year-round flowers mean we are a sub-tropic climate, so we often get short rain showers, especially in the summer. Often the shower will be over by the time we are ready to head to the next stop, but please bring an umbrella or poncho if you are concerned about rain. If the weather is so severe that it becomes dangerous to be outside, we will call you to discuss options. If we cancel the tour due to severe weather, you will of course receive a full refund along with a bunch of restaurant recommendations for dinner. 😉
- How do I get to the starting location?
This tour takes place in the beautiful Audubon neighborhood by Audubon Park, which is 6 miles from the French Quarter. We recommend that guests Uber or taxi to the start of the tour. We will meet at Monkey Hill Bar located at 6100 Magazine Street. The Magazine Street Bus (route 11) and the St. Charles Streetcar lines run late and are great options for getting back to the French Quarter after the tour, for those who are not pressed for time.
- Can I just show up for the tour, or do I need to book ahead?
All of our tours require that tickets be booked in advance. This tour caps at just 8 people, so we recommend booking early as space is very limited.