Easily our best meal in New Orleans, Dickie Brennan’s Tableau is a fine dining experience with 5 Star food while filled with lively, New Orleans piano music. It is fancy but fun at the same time. Expect to take the conversation up a few notches, possibly even shouting if you sit right next to the piano as we did. It was a real New Orleans experience on our first night together. Located on picturesque Jackson Square at Le Petit Theatre, Tableau is Dickie Brennan’s newest restaurant. Enjoy a stroll through the French Quarter on your way to a marvelous evening. At the time of making the reservation, every place I called was booked solid. One restaurant referred me to Tableau and sure enough they had availability for a party of 12.
The hostess led us up the grand staircase which wraps around three levels. The restaurant has private dining rooms and balconies where guests can dine with a view of Jackson Square as well as courtyard seating. Guests seated in the main dining room can take part in the culinary experience of viewing the open kitchen.
Tableau menu features classic French Creole cuisine. We started off the evening with the Creole French Onion Soup which is spiked with local beer, caramelized sweet onions and topped with a Gruyère crouton. The Bleu Cheese Salad is served with a square of mild and creamy St. Agur bleu cheese atop a sliced baguette along side spinach, celery, pecans, shaved red onions and seasonal fruit tossed with a sherry-cane vinaigrette. The Chicken Tableau was the popular entree of the evening for our table. The entree was succulent, flavored with fresh herbs to perfection and a to-die-for sauce béarnaise and chicken demi-glace. The sauce always makes the dish.
Additional French Creole selections include fried eggplant fingers, shrimp remoulade, oysters en brochette, truffled crab fingers, oysters maison (masa fried), crepe de jour, roasted duck, St. Roch (Gulf shrimp), cabildo (poached oysters), and Trist (jumbo lump crab meat).
Tableau is open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner and serves brunch on weekends.
$$ Saving Tips: Tableau’s dishes are very rich and perfect to split! We started out with a bowl of French Onion soup, shared the blue cheese salad and then the fabulous Chicken Tableau. Perfect meal for two.
Don’t miss the daily Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. where you can find $6.00 small plates, wine & beer specials and $5.00 cocktails. I highly recommend reservations as this is Dickie Brennan’s newest restaurant and located right in Jackson Square. It was one of our first meals and the entire group was still talking about it at the end of our trip. Dread splitting up the bill after a long evening? Tableau has the most efficient way to pay your bill in a group. An electronic notepad is sent around from guest to guest and you simply mark off your meal/drinks, slide your credit card and the receipt it emailed to you. Excellent dining experience!!