We bit the bullet and went to Stella! It was a much anticipated event and we took our daughter and son-in-law with us to celebrate an early father's day. I was a little disappointed with our table. We had made a reservation a week in advance, but were still seated so near the door that people arriving were looking at our plates. That was kind of annoying.
The food was excellent, though, and we each sampled something different. At our table we thought the best entree was the duck five ways. Someone ordered the surf and turf and that was excellent for those who enjoy beef.
Our favorite appetizer was the Iron Chef Shrimp. Very spicy as promised. For dessert our favorite was the cannoli. Beautiful presentations made all the food appealing. We didn't try an after dinner drink, but there lots to choose from on the wine list.
Before our food arrived we were offered samples sent out by the chef. and...my husband was served as chocolate fondue at the end of the meal since it was his Father's Day celebration. Of course we shared it around the table.
I was impressed that the extensive wine list (I am talking 20 pages or so) had selections for many palates and price categories. We chose a white from Santa Ynez valley (Brander, Savignon Blanc I think) and it went well with the seafood dishes we tasted. It was in the $30 range.
The service was very attentive, but was not intrusive. The sommelier seemed knowledgable (spelling?) and kept the wine flowing throughout the meal. I was struck that the place was very romantic. Each table had a bouquet of roses and there was candlelight as well. Valet parking was available, but we parked in one of the brewery lots and had a nice stroll to and from the restaurant.
Our overall check was about $350 before the gratuity. We will go again for another special occasion. We live 80 miles away, so we don't eat in New Orleans that often.
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