The Maitre D'(manager/ sommelier/host) is the best. Very few restaurants in the area still have one on staff. He is very welcoming and will go out of his way to accommodate you. He treats every customer like a friend. It can, however, get very busy at Tommy's with locals so don't expect a quiet restaurant, especially weekends...unless there is a home Saints football game then you're in luck because everyone is at the game. It's the only place in NOLA that I can think of that is suitable for a romantic dinner, a large family reunion dinner or even a business meeting. In a separate wing the restaurant offers nice private banquet rooms that can accommodate small round table discussions or engagement dinners. I've had friends go for business dinners and they keep on going back.
My favorite meal at Tommy's is bruscchetas, followed by the shrimp pasta and a decadent bananas foster bread pudding New Orleans style! Their cuisine is known for its mix of creole and Italian flavors.
Did I mention they have a wine lounge. On a busy night you can wait for your table in the lounge and listen to live local Jazz bands while having a cocktail or glass of wine. I like to go there after having dinner in the restaurant. It's nice not to have to drive to another location for entertainment, especially after you've had a few glasses of wine. Call ahead to find out who's playing that night.
The servers are friendly and take pride in their work. Please remember to tip well. New Orleanians tip 20% or more. For most New Orleanians, working in the restaurant and hospitality industry isn't a second job it's their primary source of income. Plus, it's good karma :-)
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