Friends had recommended Gautreau's to us, and we were somewhat surpised by the lack of even a sign on the door when we arrived at its Garden District location. The room was formerly an apothecary shop many years ago, and sustained roof damage during Katrina. Fortunately, all is now restored and the dining room is most attractive, with the original shelves from the apothecary shop now forming the back of the bar. Our dinners were both excellent - the grouper with crab butter for me, the flounder for my wife. They offer a good selection of wines by the glass, and we enjoyed an excellent pinot grigio. Service was attentive and professional. When our server saw my wife put some ice in her wine, a glass of ice was immediately brought to the table. Portions are typical of an upscale French restaurant, and prices are not cheap, but we enjoyed the evening very much. We took a cab to the restaurant but returned via the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which is only 3 blocks away and is a most interesting experience in itself. Incidentally, the fare for seniors is only $0.40, which is pretty amazing in this day and age!
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