Antoine’s Restaurant opened its doors in New Orleans in 1840. Today, the restaurant is still run by the same family. Antoine Alciatore and his wife Julie Alciatore founded the restaurant and it is one of the first places to serve French-Creole cuisine.
The 183-year-old restaurant is now in its fifth generation of the same family which makes it the oldest family-run restaurant in the United States. Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans and is world-famous due to its exceptional service and very unique atmosphere.
There are several dining rooms within the restaurant that each have their own story to tell. The walls of the space have photos hung of famous diners such as George Patton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pope John Paul II, and Bill Clinton.
The dining rooms are all decorated with a different theme. For example, the 1840 room was designed with a wealthy 19th-century home in mind. Most of the rooms are named after Mardi Gras krewes that visit the restaurant on a regular basis.
In 1840 Antoine’s restaurant began as a small eatery and has since grown into a world-famous dining establishment. Today it is a well-known staple in the French Quarter for both locals and visitors alike.