About Events with Brennan's
Ralph Brennan and Terry White’s iconic pink building on Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter, recently emerged from an extensive renovation that spared no effort or expense. Eight glamorous dining rooms, each steeped in New Orleans architecture and ambiance, celebrate the opulence of dining in a city where breakfast is taken as seriously as dinner. Our innovative Creole menu borrows influences from French and Spanish ancestry with modern updates and distinct seasonal offerings. The fanciful design preserves the famous open-air courtyard and adds a private wine room with an eighteen-foot table milled from a single cypress. Brennan’s old-world elegant inspired dining rooms, and personable, attentive service, create a unique and sophisticated dining experience that lives on in every visitor’s memory.
• Standing Capacity: 600
• Sitting Capacity: 335
The pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality, hence the welcoming Havana Room with its sheer abundance of the fanciful fruit. Sourced from islands in the Caribbean, the pineapple was a rarity in the 19th century, showcasing a host’s munificence. The spiky fruit was evenrented for use in table settings, but there’s no scarcity here. Once a double parlor, the Pineapple Room features the fruit in a 19th-century period wallpaper patterned in mocha, salmon, ivory, and green, and an enchanting mirror is adorned with 18th-century French foliate resembling leaves. Hand-carved gilt wooden pineapple chandeliers
with silk shades are from London and the rug, with a peach background and green frond design, evokes a tropical mood. Diners relax in oval-backed, gilded Louis XVI chairs to enjoy their stylish setting. Hospitable, charming, and delicious… the pineapple and Brennan’s.
• Standing Capacity: 80
• Sitting Capacity: 63
The majesty of the King’s Room is heralded upon entrance, with its ruling theme of royal hues proclaimed throughout. The handsome design boasts
cream and gold damask wallpaper and a large crystal chandelier. Replicas from the inauguration of Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey, the purple chairs are embroidered with gold coronets, as are the heavy drapes in purple and ivory. An authentic display of historic treasures from carnivals past is curated by the Rex organization. The King’s room is located upstairs adjacent to the Queen’s Room, and the two dining
rooms originally formed a double parlor. The King’s Room seats 48 with chivari chairs
• Standing Capacity: 60
• Sitting Capacity: 36
Situated next to the King’s Room in what once was a double parlor, the Queen’s Room is a dazzling tribute to feminine
reign. Shades of aquamarine, lavender, pink, and ivory create a charming milieu of monarchy. The chairs, replicas of the design from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, are deep aqua velvet embroidered with gold crowns. Five-hued French style curtains in silk taffeta with festoons and jabots drape against a backdrop of wallpaper patterned in fleur de lis, the official symbol of Louisiana. Framed pictures
of former carnival queens and a cache of bejeweled Mardi Gras memorabilia are on loan from the Rex organization. A glorious nineteenth century crystal and ivory chandelier of local origin illuminates the stately room. Fit for a queen, indeed. The Queen’s Room seats 32 with chivari chairs.
• Standing Capacity: 40
• Sitting Capacity: 24
Chess prodigy Paul Morphy resided at 417 Royal Street in the 1800s, and the Morphy Room, a cozy parlor on the second floor, pays homage to the enigmatic man considered one of the world’s greatest players. The décor evokes the mood of a sophisticated English study, with a red velvet sofa, cocktail table and, of course, a chessboard awaiting a pre-dinner or postprandial match. Rich wine color lacquered walls have panels of Scottish
tartan in salmon, burgundy, and dark green. Above the fireplace’s mantle is a portrait of the master himself, surveying the room
while rooks, bishops and pawns slide across the board, as if contemplating an elegant checkmate.
• Standing Capacity: 20
• Sitting Capacity: 12
A fantasy interpretation of a French Orangerie, the Main Dining Room “holds hands” with the courtyard, inviting the outside in through a spectacular wall of glass. Originally four rooms, the space is now sixty by forty feet, seats 120 people, and marks the most significant alteration to
the restaurant. The room is clad in a soft green painted trellis and the walls are wrapped with whimsical murals inspired by 19th century Proteus parade floats. Features of Old World elegance include crescent-shaped banquettes in dark green tufted leather, wicker covered rattan chairs
in deep pink leather, and checkerboard patterned floor in green and white with cabochons of pink. Tole and pink glass chandeliers, wall lights with salmon colored silk shades, and large French planters with potted citrus accent the room, completing the classic design.
• Standing Capacity: 160
• Sitting Capacity: 120
Nestled behind the lush courtyard is the fabled and previously hidden gem of Brennan’s - the Wine Cellar and its newly adjacent sumptuous private dining room. Originally the stable of the 1795 historic building, today’s cellar is a cave of exclusivity, transporting guests from everyday cares as they sip sauternes in seclusion amidst the bins, bottles and boxes of the fully functioning cellar. Masculine and strong, with deliberately dimmed lighting, it retains its original arches of handmade brick, and rough timber beams. A merlot-colored stone floor is graced by an Oriental rug, on which sits a massive table: 16’ long by 3’ wide, milled from a single sinker cypress found in a Mississippi bayou. Sixteen tall-back leather chairs stand at the ready for a meal of epic scale, with vintages to match. Wine lovers can indulge in a classic cellar experience– with a guided, chef-inspired tasting menu presented in an intimate, classic French family-style manner.
• Standing Capacity: 16
• Sitting Capacity: 16
Just to the right of the entrance awaits the Audubon Room, an exuberantly bright and airy dining area. Formerly a kitchen with its windows covered, the room has custom milled versions of the originals that peer out to the bustling French Quarter. Walls of peach colored plaster and floors in tropical Cuban patterned tile frame the room, where patrons dine at tables with festive green and white checkered tablecloths. Bouillotte tole chandeliers and upholstered Parisian-style restaurant chairs honor the French heritage of both the city and the cuisine of Brennan’s.
• Standing Capacity: 65
• Sitting Capacity: 50
(Available with a Venue/ 1st Floor Buyout Only) The rooster rules the roost at this bar, a veritable aviary perched in an airy, open room overlooking the lush Courtyard. A spectacular mural of a gilded birdcage lines the back wall. Called the Taxidermy of Exotic Birds, the work is a reverse painted mirror by artist Alice Ludlow, in which the backside of glass is gilded with antique mercury. The courtyard’s reflection offers
a seamless integration with the exterior, the outside flooding in through the giant mirror. Under the mural, a fifteen-foot banquette by Greg Arceneaux in the style of a French bench and covered in pomegranate ostrich leather, sits upon the building’s original flagstone floor. Whimsical bird cages by designer Julie Neil, hang above the handsome bar, and tables by local artist Robert Ortiz feature crushed egg shells set in resin with an embossed brass edging. Two old fashioned bladed ceiling fans from the Woolen Mill Fan Company in Pennsylvania spin above. The design is named after birds, of course - the Direct Drive Ostrich Inherit Wind fan. Their turning creates a gentle lap of breeze – or could it be birds taking flight?
• Standing Capacity: 25
• Sitting Capacity: 20
• Standing Capacity: 125
• Sitting Capacity: 80