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Tableau Restaurant Review: Dinner and a show takes on an all new meaning when the restaurant and the longest continually operating community theatre in the country are located in the same building. Restaurateur Dickie Brennan (Palace Café, Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse) has created an elegant three-story showplace with an imposing grand staircase and a wraparound balcony overlooking Jackson Square for outdoor dining. The strictly New Orleans menu features such classics as court bouillon, bacon-wrapped oysters, shrimp rémoulade, baked redfish, barbecued shrimp, and stone-ground grits with chèvre and thyme. Typical of Brennan's other restaurants, the wine list is long and complex with a respectable by-the-glass selection, and ultimately satisfying to the most discriminating oenophile. Stay for dessert: warm molten chocolate cake with Creole cream cheese ice cream and cherry-red wine reduction is calling your name. The bar on the first level offers a more casual dining experience from the same menu.