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Anne Lang
July 27, 2014 07:35 AM

While in New Orleans to film scenes for Adam Jones, Bradley Cooper also had an important agenda for his downtime: stopping in for dinner at one of his favorite local eateries, Eleven 79 – with girlfriend Suki Waterhouse in tow.

The pair, who were casually dressed, dined on veal parmesan and an Italian pasta dish at the upscale restaurant on Wednesday and “seemed like they were getting along fine,” the restaurant’s chef, Tyger Hale, told PEOPLE.

“Bradley was really nice,” Hale added. “He agreed to pose for a picture with me when they came in.”

The employee who served the couple said that PEOPLE’s former Sexiest Man Alive “was having a good time,” with Waterhouse, 22.

After dinner, while they were waiting for their car and driver, Cooper, 39 – who’s playing a bad-boy chef in Adam Jones – talked with Hale, saying he’d been to the restaurant before and loved the food. “He also asked where I was from, how long I’d been cooking and how long I’d been here,” Hale said.

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