New Orleans Restaurants

Eat with native New Orleanians; our list of the best places to eat in New Orleans. Our top picks: Drago's Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire's Restaurant and Arnaud's.
  • The best restaurant in New Orleans: Drago's Seafood Restaurant

    Drago's Seafood Restaurant

    3232 N Arnoult Rd
    Seafood & Creole; a Metaire institution since 1969.
  • Galatoire's Restaurant

    Galatoire's Restaurant

    209 Bourbon St
    Tu-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su noon-10PM. Classic Creole on Bourbon Street. Despite being in the tourist strip of Bourbon Street, locals do eat here. For the true experience, wait in line for the downstairs dining room (reservations can be made for the upstairs room, but locals don't eat there), and refuse the menu when you're seated. Let your waiter know your tastes and let him feed you.
    Central Business District
  • Arnaud's


    813 Bienville St
    M-Th 6PM-10PM, F-Sa 6PM-10:30PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM and 6PM-10PM. Another of the great old French Quarter classics.
    Central Business District
  • Arnaud's French 75

    Arnaud's French 75

    813 Rue Bienville
    11:30AM-midnight daily. A casual spin-off of Arnaud's where you can try their famous Caesar salad dressing and the eponymous remoulade without wearing a jacket and tie. Same shrimp remoulade and gumbo as the main restaurant for a lower price.
    Central Business District
  • Court of Two Sisters

    Court of Two Sisters

    613 Royal St
    9AM-3PM and 5:30PM-10PM daily. A place for daily brunch (with a live jazz combo) and post-night out hangover cures; beautiful courtyard.
    Central Business District
  • Bayona


    430 Dauphine St
    M-Tu 6PM-11PM, W-Sa 11:30AM-2PM and 6PM-11PM. Incredible French/Euro/NOLA food by esteemed chef, Susan Spicer. Fabulous wine selections. Many locals' favorite. Must RSVP.
    Central Business District
  • Elizabeth's Restaurant

    Elizabeth's Restaurant

    601 Gallier St
    Tu-F 11AM-2:30PM,6PM-10PM, Sa 8AM-2:30PM,6PM-10PM, Su 8AM-2:30PM. $12-28. This is a real local favorite, particularly for breakfast/brunch. Creole and southern food dominates the menu, which combines with friendly service and a cute setting to make for a nice meal any time of day, though. If you have a sweet tooth, don't skip the praline bacon!
  • The Green Goddess

    The Green Goddess

    307 Exchange Pl
    Small restaurant tucked away on a side street serving creative dishes. Opened in 2009 and quickly became a favorite with local foodies. A few years later it's certainly been "discovered"; try to go there sometime other than the busiest days and not during the busiest dinner hours to avoid long waits for a table.
    Central Business District
  • Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant

    Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant

    701 Saint Charles Ave
    M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 5:30PM-10PM.
    Central Business District
  • Dick & Jenny's

    Dick & Jenny's

    4501 Tchoupitoulas St
    A casual fine dining contemporary creole restaurant set in a mid-nineteenth century barge board cottage. Reservations are not taken.
    West Riverside
  • Atchafalaya


    901 Louisiana Ave
    Seafood and decadent desserts. Look for the giant frying pan on the side of the building and get ready for great eats. An established restaurant for over 30 years, the Cafe came back big after hurricane Katrina with a new owner, a beautifully renovated interior, and full menu of New Orleans classics with an original twist. Come early for brunch on the weekend or stay late in the bar every night.
    East Riverside
  • Café Degas

    Café Degas

    3127 Esplanade Ave
    Very good French.
    Bayou Saint John
  • Restaurant August

    Restaurant August

    301 Tchoupitoulas St
    M-F 11AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su 5PM-10PM. Renown Chef John Besh's signature restaurant featuring Contemporary French with a focus on local ingredients. Menu balances seafood, fowl and meat. Try either the 5 course tasting or the John Besh "Degustation" menu which changes nightly.
    Central Business District
  • Redemption


    3835 Iberville Street
    "New Orleans Revival Cuisine". Housed in an old church building; pre-Katrina visitors may remember it as the former location of "Christian's" Restaurant.
  • Café B

    Café B

    2700 Metairie Road
    934-4700 New addition to the well regarded New Orleans area "Brennan's" family of restaurants.
  • K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

    K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

    416 Chartres St
    M-W 5:30PM-10PM, Th-Sa 11AM-2PM and 5:30PM-10PM. Chef Paul Prudhomme's place; this is the restaurant that taught New Orleans and the world not to sneer at the Cajun food of rural Southwest Louisiana. Does not take reservations. Not a major dress code kind of place.
    Central Business District
  • La Petite Grocery

    La Petite Grocery

    4238 Magazine St
    An old neighborhood grocery morphed into a fine restaurant. Veal, pork, duck, etc. Dinner M-Sa 6PM-10PM. [28]
    East Riverside
  • Whiskey Blue

    Whiskey Blue

    333 Poydras St
    (in the W Hotel). Swank upscale bar
    Central Business District
  • Vincent's Italian Cuisine

    Vincent's Italian Cuisine

    7839 St Charles Ave
    Creole-Italian (also has a branch in the suburb of Metairie).
  • Clancy's Restaurant

    Clancy's Restaurant

    6100 Annunciation St
    , Popular and local uptown Contemporary Creole bistro. tel 895-1111
  • Le Salon

    Le Salon

    Windsor Court Hotel300 Gravier St
    in the Windsor Court Hotel, (504)596-4773. Swanky hotel bar often has good jazz pianists, vocalists, and small combos.
    Central Business District
  • Clover Grill

    Clover Grill

    900 Bourbon St
    Good eggs, burgers, and such. Heavily (though not exclusively) gay clientele. They cook your burger under a hubcap!
    Central Business District
  • Gautreau's Restaurant

    Gautreau's Restaurant

    1728 Soniat St
    (past Napoleon on the streetcar line), 899-7397, [34]. Excellent uptown restaurant!
  • Mahony's Po-Boy Shop

    Mahony's Po-Boy Shop

    3454 Magazine St
    Po-boys, plus a bar with local draft beer. M-Sat 11a-8p Tel 899-3374
    East Riverside
  • El Gato Negro

    El Gato Negro

    81 French Market Pl
    [2] Mid-range Mexican restaurant, popular in the French Quarter, now has a branch in Lakeview. Lunch & Dinner, Tues-Sun. Tel. 488-0107
    French Quarter
  • Cowbell


    8801 Oak St
    298-8689At the far upper end of Oak Street half a dozen blocks up from Carrollton Avenue. Tasty grass fed beef burgers and other casual quality meat dishes.
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