Restaurants in New Orleans

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Operating under the motto "Anyone can put the heat to the meat, but only a few can barbecue" since 1983, A & R is perhaps the pinnacle of BBQ in... Read More

Harrell, another alumni from Susan Spicer’s Bayona, moved to New Orleans in 1998 and started as a pantry cook.  In 2010, he joined Sean McCusker as... Read More

This might be the messiest po’ boy in the city.  And if there’s anything I’ve learned in this town, it’s that messy food is often the most... Read More

On the newly revived Freret Street uptown is Ancora, a casual pizza joint that easily rivals the best pizza places in New Orleans.  They use fresh,... Read More

Serving traditional French-Creole fare in the Quarter since 1840, Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. The 14 dining... Read More

Located steps from Bourbon Street in the south end the French Quarter, Arnaud’s has served classic Creole cuisine since 1918 in a restored turn-of... Read More

Founded in 1918 by French wine salesman Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud’s is the grande dame of New Orleans fine dining.  It sprawls over almost an entire... Read More

It’s almost impossible to write about drinks in this town without mentioning Chris Hannah and the 75.  Manned by Hannah and his team of skilled... Read More

When Jane Srisarakorn opened this espresso bar this year, many third-wave coffee fans rejoiced.  She serves Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco... Read More

Opened in 2001 by James Beard Award-winner and New Orleans native John Besh, August has become a fine dining favorite in the Central Business District.... Read More

The flagship of the John Besh restaurants, August is one of the nicest dining experiences in the city.  Come for dinner and get the degustation... Read More

Locals generally agree that Avenue Pub is one of the best beer bars in New Orleans.  It has a courtyard that is perfect for nice weather, and they... Read More

Located in the Ninth Ward, Bacchanal offers a multi-sensory experience. The wine store and wine bar is located beyond this aged brick building's green... Read More

This Rampart Street cocktail bar/dive is one of the best spots for craft cocktails.  But between 12-5pm on weekdays this fantastic spot gets even... Read More

This is not the barbecue shrimp you are expecting.  In New Orleans this means sautéing the shrimp in a Worcestershire seasoned butter sauce that... Read More

Another spot, opened by the guys behind Sylvain, is Barrel Proof.  This bar stocks one of the most comprehensive whiskey selections in the city.... Read More

Hailed by Food and Wine as among the "best of the best," Executive Chef Susan Spicer has done wonders at Bayona. This French Quarter cottage offers an... Read More

Run by legendary chef Susan Spicer, this French Quarter restaurant is a staple.  The menu has a slow-food take on world-inspired cuisine:  Try... Read More

This beer oasis—my favorite for local New Orleans beers— is located in Mid-City, just a few blocks off the Canal Streetcar line.  They have a huge... Read More

There is nothing more delicious than a big plate of beignets at one of the oldest coffee shops in New Orleans.  Beignets, a New Orleans version of... Read More

Named after famous New Orleans photographer EJ Bellocq, this beautiful cocktail bar is located inside of the Hotel Modern.  Namely a cobbler bar... Read More

Gambian chefs celebrate the West African roots of New Orleans cuisine at this unassuming restaurant situated in a residential area of the French Quarter... Read More

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, this West African gem is home to some of the best African food in the city.  The Sisay Singho, a mind... Read More

Harrah's flamboyant downtown casino plays host to this 150-seat steakhouse located just off the casino floor. Vacationing retirees dine alongside... Read More

The original seafood market and restaurant lies out in the suburbs, so there was much rejoicing at the announcement that a Mid City branch was opening... Read More

Creative American cuisine is the focus at Magazine Street's Bistro Daisy, named in honor of the owners's daughter. Anton and Diane Shulte turned this ... Read More

Paired with a delicious kale salad and mushroom vinaigrette, this brunch dish is one of my absolute favorites.  In a city full of exceedingly heavy... Read More

Step into the Bombay Club in the Prince Conti Hotel and you nearly expect to hear the murmur of British accents during the live music breaks. The... Read More

Named for the traditional Louisiana hog slaughtering celebration, Boucherie was established by Commander’s Palace and Stella alum Nathanial Zimet.... Read More

Regarded as the father of the Sidecar by many, the Brandy Crusta has been a New Orleans staple for about as long as the Sazerac.  It is a... Read More

There aren't many restaurants that create their reputations on their breakfast menu, but here it includes cocktails and dessert—and that dessert... Read More

Brigsten’s restaurant is led by chef/co-owner Frank Brigtsen, who produces spicy, home-style Acadian/Creole dishes in a cozy, century-old cottage... Read More

At Empire Bar they run a summer happy hour that might be the best deal in the city.   Every day from 4-7pm you can choose from a selection of... Read More

Heralded as “the Tom Petty of restaurants” Sylvain takes it to the next level when they do brunch on Sundays.  Make sure to try the Crispy... Read More

Set among trees in the residential Upper Garden District, Atchafalaya is well away from the French Quarter hulabaloo, which kind of makes it a... Read More

The menu at Café du Monde in the French Market is simple, and almost everyone comes for the same combination: café au lait and beignets.... Read More

After a long night out on the town, coffee—and, naturally, a couple of hangover-busting beignets—is in order. And there’s no better place to end your... Read More

The light-gray siding and sconce-lit green front door make Café Minh look more like a house than a Canal Street restaurant—even the... Read More

Started in 2000 by Rev. Harry Tompson, this Cajun/Creole restaurant employs at-risk teens, introducing them to the food service industry in a safe and... Read More

Use this place as a perfect excuse to start your day with a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar.  Get off at Carrolton and St. Charles for this... Read More

Holding up lower Decatur is a great ‘Proto-Tiki’ bar that staffs some of the best bartenders in the city.  The food is Caribbean inspired and the... Read More

If you had a vegetarian aunt, and she owned a restaurant, this would be it.  The staff is exceedingly friendly and more than happy to explain... Read More

The name says it all.  This bar in the Hotel Monteleone slowly revolves around the bartenders at a pace of about 15 minutes per revolution. ... Read More

This 1919 landmark in the Garden District is acclaimed for its seafood gumbo, soft-shell crabs, signature "pan bread," and fresh-shucked Gulf oysters,... Read More

Located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter, Central Grocery is an authnetic "only in 'Nawlins" type of place. This small, Italian-American grocery... Read More

This Central City shop prides itself on grinding and pouring each cup of coffee to order, so that you will never have to taste burnt or old coffee ever... Read More

Far from the usual tourist circuit, this uptown bistro serves reinvented Creole classics in a no-frills, two-story dining room. Open since 1983, Clancy... Read More

Tarek Madkour, an Egyptian native, owns the place and is fantastic at making people feel at home.  Madkour was trained in upscale hotels and does a... Read More

Known for its brilliant and delicious obsession with pork-based food, Cochon is a staple in the local’s dining circuit.  Great for lunch or dinner,... Read More

As the name suggests, there's a healthy obsession here with all things porcine, with Louisiana native Donald Link showcasing his passion and roots with... Read More

For more than a century, this white and turquoise Victorian building with striped awnings has graced a quiet corner of the Garden District. The... Read More

Locals generally agree that the uptown Company Burger serves the best all-around American cheeseburger in town. It stacks two locally sourced beef... Read More

Hotel restaurants in the Warehouse District haven't traditionally been held in high esteem, but Chef Nina Compton's venture in the Old 77 Hotel and... Read More

When Killer Poboys opened in the back of Erin Rose (one of the city’s best dive bars), it immediately became a favorite of service-industry regulars. Of... Read More

The debate over who serves the best po’ boy in New Orleans still rages, but one candidate lies just off the Jefferson Highway in the west end of... Read More

One of the best kept secrets in the French Quarter, this Franco-Orleanian pastry shop is a perfect spot to grab a coffee and pastry.  I always get... Read More

When Neal Bodenheimer opened Cure in 2009 he changed Freret Street forever.  What was once a cultural void blossomed into the bustling Freret... Read More

This bar and music venue opened on Frenchman Street in 2000, and was one of the first live venues in the area to go completely smoke-free.  They... Read More

Fired on a hand-made oven from Italy, the pizzas here are nothing short of spectacular. The owner, Charlie is almost always around and gives a superb... Read More

Owner and Executive Chef Alon Shaya recently won a James Beard award for Best Chef in the South and for good reason.  His pizza is mind-blowing.... Read More

This John Besh-owned restaurant is headed up by James Beard Award-winning Chef Alon Shaya who specializes in light, rustic Italian fare.  ... Read More

Don’t let the modest, rustic appearance and off-the-beaten-path location of Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar on Annuciation Street fool you. The... Read More

Chef/Owner of Herbsaint and Cochon, Link trained under Susan Spicer at Bayona before moving out west to run the famous MOJO Restaurant in Palo Alto.... Read More

Come for the world famous fried chicken, come back for the rest of the menu, which is regularly and vocally celebrated as having some of the best soul... Read More

Celebrated as having some of the best soul food in the South, Dooky Chase’s is a regular spot on the local docket for lunch.  Try the Double-Cut... Read More

Steakhouses and refined glamour don't necessarily go hand-in-hand in New Orleans, and Israeli butchers dealing in dry-aged beef seemed an unlikely... Read More

Don’t leave the neighborhood without swinging by this homey corner restaurant for fried chicken livers with pepper jelly or lacquered praline... Read More

Just a short hop away in the Bywater, Elizabeth’s is the gold standard when it comes to New Orleans breakfast. Try their breakfast poboy, or the Redneck... Read More

A service-industry favorite, this French-Quarter watering hole has been serving drinks and rowdy good times since the mid-1950s. Most of the regulars... Read More

Every New Orleanian knows that if you want good raw oysters you needn’t go to Acme.  Just across the street is a spot that’s not only better, but... Read More

Franky and Johnny's markets itself as a neighborhood restaurant in the Uptown district. From Arabella Street, the place looks more like an old general... Read More

This swanky cocktail lounge is famous for its namesake cocktail the French 75, which is made with Cognac, lemon juice, sugar, and Champagne.  Low... Read More

Galatoire's justifiably styles itself as "the grand dame of old-line New Orleans restaurants and has been a signature French Quarter destination for... Read More

Rub shoulders with the New Orleans elite at this famous French Creole institution.  Friday lunch is the time to go, but they don’t take... Read More

Located in the Freret neighborhood, Gautreau’s serves contemporary Louisiana and French cuisine prepared by chef Sue Zemanick.... Read More

Hailed as one of the "Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America" by Esquire magazine and boasting a head chef (Tenney Flynn) who was named New Orleans... Read More

Benji Lee, owner of the notorious dive bar “The Saint,” runs this fantastic coffee shop.  They serve vegetarian fare as well as an expertly... Read More

The uptown outpost of this local mini-chain, on North Claiborne Avenue, is one of my top picks for authentic New Orleans-style grub in the city. And I’m... Read More

A family favorite for years, Creole Creamery is one of the most amazing ice cream shops in New Orleans.  Come uptown and visit for some of the most... Read More

A small round sign advertising warm beer, lousy food, and poor service marks the location of this lively uptown eatery. A table for two sits in the bed... Read More

Easily one of the most lively dining experiences you’re likely to have in this town, this classic Creole restaurant is a must-see.  However, they... Read More

New Orleans Chef powerhouse John Besh is one of the biggest names in New Orleans cooking.  He owns Domenica, Restaurant August and, most recently,... Read More

The famous chef of Restaurant of R’evolution at the Royal Sonesta has spent his career making waves in the world of Louisiana cuisine.  He also... Read More

At Wayfare, it’s easy to find something you like: just close your eyes and put your finger on the menu.  I especially recommend Chef Kevin White’s... Read More

Inspired by owner Nick Bazan’s heritage, this authentic Argentine steakhouse is locally renowned for its fine cuts of beef. Established by Bazan... Read More

This rustic bistro celebrates its storied Garden District location — a landmark dry goods shop — with 70-year’s-worth of worth of... Read More

Located about an hour outside of New Orleans, La Provence brings the flavors of France to rural Louisiana. Owned by celebrated local chef John Besh, the... Read More

As one of the oldest continuously open bars in the country, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is awash with terrifying stories that span back hundreds of years.... Read More

Located in the Magazine Street antiques district, Lilette’s has been repeatedly named a top restaurant in New Orleans. Award-winning Chef John... Read More

This comfortable, zen-like spot is a local favorite.  If driving out to the West Bank seems like too much trouble, it’s hard to do much better than... Read More

This sexy cocktail bar, located at the International House Hotel, is one of the most eclectic in New Orleans.  This is because it’s manned by... Read More

From the homemade sangria to the vibrant, come-as-you-are atmosphere, Lola's is everything a Spanish joint seated in New Orleans should be. A bit off... Read More

With James Beard and Silver Spoon awards among his accolades, chef-owner John Besh set up his Franco-German brasserie Lüke in the city's ... Read More

Also owned by John Besh, Luke is an old school take on the New Orleans style French restaurant.  The service is great, and locals from all over... Read More

A relative newcomer to the Vietnamese scene, Magasin does not disappoint.  The space is clean, modern, and doesn’t carry the fish sauce aroma so... Read More

Situated on upper Magazine Street, this Vietnamese pho joint is everything you could ever want in a health food restaurant.   Start with the... Read More

A Mid-City neighborhood favorite, Mandina’s has been a local tradition and run by the same family since 1932. Open daily, this... Read More

Originally a bordello in the historic Storyville District of the French Quarter, May Baily’s is now a hotel bar.  Sultry portraits taken by famous... Read More

Husband and wife chef-owners Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing combine the cuisines of Mississippi and Louisiana to create contemporary Southern... Read More

In the heady mix that is New Orleans, Mimi’s celebrates the Gulf Coast sound and all the smoky, sweaty soul that comes with it. Saturday nights swing... Read More

Celebrity chef, Susan Spicer's restaurant in Lakeview features an eclectic, globalized menu: a ceviche with fresh tortilla chips and guacamole; Thai... Read More

Admiral Thad Allen, head of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort, was the restaurant's first customer after its reopening. Regulars and tourists... Read More

This uptown late-night hang—which is actually open 24 hours—has some of the cheapest drinks in the city. (In fact, when the owners raised their prices... Read More

Set in a 200-year-old French Creole building, the Napoleon House was originally the residence of Mayor Nicholas Girod. In 1821, Girod offered the... Read More

This properly authentic Indian spot is delicious to say the least, and an incredible value. Options include eating from the buffet or ordering a la... Read More

It looks innocuous enough—picture windows; green walls cluttered with framed artifacts and photographs; paintings—all askance, and each... Read More

The roots of the Old Absinthe House date back to 1807, when the small building served as an importing business and, subsequently, a grocery store.... Read More

When I first had the burger at Chef Jonathan Lestingi’s gastropub in the Bywater section of town, it blew me away.  Made with seasonal aioli and... Read More

Make sure your cab driver stops here on your way to or from the airport. This infamous seafood joint out in Kenner serves some of the most delicious,... Read More

Brunch at Arnaud’s is already a memorable experience.  But when you eat the Oysters Sardou it transcends good and becomes great.  If you... Read More

Nestled in the Carrolton neighborhood uptown, this local spot is perfect for having breakfast off the beaten path.  Early in the morning it’s... Read More

The local take on a French bread sandwich—the Po Boy—is an omnipresent feature on local menus, but few places rise above mediocrity in their offerings.... Read More

Parlez vous francais? Chef Aaron Burgau’s menu at Patois certainly does, but with a strong southern twang. Considering his commitment to locally... Read More

What Cochon is to pork for Donald Link, Peche is, unsurprisingly, to fish. Many local restaurants sanitize the seafood eating experience, but Peche... Read More

Though it’s pretty off the beaten path in Metairie, this spot is well worth a side trip if you’re a true burger connoisseur. Phil’s features a checklist... Read More

Another West Bank staple, Pho Bang is as utilitarian as they get.  Here, don’t expect fancy glassware or cutlery because you won’t get it. ... Read More

Unlike most Vietnamese restaurants, Pho Orchid is open until midnight, meaning once you are done drinking at legendary whiskey bar Barrel Proof, their... Read More

Just a short hop away on the West Bank, this legendary Pho joint is the best in the city.  While the pho is obviously the dish to have, they also... Read More

The Pimm’s Cup is a refreshing combination of Pimm’s No. 1 (a low-alcohol citrus infused gin) lemonade, soda, and a cucumber.  Brought from London... Read More

Simplicity has been paying high dividends for this New York-style pizza kitchen, which opened in 2013 in the fashionable Bywater neighborhood. The menu... Read More

Port of Call represents the best of classic "divey" eating in New Orleans. Situated centrally in the French Quarter, this burger joint-steakhouse combo... Read More

This bar at the Royal Street Inn stays dark and loud most of the night, and has been known to foster more than its share of spontaneous acts of bravado.... Read More

The Ramos Gin Fizz was invented by Henry Ramos in 1888 at the Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans.  It’s made with cream, gin, egg whites,... Read More

Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto got carte blanche when they built the kitchen for Restaurant R'evolution. It is a beautiful, state-of-the-art... Read More

Chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto got carte blanche when they built the kitchen for Restaurant R’evolution.  It is a beautiful, state-of-the-art... Read More

Rio Mar, “where the river meets the sea,” is the restaurant of award-winning chef Adolfo Garcia, who fuses his Spanish and Latin American... Read More

Husband-and-wife team David and Torre Solazzo converted the boxy St. Tammany Parish court office into a Cal-Italian restaurant in 2002. The walls still... Read More

Situated in Bayou St. John, this spot has been open since 1911.  The roast beef po’ boy (it’s called a “poor boy” here) comes doused in hot gravy,... Read More

This energetic café with high ceilings, bright sunlight, quiet nooks, and a staff of young hipsters is constantly filled by students from nearby... Read More

Although Cajun influences abound in the city, there's little high-end food nor dining experiences that are truly Cajun. Set in a converted 19th-century... Read More

Young creatives and locals walking their dogs are likely to be your co-diners at this hip breakfast and lunch café, which places an accent on healthy... Read More

Located in the Bywater, this hip breakfast and lunch spot offers up some of the best healthy fare in the city.  Make sure to try the roasted pear... Read More

Invented in the 1850’s by pharmacist Antoine Peychaud, this New Orleans classic remains virtually unchanged by time.  It started as a Cognac drink... Read More

Best known for its Sazeracs and Ramos Gin Fizzes, the sumptuous bar at the Roosevelt Hotel is one of the city’s most beautiful.  You never know who... Read More

Headed up by Chef Edward Rhinehart, most recently of R’evolution, this health oasis is a needle in a haystack.   Besides the super-fresh... Read More

Almost from opening, Chef Alon Shaya's Israeli restaurant has been at the top of many people's culinary wish list in New Orleans. Located in one of the... Read More

For a less classic, more hip breakfast, look no further than this Magazine Street gem.  The atmosphere is fun and edgy, but the food is everything... Read More

This red-lit bar, set in what looks like a sagging roadside shack, should come with a caution label. Warning: If you like to go to bed after just a... Read More

Make sure to sit at the bar for this one.  Native New Yorker Abigail Gullo runs the cocktail program here and she does a fantastic job of creating... Read More

Abigail Gullo leads the bar team at this exquisite French Quarter bar that has a particularly magnificent ‘Happier Hour’ because, as they like to say,... Read More

A relative newcomer to the New Orleans coffee scene, this third-wave coffee shop makes a hell of an espresso.  It’s not the biggest space, so you... Read More

This new eatery on Jackson Square in the French Quarter is local chef Scott Boswell's wake up call. (It's just down the lane from Stella!, the other... Read More

With the Po Boy reigning supreme in New Orleans, there's a hoagie-sized gap for regular Jewish and Italian sandwiches done to a high standard, and it's... Read More

First, a disclaimer: you can’t actually drink beer here.  But what this legendary sandwich spot does have is a mind-boggling retail beer selection.... Read More

Prominent amid the colorful and detailed architecture and ornate street lamps of the French Quarter is the global-modern restaurant Stella. Having... Read More

Challenging you to celebrate your sweet tooth with touch of panache, this Garden District dessert boutique occupies a smart, clean-lined storefront... Read More

When I first moved to New Orleans Sukho Thai was one of the first restaurants I visited.  Properly authentic and squeaky clean, I was instantly... Read More

Famous for its brunches, Surrey’s is a beautiful, relaxing restaurant.   Highlights include their tasty, fresh-squeezed juice menu and their... Read More

Famous as the owner of Bayona in the French Quarter, Susan Spicer is one of the most influential female chefs in the city.  In a world primarily... Read More

A favorite among celebrities, locals, and travelers alike, Sylvain is the benchmark all other restaurants are measured against.  The staff quietly... Read More

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this rock & roll cocktail mecca nails the atmosphere portion of the cocktail bar, and the drinks portion... Read More

This French Quarter restaurant occupies an incredibly atmospheric landmarked building that dates to 1796. But though it serves a fairly upscale dinner... Read More

Well worth the trip to the West Bank, this Vietnamese joint is killer. Try their take on Korean short ribs and then order the combination pho. Nothing... Read More

Primarily a college hangout, The Bulldog has almost 50 beers on tap and a bottle selection that ranges in the 70s.  It is also one of the cleanest... Read More

There's a substantial amount of general local agreement that the uptown Company Burger (which recently opened a downtown outpost) serves among the best... Read More

Resembling the streetcars that pass by outside on St. Charles Avenue, this long, narrow bistro is a popular choice for dates and late night dining.... Read More

Commonly referred to as Boot Pizza (after the club next door), this late night spot is a favorite among Tulane and Loyola students.  A disclaimer:... Read More

Situated in the Windsor Court Hotel, the Grill Room is the ultimate in timeless luxury.  Sommelier John Mitchell is renowned for his creative wine... Read More

At this fine-dining restaurant in the Windsor Court Hotel, crystal chandeliers and classic white tablecloths contrast with three colorful murals... Read More

From special occasions to Sunday brunch, The Grill Room at Windsor Court Hotel is an institution in the Big Easy fine-dining scene. The palatial dining... Read More

Obviously, barbecue in the South is a serious business, but this particular culinary style was always in the wings in a city where Cajun and Creole... Read More

Upscale is not the right word.  The Polo is downright posh.  Here, at the Windsor Court Hotel, you can rub shoulders (and I have) with the... Read More

Frequented by the ultra-hip, this late-night dive is where dreams (and maybe screenplays) are born. I have personally done shots with Quentin Tarantino... Read More

This riff on the New York style hot pastrami sandwich is hard to beat.  Stein’s is only a short cab ride away from downtown, but if you want to hit... Read More

Legendary local bartender Kimberly Patton-Bragg serves some of the city’s most delicious cocktails at this hip Marigny bar and restaurant. Stop in for a... Read More

There's not much disguising the nature of this Mid City restaurant given the name, a contemporary Cajun celebration of carnivores that has gained... Read More

This is a local’s hangout first and tourist stop second, despite its close proximity to the convention center. For no-nonsense barbecue, Ugly Dog... Read More

Proof that upscale Creole cuisine can be inventive, (relatively) affordable, and found outside of the French Quarter, Upperline is one of the most... Read More

This Australian-themed dive bar may seem out of place in New Orleans’s Central Business District, but the pub has a loyal following of locals... Read More

Meaning Old Square in French, the Vieux Carre is a potent mix of rye, sweet vermouth, cognac, Benedictine, and bitters.  It was invented by Walter... Read More

Scores of people know the magic and the horror of Bourbon Street pizza.  Get it right and it can be downright magical.  But get it wrong and... Read More

There are endless variations on the list of essential New Orleans restaurants, but none of them are likely to overlook this beloved city institution.... Read More

Smack in the middle of the French Quarter, you’ll find Yo Mama’s, a pub legendary for its Peanut Butter Burger. Yes, you read that right! This uniquely... Read More

This uptown coffee shop is the epitome of geek-funk cafés:  At any given time, you can find people studying, playing the board-game mancala, or... Read More

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