GW Fins
GW Fins

GW Fins

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gwfins.com/
  • Phone: 5045813467
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday from 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Tenney Flynn
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining up to 28 people - restaurant available for buyouts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bourbon, Dauphine
  • Public Transit: Bienville & Rampart
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking available at Standard Parking Garage on the corner of Dauphine and Iberville St.
A word from GW Fins
Experience the cuisine that has created raving fans of local diners and national and local food critics alike. Chef Tenney Flynn (New Orleans magazine's 2004 "Chef of the Year") ensures the highest quality seafood by flying in products from around the globe and featuring only the best from local waters - both at their seasonal peak. This commitment to freshness, variety and to the guest are some of the many reasons GW Fins prints its menu daily and has received numerous glowing reviews in The Times-Picayune (4 beans), Food & Wine, Southern Living and Esquire magazines. We look forward to serving you soon so we may learn what you think.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
GW Fins reviews from OpenTable diners
544 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (399)fit for foodies (352)romantic (290)notable wine list (197)good for groups (150)neighborhood gem (142)hot spot (115)vibrant bar scene (42)scenic view (19)late-night find (18)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Service needs work.
    sjSD
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were seated just before the tables on either side of us so we ordered before either of them did. But both tables got their food before us. That's including their appetizers where we didn't even order one.While the waiter did apologize, it was just a bummer. It's not like we ordered anything that takes forever to cook. (Fish). And then the waiter never really came back to check on us. We were also told by 2 different waiters that they'd bring more rolls to us but we didn't get them until the end of the meal. The food itself was fantastic but good service goes a long way. I would still recommend this place but maybe not as enthusiastically.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Find
    Sweet
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food, the service, the ambience all superb . It was so good we went back a second night!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 34th Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Got there a 1/2 hour early and only had to wait 5 minutes for our table and was immediately greeted with "Happy Anniversary" by the hostess. When we arrived at our table it was decorated with a rose, glitter, and a special menu that had our names and anniversary greetings printed on it. Our waiter provided excellent recommendations, we chose the lobster dumplings with scalibut entree and pork belly with watermellon and John Dory fillet. Both did not disappoint. The dinners were very satisfying so we decided to skip desert but our waiter decided to surprise us with a complimentary mousse bomb served with another plate with "Happy Anniversary" wrote in chocolate. All this attention to detail was impressive, we really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem for Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    First visit to this restaurant. Great service from hostess to servers. Plenty of food and wine choices. The fish selections were unique and difficult to make a decision as they all sounded delicious. Thoroughly enjoyed everything. Selected this restaurant for a birthday dinner and exceeded expectations. Everyone was attentive and pleasant. The food was fresh and delicious. Highly recommend as this was a great experience. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite NOLA restaurant
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Wonderful dinner. Great service. Amazing fish selections that everyone at the table enjoyed. Lobster ravioli appetizer not to be missed, as were the blue crab pot stickers. A favorite spot when over I'm in New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Outstanding food and service; can't wait to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Dining Experience in Years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time in New Orleans, wanted seafood and GW Fins did not disappoint. Mentioned that we were celebrating a birthday and the staff did a fabulous job making us feel special (decorated table, personalized menu, dessert). Our server was very knowledgeable, made great recommendations (food & beverage) and paced the meal perfectly. The food, from start to finish, was superb. Fresh, flavorful and perfectly prepared and presented. The restaurant was very busy, but the atmosphere was still relaxed. Next time we visit NOLA, we will definitely dine here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food every time! Ambience and service very energetic for our NO vaca
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was unbelievably good. The service was attentive, friendly, but not intrusive. Don't miss this one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 stars!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    From the hostesses to the bartenders and esspecially the servers, the service is excellent! The restaurant is setup well and has beautiful floor to ceiling windows, great for people watching, but you'll probably be enjoying your food too much to notice. We ordered the lobster appetizers and the shrimp remoulade salad to start, the parmesan crusted sheepshead (fish) as our entree, and Ban-Nila for dessert. All were amazing and very well prepared! It almost made me wish we had ordered a second entree, but we were very full after the dessert. This was our favorite meal and best dining experience in all of New Orleans! If your enjoy great food, then don't miss this place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Everything about the place was excellent, the food was some of the best I have eaten and the service was outstanding. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edith
    Edith
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent as always, we enjoyed dining here so each time we come to New Orleans we make time to dine at GW Fins. I tell all my friends about this restaurant,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was top notch
    Sara
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great food! Definently going back! The food is perfect and unique. The bar staff is great! Wonderful restaurant with great ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    Mikee
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Lived up to its reputation as one of the best seafood restaurants in NOLA. Highly recommend include it on your "must go" restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and great food
    Dreamteam
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We loved everything about GW Fins. The food was outstanding, the service impeccable and the restaurant's décor was really nice. The only negative was the noise level. It would have been nice with a little music to drown out the talking a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant!
    Greatplace
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food and service were terrific! Our waiter could not have been more attentive. Definitely would recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible food
    Judie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    When in New Orleans, GW Fins should be on one of your must go to place for dinner. Great selection of fresh fish. Wonderful appetizers and great survive to go along with it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    MorePlease
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    One of the best seafood meals I have ever had. Service was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best in nola
    Randyk
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We are locals, we dine here often. One of our favorite spots
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish lovers heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    First of all, the place looks incredible. Like the perfect stage to serve fine food. The dishes we had were fabulous. The fish were as fresh as possible. Wait staff were a bit off, and definitely not up the standard of this room or the food coming out of the kitchen. Overall, the food outweighed the shortcomings of the wait staff, and would absolutely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Devil's in the details
    JustVisiting
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tripadvisor rates GW Fins as number one, so that is what we tried. We did have the good fortune of being placed in the farthest corner of the back room. Expert lighting, muted sounds and padded linen table were the perfect stage for a romantic dinner meal. Our sever Jason was personable, professional and attentive. As for the food? Signature mojo cocktail came warm on the bottom cold on the top and could not declare itself - it was thankfully returned. The tartar appetizer, a mix of yellow tuna, mango and avocado could have had fresher fish, more mango and less fridge time. The signature Scalobit dish would have pleased had it not been served on tepid bed of risotto. It was enjoyable, not stunning or worth revisiting, but enjoyable.
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  • Absolutely delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My parmesan encrusted drum topped with lump crab meat and served with asparagus and crispy capers was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! My husband's swordfish with sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes was equally delicious. A place you could go again and again to fully explore the menu. Service was attentive and helpful. Groups on the main floor kept the noise level up, but a booth on the upper level back rim kept us tucked away and feeling private.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Visit When In NOLA
    Auggie
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Make sure to dine at GW Fins the next time you are in New Orleans ! Great staff, ambiance, and food. The house specialty is Scallibut: a combination of sliced scallops layered on halibut then pan seared on a bed of lobster risotto - sublime !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oasis amid the chaos
    Davi
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    When you first walk in you realize it's not just another Bourbon street restaurant. Far exceeded our expectations. My husband had the filet, one of the best ever. I had the house scalibut, unusual taste sensation, absolutely delicious. Thank you for the experience, especially because it was my husbands. 69 th birthday!! Everyone greeted him with a birthday wish all nite long. Thank you for the complimentary bread pudding desert and the Happy Birthday Plate, how cute was that!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    VanFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    First time visitors to New Orleans and first time to GW Fins. While the stroll down Bourbon St. can only be described as a gong show, once we got to the restaurant it was well worth it. The wine list is good from the choice and price perspective. Had a very nice Pinot Noir (~$80). For dinner, the Sword Fish was very good. Well prepared, cooked to perfection. My dining companion was very pleased with her meal as well. I would recommend this for a high class, relatively pricey experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night
    Crazy4Food
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We are from Louisiana and love great food. So when visiting New Orleans we always choose a different restaurant. This was our 20th Anniversary and GW Fins was the perfect place for us. The menu is prepared daily - so every day it is a menu of specials. When asked to recommend a wine for the occasion, our server, Oliver suggested a relatively inexpensive bottle - totally unexpected. We opted for a more expensive version. Also recommended by our server, we started off with the Lobster Dumplings - they were stupid good. We then had a Yellowfin Crudo - wow. The entrée was the Scalibut - also wonderfully prepared and mouthwatering. Also provided a customized menu for our occasion, a dessert with "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate. Love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    NinaVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    GW Fins deserves the No. 1 rank in Trip Advisor's list. Food, service and ambience were as expected - tops! Our wait staff, Allen, was pleasant and very attentive. In fact, all of the staff at GW Fins were very attentive - seemed like they are all there to please their guests. This restaurant is definitely a come-back place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time to GWFINNS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Picked up the high marks on Trip Advisor, Great selection, great service, overall a wonderful experience from start to finish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    anniversay
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    they made our trip to New Orleans!they decorated the table, had a special menu printed with our name and anniversary date on it. the server was very helpful and attentive. we split the crab dumpling appetizer and we thought they could not be topped, we were wrong. my wife had the swordfish and i had the scalibut, both were amazing.this was by far the best dinning experience we have had ever. when we left everyone wished us a happy anniversary on the way in and out. they made our day very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - as usual
    JCNOLAVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Hands down (or is that forks down), this is the BEST seafood restaurant in New Orleans! It always has fresh fish prepared in ways that bring out the best in the fish. Pot stickers are soooo good. Gumbo, with a dark roux, fabulous. Fish changes everyday according to what genius Chef Tenney can get. Great location - one block to validated parking in a garage and 1/2 block off Bourbon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fiinfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Excellent food, as usual. The service was outstanding. Waiter was extremely knowledgable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious birthday dinner
    Perfect
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    No better place to celebrate my 30th than at GW Fins. Went to NOLA for a weekend. My best friend made reservations for us to eat at GW Fins after much research and after reading many reviews. The food was delicious! Everything tasted so fresh and their menu differs daily based on the day's catch. Service was quick, but perfect enough to enjoy time to catch up with my best friend. We literally ate every morsel of food off every one of our plates (embarrassing!). Thank you GW Fins for an amazing dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of NOLAs finest restaurants
    Malbuster
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    From the moment we arrived, the service was impeccable. The bar staff were attentive and our waiter,Moose, knew exactly how to pace the courses. The food was over the top. The octopus appetizer was so tasty, and my John Dore was cooked to perfection. I believe a lot of GW Fins success is it's attention to details. The dining area had its own manager, Terrence, who made sure each dish was as ordered and the owner , Gary, paid attention to us like we were family. I recommend this as a must go to restaurant if you are in NOLA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLAweekender
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was amazing! Blue Crab appetizer was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing meal.
    FunfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The restaurant is a large room with tiers of tables, dimly lit, reminded me of a tired upscale diner. Service was indifferent. Waiter recommended the soft shell crab appetizer which was deeply fried, no special flavors. The restaurant specialty of scalibut just tasted like halibut and scallops, adequate but bland. The accompanying lobster risotto was an unappealing scoop of glooey risotto with a small piece of lobster on the side, again, no distinct flavor. The bread pudding was a large portion of overly sweet bread pudding. They did give hot biscuits, no butter, that were just ok. Very disappointing restaurant that is rated so highly on tripadvisor. Makes me wonder is the reviews are real.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe expectations were too high
    gatordiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My spouse and I have eaten at about 12 different very nice restaurants in New Orleans in the last 5 months on work trips. We saw on Trip Advisor that this was rated the #1 restaurant of over 1300 in New Orleans and some local friends recommended it so this time we booked in advance with great anticipation of a top flight meal. We were somewhat disappointed. Not because it was bad but because it wasn't great. The biscuit they brought out before the appetizer was hard and dry. The seafood gumbo was the worst I have had in New Orleans. Very dark like a stew but with no seafood. At least the waiter took it off the bill. Everything else was good including the desserts but nothing really stood out as exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies from Fla
    FlaFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great meal, excellent food and service 5 star. dessert was also awesome.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Commander's Palace of seafood.
    greenrotifer
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is a top notch seafood restaurant. We always use commander's palace as a comparison (if the food is as expensive as commander's palace, the food must be as good as commander's palace). While many restaurants failed at this litmus test, GW Fins had great food and great service. The only difference, is that while superb, the ambiance doesn't have quite the grandeur and persona of Commander's.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    cgkailua14
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our favorite place to dine in New Orleans. We enjoyed it so much that we came back on our last night in town. From the service, to the wine, yummy home baked biscuits, and excellent main course dishes to choose from, we loved it all! We will be back next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Suzie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Everything from start to finish was stellar. Definently my favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet