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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in New Orleans

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in New Orleans? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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4.9
4.9 (4023)
$31 to $50
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
*Please note that if your desired reservation time is not available online, or your party is larger than those accepted through this service, please call the restaurant. We are happy and excited to make great effort in accommodating you. *

RESERVATION POLICY: Reservations requiring a credit card are subject to a $10/person fee as a result of no call-no show, or if not cancelled before 4:00pm central time on the reservation date.

Our cuisine is country French and Italian with a New Orleans influence. Although a majority of our seating is available for walk-in guests we do take reservations. While you wait we have a piano player and serve cocktails. We look forward to serving you.
"Love and Cuisine, Sempre con Passione"

Top review
MelanieV
Dined 5 days ago
Everything was superb! The service the food and the setting. I was expecting more pasta options, but it wasn’t needed as they have a variety of options and will go out of their way to accommodate any special requests
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4.7
4.7 (1119)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Bywater
About the restaurant
Hidden away in the Bywater neighborhood, The Country Club offers an elegant escape from everyday living. Our beautiful restaurant and bar deliver exquisite food and drink in sophisticated surroundings. We offer chef-driven cuisine inspired by Italian-French and Creole-Southern heritages. Our incredible menus by Chef Chris Barbato, formerly of Commander’s Palace, has all the foodies talking. Our award-winning wine program features more than 140 bottles from 13 countries and its very own private label wines. You MUST be 21 or over to dine with us. Some outdoor seating is available. If you would like to request outdoor seating, please do so when you arrive. We book up for Drag Brunch six months out, HOWEVER, as people cancel reservations they immediately become available online, so be sure to check back often. For Parties over 20 people please contact us directly.

Top review
PeggyKvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our waiter was wonderful and knowledgeable the food was excellent. Everything we ordered was so different that we couldn’t name a favorite. It was a wonderful afternoon and I would definitely recommend your restaurant.
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4.7
4.7 (773)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Farm-to-table and authentic New Orleans cuisine come together in the French Quarter at M bistro, where the chefs take an indigenous approach to the preparation of meats, seafood and produce from farmers in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. Three velvet-draped semi-private “Cheater’s Booths” and a private Wine Room offer additional venues for a special meal.

Our restaurant and lounge are conveniently located on the third floor lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.



Top review
TKauhi
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
Disappointed that the buffet was not available when the website and menus says it should be available. But breakfast was the best we had in NOLA and service was amazing.
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4.9
4.9 (1027)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Themed Tea Dates: Mardi Gras Tea- January 27 & 28, The Windsor Court's Birthday Celebration Tea- February 17, *Irish Tea- March 17 (Adults Only- Price $80pp), Easter Tea-March 30 &31, Mothers Day Tea-May 11&12, Princess Tea-June 22 & 23 (Price-Adult $80pp & Kids $55pp) *Prohibition Tea-July 20 (Adults Only-Price $80pp), *LGBTEA August 31, (Adults Only-Price $80pp), Swift-Tea- October 12 & 13(Adults $80pp & Kids $55pp), *Halloween Tea-October 26 & 27 (Price-Adults $80pp & Kids $55pp) *Holiday Tea-November 29-Dec 31st (Adults $80pp & Kids 12 & under $55pp) (limited seating) - Please call for availability.



Experience the delightful tradition of afternoon tea at Le Salon. Sip from a selection of 30 of the finest loose-leaf variety brews while your ears enjoy soft melodies from a harpist or pianist from the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. Enjoy an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches, scones and sweets as you engage in one of New Orleans locals most beloved and fashionable pastimes.

Top review
LissaT
Dined 3 days ago
Not to be missed! Harp music, lovely tables set for traditional tea with floral china in a gorgeous setting. Reserve early and enjoy!
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4.8
4.8 (8018)
$50 and over
Contemporary French / American
Central Business District
About the restaurant
August is a Contemporary Creole restaurant creating unique dishes with a focus on Louisiana ingredients and inspired by classical training. Located in a historic 19th century French-Creole building in New Orleans’ Central Business District, the main dining room caters to the most unique dining experience. The interior is rich with original architectural details, gleaming hardwood floors, soaring columns, mahogany paneling and antique mirrors.

Top review
JoshuaB
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing experience all the way around! The well preserved and stunning New Orleans historical facility, the delicious French creole cuisine, and the friendly wait staff all made our evening memorable. Highly recommend!
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4.6
4.6 (65)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Morrow Steak by Larry Morrow redefines luxury dining with an emphasis on exceptional steakcraft and sophisticated flavors. This restaurant skillfully blends opulence with innovation, creating a distinctive dining experience that captures the vibrant essence of New Orleans.
Each carefully crafted dish invites diners to explore a fresh perspective on local cuisine, featuring a range of expertly selected steaks, exceptional sushi, fine fish options, and perfectly curated cocktails.
With its elegant ambiance and meticulous attention to detail, Morrow Steak not only celebrates, but also elevates the rich culinary traditions of the region, making each meal a memorable journey through flavor and culture.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service was excellent. Was very disappointed to get a slice of cold very cold cake.
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4.9
4.9 (6311)
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Garden District
About the restaurant
Atchafalaya is a true New Orleans neighborhood eatery where the eclectic yet elegant atmosphere is only outshone by the attentive service and delicious local fare. Nestled under the oaks on the edges of the Irish Channel, Magazine Street, and historic Garden districts, this hidden gem is one the best contemporary Creole dining experiences that one can find in the city. Neighbors, locals, and out of towners alike will become regulars after experiencing the brand of hospitality offered by New Orleans’ only five “A” restaurant. If having standards such as a gumbo du jour, blue crab raviolo, or shrimp & grits, a nightly seafood special, or a filet paired with a selection from the world class wine program you will not be disappointed. The introductions of brunch, live music, cocktails, and now an extensive happy hour continue the newest culinary chapter for a storied local haunt, embracing New Orleans’ culinary culture while placing contemporary spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Quant hidden gem, the food, drinks, and service were all amazing. From the time we walked in and were greeted by a welcoming conversation with the hostess to the suggestions made by our waitress, to the absolutely amazing dishes, this is definitely a place we’ll be back to visit.
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4.8
4.8 (943)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Covington
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Northshore, located in the heart of Covington.

If your preferred reservation time is not available through Open Table, please call the restaurant directly to check availability at (985) 276-4994.

Our dining experience is also available at the Bar. Bar seats are on a first come first serve basis.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Kevin had our table ready with a welcome card wishing us a Happy Anniversary. Tangris was very attentive, helpful, courteous and paid personal attention to us. Olivia and Carly were very pleasant, courteous, and attentive. They kept our water glasses full, served the food together, and provided new utensils every course. The restaurant was quiet and relaxing. My wife and I had a great time and have made this our #1 choice for special occasions. Many thanks to all the staff at Desi Vega's.
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4.8
4.8 (449)
$31 to $50
Cajun
West Bank
About the restaurant

Bayou des Familles, a lazy waterway home to many alligators, turtles, egrets and other wildlife, takes center stage as our restaurant’s design provides its diners with a natural picture show. It’s in this unique setting where friends and family unite to experience southern Louisiana charm and culture in its finest form. It’s an experience not to be soon forgotten.

The 15-mile drive from downtown New Orleans will take you through the Jean Lafitte National Park. You’ll arrive at Restaurant des Familles and park under moss-filled century-old oak trees. The restaurant’s Acadian-style architecture provides a glimpse of bayou life that once was.

Our menu features authentic representations of Cajun and Creole favorites such as Crawfish Etouffée, Seafood & Okra Gumbo, Seafood Platters and Turtle Soup. Our signature dish, Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant, will tempt even the most timid diner.

We look forward to your visit.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 2, 2024
Hidden gem in the bayou; and the lunch portions were huge.
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