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About GW Fins

We hope our dress policy is comfortable for all. Coats and ties are not required. Slacks, dress jeans, dress shorts are great. We ask that gentlemen wear at least a collared shirt. T-shirts, cut off shorts, and athletic wear are not permitted. We ask Gentlemen to remove their hats in the Dining room.

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 and 2011 "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 and quality are some of the many reasons GW Fins prints its menu daily. GW Fins 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.

808 Bienville St.
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Bourbon, Dauphine

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 581-3467

Website:
http://www.gwfins.com/

Parking Details:
Validated parking is available for up to 3 hours at Premium Parking, located at 911 Iberville St.

Public Transit:
Bienville & Rampart

Executive Chef:
Michael Nelson

Private Party Facilities:
GW Fins' Private Dining Room has a maximum capacity of 30 people, however, we can accommodate 210 people for a sit down dinner and up to 350 for a cocktail reception with a buyout of the restaurant.

Private Party Contact:
George Elmer: (504) 581-3467

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

GW Fins Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (283)
Good for a Date (257)
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Good for Anniversaries (224)
Fit for Foodies (224)
Romantic (190)
Good for Birthdays (175)
Local Ingredients (169)
Notable Wine List (154)
Business Meals (147)
Authentic (103)
Neighborhood Gem (100)
Worth the Drive (95)
Good for Groups (87)
Handcrafted Cocktails (75)
Hot Spot (74)
Quiet Conversation (68)
Pre/post Theatre (64)
Fun (58)
Cozy (55)
Bar Seating (51)
Healthy (48)
People Watching (35)
Seasonal (33)
Casual (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Tasting Menu (24)
Comfort Food (21)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Happy Hour (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Scenic View (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 hours ago

Amazing experience and a must stop !!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

Anniversary

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined a day ago

Excellent service and great food. Would highly recommend. If you only visit one restaurant during your New Orleans stay, make it this one. The pork belly was the best I’ve ever had and the halibut delicious.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined a day ago

Beautiful and warmly decorated for Christmas with a more modern twist then others.

Very good service not on the level of Commander’s but adequate and friendly.

Our server seemed to love her job and loved to engage with her clients. (Falen was her name and her very capable assistant Omar did a wonderful job). They were very professional.

Best seafood gumbo in the city hands down! The fin wings appetizer was unique but well worth the adventure.

I think the menu changes daily. However, if you want any type of seafood that is NOT fried...no one in the world can do it better than this chef.

The Swordfish, shrimp and mashed potatoes was creative and incredible. The blackened swordfish was the perfect texture and temperature.

The red snapper and etouffe was equally wonderful and hearty.

The shrimp remoulade was better than average but no where near the best in the city.

If you like fish this is a MUST go to place.

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·Dined 2 days ago

One of the best for seafood in New Orleans! We've tried many others.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was very good. Service was very good although our server was a little confused on menu descriptions. The hosts at the front were less than friendly. We were early for our reservation and they told us to go wait elsewhere in a less than friendly manner. Not a huge deal. However, first impressions matter.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Absolutely delicious! The scalibut (halibut topped with scallops) was one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. The brussel sprout flakes and white sweet potatoes were both very tasty. The filet was also very good. Service was slow to start but soon improved to exceed our expectations. We can’t go to NOLA without having dinner at Fins. Their wine list is extensive with something for everyone. We made a reservation and asked for a table by the window. The staff was eager to please so the owner personally updated us on the status of our table while we waited. G W Fins is rated #1 for a reason....don’t miss out on dining here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 2 days ago

WOW. What a great date night. We’ve dined in some great places before but GW Fins is way up there on the list Fantastic in every way. And the lobster dumplings...yes to that!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our dinner and service, Marlin, was excellent. Would most definitely recommend to my friends. In fact already have.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Best food I have ever eaten in my life!!! The freshness in the seafood is unreal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was unbelievable. Server was attentive and nice. Definitely recommend the Scalibut and Salty Malty Ice Cream Pie.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner at GW Fin's once again. The service was superb and the food both imaginative and delicious. Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

This is one of the top restaurants I have been to- from service, to wait staff, desert, wine and ambiance it hits all stars. We enjoyed a glass of wine in the bar prior to dinner, then moved to a smaller quiet room for dinner. We enjoyed lobster dumplings ( highly recommended), John Dory fish and King Salmon. Flavors were incredible. The chef does a great job with presentation.

Be sure to make reservations well in advanced of your visit or you won’t get in. Plan ahead in order to enjoy this well managed, well run and amazing seafood restaurant! A must while in New Orleans!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

Dinner was delish! Enjoyed mango tuna tartare as appetizer and entree. For dessert, I had homemade pear and mango sorbet. The server was amazing! It was very busy and incredibly loud due to large convention in town.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Jerry was our server. He was very attentive and so was his helper. The food was delicious! I would go again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 5 days ago

GW Fins did not disappoint. Food and service was outstanding.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

There's a lot of charm in the French Quarter, and there's dozens of places that have their own niche or quirks that make them must visits when you're in town, but GW Fins rises above all that, and not just for this city, but for fine dining in general. Great, creative but simple food and a friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Not just my favorite restaurant in NOLA, but one of my favorite restaurants in the world. The wait is worth it, every time.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Went for an anniversary and they pulled out all the stops. Made it a very special night !

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Was our 1st visit & will be back when we return. The menu was big enough you had choices, other than seafood.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

We sat at the bar and the service was great and food was excellent. The bartenders were attentive and provided lots of input on our choices as we proceeded through 4-5 small plates. Only beef is that the bar area gets crowded with folks that bump and nudge you, many of whom also some smelled very strongly of cigarette smoke.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Exceptional

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

All dishes aree amazing, 2 of us listened the waiters recommendation and loved it.. the other 2 ordered the scalibut.. ALL DELICIOUS. I wouldnt get obster dumpling..not up to the hype.. just get 2 orders of barbecue shrimp

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous! Our dinners were superb and so was the service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had an exquisite dinner, effectiely staying with appetizers so we could taste more things on the menu. Outstanding were the smoked oysters, the fin wings, and the porkbelly. A memorable dinner with very attentive friendly service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

This was certainly one of the best meals I have enjoyed, period. We tried selections from every part of the menu, and everything was fresh and expertly prepared. They also served possibly the best Sazerac I have ever experienced. I look forward to going again

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Christmas dinner celebration. Marlon was the best wait! Ask for him! You WONT Be sorry!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent meal - excellent service - best meal and dining experience in New Orleans for us - it was our first visit to NOLA and thus was the first dinner out we had - our experience set the bar high and no other restaurant cleared that bar - we will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Fabulous dining! After several days in New Orleans, this was by far tops among all other dining venues!! We will be back, hopefully this week. Excellent local food and excellentl service and dining experience.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time in NOLA! The absolute best Restaurant we went to. Amazing food, awesome waiter. Can't wait to come back. Loved it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Restaurant was wonderful. Fish was delicious and presentation was spot on

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Meet up with out-of-town friends. Wonderful, fun experience -- as much the friends as the food, but as usual the food was excellent. Never fails.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

GW Fins is a good NOLA restaurant, but ,on our experience, not a great one. The front-of-the-house projected more chaotic back-and-forth than fine dining competence. The bar is excellent and eating at the bar might be your best option.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Always our favorite place when in town! Service is great and food is wonderful!!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great meal. This most recent experience at GW Fins reinforced our belief that this is our favorite New Orleans restaurant. From the thoughtful advice at the bar re: wine and craft cocktail recommendations through the great recommendation of bread pudding for dessert, service was top notch. Our server, Scott, was friendly, professional, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. The vaunted biscuits may have been "best ever" - piping hot, flaky, and flavorful. Our starters of scallops (new menu item) and the Shrimp Remoulade salad were delightful. The blackened swordfish and Pesto gnocchi entrees were terrific, and the white chocolate and caramel bread pudding was a wonderful shareable dessert.
We're already looking forward to our next visit!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

A 5 star experience ! Food, ambiance, wait staff-excellent! Pricey but worth every penny. A must do while in NOLA.

Tags: Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Cozy, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

It never disappoints!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was probably the worst we have ever experienced in NOLA. It was also so loud, you couldn’t even hear anything.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Absolutely a wonderful menu with the very best of choices. Great service. Food was exemplary. We’ll definitely be back? Would recommend G W Fins to everyone for any occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Not a must have in NOLA, the Smoked Oysters are great, but the rest of the dishes were just a OK, the service was amazing, and the wine selection is impressive.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food at GW is always outstanding. I made sure I ordered the Yellow fin tuna as I had ordered other things my last few trips. Although very good, the yellow fin is the best. Our waitress, Ashley was great. Looking forward to our next trip back.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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