The Best Bars for Foodies in New Orleans

Laissez les bons temps rouler in New Orleans! When you think of the greatest American cities for a good time, you don't have to go too far down the list before the name "New Orleans" comes up. The Big Easy is one of the best cities on the planet to grab a drink. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemakers List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Bars and restaurants in NOLA deliver some of the finest cuisines in America—traditional Cajun and Creole favorites, Gulf seafood, sweet treats, and so much more. Let the good times roll at these New Orleans bars.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Ye Olde College Inn, Meril, Desi Vega's Steakhouse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Creole, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Carrollton, Warehouse District
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,256 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Groups

One of the coolest dining experiences in New Orleans. The name might scream out cheap beers and pub food, but Ye Olde College Inn is a true farm-to-table restaurant. The proof of that? It's right next...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,505 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

Famous Food Network chef Emeril Lagasse's fourth New Orleans restaurant is a hot spot in the town's Warehouse district. The bar scene is always lively here. Patrons can sip on a wide selection of fant...

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Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Desi Vega's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,868 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

A beautiful, classic steakhouse tailored to New Orleans sensibilities, Desi Vega's is a bustling spot off of St. Charles Avenue with a dazzling white interior. It screams out Big Easy cool. There's a ...

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Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,451 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Creativity explodes onto the plate here at Restaurant R'evolution, which is dedicated to the modern reimagining of Creole and Cajun cuisines. Traditional dishes have fascinating, delicious twists like...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
3,053 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

A prime fresh seafood destination in New Orleans that's ideal for anyone who wants to hop off the streetcar and hop into a restaurant for a delicious dinner. Oyster fans will be in briny heaven. Super...

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Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
14,945 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

Amazing seafood in a beautiful location. This French Quarter institution prides itself on having some of the best seafood in the city. There's an ever-changing menu based on the daily catch that arriv...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,786 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

One of the coolest restaurants in all the city. Stylish lamps light Mr. B's entrance off of Royal Street in the French Quarter. There's plenty of seafood on the menu—jumbo scallops, lump crab cakes, f...

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Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
2,141 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

Ruth's Chris is an institution around America. You know exactly what you're going to get here—delicious and sizzling steaks delivered on hot plates. Being New Orleans, this Ruth's Chris also offers ex...

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Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,423 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries

Mr. John's Steakhouse is a mixture of styles. It blends the atmosphere of classic New Orleans bar with the rich and elegant feel of a traditional steakhouse spot. It's earned accolades for its luxurio...

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Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
10,522 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu

This the first restaurant from Food Network personality and renowned celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and is one of New Orleans' prime dining destinations. The creative menu is full of Emeril's signature...

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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,118 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

A New Orleans bar that guests must visit—it's one of the finest Creole restaurants in the whole city. A French Quarter hot spot for tourists and locals, The Pelican Club is a gorgeous spot for dinner ...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,131 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

Another fine option for anyone looking to sample from Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans bars and restaurants. NOLA is a relaxed spot with modern-style decor, and is a favorite among the locals. It's also a...

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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,984 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

A spookily delicious dining experience. Muriel's Jackson Square has a fascinating ghost story that comes along with your drink or meal. There's a fine menu of New Orleans favorites and classic cocktai...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Revel Cafe and Bar

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
74 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Neighborhood Gem

The party is right there in the name. Revel is famous for its legendary New Orleans bartender and owner Chris McMillan—a man who co-founded a museum that celebrates the American cocktail. McMillan's c...

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