The Best Bars for Foodies in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Ye Olde College Inn, Meril, Desi Vega's
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Creole, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Carrollton, Warehouse District

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,057 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
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 tRead more
95% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,912 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
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 wiRead more
93% recommended

Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,568 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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 ERead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,913 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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, dRead more
90% recommended

La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
The taste of Argentina comes to New Orleans at La Boca, and it doesn't feel like a traditional steakhouse. La Boca is colorful and vibrant inside, with unique Argentinian flavors iRead more
100% recommended
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,478 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 inRead more
96% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana

Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
The place for traditional French cuisine in New Orleans. Lilette, from chef and James Beard Award finalist John Harris, is a lush and beautiful restaurant serving up the finest in Read more
100% recommended
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,632 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 daRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,136 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 scallopsRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,852 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Intimate and ornate, Restaurant Patois is a local favorite off of Laurel Street with a menu of New Orleans and Gulf classics, from the acclaimed chef Aaron Burgau. There are great Read more
95% recommended
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,171 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 accolRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 oRead more
91% recommended
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,673 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • 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 gorgeRead more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana

NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,591 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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 theRead more
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,253 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 favoritesRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana

Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,643 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
Galatoire's has been a New Orleans institution on Bourbon Street since 1905. Grab a seat in the ornate dining room for a delicious French meal or some of the New Orleans-inspired CRead more
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Revel Cafe and Bar

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
73 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
  • Creative Cuisine
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 coRead more
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Bar Frances

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
309 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
A lovely spot in Uptown New Orleans, Bar Frances comes from celebrated chef Marcus Woodham. Its covered patio is a relaxing spot for a group to enjoy a delicious selection of tableRead more
89% recommended
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Trinity

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
709 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Bright and beautiful, Trinity is a French Quarter favorite. Trinity features a great bar and dining area where visitors can sip on classic or specialty cocktails as they dine on a Read more
86% recommended
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