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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 the Tastemaker 20. 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
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
903 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,436 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Birthdays
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
94% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,374 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
95% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,929 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Garden District
2,143 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,986 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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
98% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
12,425 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
2,556 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

Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,604 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
98% recommended
Special Occasion in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,500 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
2,008 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
92% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,472 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,381 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
90% recommended

NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,203 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana

Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,911 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana

Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,630 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
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Trinity

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
708 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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Revel Cafe and Bar

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
62 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
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

Bar Frances

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
281 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
Vibrant Bar Scene in New Orleans / Louisiana
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