The Best Brunch Restaurants in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

New Orleans likes to stay up late, so it should come as no surprise that this city loves their brunch. Many of the restaurants like to play with NOLA-specific flavors, while others like to stick to the classics. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best brunch spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Try some seafood and sip on a little hair of the dog—these restaurants are a perfect way to start the day.

Restaurants:Mr. B's Bistro, Muriel's Jackson Square, Galatoire's Restaurant
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern
Neighborhoods:French Quarter

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,607 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Mr. B’s Bistro has a tourist-friendly location in the French Quarter. The food served at this upscale casual restaurant, however, caters to people who know and love New Orleans. ThRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,850 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Muriel’s Jackson Square has honed Sunday Jazz Brunch to perfection. Jackson Square plays a unique role in the history of New Orleans. It has held importance to the military, artistRead more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,644 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
New Orleans has a history unlike any city in the United States. Its early founding by French settlers is still felt throughout the streets of the French Quarter, Marigny, and CentrRead more
85% recommended
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,879 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
New Orleans is one of the few cities in the United States where people can wander in public with open containers of alcohol. Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar acknowledges the downsiRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,282 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
The chefs at R’evolution develop traditional Louisiana dishes with strong French influences. People who haven’t already noticed the influence that French culinary tradition had on Read more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,306 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Anyone who watches TV shows featuring celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will have heard of his restaurant, Meril. On camera, Emeril seems to care most about throwing down a handful of Read more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,993 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
At Lilette, Chef John Harris displays his knack for French and Italian cooking. A brunch visit to this Garden District restaurant will start Saturday right. Some of the chef’s bestRead more
95% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
2,065 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
Ruth’s Chris Steak House has about 100 locations throughout North America. The restaurant isn’t a New Orleans native, but the food still makes for a hearty, delicious lunch. Keep iRead more
98% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Vessel NOLA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Mid-City / City Park
1,224 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Vessel is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Mid-City. The owners turned a 1914 church into a restaurant while keeping intact the stained glass windows and sweeping ceiling. Read more
81% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,694 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Compere Lapin has an eclectic brunch menu that draws inspiration from the South, Mexico, and France. Guests can order a classic like Biscuits & Gravy with Poached Eggs, but they caRead more
93% recommended
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Apolline

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,358 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Apolline has a cozy dining room with cloth-covered tables and soft lighting. They're a great place to escape the sunlight and heat common throughout most of the year in New OrleansRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Broussard's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
2,538 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
Broussard’s is one of the few New Orleans restaurants that serve brunch Friday through Monday. At Broussard’s, brunch isn’t exclusively a weekend meal. It does, however, start withRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Commander's Palace

$$$$·Creole·
Garden District
9 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Commander’s Palace serves what some might call traditional Creole foods. The James Beard Foundation has recognized the restaurant's chef, so guests get to experience traditional CrRead more
100% recommended
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
For obvious historical reasons, the New Orleans culinary scene draws a lot of inspiration from French cuisine. Patois makes the influence even more obvious by serving French food mRead more
95% recommended
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Toast

$$$$·American·
Uptown
When people want some of the best breakfast in New Orleans, they head to one of Toast’s locations. The menus vary somewhat by location. In the French Quarter restaurant, guests canRead more
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Elizabeth's Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Bywater
Elizabeth’s Restaurant prides itself on serving satisfying dishes that include favorites from the South and New Orleans. Guests can order oddities like the French Toast Burrito andRead more
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