The Best Cheap Eats in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

New Orleans is undoubtedly one of the most fun and soulful cities in America. This bayou town is the birthplace of jazz music and it has an incredible arts scene. However, if there is one thing that people celebrate New Orleans for the most, it's probably the food. The Crescent City is home to countless celebrated restaurants that serve unforgettable Cajun-style meals and more. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Lucky for diners in New Orleans, many of the best restaurants in NOLA aren't only delicious—they're also affordable. Here are some of the best places in New Orleans to eat and drink on the cheap.

Restaurants:Meril, Ye Olde College Inn, Superior Seafood
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Creole, Seafood
Neighborhoods:Warehouse District, Carrollton, Uptown

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,307 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
One of the best places to eat affordable but gourmet food in New Orleans is Meril, Emeril Lagasse's fourth and most casual restaurant in the city. Meril is in the warehouse districRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,202 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Go to Ye Old College Inn in New Orleans for cheap eats and a bit of history. The restaurant has been around since 1933. Today, they are focused on being a real farm-to-table restauRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,882 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
There is no shortage of seafood restaurants in New Orleans, a town on a bayou, river, and ocean. But, for one of the best cheap places to eat high-quality seafood in NOLA, go to SuRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,585 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
NOLA Restaurant is another one of Emeril Lagasse's casual outposts, located in the heart of the French Quarter. Its menu features traditional Louisiana cooking with a contemporary,Read more
86% recommended
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,609 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Mr. B's is a true classic when it comes to New Orleans dining staples. Long considered a local favorite, Mr. B's is in the heart of the French Quarter and offers a dress code-free Read more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Desi Vega's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,775 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Wine lovers can enjoy delicious cheap eats and an exceptional wine list at Desi Vega's. Desi Vega's is also in the French Quarter, but they're a little different than most of the CRead more
94% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
This is the flagship restaurant for Emeril Lagasse. It opened in 1990, and since its debut, has become legendary for offering outstanding Creole cuisine. Diners can find dishes likRead more
90% recommended
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,368 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
To find the best cheap places to eat in the Garden District, head to Mr. Johns Steakhouse. The menu at Mr. Johns is a typical steakhouse menu, but most dishes have a New Orleans twRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,855 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Muriel's Jackson Square has long had the reputation for being a great choice for casual, affordable dining in the French Quarter. Muriel's sits right off of Jackson Square, making Read more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
14,601 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Opened in 2001, GW Fins is a restaurant that specializes in fish. The restaurant itself buzzes with energy, so it's a fun place to go for a meal that feels enlivening and electrifyRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
2,065 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
People might not think of cheap eats when they think of Ruth's Chris Steak House. However, when it comes to upscale dining in this town, Ruths Chris offers options that won't breakRead more
98% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,004 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
La Boca Steakhouse is another one of the top steakhouses ins New Orleans. This place has an Argentinian flair, with a large menu of meats and a selection of salads, pasta, and sideRead more
95% recommended
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,284 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
People looking for cheap eats in New Orleans that are also inventive should check out Restaurant R'evolution. The menu here boasts both classic takes on Creole fare and inventive nRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,992 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Sometimes the hustle and bustle of New Orleans can get overwhelming. For something more intimate and quiet, have a meal at Lilette, on Magazine Street. For the cheapest eats at LilRead more
95% recommended
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,002 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
The Pelican Club has been a lively and happening place in the French Quarter since 1990. The restaurant boasts a Creole menu with Asian influences, and it has a reputation for beinRead more
94% 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
For a truly authentic traditional New Orleans cuisine experience, try eating at Galatoires. Galatoires isn't fast food cheap. But, they do offer the opportunity to sample the most Read more
85% recommended
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
One of the best cheap New Orleans restaurants is Restaurant Patois. Patois is a Louisiana restaurant with a “French Accent,” so there's a good blend of classic French dishes with tRead more
95% recommended
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Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,972 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Bayona is another New Orleans staple, and it's a good choice for cheap eats. Since their opening 26 years ago, Bayona shined for having an affordable, global menu. At Bayona, try dRead more
91% recommended
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