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The Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

New Orleans is known for a lot of things. Its party atmosphere, history, culture, and its food. Whether attending a Mardi Gras parade, Jazz Fest, the Essence Festival, or Southern Decadence—there's no place like the Crescent City. The food plays a big part in what makes NOLA unique. So, 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. From Cajun dishes like Crawfish Etouffee, shrimp and grits, gumbo, muffulettas, Po Boys, and red beans and rice, New Orleans specializes in it all. Find the freshest seafood and most tender steaks at these iconic New Orleans restaurants.

Restaurants:Lilette, Ye Olde College Inn, La Boca Steakhouse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Creole, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Garden District, Carrollton, Warehouse District
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,981 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Lilette Restaurant ranks as one of New Orleans' top restaurants by critics and locals alike. The French and Italian-inspired cuisine is palate-pleasing and unique. Lilette is a TopRead more
98% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
899 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
This restaurant has been around since 1933, although it was originally known as College Inn. They serve farm-to-table food from their own farm located right next door, so you know Read more
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
This top Zagat-rated steakhouse offers the best of Argentinian food. La Boca ranks well consistently on Thrillist, Zagat, and the New Orleans Dining Guide, and they are James BeardRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,416 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
If you're not familiar with Emeril Lagasse, then you're in for a real treat. He's an icon himself and his food is top-notch, award-winning fare. Emeril owns many restaurants. In faRead more
94% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,003 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Critics call Mr. John's Steakhouse the best steakhouse in the city and there is a good reason for that. At this elegant, yet relaxed, steakhouse you'll find a dining experience likRead more
92% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

ANNUNCIATION

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
1,048 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Located in New Orleans’ bustling Warehouse District, an unforgettable dining experience awaits. Annunciation serves modern Creole and Southern cuisine with an impressive cocktail mRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

Channing Tatum's Saints & Sinners

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
553 reviews
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
This is a restaurant whose theme is “fun, not fine dining.” Found in the former Red Light District, its catchy slogan is just a fraction of what Channing Tatum's Saints & Sinners iRead more

The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans

$$$$·Steak·
French Quarter
1,044 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Located right in the French Quarter, The Rib Room at the Omni has been a mainstay for literary greats, politicians, and locals alike. This restaurant uses locally sourced ingredienRead more
82% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in New Orleans / Louisiana

Basin Seafood and Spirits

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
351 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
The idea for Basin began several years ago when chef and owner of Baru, Edgar Caro, returned from a fishing trip with his friends. He caught snapper and made it into a dockside cevRead more

The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
This is a place where you'll find authentic Creole-Cajun cuisine and down-to-earth Southern dishes in an elegant, yet comfortable setting. In fact, The Pelican Club states that youRead more
89% recommended

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
12,402 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Here is a restaurant with an ever-changing menu. Chef Tenney Flynn has become known as one of the country’s foremost seafood authorities and he has earned the namesake “the fishmonRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
1,820 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
For one century, Manale has specialized in seafood, as well as traditional Italian dishes and thick juicy steaks. Pascal’s Manale is renowned for its raw oyster bar and its famous Read more
87% recommended

Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,626 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
33 Bar and Steak from Galatoire's is the premier destination in the Vieux Carré and this historic and restored building houses some of the finest food in NOLA. They are perfect forRead more
88% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,597 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
A national treasure, Ruth's Chris Steak House got its start in New Orleans. At Ruth's Chris, each cut of USDA Prime beef arrives cooked to perfection and sizzling on a 500-degree pRead more
99% recommended
Special Occasion in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
2,543 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
For regional specialties in a casual bistro setting, try Mr. B's Bistro, which has been a star among New Orleans since 1979. Serving Louisiana fare, their reputation is impeccable Read more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Grand Isle Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Warehouse District
585 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
With a laidback attitude, Grand Isle Restaurant's food is nothing but. The cuisine is quintessential Creole and the drinks flow with unique cocktails and cold brews. There are quitRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,500 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Patois does Louisiana cuisine with a decidedly French accent. The Times-Picayune recognizes Chef Aaron annually, and publications such as Garden & Gun have featured the restaurantRead more
95% recommended
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Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,966 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Featuring a well-known name in the industry, Susan Spicer's restaurant Bayona has a flair for taste. Bayona draws inspiration from the Mediterranean, Asia, North Africa, France, SpRead more
91% recommended
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Zea Rotisserie & Bar - New Orleans

$$$$·American·
Mid-City / City Park
73 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
Inspired by the rotisserie cooking found at European food markets, Zea became a polished casual restaurant, serving classic American fare infused with mouth-watering international Read more
91% recommended
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Balise - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Central Business District
524 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
Balise Restaurant is pure Louisiana with a European flavor, as executive chef Balise puts his creative spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine. He features dishes like Turtle BologRead more
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