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 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 Lists. 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

Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,055 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
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
95% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
100% recommended
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Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,909 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
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
93% recommended
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,170 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
95% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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ANNUNCIATION

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
1,199 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Channing Tatum's Saints & Sinners

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
573 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
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
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The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
1,196 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Steakhouse in New Orleans
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Basin Seafood and Spirits

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
359 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
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
100% recommended
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,670 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,625 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
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,040 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
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,643 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
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
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,850 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
88% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,134 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
649 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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
84% recommended
Healthy in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 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
3,973 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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