The Best Places to Eat in New Orleans

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Ye Olde College Inn, Meril, Mr. John's Steakhouse
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Creole, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Carrollton, Warehouse District, Garden District
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,309 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion

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 you're getting the f...

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Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,660 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups

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 fact, with 12 restaura...

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Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,476 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic

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 like no other. Desi, Pa...

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Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

ANNUNCIATION

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
1,447 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Located in New Orleans’ bustling Warehouse District, an unforgettable dining experience awaits. Annunciation serves modern Creole and Southern cuisine with an impressive cocktail menu and spectacular ...

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Romantic in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Channing Tatum's Saints & Sinners

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
560 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Groups

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 is all about. Not onl...

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The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
1,390 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for Birthdays

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 ingredients to create amazing...

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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,268 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 you'll be comfortable i...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
15,304 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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 fishmonger czar of the Sout...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,400 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries

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 BBQ Shrimp and tradi...

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Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
2,284 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays

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 plate — just the way ...

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Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,949 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

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 and their food feels...

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Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Grand Isle Restaurant

$$$$·Seafood·
Warehouse District
833 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Local Ingredients
  • Authentic

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 quite a few favorites fr...

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Seafood in New Orleans
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