The Best Restaurants in New Orleans, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

New Orleans is a cultural mixing pot of French, Creole, Southern low country, and African roots—and you can see each of these reflected in the city's cuisine, making it a must-visit for any food lover. Bourbon Street is a major draw, with loads of restaurants and bars—but smaller neighborhoods like the Garden District and Faubourg Marugny are dripping with Creole touches, like old oak trees and jazz clubs. With over 1,000 restaurants in the city, it can be hard to narrow down the top restaurants in New Orleans. 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 top spots among Open Table's most expert, seasoned diners. Score a table at any of these spots, and laissez le bon temps rouler!

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
1,992 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Chef and owner John Harris has dozens of accolades under his belt, from being a James Beard finalist for Best Southern Chef, to a mention in Food and Wine magazine's “Best New ChefRead more
95% recommended
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,202 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Since 1933, Ye Olde College Inn has served classic New Orleans dishes with a farm-fresh twist. With a farm located adjacent to the restaurant, generations of diners have enjoyed thRead more
100% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Simple food is artfully prepared at La Boca, an Argentinian-style steakhouse. “La Boca” is Spanish for “the mouth,” and the mouth – and the stomach – will leave satiated after sampRead more
95% recommended
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Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,311 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
The name of this casual eatery may seem familiar, and that's because it sounds an awful lot like famed NOLA chef Emeril Lagasse. Yes, it's certainly a famous New Orleans restaurantRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,373 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
Historic St. Charles Avenue is home to Mr. John's Steakhouse, a favorite of locals as well as the players and staff of the New Orleans Saints. Seeing an appetizer called “who dat sRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,292 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Playing with beloved southern classics such as gumbo, po' boys, and beignets can indeed start a “revolution” by diners who like their traditions to remain the same. However, award-Read more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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ANNUNCIATION

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
1,328 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Even in the middle of the bustling Warehouse District, diners can still find an intimate restaurant designed for cozy conversation and romantic evenings. Annunciation offers a clevRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum

$$$$·American·
Warehouse District
232 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly
While visiting the National World War II Museum, make a pit stop at The American Sector, which is accessible even if admission to the museum hasn't been purchased. The restaurant cRead more
84% recommended
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The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
1,300 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
If old-school sophistication suits your aestetic, The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans cloaks diners in dark, Old English woods and transport them to a time when customers viewedRead more
85% recommended

Basin Seafood and Spirits

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
359 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
When the name of a restaurant has “seafood” in it, diners can anticipate what will make up the bulk of the menu. At Basin Seafood and Spirits, chef/owner Edgar Caro was inspired toRead more
90% recommended
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,004 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Contemporary meets classic at The Pelican Club, located in a revived townhouse in the heart of the French Quarter. Both the menu and decor reflect nods to the past while also embraRead more
94% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
14,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
The first time visiting a restaurant usually entails an online check to see where the general direction of the cuisine falls. This won't work at GW Fins, and the reason is due to tRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,223 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Sure, barbecued shrimp on many a New Orleans menu, but sample get the original version at Pascal's Manale Restaurant, one of the most famous New Orleans restaurants. Thinking that Read more
93% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,892 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Looking to experience the heartbeat of New Orleans? Superior Seafood lets visitors see, feel, hear, and taste what makes the Big Easy tick. Located on the corner of St. Charles andRead more
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
806 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Sometimes guests want a dinner environment that reflects feel like the best, most refined version of themselves. Stepping into Galatoires 33 stately green dining room adorned with Read more
88% recommended
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,917 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Any list discussing the best restaurants in New Orleans would be remiss without mentioning the hardest working chef in the Big Easy – Emeril Lagasse. Open since 1990, the chef's flRead more
90% recommended
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Another chef/owner with loads of accolades is Patois' Aaron Burgau, whose restaurant aims to add a local accent (patois) to his traditional French food. Focusing on locally-sourcedRead more
95% recommended
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Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,972 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Chef Susan Spicer has cultivated some of the New Orleans' finest chefs over her career, which includes a James Beard award. At her French Quarter restaurant Bayona, she uses her foRead 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
Ever walked through a European city and seen poultry roasting on a rotisserie in the window? The mere thought is mouth-watering at the prospect of tucking into one of these juicy bRead more
91% recommended
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