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The Best New Orleans Restaurants, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in New Orleans for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in New Orleans—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

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
1,984 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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
98% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
902 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,929 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,432 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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

Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,007 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
92% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana

ANNUNCIATION

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
1,050 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum

$$$$·American·
Warehouse District
219 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
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
100% recommended

The Rib Room at the Omni Royal Orleans

$$$$·Steak·
French Quarter
1,045 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
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
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

The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,381 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
89% recommended

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
12,421 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
1,822 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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
85% recommended

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Garden District
2,142 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
803 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,468 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
92% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,500 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
3,966 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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Balise - Permanently Closed

$$$$·French·
Central Business District
524 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
Situated in a brick townhouse in the Central Business District, the unassuming Balise whisks patrons away into a New Orleans seen at the turn of the century. Stop for a cocktail atRead more
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