The Best Seafood Restaurants in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

When it comes to seafood, New Orleans knows its way around the kitchen. The freshest local fish and seafood have always played an inextricable part of dining in New Orleans. Every restaurant in the city, from casual cafes to the finest French Quarter institutions, presents fish and seafood dishes influenced by its African, Spanish, German, and French roots. Seafood in New Orleans means oysters on the half-shell, barbecue shrimp and grilled Gulf fish of the day. But where do the smartest, savviest diners go when they want the best seafood in New Orleans? Check out the Tastemaker Lists. We gathered data covering thousands of restaurants from OpenTable's most seasoned diners to find the top spots in the city. Visitors and locals alike who want to dine on the finest of Louisiana and Gulf Coast seafood should book a table at one of these restaurants. Whether it means dressing in black-tie or putting on a plastic bib, an unforgettable seafood experience awaits.

Restaurants:Carrollton Market, Gautreau's Restaurant, Tito's Ceviche & Pisco
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Southern, French American, Peruvian
Neighborhoods:Uptown

Carrollton Market

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,304 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
At Carrollton Market in historic Riverbend, acclaimed chef-owner Jason Goodenough presents frequently changing menus of innovative, contemporary southern cuisine with global influeRead more
97% recommended
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Gautreau's Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Uptown
794 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Gautreau’s Restaurant enjoys considerable critical acclaim – Zagat called it the best restaurant in New Orleans in 2014 – as well as a loyal clientele among local foodies. VisitorsRead more
95% recommended
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Tito's Ceviche & Pisco

$$$$·Peruvian·
Uptown
448 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Bringing an intriguing mixture of traditional and contemporary Peruvian and Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine to New Orleans is Tito Ceviche and Pisco on Magazine Street. Ceviches aRead more
100% recommended
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Cavan

$$$$·American·
Uptown
1,122 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Cavan claims a delightful venue in the Garden District, a two-story Victorian mansion with dining rooms on both floors and a lively cocktail bar upstairs. Chef Nathan Richard’s cuiRead more
90% recommended
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Seaworthy

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
953 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Seaworthy, inside a circa-1832 Creole cottage attached to the Ace Hotel, has a reputation for serving amazing oysters and cocktails along with some of the best seafood in New OrleaRead more
88% recommended
Late Night Find in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Public Service

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
344 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Public Service is a sophisticated space inside the NOPSI Hotel in the CBD . Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, bar bites and happy hour menus alike present southern-inspired farm-toRead more
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Desi Vega's Seafood and Steaks

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Metairie
451 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Desi Vega is one of the biggest names in the local restaurant scene, and critics and foodies agree that Desi Vega’s Seafood and Steaks offers some of the best seafood in New OrleanRead more
96% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,927 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
At Emeril Lagasse’s fine-dining flagship, the city’s arguably most famous chef presents some of the best seafood in New Orleans. The Warehouse District hot spot specializes in contRead more
92% recommended
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,724 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
GW Fins opened in 2011 in the French Quarter to immediate critical acclaim. The buzz around chef Tenney Flynn – a noted expert on Gulf seafood – and his masterful touch with impeccRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,505 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Superior Seafood matches its superb cuisine with a gloriously inviting venue – an expansive and historic Uptown space on the St. Charles streetcar line, all decked out in the manneRead more
96% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Boil Seafood House

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
365 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
The Garden District’s Boil Seafood House brings Vietnamese-Cajun fusion cuisine to the Crescent City. It’s an unexpected take on local culinary tradition, and one that’s won over mRead more
85% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Briquette

$$$$·Seafood·
Warehouse District
915 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
Briquette, an expansive Warehouse District restaurant specializing in seafood, opened in 2017. Its venue is a historic former refinery space, transformed into a stylish, contemporaRead more
Late Night Find in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Borgne

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
2,298 reviews
  • Local Ingredients
  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
Local, sustainable seafood and the culinary traditions of New Orleans inspire the menus at Borgne, a hip eatery in the CBD. The restaurant is notable for claiming the longest bar iRead more
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,705 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
An institution of the French Quarter since 1990, the Pelican Club boasts some of the best seafood in New Orleans. It consistently garners critical acclaim, including being named onRead more
95% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Andy's Bistro

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Metairie
679 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Andy’s Bistro is the second New Orleans restaurant from chef Andrea Apuzzo, a native of Ana Capri, Italy. Unlike the all-Italian cuisine at his beloved Andrea’s restaurant, the bisRead more
100% recommended
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Tableau

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,131 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
When it opened in 2013, the Times-Picayune called Tableau one of the best new restaurants in New Orleans. An elegant and sophisticated spot in the heart of the French Quarter, the Read more
88% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Flamingo A-Go-Go

$$$$·American·
Warehouse District
608 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
Flamingo A-Go-Go stands out among the countless great restaurants in New Orleans with its eclectic beach-themed fixtures. Most striking among them is a vintage army truck transformRead more
86% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Trenasse

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
1,063 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Trenasse is a local term to describe a trail that leads to a great fishing spot. The name nicely encapsulates this restaurant’s commitment to serving the best seafood while honorinRead more
85% recommended
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Tommy's Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,357 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Italian traditions merge with refined French Creole cooking at Tommy’s Cuisine in the Warehouse District. The cozy space includes a wine bar with live music as well as a dining rooRead more
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

$$$$·Seafood·
The Marigny
186 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
Chef Marlon Alexander is known for his signature braised short ribs, but at Cru the focus is on impeccable seafood. The dinner menu gives as much space to starters, small plates anRead more
82% recommended
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