The Best Seafood Restaurants in New Orleans

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Gautreau's Restaurant, Seaworthy, Public Service
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French American, Seafood, American
Neighborhoods:Uptown, Central Business District
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Gautreau's Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Uptown
941 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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. Visitors are unlikely to stu...

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Seaworthy

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
1,162 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 Orleans. It hosts an oyst...

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Public Service

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
371 reviews

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-to-table cuisine with ...

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Desi Vega's Seafood and Steaks

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Metairie
782 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 Orleans. While USDA-prime ...

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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
10,468 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 contemporary versions of...

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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
15,128 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 impeccably sourced seafood...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
3,134 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour

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 manner of a classic Paris...

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Briquette

$$$$·Seafood·
Warehouse District
1,232 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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, contemporary restaurant with a...

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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,178 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 one of the top 250 res...

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Tableau

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,531 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

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 Dickie Brennan’s gro...

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Flamingo A-Go-Go

$$$$·American·
Warehouse District
900 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 transformed into a 20-person ...

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Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana

Trenasse

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
1,305 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

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 honoring Cajun and Creole t...

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Tommy's Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,627 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

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 room with white tablecl...

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