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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 20. 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 Ceviche & Pisco
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary Southern, French American, Peruvian
Neighborhoods:Uptown
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Carrollton Market

$$$$·Contemporary Southern·
Uptown
1,205 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Gautreau's Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Uptown
719 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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
100% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana

Tito Ceviche & Pisco

$$$$·Peruvian·
Uptown
432 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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
Fit for Foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cavan

$$$$·American·
Uptown
1,035 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
81% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana

Seaworthy

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
825 reviews
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
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
89% recommended
Late Night Find in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander

$$$$·Seafood·
The Marigny
144 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
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
83% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana

Public Service

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
314 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
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
92% recommended

Desi Vega's Seafood and Steaks

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Metairie
254 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • 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
100% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,563 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
12,588 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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·
Garden District
2,177 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Boil Seafood House

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
245 reviews
  • Casual
  • Spicy
  • Fun
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
92% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Briquette

$$$$·Seafood·
Warehouse District
745 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Borgne

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
2,243 reviews
  • Casual
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
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

The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,396 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended

Andy's Bistro

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Metairie
641 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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

Tableau

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,949 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
83% recommended
Scenic View in New Orleans / Louisiana

Flamingo A-Go-Go

$$$$·American·
Warehouse District
439 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Brunch
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
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana

Trenasse

$$$$·Seafood·
Central Business District
968 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
93% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Tommy's Cuisine

$$$$·Italian·
Warehouse District
1,130 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
86% recommended
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