The Best Restaurants with Vegan Options in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

Nicknamed "The Big Easy," New Orleans has an unparalleled nightlife, vibrant music scene, and some of the best food. New Orleans is best known for is its unique cuisine, featuring a melting pot of French, African, and Native American favorites. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker Lists. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Here’s our list of some of the best restaurants with vegan options in New Orleans—guaranteed to be enjoyable and filling.

Restaurants:Meril, Ye Olde College Inn, Lilette
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Creole
Neighborhoods:Warehouse District, Carrollton, Garden District

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,014 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Owned and operated by former Food Network star and celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse — who was born, raised, and began his career in New Orleans — the restaurant's namesake is none othRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,104 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Groups
This place bills itself as a “true New Orleans classic,” and it's no wonder: originally erected in1933, it's now the home base for many local musicians who have contributed to the Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The brain-child of world-class Executive Chef John Harris, Lilette remains true to its French — rather than Creole— roots. Consistently ranked as one of the top restaurants by locaRead more
95% recommended
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,797 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
One of the definitive restaurants of the famed French Quarter, The Pelican Club prides itself on its “sophisticated Creole menu.” The carrot ginger soup, and the vegetarian and/or Read more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana

GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,916 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
While better known for its seafood, GW Fins certainly has no shortage of vegan options for even the most finicky of eaters. Owned and operated by Gary Wollerman, GW Fins makes our Read more
99% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,408 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Warehoused in a 19th-century building that's steeped in Old New Orleans history, Muriel's is a bit of a landmark in New Orleans. Touting the proud history of the Vieux Carre on itsRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana

NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,591 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Yet another Emeril Lagasse restaurant, NOLA is the place “where it all began.” NOLA stands for “New Orleans, Louisiana,” and it really doesn't get any more Creole than this. NOLA iRead more
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,930 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
Comfort food, fast service, and healthy options are all on the menu at Emeril's eponymous restaurant, which has become synonymous with the celebrity chef and former Food Network hoRead more
92% recommended
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,029 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
What can we say about Restaurant R'evolution that others have not said? Situated snugly in a hotel lobby, this fusion restaurant perfectly blends the unique styles of chefs John FoRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,644 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Jackets are absolutely required at this Bourbon Street mainstay, but you won't mind one bit. Galatoire's desserts are second-to-none, and that's why this restaurant makes our list Read more
85% recommended
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Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,637 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Even though Desi Vega's is a “steakhouse,” it makes our list of the best vegan restaurants in New Orleans because, like every other restaurant on this list, there's no shortage of Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,563 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
Yes, even a seafood restaurant makes the list of best vegan restaurants in New Orleans! Just like the other restaurants on this list, Superior Seafood also offers superior sides anRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,267 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The brunch menu alone at Mr. B's make it a must-see for tourists who make the patronage to the Big Easy. If the lemon icebox pie isn't enough to add this restaurant to our list of Read more
96% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,929 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ruth's Chris Steak House originates in New York City, but their Big Easy satellite location is just as awesome — if not more so —than their Big Apple parent location. This steakhouRead more
93% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,228 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Another St. Charles Avenue favorite, Mr. John's is in frequent competition with Desi Vega's, but it's all in good fun. And, like other steakhouses on this list, their specialty is,Read more
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,005 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
You might not expect an Argentine steakhouse in the middle of Creole country, but La Boca Steakhouse is a nice treat for those who need a break from spicy Creole food. Located on tRead more
100% recommended
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Patois's tagline is, “Louisiana Cuisine with a French Accent.” Unlike other restaurants on this list of the best vegan restaurants in New Orleans, Patois takes more of a European (Read more
95% recommended
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Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,973 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Nestled in a 200-year-old cottage, Bayona proudly boasts Chef Susan Spicer at the helm, where the “Nawlins” native puts a worldly twist on Creole favorites. Perhaps its her unique Read more
91% recommended
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