The Most Famous Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans cuisine and international acclaim go hand in hand. The Crescent City serves its famous Creole and Cajun cooking and iconic dishes, from boudin to beignets. This city celebrates food, unlike anywhere else with its fancy French bistros, hole-in-the-wall joints, and centuries-old colonial kitchens. But where do the savviest diners eat out in NOLA? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We determined the top spots among OpenTable's smartest, most seasoned diners using data covering thousands of restaurants. The following 20 famous restaurants in New Orleans highlight the best in the Big Easy. Book a table and laissez les bon temps rouler (let the good times roll)!

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Dakota Restaurant, Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse, Cafe Degas
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse, French
Neighborhoods:Covington, French Quarter, Mid-City / City Park
Party Size
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Date
Time
7:00 PM

Dakota Restaurant

$$$$·American·
Covington
850 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

Dakota Restaurant specializes in contemporary Louisiana cuisine prepared with local, seasonal ingredients. Its comprehensive wine list has earned Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of ...

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95% recommended
Special Occasion in New Orleans / Louisiana

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
French Quarter
4,449 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

From the Dickie Brennan Family of restaurants, an institution of the New Orleans dining scene, is Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. Among countless accolades, Travel + Leisure called th...

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91% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Cafe Degas

$$$$·French·
Mid-City / City Park
1,757 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

Café Degas in Bayou St. John proclaims itself the “longest running and most Gallic French restaurant in New Orleans.” It fulfills this promise with exquisite and authentically Fren...

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97% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,279 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

As the restaurant that invented New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in the 1950s, Pascal’s Manale has a solid spot among the most famous restaurants in New Orleans. The Uptown restau...

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92% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,413 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals

A serious contender for the city’s best steakhouse, and certainly one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans, is Mr. John’s Steakhouse. The Garden District gem specializes i...

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94% recommended
Special Occasion in New Orleans / Louisiana

Gyu-Kaku - New Orleans, LA

$$$$·Japanese·
Warehouse District
330 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

Gyu-Kaku, a famous global chain of Japanese barbecue restaurants, opened its first New Orleans venue on December 31, 2018. The restaurant is known for its interactive tabletop gril...

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91% recommended
Late Night Find in New Orleans / Louisiana

B.B. King's Blues Club- New Orleans

$$$$·American·
French Quarter
814 reviews
  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups

One of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans comes from one of the most famous legends in music history. B.B. King brings together incredible southern barbecue, live music, da...

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88% recommended
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
14,868 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

In 2018, the Times-Picayune called GW Fins one of the top 10 best French Quarter restaurants. This, along with other accolades like Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, proves GW ...

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98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Bistro Daisy

$$$$·American·
Uptown
840 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

Uptown’s Bistro Daisy exudes charm thanks to its setting – a shotgun cottage dating to the Civil War era. It's now an eclectic and inviting space for romantic meals. The bistro-sty...

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100% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Delmonico

$$$$·Creole·
Garden District
5,727 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Emeril’s Delmonico boasts a glorious setting right on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. The restaurant represents celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s concept of a contemporary Cre...

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91% recommended
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Desi Vega's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,826 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date

An iconic steakhouse on the ground floor of the Lafayette Hotel, Desi Vega’s is one of the most famous restaurants in New Orleans. It’s an iconic spot where diners can watch the st...

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96% recommended
Best Service in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
10,807 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

For over 25 years, Emeril’s Restaurant has represented its namesake's signature Creole, Cajun and globally influenced cuisine. Emeril's Warehouse District flagship, with chef Dougl...

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90% recommended
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,238 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Special Occasion

Ye Olde College Inn opened in 1933, when “farm-to-table” was simply common sense rather than a trend. The Uptown New Orleans restaurant still sources eggs and seasonal produce from...

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100% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Crescent City Steak House

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Mid-City / City Park
917 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion

Crescent City Steak House was established in 1934 and maintains a truly nostalgic vibe. It’s still in its original location and run by the fourth generation of the Vojkovich family...

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83% recommended

Gautreau's Restaurant

$$$$·French American·
Uptown
898 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

Zagat named Gautreau’s the best restaurant in New Orleans in 2014, but the Uptown charmer remains somewhat enigmatic. Blame its signage-free setting in a leafy residential neighbor...

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98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Irene's

$$$$·Italian·
French Quarter
2,382 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

NOLA locals remember fondly Irene’s original French Quarter spot, which Sicily native Irene DiPietro opened in 1993. The larger, brighter spot on Bienville Street that Irene’s call...

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97% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana
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