The Most Romantic Restaurants in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

New Orleans is easily one of the most romantic cities in the United States. No other American city has a neighborhood like the French Quarter, where couples can wander cobblestone streets under the light of gas lamps. The wonderfully eclectic restaurant scene that draws inspiration from France, Italy, and local cultures. It has such a strong reputation for its culinary delights that mediocre restaurants cannot survive. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We've pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Check out these romantic restaurants for your next date night in NOLA.

Restaurants:The Pelican Club, GW Fins, Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:French Quarter, Central Business District

The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,682 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
The Pelican Club’s location in the French Quarter automatically gives it a romantic charm. Inside, couples get to enjoy beautiful floors and columns made from Italian marble. The iRead more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,644 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
New Orleans' location on Lake Pontchartrain and near the Gulf of Mexico means that restaurants have access to fresh seafood. AT GW Fins, Chef Tenney Flynn uses fresh ingredients toRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,856 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
In many cities, Ruth’s Chris dominates local steak houses with unforgettable steaks, seafood, and sides. At the location in New Orleans, Executive Chef Vernell Gibson has elevated Read more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,262 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
New Orleans has a wealth of historic landmarks. Few play a more important role in the city’s cultural development than Jackson Square, where artists and musicians have worked for oRead more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana

Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,142 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mr. B’s Bistro has been serving favorites like Wagyu Beef Short Ribs and Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp & Grits since 1979. Although it’s a neighborhood eatery, it maintains a romantic ambiaRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,643 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Jean Galatoire started Galatoire’s Restaurant on Bourbon Street in 1905. The restaurant quickly gained approval from locals who craved French cuisine in a family dining style. As GRead more
85% recommended
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,917 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
At R’evolution, Chef Folse and Chef Tramonto have found adventurous ways to elevate Creole cooking to a level that would look at home in the kitchen of a top Parisian restaurant. ERead more
90% recommended
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Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,918 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Meril is owned by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Emeril may have grown up in New England, but he’s become famous for his command of Creole and Cajun cuisines. At Meril, couples finRead more
92% recommended
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,176 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Couples that love steak need to reserve two spots at Mr. John’s Steakhouse on Charles Ave. In addition to some of the best steaks in town, Mr. John’s Steakhouse serves Turtle Soup,Read more
96% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,058 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
A lot of restaurants claim that they support the farm-to-table movement. After a little research, though, guests learn that they only buy a percentage of their ingredients from locRead more
96% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,481 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar sits at the intersection of Napoleon and Charles avenues. Grab a window seat to watch all of the neighborhood locals and tourists as they move down Read more
96% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana

Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,572 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Desi Vega developed the concept and recipes for this steakhouse by teaming up with Chef Merlin Beals, a New Orleans native who had been working in Vega family restaurants since he Read more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Lilette’s dining room has soft lighting and plenty of tables for two. Fresh cut flowers complete the mod, turning the restaurant into the perfect destination for any romantic eveniRead more
100% recommended
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
It’s easy to find good Creole, French, and Italian food in New Orleans. It gets a little more difficult, though, when couples crave food from Argentina. La Boca solves this problemRead more
100% recommended
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Coquette

$$$$·American·
Garden District
3,238 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Coquette got nominated for an award from the James Beard Foundation in 1991. Since then, the restaurant has only improved their menu by focusing on Southern cuisine made from localRead more
98% recommended
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Sylvain

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
2,445 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Sylvain aims to make each date a fun evening full of conversation and laughter. The restaurant has a rustic look thanks to the carefully chosen furniture and their location in a 17Read more
91% recommended
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Apolline

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Uptown
1,241 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Apolline has a small kitchen garden full of herbs that the staff uses to make meals taste as fresh as possible. The dinner menu includes favorites like Cold Smoked Beelers Pork ChoRead more
96% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Bistro Daisy

$$$$·American·
Uptown
749 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Bistro Daisy serves American food in the Uptown neighborhood. The charming atmosphere and reliable food make this one of the best romantic restaurants in New Orleans and LouisianaRead more
100% recommended
Best Value in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Long before Louisiana became part of the United States, it belonged to the French. The influence of French cuisine is still obvious at some of the best romantic restaurants in New Read more
95% recommended
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