Discover Trending Restaurants in New Orleans

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When it comes to being trendy, New Orleans handles it like a pro. Staying true to their roots, many of the restaurants blend the timelessness of classical local cuisine with contemporary methods like using seasonal and sustainable ingredients. The result? Pure deliciousness. Millions of diners book with us each month, and among them are the ones you trust the most. You know, those people you turn to for last-minute recos or just about any occasion. That’s because they’re tastemakers and know what’s up when it comes to trendy restaurants in NOLA. Here are their recommendations listed out for you.

Restaurants:Desi Vega's, Ye Olde College Inn, Emeril's Restaurant
Price Range:$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Creole
Neighborhoods:Warehouse District, Carrollton

Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,567 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Desi Vega's Steakhouse claims a prime location on the ground floor of the Lafayette Hotel, right next door to Lafayette Park on St. Charles Avenue, where diners can watch the streeRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,055 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Comfort Food
Opened in 1933, Ye Olde College Inn is a real-deal New Orleans culinary landmark. A number of popular items, including the New Orleans po'boy and breaded veal cutlet, have been on Read more
95% recommended
Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant in the Warehouse District, now more than 25 years old, showcases the mastery of Creole and Cajun cooking that made him famous. Chef Douglas BraRead more
91% recommended
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NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,591 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Emeril Lagasse's three-story NOLA Restaurant opened in the French Quarter in 1992, when the celebrity chef was an up-and-coming name. It won immediate critical acclaim for presentiRead more
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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
2,477 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Superior Seafood occupies a historic Uptown property on the St. Charles streetcar line, giving it eminent appeal to locals and tourists alike. With red leather booths, antique FrenRead more
96% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,909 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
Emeril Lagasse's fourth restaurant in New Orleans, Meril opened in 2016 in the hip-and-happening Warehouse District. The restaurant has a casual-chic vibe with an open kitchen, spaRead more
93% recommended
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
13,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
GW Fins opened in the French Quarter in 2011 and soon garnered considerable critical acclaim that secured its status among the best trendy New Orleans restaurants: The Times-PicayuRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,134 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Mr. B's Bistro occupies a glorious French Quarter property with a pink facade, elegant white columns, and ornate wrought iron fixtures. Inside, the atmosphere is one of traditionalRead more
95% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,170 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
More than one critic has called Mr. John's Steakhouse the best in New Orleans, praising their fastidious approach to presenting the highest-quality beef along with tradition-meets-Read more
95% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,913 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Restaurant R'evolution opened in 2012 inside the French Quarter's Royal Sonesta Hotel, which it shares with the Jazz Playhouse. The voluminous space includes seven distinct dining Read more
90% recommended
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,643 reviews
  • Worth the Drive
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
French immigrant Jean Galatoire opened his restaurant in the French Quarter in 1905, serving recipes from his homeland, adapted to Louisiana ingredients and the appetites of New OrRead more
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Taking its cues from an Argentinian chophouse, La Boca Steakhouse in the Warehouse District is unlike any of the other trendy New Orleans restaurants. Inside the warm, rustic dininRead more
100% recommended
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,245 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Muriel's Jackson Square resides in a grand, mid-18th-century mansion on a busy corner in the French Quarter. The storied building was home to many important figures throughout New Read more
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,670 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Fine Creole cuisine with Asian and French influences is on the menu at the Pelican Club, a French Quarter fixture since 1990. Conde Nast Traveler called it one of the top 250 restaRead more
96% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,973 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
At Bayona, housed in a 200-year-old Creole cottage in the heart of the French Quarter, diners have a choice of three unique dining rooms plus a landscaped courtyard with a fountainRead more
91% recommended
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Restaurant Patois

$$$$·French·
Uptown
1,503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Restaurant Patois serves rustic, haute French fare with a touch of New Orleans tradition. The Uptown venue has the feel of a French countryside cafe, ideal for romantic dinners andRead more
95% recommended
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Testament to Lilette's impeccable menu offerings, the Times-Picayune named it one of the city's top 10 best restaurants five times. Further, chef-owner John Harris was a James BearRead more
100% recommended
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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,850 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ruth's Chris Steak House is a popular chain of over 100 upscale restaurants across North America, but it started in New Orleans (as Chris Steak House) in 1927. Ruth Fertel acquiredRead more
88% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cavan

$$$$·American·
Uptown
1,122 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Cavan, a neighborhood restaurant on Magazine Street in the Garden District, opened in 2016. The stately, two-story Victorian mansion features dining rooms on both floors and an upsRead more
90% recommended
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Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,040 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Fresh-shucked oysters have been a star of Pascal's Manale's menus since its opening in 1913, but it's most famous for inventing New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp in the 1950s. The Read more
90% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New Orleans / Louisiana
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