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Discover Trending Restaurants in New Orleans

The OpenTable Team

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
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Desi Vega's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,369 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
94% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
899 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
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
100% recommended
Kid Friendly in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
Warehouse District
10,457 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,189 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
83% recommended
Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana

Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Garden District
2,133 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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
90% recommended
Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
3,416 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
94% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
12,402 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
97% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
2,543 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
2,003 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
92% recommended
Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,586 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,626 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,923 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in New Orleans / Louisiana

Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
6,902 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
97% recommended
Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
89% recommended

Bayona

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
3,966 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
1,500 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
1,981 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
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
98% recommended
Contemporary American in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
1,597 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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
99% recommended
Special Occasion in New Orleans / Louisiana

Cavan

$$$$·American·
Uptown
1,017 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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
82% recommended

Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
1,820 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
87% recommended