Discover Trending Restaurants in New Orleans

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.

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

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
1,870 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

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 streetcar come and go. Sh...

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Best Food in New Orleans / Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn

$$$$·Creole·
Carrollton
1,258 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for Groups

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 the menu since the 1...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Emeril's Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
10,526 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu

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 Braselman brings the fl...

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NOLA Restaurant

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
12,126 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot

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 presenting bold flavors fusi...

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Superior Seafood

$$$$·Seafood·
Uptown
3,058 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • 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 French chairs, and a ful...

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Seafood in New Orleans / Louisiana

Meril

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Warehouse District
4,514 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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, spacious bar, and inter...

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Most Booked in New Orleans / Louisiana
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GW Fins

$$$$·Seafood·
French Quarter
14,958 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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-Picayune called it one of ...

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Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. B's Bistro

$$$$·Creole·
French Quarter
3,795 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

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 traditional fine dining, with g...

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Creole in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Mr. John's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Garden District
2,429 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • 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-trendy sides. The po...

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Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
5,458 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 spaces, with two kit...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,989 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 Orleans' history, an...

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Creole / Cajun / Southern in New Orleans / Louisiana
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The Pelican Club

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
3,125 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • 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 restaurants in America. T...

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - New Orleans

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Central Business District
2,144 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic

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 acquired the restaurant in 1...

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Steakhouse in New Orleans / Louisiana

Pascal's Manale

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
2,313 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 nostalgic Uptown res...

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Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana