Where Chefs Eat in New Orleans

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Restaurants:Restaurant August, Sylvain, Commander's Palace
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, Creole
Neighborhoods:Central Business District, French Quarter, Garden District

Restaurant August

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Central Business District
7,295 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
“A John Besh restaurant that really put him on the map in New Orleans.” – Tory McPhail
93% recommended
Best Service in New Orleans / Louisiana

Sylvain

$$$$·Contemporary American·
French Quarter
2,445 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
“Chef Martha Wiggins' food is tremendous, the vibe is cool and the music is always great.” – Alex Harrell
91% recommended
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Commander's Palace

$$$$·Creole·
Garden District
9 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“Commander's is an institution – a place you go if you have friends visiting, are celebrating a special occasion, or just want a five-star fine-dining meal. Whether you go for dinnRead more
100% recommended
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Emeril's Delmonico

$$$$·Creole·
Garden District
5,786 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
“Emeril's is quintessential New Orleans. The service is top notch and Chef David Slater is so talented. I love the barbecue shrimp there.” – Nina Compton
88% recommended
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Lilette

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Garden District
1,994 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
“Hearts of Palm salad Gnochetti.” – Edgar Caro
100% recommended
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Avo

$$$$·Italian·
Uptown
916 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
“I love Chef Nick Lama's sensibility with food. He cooks with soul and creativity that I really enjoy. It's the perfect place for a date night with my wife.” – Alex Harrell
96% recommended
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La Petite Grocery

$$$$·French·
Garden District
4,040 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
“Really great food and excellent service.” – Chris Lusk
96% recommended
Healthy in New Orleans / Louisiana

Restaurant R'evolution

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
4,914 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
“They really think about every single detail in a fine dining experience. It's not for every day but a really nice treat occasionally.” – Isaac Toups
90% recommended

Upperline

$$$$·American·
Garden District
2 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Jeremy Lee from Quo Vadis
100% recommended
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Muriel's Jackson Square

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
7,259 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Chris Lusk from The Caribbean Room
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in New Orleans / Louisiana

Domenica

$$$$·Italian·
Central Business District
5,694 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Happy Hour
Recommended by Chef Martha Wiggins from Sylvain
94% recommended
Italian in New Orleans / Louisiana

MoPho

$$$$·Southeast Asian·
Mid-City / City Park
228 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Alex Harrell from Angeline
98% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Shaya

$$$$·Israeli·
Uptown
3,023 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“Alon Shaya is an incredibly talented chef doing a modern take on Israeli cuisine. I love everything there but the cauliflower hummus is my favorite.” – Nina Compton
99% recommended
Best Overall in New Orleans / Louisiana

Galatoire's Restaurant

$$$$·Creole / Cajun / Southern·
French Quarter
2,643 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Great for Brunch
“Birthdays are often celebrated at Galatoire's for Friday lunch that turn into dinner. Ask for my favorite waiter Cajun John and have him order for you.” – John Besh
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Compère Lapin

$$$$·American·
Central Business District
2,689 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“Chef Nina Compton and her husband Larry Miller have created one of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Nina's food is so well-thought-out and beautifully presented. I always takeRead more
95% recommended
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Willa Jean

$$$$·Southern·
Central Business District
1,531 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
“One of John Besh's restaurants and they have amazing baked goods and delicious breakfast. I love the chicken and biscuits there.” – Nina Compton
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in New Orleans / Louisiana
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La Boca Steakhouse

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Warehouse District
2,003 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Edgar Caro from Baru
100% recommended
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Meauxbar Bistro

$$$$·Bistro·
French Quarter
1,142 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Martha Wiggins from Sylvain
100% recommended
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