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About Desi Vega's

Voted Best New Restaurants "Class of 13" by New Orleans Magazine. Desi Vega is the restaurateur of Desi Vega's Steakhouse and Mr. John's Steakhouse. Both restaurants are consistently outstanding and locals' favorite place to "see and be seen". Desi grew up in the restaurant business and was groomed by Ella Brennan at Commander's Palace, Ruth Fertel of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Emeril Lagasse. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence makes for a truly memorable dining experience. Our USDA Prime steaks are carefully selected, hand-cut and aged for tenderness, then seared to perfection and served on a sizzling plate. The Who Dat Shrimp appetizer and Andouille-crawfish Mac & Cheese are favorite dishes of the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans players. We hope you'll visit to see for yourself!

628 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Happy Hour in the lounge: Tuesday - Friday: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
featuring $5 Grey Goose and Crown Royal cocktails
Open for New Orleans Saints Home Games & select Mardi Gras Parades. Please check website for dates and hours.
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Cross Street:
Maestri and Girod

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 523-7600

Website:
http://www.desivegasteaks.com/

Entertainment:
We offer entertainment before and after New Orleans Saints home games and special events.

Catering:
Our cocktail reception menu is priced to fit any budget and includes local dishes as well as some of chef's favorite creations.
There are 3 bar packages to choose from featuring house brands, call brands and premium brands that include liquor, beer and wine.
Our steaks are fetured on our seated menus and available for groups at lunch and dinner.

Parking Details:
There is a $5 fee for valet parking.

Public Transit:
Historic St Charles Avenue Street Car - St Charles and Girod
RTA - Poydras and St Charles

Executive Chef:
Muggsy Beals voted as one of the top 100 chefs in Las Vegas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We are open for all New Orleans Saints Home Games and selected Mardi Gras parades
Our Lounge "Prime Time Happy Hour" is Tuesday - Friday from 4 -7 pm
$1 meatball sliders and $5 Crown Royal and Grey Goose cocktails

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Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Desi Vega's can accommodate all your special event needs.

Desi Vega's Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (44)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Romantic (25)
Good for Groups (23)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Worth the Drive (21)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Scenic View (18)
Fun (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Authentic (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Hot Spot (13)
People Watching (13)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Casual (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Seasonal (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Saturday, date night, I was expecting the place to be busy, and it was. The hostess was polite and seated us, without a wait. However, she seated us right next to the entrance into the bar where waitstaff & barstaff enters, and the smell was horrible. When we asked to be moved, at this point, our waitress moved us...now, directly next to the entrance to the kitchen, with the same smell. I decided to just sit in a different chair and not asked to be moved again.

I thought this would be the only setback, I was wrong. Our waitress, Victoria, was very nice and polite at first. She read the specials and got our drink order. When she returned with our drinks, she immediately went to the next table and started putting a table cloth on the table, while she was trying to give us attention as well. I asked her again to repeat the specials and she gave a sigh, and repeated them, all the while still with attention on the table. I understand it was busy, but she could have given us the attention we deserved for a quick minute. We ordered and ate.

Our steaks were made the way we ordered, the twice-baked potato was the best part of the dinner however. I ordered the oscar-topping on my steak (lump crabmeat, that also came with asparagus...this was forgotten. I was into my steak before I realized it, but I made a mention of it and said I no longer wanted it; the potato was enough for me and my fiancé. Victoria brought a dessert, on the house, for forgetting the side order. However, I would have preferred something different, or if she would have asked if we had wanted a dessert, as I don't eat what she brought. However, I did appreciate the gesture.

I simply didn't feel that we were given great service from anyone other than Victoria's assistant and the manager. I would give them another try, as the food was good, but those 2 tables need to be removed from those areas, they are too close to the smell of chemicals and stagnant water.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

It was ok. The steak came out hot what the other food was just room temperature. The cream spinach was not good. Had to send it back.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food and service are incredible. Would recommend to anyone.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food and service. My wife and I have been Saints season ticket holders since 2000 and try to visit this restaurant at least once annually. Food and service are very good. This past Sunday, after the NFC Playoff victory against Carolina, Coach Shan Payton and a number of players showed up for dinner which was an added plus. Would recommend it to anyone who likes drink and delicious food.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was amazing I will be definitely going back again. My 1st anniversary was a fabulous thanks to you guys !! Highly recommended place .

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiters were awesome !!! However, the hostess looked overwhelmed and agitated upon approaching and was rude to a few of my guest. Amy was rude and only tried to accommodate us after being there for almost an hour. Overall the waiters out weighed the initial service and the fact that 4 of my guest left based on the attitude they received from the hostess . I will not be back but my best friend got a selfie with the owner by the restroom which I thought was pretty nice of him :-)

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

consistently great food and service . Noise level low so conversation can take place . One of our regular favorites.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

There was a group of 6, we were all very pleased with the wine list, service, food & atmosphere. I enjoyed the business casual attire of the people, nice to dress up a little for dinner these days. Wait staff was outstanding. It’s my go-to place when suggesting to friends!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Scenic View, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans. The service is always great and the steaks are outstanding. I recommend the bone-in ribeye. It was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Desi's is always a treat. Great cocktail and wine list; the steaks are tender and seasoned well.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Perfect as always, from the food to the service, we always enjoy Desi’s.

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Steaks were just 'OK', sides were so disappointing. The creamed spinach had WAY too much nutmeg in it, Oscar topping was dried crab over asparagus, missing the sauce, baked potato was ok. There are too many good spots to eat in NOLA to waste a night on this place.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The bread and gumbo were GREAT, but the STEAKS were not cooked to order. We got there before some larger parties, and our steaks still were not done correctly. Two of us ordered medium rare, and we got medium well. I suspect it was because they probably cook it medium rare but then put it on a sizzling plate where it continues to cook. Also, three of us ordered the petite filet, and it they were different sizes (in fairness one was butterflied), but still the other two were significantly different in size. The creme brûlée was very good as well. I gave them a poor rating because it is a “steakhouse” and they were not good.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our group from work came here for a Christmas lunch and everyone was blown away by how good their steaks were. The service was excellent, similar to what you would expect at Commander’s Palace. All 7 people in our group got either the ribeye or the filet. Each were cooked perfectly and came on a piping hot plate. For appetizers, the bacon stuffed shrimp were awesome, the spinach dip was pretty good but was the least memorable. Overall, we had an outstanding meal and will return for sure to have another steak.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Went for our anniversary dinner and everything was wonderful. Husband had the cowboy ribeye and he is still talking about the spices on it ... wonderful. I can never get past their lobster tails. I'm not sure what they put on them to make them so flavorful, but whatever they do, it works very nicely. Although they have ruined me for lobster anywhere else. Highly recommend. Expensive, but, top place.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a delicious meal and exceptional service. The portions were larger than we expected and the flavours exceeded our expectations. We would recommend this restaurant especially for a birthday or special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Desi never disappoints!

One of New Orleans true Hot Spots to be seen.

You might be sitting next to A list actors or sports superstars or the movie directors and the owners of the teams.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Incredible! From the short wait time, to the impeccable service and excellent food choices, we definitely added Desi tonight to our top restaurants in and around NOLA!

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

I can not say enough about Desi's, 5 star on all accounts!!! I even made an error in booking and they accommodated us on a very busy evening!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Wonderful food!!! Best wedge Salas I have ever had!

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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best steak house in the city! The bone in felled was the best I’ve ever had. Also the service was top both

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Dinner was fabulous!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The appetizers were fabulous especially the stuffed shrimp. The steak was tender and cooked perfectly. The only thing about the steak was the amount of pepper on it which is just a personal preference. Wait staff was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

I disagree with your choices of NOISE LEVEL. My Wife dined Saturday night a 6:00PM with anticipation of "moderate" noise level. However there was a large table sitting on St. Charles and we were closer to back by the kitchen door. Their laughter and loud voices were very annoying! I don't understand how management did not notice it! To me it was very disturbing and I have second thoughts on returning!
I would expect this behavior in a Sports Bar but not a white table cloth restaurant such as your!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were celebrating my husband's birthday and went early to dinner. The service was great (two waiters at a time) and the food was fabulous. We always like to try new things, and we were not disappointed. They even brought us a birthday dessert at the end of the meal. We will be returning!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous dinner for my husband's 50th birthday which they went above and beyond for. HIGHLY recommend for any special occasion!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fun, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Family Christmas

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was our first time at Desi Vegas. I heard nothing but awesome reviews about this place so I decided to reserve a night to celebrate my wedding anniversary. Everything was great except where we were seated. would have liked a more secluded personal space. The food was great and the service was exceptional. We appreciated the complimentary meatball and sweet treat.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great service and food.

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very attentive and courteous staff. Steaks were delicious. Made my wife’s birthday very special.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic Pre-Saints Hot Spot!!
The Hostess staff is the BEST! They accommodated us even when we upped our reservation from two to six!! THANK YOU!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Steak Great & tender. Very noisy people who were obviously drinking excessively. Hard to hear conversation. Again steak very tender. Crime brûlée very good, but chocolate lava cake was room temp & heavy. The red velvet dessert boy good. Shrimp who dat very good according to those who ate it
Again steak tender &a delicious

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The Steaks were excellent!! Service was prompt and very courteous!! Great dinning experience!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Simply put, from appetizer to the main course this meal was incredible! No further explanation necessary.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Hot Spot
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 (Mobile)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and cocktails were awesome! The managers and Desi made our dining experience a true pleasure.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Best steak I’ve ever had, hands down. Everything was delicious. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful experience, food was amazing ! We live in New Orleans where all the food is great but Desi Vegas has set a new standard !!! 💯❗️

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful wait staff and the food was outstanding!!

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Visit New Orleans at least twice a year. Both times at this restaurant the food was undercooked

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious dinner, and the ambience - the historic architecture, Lafayette Square, decor.

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