Desi Vega's Seafood and Steaks

4.8
707 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Desi Vega is the restaurateur of Desi Vega's Steakhouse, Mr. John's Steakhouse, and Desi Vega's Prime Burgers & Shakes. 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. Seafood selections include steamed crabs and lobster, Gulf fish in various preparations each day, and plenty of other seafood.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 707 people are saying
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MMdm
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and wait staff. Would highly recomend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Into
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food, service and ambience. Great music selections.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the dinner. They made our dinner special. Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We definitely will dine there when we return.

MG
vipMelvinG
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and awesome service as always. Birthday dinner.

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whoops
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was going great until the building fire alarm went off. Staff indicated it happens often.

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MichelleC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time @ Desi Vega's and it was fabulous. Petite steak was delish:)

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SimL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Happy Hour server Brandon was great our two servers Darryl & Lalal were on it my wifes Birthday was EXCELLENT because of our vist.

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BobbyB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Desi's is fantastic, easy parking, lots of windows and plenty elbow room. The service and food are beyond wonderful. Will return many times.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. James was an excellent server and very attentive to our special occasion. Food was perfection. Highly recommend Desi Vega’s!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Wasn’t expecting the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Professional service and excellent food

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vipmelissar
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 21 for our friends anniversary and everyone enjoyed the food and service. 15 of them never been there before

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JB504
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Service was great but the food not so much.. The Steak tasted like I was eating a stick of butter.. The Lobster was so over cooked it was rubbery and not edible.. Dinner for two was not worth $220..

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DanTho
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Amazing service and really good food. Would definitely recommend!!

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KatiV
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service, excellent food, delicious cocktails! 10 out of 10 will be back again!

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PatT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Desi Vega’s aeveral times for special
Occasions and have always been pleased.

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vipLobabin
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great!
Crabmeat au gratin, Salad Louie, Trout Almandine, filet.
Very fresh!
Great service. Amanda & Greg were the best!

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LeeM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best calamari ever. Best wedge salad ever. Best sea bass ever! Now I want to try everything on the menu!

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kathys
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fish was not really fresh. Service was wonderful and fish was replaced when told it didn’t taste fresh.

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vipcatwoman
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good.Service was good.Nice lunch.

Will definitely recommend to friends.

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ToddC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service.
The welcome meatball was very tasty.
Steak was well sized, great cut, top notch.

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ChrisC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wife and I went on a Sunday night. Service was impeccable. Amanda was our server, very attentive and knowledgeable, without lingering too long. We each received an amuse-bouche of a meatball when we first sat down and then another single shrimp remoulade after our first course, because they were out of the bitters needed to make my Sazerac (had a delicious old fashioned instead).

1st Course: Crab Cake- very good, big enough to split and came with a Chile aioli

2nd course: Caesar salad and soup of the day. Salad was big enough to split, but was a little over dressed. Flavor was on point though. SOD was a mushroom and Crab bisque that my wife thoroughly enjoyed.

3rd course: Ribeye, Filet, AuGratin Potatoes and Brie-Debris Mac n cheese. Ribeye was outstanding. Ordered Med Rare with a hard sear and well seasoned. It came out perfect. Filet was ordered medium, but came out rare. It was quickly fixed by the kitchen and brought out by the manager. Au Gratin Potatoes were good, but nothing spectacular. The Mac N Cheese, was delicious, but VERY rich! (note: it has truffle oil too)
Desert: Cheesecake that was comped for our "anniversary"

Overall great experience. Convenient location with ample parking. It was on par, if not better than the "related" restaurants in the Desi Vega Family, including Mr. Johns.

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vipHollyF
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have been here before and have had a much better than this visit. The waiter was more focused on the other two tables; however, the assistant waiter did an excellent job. Our reservation was for 9:30 and everything was rushed when we were ordering. Lesson learned never book the last reservation available before closing. My steak was okay, I have had better from this restaurant before.

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Foodie
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For outstanding seafood and steaks, Desi Vega’s is a great choice! Ordinarily, I would not order seafood in a steakhouse. The seafood dishes are some of the best in the metro New Orleans area. The crab and mushroom bisque, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, and pan seared sea bass were delicious. As always, the steaks are cooked to perfection and seasoned appropriately. The atmosphere is appropriate for those special occasions to a casual dinner with friends. Desi Vega’s always exceeds our expectations.

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vipmelissar
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy going to Desi. Great place and great staff.

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vipDAlex
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience! Highly recommend the ribeye and Mac and cheese.

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vipArvinU
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered prime fillet Which is one of the best steaks ever. We ordered the Alaskan King crab which were tasty but they didn’t crack them well enough.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Service was spotty at best. Server got a 9 top right in front of us. He spent his every moment trying to help them and not us. We had to hail food delivery helpers and busers to get items overlooked.
My Med rare + filet was barely Rare +. The tomato side had no seasoning and were undercooked. My partners lobster was very small 4oz's at best. Overall not a pleasant experience.

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vipClaraA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best steak I have every had. Everything is a 5☆☆☆☆☆ restaurant.

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FrancisD
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, Service was excellent, would highly recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional dining experience!

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Jennifer
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and delicious food. Highly recommend!

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AJ119568
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service is impeccable. The wait staff is very attentive and you can tell there is a focus on service. Our water glasses were continually refilled. They brought us a sample meatball to try and warm bread when we sat down. The entire staff worked together to make sure all tables were taken care of.

My friend and I went there for dinner. We had calamari and fried green tomatoes as appetizers. The calamari was just okay. The breading was too thick on it. The fried green tomatoes were excellent. A light crispy coating perfectly matched the thick cut tomatoes. Simply seasoned and not overly fried, they were the star of the evening. Our drinks were excellent.

My friend thoroughly enjoyed her dinner. She had the fish of the day. It was a generous size. It was fried and the crust was crispy. I had the scallops and they were served in a dark gravy-type sauce. The sauce was too heavy and too salty for the scallops and completely decimated the delicateness of the scallops. The scallops were seared perfectly and the accompanying risotto was creamy and delicious. The entrée did not need that heavy, overly salted gravy. It completely ruined the dish.

I would go back but I would try something different and I would make sure to ask about the accompanying sauces before I ordered. I would still recommend the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I had the 22oz bone in rib-eye, it was under seasoned and over cooked. My wife had scallops and she said they were delicious. My daughters both had filets and they were cooked appropriately but also under seasoned. The creamed spinach was so bland it was inedible. Desserts were excellent. Service was also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Date night, very nice evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 35th Anniversary! Excellent service and great food!

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JeNay
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and experience to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

JE
JatonneE
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I truly enjoyed myself and the food was excellent. This may be a new favorite!

FAQs

Desi Vega's Seafood and Steaks is rated 4.8 stars by 707 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.