Desire Oyster Bar

3.9
78 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Decorative iron grillwork paired with oversized windows and an antique mirror reveal the fully stocked bar and serve as the backdrop for the Desire bar. Signature features like the tin ceiling and black and white checkered floors give depth to a brand new contemporary bar, highboy tables, and state of the art chargrill station. The color palette and design elements have been carefully curated to complement the existing materials while creating a fresh look for the restaurant.
Desire Oyster Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a great meal in the center of all the action of the French Quarter.
Once we shuck 'em, we don't just chuck 'em! Desire Oyster Bar is honored to donate all used oyster shells to the Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program. These recycled oyster shells are used to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across Coastal Louisiana.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 78 people are saying
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PaulC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Oysters were very good but the rest of food lacked flavor. Presentation was well done and the food came out quickly. Was looking for a little more spice - not hot, to keep things interesting.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was very poor! I would not recommend ! Food tasted sour and servers weren’t well educated on the menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food and wonderful service. Just sad they were out of their bread pudding.

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vipskylandergiant
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Desire Oyster bar was consistent with the past with great food and great service!

Desire Oyster Bar
Responded on July 21, 2021

Thank you!

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BandH
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We made reservations ahead of time but when we arrived on time we were turned away by the host because they were full and they wouldn't have a table for us for 20-30 minutes. We ended up eating elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing oysters. Great service!

Desire Oyster Bar
Responded on June 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind review!

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vipAlyssaC
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good but service was pretty difficult
We ordered and parts of our food came out
Then others were brought at the end (oysters)
The waitress never came back and we finally had to get up to ask for our bill after a significant amount of time and the place was empty

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tmarquies
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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PAVisitor
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A favorite stop when visiting NO. This time through the service was sketchy at best and the open table res did not/then did show up in their system. But, oysters and food were quite good, so we'll look forward to visiting again!

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TamikaG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Decent food, great service, conveniently located. Would try again

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TeresaA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Very disappointed. We ordered the oysters on 1/2 shell which were all right. We also ordered the fried oysters as the main entree. Terrible. moist, not crispy. Sauce was just ok.....barely. Overall place was messy, looked more like a cafe or "to-go" ambience. Made reservations, and they didn't have them thru Open Table and they said that website was not reliable for reservations even though Open Table confirms your table....?? Would absolutely NOT ever recommend this place. Out of all the great places to eat in NO, this was a great disappointment.

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AllisonS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Desire. Delicious crab cakes and heavenly fried oysters. We never miss this stop in New Orleans.

KM
vipKimberlyM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The people the food in the atmosphere are fantastic never had better oysters anywhere.

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JillG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

In four and a half days in New Orleans, this was the most disappointing and most expensive meal my husband and I had. The service was poor and the food was not good.

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AndrewC
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Hostess was rather brusque given that we had a reservation. Server was pleasant, but clearly overwhelmed by the amount of people. The food is fine but not a good value given the cost. Incredibly noisy with echoing acoustics people yelling and screaming. Just not really how I remember this place from before.

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JeffW
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here many times in the past, and on this visit to New Orleans Desire was the only place that we ate at that, in my opinion, was up to pre-COVID levels of quality and service. Over the weekend we ate at other restaurants, and many just were not up to par anymore, Desire was really good as it always is.

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KevinM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good service and food............................

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The reservation is. It a reservation. It’s just putting your name on the wait list

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lovetoeat
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing inspiring. Gumbo was pretty good. Oysters were drowning in butter; nothing else to taste but butter and garlic. Crab cakes were fine. Service was friendly but slow and my wine never even showed up except on the bill (which they took off of course but didn’t apologize that it never was served). Overall disappointing.

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StephenGraffeo
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was terrible, our waiter was not accommodating... Ebony the hostess was the best part of the experience

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Tone
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The oysters are fantastic. Both the oysters on the half shell and the char grilled oysters - So good!! The other food was good, but wouldn't really be a driving factor to get us to come back. Those oysters though..... we went one day, loved them so much that we came back the next day just for those.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I think restaurant was overwhelmed with number of people wanting to eat on a Monday. We had a reservation but many people were trying to sneak through the back door and grab a seat. We’ve eaten there before so looked forward to the food. It was not the same as in the past. Grilled oysters were way over cooked,’and seafood over breaded and salty. Our server was nice but had to cover too many tables (not his fault). We were not impressed, but hoping it was just this one night.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated quickly friendly and service was very good.

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JewellD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Disappointed. Always wanted to eat here and not impressed. Reserved a hightop and seated elsewhere. Food was not that great. Server was less than great seemed short handed for the capacity limits. Will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We sat for one hour before we received our drinks. The oysters were okay. Servers were rude. And half of order didn’t come. It was awful.

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vipBrittH
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The oysters were large and tasty but were room temp. Service was extremely slow with only 2 waitstaff working the floor. Drinks took about 30 mins. Took about 45 to get the oysters.

Funny thing...when we finished the last oyster, the check immediately came and our payment collected to clear the table. Tabbing out was crazy fast...too bad the rest of the experience was oddly so slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Too much going on outside the restaurant and the doors were open so all that noise came in. It’s my own fault for not realizing it was on bourbon street when I booked. That’s just not a good thing in our opinion, too much chaos. The food was good tho.

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Holly
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Waited 45 minutes to order drinks. After another 15 we left.

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TimothyK
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent but staffing was short handed

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vipIvyR
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Oysters were good and our server was fantastic! They added an up charge for Tito’s vodka (which I had not asked for Tito’s) to my martini. So the martini was very expensive.
Otherwise very open and bright; if you get a table by window you get to experience Bourbon Street!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oyster bar is our favorite! We’ve come back a few times and will continue when we’re in NOLA!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation with Open Table and they rudely turned us away at the door saying they were closed?? In the middle of the day. Door was roped off. Guy just walked away. Didn’t even get a chance to ask about the reservation.

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TexasBigDog
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Appetizers came out a bit quickly - char broiled oysters were mediocre. Diablo shrimp pasta was EXCELLENT. Steak was also excellent. Great choice if you avoid char broiled and appetizers and go straight to entrees. This is an experience 1 of 1 - nay have been an off night on appetizers...

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CarlosA
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We liked the grilled oysters, they were excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Mrs Geri was outstanding and attentive but the food was subpar. The cup of gumbo was terrible and tasted like a mix with two little shrimp. She felt so bad for my boyfriend that had a bowl and he didn’t say anything but she took the initiative to bring him a cup of chicken and sausage gumbo. The oysters were small and busted lacked the freshness. Ambiance was nonexistent.

Im headed to Acme or Felix instead next time, very disappointed!!!!!

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vipsofiam
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first stop every time we visit nola! Way better food than acme and way better atmosphere too. And they make a mean Ramos Gin Fizz to boot!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was very good & food was tasty, well prepared. Nice & clean

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HMills
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our rehearsal dinner here two days ago and it was absolutely amazing!!! Service was amazing and food was great. Drinks were a huge hit as well. I highly recommend this to anyone for any occasion.

FAQs

Desire Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 553-2281.

Desire Oyster Bar is rated 3.9 stars by 78 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.