Desire Oyster Bar
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Food was perfect. We had the chargrilled oysters and the gumbo. My phone was dead from being on tours all day and the hostess gladly offered to let me use hers while we ate. The service was amazing!
Amazing service, food was perfect. The char grilled oysters are 10/10.
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.
Food was very poor! I would not recommend ! Food tasted sour and servers weren’t well educated on the menu
Good food and wonderful service. Just sad they were out of their bread pudding.
Desire Oyster bar was consistent with the past with great food and great service!
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.
Amazing oysters. Great service!
Thank you for your kind review!
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
Food was great
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!
Decent food, great service, conveniently located. Would try again
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.
Another great meal at Desire. Delicious crab cakes and heavenly fried oysters. We never miss this stop in New Orleans.
The people the food in the atmosphere are fantastic never had better oysters anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
Good service and food............................
The reservation is. It a reservation. It’s just putting your name on the wait list
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.
Excellent in all respects!
The food was terrible, our waiter was not accommodating... Ebony the hostess was the best part of the experience
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.
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.
Seated quickly friendly and service was very good.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waited 45 minutes to order drinks. After another 15 we left.
Food was excellent but staffing was short handed
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!
The oyster bar is our favorite! We’ve come back a few times and will continue when we’re in NOLA!
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.
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...
We liked the grilled oysters, they were excellent.
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!!!!!
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!
Desire Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 553-2281.
Desire Oyster Bar is rated 3.8 stars by 80 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.