Desire Oyster Bar

3.8
106 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 106 people are saying
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vipGabe
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kiki was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The food- the gumbo specifically- was good but the service was the worst we’ve had in NOLA yet. The staff was not prepared to handle the busyness of being right off of Bourbon.

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StephanieC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Our service was fair and the food was serviceable and filling. May need a bit of a refresh- looking tired! The staff that was there was hustling despite being short!

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georgeL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Wanted to go out for a fine dining experience I always associated the Royal sonesta with quality. We had reservations that were honored but the service was awful. Wait staff seemed clueless. It is called the oyster bar so one would assume you could get oysters. We could see it was busy so to make it easier on the waitress we ordered our drinks, appetizers ( oysters) and entree as soon as waitress got to our table. Waitress disappeared for 30 minutes no water no bread no contact. Then our entrees arrive no drinks no oysters!!! WTH? We eventually got our drinks and cancelled the appetizer oysters. Suffered thru a lukewarm bowl of gumbo got our check and left. Very very disappointed. Would not recommend will not be likely to return with a staff as inattentive to service as was found. It was the low point of a great visit to New Orleans

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was awesome service was a little slow but with being down with servers was not that bad. Food was amazing

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Debbie
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was fabulous!

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vipFoodiephile
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunate evening, Covid has obviously taken its toll. Even with a reservation, there was a line outside. We were treated with less than an enthusiastic response from the over-stretched wait staff. We then waited another 10 minutes for the sever to even come over. The oysters were very good but the jambalaya was nothing but dreadful. I hate to even write this because the staff was trying hard but it was truly an epic fail. Will not return.

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LeoF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, everything as expected. Highly recommended.

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emchance001
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The place was full and seemed to have only one server. He was relaxed yet efficient. The food was all so salty I only ate about a third of it. The cheese grits, apart from the brine, were flavorless. The greens would have been delicious if they had not salted it... greens are naturally salty and it had tasso in it! The blackened catfish was perfectly prepared, apart from the very excessive salt. Our drinks were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fast friendly service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent recommendations from our server, Natalie (I think that’s her name)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food and service were really good. Nice oysters and good gumbo.Unfortunately, the restaurant need a cleaning. The credit card terminal was disgustingly full of a mixture of old food and drinks. I was lucky it wasn't that crowded, otherwise I would have left. The acoustic is just simply too crabby.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent oysters. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was sat at a dirty table. I had to request for a wipe down. Host & waitress did not make me feel welcome. Food was neither presentable nor appetizing.

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coryt
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Went for breakfast. Service was not very good and food was just ok.

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Reese
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place to eat ; prime location make reservation

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Times to reserve need to be changed

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EvoD
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, fun bartender and what we wanted for food- try the red beans and rice! We’d stop there again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Probably one if the worst meals and service ever. Even the Host was rude and clearly wished he had another job. My daughter’s pasta had something in it that got stuck in her throat. After many tears and digging- she pulled out what appeared to be a piece of wood. We will never go here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nulla di speciale

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khan
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great dinner spot!!

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vipTomS
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The hostess ignored us who were waiting to be seated. Several empty tables and seats. One couple were seated 30 minutes after their reservation. When she did speak to any of us she never inquired about reservations she took first come. The bartender finally approached us and another couple and took us to the bar and put us there. Once there the service and food was very good. If they were short staffed communication would have been appreciated. It was the worst, most frustrating experience I’ve had .

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Devi’s was such a kind and attentive server. The food was excellent and we’ll definitely be back!

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BriannaP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters were delicious

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vipSebernC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. This is definitely one of our favorite spots in New Orleans. The food is second to none! Charbroiled Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, amazing cocktails...you name it! Tried the blackened fish po-boy this last time, ant the fish was seasoned in every bite!

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TiffanyB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Desire Oyster Bar
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you for your review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, food was perfect. The char grilled oysters are 10/10.

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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
84 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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vipBandH
Pittsburgh
14 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
11 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
12 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.

FAQs

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 106 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.