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Desire Oyster Bar

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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 26 people are saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.8
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

See pics for review.

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BrandonD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

This place has horrible food. Any place in New Orleans is better. Do not eat here.

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MaryF
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and great service! Unusually quiet due to current COVID situation.

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vipallen
New Orleans
38 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful coolinary meal and value

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food priced a little high but the staff was great

RB
RonB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

During the current virus situation my wife and I are trying to support local restaurants. We have never tried Desire Oyster before last Saturday and will not be returning. This is strictly a tourist trap located in the French Quarter. The food was simply terrible.

RC
RoyC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Drinks, appetizers, and desserts were great. Entrees not so much.

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Rudy
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Family gathering

AV
AshleyV
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and even during COVID, the service was exceptional and I can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and customer service! Acacia was fantastic best server that I have every experience. I travel around the country dining out and she was just so attentive and friendly.

KK
KenK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour is confusing, but the server was patient in explaining what we needed. A special, specific happy hour menu would help. However, this being said, the food was magnificent! The service was fantastic, friendly, and present. The atmosphere is true New Orleans French Quarter! Our second time visiting, and our expectations were exceeded.

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vipMattH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Poor slow service. Food took long and was somewhat cold...at the very least lukewarm.

The ambiance is really CHEAP looking! Needs an update to light fixtures and seating

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vipSanDiegoReviewer
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Perfect window spot for lunch to watch Mardi Gras Krewe de Cork parade. We enjoyed a fine meal of tastey beans & rice, and a seafood pasta (not a lot of seafood). Would have stayed longer to drink except server rushed things along.

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Greg
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Classic New Orleans Oyster bar.

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JackM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation here for 10 people, confirmed. They were not ready for us nor was there a table ready. We had to wait 15 min with no waiting place, crunched in a small edge of the bar. Food took an extraordinary time to arrive after ordered. Yes, we were 10 people but there was another group there that large, as well. Our one waitress, Tricia, did a good job.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. The oysters are spectacular!

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PetiteEpicurean
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Casual, fun, and not pretentious. Just tasty! The grilled oysters were great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place was very busy (night before college football championship) and noisy (which I'm sure my group contributed to); veggies were cold, my fish had an odd taste but I didn't mention it because it took several bites for me to decide if it was me or the fish (still not sure) and the server recommended it so I also felt bad about mentioning it (yes, I know that's on the passive side of P-A). The roasted potatoes were amazingly creamy. Everyone else in our group of 10 raved about their food. The staff and kitchen did a great job accommodating a large group on a busy night.

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LuvtoEat
Mississippi
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate lunch two days in a row- in the city for LSU football championship. Food and service was great both days. Kiki was super as well as today’s person- forgot to get her name. Bloody Mary, chargrilled oysters, oyster and shrimp poboys- yum!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Desire has always been one of my favorite places to dine when I’m in New Orleans. This time we had a reservation for six and were escorted right to our table whenever arrived. I still love the atmosphere here and the service was great. The grilled oysters were awesome. I will say that my favorite dish, BBQ Shrimp, was not as good as I remember it. It seemed to be drowning in tobasco. I had much better BBQ Shrimp at another restaurant the next night. However, I still enjoy Desire and will return next time I’m in the area.

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RoyK
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Made reservations for 6 included 4 big guys. Upon arrival acted like we were a surprise and tried to cram us on a 4 too which we refused. So of course, we no longer deserved a good service level. Char- grilled oysters are really good. Everything else was just so-so. It’s on Bourbon street so I guess they don’t really have to be good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was nice. The staff and ambiance were great as well. It seems to be a popular place, many patrons were waiting. I highly recommend making reservations ahead so you don’t get caught as a next available table kinda guest.

CL
CarlyL
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was decent and was able to get a reservation. Service was bad- waitress brought out two incorrect dishes. Restaurant was definitely the cleanest or nicest. Prices probably comparable to all other places in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Run down, dirty restaurant.

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vipSteveF
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Michael was terrific! Mr Ferlita

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LauraO
Tahoe
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food wasn't that great. Raw Oysters were not cold. Cheese grits were good. Crab cakes were soggy. I have been there twice before and food was good. This time I was really unimpressed and disappointed.

FAQs

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

Desire Oyster Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 26 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.