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Drago's Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside

4.2
1233 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
It’s been that way since Drago & Klara Cvitanovich opened our restaurant in 1969. They set out to offer delicious seafood and a good time to guests for a reasonable price. At that time, they couldn’t even imagine how many guests that would become.

Today it’s still a family atmosphere. Klara is still at the front to greet our guests. Tommy Cvitanovich, Drago and Klara’s son, is there to see that things run smoothly.

Please arrive on time for your reservation. All guests in your party must be present at the time of the reservation. Failure to show within ten minutes of your reservation will result in a no show if not cancelled in advance.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1233 people are saying
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4.4
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3.9
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redwing19
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent food.. Nothing that will blow you away. Not unhappy, but can probably find better in the city. Just being honest.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter provided great service. My husband ordered Seafood Pasta which was supposed to have shrimp & crabmeat. The sauce had just 1 shrimp & no visible crab meat to be found. No flavor what so ever. He took 2 bites then sent the plate back. He’s not one to cause a scene so just let it go. We did tell the waiter about it & feel like it should have been removed from our bill. $25 is way too much to pay for a bowl of pasta with a little bit of bland Alfredo sauce. Wish I had taken a picture.

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cindyl
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service! Augustine made the meal even better with his kindness and local knowledge

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our vacation included a stop in New Orleans with Drago’ s Char Broiled Shrimp at the top of our agenda. As usual, they were delicious. Slathered with garlic butter sauce with Parmesan and Romano cheese, then char flamed to give them such an incredible flavor. Big chunks of French bread to dunk in the garlic butter sauce! We almost wanted to lick the shells! One of best food experiences anywhere, ever!

TJ
vipTheaJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Potatoes were dry and rubbery. Red fish was very salty and dry

Brownie a la mode was drowned in whipped cream

JB
vipJeffB
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dragos has the best charbroiled oysters in the country. Great to see them return to the Hilton and would love to see the full menu restored soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Going to Drago's is a MUST, every time we visit NOLA. No one can copy the chargrilled oysters. Thank you!

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Mike13
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The seafood pasta dish was good but real light on seafood. 4-5 shrimp and no real crabmeat pieces. Did find a piece of crab shell in the dish. The catfish platter was very good but way to many french fries. The plates were not very eye appealing. Our server did a nice job.

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John
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I was a child, Mr. Drago used to make me Shirley Temples while we sat at the bar with crayons and placemats and we patiently waited for our table. The family embodies hospitality and Tommy continues that tradition today with all of the restaurants.

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Seafoodie
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Char grilled oysters and crab au gratin were amazing!

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HopeR
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We was catered to our hostess got our order right even tho a person in my party wasn't familiar with new orleans culture and ordered something she wasn't happy with the manager came over and assured her all is well and order something else and it was on them how cool is that 😎

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice, service was ok, food was ok. Overall it was just average for us, nothing special to note.

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Jacquie
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The only thing good was the oysters. I was very disappointed with the food and menu selection. The redfish and spinach was too salty and the crab dip was horrible.

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vipdipan
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Will come back!!

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AnthonyH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good atmosphere great food and service. I recommend all visitors to visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

I decided to take my mother to Drago‘s for her 55th birthday. We have to make two reservations because on this app you only can book up to six per table. soon as I landed in New Orleans from Atlanta I receive a phone call from someone from Drago‘s asking to put both parties together. I said fine however they did not disclose that part these larger than six will be all on one bill and pay with one credit card or debit card or cash of course. Being that it was a party of 12 It was a large check however we’ve asked for the check to be separated the server told us he can do that we asked to speak to a manager the manager came with an attitude very dismissive and did not D escalate the situation causing my sister and I to get up a storm out of the restaurant to not cause any more problems the food however was good the service sucked

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AnissaR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Wasn’t what I was expecting because I thought it was also seafood like lobster, crab and calamari but food was good and waiter was exceptionally nice!! The char grilled oysters were truly good and I hate oysters!! With the bread, they were so good as everyone said!

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JonelleA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

A table for 2 they gave us the one that was right by the waiters water station. The place had plenty of beautiful seating but they kept coming up with excuses why they couldn’t move us or the next option was even worse. I regret not getting up and leaving. The entree’s and appetizers were just ok. Save your money, it’s overpriced. Shrimp & grits was not good. The grilled shrimp pasta was better and a good portion.

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Vena
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food! Our waitress was Destiny and she was phenomenal! Pasta came out a little dry to our liking but they gave us extra sauce with out any hesitation. First time ever trying oysters and will definitely be back again for the charboiled oysters 😋

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chargrilled Oysters are the best along with the Lobster Marco and the 16oz Ribeye

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ChristinaS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Charbroiled oysters are awesome. I wanted to lick the plate! Others in my party loved the lobster mac and cheese, the lobster with shrimp and mushrooms (I forget the name of the dish), and the steak and lobster. Everything was yummy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The chargrilled oysters are a masterpiece! I'd go here everytime just for those! The rest of the food is slightly better than average but nothing to write home about. Gumbo was tasty and the bbq shrimp n grits was better than average. Drinks were mediocre. Service was great, especially since it was super busy!

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MbFoodie
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Charbroiled Oysters lived up to the hype. The Ribeye seasoning was BEYOND

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juliusL
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waitress was not attentive to our needs, and she bought the main entree out to fast. The charbroiled oysters were overcooked this time.

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NicolleJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fresh food, food served hot! Will visit every time I visit the Big Eazy.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Charbroiled oysters are where it’s at!

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Tulina626
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Thankfully the food was excellent, because the service was subpar. Many beers on the beverage menu were out, and our server seemed to forget about us at times. It took almost 20 minutes from ordering beers to get them and be able to order our food. Also a long wait for dessert after ordered and the restaurant was not very busy. Not sure if the server was overwhelmed, but he did not have the most hospitable attitude.

CJ
CynthiaJ
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was not even opened. The website had me to make reservations. And the place was closed. I would have though that would be the first thing they would know. So for my last day we went somewhere else.

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ShelbyP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal! Delicious! Loved it all! We had the charbroiled oysters and they were amazing!

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Hilton
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best charbroilled oysters I've ever had. We hadn't been there since the beginning of the pandemic. It was everything I'd hoped. Augustine was our waiter and he was great.

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David
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We went for the chargrilled oysters and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I would not go there for a romantic date because of the noise level, but you can still have a conversation with others at the table.

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vipAbee
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great oysters at this iconic restaurant but ambiance is missing as it is connected to the hotel sports bar

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and our waiter Jose was absolutely amazing!!

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WillF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner experience far exceeded our expectations. Our waiter (Jonathan) and Anthony (Manager) were very, very good. Jonathan was knowledgeable about the menu choices and offered some outstanding suggestions. We had many choices when it came to where we would eat dinner and Dragos didn't let us done. Jonathan is truly an asset to the restaurant. 5 Star Experience 🌟

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vipSOUTHERNFOODIE
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our server was very rude, and not knowledgeable about the menu. The menu they offer is nothing like the menu on the website. My daughter’s chicken tenders were raw, alligator tacos were so tough you couldn’t eat them, Mac & cheese lobster had one small piece of lobster. This is probably the worst meal I’ve had in a very long time!!!!

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Nocharmer
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

A bit of a disappointment. Excellent charbroiled oysters, but side salad looked like yesterday’s salad, gumbo was average. Gumbo had several shrimp, no crab, and one dominant spice (filé?). Some of the bread was dried out. Our server was attentive and responsive. Odd layout, definitely lacking in ambiance. This was our first time at the Hilton location. Next visit will definitely stick with the Metairie location.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Have been coming here for years every time I'm in New Orleans but this experience is the second time in a row that they have bombed. Made reservations a month in advance looking forward to the experience and got seated in an area by the bar in a back area with wide open windows for the hotel drop off. Chose a bottle of wine and was told by the server they were out of it. Tipped my waitress for her 5 minutes of time and left. Expressed my displeasure to the front desk that seated us and assured them their level of service was horrible. I will not be back!

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RhondaV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed our visit. Food was descent. Jonathan, our waiter, was awesome.

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CeeDub
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We came for the char broiled oysters. They were fine, though there was some shell. We also ordered crab gratin and it was inedible. Service wasn't terrific, but everywhere is super short staffed right now, and our waiter was polite if MIA fairly often. It's hotel food in a hotel. Try Felix's instead.

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BrookeD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was inside a busy hotel, so I didn’t like that, but the food and service were excellent. Drago’s did not disappoint. Definitely try the charbroiled oysters.

FAQs

Drago's Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 584-3911.

Drago's Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside is rated 4.2 stars by 1233 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.