Red Fish Grill

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"Friends don't let friends eat frozen fish" is the mantra at Red Fish Grill, Ralph Brennan's vibrant, seafood-centric landmark which delivers locally-sourced, seasonally fresh, innovative twists on Gulf fish, oysters, shrimp, crab, and crawfish and anchors the first block of Bourbon Street. Named one of the nation's "Best Seafood Restaurants" by Travel + Leisure and readers of USA Today (and 9x 'Best Oyster Po-boy' winner at the New Orleans Po Boy Festival), Red Fish Grill has dominated the French Quarter seafood scene for over 20 years. Polished-casual service co-stars alongside Chef Chris Vazquez's signature menu featuring our namesake Hickory Grilled Redfish, Alligator Sausage & Seafood Gumbo, flash-fried BBQ Oysters in Crystal butter sauce, and decadent Double Chocolate Bread Pudding, AKA - "the 8th wonder of the world". Red Fish Grill's festive décor, expansive bar, oyster bar, and laid-back vibe offer a perfect prelude to or occasion for a night in the Quarter.
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JO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I haven't been to this restaurant in years and years and it was every bit as delicious as I remembered! I enjoyed every bite!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have ever been to in such a long time. Superb food, ambiance, service, and value. Courteous staff and and tasty selections. The bbq flash fried oysters were outstanding. I normally don't like cooked oysters, but I would order these again in a heartbeat.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son and I are in New Orleans on a business trip. I liked the online menu and made a lunch reservation. Food and service was beyond expectations. Would definitely go back

MM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Très bon restaurant sur la Nouvelle Orleans. Un peu honereux.
En ce qui concerne le service très déçu. La serveuse a pris notre commande, s’est trompée sur celle-ci (j’ai pris 6 huîtres et elle m’en amène 12). Elle me dis qu’elle ne me factura que 6 huîtres, l’addition arrive et ce sont les 12. Faire donc attention!!!

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the food, but in the future better with 4 or more people. With only 2 of us we felt rushed

KS
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Dawn was amazing and made our experience a wonderful evening!!!

RM
Austin
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had a good meal. This is not fine dining. Food was acceptable and ambiance was ok for type of place. I thought bbq oysters were overrated. With all the choices in Nola I would go somewhere else before I would revisit. Nothing wrong with restaurant, just nothing special either.

OT
Memphis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, but the best part of dinner was the server, Chris. He was phenomenal.

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Fabulous service.
Main room very loud, side rooms isolating.

EM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When you visit Red Fish Grill you want Ike to be your waiter! I have dined countless time in NOLA and have never experienced the perfection of waiter table interaction until now. In the future when I visit Red Fish Grill I will wait until a table is available in Ike's area. The food was fantastic, it always is. Ike was the one that made this visit for my out-of-town family a truly perfect NOLA dining experience!

NV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Red Fish Grill many times, but on Saturday I found the menu lacking and the dinner I was served was the special (Red Fish with crabmeat) and I found it mediocre. The oyster appetizer had oyster shells in the batter. I had family from out of town and I was very disappointed for their sake as well.

RR
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

I was not impressed at all. The oysters on the half shell had some kind of terrible cocktail sauce and they put a imitation horse radish on the top. It was just half done! They also screwed up our entrees and the service was sad 😞. There’s too many good restaurants in the French Quarter to eat here. I can’t believe its Brennan owned!!!!

SS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

Food was delicious but after we finished our meal, before I had even finished my glass of wine, they asked us to leave so that others could have our table. We were not being inappropriate in terms of staying at the table and there were many empty tables around us. They said it was for a large group coming in but they could have offered us one of the other empty tables to finish our meal instead of kicking us out. We are 3 professional women, all doctors, who eat out a lot and this had never happened to any of us before. Would they have asked us to leave if we were 3 men?

DA
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous and our waiter was so pleasant and very friendly. I believe his name was Frank. Such a joy!

DS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ate at Red Fish Grill 9 years ago when I visited New Orleans. This visit, I had planned to only eat at different restaurants but decided to go back to Red Fish. I was not disappointed. Dawn, my waitress, was quite helpful. I had the redfish, my third time in the week to have it. This restaurant's preparation of the fish was by far the best of the three. I hope to get back to New Orleans before 9 years passes again. I will be sure to visit the Red Fish Grill early on in my visit. I also recommend the strawberry sorbet.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal that was made even better by the outstanding service of Ike. He’s a true professional!

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine (server) was amazing, the chef’s special was divine, really all the food was! You haven’t lived until you’ve had the BBQ oysters....

F
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

good but not great. Expected more from this restaurant as this was closer to the average pack in NOLA.

ML
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It had a couple of good menu items, but it also had some that didn't make sense. We made reservations based on the rating of this restaurant. We were disappointed. There were maybe 2 other tables occupied in the place. Should have told us something. Asked for items we didn't receive. Would have said more, but we had a flight to catch. Sad we chose this place for our last meal.

EB
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I appreciate that we had attentive servers but we had 3 that were checking on us so we were repeatedly being interrupted.

MT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 2

Appetizer was misrepresented. It was fried and the shrimp were very tiny. Sent back uneaten. Requested they not bill us and they did not. Cocktail was in a very small glass for the price. Could have drunk it in one sip. The two appetizers were lukewarm and asked to be sent back. All in all not a memorable night. Bourbon St restaurants are not up to par anymore. The tourists have eliminated the quality that used to be.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

The food quality was very good especially in light of the size of the restaurant. Food was hot and dishes were delivered promptly. Everything we tried (bbq and raw oysters, bbq chicken creator rice corn bread, potatoe salad, shrimp and grits side of spinach) was very good.

Our waiter Isaac was a breath of fresh air. He had a very classic southern charm to his table side manner. Made my wife quite happy.

The ambiance leaves much to be desired. The way we see it the district is quaint and charming. The restaurant is the opposite; as my wife puts it its like a factory. I recall asking the person back in NY who recommended this place if there were more than 20 tables; his expression caused me to cringe (internally of course), there may be 100!

Noise level is low.
Overall a very good experience.

K
Mississippi
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful as always. Service was exceptional. Great drinks from the bar. Dessert was a great finish to the meal. We will be back again.

GL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a staple for us. Brennen operated. Must order the bread pudding in advance. Do not miss it.

B
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected items from the Coolinary menu -- alligator sausage gumbo and blackened catfish were delicious.

GW
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and we were seated immediately with our reservation. The peach salad was excellent.

SB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This past trip to NOLA, we visited Red Fish twice; once for dinner and then for lunch before heading to the airport for home.
Phenomenal in every way!!!

N
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good eats in Bourbon street!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent red fish

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Frank is fanstastic!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! Our server Andrew was knowledgeable, courteous, helpful, and hilarious. He not only gave us great dining recommendations, but also great places to visit throughout town.

n
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another outstanding dining experience at Red Fish Grill in New Orleans. Highly recommend! The food, service and experience is always amazing. The waiter Ike and exceptional staff made our time their very memorable. Thank you

A
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic (blackened catfish is a must-try!) but the tables are very crammed and it's very loud.

JL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The overall atmosphere was very very pleasant and all of the employees were very knowledgeable and kind. The pricing was very good. I enjoyed every single bite of the food and every sip of the wine. I will go there again in a heartbeat.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live between Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean in Maryland and I’m super picky about seafood. I never miss an opportunity to eat at Redfish. Their food is amazing, especially oysters and swordfish!

OT
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great and our waiter Frank was outstanding.

BH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Love, loved the shrimp and grits. Please keep doing the coolinary menus in August, it was a wonderful opportunity to visit,

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was very disappointing
Gumbo good everything else was not great.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BBQ Oysters were amazing! Also the alligator boudin balls! Our waitress, June, was excellent!

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