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Desire Oyster Bar, New Orleans, LA

Desire Oyster Bar

4.1
4.1
193 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    Located at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville Streets

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available at the main entrance at 777 Bienville Street.

  • Public transit

    Canal at Bourbon Street-BusRampart-Conti Streets-Streetcar

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 193 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Kid Friendly

  • New Orleans

    Kid Friendly

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  1. KH

    KatieH

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The chargrilled oysters were delicious but the rest of the food was nothing special. We had a lovely waitress and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
  2. b

    bunnyb

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    love the oysters and the catfish and the cocktail Great service
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Food was good
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Chargrilled oysters were okay, some shells actually looked like there was no oyster in them, food was delivered in abnormal order, waitress was not friendly, we actually felt like our presence annoyed her. No follow-up whatsoever to see if everything was satisfactory. Will not be going back.
  5. KL

    KimberlyL

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    The waitress was slow and very unfriendly. They ran out of etouffe and it took her about 10 minutes to let us know. Then when we got the bill, she told us that she didn’t charge us for it like she did us a favor. The oysters were good, but the service was so bad I will not go back. Very disappointing.
  6. h

    hqarang

    Little Rock

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We went for Coolinary lunch. Salad was a solid wedge, but the entree was delivered so soon after the salad we didn't have time to enjoy it. The blackened catfish with corn-cajun sauce was absolutely delicious and the sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms with it were beyond tasty. There wete 2 options for desert (bread pudding and pecan pie) and for some reason they didn't have bread pudding. So I was disappointed with the not so sweet ending. Our Server was very friendly and efficient. The flavors of the main dish were solid enough to draw me back again
  7. CB

    CourtneyB

    Austin

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I came here during COOLinary last Friday. First Course Cup of Corn & Crab Chowder This Crab and corn chowder made with sweet corn from the cob and lump crab meat was creamy, full of flavor, and a perfect summer meal. This chowder was also decadently thick which seemed to be the work of the house puréeing some of the chowder before adding in the half and half (bravo). Smack Yo' Momma Oysters This course consisted of oysters atop garlic toast, buffalo toss, and blue cheese. This dish was made with select oysters. Selects are rather large shucked oysters--which makes them the perfect size for battering and deep-frying. These oysters made for a unique twist on the tangy buffalo wing, as fried oysters are crispy on the outside and meltingly rich and creamy on the inside. These fiery bites are a bit spicy, so the cool blue cheese on this dish tamed some of the heat. Nicely done! Second Course Desire Shrimp and Grits These grits were loaded with flavor...they are creamy, cheesy and buttery...and sinfully delicious. They put their whole foot in this dish! Oyster Rockefeller Alfredo Pasta I love Oysters Rockefeller but who doesn't (maybe those who have seafood allergies)? These oysters are baked oysters with a delicious topping. It's a fairly simple dish to prepare, despite its sophistication. The finely chopped herbs atop the oyster provide just the right amount of punch. That is where the magic stopped for me. The pasta was not cooked al dente as it should have been but I am willing to overlook this to a degree as this is not a pasta establishment. Third Course New York Style Cheesecake The New York-style cheesecake had a buttery graham cracker crust and had a rich, dense filling with a hint of lemon.
  8. BC

    BryanC

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Don’t bother. The prices reflect high end dinning. We had reservations but, the crowd rolls in off of Bourbon St. I can’t review the food because we were never served. We were sat in the middle of a well-worn dinner for 30 min with a menus and a glass of water while all the tables around us were served. We finally walked out past the hostess, surprise she didn’t say a word.
  9. L

    Leanie

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend snd I had the coolinary menu which allowed us to taste a bunch of different things. We each had a wedge salad. Very good, but average. The entrees were amazing. I had a chicken pesto pasta. Super generous portion, but tasty like you could not believe. My friend had a blackened red fish. Seasoned perfectly, it had a side of potatoes and some veggies, but it was utterly delicious. Desert was spot on, Vanilla bean bread pudding and an amazing pecan pie, both to die for. Great service, ambience and everything else good. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
  10. GG

    GabrielleG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was good and hot. Service was kinda slow but it looked like only one person was actually taking orders so he was running around. Don’t fault him for that
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Drinks were great. Service was great. Food ordinary
  12. JT

    JonT

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Oysters were warm and not presented on a bed of ice. Peel and eat shrimp were okay and the crab cakes were about a 6 out of 10.. Desire used to be much better cleaner and more appealing… Sorry but we probably will not be back.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Slow service, food was below par.
  14. DS

    DomenioS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great!
  15. S

    Steve4031

    Kansas City

    104 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    The dozen oysters were ok. Not really filling. What was problematic for me I’d that the waiter also lost my credit card. He took it and ran the credit card and returned the case with the bill in it. My credit card was not there. At first I though I had returned it to my wallet. Then I frantically looked for it before asking the waiter. He found it in the pocket in his apron. This type of mistake is never excusable.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great service!
  17. MK

    MarinaK

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great! Highly recommend this place
  18. B

    Bashley12

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Food is fine. The servers are nice enough but the service overall was less than desirable. It took a while to order and a while for the food to arrive. The host really tried to be accommodating.
  19. AW

    AnthonyW

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Took youngest of 4 daughters there over the weekend and now that’s her new favorite place for chargrilled oysters!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience. Loved sitting at the oyster bar with Kendall. He was so knowledgeable. We are local and already planning a trip to the French Quarter for another time with him. He is a gem!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice dinner at NewOrleans
  22. BM

    BarbaraM

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ruth and the host were as amazing as the food!
  23. SP

    SandyP

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best waitress ever! Thank you for your wonderful service.
  24. FF

    FiFiG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had dinner at a high table looking out onto Bourbon street. We had oysters and salad, as well as some bar drinks. Service was good and the food was good. Would return.
  25. BM

    BrandyM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The wings and loaded fries were really good. Service was ok.
  26. t

    travelingal920

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Pasta excellent. Seafood very heavily coated. Breakfast. Has always been a better choice!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service at the oyster bar!
  28. T

    Terri

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Service was very slow. Table next to us had a terrible experience with incorrect order cold food and very slow response!
  29. DS

    DebbiS

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We had a wonderful first meal into our New Orleans trip. The fresh oysters on the half shell were SENSATIONAL! The ambiance was a little more diner style than expected, but totally fine. Food was a bit on the heavy side and would have like maybe 1-2 lighter options. Overall a great experience and definitely a place to try!
  30. JF

    JoeF

    Houston

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The grilled and grind oysters are outstanding. Crawfish ettoufee was very good as well. Service was a bit slow considering the restaurant was not full.
  31. EW

    EricW

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Acacia was nice! Gumbo was bad!
  32. GA

    GerardA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding breakfast! We enjoyed everything. Looking forward to come back
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a good time desire.. the good is really outstanding and the service? Even better!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation and when we showed on time the host said they were not seating anyone or honoring our reservation. Basically he asked us to leave or wait on the sidewalk and “maybe” something would open up? Worst experience ever.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had an 8:45 reservation; arrived at 8:45, only to be blocked at the door by an employee who stated ‘we’re full’. We let them know that we had a reservation, to which we were told that didn’t matter. There were also several other people outside in the exact same situation. I looked on open table & they were still taking reservations - unbelievable.
  36. OM

    OM65

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    What a disappointing experience. We’ve been going there for years. I actually canceled other reservations when I saw this reservation become available. What a mistake. The drinks were ok but that was it. The oysters and shrimp we ordered for apps were extremely overcooked. One person ordered fried catfish which had a burnt cooking oil flavor. I had a Cajun ribeye ($30) which would have been a horrible value at $8 in a cafeteria. Olathe third person ordered a Cajun trio which, direct quote, had the worst gumbo he’s ever had. The worst part is we love NOLA food. We wasted a lot of money and missed an opportunity to have a good meal by eating at Desire. We won’t be back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great gumbo, oysters, and service. Drinks and po boys were just ok.
  38. D

    Doreen

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always great to go back to Desire when in New Orleans. Chargrilled oysters are my go to. The hurricanes are always delicious. Highly recommended.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall great
  40. D

    Dave

    Mississippi

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Average pasta and creole cooking. Great service though. Ambiance is like a casual dining re estaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 193 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Desire Oyster Bar

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville Streets

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, Seafood, Creole

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available at the main entrance at 777 Bienville Street.

  • Public transit

    Canal at Bourbon Street-BusRampart-Conti Streets-Streetcar

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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