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The Italian Barrel

4.5
4.5
2644 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Fine dining awaits you in our intimate dining area both indoors and outdoors as well as seating at our premier bar. Our marble-top bar greets you upon entry, you will find yourself in candle light looking at white linen tables that are positioned on beautiful wood and brick flooring surrounded by bottles of fine Italian wines. The Chef and Owner brings her city in Northern Italia to you via overnight shipments of imported Italian foods and boast over 40 wines almost all are served by the glass-
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing.
We are in the process of making our entrance wheelchair accessible but can most certainly accomodate on our patio!

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Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 569-0198

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner

  • Catering

    Catering: 504.982.6969

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events:504.982.6969

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Parking details

    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.

  • Public transit

    Street car stops just one block away

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 2,644 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Orleans

    Italian

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  1. LO

    LisaO

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We often go to the Italian Barrel for date night. It's one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. We shared the lasagna and it was delicious!

  2. JG

    JaneaG

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We have always loved Italian Barrel. Tonight was quite different. Food was mediocre. Bread appetizer was rock hard. Service was lacking. We also did not like having to put in our full order at once. We often change our minds on our entree after having our appetizer. Very disappointing as this is one of our faves in Nola:(

  3. CE

    CherylE

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and the service was great I highly recommend this place

  4. BH

    BrendaH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a reservation for outdoor dining but it was really hot. The hostess was wonderful in finding us a table indoors instead. Our server was attentive without being intrusive and the food was top notch. We started with a small cheese plate which included gourmet crackers, honey, onion relish, and fig spread. Then a lovely Nicolette salad we split. My husband had Pesto e Scampi and I had the sea bass in a parchment which was fabulous. Definitely recommend!

  5. j

    joregec

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic hostess make sure we were always comfortable during our short wait

  6. CH

    CynthiaH

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience Felt like I had stepped back in time ,would definitely eat here again food was fresh and wonderful ,staff very polite

  7. BB

    BillB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Most organized, best operated restaurant we have eaten at in a long time.

  8. WB

    WallaceB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were excellent, the cost was very reasonable.

  9. S

    Skelly

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food great service and quiet atmosphere. A hidden treasure in New Orleans

  10. OS

    OianeS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Era la segunda vez que íbamos y volvió a encantarnos. Todo está delicioso.

  11. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Generally excellent choices and food at medium high price. Genuine Italian fare with a New Orleans twist. Some 4 place tables are a little small. While service personnel tried hard, the impression was that they need at least 2 more serving staff when restaurant is full. Very much a class act on Decatur and close to the jazz clubs on Frenchmen’s St.

  12. CL

    CLS23

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Our server was the BEST! The food and wine were excellent.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    Place was super busy, under staffed. Food and beverage was good and server was delightful when she was available.

  14. T

    Tkjacobson

    New Orleans

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal! Great service and the food, as usual, unreal!

  15. TH

    TimH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for locals and tourist. Very good place for a great meal!

  16. C

    Chc454

    Philadelphia

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cute little spot with much character and amazing food options. We sat at the bar by choice and were immediately greeted by Dan. Good from start to finish was incredible! A friend that lives in Nola told us to get the lasagna and wow was she right! My wife and I almost licked the bowl! I had the Pesto Scamp which came with an unbelievable amount of delicious shrimp and the pasta was delicious. The melon with prosciutto was a surprise highlight with the perfect mix of sweet and savory. I think we may come back again before we head home! Thanks for an amazing meal! The profiteroles were the only thing we may have passed on. These were dry and not much flavor. We would try something else for desert when we return.

  17. S

    Satisfied

    Raleigh

    141 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    141 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Walked there as it was close to hotel. Small and warm in ambience but quite loud. Food was good, but not outstanding.

  18. SP

    SusanP

    Wilmington

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food is amazing. Huge portions. Snapper with crab special was cooked to perfection. Potato cheese soufflé served with veal chop is like the inside of a double baked potato. Sooo good. Appetizer of calamari shrimp and octopus is huge, could be an entree and it’s fabulous. One of our favorite restaurants in NOLA. It’s small so it’s loud, Nevertheless, the staff is on their game.

  19. D

    David

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and attentive waitress. One of our favorite places in New Orleans.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    One of our favorite places to eat in New Orleans. Food was great but it was a little crazy to watch the manager and our waitress drink and take shots at the bar right next to our table meanwhile it took over 40 minutes for us to get our food.

  21. GR

    GRW4

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2

    Went to celebrate the Birthday of my Wife and her Sister. With that in mind I dropped off two bouquets of a dozen roses each to be presented to the Ladies ahead of time. I dropped of flowers with with the restaurant and gave instructions on how and when to present for this was going to be an extra surprise gift for the Birthday Girls. The restaurant totally dropped the ball. By combining the bouquets and placing them in a vase and centering on the table ahead of our arrival. While speaking to the Manager to see why my instructions hadn't been followed, she could only offer a very "WEAK" apology and came off as dismissive. The Service was extremely slow. Food average at best with the tables order consisting of house salads, the crab meat martini appetizer, the scallops special dish, shrimp scampi pasta, spaghetti and meat ball and lobster ravioli. Although the portions were large with the exception of the ravioli, taste was average. This wasn't my first time for my Wife and I to dine here but was for my Brother-in- Law and Sister-in-Law. Service has always been slow but food would make up for it. Not this time. The music being played in restaurant is extremely to load and doesn't fit the ambiance. Overall, I was extremely disappointed and will not recommend this restaurant or dine here again.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food was underseasoned - could have used finishing salt on most of the dishes. Pricing seems damn near predatory. Our server was lovely and made our meal.

  23. JJ

    JohnJ

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service and a very extensive menu reflecting many price points. My first visit there. I will be back! Food was delicious.

  24. GW

    GailW

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal, great service, great ambiance. It was charming and had a European feel. Would highly recommend.

  25. KG

    KillianG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Amazing food, the staff really makes sure that the ambiance is constant. Great wine selection, amazing food, fresh and house-made, and amazing deserts!

  26. DD

    DarcyD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We very much enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. Less touristy it seemed.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cousins trip—Donald our waiter was great and the food was delicious. Definitely recommend sitting outside.

  28. JF

    JadeF

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super delicious true Italian food!! Must go

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Honestly, the food was not very good. It was bland and chewy. Only my colleague who ordered the steak enjoyed his dinner. The desserts were tasty. The atmosphere was nice.

  30. JH

    JoyH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We absolutely loved purchasing dinner! Absolutely wonderful experience!

  31. H

    Hayner

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food made even better by the excellent service by our server, Jaume. She is literally one of the best servers we’ve ever had — super friendly and attentive. Thanks for the excellent wine recommendation!

  32. J

    Jazzyd

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I went for our anniversary and everything from food to service to ambiance was outstanding! We live in NO so will definitely be going back!

  33. NO

    NOLA2022

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, outstanding service and nice ambiance!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place we really enjoyed our dinner.

  35. T

    Ttgd

    Birmingham

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    Usually love this restaurant ....food is amazing. One bad experience with an outdoor table near service entrance last night. Leaving private note for management to see if they can correct for next guest.

  36. C

    Camb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was some of the best Italian food I have ever eaten. Charming atmosphere as well. Definitely try it!

  37. DL

    DLWw

    Exclusive

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    I was expecting a bit more, but the veal was very good…just not “great”. The pasta was cooked perfectly alden

  38. CO

    CONNIEL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great dinner and a great time. Service was wonderful!

  39. CD

    ChristieD

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous as always

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Out of several items, but I supply chain can’t be helped these days. We waited for over 20 min with reservations. Service was slow, very low (actually none) lights outdoors so harder to see/read menu. My partner’s veal piccata and mussels were ok - nothing remarkable. My house salad was fine but the chicken parmigiana and pasta was a joke. It literally tasted like a frozen meal that had been defrosted to room temperature. No crunch at all, no juice, uneven cooking and the pasta was an embarrassment.

FAQs

The Italian Barrel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 569-0198.

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.5 stars by 2644 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 19 times today
Google Map for The Italian Barrel

430 Barracks Street New Orleans, LA 70116

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.

  • Public transit

    Street car stops just one block away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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