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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in New Orleans

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in New Orleans? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Silk Road restaurant
4.8
4.8 (223)
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
The Marigny
About the restaurant
Silk Road, a New Orleans restaurant, features the modern cuisine of India and Asia and incorporates those flavors with contemporary American cuisine. We only use fresh local ingredients and fresh seafood that is a signature of New Orleans. Come visit us in the beautiful Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans for an evening full of delightful wine, amazing cuisine, and good company.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
Cool vibe. Staff were attentive & fun! Food came out quickly.
A photo of Alma Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (23)
$30 and under
Spanish
Bywater
About the restaurant
Owner and Executive Chef Melissa Araujo is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Semifinalist. Alma is an award winning Honduran restaurant located in the historic New Orleans Bywater, just outside the French Quarter.

Alma means soul in Spanish. The menu showcases Chef Melissa Araujo's Honduran heritage and takes each guest on a journey through food and culture. The Soul has many stories to tell; Alma's tale is shared through it's dining experience. From Pollo Chuco, to Bloody Mary's and avocado toast, Alma offers an extensive array of dishes focusing on Honduran Food.

Chef Araujo’s Father was Born in La Ceiba, Honduras and her memories of her childhood are centered around this particular view of the city. The mountains in the back, the ocean, the cool air in my face, my best memories were made in this city. Alma has given me the opportunity to recreate these memories and share them with our guests.

Reservations available Monday- Thursday, Waitlist only on Weekends.

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MelanieSvip
Dined on May 2, 2024
Great food with a wide variety. Service was excellent.
A photo of Bon Sake Sushi & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (36)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Covington
About the restaurant
BON SAKE sushi & bar
Sushi Restaurant
Hours: LUNCH Wed-Fri 11:30-2:30 DINNER Mon-Thurs 4:30-9•Fri & Sat 4:30-11

We look forward to serving you.

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NOLAdiner
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent vegan nigiri. Tasty rolls. Good appetizers.
A photo of Arnaud's Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1140)
$50 and over
Creole
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Arnaud's Jazz Bistro is the relaxed dining option of the venerable Arnaud's Restaurant. Located next door to Arnaud's Main Dining Room, guests enjoy classic Creole cuisine in this lively setting, overlooking Bourbon Street, featuring a three-piece jazz band for an additional $6.00 per person. Named a top New Orleans restaurant by Southern Living magazine, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience. A Sunday Jazz Brunch is served weekly in Arnaud's Main Dining Room (Reservations Recommended).
Top review
Romantic
Dined 2 days ago
Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro offers an exceptional dining experience with its delightful Creole cuisine and vibrant live jazz. The elegant ambiance, attentive service, and expertly crafted cocktails make it a standout in New Orleans. It's the perfect spot for a memorable evening, blending tradition and modernity seamlessly. Highly recommended!
A photo of Mister Oso New Orleans restaurant
4.5
4.5 (209)
$30 and under
Latin American
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Mister Oso is an award winning Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of the NOLA CBD.
Our team at Mister Oso constantly innovates, showcasing a playful and flavorful menu with rotating taco dishes, Peruvian ceviche, crudo, and enticing vegetarian options. Mister Oso originally opened in 2019 and expanded by opening in Denver’s Wash Park neighborhood in 2022 and in New Orleans’ Warehouse District in 2023. In the fall of 2023, Mister Oso was awarded the distinction of Bib Gourmand by The Michelin Guide.

The lively and energetic atmosphere at Mister Oso is ideal for a night out with friends or a casual date. This ambiance is further elevated by tropical plants and vibrant decor. The seasonal menu and agave-spirits cocktail bar offer a transportive escape from the urban hustle. Additionally, our inventive non-alcoholic Agua Fresca cocktail program ensures that everyone can savor a hand-crafted drink.

Top review
GabrielB
Dined 3 days ago
Love the music, it matches the vibe. Empanadas and coconut rice are a MUST. Don’t even get me started on the spicy mezcal POG marg… 🤤
A photo of Morrow's restaurant
4.5
4.5 (242)
$30 and under
Southern
Bywater
About the restaurant
Nestled in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, LA; Morrow’s is an exciting new cosmopolitan restaurant concept founded in April 2018 by mother-son duo, Chef Lenora Chong and Event Curator Larry Morrow.
Serving classic New Orleans cuisine and authentic Korean dishes, Morrow’s has quickly grown to national acclaim as a local hotspot, with a thoughtfully curated ambiance serving hearty portions of delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 13, 2024
Great place in my neighborhood!Food was excellent.
A photo of Sun Chong restaurant
4.5
4.5 (385)
$30 and under
Asian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
SUN CHONG is more than a restaurant; it's Larry Morrow’s love letter to his maternal grandmother, a bridge from Seoul, South Korea, to New Orleans.

This Asian Fusion Restaurant pays tribute to Sun’s journey through dishes that tell a story, underscored by classic hip hop music and innovative cocktails. Offering an array of Seafood Delights, Vegetarian Options, and Signature Cocktails, Sun Chong stands as a beacon of Upscale Dining in New Orleans. Every dish is a celebration of Exotic Asian Flavors, designed to offer a Fine Dining Experience that captivates and delights.

Reserve A Table and immerse yourself in a culinary journey where tradition meets innovation, and every visit is a memorable feast.

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Justinevip
Dined 6 days ago
I dined alone and had an incredible experience from the soju shot to the matcha cheesecake. Beginning to end it was delish, vibes were great, and service was wonderful.
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - New Orleans restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1236)
$30 and under
Unspecified
French Quarter
About the restaurant
The restaurant at House of Blues New Orleans is temporarily closed, re-opening in late Summer! We are still open for concerts and special events! Rock- & blues-themed chain with Southern dishes such as po' boys & jambalaya, plus live music. PARK at Premium Parking location #145 on 716 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 for $15 for up to 8 hours of parking. Use promo "HOBNOLA24" at checkout: https://www.premiumparking.com/P145.
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JoeCvip
Dined on May 4, 2024
We love New Orleans music, food and drink. This place has it all. Also love the ambience and overall vibe.
A photo of Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.1
4.1 (250)
$30 and under
Creole
The Marigny
About the restaurant
For over 30 years, Snug Harbor has provided the best in live jazz & great regional cooking at reasonable prices. Snug is located in three rooms of a renovated 1800's storefront located in the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the French Quarter. We have a dining room, a bar, and a music room.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Had shrimp and grits which was very tasty and reasonable in price. Great service.
A photo of Nice Guys Nola restaurant
4.1
4.1 (217)
$31 to $50
Creole
Crown Point
About the restaurant
Quality you can taste! Nice Guys family offers many different cuisines and traditions. Most importantly to us, we are obsessed with excellent food and superior customer service. In New Orleans we realize people come from all across the globe for some amazing New Orleans food. At Nice Guys, we are happy to serve you that amazing food. Located in New Orleans at 7910 Earhart Blvd, five minuets from downtown, Nice Guys Nola is a new restaurant adventure with all the vibes. The concept and creativity in every dish was created by owners Glenn and Allison Charles. We always have something crazy and over the top to look forward to every weekend. Join us for our fall off the plate specials, amazing brunch and craft cocktails. We look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Worth the hype! Food was good, good vibes and great drinks.
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