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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in New Orleans

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Ye Olde College Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1648)
$30 and under
Creole
Carrollton
About the restaurant
Since 1933 Ye Olde College Inn has served generations of New Orleanians. Come join us at a true New Orleans farm to table landmark. Our menu features our latest Creole specials and plenty of twists on traditional New Orleans standards. We have a farm located adjacent to the restaurant where we get a variety of fresh produce. Next door is another New Orleans landmark, the Rock’n'Bowl. Ask for a $5 off voucher when you dine from the entree section of our menu.
Top review
LesPoche
Dined 3 days ago
Fried onion rings to start. Hamburger steak for Al, breaded veal cutlet for me. Bartender makes an outstanding martini. Tim our server was excellent. Everything is always amazing here.
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4.8
4.8 (545)
$30 and under
Italian
Gretna
About the restaurant
A family owned and operated Italian Restaurant serving Southern Italian cuisine along with great seafood for over 41 years, just minutes from downtown New Orleans.
Top review
BenC
Dined 3 days ago
Really nice place! Service is great, and it starts outside with the parking and continues through the entire meal. The food was outstanding!
A photo of Bon Sake Sushi & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (24)
$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.

Top review
AmberB
Dined 5 days ago
Food was absolutely delicous. Presentation and creativity went into each dish. Staff were all kind and attentive. Definitely will be going back.
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4.6
4.6 (3141)
$30 and under
Italian
Uptown
About the restaurant
Founded in 1913, this family-run, Italian-Creole restaurant is located in uptown New Orleans. It is famous for creating barbecued shrimp.

This neighborhood restaurant is vintage New Orleans, from the service to the decor. The oyster bar is always manned by a friendly shucker. The oysters are fresh, salty, and delicious.

The old time oyster bar and cocktail bar offers raw oysters on the half shell and all types of cocktails. We offer fine seafood, Italian specialties, and delicious steaks.

In 2023, Dickie Brennan & Co. welcomed Pascal's Manale into their restaurant family.

Top review
ToriG
Dined 2 days ago
Service was second only to the food which was amazing! Excellent cocktails as well!
A photo of Apolline restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1693)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Uptown
About the restaurant
Located in beautiful Uptown New Orleans, Apolline features contemporary French cuisine with Creole influence and locally-grown ingredients - to include the restaurant's own gardens for herbs, peppers, and tomatoes. Set in the renovated cottage-style home, Chef Bill Prats and his staff invite you to partake in the innovative menu and exceptional service that have been a trademark of this New Orleans restaurant for over a dozen years.
Top review
VirginiaBvip
Dined on Apr 12, 2024
We were there for brunch and everyone enjoyed their meal. A nice, low key place to relax over a good meal with friends
A photo of Pomelo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (13)
$30 and under
Thai
Uptown
About the restaurant
"We invite you to enjoy exotic, authentic, and fun Thai comfort home cooking in our unique boutique restaurant on Magazine Street. Cooked from our heart to your plate."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This is a unique menu for Thai food in New Orleans. Delicious!
A photo of MISA restaurant
4.5
4.5 (46)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Uptown
About the restaurant
Misa is a hidden gem located in the Uptown side of Magazine Street . The brainchild of chef Tal Sharon, Misa serves a wide array of dishes specializing in Mediterranean seafood.
The atmosphere is unique with a dining room fit with a cozy lounge, and an outdoor patio perfect for an afternoon drink or two.
Steps away from some of Magazine Street's highlights, Misa is a perfect addition to your night on the town.

Top review
NOLA
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Loved all of the appetizers we tried, especially the buratta salad. The cod entree wasn’t our favorite though. Everything had lots of great flavors!
A photo of Parish Line Bistro Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (116)
$31 to $50
Bistro
Metairie
About the restaurant
Parish Line Bistro Bar, formerly Metry Cafe, is a concept and vibe conceived by longtime friends Mickey Parenton, Mickey Loomis, Gabe Corchiani and John Georges.

Our menu, inspired by Chef Chris Wilson, features memorable dishes that will leave you wanting more. Our rooftop, open-air dining is the only space like it in Metairie.

Whether you’re feeling like beer, wine or cocktails, our full bar will never leave you short of options.
Inside or outside, upstairs or down, Parish Line will provide a memorable experience for your party that you’ll tell your friends about.

Top review
Easterchick
Dined on Apr 7, 2024
Amazing service, love the menu changes…and ice blocks for the cocktails!
A photo of Porter & Luke's restaurant
4.1
4.1 (447)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Metairie
About the restaurant
Porter & luke's opened in 2012 and was selected as one of the top ten new restaurants in New Orleans. We have also been Featured in the new Fox TV food show Flip MY Food w/ Chef Jeff. We are focused on fresh quality ingredients and great service. We pride ourselves in our guests having the premier dining experience. We offfer a great variety of selections from : Italian ,Creole, Cajun as well as traditional New Orleans Cuisine. Come by porter& luke's and try one of our fabulous dishes.
Top review
ToniLynvip
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
ABSOLUTELY fabulous, as always! Love going to P&L for any occasion! They have such a varied selection of food AND the service is top notch ALWAYS!
A photo of Easy Virtue restaurant
3.7
3.7 (8)
$30 and under
Southern
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
Inhibitions run free at Easy Virtue, the newest culinary venture curated by Executive Chef Chad Roldan in the trendy Warehouse Arts District. Indulge and imbibe in irresistible brunch dishes daily, craft cocktails and a premium bourbon and wine selection, tempting your senses and persuading you to stay and play. All. Day. Long.

Our menu infuses classic brunch dishes with creative flavors for an unforgettable experience. From the Bananas Foster French Toast, a local favorite with a twist, to the Pig Pop Tart, a whimsical reinvention of a childhood favorite. Striking the perfect balance between sweet and savory, The Jones is an ode to Chef's son that takes the classic cinnamon roll to new heights.

Top review
AAMDOTDvip
Dined on Jan 2, 2024
Food was great. Our waiter was terrific but he had minimal help from the bar. Our Bloody Mary’s took forever. Think they were just short handed that day hence the service rating but not the waiters fault.
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