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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in New Orleans

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

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4.9
4.9 (1277)
$30 and under
American
Uptown
About the restaurant
A quaint eatery nestled in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, Bistro Daisy -named for the daughter of owners Anton & Diane Schulte-opened in the summer of 2007. The Restaurant features fresh, seasonal and often local ingredients prepared in the American bistro style. Daisy's award-winning dishes and charming atmosphere have established this Uptown bistro as one of the city's premier dining experiences.
Top review
DLEquivip
Dined 2 days ago
Our favorite restaurant in NOLA. Tonight we celebrated my wife's birthday, and they made it a very special occasion. The poached gulf oysters were fabulous -- not to be missed. On this night, we had the Gulf fish, Bouillabaisse, and duck. All terrific. On past visits, we've also had the filet, tuna, and chicken -- all terrific. We dine out 5 times weekly, and include Bistro Daisy in our weekly rotation. Bistro Daisy may be the most under rated restaurant in NOLA. Definitely worth a visit.
A photo of Irene's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3993)
$31 to $50
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
*Please note that if your desired reservation time is not available online, or your party is larger than those accepted through this service, please call the restaurant. We are happy and excited to make great effort in accommodating you. *

RESERVATION POLICY: Reservations requiring a credit card are subject to a $10/person fee as a result of no call-no show, or if not cancelled before 4:00pm central time on the reservation date.

Our cuisine is country French and Italian with a New Orleans influence. Although a majority of our seating is available for walk-in guests we do take reservations. While you wait we have a piano player and serve cocktails. We look forward to serving you.
"Love and Cuisine, Sempre con Passione"
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food was great and so was the server. We enjoyed our evening
A photo of MeMe's Bar & Grille restaurant
4.9
4.9 (211)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chalmette
About the restaurant
Casual American spot with sandwiches & salads for lunch & heartier fare for dinner, plus a full bar.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Much improvement under new management t Service was great and wedge salad was wonderful
A photo of Tony Mandina's Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (552)
$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
CindyL
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
The food and service were terrific. I will definitely dine there again.
A photo of Desi Vega Steakhouse Covington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (924)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Covington
About the restaurant
Thank you for choosing Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Northshore, located in the heart of Covington.

If your preferred reservation time is not available through Open Table, please call the restaurant directly to check availability at (985) 276-4994.

Our dining experience is also available at the Bar. Bar seats are on a first come first serve basis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a very relaxing and enjoyable meal. The wait staff was very efficient and attentive. Our meal was cooked to perfection. It was awesome.
A photo of Marcello's - Covington restaurant
4.8
4.8 (220)
$30 and under
Italian
Covington
About the restaurant


Please call for reservations. Due to Covid - 19 restrictions online reservation will be suspended until further notice. 985-400-5668
Our hours of operation will be:
Sunday & Monday - closed
Tuesday - Thursday - 4 pm - 9 pm
Friday - 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday - 4 pm - 9 pm
Happy Hour - Tuesday - Friday 4 pm - 6 pm
1/2 price appetizers
1/2 price glasses of wine and specialty cocktails
Top review
Cosmopolitianvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful experience as usual…… great food, service, cocktails…… one of our favorites!
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A photo of Kenji Omakase restaurant
4.7
4.7 (77)
$50 and over
Japanese
French Quarter
About the restaurant
The Kenji Omakase Experience is a multi-course menu created by the chef and served at the sushi bar. There's limited seating available at the sushi bar. All other guests are seated in the dining room with choice of Omakase or a la carte menu.

Indulge your senses with Kenji Omakase featuring a sushi selection using fresh seasonal ingredients flown in from Japan. A traditional Omakase Japanese dining in which guests leave themselves in the hands of a chef and receive a meal which is seasonal, elegant, artistic and uses the finest ingredients available.

• Due to certain limitations, we kindly decline requests to accommodate any dietary restrictions.
• Children are not allowed at the restaurant.
• Service and taxes are not included and will be due at the end of the meal along with any beverage consumption, or any add on options.
• Cancellations and changes will only be accepted if requested up to 48 hours prior to your reservation. Street parking will be free after 6pm.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Kenji was DELICIOUS! The sake and scallop crudos were amazing and I don't even like scallops typically. I could eat that sake crudo every day of my life. Did the 5 piece Omakase, everything beautiful and delicious. Waygu fried rice also yummy as well as the shishito peppers and lamb chops. Very cool and vibey inside as well, I will be back!
A photo of Couvant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (310)
$31 to $50
French
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Take a seat at our signature French-inspired bistro, Couvant, housed in the former Peychaud Cocktail Bitters factory. Here, French techniques (think pain perdu for breakfast and cochon de lait for dinner) play on the roots of New Orleans cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

New Orleans is renowned for its French cuisine, and you won’t have to leave the confines of The Eliza Jane to enjoy delicious fare within a French bistro.

Couvant specializes in classic French cooking serving entrees that pay homage to French history and regional specialties. Never pretentious, the dishes and service at Couvant are purposefully simple and social. Nestle into an intimate dining room banquette. Or dine at a bistro table in our historic courtyard for chef-driven entrées and a bottle of wine — or maybe two.
Top review
ColoradoDiner
Dined 2 days ago
Friendly staff, excellent service, food was divine, ambience was perfect. We had 13 in our party and it couldn't have been a better evening. So impressed with everything. A hidden gem in New Orleans. Hats off to Harrison, our server, and the chefs for an amazing experience.
A photo of Morrow Steak restaurant
4.6
4.6 (33)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Morrow Steak by Larry Morrow redefines luxury dining with an emphasis on exceptional steakcraft and sophisticated flavors. This restaurant skillfully blends opulence with innovation, creating a distinctive dining experience that captures the vibrant essence of New Orleans.
Each carefully crafted dish invites diners to explore a fresh perspective on local cuisine, featuring a range of expertly selected steaks, exceptional sushi, fine fish options, and perfectly curated cocktails.
With its elegant ambiance and meticulous attention to detail, Morrow Steak not only celebrates, but also elevates the rich culinary traditions of the region, making each meal a memorable journey through flavor and culture.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Chris was amazing. She immediately took our order and had the best recommendations on the different dishes we needed to try. She was very attentive and answered all of our questions. The wagyu tacos were amazing. The red snapper and the 8 oz steak was really good. The ambiance was very intimate which we loved. All the staff there were very lovely. Chris even managed to book us last minute reservation to accommodate my best friends graduation dinner. So we will be returning again tomorrow ! Can’t wait to try out their lamb chops
A photo of Fremin's Restaurant restaurant
4.5
4.5 (92)
$30 and under
Creole
Thibodaux
About the restaurant
At Fremin’s, we strive to retain the richness and excellence for which our regional dishes are known. We invite you to take pleasure with us in the continuing evolution of America’s most exciting cuisine! Come again, come often. Eat and enjoy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 23, 2024
Food was excellent, the service was great. We also love the vibe there!! It’s in the historic district of Thibodaux.
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