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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in New Orleans / Louisiana? 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 Drip Affogato Bar NOLA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (16)
$31 to $50
Dessert
Central Business District
About the restaurant
We are the antidote to finish out your busy day and the best date night spot in New Orleans. The one and only true dessert lounge in New Orleans offering freshly made small batch Gelato, Affogato and indulgent signature cocktails. Oh yeah, we also specialize in boozy desserts such as liquor infused cupcakes and spiked cotton candy! Conveniently within a short walk from the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and the Caesar's Casino right in the heart of the city.
Top review
KSCameronvip
Dined on May 25, 2024
The staff brought out a special congratulatory cotton candy treat for our 5th grade graduate, which was very sweet. There were also plenty of other families there, so def kid-friendly in that regard. The decor was very cool and the desserts were absolutely delicious. We also enjoyed our charcuterie very much. The music is a little loud for conversation, but it is a downtown “bar” so that’s understandable. It also was not the edited version of 90s and 00s hip-hop, so keep that in mind re: your expectations of being “kid friendly.” A few menu items we wanted to try were not available, but we won’t mind returning to try them later.
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4.8
4.8 (2365)
$31 to $50
Cajun
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Toups' Meatery is a contemporary Cajun restaurant featuring fine food, wine, specialty cocktails, extensive Bourbon selection and charcuterie inspired by deep-rooted Louisiana family traditions. Chef Isaac Toups represents the new guard of Cajun chefs for his updated refined approach to rustic dishes. Cooking the food that’s closest to his heart has earned him rave reviews including recently being named a James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chef of the South 2014 & 2015. Located in beautiful Mid City near City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding unique wonderful food. Generous portions and fast service.
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4.8
4.8 (438)
$30 and under
Southeast Asian
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
MOPHO strives to be a true neighborhood restaurant, combining the flavors of Southeast Louisiana and Southeast Asia. From rich pho broths, to hand ground curries, and our signature bubble tea cocktails; everything at MOPHO is made from scratch with care and attention to freshness and flavor. We also serve whole roasted hog brushed with lemongrass, garlic, and chiles every Saturday for lunch.
In 2014, MOPHO was nominated as one of Bon Appetit's Top 50 Best New Restaurants. It was also named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine and People's Choice Best New Restaurant by Gambit Magazine in 2014.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
We eat at Mopho often and the food is consistently good. You can’t expect Vietnamese pho, but instead a rather delicious twist on this classic dish. We love the pho, the fried green beans, the coconut milk queso, and just about everything else on the menu. It’s not cheap, but is worth the price!
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4.8
4.8 (441)
$50 and over
Japanese
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Yō Nashi is a New Orleans omakase restaurant. Utilizing local ingredients and flavor with Japanese technique and presentation, Chef Mack creates a dining experience that invokes a sense of transportation while simultaneously being rooted in the city where he presides.

Our daily omakase menu is created around the best seasonal ingredients available. Please provide any allergies or dietary restrictions with your reservation so that we may be able to ensure your best possible experience.
Top review
Tkjacobsonvip
Dined 3 days ago
One of the best meals I have ever had! Truly exceptional!
A photo of Bon Sake Sushi & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Sushi was fresh and really good! Its a vibe in there
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4.7
4.7 (1316)
$31 to $50
Southeast Asian
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Welcome to Maypop! - the sister establishment to the award winning Mid-City restaurant MOPHO. Located two blocks from the Super Dome and only one block from Poydras street, it features Southeast Asian inspired southern cuisine and focuses on hand made pastas and house charcuterie paired with Gulf seafood, local produce and hand ground curries. Enjoy our refreshing cocktails that are as innovative and creative as our cuisine, and our well curated wine list paired to our eclectic dishes.
Executive Chef Michael Gulotta was named a 2016 Best New Chef by Food and Wine Magazine and Maypop was named a 2017 best new restaurant by New Orleans magazine as well as a 2017 peoples choice best new restaurant by Gambit Magazine.

Parties of 5+ guests will be charged an automatic 20% gratuity.
Top review
Claudevip
Dined 4 days ago
Most amazing meal!!!! Crab Crusted Drum. Can't wait to go back.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - New Orleans, LA restaurant
4.5
4.5 (582)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Good food; overpriced. Comfortable environment, good service, good food but not the best ever; I had expected more since the bill was way overpriced.
A photo of Carmo restaurant
4.2
4.2 (162)
$30 and under
Seafood
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
Situated in New Orleans' charming Arts District, Carmo is a tropical restaurant, bar and cultural center with a commitment to providing fresh, flavorful, healthy and affordable dishes in a warm, friendly and casual atmosphere. Chef Dana Honn's menu is built upon the rich, multi-cultural culinary influences found throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Gulf South and beyond, featuring eclectic and traditional/traditionally-inspired dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, as well as unique and little-known flavors from around the world. “Origins to table” is the term Honn uses to describe the narratives of the dishes, connecting ingredients to food traditions and ultimately the people who originally created those traditions. From our fresh local seafood and produce to heritage and organic meats, Carmo caters to vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike.
Top review
Katherine
Dined on May 30, 2024
Great offerings for vegetarians and vegans. Friendly, casual restaurant with excellent service.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - New Orleans restaurant
4.1
4.1 (673)
$30 and under
American
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
True Food Kitchen is a chef-driven restaurant and scratch bar that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative medicine, to provide food that tastes great and is good for you. At our table, delicious dining and conscious nutrition go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. Our expertly trained chefs craft flavor-forward dishes, handcrafted cocktails and freshly pressed refreshers so you can enjoy epic food experiences that aren’t just good for you, but good to you. Join us in New Orleans for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Located in New Orleans below The Julia at St. Charles apartments at the corner of Julia Street and Saint Charles Avenue, near F45 Training. New flavors, new combinations, new obsessions. Come see us for something completely new and delicious.
Top review
Alumnae
Dined 2 days ago
I appreciate the high ceiling and separation between the tables. It helps with the noise level. Our food was very good and so were our servers.
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4.1
4.1 (178)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Lower Garden District
About the restaurant
GAIA Steakhouse is a culinary heaven that transcends ordinary dining experiences. From meticulously selected premium meats to an international wine selection that includes rarities from renowned regions, GAIA takes pride in delivering a steakhouse experience like no other. The commitment to excellence extends to every detail, from the expertly crafted dishes to warm, welcoming atmosphere that envelops every guest. Whether savoring the innovative sweet courses from their pastry cache or including in a uniquely crafted cocktail, each visit to GAIA promises a journey of flavors and a celebration of the culinary arts.

For GAIA Steakhouse, the ultimate goal is to give guests an unparalleled dining experience on every level. A warm atmosphere, top-notch service, and culinary excellence make GAIA Steakhouse and unmatched local dining encounter.

AT GAIA, ALL STEAKS ARE GRILLED TO ORDER OVER CHARCOAL EMBERS AND FINISHED IN A SCREAMING HOT WOOD FIRED OVEN!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
OMG GAIA ! The restaurant & staff were amazing, very knowledgeable and friendly Lynn, the manager ,and bar lady( I’m sorry I don’t recall their names) they were great!!!! The food and drinks were fantastic also!!! Beautiful place and staff!
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