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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Arnaud's Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1160)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
The atmosphere was very nice. We had a jazz band playing specifically for us at one point. It was very nice!
A photo of Don's Seafood - Metairie restaurant
4.6
4.6 (31)
$30 and under
Seafood
Metairie
About the restaurant
The truth is, you don't become a Louisiana favorite just by putting the word "authentic" on your sign. When you've served Cajun meals as long as we have, you learn the difference between real food and a bland imitation, and our guests know it too. Grilled, fried or on ice-there's time cooked into every dish and time spent on every home cooked recipe, so that every aroma, every bite, every sip and every gathering is memorable. We've spent more than 80 years creating a recipe for something much greater than a place for a lunch break or night out. It's a place to share (or keep the whole plate to yourself), a place where you always have a seat ready at the table and a place where you're always part of the family.
Top review
ChrystalJ
Dined on May 4, 2024
This is my new favorite for brunch. I have already book again! The service was exceptional! The best price for Bottomless mimosas in town and they were truly bottomless. The food was excellent and also priced very well. The restaurant is beautiful, spacious, and quiet. I highly recommend!
A photo of Sun Chong restaurant
4.5
4.5 (408)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great date spot with low light ambiance. Good music and great staff. Place is busy but they make you feel welcome. Food was awesome and not overly expensive.
A photo of Morrow's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (253)
$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!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great vibe with awesome food and a great selection. Good service.
A photo of Monday Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (690)
$31 to $50
American
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Located in one of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods, Mid-City, Monday is an indoor/outdoor dining destination crafted by renowned restauranteurs, Larry Morrow and Lenora Chong, and is a must-visit for anyone seeking the best in American Cuisine and Happy Hour Specials in the city.

The bar menu includes everything from exclusive crafted cocktails to bottle service to all-day Happy Hour specials on Mondays.

More than just a dining venue, Monday promises to deliver a singular blend of excellent food, innovative cocktails, and one-of-a-kind experiences, making it the perfect Event Hosting and Brunch Spot.

Monday is open for lunch and dinner six days a week.

NOTE:

For large party bookings (8+ people) and private events, email reservations@mondaynola.com.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Everything was delicious. Unfortunately they were out of the blue crab claws, but the boudin egg rolls were yummy. I also had the lamb chops meal and it was absolutely delicious! Their blueberry margarita was also top tier. Would definitely return when I come back to NOLA.
A photo of Tacos del Cartel restaurant
4.3
4.3 (23)
$30 and under
Mexican
Central Business District
About the restaurant
At Tacos del Cartel, tacos, brunch, lunch and dinner are an art form. The menu is a culinary love letter, a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds. The culinary rebels in the kitchen experiment with traditional Mexican recipes, infusing them with the boldness of cultures.
Top review
KathleenHvip
Dined 1 day ago
First of all, the aesthetic is so cute and plenty of photo ops. Cocktail menu is fab and I thoroughly enjoyed the smoky margarita! Queso fundido, ceviche and Birria tacos were all delish! Definitely a fun splurge date night or girls night out spot! We will be back!
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - New Orleans restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1235)
$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.
Top review
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 (264)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
White rice with ettouffee very undercooked. Medium burger was well done, bun soggy. Aside from burger, items on plate looked like they were just tossed onto plate in a rush. Jambalaya very dry, a kind of slight burnt flavor. Service was good and everything about the jazz show was fantastic! I would definitely go again... for the jazz performance, but not the food.
A photo of Nice Guys Nola restaurant
4.1
4.1 (254)
$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 1 day ago
Very first time and brought a group of 8 from Houston and Rude Jude was great and kept my group going!!! Love it and will be back
A photo of Headquarters by Nice Guys restaurant
4.0
4 (38)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Head Quarters by Nice Guys Nola is a bar and event space in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. It's a sister establishment to Nice Guys Nola, offering a unique experience with its own menu, cocktails, and atmosphere. Head Quarters is known for its: · Craft cocktails · Small plates and snacks · Intimate setting · Regular events, such as live music and DJ nights · Private event spaces for rent Head Quarters is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a more laid-back and relaxed vibe compared to the original Nice Guys Nola location. We're located within walking distance of the Superdome & the Pelicans Arena.
Top review
ChicagoFoodie
Dined 2 days ago
Headquarters was Avery nice vibe on June 14.. they had a live band featuring Mecca Notes he and the band made it a much needed experience. The food was good. I ordered ox tails with Mac and green beans. Ox tails were amazing. But the Mac was mid at best they definitely need a new recipe for it. My partner had the shrimp platter with catfish filet and he said it was delicious, fried perfectly! Will definitely hit the spot again.
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