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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Bistro Daisy restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1274)
$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
Greg
Dined today
Had dinner there for our anniversary. On our reservation I had indicated as such though I didn’t request anything special. However, they had a good table location for us that was decorated with rose petals and hearts. My wife loved it. The service, drinks and food were great! We love Bistro Daisy and will certainly be back again soon.
A photo of Ye Olde College Inn restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1668)
$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.
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nolamomvip
Dined 3 days ago
We love going here and love love the atmosphere and the friends we see when we go here Unfortunately, my husband got the steak special dinner and the steak was just not that great. I think if they would pan fry the steak, it would be a lot better. It seems to be sous vide and bland. Also maybe serve it with a loaded baked potato because what they served it with was a little overwhelming for the Steak , just my opinion, not to be stepping on anybody’s toes but the steak dinner could be 100% better because everything else on the menu is delicious and perfect
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4.8
4.8 (1540)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Step back in time as you step through the door into our beautiful, dining room where New Orleans’ original sizzling steaks have been served since the doors opened in 1934. We offer prime, dry-aged beef that is cut in-house and cooked to your desire as well as seafood options. Our commitment to quality does not end in the kitchen. Our extensive wine list consists of over 130 bottles from around the world. Our bar offers a wide array of quality liquors and liqueurs. Crescent City Steaks has been owned and operated by the Vojkovich family since Mr. John first opened the doors over 89 years ago, and his spirit lives on through the essence of family that transcends everything we do. So, come in; have a seat; and, become part of the family at Crescent City Steaks, the home of New Orleans’ original sizzling steak.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Great food great service. Ambiance was fantastic and the prices are good for a steakhouse.
A photo of MoPho restaurant
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!
A photo of Alma Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (30)
$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.
Top review
Blake
Dined 2 days ago
Flavors are so bright and balanced. Second meal we have had here and it is just so damn good!! Well done yall!
A photo of Pascal's Manale restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3190)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great service; very accomdating reservation service; excellent "New Orleans" food and atmosphere. Our out of town guests loved it.
A photo of Louisiana Pizza Kitchen- French Quarter restaurant
4.6
4.6 (524)
$30 and under
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Enjoy an authentic Louisiana Pizza Kitchen experience in the French Quarter. Each gourmet pizza is fired in a wood-burning oven on either an unbleached white or untreated whole- wheat flour crust. All our meat and poultry are organic and free-range. We source quality, local Louisiana products whenever possible. And our wine cellar has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for four years running. Don’t forget to check out our excellent selection of local, micro-brewed, and specialty beers from around the world.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Dining with my vegan buddy and he raved about their vegan options, so much that we went back later in the trip. The muffaletta pizza was fun as well.
A photo of Porter & Luke's restaurant
4.4
4.4 (456)
$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
AlisonKvip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Every aspect of our dining was superb…..especially the service!!
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 Baronne Bistro restaurant
3.8
3.8 (37)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Central Business District
About the restaurant
New to Baronne Street is the aptly named Baronne Bistro where elevated casual dining is their specialty. This locally owned business is bringing some of the best lunch, and dinner to the Warehouse District. Baronne Bistro’s menu is heavy on Louisiana cooking with a bit of an extra flair for Cajun classics. Join the Baronne Bistro family every Tuesday-Sunday for a taste of what makes Louisiana’s cuisine the best!"
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 3, 2024
Great experience, food was great, clean and nice place
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