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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 MeMe's Bar & Grille restaurant
4.9 (212)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Casual American spot with sandwiches & salads for lunch & heartier fare for dinner, plus a full bar.
Top review
Dined on Jun 28, 2024
outstanding suburban restaurant serving succulent grilled oysters, perfectly cooked steaks and on the night we went, an outstanding lobster surf and turf option. the wine list is carefully curated and very reasonable.
A photo of Silk Road restaurant
4.8 (227)
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
The Marigny
About the restaurant
Silk Road, a New Orleans restaurant, features the modern cuisine of India and Asia and incorporates those flavors with contemporary American cuisine. We only use fresh local ingredients and fresh seafood that is a signature of New Orleans. Come visit us in the beautiful Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans for an evening full of delightful wine, amazing cuisine, and good company.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 22, 2024
Oh it was so so lovely !! The salmon was delicious and the drinks were just delightful. Thank you for wonderful service !
A photo of Superior Grill - New Orleans restaurant
4.7 (710)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Add some real spice to your life! Superior Grill has been rated consistently as one of Louisiana’s best Mexican restaurants since 1983 when our first establishment opened in Shreveport. Our New Orleans location opened in 1997 and has become a landmark in fine quality foods with a festive Mexican atmosphere. Superior’s authentic Tex-Mex food is made from scratch every day with only the freshest ingredients. Our tortillas are hand-rolled with care all day long. For added flavor, all of our meats are cooked over a mesquite grill. We are proud of what we make and how we prepare it. Superior Grill is “the place to be” for happy hour, birthdays, office parties, and large groups. In addition to our festive indoor dining room, we offer a memorable outdoor dining experience on our landscaped patio featuring beautiful flowers and one of the best views of St. Charles Avenue. Superior Grill New Orleans is one of four locations including Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Birmingham.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I enjoyed yet another dinner at Superior Grill. The wait staff are always attentive and pleasant. This particular time we hade dinner closer to the front of the restaurant. The tables were a bit small and seemed like our food was on the very edge. Overall another great evening with lovely sangria swirls and great food!
A photo of Carmo restaurant
4.6 (164)
$30 and under
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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The food is wonderful, everything I have had is excellent. The atmosphere is very laid back. Staff is very friendly.
A photo of Brewery Saint X restaurant
4.6 (66)
$30 and under
Central Business District
About the restaurant
We are open for lunch, offering full bar and Devil Moon’s menu! Walk-ins only for lunch service.

For parties over 8 please call for reservations.

Brewery Saint X, located at the corner of Girod and Loyola on the ground floor of The Odeon at South Market, will feature a full array of craft beer styles, focusing especially on classic German and British offerings, with a nod toward traditional lager brewing and cask ale production along with hop-forward ales and experimental sours.

Our brewery will pour no fewer than 12 drafts and 2 casks for on-site enjoyment, along with a selection of freshly canned beer available to-go. The state-of-the-art draft and cask system will ensure that all beers are served at the proper temperature and with proper texture; in addition to the traditional hand-pump cask system for dispensing real ale, Czech-style side-pull faucets will be utilized to best express the creamy softness of great lager beer.

Top review
Dined on May 25, 2024
6pm reservation. Got there early and got choice of tables. Pleasantly surprised by 4-6pm happy hour specials
A photo of The Bombay Club restaurant
4.4 (1000)
$30 and under
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Thank you for visiting the historic Bombay Club! Enjoy live, local jazz or a signature cocktail in our courtyard! For same-day reservations, please call (504)-577-2237. Thank you!

Menu and reservation availability are subject to change, due to events and/or private parties. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to serving you! Should you have any questions, please call (504)-577-2237. Please note: the Conti Hotel parking lot is for hotel guests only. Thank you!

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Great experience, will definitely go return. Cocktails especially were fantastic
A photo of Apothecary restaurant
4.3 (64)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Southern
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Open for the first time to Mortals!
(We hold all reservations for 15 minutes)
The Apothecary is a unique New Orleans dining experience. While we have custom fang fittings and tarot readings on the premises , vampires also realize that mortals must eat and drink - so we have created the finest cuisine and cocktails to sate your pallet. Made with herbs and flowers from our courtyard garden, while it's not health food, our selections have medicinal properties. Come get a prescription of oysters on the half shell for your immune system - or as an aphrodisiac - hydrate with our berry coconut water (add rum for a relaxing twist) - Our lobster and crab stuffed portobello is good brain food! We got you covered!

The perfect place to get a late night bite - we are open until 2 a.m. daily! The Bloodiest Mary is a great cure for a hangover any time of day. Or rejuvenate with one of our blood bags - Fangria, a delicious sangria we import from Spain, or a Vampyre Vodka pomegranate lemonade .

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
We really loved it here, both for just having a drink and for eating. The food was outstanding and so were the cocktails! The whole idea behind the place is really interesting and quirky and the attention to detail is outstanding. It was by far our favourite place in New Orleans and we will definitely be back!
A photo of Fountain Lounge restaurant
4.2 (555)
$30 and under
Central Business District
About the restaurant
The Fountain Lounge brings a touch of modern sophistication to the timeless class of the hotel. Enjoy live entertainment Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings from 5:30PM to 11PM, while enjoying innovative cocktails and inspired small plates surrounded by rich furnishings and elegant décor.

Reservations accepted daily. Monday only for Fried Chicken Night.

Breakfast Daily 6:30am-11am
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am-1pm
Dinner Daily 5pm-10pm with live entertainment.

**Live entertainment is currently suspended**

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Garrielle is an excellent server! Very attentive.
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - New Orleans restaurant
4.2 (1234)
$30 and under
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
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 Headquarters by NGN restaurant
4 (72)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was absolutely amazing from the time we walked in. The service, good, conversation, recommendations were all on point. Those ladies rock 💋❤️
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