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About The Italian Barrel
Fine dining awaits you in our intimate dining area both indoors and outdoors as well as seating at our premier bar. Our marble-top bar greets you upon entry, you will find yourself in candle light looking at white linen tables that are positioned on beautiful wood and brick flooring surrounded by bottles of fine Italian wines. The Chef and Owner brings her city in Northern Italia to you via overnight shipments of imported Italian food and boast over 40 wines almost all are served by the glass-
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.
Street car stops just one block away
Samantha Castagnetti /Owner
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Italian Barrel Ratings and Reviews
Although the food was Fantastic, the room was somber after the Saints lost the football game. Several people who had been over served were quite rude to the other people trying to enjoy the food and ambiance. Our service became disconnected after the initial order. Again, food was incredible.
Weekend dining with my wife. Be careful booking on OpenTable, on a very cold night they gave us a very crowded table next to the door which serves as the busy main entrance. I suspect this is related to an OpenTable booking. I’ve lived in New Orleans for over 25 years, have eaten here two or three times in the past, and I’ve never have been seated at this tiny ,unfortunate table.
In the past the food was average. We decided to give it a third try, felt perhaps I was not making the right menu choices, therefore I ordered the “house specially” which is mushroom and truffle ravioli. The ravioli was poorly cooked and not drained properly prior plating . In addition the ravioli stuffing was unremarkable, similar to what you might find in a grocery store. My wife’s veal with mushrooms and pasta was average, and can be found for less expense and better flavor at other Italian restaurants in the city.
Named the “Italian Barrel”? Not sure why. Very little effort reflected in the cellar. Wine choices are very ordinary and expected. A real opportunity missed. So many great Italian vines/regions, and the usual Chiantis, Barolo are listed. Selections by the glass are very limited and give no real opportunity to taste a wide selection of good/great Italian regional choices. No great Italians are offered by glass, no Tignanellos or Salsicias.
Considering the wide range of choices for dining in New Orleans, I would recommend avoiding the Italian barrel.
The one thing that bothered me was the price o the lobster pasta special for 36$ a disappointment amount lobster in recipe was pitiful .Also I recommend that the price should be told in the beginning. I must say it was very good . Your waitress Blair was excellent. I will be back I live in the quarter
The food was ok, but we’ve had better — particularly because half our party’s entrees were delivered 10 minutes after others and were substantially cold. With an automatic 20 percent gratuity for party of eight, service really was lackluster, at best. And we were packed in like sardines. Admittedly, it was New Year”s Eve, but we’ve had better food and service for a celebration, particularly for the price.
Italian Barrel is always on our New Orleans restaurant to-do list, especially after several Cajun meals. It is located at the end of French Quarter close to the French Market. It is a small restaurant, so reservations are recommended. Some of our favorite entrees include chicken or veal parmigiana, porcini and truffle ravioli, and nightly specials. Try coppa mascarpone or tiramisu for dessert. A litle overpriced, but you are in New Orleans French Quarter.
This was my second trip to the Italian Barrel. Just as good as the first time. It was my daughters 18th Birthday and my daughter in laws 27th. They had the table set up special for their birthdays and were so accommodating! Really enjoyed it. We will be back soon!
We made reservation for Dec 25. We have been to this restaurant many many times. When we were sat at our table we were given the menu and to our complete surprise it was an $85 PP plus 20% gratuity and tax set menu. Knowing there weren’t hardly any other options at 9:30pm on Christmas we felt trapped. Disappointing especially for other guests we had invited. There was no prior notice to this special set menu upon making reservation nor in a text or phone call to confirm reservation which was very disappointing. We totally felt tricked.
Food: Most of the food was good, but the entrees tasted like they had been on a buffet served up several hours after they were made. The bread was hard as a rock and not fresh. The dessert was very very tiny.
Service: Usually outstanding it was ok this time- nothing special.
Value: probably the most disappointing. So overpriced for what we got.
Excellent food and friendly service. We went for Christmas night and were surprised that they were only offering a prix fixe dinner for $85 per person. The maitre d' was gracious when we expressed surprise and let us discuss and decide. We went for it and were glad we did. The food was authentic and delicious and the service was friendly and timed just right. We were seated right next to the bathroom, so not ideal, but the restaurant is tiny and they do the best they can to hide it. I love this place and will definitely return. And we found free parking on the street in front of the restaurant!
Although there weren't many people at the restaurant, it was very loud. 2/4 surrounding tables were very loud and I could actually hear one of the old ladies on the next table talking about my husband and I and another lady on a different table cackling loudly every few minutes. I know the restaurant cannot control the the people who come in, but I do wish they had asked the people to tone it down out of consideration for the other diners.
The service was extremely slow. We did a prix fixe menu and we had to wait over 10-15 minutes between courses in 1-2 instances. The restaurant menu did not say they would include a 20% gratuity automatically (this is typically done for larger groups only). I did notice that my check although accurate in terms of the amounts and the contents of the meal, listed the number of diners as 5 instead of 2. It made me wonder if they were trying to get the billing system force a 20% gratuity. Considering they were working on Christmas, I think the gratuity is totally okay but I wish they were upfront about it.
Ate here on Christmas Day. Greeted and seated immediately . Wait staff was courteous, prompt and friendly. Food was very good. BUT I was most impressed by the fact that the dipping oil and freshly grated cheese ( for the bread) was at our disposal the entire time. That's seems to be a rarity at most restaurants.
We got to the restaurant a little late on Christmas Eve. They were running behind also, but this was understandable, given the night. The manager offered us complementary wine or a cocktail, which was nice. We were seated in about ten minutes anyway. The food was fantastic and fresh. It was a glorious night and meal!
My guest chicken was burnt on the bottom, they did take it off the bill which was nice. Shrimp and pesto was decent but not great. Meatball appetizer was dry and not very hot . Our service was excellent so that was a plus. Probably wouldn't return again with so many other places downtown to eat at.
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