The Italian Barrel

4.5
1669 reviews
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Italian
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.
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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Leah was very attentive.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike and I have been coming to The Italian Barrel 1-2 times a year for special occasions for the past 5 years or so. The food is always incredible, and the staff always make us feel happy and comfortable. Incredible hospitality. The cuisine is most definitely the best Italian in the city. It is CONSISTENTLY divine!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the city. Everything was delicious, especially the lasagna ❤️

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is wonderful. Ambiance is great and romantic. The sea bass is the best I have ever had.

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PP
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing!!!

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DB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner here during the "Boycott Bowl"!! Food was really good. Great service

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous every time I go! The food and the wait staff are amazing.

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MK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

While the food was delicious, our table was terrible. We asked to be moved, but were told the other open tables were for people celebrating birthdays. We pointed out that we too were celebrating a birthday and that we had made reservations several weeks ago, but they really held those for friends of the host/hostess. I am local and would visit again, but clearly was given the absolutely worst table in the restaurant, with no options for moving.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and service and the ambiance was perfect. Also enjoyed hearing Italian being spoken in the back ground👍

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New Orleans
46 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always , excellent Loved the clams and pasta. It is always a sure thing when you are in the m

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Cute space, nice staff who try very hard. The food however was poor to disappointing.

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JG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality, tasty Italian food, good service in the French Quarter.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We found the food good but too expensive... The deserts were good but too small for the price...

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C
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner after a play and it was wonderful. All 6 of us ate delicious meals- really cleaned our plates- so we decided to share a dessert. We selected the tiramisu and are we glad we did. Best we ever ate. Will definitely return to this restaurant.

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PP
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, amazing service, perfect wine parings. I felt we were in Italy.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful small restaurant. Lovely service and elegant authentic Italian menu.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Family getting together

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Served a plate of cold lasagna. Asked for it to be corrected. They returned a smaller plate, albeit it was warm. Not offered a second glass of wine. Not offered dessert. Overall experience was lacking, yet still quite expensive.

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Veal, and wonderful true Italian dishes that will make you truly believe you are eating
in Northern Italy.

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FP
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Look forward to returning

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BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meeting old friends in New Orleans French Quarter. Agreed to meet at Italian Barrel. A very friendly place

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MW
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was amazing, i went with my husband and teenagers kids while in vacation in Nola
We loved everything
Its a little bit expensive but the quality is really Highl

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BV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Food quality was great. Excellent portion sizes. Staff were terrific.

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My best friend & I had such a wonderful dinner at this establishment. I’ve been thinking about the veal porcini for days. Thanks for a lovely experience!

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San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida italiana y Buena carta de vinos, el restaurant es bonito y bien ubicado, yo regresaria encantado!!

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DA
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

In New Orleans for Sugar Bowl and revisited Italian Barrel having dined there in October. Lots of traffic since it was New Years Eve and accident on Canal Street delayed streetcar travel. We hailed a cab and arrived only about ten minutes late. I had called in advance and the staff was accommodating of our arrival. Service was immediate and seamless. A rather “lively” (as characterized by our waitress) table nearby was loud enough to make conversation difficult for others in the restaurant. Staff was apologetic but there was little they could do to remedy except keep feeding them bread and engaging in quiet conversation. Our orders were taken quickly with recommendations and preparation explanations. I had the sea bass and Janice the lasagna. Both were great! We appreciate all the efforts by staff to make the evening very nice. When in NOLA next, we will probably choose a week night not on a holiday date. Love the restaurant and it’s location and food.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

They were out of half the menu. The bread was like a rock and the lasagna came cold.

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JM
Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

our server seemed pretty overwhelmed. requested waters before we ordered and had to request them again once our entree arrived. other than that it was a great experience

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a favorite with excellent food. A little short staffed on our latest visit. Server was performing all tasks as a result service suffered a little

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L
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, lovely setting, but average service at best. To make this a five star experience my advice is hire more staff.

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was beautiful with Christmas lights and garland hanging around the restaurant. The food was delicious and the portions were a great size; just enough to leave full and no need to carry boxes out. The cocktails were always refilled after your last sip. We will be back!

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1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great menu, great decor, excellent dinner. Would definitely come back

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V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High end delicious Italian food.

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CM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I can't review the food, we never got that far. While they have an extensive wine list and a full bar, they only have a single beer available: Peroni. I'm afraid that was a show stopper for me. It's hard to believe that in this age of great craft brewing, that any restaurant would snub beer lovers so callously.

(note: OpenTable forced me to rate with the 'stars' - I would have preferred to choose na for all)

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the few restaurants open for Christmas dinner in New Orleans. Wonderful food and service. It is a little pricey but worth it.

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BU
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a six course Christmas Day dinner with family on trip to New Orleans. It was excellent.

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was one of the best Italian meals I have ever had in Italy or outside of Italy. A very memorable Christmas Day meal! Thanks

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FW
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was a wonderful choice for a Christmas Day lunch. Though the menu was a departure from their normal seafood and meat specialties, the offerings were well presented and flavored. There were a few underwhelming items such as the salad (under dressed and flawed with several rancid candied walnuts), the somewhat dry and salty assorted meat main course and the dry tiramisu. Those were outnumbered by the Ossobuco, the Porcini Ravioli, and the generous and delicious antipasti opener. The service was friendly, responsive, and timely. Great job despite the challenges of being open for Christmas service!

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas eve

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

Rude manager, over priced for a mega disappointing gastronomic experience.

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