The Italian Barrel

4.6
1556 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 569-0198
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Samantha Castagnetti /Owner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Decatur Street
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Parking details
French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.
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Public transit
Street car stops just one block away
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1556 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Quality of food seemed different than previous visits

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service

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PV
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our last night in Nola and who would have thought fine Italian in the French quarter?. It was amazing ,
From the app,s to the dessert and the cocktails. Our server was so sweet and knew her product
We had such an amazing dinner here!

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Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with the tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad. Plan on sharing, it is huge! Very good!
Ordered the Pumpkin ravioli for my entree. It was delicious!
Great wine and cocktail menu
Service was excellent! A small quaint restaurant!
Highly recommend and will be back!!!

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J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always consistent & very good. The brussetta is the best. Have been going since it opened some 10 years ago.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s been a while since I’ve eaten at the restaurant and it still is one of my favorites in the Crescent City.
Great service, waiter was top notch and was on top of it the whole time. Very pleasurable and was a very good dining experience.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! However, it was so hot that we could not truly enjoy the experience. The AC did not seem to be working at all!

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New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is delicious! Hands down the best pumpkin ravioli I have ever had. I highly recommend if you are looking for a great Italian meal- walking distance from French Quarter.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Italian Barrel consistently delivers outstanding food and wonderful service. It is proof that New Orleans has some of the best restaurants in the entire United States. In the FQ alone NOLA beats most Cities with its restaurants. Yet NOLA has so many great restaurants throughout the whole City. Lucky to call NOLA home! 504ever!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here the night after our wedding to celebrate - we’re local and had heard so much about it so we finally decided to go. And it was so worth it! Almost embarrassing we waited so long. It’s a quaint restaurant with amazing food. My husband and I love charcuterie, and on the menu they offered a meat or cheese option so we requested a half and half. It was absolutely delicious! Came out on a huge pizza paddle and the meats were sliced so thinly, great selection of hard and soft cheeses, and a basket of a variety of crackers. Probably one of our favorite things! I had the chicken parmigiana and my husband had the veal parmigiana. The chicken was enormous, but delicious and the linguini that accompanied it was great. I couldn’t make it through half so we had leftovers. He said the veal was absolutely delicious, some of the best he’s had and the vegetables that came with it were also very tasty - which I can attest to. We also ordered a side of Brussels sprouts but had to take those home with us. Food was great, ambiance was great, definitely worth it. We will be back!

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So totally awesome in every way-elegant but not pretentious. The spaghetti and veal meatballs is fantastic! Will return. On my favorites list for NO now. Second time to dine there. The renovations are so much better than the original time I ate there about 4 years ago.

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Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donald our waiter was excellent! The food was outstanding. If you want Italian food this is the place.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pasta dishes were great. We wanted to make changes due to dietary restrictions and we were cautioned against upsetting the chef because we were changing the dishes. I can understand this, but not everyone can eat spicy sauce. The server did accommodate a few of us but we were afraid to ask for a substitute sauce for one of the dishes. They did split salads for us and service was fast.Not sure if I would go back.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food flavor was disappointing and neither service staff or host provided any remedy other than saying ‘sorry to hear about that...I’ll mention it to the kitchen.’ I recommend avoiding this restaurant and should have known when the dining room was relatively empty at 6pm on a Saturday. Definitely a tourist trap advertising an upscale Italian dining experience but does not deliver.

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K
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved my experience. Hostess was fantastic and made my late dinner very memorable. Really solidified how great my time in NOLA was! Will be back!

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RD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I had the chicken parmigana, wife had pumpkin ravioli. Very cozy. Great for an anniversary.

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CB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We would come to the Italian Barrel just for the crab salad itself. However, that is only the beginning of a great dining experience. Everything about this place exceeds expectations! Their pastas are exquisite and their sauce is yummy! Be sure to save room for dessert.

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently floored by the level of service offered at this establishment. The service, the food, the staff - ALLL TOP NOTCH!

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New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AS always this is a fine dining experience. We love Italian Barrel and go there often. Everything is wonderful... keep it up youse guys and we'll see you again soon !

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not endorse this restaurant more...from the massive cheese plate to the veal chop and Chilean sea bass in pappillote to the exceptional service.You will enjoy!(ask for Leah)

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New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! I had the crab and penne pasta. My husband had spaghetti and meatballs! Loved both.
Next time I will try the Sea Bass! Hope they have then.

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Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the polenta and clams for starters. Both were excellent and where accompanied by fatalistic grilled Italian bread. We ordered spaghetti with veal meatballs and penne vodka. The veal meatballs were probably the best I’ve ever had. The penne vodka had large amounts of crab, no skimping here. We were too full for dessert , but are going back on Friday. We will have the tiramisu then. They have recently remodeled and there are several more tables and lots more room to move about.

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been many times and keep going back. Delicious Italian food, great wine, nice ambiance, not too casual and great service! Probably at one of the best prepared sea bass dish. We bring our 9 year old who loves the food! Recommend for all occasions.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of the best Italian in the city.

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New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service, food, ambiance and total dining experience were marvelous. Italian Barrel is one of the handful of 'favorite' places we visit regularly in the French Quarter. it is consistently wonderful. Having eaten there enough to make my way through most of the menu, I can recommend all of it to the most discriminating diner. If you are feeling Italian... go here, you will be very glad you did....

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SF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food!

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New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have a disappointing meal here, food and service both consistently excellent. It is a big family occasion favorite for us.

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LD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent! I’ll definitely go back when I visit New Orleans again

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

They were out of sausage and shrimp?! In New Orleans? Odd. All of our meals (chicken parmesan and lasagna for example) tasted flavorless compared to other Italian restaurants we’ve frequented in Metairie. We tried this place with out of town guests based on excellent reviews but were all very disappointed. Service was friendly but it did take a while to get our food. We won’t be returning.

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MR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! My server was very attentive but not intrusive. Amazing food and pleasant ambiance. Definitely a must visit.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious! Not big on Cajun food, so we found this restaurant and were not disappointed. We ordered the muscles to start and it was perfect for the three of us. They were served in a delicious butter sauce. We had their special pasta and seabass and everything was amazing. We cleaned our plates. The environment is pretty, the staff is friendly and it was an overall great stop. Highly recommend! Can’t wait to return.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Pork Shank entree was the best meal I’ve had in New Orleans this year.

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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Always the food was incredible. The Services was great. Love Italian Barrel.

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Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

Just entirely too hot. My wife who carries a sweater with here because she is always cold had to go outside to 90 degrees to cool down. Good food but for a 350 dollar total bill including tips I wouldn’t go back again. Never will take that chance. Couldn’t wait to leave

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great service!! Only noisy because of the Satchmo Summerfest outside. No fault of the restaurant. Would highly recommend!!

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Angelle our server was Fantastic

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

The server and food were both great. The manager of the night not so much. An hour into our dining experience we had 5 appetizers on the table which we were enjoying along with wine. The manager sent the waitress to the table to let us know that the tables are only available for 2 hours and we would need to order our food soon. We were not near done with our apps at that point. We were continually strayed down and waitress was sent to table several times to “check on us” rush us to order. I was so upset I lost my appetite, I didn’t even order an antre. Our bill was over 500.00 we were only there from 6:30 until 8:50 and the whole experience after the first hour was made uncomfortable. The manager came to the table at one point to explain about reservations only being for 2 hours and was rude in his approach. We eat at Italian barrel often and have never had such a bad experience but that night was horrible.

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MJ
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorites! The food and service were excellent as always! Unusually, it was very warm in the restaurant! We are presently experiencing a heat wave in New Orleans. That may account for this uncomfortable issue. That will not deter us from continuing to enjoy this great restaurant!!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try the gnocchi with the gorgonzola... and the brulee is amazing!

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DW
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was extremely hot in restaurant and they need to find a way to arrange things to fit on table as tables are very small and things are extremely tight. Food was a little off from what I'm used to at Italian Barrel.

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