The Italian Barrel

4.6
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2038 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Don’t miss this one.

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TeriE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, I had the pumpkin ravioli and brussels sprouts. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Outdoor seating on a Saturday early evening. Street noise was overwhelming at some points. Service was curt. I’m not sure if there are kitchen issues, but everything was disappointing, and we waited nearly 45 minutes between apps and entrees. The octopus in the insalata di mare was very tough, the veal was overcooked and lacked flavor, and the profiteroles dessert was a mess. A very expensive unimpressive meal.

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larry
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked this reservation on the past recommendation of a client over Vincent's, Venetia's and Iren's.

Simone the Maître D was very accommodating, especially since I messed up the dates of our reservation and showed up a day early! He shoe-horned our party of three that grew to four without blinking an eye.

Our waiter, Chinno, was informative, engaging, entertaining and gave us great five star service and recommendations.

The food and wine served was outstanding!!!!!!!!!

It will not be the last time we visit our now favorite Italian restaurant in New Orleans

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vipRebeccaP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a romantic dinner or evening with friends. The food and service is outstanding. My favorite dishes include the bruschetta, mussels, porcini and truffle ravioli, gnocchi, and veal porcini.

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vipBranNOLA
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service!!! Omg! It is always excellent! I did have a friend despise their pumpkin ravioli once, but, I go for the gnocchi, lasagna or filet!!! I’ve tried other dishes and enjoyed them as well...🤷🏻‍♂️. Great wine selection. Pricey! But I’ve never not loved my meal and service! Lost a lot of charm when it expanded a few years ago, but, it’s still cozy. Feels like a European (not tacky American) Tourist Spot while it used to feel like a European hole in the wall find of ‘the trip’. I highly recommend the bruschetta!!! Perfect! Not overdone, not heavily re-imagined, just perfect! Yum! Awaits!

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KC87
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This used to be my favorite Italian Restaurant in the city but the food is no longer what it once was. Having lived in Italy for 4 years, I appreciate authenticate Italian food but was disappointed and underwhelmed on my last visit. The food wasn't worth the price and was average. Pasta was overcooked and definitely not al dente, the 1 meatball was okay but not worth $16. The bread and olive oil/balsamic was probably my favorite dish of the night. I skipped dessert on my birthday based on how the dishes were tasting....On a side note, the service was great and the atmosphere is nice.

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SailrChik
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Italian Barrel is a fave spot whenever I visit New Orleans. It had been many years since my last visit, and there it was, my favorite corner bistro with the sidewalk tables and smiling staff welcoming me. I brought my husband there (it was one stop on our honeymoon) and he loved it as much as I do. Our server was so sweet, the food wonderful, and the evening weather just perfect. There was a lot of local cruising - a loud Jeep club, lit up bicycle group, motorcycles, but it was more entertaining than anything and we took our time and just relaxed and enjoyed our experience.

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vipgourmand
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ADORE the Italian Barrel. The food is fabulous, and the service is very personal and personable. We ate outside, and the evening was lovely. The streets are now bustling, and with that, some excitement!
I cannot wait to go back!

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Jeffw
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the staff. Wouldn't be a trip to N.O. without dinner at The Italian Barrel.

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HollyH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was told it was a really great place to go. I made reservations at 7:30. I got there early which was fine I could Waite. Got seated and ordered food. Took almost 2 hours to get food. Left kid server 100.00 bucks cash. Restraint called and threatened calling cops.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was poor and

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vipMonicaC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s amazing. It’s gorgeous.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was impeccable but the food was not

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Italian
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the bruschetta for an appetizer which was outstanding and so flavorful. It was difficult to eat the way it was prepared, however we made do because it just tasted amazing. We both had pasta dishes that were creamy and delicious. The pasta tasted fresh and the portions were just right. We also had dessert of cream puffs and tiramisu. Best we have ever tasted and we're Italian. The restaurant is off the beaten path in the French Quarter, so it wasn't noisy. It definitely did not disappoint for an Italian dinner. It was a little pricey, but well worth it.

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JimA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and even better staff.

The food selection is very authentic and the staff was super accommodating and meeting special requests.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We were so disappointed in the 40th birthday dinner we booked for 4 people on 8:30 Sunday night via Open Table. The host called us on our way to the restaurant to attempt to get us to cancel our dinner. We weren’t sure why until we got there and were told the kitchen was closed (at 8:30- our reservation time) and we would need to order immediately if we wanted to eat there. We did so, and promptly received all our food, appetizers, bread, entrees, and drinks at the same time all while watching the wait staff whisper about us and act irritated we were there. We were given our check and finished paying our nearly $300 bill in under 45 minutes. As you can imagine this was very disappointing. But what was completely unacceptable was that once we exited the restaurant, someone from the kitchen came outside and called us “MFers coming in here at 8:30 wanting to eat.” Then our server came outside also and yelled “y’all suck, eff y’all” at us. We were all floored and appalled that a New Orleans restaurant, of all places, would have a staff that would act this way. What a disappointment and embarrassment that must be to owner/chef Samantha who has worked to build a reputable establishment for more than a decade. Her food is amazing- i just hope at this point that the people serving it to us didn’t spit in it or worse! New Orleans is clearly suffering in the wake of the pandemic. It’s a shame the employees of this restaurant are too short-sighted to realize the future of their city and their jobs depends on people spending money there. I hope for the sake of the Italian Barrel owner(s) and the city as a whole that we are the first and last patrons to receive such treatment.

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MicheleG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I have been to Italian barrel I am blown away at the quality and authenticity of the food. Relaxing lunch with family after a family wedding. It was a perfect place for lunch.

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PaulP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent and the service was very good.

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vipSharonT
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always delicious, fresh, and consistent. Best meat and cheese tray in town. Great service with Courtney.

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vipWolf
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our favorite place in the French Quarter for Italian Food. Outstanding service and great food. The noise level is only high if you sit outside (which we did). Inside is very calm and beautiful. I would go back here every week (and sometimes we do). There was a new bar person. Our martinis were PERFECT (one gin and one vodka). Kudos to him.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would have thought they would have done something more when celebrating a birthday than just throwing some little hearts in the table? Most places will offer a glass of wine or dessert as a complimentary item. Not here! The meal was pricey but tasty...

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vipEPandSS
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was the worst Italian I have ever had. The veal was tough, the ravioli was undercooked, it took forever for the food to come out. Having spent months in Italy it isn’t fair to call this an Italian restaurant. Take my advice and go to Olive Garden instead.

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LeeB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This used to be one of go to spots in the Quarter. The food and service used to be impeccable but we were extremely disappointed. First, we understand having to wait outside for our table to be readied but, we were not offered water or cocktails while we waited. Second, the noise level was so loud we practically had to scream at each other, not what I wanted for a birthday dinner. Third, the gnocchi was severely under cooked, hard and cold. Lastly, our server was very personable but we rarely saw him and eveyone in the front of the house was running around like it was their fist night of service. I hate to say it, we will not go back. Sorry, Chef Sam. Long time locals.

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JeffreyG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at The Italian Barrel was excellent! They brought us immediately to our table, the service was excellent and the food was fantastic. They even brought our dessert with a candle and sang Happy Birthday to my date. Wonderful experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service

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vipWolf
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in the French Quarter. Great food, wine, wait staff!!

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Bryantf
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Lamb was excellent and my wife had the pasta made daily with the crab. Appetizer were on point and the staff was very nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was ok, nothing amazing, but the service was horrendous. It took us over two hours to get our food. Every time we ordered a drink it would take at least 10-15 minutes for it to come out. When my ravioli finally came out it was room temperature and undercooked. To top it all off, when I received the bill I noticed they double charged my party for a bruschetta appetizer we told them we didn’t order. After not taking the appetizer off and heckling us over the tip, I would say this restaurant has given me the worst dining experience I have ever had in New Orleans.

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vipmilly
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic!!! Great place

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vipFQGirl
New Orleans
73 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites! Chef Samantha never disappoints! We will be back very soon.........

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vipolemissbabies
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous festive birthday celebration for our daughters birthday! Compete with confetti, festive deserts and drinks, and as always, amazing food!!

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vipJakedu4
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

It took us an hour from the time of our reservation to be seated and get drinks.

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vipAllisonD
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful and safe time with our friends who were from out of town. We loved sharing one of our favorite restaurants with them! The Italian Barrel are taking the virus very seriously, which I loved and made me feel safe as we enjoyed a wonderful Friday afternoon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and food was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience!! Sierra was the most amazing waitress!

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EdwinH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italian Barrel has been a favorite of mine since the first visit.
Pure New Orleans with no surprises!
Top notch at every level.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Was called to ask if would agree to move Outdoor seating reservation inside as poor weather expected - asked what arrangements were being made to make indoor seating safe in light of Covid with assurance there would be 50% capacity and appropriate distancing between tables - neither of which was the case. Party of 8 seated immediately adjacent to our table and every table in house filled - did not feel appropriate limited seating precautions taken. Had eaten there 2 weeks before outdoors and had a wonderful experience .

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vipTkjacobson
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always wonderful! Our server was great and the food was delicious

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NolaKAOS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to sit outside due to COVID, but it was a nice night and service didn't miss a beat. You could tell that they all communicated well and had each other's back to get food out hot and fresh. You get what you pay for; hefty prices with decent quantity and the highest quality. I'll take high quality ingredients and chef's craftsmanship over a giant pile of mediocre food anyday. Wine is very reasonably priced.

FAQs

The Italian Barrel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 569-0198.

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.6 stars by 2038 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.