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The Italian Barrel

4.6
1473 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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 1473 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My favorite Italian place in New Orleans! Everything is always great!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a favorite. Never disappointed. Besides great pasta they have wonderful lamb and filet.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

I love Italian food. I judge all Italian restaurants on the quality of their marinara. I thought the Italian Barrel had the worst marinara I have ever had. I was really looking forward to the veal parmigiana which very few Italian restaurants offer today and I was very disappointed. My wife was disappointed with her meal as well. Overall, it was a very unpleasant experience. I will give credit to the host and server who were very good and pleasant.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food and experience is as close to true Italian food as you will get in New Orleans. The staff is very friendly.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent experience

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Found out about the Italian Barrel about 5 years ago
We drive down from Baton Rouge about 6 times a year to have dinner
I have always had great food and service. It gets a little crowded but we are their early and gone before the 7 o'clock crowd arrives,

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always a favorite! The food is
AMAZING!! We will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

This was my girlfriend n I first getaway and I chose this restaurant due to the location and the food reviews. It was beyond delicious, my girlfriend says the the Mozzarella was like they just made it. The service, the food all of it made our first romantic date perfect. Thanks you Italian barrel

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Brought a customer who had heard of your place. He was very pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Pasta was awesome and service was wonderful!! I would recommend this restaurant this great place to anyone!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Food and service were excellent! Can’t wait to return

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Special salad - tomato, mozzarella and pesto was large enough to share, as was an order of pasta (fusilli). Special stuffed veal chop (ricotta and spinach) was not very flavorful and overpriced - $52. Special fish - sea bass - was also overpriced at $48. Food on the menu is good but ask for the price if you order the specials.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

It a sheer delight from start to end. Excellent food and wine, lovely atmosphere, first class staff and all you could wish for to make it a magic memory on each visit.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My absolute favorite place to have dinner in New Orleans! Excellent service! Everyone is always friendly and welcoming. Entrees are made to order and the food is delicious. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Italian Barrel is far away the best Italian restuarant in New Orleans
Wonderful wines, great pasta and veal.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent food as always. Best authentic Italian food in New Orleans

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great day! I celebrated my 50th birthday with my family. The food is amazing and the staff so friendly and accommodating!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We sat outside for a light lunch accompanied by our dog with our friends from Chicago for lunch during Jazz Fest.
Juan, our waiter was great!
The seafood salad was delicious, the tomato mozzarella appetizer was the best pesto we have ever had!
Great wines, finished with a dopio espresso, then off to the Fest!

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Excellent Italian food. Gnocchi w/ Gorgonzola sauce was great.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

I went with my family for dinner and we absolutely loved this place. We sat outside, amazing way to spend dinner in the quarter. The food was amazing!! And the service superb!! From the Hostess and Managers that tried to acommodate our party and checked that everything was going good to Michelle, our server. She did a fantastic job! We would be back

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

As good as ever. Some rotation in the service galley but very genial and knowledgeable about the offerings.
Sea bass and mushroom ravioli fantastic. This place really knows how to deliver

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Haven’t eaten here since 2011. Reason being that we could not remember the street it was on or the exact name. Finally found it while walking around one day. It was even better than we remembered! Can’t wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Amazing authentic Italian food with great service. One of NOLA’s hidden gems.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Just unbelievable. Food is on par with eating in Italy. Angelle is just such a fantastic waitress m. So much so that I don’t bother coming if she’s not working.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Restaurant was cute and intimate. Our waiter was terrific; Jason. I found the food to be uneven in quality, but acceptable. We started with a special salad of arugula, mozzarella and tomatoes, which was quite good. My dining partner had the Osso Buco soup, a special, that was also quite good. Our entries however missed the mark. My partner's veal chop was missing the stuffing it was supposed to have, of cheese and spinach. My pasta dish, spaghetti scampi with pesto sauce, was quite large. Both dishes seemed underseasoned. The pesto was missing the brightnsss I associate with pesto; not sure it was made with basil, or some other green. And the shrimp were more blackened than prepared scampi style. All in all, the dinner was nice, if a bit pricey, but not amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We had some great wines with the Veal Porcini and Gnocchi - we started with steamed mussels in a great wine sauce.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We made a reservation several weeks in advance for a good evening out for vegetarian friends coming to New Orleans. It was a beautiful evening so we stopped by the restaurant about 30 minutes before the reservation asking for possible an outside table or at least one by a window. There were several groups close to finishing at the outside tables. We returned for our reservation, but the hostess had given the outside tables to a couple of walk up parties and proceeded to sit us by a window that was within few feet of the kitchen door. The restaurant was busy so next to the kitchen was really noisy, busy, and distracting. The hostess did allow us to move to a table in the middle of the dining room. We ordered a bottle of wine and some appetizers. It took a little while for the wine and appetizers, but things were good. We then waited a little over an hour for the main courses. Our server never checked in with us or asked if we wanted more to drink. After an hour of waiting, we finally asked another server and then the hostess if there was a problem with our order. After about ten minutes our server came and told us the restaurant was busy (obvious) and that our orders should be out soon. About another ten minutes other servers brought our orders. No one asked if we wanted more to drink even though the wine was finished. My wife wanted some wine with her main course. Severally minutes later, I got the attention of our server, asked for another glass of wine for my wife. Even though we were just a few feet from the bar, it took about another 15 minutes to get the glass of wine. The entrees were good but nothing special. The server eventually brought us dessert menus, and we asked for a few minutes to decide. We were going to order one dessert, but after waiting another ten or so minutes, we just paid the check and left. The server never did come back to take the dessert order.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Fine Italian food with fresh ingredients and home made pastas. We had the sauteed clams and bruchettas for appetizers. Marinated cherry tomatoes especially flavorful. The pesto spaghetti with shrimp was best for the shrimp seasoning. It was our best Italian food in NOLA and worth 5 stars if the service came up a notch. Still recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We went here for our 10 year anniversary and my husband called ahead and coordinated with the restaurant to surprise me with a dozen roses at the table. Delicious cheese plate which they said were picks straight from Italy.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Love this place! One of our favorites in New Orleans!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent service and friendly staff.restaurant was loud. Probably due to a few large boisterous tables. Food was prepared perfectly.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Went here the first night in Nola and judged all other restaurants based on it! Had the sea bass with crushed tomatoes served on spinach that was expensive but totally worth it! Not only am I still thinking about that big piece of well seasoned fish but still thinking about the sautéed, not soggy spinach. Our group also shared the pasta arribiata that was perfect al dente with a spicy tomato sauce. Not too spicy.

They had run out of 2 of their desserts which irked us but we went with the chocolate “salami”. It’s kind of like fudge packed with crunchy bits. Delicious but should’ve been served with a chisel because it was hard to cut. Still worth it.

Service was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Birthday dinner and it was perfect! Food and wine was delicious and our waitress was one of the best I have ever had anywhere! She made the evening special. Will return when we are back in New Orleans.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Always consistent!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Really inviting place! The bartender was extremely friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent restaurant recommended by a friend who visited last week

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

New location. As good as always!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was perfect. Service was timely. Noise was pretty extreme. Overall had a great time at this fancy spot.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great end of the day dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I always enjoy my experience with IB, but our server(s) this go round were especially engaging.

Thank you for a wonderful evening

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