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The Italian Barrel, New Orleans, LA

The Italian Barrel

4.5
4.5
2892 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Fine dining awaits you in our intimate dining area. Both indoor & outdoor as well as seating at our premier handcraft 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 Samantha Castagnetti brings her city in Northern Italia to you via overnight shipments of imported Italian foods and boast over 40 wines almost all are served by the glass- 14 years and counting.. Come and see what everyone raves about!
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing. Reservations are most welcomed.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 569-0198

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner

  • Catering

    Catering: 504.982.6969

  • Private party facilities

    Private Events:504.982.6969

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Parking details

    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.

  • Public transit

    Street car stops just one block away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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What 2,892 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outdoor patio seating selected however weather was cooler and patio heaters not working. Despite this the food and service was great
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Rome

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal as always. Will be back
  4. P

    Pete92

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate at the bar. Food was delicious. Drinks were good. Bartender was fun. Will go back.
  5. OF

    OkieFoodie

    New Orleans

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found the Italian Barrel years ago on one of our first trips to NOLA & it was just a tiny little place with a bar you had to squeeze past when you entered to get to a tiny dining room with about 8 tables. They expanded 5 or so years ago & now have a beautiful bar & large dining area without sacrificing any of the original charm. I’m still amazed at how many people don’t know about The Italian Barrel! All of the food is prepared with the freshest ingredients & the wines by the glass are exceptional. I had the pasta feature with fresh made fettuccine & a light buttery cream sauce with asparagus. One in our group had the mushroom ravioli, another the lasagna & lastly the flounder stuffed with a cornbread, celery & onion stuffing. Everything was exceptional from the salads & entrees to the cocktails & wine recommendations. There’s a reason The Italian Barrel has a wall full of awards! We highly recommend the chocolate profiteroles for dessert. They were amazing!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We love this place …that being said the food was served luke warm to more than one of us. We also didn’t love the fact that our server made us order all the courses at once. That is not the norm.
  7. JR

    JenniferR

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was great!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible experience. Staff was incredibly rude! Will not be back.
  9. RR

    RestReview

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Good food but service was very slow … 2.5 hours for lunch - and no recognition from the staff. Disappointing. Place wasn’t crowded - it must have been a staffing issue.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and my best friends belated birthday. We had a wonderful time - I was a little disappointed in my steak - that it did not come with vegetables are anything at 70 dollars for the steak. Just meat on a plate. The beet salad special was good - the drinks were outstanding ( martini’s ) my suggestion also it put the fantastic crab salad back in a bowl instead of martini glass. My friend had Chilean sea bass - she said the fish was much smaller than what she had gotten in the past. All in all we had a wonderful celebration. In the past they usually send something out for birthdays - I had to ask. ( they obliged) We have loved Italian Barrel for years and will continue to have our special occasion dinners there. 🤙💕
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    After so many fond memories sorry to see the food experience has become mediocre. The veal chop was chewy and the Osso buca was sold out at 530. Chicken parm also not great. The waitress spilled the dish on the table and forgot to tell us the specials. One of my all time favorites from years ago needs to find its former glory.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was authentic and terrific! Service fantastic and quaint atmosphere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out with friends. Great experience!
  14. P

    Planner

    Jacksonville

    226 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    226 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a trip from Florida to New Orleans just to have a birthday dinner at this restaurant. Outstanding, as usual. Chef Samantha's pasta is a must have. We look forward to coming back again soon.
  15. MM

    MaryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Atmosphere was great. Food although tasty, it was served barely warm. By the time we were finished, it was cold. Our waiter did not service the table frequently enough. Took too long to inquire about 2nd drinks and then to long to deliver.
  16. NW

    NWFL

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We arrived on time for our reservation and were promptly seated at a requested window table. Service was prompt and courteous throughout. My wife had the chef’s special fusilli pasta, which she said was excellent. My veal porcini was delicious, as was the accompanying pasta. The wine list is fairly extensive. Prices are moderately high, however, the cuisine seemed worth it. This was our third visit to The Italian Barrel.
  17. c

    chrisa

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice experience at The Italian Barrel, service was very good and the food was excellent. We highly recommend The Italian Barrel for any occasion.
  18. JL

    JosephL

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally my favorite restaurant. Better then the food in actual Italy and I mean that. We’ve been coming for years and anytime guests visit we take them here.
  19. NP

    NishithP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The quality of food was horrible, and the overall service was poor. I will never go back. My food was similar to what one can buy from Traders Joe and add some red sauce.
  20. RF

    RobynF

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rhonda was amazing and the food was great!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome. I had the Center Cut Filet Mignon. It was amazing!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mobile

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    New Year’s Eve 2022
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    New year eve
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First, the service was superb. All around from the hosting staff to bartenders. Even the manager was phenomenal after a reservation snafu. I can’t say enough on that end. The ambiance is nice, although for NYE, it was really loud. It’s not a rowdy place, it’s just smaller and when it’s busy, it makes it difficult to hear. It’s still very charming overall. The drinks were outstanding, the food was decent. Nothing to complain about with my meal by any means, but more so just slightly above average on taste. However, again, it was NYE and they were pretty slammed. All the reviews I’ve read and considering the staff and drinks were both extraordinary lead me to believe this was probably a one-off and not their standard. I’d go back for sure.
  25. NC

    NiColel

    San Antonio

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Years Eve Excellent food and wine !
  26. AP

    AliciaP1974

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service was slow! We never got our salads :( we ordered a tea never got it! Food was cold. We didn’t send anything back.
  27. RS

    RossS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome awesome awesome food and service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve after the Sugar Bowl 2023. The restaurants on Canal Street were all booked so one of the hostesses suggested going on Open Table. The Italian Barrel was off the main drag and they were offering bar seating only. We made a reservation and crossed our fingers. Upon arrival we were met with nicely dressed couples eating at sidewalk tables. Inside was crowded but the noise was just above polite conversation level. The added bonus of sitting at the bar was being able to watching the bartender at his craft. He was obviously highly trained. My wife ordered a chianti wine and I had a kamikaze on the rocks. Honestly, my mixed drink was a little harsh. My wife ordered the pumpkin ravioli and I had the Veal Piccata. If you are lactose intolerant your choices will be limited. We both Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. None of the desserts tempted us but that was mostly likely due to personal preferences. I did have a double shot of espresso which was smooth and bold. Afterwords we walked back to Canal street and visited many of the local storefronts that were open late. If your craving flavor and atmosphere this is a great choice. If you’re really hungry you might have to get a push cart hotdog on the way back to your hotel.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to New Years Eve dinner for the past few years. Always a treT, always great service. Sea bass was excellent.
  30. BR

    BeverlyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was excellent, food was cooked to perfection. Ambience was good, table was a little crowded making noise level less than desired.
  31. BM

    BryantM

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional experience from beginning to end. You'd have to go to Italy to find better food...
  32. b

    burvnico

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans. We have been here probably around 20 -25 times with and without our two kids and we have never had a bad meal yet.
  33. BS

    BSnyder

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked last minute and it was a great choice. Veal piccata was fantastic and the espresso martinis did not disappoint. Thank you Rhonda!!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Great service !! Very nice small epic Italian restaurant
  35. HM

    HelenM

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were treated very well and they accommodated our every need. Staff was very cordial and friendly. Couldn’t have had a better meal and great time.
  36. VA

    VAHIresident

    Atlanta

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve dinned at the world over. A must do for any foodie!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Had reservation. I checked in and the hostess never sat us at a table after repeatedly asking for inside or outside seating. They don’t honor reservations it appears.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, good service 👍
  39. BM

    BrookeM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I would not recommend this as place to eat in New Orleans as there are so many FABULOUS options. We did enjoy the cheese and meat boards, however the rest of food came cold or warmed. We had the following dishes Lasagna, pesto scampi, veal piccata and clam special. The lasagna was made with manicotti, not layered lasagna which is fine but it was nothing write home about. The pesto scampi was good, but room temperature, the veal picatta was tough. Whoever heard of tough veal?? The clam special was good, but the crushed red pepper was overpowering. I love spicy food, but this was over the top. Service wise, it was ooookaaay. My husband never received his drink and I had to ask multiple times for refills. The meal was $400, which is fine, we are used to dropping that on dinners in NOLA. However, for the quality of the food (flavor wise especially) and only 1 person drinking it just was not with it.
  40. LE

    LovetoEat

    Tampa

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience2
    Was over booked. Service was poor food was good.

FAQs

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

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.5 stars by 2892 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for The Italian Barrel

1240 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.

  • Public transit

    Street car stops just one block away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

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