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The Italian Barrel, New Orleans, LA

The Italian Barrel

4.6
4.6
3329 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 and taken only through OpenTable for parties of 12 or less.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Casual Dress
  • 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/Barracks
  • 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

What 3,329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Italian

  • New Orleans

    Italian

3,329 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We tried to get in early at 5 pm for a dinner reservation on a Saturday night. They were buried because of the musical festival and were unable to accommodate us in a timely manner. We ate someplace else. But scheduled another reservation for 11:15 am the next day and had no problem. Food was very good and ambiance good.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very busy! Sat at the bar as I made a last minute reservation. Bartender was average, didn’t give us the special, had to ask. Food was great! Will return for another meal but wasn’t blown away.

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  3. Lovetoeatout

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always ! Our server Allie was wonderful…. Great wine & food recommendations!!!

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  4. Art5372

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very friendly and helpful particularly as we were seeking an outside table overlooking one of the stages at French Quarter Fest. Wait staff were friendly and efficient as well. We had two starters, the cheese board and clams which were delicious.

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  5. JulieJ

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time visiting The Italian Barrel and was very happy! The food was absolutely amazing and the service was on point. The location is very cool as well, in an old building with a definite Nawlins feel. Highly recommend!

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  6. Marski

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food…will definitely go back…everything was fantastic

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  7. KevinH

    Charleston

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our party of 3 enjoyed the overall experience. Food was excellent, however, it took a good deal of time to get it! There were couples seated after us that received their food well before us. We didn’t order anything elaborate. I found this very odd. Next we had a young lady who was not our server come to the table and tried to give us salads that were not ours. She came back and said your food is being plated right now it should be here in just a minute and 10 minutes later It finally arrived. I realize this is a small establishment, but I still find it very hard to understand how people seated after us would receive their food well before us? Overall, though however, we would come back. we love the ambience and we love the food just service that night was a little slow for whatever reason, timing, etc.

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  8. Gabriela

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service is excellent. You can tell that the servers work extremely well with each other and they communicate very seamlessly. The servers were very kind and interactive, they were also very knowledgeable about the menu items. The table we had was outside and we loved that. The food was the part that surprised us. 4.7 star restaurant that requires a credit card for reservations…… it did not deliver. I had a very good martini accompanied by the spaghetti and veal meatball. My partner had the chicken parm. My pasta and sauce were good, I wasn’t blow away but the pasta was perfectly aldente and the sauce was ok. The meatball was lacking in flavor. The chicken parm dish was just not good. Served with linguini in Alfredo sauce, the chicken was dry and covered in red sauce with a slice of mozzarella on top. Simply put, the food was not good. I think the menu choices are fine, I would have loved to love my food. Didn’t feel fresh and well thought out. Again, the service was impecable.

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  9. JOHNC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with tasty Italian food with delicious desserts

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat. The food is amazing and the prices are very reasonable.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and atmosphere. Will be back next trip!

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  12. Denola

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cade is a great waiter. We loved sitting on the sidewalk and met neighbors and French Quarter residents passing by. Food was great. Carpaccio with Parmesan and arugula. Tortellini with mushrooms and truffle oil.

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  13. JACB

    Boise

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant with very good food and service. We have eaten here many times and we are never disappointed.

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  14. Bunny

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great find. We lived in New Orleans for many years but this restaurant was established after we left. We wanted something Italian and found this place. Ignore the bad reviews we found nothing but excellent, upscale service along with in house made pasta and sauces which were authentic and delicious. It has a quaint but upscale feel with white tablecloths and charming brick and also an outside seating option. We loved it so much the first night we went, we returned a few days later with our whole family. Highly recommend.

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  15. Weedie

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual, the food was outstanding for all 6of us.

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  16. AshleyC

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a favorite of ours. Holiday are busy so make reservations. We use live lunch time 1130a right after opening.

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  17. MemAtl

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was amazing and our waiter, Chris was an excellent. I will always recommend Italian Barrel.

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  18. Brussels

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance Highly recommend the dinning experience

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  19. RickK

    Nashville

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Lovely setting. And food was excellent.

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  20. JacobB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!!! From service to food quality to price everything was first rate!! If you’re looking for a great Italian meal and wonderful experience this is the place.

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  21. Drevan

    New Orleans

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wine and the meatballs were delicious. Our service from Dave was top notch. We will return. This is a nice place for a French Quarter date.

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  22. MarP

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This "Italian" restaurant was recommend by a NOLA local. We arrived at reservation time & was seated shortly after. A waiter came to take a drink order. I asked for a red sangria and was told they only serve white this time of year & only wines are from Italy so I stuck with water & my husband a white wine. We were given bread with oil which was very good. We placed our order of the mussels appetizer, chicken parm & penne alla arrabbiata. The waiter shortly after told us they were completely out of chicken. I cannot eat red meat so my choices were limited, I ordered roasted tomato ravioli. Then a different waiter came to tell us they did not have any more mussels. OK we asked for the bruschetta. Then our original waiter came over and said the other waiter has no idea what he was talking about that they have the mussels we ordered. Perfect! Until he came back to say no mussels. The bruschetta topping was yummy but the bread was like a soft, chewy hot dog roll. Our main meals came and my ravioli had a tasteless red sauce and the filling tasted fishy for a dish that was not to contain fish. My husband enjoyed his penne. The manager did come over to apologize & comped our bruschetta.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible food. Heavy handed and unsavory. Wait staff was impossible to hear. Wait staff visibly upset we didn't order more drinks and apps. Really bad food. The worst pasta and bruschetta.

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  24. MettaH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was just okay. Seating very tight We won’t ho back.

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  25. PerryS

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are locals and have visited The Italian Barrel several time over the years and are very happy to find the experience great every time. The food is excellent and the wine list is head and shoulders above most restaurants in this city at any price level. Thank you for maintaining your quality standards and not compromising "for profit" like so many other restaurants end up doing once they become popular.

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  26. JohnK

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was great and I will be returning.

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  27. NOLAUptown

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    service was so slow, food was lukewarm and lacked flavor. such a shame. not sure I would go back again.

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  28. Jennifer

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our family of five had a wonderful experience here on our trip to New Orleans. Service was awesome and food was amazing! Highly recommend.

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  29. FrankM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food ok but silverware , plates and glass’s was dirty.

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  30. Lori

    New Orleans

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our food was great as always. Our server was fine, nothing special. We really didn't appreciate that after we sat down and got our drinks that we were told by the hostess that she had to move our table diagonally to fit the other group behind us she literally walked up to our table and started moving it while we're sitting there, it was embarrassing, it was handled poorly and we didn't appreciate it.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate venue with wonderful service, food and ambience. Definitely recommend.

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  32. Ellimai

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    They gave us two glasses of wine …a red and a white..both were flat..no apologies..then appetizers came out..good but we had steamed clams to share..one didn’t open..we wouldn’t eat it.was told that we were were lucky that it was only one..the waiter then brought out another one 15 minutes later..with no apologies again..then received check with two extra dishes that we didn’t order..corrected but again no apologies..all in all not the most pleasant of experiences but it is a pretty place

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waiters had no clue about the menu. About the ingredients etc

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  34. Agoa

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Noice level a bit on the high side but no fault of the restaurant, just noisy patrons

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  35. jamderm

    Mississippi

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Italian Barrel is my husband and my go to spot for lunch in the quarter. The service is impeccable. Cocktails are delicious (we love the Hugo Spritz). And the food is consistent and fresh and delicious. Our favorites are the Bruschetta, Meatball and Chef Samantha's pasta. Love this restaurant!!

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  36. caleblyn

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service. Very good food. It’s comparable to other high-priced restaurants. Very pricey but very good. Strawberry salad, polenta, sea bass, and cauliflower are recommended.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Veal piccata was had a slight crunch on the sides but overall was very soggy and chewy. Music was loud and a full house of people so it was hard to have a full conversation. Overall it was good would go back.

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  38. AngelaR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It took a very long time to get our food. We finished our wine before the food came.

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  39. JohnD

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal every time. Service was great. Excellent place for a work dinner.

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  40. NicholasS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vodka sauce with my meal. Great dessert. Well Done.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Italian Barrel using the Order Online button. The Italian Barrel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 569-0198.

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.6 stars by 3329 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 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Italian Barrel

1240 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Decatur Street/Barracks
  • Neighborhood
    French Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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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