The Italian Barrel
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing.
14 oz. Bone in veal chop topped with melted Asiago cheese and 24 month aged Parma Prosciutto. Served with a side of 4 cheese potato souffl'
Fresh pasta filled with Pumpkin, sauted in butter and sage
Sliced cherry tomatoes and garlic over toasted ciabatta bread topped with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano and basil
Service was impeccable but the food was not
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.
Great food and even better staff.
The food selection is very authentic and the staff was super accommodating and meeting special requests.
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.
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.
Our meal was excellent and the service was very good.
Food always delicious, fresh, and consistent. Best meat and cheese tray in town. Great service with Courtney.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
Terrific food and service
Best Italian in the French Quarter. Great food, wine, wait staff!!
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.
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.
The food was fantastic!!! Great place
One of our favorites! Chef Samantha never disappoints! We will be back very soon.........
Fabulous festive birthday celebration for our daughters birthday! Compete with confetti, festive deserts and drinks, and as always, amazing food!!
It took us an hour from the time of our reservation to be seated and get drinks.
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!
Great restaurant and food was amazing
We had an amazing experience!! Sierra was the most amazing waitress!
Italian Barrel has been a favorite of mine since the first visit.
Pure New Orleans with no surprises!
Top notch at every level.
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 .
It is always wonderful! Our server was great and the food was delicious
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.
Excellent service and outstanding food. The girls loved it!!
Wonderful experience. I have been there before and will go back.
Not quite as good as first dinner here. The burrata appetizer wasn’t so good. The sea bass on bed of veggies cooked in parchment was excellent but took forever to get, low staff. Felt even in this condition wait was still too long. Will wait a while before returning. Nice waitress, decent service. Sat outdoors.
The sea bass on the menu is to die for among with the Ravioli. Ricky our waiter was excellent.
Food was great, service was good, but way too many people in the restaurant during a pandemic. There restaurant was filled well beyond 50% capacity.
A favorite of ours which never disappoints.
The Service and Staff were amazing especially Laura and Blake!
This is the best Italian Restaurant in the City!! A must visit!!!
We went to celebrate our anniversary and the food was great as expected. We ordered the meatball appetizer, the special salad, the Mrs had the white truffle ravioli and I had the veal piccata. To wrap it up we had espresso and the best tiramisu made by the owner’s mother. The food was great my only compliant and no fault of theres was seasonal vegetables happened to be something I don’t eat and the menu clearly says no substitutions. The one thing I thought could have been better was the service. We were seated on the side and often felt forgotten about at times and thought the bus boy was more attentive than our server. I believe it was due to limited staff being busy because of Kung Flu staffing restrictions. All and all it never disappoints and can’t wait to go back.
Great food and service.. delicious wine
The food here was amazing. Seemed pricey until we got our meal, larger portions.
Superb traditional Italian cuisine, very romantic setting, I'll be back!
The Italian Barrel is always a go to place for good Italian food
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 2025 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.