The Italian Barrel

4.7
2329 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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EsterM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10
Service excellent, food amazing!
Highly recommend

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ToniL
Austin
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from the ambiance to the service to the excellent food. The Porcini and Truffle ravioli were fabulous as well as the hazelnut gelato. Thank you for creating a wonderful dining experience.

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Lisa
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. I highly recommend it.

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TanyaT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! SEa Bass divine. Lobster ravioli great. Veal piccata. Perfect. I’ve eaten here several times and it never disappoints.

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vipDateNightNOLA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful spot to hit for dinner before a show at the Old Mint! The Fish Special was wonderful and the Pistachio gelato was divine.

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viptwis
New Orleans
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was slow, but everywhere is slow now. I was treating a friend for her birthday, and no mention was made even though I dropped a hint and I referenced it on my reservation. Food was only lukewarm and we actually had to ask for bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Server was very knowledgeable about the menu. Gave great recommendations and the food was fabulous. Thank you for making our night out a great one

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MarkW
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service , food , cocktails , atmosphere are all top notch at this must have stop on your New Orleans food tour

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vipDuaineD
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening we dined outdoors on the sidewalk. Outstanding as usual.

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glenk
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous Food! Large portions. Great ambiance

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DollyC
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we dine there

KD
vipKarenD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food! So fresh! Loved the team that works there! So nice! We liked it so much that we are coming back tonight before we head home to Ohio!! Would definitely recommend this to everyone! I love Italian and have been to many Italian restaurants - even in Italy - and this was the best food I have had!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great Birthday Lunch. The Gm and staff made me feel wonderful.

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PatrickC
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dinner experience

NH
NedH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Everything about our dining experience was excellent!

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vipHorsestable
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As lovely as it has ever been!

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ThomasM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was done very well. Food, service excellent

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LeeO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in New Orleans for us. Food and wine list top notch. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipFoodieFeind
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our 10th anniversary dinner there as wonderful as our first date dinner there.

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mayree
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There were 6 in our party and we had a variety of items from the menu. We ordered 3 appetizers for the table, favorite being the caprese like salad. Everyone ordered a different entree and I had the scampi but my shrimp was overcooked and the whole dish was not hot which made the pasta a little gummy. No complaints about the other traditional meals. Dessert was ok. Nice wine list. All in all we enjoyed the wonderful service and pretty interior. Only issue was that they would not bill per couple with is annoying. Would come again for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really wonderful and intimidate- fresh and high quality

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DavidW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, great food and don’t forget your wallet!

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vipCRobbins
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding! Very innovative and delicious. We also loved the cocktail service.

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NancyS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great! good service, we would go back

HM
HadiaM
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening a lot- Everything about The Italian Barrel is authentic, warm and welcoming- I especially enjoyed the quiet noise level, our attentive waitress and the love put into preparing our meal- I would go back in a heartbeat.

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vipjackalope
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was a excellant waiter,very atentive and had a friendly personality.

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JRK1
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a few days in NOLA we needed a break from the Cajun cuisine. As a final family meal before Tulane check-in my son stated he wanted Italian. After reading several reviews I decided on the Italian Barrel - SO HAPPY I DID!

First off our server, Olivia, was magnificent. A true professional, she never missed a beat.

We started with Bruschetta (which was really fresh and delicious) and two Hugo Spritz. The bartender is great and the cocktails and wine selection are for the true enthusiast. We settled on a bottle of Il Fauci Arcanum for the meal. Spot on.

For entrees we enjoyed chicken parm, kids split Penne Arrabiata (perfect spiciness), and I immensely enjoyed the Tagliata. This was a special that consisted of a PERFECTLY cooked beef tenderloin which was sliced and spread across a platter and then covered with arugula and fresh shaved Parmesan. The accompanying image just does not do the dish justice. It was phenomenal. In fact, everything was so good we splurged with three desserts: Spumoni Bomba, Tiramisu, and Profitterols. Recommend the Bomba if you want just one. Pair that with a cappuccino. Perfect meal.

Some comments about the price. Yes, this is a little more expensive. But as someone commented, "you get what you pay for!" I wouldn't change a thing. It was worth the money and when you are creating memories with the family, pay to have the professionals take care of the details. HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Italian Barrel.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place

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DeanD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice smaller venue with good table separation to enjoy private conversation. The service was the best we had in years on every little detail while maintaining timing.
The chef owner's culinary team has quality and appearance on everything our table had meeting above expectations. It was great the location takes OT reservations having one night in town would make every effort to return to try other menu and wine selections.

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vipMichaelD
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

A gorgeous little restaurant but the food was below par. I actually sent my first entree back and ordered a different one. I originally ordered veal piccata it was tough and drowning in lemon juice, not the lemon, caper butter that I would expect. It was listed to come with a side of sautéed vegetables but arrived with a small pile of bell pepper strips. I sent it back and ordered the pesto scampi. The shrimp were cooked well but way over salted. After already sending one entree back I didn’t want to return another one. My wife had the penne with vodka sauce and crab. The crab meat was really not to be found. The dish had a good taste but for the price charged we would expect this plate of pasta to be loaded with crab.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Great food, poor service.

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vipJohn
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it gets ! Top 3 in New Orleans.

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vipAmyB
Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday! Everything was delicious and our server was wonderful

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DeannaW
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was bland. I was disappointed as I had heard good things about this restaurant. We ordered two of the recommended dishes. Both had the same sauce and were very bland. Appetizer and side dishes were good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s birthday and we enjoyed everything!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Little Rock
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience as always.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! Will be back!

DB
DonnaB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. We had to sit at the bar but the service was good and the bartender was entertaining to watch.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service.

FAQs

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

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.7 stars by 2329 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.