The Italian Barrel
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing.
Chilean Sea Bass al Cartoccio
10 oz. Center cut Fresh Chilean Sea Bass filet dusted with ground herbs, spinach, fingerling potatoes, zucchini, squash and cherry tomatoes. Roasted in parchment paper
Porcini & Truffle Ravioli
Fresh pasta with porcini mushrooms & truffle topped with creamy white wine sauce & a splash of extra virgin white truffle olive oil
Freshly baked with mozzarella, ricotta, besciamella, parmigiano reggiano and meat sauce
Great Service, great food and don’t forget your wallet!
The food is outstanding! Very innovative and delicious. We also loved the cocktail service.
the food was great! good service, we would go back
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.
Chris was a excellant waiter,very atentive and had a friendly personality.
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.
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.
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.
Great food, poor service.
As good as it gets ! Top 3 in New Orleans.
It was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday! Everything was delicious and our server was wonderful
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.
It was my daughter’s birthday and we enjoyed everything!
It was a great experience as always.
Amazing as always!
Great service and amazing food! Will be back!
Very good food. We had to sit at the bar but the service was good and the bartender was entertaining to watch.
Great meal and great service.
The mussels good. Clams full of sand and grit. The gnocchi average. The rave way under done and sauce way too salty...inedible. So disappointing for a birthday dinner.
Great food and service. Wish the menu was a little bigger but it is still great.
A rare place where the ambiance is excellent & the service along with the food is outstanding ! As good as it gets.
The food was superb and the service was excellent. April was our server and she made us feel like royalty. She also gave us some great insider tips on things to do while in NOLA. Definitely recommend!
Fantastic as usual.
Very good service. My chicken parmigiana was outstanding (as was the charcuterie board?, but my husband’s veal chop was cold & I had to share my food with him. They were out of the wine we ordered. We will return, for sure, but hoping for better next time.
Kendall provided fabulous service. Her recommendations were spot on and the food delicious!!
Family get together
Amazing food! And Alice is the best!
Great food. Great service.
GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE…this restaurant has become our favorite in the French quarter. Quality food and great ‘’white table linen service’’. Female owner/chef…the best!!
Second experience at this place. Excellent, well presented food. Wait staff plentiful and appropriately attentive. Intimate room, just lively enough with full seating. Short, nicely attended to wine list with nice italian selection. Only menu knock is 1 fish entree in New Orleans. Several crab containing appetizers do make up for this.
the food is excellent!! i'm not a fan of italian wines but their bar menu is good. service excellent!! definitely a do-over!
Fantastic! My friend and I went there for her birthday. They decorated the table for her, no singing or anything, just the decorations and acknowledgement from the server. Definitely made her feel special. The server, Chris, was also incredible. He was very knowledgeable about everything, and more than willing to answer any questions. Everyone there was super professional and everything seemed to be run perfectly. Food was also excellent. Definitely recommend trying the desserts. They are all fantastic. Very authentic Italian food. Would highly recommend
Great restaurant and great food. If I chose to eat here again I would definitely eat inside verses being outside other than that no complaints!
This was an amazing meal. The service was great and the food was excellent. From the minute we walked in, we were treated as if we were the only guests in the restaurant. The waitress went over the specials without us asking and we ended up choosing two of them. Our favorite dish was the Chef Samantha's Fusilli Pasta. It is very simple but is one of the best things I have ever eaten. I would eat it again tonight if I could. Overall, this is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had.
Italian Barrel is the best Italian food I’ve eaten in the city of New Orleans. We ordered and shared the Chilean Sea Bass, Lasagna Gorgonzola Gnocchi, Chicken Parmesan, and Veal Chop. Each dish was astounding..we didn’t want it to end. I cannot wait to get back there!
The food was amazing and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu.
We never miss a chance to eat here when we are in town. Most likely our favorite restaurant in New Orleans.
Wonderful improptu outing. Made my birthday special without fuss. All I wanted was good food in a comfortable atmosphere and I got both. Thank you. Quality ingredients made for such great food when they were treated with skill and care, which was very evident.
Great food and great service.
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 2318 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.