The Italian Barrel

4.7
2318 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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DavidW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipCRobbins
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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

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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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jackalope
New Orleans
14 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
4 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.

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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.

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

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

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

It was a great experience as always.

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

Amazing as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food! Will be back!

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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.

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

Great meal and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Wish the menu was a little bigger but it is still great.

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vipJohn
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rare place where the ambiance is excellent & the service along with the food is outstanding ! As good as it gets.

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RickB
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipTerrieS
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as usual.

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vipAmanda
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.

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DanaG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kendall provided fabulous service. Her recommendations were spot on and the food delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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vipCarleneK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! And Alice is the best!

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vipRaymondP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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Altimus
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!
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vipChristopherB
47 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MarilynK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

the food is excellent!! i'm not a fan of italian wines but their bar menu is good. service excellent!! definitely a do-over!

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Cass
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ALam
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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Sarah
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Delia
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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MikeA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We never miss a chance to eat here when we are in town. Most likely our favorite restaurant in New Orleans.

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WilliamG
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food 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 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.