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The Italian Barrel, New Orleans, LA

The Italian Barrel

4.5
4.5
2805 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • 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

Experiences

  • Buon Natale! 5 Course Pre-Fix Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Welcome to your ultimate Christmas experience. Join us for a 5 course pre-set spectacular menu from our Executive Chef Samantha Castagnetti. We reserve the right to make menu changes as needed. All reservations require a valid credit card on file and all cancellations less than 24 hours prior will incur a $25 service charge per person. Any change in guest count of 3 or more guests will be subject to a $10 per person charge. Please visit our website for our feature menu before booking! We also will offer a children's option for $55 per child under 8. Chef's 2022 featured menu is priced at $95 per person excluding beverages, taxes, and gratuity. No exceptions or changes. Allow us to make your holiday truly unforgettable! Book TODAY!

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What 2,805 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We held a business dinner there and it was a big hit with the attendees. Great food and wine selection and excellent service. Recommended!
  2. TF

    ThomasF

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent bruschetta is the best we have ever had and the homemade ravioli is superb any version of it is excellent. Wine list is reasonable and has many choices
  3. DB

    DianaB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m happy we made our reservations early, word is out that this is YHE place to get some great Italian food in a hospitable atmosphere.
  4. P

    Porsche62

    Western NC

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Our second time dining here and food was outstanding. Everything from cocktails forward was great. Server was spotty at best. She definitely wasn’t having her best night, but we will be looking forward to visiting again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fun time. One of our neighborhood favorites.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Honeymoon dinner before cruise. Waitress seemed ill about something and we only got one refill. Food as good but not worth the price in my opinion
  7. SR

    SandraR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Italian Barrel Is one of my favorite restaurants for its fine dining without the stuffy atmosphere. The food is consistently good, the staff is friendly and professional and I love the Lasagna!
  8. h

    hvg86

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Undercooked pasta, very disappointed.
  9. RS

    RichardS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A bit noisy for us old folks. The manager was kind enough to discount our meal after the waiter dumped over our bottle of wine and one glass of wine. The wine list should update vintages . We live in the neighborhood and have been coming since Samantha first opened in the little venue. Wait staff changes a lot, mostly good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    If I could rate this lower, I probably would. Out of 4 entrees, 3 were horrible including 1 I sent back and still got charged for. It would appear that they got a menu of what people would like and never took the time to learn how to make it. Also how do you charge a service fee on a 3 person table. I tipped because I felt bad for the server but the management and the kitchen absolutely failed in the execution of this experience. My bill was basically 300 dollars for two adults and an 11 year old. I would never recommend this establishment and will tell anyone who asks to go literally anywhere else.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving dinner in Nola
  12. AD

    AdrianD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant service by the bar tender followed by excellent food and value for money.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Derrick was a great waiter!
  14. L

    Lockport

    Manitoba

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful ambiance!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Two of us visited for dinner this week. It was our third dinner there. The food is excellent, as are the drinks and service.
  16. RP

    RachelP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, the flavors make your taste buds dance!
  17. TP

    TeresaP

    Western NC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    There were no indoor tables so we reserved a table in their “heated patio” which was just the sidewalk and freezing! Our waiter kept forgetting what we had ordered, brought food before silverware and napkins which we had to ask for several times. The food was pretty good, but not worth the price. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
  18. k

    katieb

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A birthday dinner! Always one of my go to spots. Everything is amazing.
  19. A

    Aprille

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Visiting NOLA
  20. GM

    GregM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Music very loud; thought I was in a disco. Waitress was very bland. Food was great and ambiance very enjoyable.
  21. PV

    PaulV

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Solid food Great service Good wine list with great value Italian wines.
  22. WL

    WayneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best food we had on our trip. Not knowing how long it would take to get there we left a little early and they were able to get us in early. Very friendly staff, knowledgeable about the menu and giving suggestions. Will definitely go back and recommend.
  23. JN

    JoeN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the greeter at the door, through the waiter, service was fantastic. Wine/meal was great - and the ambiance was lovely. After posting on Facebook a picture of us at your restaurant, we found comments from friends who had dined there and expressed it was one of their favorite restaurants in New Orleans.
  24. G

    Gabby

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing! Their penne vodka was so good. I don't eat crab meat, so they were able to take it out for me, and the sauce was to die for- one of the best I have ever had- so creamy! When I am in NOLA again, would definitely go again.
  25. FN

    FranklinNCFoodie

    Western NC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!
  26. MB

    MichelleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!! The food was fabulous, the hostess, host, waiter, manager were absolutely amazing! Glad we chose to dine there for our anniversary!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Italian - good portion size
  28. B

    Barry

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant! My family always enjoys our dinners here. Fabulous food, atmosphere & servers.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Disappointing service and management. Used to be a go to spot. Appeared to be under staffed - waited 25 mins for basic service while manager did zero to help. Host was untrained. Meatball was excellent. Past was delicious. Drinks were good.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Very slow service and waiter, hostess very nice and helpful. We had reservations, seated promptly. Then down hill from there. Chicken parmigiana no frills, bruschetta was good, deserts was best part of dinner..
  31. KD

    KarenD

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic Italian food. The owner moved here from Italy and uses only the best ingredients. Wine was exceptional also without being expensive.
  32. SL

    SoLouisianaDiner

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    I was expecting more from "fine dining" in the French Quarter that has received such high ratings. It's a tiny hole in the wall place. The street noise from the Quarter was loud. I dropped my wife and daughters at the door and went about 4 blocks away over horrible roads to find a parking lot that costed $25. The food was expensive and frankly not that good. I had the veal osso buco. It was rather bland. My wife had veal porcini which was pretty good. There was only 1 beer on the menu and no soup. The service was fine as there was almost no one in the place. I'm not sure what the high ratings and awards are for but for me it didn't live up to them.
  33. JV

    JaneVA

    Treasure Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was excellent. Seated on time. Staff was very professional
  34. F

    Foodie20

    Minneapolis

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Yummy polenta appetizer, delicious pastas, and an unexpectedly amazing mint chocolate chip ice cream. Unexpected, because it was one of best ice creams I've ever had, filled with tons of chocolate shavings.
  35. MM

    MMiiler

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere. would highly recommend!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Love The Barrel , first time the food was so disappointing. Veal was tough , pasta sauce was off . Not sure why very disappointing
  37. H

    Hespera

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    After a long day of conference and meeting activities, my husband and I wanted a quiet place with great food. I made reservations and we arrived on time. After a brief wait we were seated in a cozy table with great views of the cool bar and the street. Alessandro helped me make an excellent wine selection and then explained the specials My husband ordered the special butternut squash soup as an appetizer. He let me taste it. We agreed that it was wonderful. It was so creamy and smooth even though there was no dairy. The stock was very flavorful and rich (I’m thinking a little duck stock). I ordered the special osso bucco with parpadelle. It was a revelation. The meet was shredded and then tossed with the perfectly cooked pasta. Fresh parmesan added a nice saltiness (although it was not needed). I ordered the roasted brussels. They were good but I wanted to enjoy the pasta. I couldn’t finish so I took the leftovers and ate them the next morning waiting for a flight. Amazing cold! My husband had the truffle stuffed ravioli. Another revelation. I find chefs use a too heavy hand with truffles. But this dish was very well balanced. He ate every bite with a little help from me. All in all it was exactly what we needed after three days of mediocre conference food.
  38. JR

    JeanneR

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    The ravioli was too thick and doughy and the sauce was too thick. The charcuterie was disappointing — nothing special. The sauce for the crabmeat martini tasted store bought. The chicken Parmesan was over cooked. The meatball appetizer was very good. All in all not worth it.
  39. KT

    KevinT

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It was a very good choice for dinner . I would come back again when traveling
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Started off great until our server showed up disheveled, then seated two additional tables of six. He completely ignored us. The food wasn’t good. Overpriced pork saltimbuca that was all salt and fat, heavy on the sage. Pasta was mediocre. Bruschetta was a thick slice of bread with some tomato’s thrown on it. Zero effort. Talked to the manager, she was completely offended and rude. No offers to fix anything. We paid our bill and wrote it off as an overall bad experience. Maybe they all had an off-day or something, who knows. Just wasn’t good for us out of towners.

FAQs

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

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.5 stars by 2805 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 38 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Italian Barrel

1240 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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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