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About The Italian Barrel

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.

430 Barracks Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Decatur Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 569-0198

Website:
http://www.theitalianbarrel.com/

Parking Details:
French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.

Public Transit:
Street car stops just one block away

Executive Chef:
Samantha Castagnetti /Owner

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

The Italian Barrel is having a Choice of Set Christmas Menu for Christmas Day. You can view full menu at our website the Italian Barrel.com.

The Italian Barrel Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Special Occasion (32)
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Romantic (32)
Authentic (27)
Cozy (26)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Comfort Food (17)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Vegan (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 18 hours ago

This was the worst dining experience ever. We had a party of 7 for my two children’s birthdays.
There was a party of 32 in the middle of the restaurant that was out of control the decibel level was so high our ears were ringing. We could not talk to each other it was so loud.
We have eaten there at least twenty times.
It has never been like this. The waiter told us when we were seated that the large group was out of control and apologized but told us they were almost done. Well the fact is they hadn’t even ordered yet. They got even louder as time went on. I really enjoy this restaurant but if ever presented with this situation we will politely leave before ordering.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing, especially the shrimp in the pesto pasta. Yummy! The service was top notch - professional yet friendly. The dining room is intimate and welcoming. All in all an extremely nice evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Every part of this dining experience was great. Extensive menu selections, great service, timing of next course service was spot on, not rushed, great food. Will defintely return.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was spot on as usual. The food was great. The service was above and beyond, and the overall experience was great.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The Italian Barrel never disappoints. Great food and service in a charming space.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Upgrade to the pasta that gets flown in from Italy... amazing!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

OMG, A MUST visit place... It looks unassuming when you walk by. The service here is amazing. The lasagna is to die for. Old school Italian with unique flavors that you'll want to come back for. Perfect date place. Great ambiance. Everything about this was superb. I'm a local and will definitely be back!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was great. This is the first time to dine there and I would recommend it highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Awesome place! Always feel like family

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing food! Our server was the best!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

We were looking for a break from creole/Cajun food and this place did not let us down. Great food, lovely servers, had a great experience.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The bresaola was fantastic. I had the veal porcini ,and it might be the best veal, and it was amazing. This was our 2nd time here and our last meal of 3 nights to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. The best!

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

A little over priced but overall a great experience. Keri was an absolute joy!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We have been to this restaurant many, many times and always enjoyed it, even though its prices have risen quite a bit since we first started going there. On our last visit in late November, the service was terrible and the food was mediocre, at best. It will be a while before we go back -- sorry to say.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We were referred to Italian Barrel as the best Italian in NOLA - we frequent Vincent’s and were told of Italian Barrel while at the Vincent’s bar. We’re going to stick with Vincent’s, far and away. The food at Italian Barrel is lackluster, and remarkably expensive. The ambience is good, as was the service, but it has to be thre in the food as well. Wet (huge) slabs of chicken breast as chicken Parmesan? Not much quality or artistry there. Needs some crunch on the bite! Lobster ravioli sounded good in principle, but was devoid of much filling and had a somewhat flavorless sauce. Oh well.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful as usual. Our friend from Germany loved it!

Tags: Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Lovely meal with my daughter and husband after she had just gotten back in town for Thanksgiving.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was fine except my daughter was in from California to have the Truffle Ravioli only to be told they had none. it was only 5:30
You would think they would have this on Saturday at that time of evening

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Pumpkin ravioli was awesome. The steak was one of the very best ever, cooked to perfect temp with just the right seasoning--no Bearnaise etc needed! definitely recommend!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ambience, food, service...all excellent!

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Very nice menu, although several items were unavailable that night an bread was sub par. Great food with appropriate sized portions

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We went for my birthday and the service was great. I was so happy at the choice. The service was spot on. They were quick to respond but not hovering. They were very knowledgeable about the menu and their suggestions were wonderful. The food was out of this world good. My husband is not really a foodie and usually says restaurants are "ok". This time he said was very good and he would like to go back! WIN! This is a new favorite. We will definitely be back. I also like the fact that is on the edge of the French Quarter and much easier to get to than many of the restaurants in the Quarter.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My wife and I were looking for something a little different and we love Italian so we decided to try the Italian Barrel. The food was well prepared and the portions were ample. We shared the bruschetta appetizer and the veal parmigiana. The bruschetta was prepared with cherry tomatoes, basil, & thin slices of cheese. The tomatoes and basil tasted As good as ones in the peak of the season. It contained three large pieces. We ate two and took one home. The veal parmigiana was also excellent. It was served with a nice stir fry of summer squash and peppers. We both had enough left to take some home.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The restaurant was loud and chaotic and we waited and waited for the pasta course, while tables all around us were served and departed. The hostess finally explained that our dinners had ended up on the floor and had to be re-prepared — she would have told us sooner if she had known. Not explained was why our server couldn’t have figured that out and let us know herself. All in all we felt ignored, without really understanding why. The food itself was good or very good, but not great, but the overall experience was not good.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

If there was a rating of 10 out of 10 then The Italian Barrel should get that rating!! Excellent!! Excellent!! Excellent!! Been to the best Italian restaurant in New York and this one rates head to head with the best of them! A must for anyone visiting New Orleans that wants something other then the local spice. Michelle our waitress was wonderful - efficient- friendly and very personable made us feel like we where family. Everything was made with the freshest ingredient with the same care your Grandmother would give as if she was cooking a holiday dinner for her family! Hands down the best dinner you will eat in New Orleans!! It was for us. Do not miss this hidden treasure!!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Todo excelente. El mesero excelente

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved the overall feel. Service was excellent. Food was satisfying.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had the Sea Bass , delicious- Hubby had the chefs special pasta. I think called Samantha. We also split a salad - very good! Wait staff was very attentive but not over bearing. Quiet calm atmosphere. We could have talked business but it wasn’t that kind of night. Definitely would do again!!! I passed on a mushroom pasta special that I later watched a man at the next table lick his plate over. Made me a little envious but I was trying to be waist line conscious. I will not make that mistake again.
You could tell the executive chef and owner has poured her heart and soul into the place. Not a single thing overlooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Been going to New Orleans for years and have never been here. Now, I’ll make a point to go every year. The cantaloupe and prosciutto was delicious as flavorful as was the special of sea bass on greens. We dined at the bar with a true Italian, direct from Venice, Denis. He was terrific. Can say enough great this place.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great dinner after the Saints game. Sat outside and had a fantastic dinner.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

So happy I came across this amazing little restaurant. The service and management here are Very personable and accommodating. Food was excellent portions are generous and really enjoyed the charcuterie plate. Can’t wait to come back to New Orleans to eat here again

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and service was top shelf. New favorite Italian restaurant for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Our waiter, Chris, was so knowledgeable and truly a pleasure to dine with. The food was exquisite from start to finish and the ambiance was beautiful.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Superb food and service..... A great place for an Intimate dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was fantastic and the service was even better great job

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Dinner was great. Disappointed that some items shown in web menu not noted as not being available every night. Not very accommodating to try and help with different choices.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had looked forward to going to the Italian Barrel for some time. Went spur of the moment, was easily seated. Service was good, but not great. My wife had a pasta dish the she was happy with. I has chicken parmigian, it was mushy with little flavor. There are clearly better places for Italian food in NOLA. One and done!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great no excellent service! Outstanding delicious food. Enjoyed our experience!!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Veal a little under seasoned. Service a bit lacking.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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