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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.
New Orleans, LA 70116
Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.
Street car stops just one block away
Samantha Castagnetti /Owner
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Italian Barrel Ratings and Reviews
Well, truth be told, this used to be our neighborhood go to but, pasta dishes at and average of $30, sea bass at $50 and filet at $48...it’s a little out of hand any more. I’ve have a white tablecloth experience at Restaurant August, Arnaud’s, Galitoire’s, Restaurant R’evolution, with professional maitre’d’s, sommeliers and highly trained wait staff at a similar or lower price point. This is a neighborhood pasta joint, it’s not your fine dining experience.
Even more disappointing on this occasion, my husband walked in and they said, sorry, no reservations no seat (mind you we come here often) he said, but there are seats open or we will sit at the bar. The obviously frazzled host said no. So my husband walked out and said we couldn’t get a seat...so I opened open table and took the first available, which was 5 minutes from the current time (and PLENTY of other times available, every 15 minutes for 2 hours). So we walked in and one of the bartenders came up and gave us a hug and one of the waitstaff too, I could see the host rolling his eyes over my shoulder. We sat there for an hour or so surrounded by empty tables. It’s a shame because we love it so much but when the pig becomes a hog, and you walk out with a bill over $200 for a shared app, 2 plates of pasta and a bottle of wine after a questionable front of the house reception...it’s a bit much. We continue to come because we love it and it’s in our neighborhood, but our visits are getting fewer and farther between and a harder and harder to justify.
The food was overcooked. Our mussels tasted like rubber, and had dirt or sand in it. Octopus was very dry and tasteless. Little to no flavor. We had to ask for bread since we were not offered it by our server. Definitely not a good Italian restaurant. Will not be back .
We had a delightful lunch. The food was amazing. The special seafood pasta was fantastic as was the porcini and truffle ravioli, the arugula salad and the special rolled eggplant appetizer. Our waiter could not have been more attentive without being cloying. I love the space. In all, it was a perfect lunch with friends.
We had our weekend in NOLA planned around our dinner at The Italian Barrel as a celebration for my wife's birthday. Friends join us from Dallas who kept saying how much they too enjoyed the dinner, food and "presentation" of the food. Thank you for a wonderful evening and excellent service!
This was not our best visit to The Italian Barrel. The night was a super busy one due too a parade, however, so I’m sure it was a crazy day for them!
Three out of four dishes were very good with one, the Lasagna, being the only 5 Star. This is a great restaurant! So I really anticipate being blown away.
One pasta dish had so much red pepper in it; it was barely edible. My friend admits, she may not have paid close enough attention to the description.
Add this to the hectic evening, being sat by the restroom, waiting far too long for the wine menu only to have our choice not be available.....you get the picture.
I highly recommend the Lasagna, a filet or the bruschetta! All are alway delicious and on point! The service is usually very good and the wine selection very good.
We reserve TIB for special occasions due to the typical $200+ bill and this visit was a tiny bit disappointing.
All and all, a good bet for a fine meal.
Although the food was Fantastic, the room was somber after the Saints lost the football game. Several people who had been over served were quite rude to the other people trying to enjoy the food and ambiance. Our service became disconnected after the initial order. Again, food was incredible.
Weekend dining with my wife. Be careful booking on OpenTable, on a very cold night they gave us a very crowded table next to the door which serves as the busy main entrance. I suspect this is related to an OpenTable booking. I’ve lived in New Orleans for over 25 years, have eaten here two or three times in the past, and I’ve never have been seated at this tiny ,unfortunate table.
In the past the food was average. We decided to give it a third try, felt perhaps I was not making the right menu choices, therefore I ordered the “house specially” which is mushroom and truffle ravioli. The ravioli was poorly cooked and not drained properly prior plating . In addition the ravioli stuffing was unremarkable, similar to what you might find in a grocery store. My wife’s veal with mushrooms and pasta was average, and can be found for less expense and better flavor at other Italian restaurants in the city.
Named the “Italian Barrel”? Not sure why. Very little effort reflected in the cellar. Wine choices are very ordinary and expected. A real opportunity missed. So many great Italian vines/regions, and the usual Chiantis, Barolo are listed. Selections by the glass are very limited and give no real opportunity to taste a wide selection of good/great Italian regional choices. No great Italians are offered by glass, no Tignanellos or Salsicias.
Considering the wide range of choices for dining in New Orleans, I would recommend avoiding the Italian barrel.
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