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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

The Italian Barrel Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Romantic (40)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (36)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Cozy (27)
Authentic (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Notable Wine List (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Casual (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Our favorite restaurant in the Quarter. Never disappointed.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Overall this restaurant is good. The food was fresh and tasty but small portions. Service needs a little help, we waited 20min before a waitress acknowledged we were there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good overall experience! Always enjoyable

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food for a very reasonable price. Ambiance was excellent for a quiet and romantic dinner for Valentines Day. Just perfect night and dinner for after Mardi Gras celebration.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

We had dinner for the first time. I was excited based on previous reviews. Wonderful food and Service. Will definitely be back.

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

this place has never let me down , the food is awesome

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

We have always had a good experience at The Italian Barrel, and our recent meal (on Mardi Gras day even!) was no exception. The food is always wonderful as is the service and the ambience. If you want Italian food in New Orleans this is the place.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food options and very tasty. My veal portion with linguine was a good size but my partner had one of the specials ... eggplant .. very tasty but really too small to be N entree size.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Mississippi)·Dined 7 days ago

Mardi Gras.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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 .

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Lundi Gras!!!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Best hidden Italian restaurant in French Quarter. Nice walk to opposite side of Quarter leads to great Italian food in small cozy setting.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wow.. A wonderful north Italian restaurant! We will be back. Everything was tasteful, nice size portion and in general, prefect.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Outstanding restaurant, highly recommended, bring your platinum card

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great northern Italian feast in New Orleans. Loved the veal scaloppine. The sauce was perfect! Good value, authentic northern Italian with a lovely ambiance. A great change to the usual Cajun/ creole New Orleans offerings.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Mushroom Pasta special was delicious!!! Excellent food and a nice surprise.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

They are one of the only restaurants recently that always has Sea Bass and it is incredible. My husband got pasta which he demolished and our friends got veal and equally loved it. Fabulous place that never disappoints

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We enjoyed the food and service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The place is very nice, however, there was a weird stench (odor). Almost smelled like something died somewhere in the building. The food was delicious but I feel it’s a little overpriced.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Service was good, food even better. Prices were reasonable for New Orleans. If your looking for good Italian food this is the place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service from beginning to end. Generous wine pours. Only limitation was fish entree selection which was limited to sea bass in 2 preparations and shellfish pasta. But sea bass was excellent. Generous appetizer size so plan to share.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The best food in New Orleans. Lovely atmosphere. A hidden gem.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was delicious. I did not enjoy being seated right next to the restrooms. There are two toilets and there were people standing around next to our table waiting to get in one of the restrooms all night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Server was amazing! Food was amazing! Definitely recommend!!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 22, 2018

One of my favorites! A great place for special occasions. The freshest and finest ingredients available.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Very slow service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic! We had a party of 10–the service was personable and efficient. Felt very welcome.
Food is (always) outstanding.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent Italian meal located inside the French Quarter. Must have reservations since it is a small restaurant with a full bar and excellent wine selection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing! What a wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend the crab salad, rack of lamb and the sea bass. Wow.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We had the panne vodka pasta and truffle ravioli both dishes were outstanding

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Pleasant atmosphere, delicious food and waitress was extremely knowledgeable about menu and offered suggestions to accommodate dietary needs. Will visit again next time visiting New Orleans.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Went here for dinner with my boyfriend on a Monday night for our last night in New Orleans. Our server was so sweet and we had an amazing Italian meal. She also recommended a perfect white wine for us. Definitely a great place for a romantic dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing food!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Amazing meal ! Fab service and great atmosphere for a fun OOT business dinner. Highly recommend this wonderful little gem. I’ll be back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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