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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

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (32)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
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Authentic (28)
Romantic (28)
Cozy (25)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Casual (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

Ambience, food, service...all excellent!

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 (Dallas)·Dined 6 days ago

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

I normally give I.B. 5 stars - all around. This night was a miss completely. We had an 8:30 p.m. reservation. We were seated promptly. Our waiter Johnny was very personable and pleasant. Some of the strikes were: Out of lasagna, then we ordered the meatball appetizer to be informed - out of that as well. Service seemed to be slower than normal - they seemed understaffed. One of us ordered a special that had absolutely no flavor (very unusual for I.B.!) My dish the pumpkin ravioli was perfect. When our entrees were served the guy (not our waiter) asked would we like pepper and cheese ... yes please -- he never returned. Bread was elusive earlier as well. Dessert was fantastics (the hazelnut gelato). I just think we hit them on an off night - which is definitely a shame at those prices.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Whenever I am in town I must stop in the Italian Barrel it always hits the spot and keeps me from having a hang over from all the hand grenades. This time we brought 4 friends and all very beyond pleased. There is sooo much good food in NoLa but this place is at the top of the list.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two. The food was great and the service was outstanding! I would definitely recommend and we hope to return in the near future.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was on the slow side and my chicken parmigiana was overcooked. There was no bread served (maybe a first at an Italian restaurant). Overall both the wine list and the dinner menu were relatively expensive for at best a mediocre dining experience. Also of note the table we were seated at looked at the bathroom, which we had to look into everytime the door was opened.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Cramped spot; Loud due to tables one on top of another. The staff was friendly but the execution of service was terrible (i.e. took 3 attempts for water and wine) - I even had to grab someone to settle my bill ...no one knew who was doing what!; Food - um, horrible. Had to ask for the bread that was suppossed to have been brought to table - I should have spared them. It was some toast with no seasoning at all; The spaghetti with "pesto sauce" and shrimp was a disaster - the pesto was not fresh - it was blackish green and the amount used just overwhelmed the dish..the shrimp were good; The lasagna was not a baked lasagna - it was some slop layered and no depth of flavor. Save your money (go eat pizza somewhere...New Orleans is not known for Italian - evident in the limited number of Italian restaurants.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Unfortunately I was quite disappointed. The noise level was awful, the food was OK. This is the fourth time I have frequented this restaurant, all the other visits have been great. I had out of town guests visiting me and they were also disappointed. Our waitress was awesome. Everything thing else was disappointing.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food and service at this restaurant is excellent, along with a very nice wine list. The food and atmosphere makes you feel like you are in Italy. We have been there for both lunch and dinner and both are excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an authentic Italian meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

With the threat of Hurrican Nate approaching, many restaurants were thinking of closing and were low on staff. But not at the Italian Barrel. As usual, great service and authentic Italian. Loved meeting the family next to us who were celebrating a 69th birthday---clearly, they were regulars.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great Food, good atmosphere. Our waitress was amazing and everyone had a smile.
Location is also great as after dinner you can walk to the French Street where all the locals go to listen to jazz.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Food was excellent, as usual. Would be nice if there was at least one gluten free pasta option. Other restaurants in town have at least one and some have all pasta items that they can prepare gluten free.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

I was extremely disappointed with this restaurant. Lamb Chop was well done. The pasta dish we ordered we had to send back it was too salty. The service was terrible. The waiter knocked over a half a glass of red wine. Ask the waiter if he was going to replace the wine and he informed me that there wasn't much in the glass when he knocked it over. He brought the glass of wine back and had very little of wine that he poured in the bottom of the glass. He should have brought at least a half or full glass back. He and the manager both cop a real bad attitude. I'm a local here in the quarter I have sent them a lot of business and I will never again recommend this restaurant from my experience that we encountered.. for the price they charge the food in my opinion and I have traveled the world was mediocre.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I have eaten at a lot of Italian restaurants with both Northern and Southern cuisine. This was just ok. If was good but not great. Definitely not worth the 20 minute walk from Bourbon Street. The mussels had no flavor. The breast they served was basically toast. The salad was excellent- (we had the prosciutto and fig salad on special.) For dinner I had the veal porcini. It was just ok. The veal was tender but a little salty and the mushrooms were not flavorful. They were wet and warm and that's about it. My husband went for the baked lasagna. He said "good but not enough layers and not the best I have had." Overall I would say the reviews and the awards on this restaurant hyped it up more than necessary. Our waiter was great and the ambience was cool but try other places first.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My husband and I love everything about our evening. Our chief was awsome. The wine and food was delicious. The crab salad is superb. We will definitely return again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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