New Orleans Restaurants

New Orleanians are obsessed with food. Over lunch they're likely talking about dinner. Ask where to get the best gumbo, and you'll spark a heated debate among city natives.

Everyone, no matter what neighborhood they're from or what they do for a living, wants a plate of red beans and rice on Monday, has a favorite spot for a roast beef po'boy, and holds strong opinions about the proper flavor for a shaved ice "sno-ball."

The menus of New Orleans's restaurants reflect the many cultures that have contributed to this always-simmering culinary gumbo pot over the last three centuries. It's easy to find French, African, Spanish, German, Italian, and Caribbean influences—and increasingly Asian and Latin American as well. The speckled trout amandine at Antoine's could have been on the menu when the French Creole institution opened in 1840. Across the Mississippi River on the West Bank, Tan Dinh serves fragrant bowls of pho that remind New Orleans's large Vietnamese population of the home they left in the 1970s. And at Compère Lapin, Chef Nina Compton brings expert French and Italian fine-dining traditions to the down-home flavors of her St. Lucia childhood, and of her new home in the Gulf South.

For years New Orleans paid little attention to food trends from the East and West coasts. Recently, however, the city has taken more notice of the "latest things." In Orleans Parish you'll now find gastropubs, gourmet burgers, and numerous small-plate specialists. In a town where people track the crawfish season as closely as the pennant race, no one has to preach the virtues of eating seasonally. New Orleans is still one of the most exciting places to eat in America. There's no danger that will change.

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  • 1. Arnaud's

    $$$$ | French Quarter

    In the main dining room of this grande dame of classic Creole restaurants, ornate etched glass reflects light from charming old chandeliers while the late...Read More

  • 2. Bayona

    $$$ | French Quarter

    "New World" is the label Louisiana native Susan Spicer applies to her cooking style, the delicious hallmarks of which include goat cheese croutons with mushrooms...Read More

  • 3. Café du Monde

    $ | French Quarter

    No visit to New Orleans is complete without a chicory-laced café au lait paired with the addictive, sugar-dusted beignets at this venerable institution. The tables...Read More

  • 4. Galatoire's

    $$$ | French Quarter

    With many of its recipes dating to 1905, Galatoire's epitomizes the old-style French Creole bistro. Fried oysters and bacon en brochette are worth every calorie,...Read More

  • 5. Acme Oyster House

    $$ | French Quarter

    A rough-edge classic in every way, this no-frills eatery is a prime source for briny, chilled Gulf oysters; legendary shrimp, oyster, and roast-beef po'boys; and...Read More

  • 6. Antoine's

    $$$$ | French Quarter

    Though some people believe Antoine's heyday passed before the turn of the 20th century, others wouldn't leave New Orleans without at least one order of...Read More

  • 7. Bourbon House

    $$$ | French Quarter

    On one of the French Quarter's busiest corners is Dickie Brennan's biggest and flashiest restaurant yet (he also owns Palace Café and Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse),...Read More

  • 8. Brennan's

    $$$$ | French Quarter

    This luxuriously appointed restaurant, located in a gorgeous, salmon-pink, circa-1795 building, serves lavish breakfasts, served by pink-bow-tied waiters, that include "eye openers" like Caribbean milk...Read More

  • 9. Broussard's

    $$$ | French Quarter

    If local restaurants were judged solely by the beauty of their courtyards, Broussard's would certainly be a standout, but the food here is also outstanding....Read More

  • 10. Café du Monde

    $ | French Quarter

    Open around the clock for late-night treats, Café du Monde has been serving up café au lait and beignets for more than a century. If...Read More

  • 11. Central Grocery

    $ | French Quarter

    This old-fashioned grocery store creates authentic muffulettas, a gastronomic gift from the city's Italian immigrants. Made by filling nearly 10-inch round loaves of seeded bread...Read More

  • 12. Croissant d'Or Patisserie

    $ | French Quarter

    In a quiet corner of the French Quarter, you'll have to look for the quaint Croissant d'Or Patisserie. Once you've found it, you'll understand why...Read More

  • 13. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse

    $$$$ | French Quarter

    "Straightforward steaks with a New Orleans touch" are the words to live by at this clubby shrine to red meat, the creation of a younger...Read More

  • 14. Green Goddess

    $ | French Quarter

    At this cozy (read: small) restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter, diners are wowed by the inventive and globally inspired cuisine, though the...Read More

  • 15. Gumbo Shop

    $ | French Quarter

    Even given a few modern touches—like the vegetarian gumbo offered daily—this place evokes a sense of old New Orleans. The menu is chock-full of regional...Read More

  • 16. GW Fins

    $$$ | French Quarter

    If you're looking for seafood, you won't be disappointed with GW Fins, which impresses with quality and variety—the bounty of fish species from around the...Read More

  • 17. Hermes Bar

    $ | French Quarter

    The allure of Hermes Bar is that you'll have your pick of the classic dishes that made Antoine's (founded in 1840) famous, without committing to...Read More

  • 18. Irene's Cuisine

    $$ | French Quarter

    The walls here are festooned with enough snapshots, garlic braids, and crockery for at least two more restaurants, but it all just adds to the...Read More

  • 19. Johnny's Po-boys

    $ | French Quarter

    Strangely enough, good po'boys are hard to find in the French Quarter, but Johnny's, established in 1950, compensates for that scarcity with a cornucopia of...Read More

  • 20. Justine

    $$$$ | French Quarter | French

    Celebrated local chef Justin Devillier (of Le Petite Grocery fame) brings an entirely new concept to the French Quarter with Justine. With a...Read More

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