The Best Restaurants in New Orleans
Collected by Wayne Curtis , AFAR Local Expert
With options ranging from fine French cuisine served in white-cloth dining rooms to local joints dishing out classic muffulettas or po'boys, and pouring perfect Sazeracs, New Orleans offers your mouth the makings of a great vacation.
Uptown/Carrollton, New Orleans, LA, USA
Food trucks have become part of the culinary establishment in New Orleans, as in so many other cities. Here the fun part remains chasing them around, an activity that can introduce you to unfamiliar neighborhoods and bars. Among the more reliable...
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Chef Tory McPhail was recently named James Beard's Best Chef South and his forward-looking take on Creole classics keeps this New Orleans institution, which has launched the careers of the likes of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, current....
133 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Revel is easy to overlook—it’s on a busy stretch of Carrolton Avenue (just off the Canal Streetcar Line) amid a slew of other neighborhood restaurants. But it's the only one here helmed by Chris McMillian, among the nation’s most...
4510 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Charlie’s is old-school New Orleans writ large. It’s one of a handful of surviving notable neighborhood steak houses (it’s not far from where the original Ruth’s Chris was also once a neighborhood spot), a no-frills joint...
417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Owen Brennan founded a fine-dining restaurant empire in 1946, when the proprietor of Arnaud’s taunted him by saying that no Irishman could succeed with anything other than a hamburger joint. Brennan got his revenge at this French-and-Creole...
1732 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Every streetcar ride should take you to a neighborhood beer joint. So this makes an excellent spot to hop off the St. Charles Streetcar. Owner Polly Watts has carved out a name for this place with her terrific selection of craft beers, many of...
1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Verti Marte is at heart a cramped, bare-bones deli. But any effort the owners have failed to expend on stocking the shelves or sprucing up the decor they’ve put into making excellent food. Head to the small counter in the back and make your...
4801 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hansen’s was started in 1939 by Ernest Hansen, who engineered a loud, homemade machine that shaves the ice to a fineness that many argue is unmatched across the city. (Oh, and they will argue.) The shop is still run with considerable care...
The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, 535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
It feels like uptown is gaining ground. Definitely stop at Compere Lapin for cocktails. The bartenders know what they're doing AND they're friendly, they'll give you suggestions in a non-patronizing way if you're not sure what you'd like.
2381 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
This late-19th-century city-owned seafood market, which was by and large abandoned after Hurricane Katrina, was reborn as an upscale food hall several years ago. The dilapidated structure was spruced up and the navelike interior painted an...
2232, 3025 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The Sucré boutique that I know and love is on Magazine Street in the Garden District. I can still remember the first time I wandered into that adorable shop with its glass cases full of pastel hued macarons and artfully displayed pastries,...
923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Tales of the Cocktail, a.k.a. day-time drinking, is all about pacing yourself. Pit stop no. 2: Central Grocery for muffulettas--salami, ham, provolone, olives, anchovies, and garlic on soft Italian bread. It's a New Orleans institution for a...
930 Tchoupitoulas St suite a, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Bourbon St. is the most (in)famous street in New Orleans, but I would argue Andrew Higgins Blvd has the most to offer in the Crescent City. A few blocks away from the French Quarter, you can find the National World II Museum and the amazing Cochon...
811 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
In the back of Erin Rose, a dive bar off Bourbon Street known for its frozen Irish Coffee, Killer Po' boys is a pop-up sandwich shop from Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow (both of whom have a background in fine dining). Their take on the classic po'...
617 Piety St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
The pizza pop-up started by New York-born Tulane grads now has permanent digs in the Bywater—plus more crispy, thin-crust pies, pastas, wines, and microbrews. There's dessert too, but, by lucky coincidence, the new location is across the...
800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Café du Monde is a classic tourist destination that serves top quality food, a combination that's rare in any city. Even if you normally avoid tourist destinations, make an exception for this place. Don't be put off by the long lines and crowded...
611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Just a short distance from the Superdome and the museums and galleries in the Central Business District, this light-filled space is casual and comfortable. Whether you need a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast or brunch, a few baked treats and coffee to...
2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
It was a hot day and the line was long, but the fried chicken (apparently, the secret is in the coca-cola marinade) was crispy, juicy, and just a little bit spicy. I ate all three pieces – and probably could have had more. Don't even bother with...
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Bourbon House is one of New Orleans' best restaurants, serving fresh seafood (oysters topped with caviar!) and dishes made with local ingredients. In fact, over 70% of ingredients are sourced within 150 miles. Moreover, Bourbon House is passionate...
8120 Hampson St, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
This past weekend I had one of the best brunches of my life at La Macarena. I ordered the Vegetarian Spanish Breakfast: sweet corn tamale, cheese pupusa, refried beans, sweet fried plantains & avocado. It was like a little bit of heaven...
307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, full of caramel and smoky roasted tidbits, the bacon sundae at the Green Goddess is worth all the hype. In addition to unusual desserts, the Green Goddess offers a menu combining Asian, Latino, and Creole...
3218 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Tattooed, yoga mat-toting hipsters frequent this Bywater haunt for its locally roasted coffee, kale salads, and just-pressed juices. And on select weekday nights, the space plays host to a pop-up called Twilight Tacos. The succinct menu includes...
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