We take our food pretty seriously down here – it seems like we are always talking about the food! It’s a way of life and rightfully so, New Orleans is a city of restaurants and a variety of dining experiences. At the moment there are somewhere around 1400 to choose from. They include the inexpensive corner neighborhood eateries that serve up New Orleans traditions like gumbo or a po’boy, to the more expensive restaurants like Commander’s Palace, Arnauds or Galatorie’s where the waiters will pass their job down to their sons. We always recommend having at least one grand dining experience and a lot of local inexpensive dining experiences. It can be daunting… so many to choose from! We hope you find our recommendations to be helpful.
Uptown Fine Dining
A wonderful Uptown dinner destination that is both fun and refined. Favorites here are the Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade and the Duck. Joann displays an amazing collection of her favorite local art.
1413 Upperline St.
Dinner only. Closed Mon. & Tues.
offers impeccable service and delicious classic Creole dishes. We always recommend this for the weekday lunch special so that you can experience the food, service, and ambience at a very reasonable price. Sunday Brunch is the ultimate, especially if you are dining on the magnificent patio. Try the Turtle Soup and Bread Pudding Souffle. Dress code applies: no jeans or shorts allowed.
1403 Washington Ave.
504-899-8221 Lunch – Mon. – Fri. 11:30am to 2pm.
Dinner- Mon.- Sun. 630 to 10pm.
Jazz Brunch Sat. 1130 to 1pm, Sun. 1030am to 130pm.
Frank Brigsten apprenticed under our famous Cajun Chef Paul Prudhomme. The restaurant, located in a little house in the Riverbend, serves some of the finest Louisiana cuisine. The rabbit and gumbo are my choices.
723 Dante St.
504-861-7610 Dinner only. Closed Sun. and Mon.
Another great establishment tucked away in an Uptown neighborhood. You’ll find lots of locals here. They do very good New Orleans-style cooking and have an amazing wine cellar. Wait staff is chummy and efficient. We recommend the Fried Oysters with Brie and the Smoked Soft Shell Crab.
6100 Annunciation St.
504-895-1111 Closed Sun.
Lunch Thurs & Fri. 11:30 am to 2pm.
Dinner- 530pm to 10pm.
A very stylish Bistro with a short but exciting menu. It is located in an 1850 brick townhouse with an old New Orleans feeling. The mixologists make extraordinarily good original cocktails — try the Bailout. We fell in love with the Watermelon Salad with Creole Tomatoes and Arugula. Also good was the Gulf Shrimp, Roasted Okra, Sweet Corn and Grits. This is a very happening place.
2800 Magazine St.
Lunch Wed.-Sat. 1130am to 3pm
Dinner daily 530pm to 10pm.
Uptown Neighborhood Eats
Located only blocks away. Offers a happy hour seven days a week from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. with half-price raw oysters and half-price wines, beers and frozen drinks. Lots of seafood choices from po’boys to crab cakes. This is the only place to eat boiled crawfish when in season: they are the best in the entire city, hot and spicy! Sit in the enclosed porch area and watch the streetcar go by. Great décor pieces that were imported from France.
Corner of St. Charles and Napoleon Ave.
Mon – Thurs. 1130 am to 10pm
Fri. – Sun. 1130am to 11pm.
Offering the freshest oysters in town. A third generation runs this unique establishment known for its tiled walls and floors, not to mention, the bathroom, which is out back through the kitchen. This is a great place for lunch while shopping on Magazine Street.
4330 Magazine St.
Lunch Tues. – Sat 11am to 2pm
Dinner Thurs. – Sat 5:30pm to 9pm
Where Bar-B-Que Shrimp originated. This famous Uptown/Garden District restaurant has been family owned since 1913. The oyster bar offers raw oysters on the half shell as well as great entertainment form the shuckers.
1838 Napoleon Ave.
504-895-4877 Closed Mon. & Tues.
One of the busiest, smallest, and crammed cafés in town, not only because of the wonderful food, but also because of its warm and friendly atmosphere. Jack and staff make you feel as though you have stepped into their home and will ensure a delightful evening. The Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake is awesome but so is everything else! Reservations for party’s of 5 or more.
8324 Oak St.
Dinner only 5:30pm to 10pm. Closed on Sun.
You have to visit Ms. Tee Eva on Magazine St., where she’ll delight you with the creamiest pecan praline. This is our favorite praline in the entire city! Also try her sweet potatoe and pecan pies.
5201 Magazine St.
Open daily. Mon. – Sat. 11am to 6pm
Sun. noon to 5pm.
Ignatius is a little hole in the wall that serves good New Orleans homestyle cooking. You can’t go wrong with the crawfish etouffee, red beans or roast beef poboy. Outside seating available.
Open for Lunch and Dinner 11am to 10pm.
Offering a great food menu and fantastic wine and beer selection. French Fries fried in goose fat…oh my! This is only blocks away from Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast. Great place to start your evening with a glass of wine and cheese plate, or a great way to end your evening with dessert — try the Chocolate Molten Souffle. Outside seating available.
3442 St. Charles Ave.
Open daily from 5pm to till.
Kitchen open till midnight.
Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza
Sometimes you just need a pizza! Theo’s offers a wood-burning oven that produces a thin and crispy crust. They also serve excellent salads.
4218 Magazine St.
Open from 11am to 10pm on Mon. to Sat. and from noon to 10pm on Sun. -back to top-
French Quarter Fine Dining
Muriel’s Jackson Square
Muriel’s presents an upscale Creole and Continental fare, a variety of imaginatively decorated rooms, excellent service and a wine list that boasts more than 260 labels. This is a special evening’s restaurant overlooking the romantic Jackson Square. There is even a resident ghost.
Lunch Mon.- Sat. 1130 to 230
Dinner Mon. – Fri. 530pm to 10pm. Sat.&Sun. 5pm to 1030pm.
Sun. Jazz Brunch 11am to 2pm.
For Italian food in the French Quarter we recommend Irene’s. Small and cozy dining rooms and a very reasonable wine list.
Mid City Neighborhood
Liuzza’s By the Track
The best New Orleans Gumbo can be found at another neighborhood gem, Liuzza’s By The Track. Billy serves it spicy and loaded with andouille and shrimp, it is my favorite gumbo in the city. He also does a nice lemony version of Bar-B-Que Shrimp. Can’t beat the cup of gumbo and half a po-boy for lunch.
1518 N. Lopez
Closed Sun. Mon. – Sat. 11am to 7pm.
Central Business District
If you are visting the WWII Museum you must eat at Cochon for their homestyle Cajun cooking. It is the only restaurant in the city that we know of that cures and smokes all their meats and sausages. Try the rabbit with collard greens or the fire-roasted oysters. They have great boucherie selections and have recently opened a retail butcher shop and deli.
930 Tchoupitoulas St.
Closed Sun. Mon- Fri 11am to 10pm & Sat. 530pm to 10pm.
These are only a few of my favorites – the list of culinary delights goes on and on! For additional suggestions, you might take a look at The New Orleans Menu, which is a compilation and rating listing by New Orleans food specialist Tom Fitzmorris. (New Orleans Menu) -back to top-