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With more restaurants than ever in one of the world’s most famous cities for food, it can be a real challenge to find the perfect New Orleans meal for every occasion. Here is a list of our top picks by neighborhood – from iconic NOLA dining institutions, to the trending hot spots, and all the great casual eats ­that we can recommend to get you started on your journey through the culinary landscape. Enjoy!


Felipes (Casual Mexican) 301 N Peters St |

This Tex-Mex staple has 7 locations nationwide and 4 in New Orleans. Everything is made from scratch in-house, and everything tastes incredibly bright and fresh as a result. The food is guaranteed to fill you up and is also easy on your wallet. Check out their tiki lounge upstairs for spectacular Equatorial cocktails! Also open late for midnight snacks.

Stanley (Modern Louisiana) 547 St Ann St |

This cheery and elegant restaurant is famous for their all-day breakfast and brunch, delicious sandwiches and burgers, Italian sodas, and house-made ice cream desserts. Located just off Jackson Square, it also features exciting views of the St Louis Cathedral and its environs. “Travel + Leisure” magazine says these are America’s best pancakes!

Sylvain (Modern American) 625 Chartres St |

Moody and enigmatic, Sylvain offers a menu full of inventive and unique dishes for a discerning palate that still appreciates a friendly, intimate approach. Expertly-crafted cocktails and entrees share center stage here, with options ranging from Pappardelle Bolognese to a humble fried chicken sandwich and all points between. Don’t skip the flawless brussel sprouts.

Cane and Table (Craft Cocktails) | 1113 Decatur St |

The hard-working team behind the bar here has set the high-water mark that all other NOLA craft cocktail outfits strive to reach – but few can. Mixologists and tipplers must not pass through the Crescent City without at least a few hours here to sample invigorating concoctions like the Brandy Bellowstop, Madeira Cobbler, or Mariner’s Swizzle (serves two!) Even it all out with delectable small plates from the food menu.

SoBou (Upscale Creole) 310 Chartres St |

Chefs, managers and sommeliers from NOLA’s greatest and most famous restaurants all have found their way here to create an all-star menu of flashy and fun dishes like Smoky Oysters en Escabeche, the Boudin Cone and the Foie Gras Burger. Mon-Fri, enjoy 25 cent martinis at lunch and experience a truly invigorating “Legs and Eggs” brunch on Sundays with world-famous burlesque dancer Bella Blue.

Verti Marte (Poboys & hot plates to go) 1201 Royal St |

Open 24 hours a day, this grocery and deli is the first and last word in French Quarter poboys. The “All That Jazz” poboy, a crushing pile of grilled turkey, ham, American and Swiss cheeses, fried shrimp, sautéed mushrooms and “wow sauce,” is the stuff of legend for visitors and locals alike. Verti Marte also serves killer hot plates like Baked Lasagna, Chicken Fried Steak and meatloaf.

Green Goddess (Veggie, Vegan-friendly) 307 Exchange Pl |

One of the most unique dining experiences in town, this quirky bistro will provide safe haven for visitors looking for clean, healthy eating, but that doesn’t mean carnivores get short shrift. There are mouth watering salads, sandwiches and entrees for everyone, and you can taste the quality ingredients in every wholesome bite. The wine & cheese pairings, cocktails and desserts also not to be missed.

Arnaud’s (Classic Creole) 813 Bienville St |

If it’s a rich and robust five-star meal you’re after, look no further. Arnaud’s is celebrating 100 years of quintessential New Orleans fine dining experiences, with dozens and dozens of options for oysters, finfish, shellfish, fowl, and fine meats all served in grand style in either the picturesque main dining room or exuberant jazz bistro. Gents must at least wear a collared shirt, but jackets are preferred. Dress up and live large!


The Franklin (Innovative American) 2600 Dauphine St |

In the heart of the Marigny, this restaurant brings crowds in early for their very favorable Happy Hour (5-7pm) and keeps them late into the evening with a simple but spectacular menu of New American fare served on small plates, big bites and a raw bar without rival in the downtown neighborhoods. Give serious consideration to the Blue Crab and Corn Croquettes.

Lost Love Lounge (Casual Vietnamese) 2529 Dauphine |

Hidden behind a funky dive bar, this hipster hub is an ideal setting to tuck in a nimble-yet-delicious sampling of Vietnamese sandwiches, noodle bowls, and pho. With rotating daily specials and a scrupulous selection of fresh ingredients, the kitchen accommodates vegetarians and vegans with ease. Free comedy shows on Tuesdays and pub quiz on Wednesdays will keep you busy while you eat! Open late.

Horn’s (Louisiana Brunch) 1940 Dauphine St |

In a competitive brunch market, Horn’s makes waves with their Cajun-inspired mid-morning offerings like the Crabby Wife, Jewish Coonass, and Waffle Couchon. If you’re looking for a big, hearty breakfast to soak up a long night of drinking, Horns will set you just right with their heaping portions of savory eggs, potatoes in meat in countless combinations. And hey – you might as well wash it all down with a Brandy Milk Punch!

The Feelings Cafe & Bar (Southern-Creole) 535 Franklin Ave |

Snug in a lush 1790s plantation building, this newly renovated eatery boasts an intimate and charming atmosphere that attracts downriver musicians, artists and creative types in droves. Delighting dishes like the Duck Breast “Country Ham” and Chicken Clemenceau share the spotlight with a swanky cocktail menu and guarantee a truly memorable Marigny dining experience. Perfect for a romantic date.

Kebab (Turkish sandwiches) 2315 St Claude |

The team at Kebab keeps it so simple, it’s impossible to go wrong here. There are only four sandwiches and a handful of sides to choose from, but among them are divine flavors that will have you going back to order again and again. Meats are sourced locally and humanely, and veggie/vegan options abound. Ask about their specials!

St Roch Market (Mixed food hall) 2381 St Claude |

13 different food vendors line the walls of this airy and beautiful 19th-century emporium, offering everything from Haitian street food to chargrilled oysters and yes, avocado toast. The variety here makes it an ideal stop for medium to large groups with divergent food and dietary desires. Fresh roasted coffee and craft cocktails are also on hand. And don’t skip dessert!

Silk Road (Classic Indian and soul food) 2483 Royal St |

Here you’ll find a solid Indian food menu with curries, paneer, lentil soups & samosas – you’ll also find an equally compelling flight of New Orleans favorites like red beans & rice, jambalaya, and shrimp & grits. The daily plate specials Monday-Friday are an especially good bargain, and paired with Happy Hour 3-6pm, your food and drink dollars are going to go a long way.

Sukhothai (Relaxed Thai) 2200 Royal St |

A neighborhood darling for a generation, Sukhothai has a huge menu of slam-dunk Thai cuisine in a truly comfortable setting. Check out the excellent lunch specials and Chef’s Recommendations before ordering, and pair it with one of their signature cocktails, fine wines or gourmet teas. Sake drinkers will also be delighted at their extensive selection. The Panang Duck Curry is fabulous.


Suis Generis (Eclectic American) 3219 Burgundy |

This zany place is sure to put a smile on your face, with eye-popping decor and amusing menu items. That isn’t to say that the grub doesn’t stand up on it’s own, however – in a neighborhood that is ruthless to new restaurants, Suis Generis has weathered it all with expert foodcraft and great cocktails too. The menu rotates constantly, but Taco Thursday and weekend brunch is extremely reliable.

The Country Club (Deluxe American) 634 Louisa St |

This expansive Creole cottage is home to award-winning, top flight dishes that are at once familiar and exotic. Try the Saffron Mussels or Rabbit Stracci – then head to the back of the restaurant and discover a gorgeous Bywater oasis – an immaculate swimming pool, sauna, hot tub and cabana bar. Make a night out of it! Make reservations for their outrageous and glittery Drag Brunch for your next visit – tables are snapped up months in advance.

The Joint (Casual barbeque) 701 Mazant St |

Slow-cooked pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, sausage and ribs form the basis of this mouth-watering menu, with classic sides liked baked beans, potato salad and mac and cheese. A constant presence in national publications and TV shows, the Joint is everything you want out of a BBQ restaurant – ace food at affordable prices. Full service bar too!

Bacchanal (Eccentric wine & cheese) 600 Poland Ave |

Coming to the Bywater and not seeing Bacchanal is like visiting Paris and skipping the Louvre. Nestled in a gorgeous canopied courtyard, the main dining area here has top-flight live music seven nights a week, and there are hundreds of Old-World wines from around the globe for you to uncork on the spot or take home. An extraordinary cheese selection is close at hand, and the food will light up your night. Leave some extra time for yourself at peak hours – it gets busy in here.

Press St Station (Creole breakfast + lunch) 5 Press St |

This lofty, spacious bistro boasts delectable weekday breakfast and lunch offerings, plus bottomless mimosas and a live jazz brunch on the weekends. You can’t do better in this neighborhood for classic Creole risers like Cochon D’Lait, Shrimp and Grillades and the inimitable Bywater Benedict. And every purchase helps support NOCCA, a nearby tuition-free arts conservatory for high school students.

Satsuma (Bohemian breakfast + lunch) 3218 Dauphine St |

This once-quiet local hipster haven erupted in popularity after countless features on television and national publications like Bon Appetit and the New York Times. All the fuss is grounded in Satsuma’s extraordinarily high quality and farm-fresh sandwiches, salads and breakfast. Fresh juice, aromatic coffees, and tantalizing teas make this colorful property a must-visit and a crowd favorite.

Pizza Delicious (Casual pizza + pasta) 617 Piety St |

Often imitated, never duplicated, Pizza D’s New York style thin crust pizza draws crowds from all over the New Orleans metro area to their funky bohemian warehouse. Buy a whole pie or just a slice or two, then pair it with a frosted mug of draft beer or tall glass of fine wine. The pasta and salad menus are also attractive. Be sure to help yourself to a serving of garlic knots!

Elizabeth’s (Easygoing Country) 601 Gallier St |

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and boasting one of the most fun brunch scenes in town, Elizabeth’s is a sure bet for at least one visit and probably more. You’ll find unique indulgences like Praline Bacon, Redneck Eggs and Duck Waffles at brunch and Wood Grilled Pork Chops and the peerless Dream Burger by night. Don’t sleep on this one.


Barcadia (Burgers + Wraps) 601 Tchoupitoulas St |

The main dining space of this clamorous gastropub is packed with arcade games new and old, everything from Big Buck Hunter to Mortal Kombat to Galaga. Play giant Connect Four and giant Jenga while you tuck in Grade-A burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings, tacos, nachos and more. There’s more than 100 beers available with 30 on tap. The day starts with a killer Happy Hour and doesn’t end until 2am. Big fun for big groups!

Luke (Sophisticated French + German) 333 St Charles Ave |

This lively brasserie is best known for its outrageously generous Happy Hour starring 75 cent oysters on the half shell and half-price beers, cocktails, and wines by the glass from 3-6pm seven days a week. Separate menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch yield dozens of rich, decadent dishes like Shrimp & Crab Etouffe, Slow Braised Lamb and Fresh Herb Pasta, and a masterful Croque-Monsieur. Save room for dessert.

St James Cheese Co. (Sandwiches + Cheese) 641 Tchoupitoulas St |

Come for the multifaceted retail experience, stay for the prodigious sandwich menu. With a huge variety of cheeses, meats, kitchen gadgets and specialty fine foods, St. James will amaze hardcore foodies and casual diners alike. Choose from a rotating menu of hearty, flavor-packed sandwiches and then cleanse your palate with one of their emerald-green fresh salads. Yum!

Carmo (Vegan-friendly tropical) 527 Julia St |

No corner of the world is left unexplored in this extraordinary tropical cafe and bar, but no matter its origin, the food is uniformly excellent. There is a strong emphasis on sustainability here, everything from the ingredients to the cutlery to the furniture. See the action in living color in the open kitchen and don’t pass up the chance to sample the wonderful juice bar.

Cellar Door (Contemporary Southern) 916 Lafayette St |

Honestly, it’s hard to say whether the main attraction here is the exquisite food or the jaw-dropping beauty of the building. Snuggled into the historic restored Swoop-Duggins house, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the outside street. Try the Cajun Ribeye, or let Chef Tommy spoil you rotten with the 5 Course Tasting. Impeccable!

Seaworthy (Oysters and Cocktails) 630 Carondelet St |

If it’s oysters you seek, make sure Seaworthy is on your itinerary. There’s little on the menu that doesn’t include some kind of seafood, and that’s a feature, not a bug. It should go without saying that everything is sustainably harvested and local wherever possible. Expertly crafted cocktails will whet your whistle for multiple helpings. One of the most unique brunches you could wish for, and not that pricey.

August (Five-star French) 301 Tchoupitoulas St |

Adored by local foodies, August sets the standard for classic fine dining in the CBD. Splurge on Wagyu Ribeye, Scallops Almondine and Spicy Crab & Heirloom Cheese Grits. The simple menu hums with authority and distinction. It might be hard to pick on dish, so check out the prix fixe “Dugustation Menu” and live large!

Drago’s (Casual seafood) 2 Poydras St |

A family favorite, Drago’s cavernous dining room is able to accommodate the huge throngs who come from all over the state pay tribute to the birthplace of Charbroiled Oysters, little two-bite delicacies loaded with butter, breadcrumbs and cheese. A dozen or two of them is compulsory.

Also try the Grilled Shrimp Pasta, Mama Ruth’s Seafood Gumbo, and the Lobster Empire.


Commander’s Palace (Iconic Creole) 1403 Washington Ave |

A crown jewel in New Orleans’ worldly restaurant scene, Commander’s is a dining experience you’ll never forget. Nearly 250 years young, this food temple serves up standbys like Turtle Soup and Pecan Crusted Gulf Fish alongside new darlings like the Creole Oyster and Absinthe Dome. Famous NOLA chefs Emeril Lagasse and Paul Prudhomme did time here. The dress code is quite strict but worth it. Ask for the Ronald Reagan table.

Magazine Poboy (Casual poboys + Sandwiches) 2368 Magazine |

With more than two dozen types of poboys to choose from, everyone is going to find something to eat here. No flim-flam here – these are classic old-school poboys made just the way they were meant to be. A long list of no-fuss entrees like Gumbo and Chicken Parmesan play back-up. This place is a shockingly inexpensive option for a very satisfying breakfast or lunch in the Garden District.

Coquette (Modern Southern) 2800 Magazine St |

Coquette keeps it simple with a mouth-watering menu served with bleeding-edge inventiveness and gracious charm. Small but mighty, the list of offerings includes the Smoked Catfish Dip, Rabbit Pâté, and Speckled Trout with Shrimp & Chaurice Sausage Dressing. Leave room for the Coconut Napoleon! Very popular for catering weddings, for what that’s worth!

Joey K’s (Easygoing Creole) 3001 Magazine St |

“New Orleans’ Best Home Cooking” is known as one of the breeziest, most agreeable restaurants in town, and it’s easy to see why. From the cheery local artwork covering the walls to the amiable menu, everything about Joey K’s just shouts “you are welcome here.” If Louisiana mothers have been cooking it at any time in the last 300 years, it’s on the menu, and it’s spectacular. The best soul food in the Parish, hands down.

Coulis (American breakfast + lunch) 3625 Prytania St |

A Commander’s Palace alumni landed here and brought some of the fine-dining aesthetic with him, albeit at a much more easygoing price point. Serving “down home Southern food with a Latin twist,” Coulis is a breakfast and brunch hotspot without rival in the neighborhood. Save even more money with the “Build-A-Breakfast” menu, and BYOB. Feel good about leaving a little extra time to be seated at peak hours – the secret is out!

The Rum House (Hip Latin-American) 3128 Magazine St |

It’s so easy to enjoy yourself here! Food should always be this fun. Create your own combinations of one-of-a-kind tacos while you slurp down a rum drink made with one of the hundreds of options at hand. Free your inner beach bum! Great options for those with dietary restrictions here, too.

Atchafalaya (Contemporary Cajun) 901 Louisiana Ave |

With an eccentric and innovative approach to Louisiana cooking, Atchfalaya has been charming the socks off critics and casual eaters alike since 2005. Striking the perfect balance between simple soul food and upscale gourmet, this place is sure to give you a clear example of how to bring classic Cajun and Creole flavors into the 21st century and still be able to sleep at night. Get the Turtle and Alligator Gumbo!

Le Citron Bistro (Elegant Creole & Sicilian) 601 Orange St | (504) 566-9051

In an ancient but well-cared for pre-1790s building, Le Citron Bistro delivers a dining experience that will transform you to a different era of elegance and sophistication. It’s perfect for a romantic date, or just a quiet, superb meal with friends loved ones. This hidden jewel sometimes is closed for various reasons – it can be difficult to pin down when they’ll be open and what’s on the menu, but trust us – this place is incredible, and you’ll rave about it for years. Give them a call!


Chiba (Inventive Sushi & Japanese) 8312 Oak St |

Uptown has a lot of options for sushi and Japanese food, but this is as far as you need go. Every Wednesday Happy Hour lasts from 4pm-11pm and is a ridiculously good deal – you can easily plan to spend half the regular price on everything from sake to dumplings and select sushi rolls. Get the Panko Oysters, and ask for the Chef’s Special roll – there’s no way you’ll be disappointed.

Lebanon’s Café (Relaxed Middle-Eastern) 1500 S Carrollton Ave |

This is the #1 destination in the Crescent City for Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean food. Every kebab, shawarma, gyro and salad is excellent in its own right, and it is all served at an incredibly fair price. A top target for university students landing a big meal for a small price. Their Famous Lebanese Iced Tea is famous for a reason – get a glass!

Cooter Browns (Casual pub grub + oysters) 509 S Carrollton Ave |

400 beers from around the world, 100 on tap. Fresh-shucked oysters (half-price on Tuesdays!) rolling out by the dozen, with all the fixins. Hearty bar food like the Bacon & Bleu Burger and Roast Beef Poboy. TV’s everywhere showing all the must-see NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA games from around the country – it’s easy to see why this place is such a staple!

Le Crepe Nanou (Romantic French) 1410 Robert St |

A romantic restaurant without equal, Le Crepe Nanou is the ultimate in French dining in Uptown New Orleans. Do not leave without getting the Gratin De Fruits De Mer. An extensive selection of fine meats, seafood dishes and delicious crepes round out a menu that is robust and forthright in its fidelity to classic French cuisine.

La Thai (Inventive Creole/Thai fusion) 4938 Prytania St |

The Thai-Louisiana connection New Orleans needs, La Thai manages to offer authentic Louisiana, authentic Thai, and every possible point of connection between. Try the Thai-Coon, the Duck Delight, and the Crab Three-Ways. The Chef is extremely likely to make an appearance at your table at some point in your meal – tell her we sent you!

Shaya (Modern Israeli) 4213 Magazine St |

This James Beard award-winner can sometimes be tricky to get a table at, but don’t be put off – it’s worth the extra effort. The wood-fired oven is the dynamo that makes this menu tick, with its influence from from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. Everything is excellent, but don’t miss the Curried Cauliflower Hummus! There’s not a lot of Israeli cuisine in the Crescent City, and we are blessed to have a purveyor that is so virtuosic about it. Bravo!

Pascal’s Manale (Classic Louisiana & Italian) 1838 Napoleon Ave |

“A restaurant does not thrive for 100 years for no reason,” they say. Another ranking member of NOLA’s restaurant nobility, Pascal’s is the birthplace of the very-famous BBQ Shrimp – they might give you a funny look if you don’t order a plate! Otherwise give consideration to the Combination Pan Roast and Crabmeat + Scallops. They’ll offer you a bib – our recommendation is that you take it.

Clancy’s (Upscale Creole) 6100 Annunciation St |

It doesn’t feel pretentious, but this restaurant is the place to see-and-be-seen by Uptown’s most well-heeled, who come to marvel at the magnificent wine cellar and partake of the Risotto with Lobster and Mushrooms and Smoked Pork Loin. Reservations are strongly recommended here.


Neyow’s (Authentic Creole) 3332 Bienville St |

It used to be a secret that some of the city’s best classic Creole eating was in Mid-City at Neyow’s, but dishes like Shrimp on the Avenue and Fried Chicken + Red Beans could not stay under the radar forever. Neyow’s is a great stop just off the Lafitte Greenway and you may feel like you’re a guest in someone’s kitchen and not just a patron in their restaurant. Heavenly!

Katie’s (Creole-Italian + brunch) 3701 Iberville St |

Open seven days a week but really shining on Sundays, Katie’s offers a dunk shot of a brunch, with bottomless drinks, Eggs Cochon, Crawfish Frittata and a Breakfast Pizza that will keep you fed well into the evening. By day, find gourmet poboys, burgers, pizzas and more. No matter when you go or what you eat, you’re going to love the White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Betsy’s Pancake House (Hearty, no-fuss breakfast & lunch) 2542 Canal St | (504) 822-0214

This is the restaurant every Waffle House or IHOP wishes they could be. The food is so good, so fast, and so affordable you might think you were in a chain, but you’re not – that’s just how much heart the staff here puts into making your breakfast. Enjoy flawless hash browns, egg platters and of course, pancakes as you share this friendly greasy spoon with your neighbors.

Mandina’s (Classic Italian-Creole) 3800 Canal St |

It’s hard to imagine Canal St without the imposing pink figure of Mandina’s restaurant, where Soft Shell Crab Meuniere shares space with French Fried Onion rings! This easygoing family restaurant is perfect for just about any occasion, serious or not. Excellent discounted lunch specials are available weekdays, as they have been for several generations.

Blue Oak BBQ (Southern BBQ & sandwiches) 900 N Carrollton Ave |

At long last, Mid-City has a fresh new BBQ restaurant in the offbeat and matchless Blue Oak. The BBQ Plates are great for the purists, and the sandwich menu is an excellent compliment with crowd favorites Prime Chopped Brisket and The Pit Viper. Sip on half-price beers weekdays from 3pm-6pm, and don’t skip the brussels sprouts!

Parkway Bakery (Iconic poboys & sandwiches) 538 Hagan Ave |

This sprawling poboy factory was been through hell and high water and just keeps coming back with bigger flavors and more fun. Poboys come in dozens of varieties of seafood, meat and poultry, and vegetarians will love their options too. There’s always something new and seasonally-relevant on the menu so ask about the specials!

Cafe Degas (Romantic French) 3127 Esplanade Ave |

You’ll feel like you’re at a sidewalk table in Paris – and you won’t be far off! The main dining area here looks like a Renaissance painting. There’s a live oak tree growing right there in the middle of all the action and the old-world cham hums off of every wall. The Escargots and the Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb are divine – and order an extra bottle of wine with dinner because this is all delightfully inexpensive for what you get.

Mopho (Vietnamese/Creole fusion) 514 City Park Ave |

Mopho collects national awards and magazine profiles as if by accident, but nothing about this is slipshop or unwieldy – it’s just bold, fearless Vietnamese food that sticks the landing every time. The Pepper Jelly Braised Cedar Key Clams and Roasted Eggplant bowl will hopefully stay on the menu forever, but the stunning pho with beef marrow, fowl and vegetarian options grounds the menu in a truly heartwarming traditional manner.

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