Best New Orleans, LA Restaurants

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    10. Sylvain

    Creole cuisine is wonderful, but you can't eat it every night. Take a break here at Sylvain, a charming modern Southern gastro-pub in the shadow of St. Louis Cathedral. Set in an historic building, the restaurant is...

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    9. Domenica

    Located in the swanky Roosevelt Hotel on Canal Street, on the edge of the French Quarter and the CBD, Domenica dazzles with chef, co-owner Alon Shaya's regional Italian cuisine and what may be the best thin crust...

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    8. Root

    Creatively modern just begins to describe chef Phillip Lopez's approach to cooking at Root, the 70-seat Warehouse District space done up with exposed wooden beams and industrial lighting. Lopez, who studied...

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    7. Commander's Palace

    The turquoise and white awning is the first sign of good taste at this flagship of the Brennan family, housed in a gorgeous Victorian mansion in the Garden District since 1880. Sporting a post-Katrina redo that...

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    6. Galatoire's Restaurant

    Generations come and go, but Galatoire's on Bourbon Street, with its classic menu of trout meuniere, shrimp remoulade and stuffed eggplant, will never change. Now taking reservations - a plus if you're planning your...

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    5. Restaurant August

    A native of Southern Louisiana, chef John Besh creates extraordinary Creole-influenced French cuisine in an atmospheric 19th century French building aglow with chandeliers, French doors and sexy red leather seating. ...

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    4. Irene's Cuisine

    Located on the quieter end of the French Quarter, this family/locally owned Creole Italian is a real gem. Follow your nose - you can smell the garlic a half-block away - for an inevitable seat in the piano bar for...

    Photo courtesy of Lindsay Glatz
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    3. Bourbon House Seafood & Oyster Bar

    Sporting the Brennan pedigree, this Dickie Brennan restaurant is all New Orleans, from its lacy wrought iron balcony seating to its windows overlooking the rollicking crowds. From its bar, featuring more than 90...

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    2. NOLA Restaurant

    This perennial hotspot is full of Lagasse specialties like Louisiana crab cakes with Creole tartar sauce, cedar plank roasted red fish, and homemade chorizo and pork chops with pecan-glazed sweet potatoes. Locally...

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    1. Cochon

    Swine is fine at Cochon, where chef Stephen Stryjewski (partnered here with chef Donald Link) pays homage to the old style Cajun Boucherie with the hand crafting of boudin, andouille, smoked bacon, and head cheese....

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About New Orleans, LA Restaurants

People the world over come to New Orleans to eat. Whether its gulf seafood, po'boys, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish, shrimp etouffee or andouille sausage, New Orleans has something to please  every palate.

The restaurant scene in New Orleans is diverse and extends beyond the French Quarter into every neighborhood. There is an obvious lack of chain restaurants and a rare abundance of mom and pop, chef-owned eateries.  High profile chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer, Donald Link and John Besh, oversee multiple restaurants throughout the city. 

The interesting blend of people that populated this great river city, a mix of African, French and Spanish, helped meld the food scene into what it is today. Some cities you go to with a full itinerary of activities planned out. When visiting New Orleans, your days revolve around meals at specific restaurants, often with your order ready before you even open the menu.


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Beth D'Addono is a food and travel writer obsessed with flavor, exploring cultures, street music and the city of New Orleans. After spending years flying in regularly to research stories, attend festivals and eat the city's amazing cuisine, this New Orleanian at heart moved to the Crescent City full time in 2012.  Beth writes about New Orleans and other...  Read more »

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