Cuisine Française: The Best French Restaurants in New Orleans
New Orleans embodies so much French tradition and culture, whether in architecture, fashion or food. With the latter being such a big draw for the many travelers that descend upon the Crescent City each year, eating at a French restaurant should be given a preferential spot on every visitor's "to do" list.
Whether it's traditional or contemporary, fusion or Creole, New Orleans offers diners a variety of options when selecting a French restaurant.
La Provence is literal carbon copy of a French farmhouse, situated on beautiful acreage that provide many of the fresh ingredients for their meals.
Local Expert Tip: "You'll have to drive out of the city to get here, but will be greatly rewarded."
Restaurant August is an upscale dining marvel, doing a great service to the traditional French restaurants of old.
Local Expert Tip: "Come for lunch if you don't want to hemorrhage cash, come for dinner if you are looking to impress."
- Cuisine: American, Continental, European, French, New American
- Average Main Course Price: $22
- Neighborhood: Warehouse District
Herbsaint blends French and Italian cooking methods with local ingredients for the creation of their mostly Southern style entrees.
Local Expert Tip: "Saving room for dessert here is a necessity. Herbsaint recommends drink options to pair with each post-entree sweet."
Patois takes traditional French cooking style and fuses it with local food and flavors; the result is culinary brilliance.
Local Expert Tip: "This spot is new, hip and known for its "farm-to-table" menu. "
French wines, scrumptious foods and a dining room referred to as the "sexiest in New Orleans" makes Lilette a necessary eating stop.
Local Expert Tip: "Ladies love stopping in Lilette for lunch and drinks after boutique shopping "
La Petite Grocery head chef Justin Deviller was recently up for the James Beard "Best Chef-South" award.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't be fooled by the name, as La Petite Grocery is named after the business that used to exist on the property; a specialty grocery store."
A tight space in an artsy neighborhood with great interior decor, Cafe Degas screams authentic French Bistro.
Local Expert Tip: "A great place to go if you are a sucker for an innovative menu with crazy concoctions. "
- Cuisine: American, Creole, European, French, Local Specialty, Seafood
- Average Main Course Price: $25
- Neighborhood: French Quarter
Galatoire's focus to serving authentic French-Creole cuisine is unmatched.
Local Expert Tip: "Make a reservation, as Galatoire's is extremely popular among locals."
La Boulangerie makes some of the best French breads and pastries in the city.
Local Expert Tip: "Great place to read the paper, drink a French coffee, grab a pastry and plan the day's activities. "
- Cuisine: American, Creole, European, French, Local Specialty
- Average Main Course Price: $45
- Neighborhood: French Quarter
Antoine's was established in 1840 and is the country's oldest run family restaurant. They must be doing... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Coming to Antoine's is as much or more about the history and tradition of the place."
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