Cuisine Française: The Best French Restaurants in New Orleans

New Orleans is deeply tied to its French roots,  whether you're looking at architecture, culture or food. Since this is a city all about food, mining its French roots is something many a chef explores.  The Creole cuisine that is such a New Orleans hallmark traces its evolution in part to the European settlers who landed here back in the 17th and 18th centuries, many coming equipped with their own personal chefs.

The French kitchen flourished in New Orleans, influenced by other cooking styles as well as infromed by the bounty of fresh seafood and produce that abounded. Today's array of French restaurants, most with a Creole accent, satisfy the Francophile's cravings.

Visitors hungry for  le petit déjeuner (breakfast) can check out La Boulangerie for excellent cafe au lait and chocolate croissants. Around lunch time, Lilette can be great for a cocktail and a steak frites. When the sun sets and the stars rise over the Mississippi, it's time for le dîner, with Luke one place for traditional bistro fare. 

Wine is as important as what's on the menu, so you can expect hefty lists and informed wine service at most of these spots.  Service in general will be excellent, whether you're just nibbling or in for a gourmet affair.


French Quarter

The shadow that Antoine's casts in New Orleans can't be underestimated. The oldest continuously operating restaurant in America, Antoine's is still run by its founding family. In honor of its anniversary, guests can order a special five-course...  Read More

La Boulangerie is hybrid bakery/cafe located on Magazine Street in New Orleans. The kitchen specializes in traditional French pastries and breads that are on display at the counter. For breakfast, coffee and a chocolate filled croissant can make...  Read More

If it's a truly French brasserie setting you crave with the emphasis on locally sourced seafood and Southern hospitality, you've come to the right spot. Offering a trendy, convivial atmosphere, top notch service and an extensive raw bars to...  Read More

La Petite Grocery leaves the sugary powdered beignets to the Cafe du Mondes of the world, taking its own approach to the beignet. La Petite stuffs their doughy morsels with blue crab and tops them with a savory roumalade. These are a must order...  Read More


Cafe Degas is a European style French bistro housed in the leafy Bayou St. John neighborhood along the Esplanade Ridge. A metal-roofed porch enclosed in plastic houses the quirky dining room. Ceiling fans and metal garden tables and chairs with...  Read More

Lilette is a decadent French restaurant situated on Magazine Street. Stellar cuisine and a hip cocktail bar make this a sexy destination for a varied crowd of locals and couples on date night. Tempting bites – like eggplant crisps with...  Read More

Patois translates to "local accent", which is fitting for a restaurant that blends French culinary traditions with New Orleans flare and ingredients. Founded by Chef Aaron Burgau, the Uptown restaurant is noted for serving dishes like the...  Read More

Chef Donald Link, whose restaurant holdings include Cochon, Cochon Butcher and Peche, conceives robust modern French fare on Saint Charles Avenue not far from Lafayette Square. In a setting that's casually elegant, chef de cuisine Rebecca...  Read More

9th Ward
Photo courtesy of Beth D'Addono

Here are a few things N7, the hidden gem of a French restaurant in the upper 9th ward doesn't have: a phone, live music, creole cuisine, New Orleans-inspired decor, a website. Now here's what you will get if you track down this unassuming...  Read More

Big Branch

La Provence absolutely justifies the 40-minute drive from New Orleans. Located across Lake Pontchartrain in Lacombe, the restaurant features an intimate farmhouse vibe that could easily conjure memories of the South of France. The chef savors...  Read More


Meet Beth D'Addono

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,...  More About Beth

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