Satisfy Your Cravings at These Top Eateries Close to the Superdome Action

Loyal fans love the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for its accessibility and location in the heart of the city that loves to party. Fans from out of town that fill the arena on home game days generate tens of thousands of dollars in food and beverage revenue for the city, a welcome spike in business for the local restaurants close to the action.  Depending on what you're hungry for, you can keep it casual and chow on thin-crust pizza and Italian specialties, or pull out the stops and dine at one of New Orleans' hallmarks of refined Creole cuisine.

For vendor fare, fans congregate in Champion's Square, the festival, music and event venue adjacent to the Dome.  You'll find mobile eateries serving the happy crowds, a few with bricks and mortar restaurants about town including Praline Connection for red beans and rice and other Southern fare and Drago's, known for seafood specialties. Wings, pulled pork barbecue and hot dogs are also available.  For something a little more sedate, restaurants along Poydras and heading back towards the Quarter beckon.  And unlike many cities, where hotel restaurants tend to be generic, two nearby hotels, the Hyatt Regency and the Loews, showcase the talents of chef John Besh and the esteemed Commander's Palace branch of the Brennan family.

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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 pizza in town. Try a pie topped...  Read More



Reginelli's is a popular pizza joint with a few spots around town including one within and easy stroll of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The menu dishes more than just pies, with specialty salads, pastas, sandwiches and calzones among the popular...  Read More

Fulton Alley
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Fulton Alley in the New Orleans CBD is a fun locally owned destination for bowling, contemporary Southern comfort food and curated craft cocktails. The setting is sleek and urbane, with local art adding eye-popping appeal. Executive chef Mike...  Read More



The Little Gem Saloon is located in a historic building on the 400 block of South Rampart Street, a place jazz historians have long considered the likely birthplace of jazz. First opened in 1903, the Little Gem Saloon served as a popular...  Read More



If you're looking to relax and be treated like a VIP, the Palace Cafe is the ticket. Situated on Canal Street on the edge of the French Quarter, this restaurant boasts a Brennan pedigree and chef Brandon Muetzal's creative vision in the kitchen....  Read More

Bourbon House Seafood & Oyster Bar


The Bourbon House is an authentic New Orleans seafood restaurant, with its dining room windows looking out onto the riotous Bourbon Street. Inside, calm indulgence presides, in a setting that is pure New Orleans, from its lacy, wrought-iron...  Read More

Copper Vine
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Copper Vine is what would happen if a swank wine bar married a craft beer joint. Owned by Brechtel Hospitality Group (BHG), the same company behind Fulton Alley and the Walk Ons franchise up the block, Copper Vine is a gorgeous spot close to the...  Read More



Eat - Drink - Cheer is the perfect description of Manning's, the upbeat sports bar and restaurant located in the lively Fulton Street corridor. This is one of the best places to cheer for the home team in New Orleans, a partnership between the...  Read More



For a pre-game bite or celebratory cocktail, head to Borgne, one of local celebrity chef John Besh's much touted restaurants. Situated on the ground floor of the newly renovated Hyatt on Loyala Avenue, Borgne is great choice for locally sourced...  Read More

Johnny Sánchez
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The Mexican love child of local uber chef John Besh and Food Network wunderkind Aarón Sánchez, Johnny Sánchez is the best thing to happen to Poydras Street since Sculpture for New Orleans. A place that gives the option of roasted grasshoppers...  Read More


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