Date Night in New Orleans: The City's 10Best Romantic Restaurants

Man may not be able to live on bread alone, but add in a dozen grilled oysters, a pecan crusted red fish and bananas foster prepared tableside, and we're getting somewhere. 

New Orleans is a city that inspires love, Talk to locals and more often than not, you'll hear a few stories of people who fall in love with New Orleans, and wind up moving here. Like every love affair, there are highs and lows, but in New Orleans, the rich gastronomic landscape is impossible not to adore. With the person you love across the table, sharing quaffs of bubbly, local seafood and pecan-defined desserts is sure to satisfy on multiple levels.

Whether you want the grand experience of Commander's Palace, or a more modern take on an intimate evening dining at Cafe Sbisa in the Quarter, each of these 10 spots will make your sweetie's heart beat a little faster as he, or she, tries not to gulp down the goodness of smartly prepared specialties served in a moody, jazzy setting. The regional flavors, European architecture and fabulous courtyards of New Orleans restaurants are simply not found anywhere else. Whether in the French Quarter or Warehouse District; Uptown or Bywater, New Orleans has your date night covered.

Cafe Sbisa
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The reopening of Cafe Sbisa, the century-old brasserie on Decatur Street, is big news on lots of fronts. First of all, the place is an atmospheric stunner, with original wood, intimate balcony and patio dining and a staircase that harks back to...  Read More

French Quarter
Photo courtesy of Meauxbar

This quaint little neighborhood spot perfectly exemplifies what makes the French Quarter so special: even on its boundary streets, you're bound to find something that will charm and surprise. Though locals usually occupy the tables at Meauxbar...  Read More

Lilette is a decadent French restaurant situated on Magazine Street. Stellar cuisine from chef John Harris and a hip cocktail bar make this a sexy destination for foodies of all ages. Tempting bites " like eggplant crisps with skordalia,...  Read More

In 2018 it will be 100 years since Arnaud Cazenave, a colorful, French wine salesman, founded the grand New Orleans restaurant bearing his name with a commitment to serving quality Creole cuisine. Taken over by the Casbarian family in 1978,...  Read More


Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. The Garden District...  Read More

Commander's Palace
Photo courtesy of Commander's Palace

The blue Victorian facade of Commander's Palace in the Garden District of New Orleans has been the site of five-star dining since 1880, and a hallmark of the Brennan family since 1974. The kitchen that gave the world Paul Prudhomme and Emeril...  Read More

Upperline Restaurant

Located in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, right off the St. Charles Streetcar line, the Upperline is a great reason to explore past the French Quarter, and experience a contemporary take on Creole cuisine. The dining room is presided...  Read More

The Franklin
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Polished elegance isn't a bellwether of the restaurants in the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods in New Orleans. Which is why The Franklin really stands out in the crowd. Intimate and inviting, this restaurant lives in New Orleans but would be...  Read More

Outside the city
Ox Lot 9
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Just in case you needed one more reason to cross the 24-mile causeway across Lake Pontchartrain, Ox Lot 9 in the suave Southern Hotel in Covington is open for business. The love child of chef/co-owner Jeffrey Hansell and his wife, co-wner and...  Read More

Delachaise is that mystery spot that you might cruise right by without noticing during a daytime trip on the St. Charles streetcar. Come evening, the outdoor patio, lit with twinkle lights, is always buzzing with a lively crowd along with...  Read More


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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.

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