10 Best New Orleans spots for top-of-the-catch seafood

Even if you're an avowed carnivore, you can't help but fall in love with the delectable goodness of New Orleans gulf seafood. Be it fried or broiled, swabbed with sauce or grilled over an open wood fire, the seafood we get in these parts is some of the best around.  Fueled by commercial fishing enterprises large and small that troll the gulf for the top catch, area restaurants deliver seasonal fish, shrimp, oysters and soft shell crab in all manner of creative ways. Shrimp etouffee, soft shell crab po-boys, oysters raw and broiled and jambalaya are just a few of the local favorite dishes, made, not just in restaurants, but at home, shared over a crowded dining room table or enjoyed out back, picnic style.

The restaurants on this list cross all boundaries, starting with neighborhood po-boy joints where oysters are flash fried to savory perfection and stuffed into soft French rolls, best enjoyed "dressed". Then there are the white tablecloth Creole palaces, places where trout and red fish swim in seas of buttery sauces piquant with lemon. And places where the chefs prefer to let the flavor of the fish swim to the surface, choosing to offer local catch simply grilled and fragrant with wood smoke.

French Quarter
Mr. B's Bistro
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Mr. B's is a New Orleans seafood hot spot located on the celebrated food corner of Royal and Iberville in the French Quarter. So well thought of they were able to publish their own cookbook, Mr. B's has served signature dishes like gumbo ya ya...  Read More

Grand Isle Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Denny Culbert


Grand Isle is the strip of land off mainland Louisiana known for its amazing fishing. Grand Isle Restaurant, with its menu of fresh local seafood and vintage photos channeling the same gulf goodness as its namesake. Situated on busy Fulton...  Read More



New Orleanians are not only loyal to this traditional bastion of Creole dining, they're loyal to their waiter, and if they're old enough, to their waiter's son. Generations come and go, but Galatoire's, with its classic seafood-centric menu...  Read More

French Quarter


Eating oysters and fried seafood at Felix's is a seminal New Orleans experience - the place is loud, lively and a bit slipshod, but the seafood is delish. Besides freshly shucked bi-valves, you can feast on char-grilled, Bienville and...  Read More

French Quarter


While most New Orleans seafood restaurants take a hyper local approach to filling in the catch of the day, chef Tenney Flynn at GW Fin casts a global net. The restaurant impresses with quality and variety, including fish caught in waters around...  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, the atmosphere is classy and quieter, with the menu including only in-season Gulf of Mexico...  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
Photo courtesy of Renee Kientz/Louisiana Northshore


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 does the trick. The love child of chef/co-owner Jeffrey Hansell and his wife, co-owner and general...  Read More



The giant fish hanging in Donald Link's industrial-chic Warehouse District eatery says it all. This place is all about local and line-caught seafood, most of it cooked on an epic wood fire grill. James Beard Award-winning chef/partner Ryan...  Read More

French Quarter


This oyster palace in the upper French Quarter, a mainstay of briny bivalves since 1910, is a favorite seafood eatery for both visitors and locals. Acme regularly shucks more than three million oysters per year, best appreciated from a seat at...  Read More


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