10Best spots for lunching Uptown in New Orleans

Now that more visitors to New Orleans are striking out from the French Quarter to explore the rich tapestry of neighborhoods in every corner of the city, it makes sense that exploring new restaurants is a tasty part of that territory. Whether riding the St. Charles Streetcar or heading into the Marigny on the new Rampart/St. Claude line, catching sunset by the lake or strolling along the Mississippi into Bywater, new-to-you neighborhood restaurants await.

Uptown, where residential streets like Magazine and Oak are peppered with eateries and cafes, the choices can be overwhelming. Decide if you want cocktails, or not; casual or white tablecloth and what type of cuisine you're hungry for, and go from there.

Planning day trips around an Uptown lunch is not a bad idea. Uptown browsing along Oak Stree, strolling Tulane's leafy campus or discovering Audubon Park and the Fly are all good reasons for a jaunt.  Since this is New Orleans, decide what you want to eat first, then build your fun accordingly.

Clancy's Restaurant
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Removed from the usual downtown tourist traffic, this classy Uptown dining room's a hit with the locals. The skilled waitstaff, clad in tuxedos, deliver plates of Nouvelle Creole cuisine and introduce the impressive wine and scotch collection....  Read More

Joey K's
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Joey K's is a neighborhood treasure, a go-to for locals and visitors alike. Situated on busy Magazine, Joey K's serves soulful Creole specialties like overstuffed po-boys, red beans & rice and fried seafood. Come hungry,as portions are...  Read More



Founded by Frank Manale in 1913, this seafood-centric family friendly eatery is beloved and with good reason. Pascal's Manale is known for fabulous value and copious portions of fresh New Orleans-style Creole Italian dishes, homestyle...  Read More



The Camellia Grill on South Carrollton Uptown is often filled with Tulane students seeking a late night nosh after an evening of cocktailing. But the trademark white columned facade lit up with neon is also really great for lunch, a comfort...  Read More



Tartine is tucked away in the Black Pearl section of Uptown near Audubon Park. It is a French cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Patrons rave about the tastes, presentation and service of this New Orleans sleeper. Breakfast is served French...  Read More

Lebanon's Cafe


Try the stuffed grape leaves or the kabobs at Lebanon's Cafe for full on Mediterranean flavor The falafel and hummus are also not to be missed. Visit Lebanon's on a nice day and you might be rewarded with a street-side table, where you can...  Read More



Truburger is an Oak Street burger joint located by the Riverbend in Uptown New Orleans. All the beef comes in fresh from Creekstone Farms in Kansas, ground in-house for that not-your-average-burger mouth feel. There is also a veggie burger made...  Read More



Midway Pizza on Freret Street touts itself as Uptown's only deepdish and they've got a point. Baked Chicago-style, with lots of toothsome crust filled with creative toppings, the pizza menu sports inventive choices like the Reggie Dunlop with...  Read More



It's been not quite a year since Mason Hereford's Irish Channel sandwich joint Turkey and the Wolf was named the best new restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. The former Coquette chef took the kudos in stride, and just kept doing what he does:...  Read More

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In need of some comfort? Turns out it's closer than you'd think, a state of mind and indulgence on Oak Street at the bendiest part of Riverbend uptown. Brack May's original eatery (sadly his Truck Farm Tavern went by the wayside in St. Rose),...  Read More


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