There's no place like New Orleans when it comes to delicious food. We are known as much for our incredible food as for our love of living! Dining in New Orleans is truly an experience in itself, and it's worth a trip just to enjoy the taste of New Orleans. You'll plan to return just to eat at the restaurants you weren't able to visit the first time!
Our many excellent restaurants make any trip to New Orleans worthwhile. Spicy seafood, blackened redfish, shrimp remoulade, Cajun delicacies, pralines, beignets, cafe au lait...be prepared!
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We highly recommend the restaurants featured below. They range from fine French dining to casual hideouts featuring live Cajun music and dancing. Favorites of locals for years--and we're sure you'll love them, too! We've included quotes from many who have enjoyed their experiences.
Fine Dining | Casual Fine Dining | Casual Dining
These award-winning upscale restaurants offer elegant fine dining. Please note each establishment's dress code!
Dating back to 1840, Antoine's Restaurant is the oldest family run restaurant in the country. This legendary French Quarter restaurant is known for their tradition world class French-Creole cuisine, high quality service and exquisite atmosphere.
New Orleans' world-renowned gold medal winner Chef Andrea combines Louisiana products with Northern Italian cuisine to create a memorable New Orleans Italian dining experience. A favorite among locals. Free transportation provided. Located in Metairie, 10 minutes from the French Quarter. (See special offer)
Since 1946, Brennan's has had legendary spot in New Orleans cuisine and fine dining. Their breakfast is world famous, but their lunch and dinner can't be missed. If you stay for dessert, you have to try their Banana's Foster.
Located in Exchange Place in the heart of the French Quarter is The Pelican Club. They offer a wide range of New Orleans style dishes in an incredible atmosphere. They promise a meal that is a true New Orleans experience.
New Orleans' second-oldest restaurant! Located across from the French Market in the French Quarter, Tujague's has retained its reputation for providing an unforgettable dining experience in the original Creole tradition.
Casual Fine Dining
The following restaurants combine casual dining with white tablecloth elegance. Casual dress allowed.
The Bombay Club combines Creole and French cuisine in an elegant, sophisticated setting but with a casual vibe. They often have live entertainment and have won awards for their martinis. They are located on Conti Street, just one block from Bourbon Street.
Located on Decatur Street, Café Giovanni offers a large array of New World Italian food that sets this restaurant apart from competitors, but is still comfortable for local diners. A taste of New Orleans with a personal touch at the edge of the French Quarter.
Award-winning restaurant on Royal Street one block from the French Quarter! A favorite among locals.
The Court of Two Sisters is more than just a famous name. This restaurant offers a mouthwatering jazz brunch daily that features a jazz trio and authentic Louisiana-Creole fare. They've also won awards for the best outdoor dining in the city.
Located in the historic Old Absinthe House in the middle of the French Quarter is Tony Moran's Restaurant. It has been a favorite for more than fifty years because of their menu of classic Italian favorites and fresh local seafood.
Enjoy some of the best Creole cooking in New Orleans at Gumbo Shop. Voted a New Orleans favorite by locals, Gumbo Shop serves award-winning okra, seafood and chicken-andouille gumbo, alongside other great dishes. The restaurant has high ceilings, traditional New Orleans décor, and a beautiful courtyard for when the weather is nice.
The Steamboat Natchez offers daily dinner jazz cruises and harbor jazz cruises with a New Orleans food buffet. Enjoy great music and food as you cruise along the Mississippi! (See special offer
Every day is special at Byblos, especially Belly Dancing Thursdays at our Magazine Street location, our very popular $3 martini specials, and our New Year’s Eve celebration. No other restaurant offers the unique experience available at Byblos.
Huck Finn’s Cafe takes pride in serving authentic New Orleans dishes, most of which have been passed down for generations. Try a hot sausage po-boy or some boudin balls!
Stop in for a handcrafted lager and while you're enjoying a pint check out their menu. I have a feeling you'll be pleasantly surprised by the food. Their menu features New Orleans favorites and have live jazz every night by local musicians.
Daisy Dukes offers affordable, yet delicious po-boys, crawfish and other truly authentic New Orleans foods. Their bloody marys will get your day started in the right direction. They also have delivery and catering options.
New Orleans' cafe provides a grand setting outside and in, and the best coffee and beignets anywhere. Breakfast served all day. New Orleans Cajun specialties and fried seafood also available. (See special offer
Pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches: stop off at Reginelli's for a quick, delicious and filling bite. Try a signature pizza like the Tony's Play, or create your own from more than 50 available toppings.
Creole and Cajun Food History
New Orleans' Creole and Cajun foods each have a long history, and have both been influenced throughout the years by many cultures. It is interesting to note that the Ursuline Sisters from France introduced French cooking to our city. Sister Xavier Herbert of their order was the first female pharmacist in the country, and taught settlers the benefits of using herbs in their cooking. When the Spanish began to settle here, they brought us the pepper and the tomato: the beginnings of our Shrimp Creole. Refugees from the West Indies, Sicilians and Indians have all been influential in the evolution of what we believe is the best, spiciest and most delicious food anywhere.
New Orleans even has traditions related to food. One of them is eating red beans and rice on Mondays. Many of us grew up never knowing the reason why--we just enjoyed it. However, Monday is "clothes" day, and red beans and rice is the perfect meal because it cooks slowly while we are doing the laundry.
Our tradition of eating seafood on Fridays is based on the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on that day, especially during the Lenten season. (In this city, it is no sacrifice!)
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