new orleans restaurant guide

For my city guides, I try to have a mix of everything - new restaurants, iconic venues, and tourist spots worth a visit. These will range from casual cafes for breakfast to suit jacket fine dining. As with all guides, it is not exhaustive but hopefully full of wonderful recommendations that will help you make the most of your visit! Here's what I love in New Orleans:

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drago's seafood 

Modern, downtown hub of the Metairie original known for charbroiled oysters & other seafood.

2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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Café du monde

Iconic New Orleans cafe known for café au laits, chicory coffee & beignets since 1862.

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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photo: bacchanal

Bacchanal

Wine store featuring globally accented small plates & live music on a lush back patio.

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

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Galatoire’s 

Fine-dining century-old institution serving French-Creole fare in upscale space

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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Willie Mae’s Scotch House  

Lauded family-owned spot since 1957, famous for fried chicken & other soul food in a humble setting.

2401 St Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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shaya

Chef Alon Shaya's modern Israeli fare is served in a bright blue-and-white space with a back patio.

4213 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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photo: star chefs

cochon

Stylish renovated warehouse serving elevated, pork-focused Cajun fare in a group-friendly setting.

930 Tchoupitoulas St B, New Orleans, LA 70130

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photo: nola.com

Pesce

Seafood from a coal grill & raw bar, plus local brews, are found in rustic digs with weathered wood.

800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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photo: bevi seafood

bevi seafood co

Market & eatery in no-nonsense quarters with fresh fish & oysters plus prepared foods like po' boys.

236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

willa jean 

Retro-chic café & John Besh operation offering Southern menus, baked goods, coffee, tea & cocktails.

611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

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Central grocery

Small Italian market selling specialty foods & muffuletta sandwiches, which its founder invented.

923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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Commander’s palace

Notable spot for refined Creole fare & an elegant jazz brunch in a chandelier-hung space since 1880.

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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arnaud's french 75 bar

Tin-ceilinged "grande dame" of Creole dining since 1918, featuring seafood classics & a jazz brunch.

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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Compere lapin  

A sophisticated eatery serving Caribbean- and European-accented takes on New Orleans flavors.

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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dooky chase 

Legendary Creole chef Leah Chase serves down-home staples in a vibrant, art-filled space.

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119