This spring edition of our New Orleans dining guide is arranged by neighborhood, though each restaurant here is recommended for reasons that go beyond location.
Below is the full list of 100 with contact information and hours for quick reference. Click on the neighborhood name to read more about each restaurant.
For each pick below, I've tried to share some defining character, what I like about the restaurant and what why it might appeal to you.
This spring edition of our New Orleans dining guide is arranged by neighborhood, though each…
This is highly subjective, of course, but the most valuable restaurant recommendations always are personal, because so too is the pleasure of food and restaurants. My goal is to provide some insight to make your own decisions about where to spend your time and money on a meal. See the note at the bottom of this page for more considerations for the selection and a price key.
This is a guide I would give to a friend who wants to experience what is new and to reconnect with what is timeless in our restaurant culture, and it’s a resource I would hand to visitors curious about what makes the New Orleans dining scene so special.
Not all of your favorite restaurants are here. Not all of mine are either. That’s a consequence of trying to narrow the field to a concise list, and I've tried to present a wide range of styles and flavors and personalities. Everyone is likely to find some points of disagreement with the 100 collected here. But then, when we’re talking about something as personal and valuable as the food of New Orleans, how could it be any other way?
Whenever I recommend a restaurant, I hope to get feedback on how it went, and that’s true of this compilation of recommendations. When you have feedback, you can always get in touch at email@example.com.
Angeline, 1032 Chartres St., 504-308-3106; dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Fri.-Sun.
Arnaud’s Restaurant, 813 Bienville St., 504-523-5433; dinner nightly, brunch Sunday.
Bayona, 430 Dauphine St., 504-525-4455; lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat.
Brennan's Restaurant, 417 Royal St., 504-525-9711; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Doris Metropolitan, 620 Chartres St., 504-267-3500; dinner nightly, lunch Fri.-Sun.
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, 2301 Orleans Ave., 504-821-0535; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Fri.
GW Fins, 808 Bienville St., 504-581-3467; dinner nightly.
Galatoire’s Restaurant, 209 Bourbon St., 504-535-2021; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
Killer Poboys, 219 Dauphine St., 504-462-2731; and 811 Conti St., 504-252-6745; breakfast (from 10 a.m.) lunch and dinner (til 8 p.m. on Dauphine St.; til midnight on Conti St.) Wed.-Mon.
Meauxbar, 942 N. Rampart St., 504-569 9979; dinner nightly, brunch Sun.
Sylvain, 625 Chartres St., 504-265-8123; lunch Fri. and Sat., dinner nightly, brunch Sun.
Trinity, 1117 Decatur St., 504-325-5789; dinner daily, brunch Fri.-Sun.
Tujague’s Restaurant, 823 Decatur St., 504-525-8676; lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Balise, 640 Carondelet St., 504-459-4449; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Carmo, 527 Julia St., 504-875-4132; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat.
The Company Burger, 611 O’Keefe St., 504-309-9422; also 4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; lunch and dinner daily.
Compère Lapin, 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-599-2119; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Emeril’s Restaurant, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-528-9393; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily.
Herbsaint, 701 St. Charles Ave., 504-524-4114; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.
La Boca, 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-525-8205; dinner Mon.-Sat.
Maypop, 611 O’Keefe Ave., 504-518-6345; lunch and dinner daily.
Meril, 424 Girod St., 504-526-3745; lunch and dinner daily.
Palace Café, 605 Canal St., 504-523-1661; lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly, brunch Sun.
Pêche Seafood Grill, 800 Magazine St., 504-522-1744; lunch and dinner daily.
Pho Tau Bay, 1565 Tulane Ave., 504-368-9846; lunch and dinner (til 7 p.m.), Mon.-Fri.
Restaurant August, 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-299-9777; dinner nightly, lunch Fri.
St. James Cheese Co., 641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat. (closes at 7 p.m. Tue.-Thu.), also 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737
Seaworthy, 630 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071; dinner and late night daily (kitchen til midnight Sun.-Wed., til 2 a.m. Thu.-Sat.).
Willa Jean, 611 O’Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Primitivo, 1800 O.C. Haley Blvd., 504-881-1775; dinner Mon.-Sat.
Toups South, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., 504-304-2147; lunch and dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat., brunch Sat.
1000 Figs, 3141 Ponce de Leon St., 504-301-0848; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Bevi Seafood Co., 236 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7503; lunch daily, dinner ('til 8 p.m.) Tue.-Sat.; also 4701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-885-5003
Blue Oak BBQ, 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; lunch and dinner Tue-Sun.
Cafe Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635; lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun.
Liuzza's by the Track, 1518 N. Lopez St., 504-943-8667; lunch and dinner (kitchen closes at 7 p.m.) Mon.-Sat.
Mandina's Restaurant, 3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179; lunch and dinner daily.
Marjie's Grill, 320 S. Broad St., 504-603-2234; lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat.
Mid-City Pizza, 4400 Banks St., 504-483-8609; lunch and dinner daily.
MoPho, 514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845; lunch and dinner daily.
Neyow's Creole Cafe, 3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern, 538 N. Hagan St., 504-482-3047; lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon.
Ralph's on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., 504-488-1000; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sun.
Toups' Meatery, 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Vessel, 3835 Iberville St., 504-603-2775; dinner daily, brunch Sun.
Casamento’s Restaurant, 4330 Magazine St., 504-895-9761; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat.
Commander’s Palace, 1403 Washington Ave., 504-899-8221; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Coquette, 2800 Magazine St., 504-324-2150; lunch Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
La Petite Grocery, 4238 Magazine St., 504-891-3377; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun.
Lilette, 3637 Magazine St., 504-895-1636; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat.
Mr. John’s Steakhouse, 2111 St. Charles Ave., 504-679-7697; lunch Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat.
The Munch Factory, 1901 Sophie Wright Place, 504-324-5372; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Shaya, 4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; lunch and dinner daily.
Stein’s Deli & Market, 2207 Magazine St., 504-527-0771; breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner (closes at 5 p.m.) Tue.-Fri.
Turkey and the Wolf, 739 Jackson Ave., 504-218-7428; lunch Wed.-Mon., dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat.
Avo, 5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; dinner Mon.-Sat.
Bar Frances, 4525 Freret St., 504-371-5043; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Boucherie, 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-5514; lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat., brunch Sun.
Brigtsen's Restaurant, 723 Dante St., 504-861-7610; dinner Tue.-Sat.
Carrollton Market, 8132 Hampson St., 504-252-9928; dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat. and Sun.
Clancy’s Restaurant, 6100 Annunciation St., 504-895-1111; lunch Thu. and Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat.
Del Fuego Taqueria, 4518 Magazine St., 504-309-5797; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Frankie & Johnny’s Restaurant, 321 Arabella St., 504-243-1234; lunch and dinner daily.
Gautreau's Restaurant, 1728 Soniat St., 504-899-7397; dinner Mon.-Sat.
Kenton’s, 5757 Magazine St., 504-891-1177; lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Patois, 6078 Laurel St., 504-895-9441; lunch Fri., dinner Wed.-Sat., brunch Sun.
Pizza Domenica, 4933 Magazine St., 504-301-4978; lunch and dinner daily.
Three Muses Maple, 7537 Maple St., 504-510-2749; dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sat.; also 536 Frenchmen St., 504-298-8746
Vincent's Italian Cuisine, 7839 St. Charles Ave., 504-866-9313; dinner Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Fri., also 4411 Chastant St., Metairie, 504-885-2984
Upperline, 1413 Upperline St., 504-891-9822; dinner Wed.-Sun.
Charlie’s Restaurant, 6129 E. St Bernard Highway, Violet, 504-682-9057; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.
Deanie's on Hayne, 7350 Hayne Blvd., 504-248-6700; lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Fri.
Dong Phuong, 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy, 504-254-0296; breakfast and lunch Wed.-Mon.
MeMe's Bar & Grille, 712 W. Judge Perez Dr., Chalmette, 504-644-4992; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat.
Kin, 4600 Washington Ave., 504-304-8557; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Ye Olde College Inn, 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-3683; dinner Tue.-Sat.
Bao & Noodle, 2700 Chartres St., 504-272-0004; Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
Café Henri, 800 Louisa St., 504-302-2357; dinner nightly.
The Joint, 701 Mazant St., 504-949-3232; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Mariza, 2900 Chartres St., 504-598-5700; dinner Tue.-Sat.
Pizza Delicious, 617 Piety St., 504-676-8482; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
Red’s Chinese, 3048 St. Claude Ave., 504-304-6030; lunch and dinner daily.
The Original Fiorellas’ Café, 5325 Franklin Ave., 504-309-0352; Lunch and early dinner (til 7 p.m.) Mon.-Sat.
Rosedale, 801 Rosedale Drive, 504-309-9595; lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun.
Toast, 1845 Gentilly Blvd., 504-351-3664; also 5433 Laurel St., (504) 267-3260; breakfast and lunch daily.
Del Porto Ristorante, 501 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-875-1006; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.
La Provence, 25020 Highway 190 E., Lacombe, 985-626-7662; dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun.
Middendorf’s Restaurant, 30160 Highway 51, Akers, 985-386-6666; lunch and dinner Wed.-Sun.
Oxlot 9, 428 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-400-5663; dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun.
Sal & Judy’s, 27491 Highway 190, Lacombe, 985-882-9443; dinner Wed.-Sat., lunch and early dinner (until 7 p.m.) Sun.
Mosca’s, 4137 Highway 90 West, Westwego, 504-436-8950; dinner Tue.-Sat.
Sun Ray Grill, 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 504-391-0053; lunch and dinner daily (Sun. til 6 p.m.)
Tan Dinh, 1705 Lafayette St., 504-361-8008; breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wed.-Mon.
Austin's Seafood and Steakhouse, 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-888-5533; dinner Mon.-Sat.
Chilangos Restaurant, 2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 504-469-5599; lunch and dinner daily.
Marcello's Wine Bar and Bistro, 4860 Veterans Blvd., 504-301-3848; lunch and dinner daily; also 715 St. Charles Ave., 504-581-6333
NOLA Desi Kitchen, 3814 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-352-6400; lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon., breakfast (from 10 a.m.) Sat. and Sun.
Oak Oven, 6625 Jefferson Highway. Harahan, 504-305-4039; lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.
Seither’s Seafood, 279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-738-1116; lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sat.
Station 6, 105 Old Hammond Highway, 504-345-2936; lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun.
NOTES ON PICKING THE ESSENTIAL 100:
These recommendations are based on my experiences dining around New Orleans, and they are guided by the context of how each fits in with the bigger picture of a large, rapidly growing, always-changing range of restaurants.
Click on the neighborhood name to see my full descriptions of each.
I left out any restaurant less than 3 months old. That gives them a little time to settle in while also showing you some of the exciting new additions. I’ve also excluded restaurants that have undergone big changes recently. Atchafalaya, High Hat Café, Cavan and Central City BBQ are a few examples that I’m eager to revisit.
Average meal per person:
$ - Under $20
$$ - $21 to $30
$$$ - $31 to $50
$$$$ - $51 to $70
$$$$$ - More than $70