The vibrant and jazzy city of New Orleans is best described as a melting pot of cultures. Famous for its Cajun food, jazz music, and traditional Mardi gras festival, New Orleans is one of the most exciting cities in the United States. While it has an eerie side to the city, full of voodoo and ghostly spirits, the city rages with Creole culture and architecture in every direction, especially the historic French Quarter.
Speaking of Cajun food, New Orleans has a massive foodie scene with a wide variety of fresh seafood, southern cooking, and Cajun and Creole spices and mixtures that get your taste buds jumping to the music on Bourbon Street.
Here are our picks for the top 10 New Orleans restaurants to have the city’s ultimate dining experience.
Brennan’s is most famous for its all-day breakfast and is undoubtedly one of the top 10 restaurants in New Orleans. Stop in for a delicious and energizing start to the day or the beloved breakfast for dinner dishes. Sitting in the happening French Quarter, Brennan’s has renovated the bar area for a modern, up-to-date atmosphere and superb hospitality. Then, stop in for the house favorite any time of the day, Bananas Foster. Brennan’s is our favorite and gets a visit every time we are in town!
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant blends all the best parts of New Orleans into one big melting pot; Creole culture, African American artwork, jazz music, and the civil right movement. The restaurant has a lot of history and has been frequented by activists and prominent figures such as The Obamas, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. The restaurant’s founder, Leah Chase, is known in New Orleans as the Queen of Creole, and her cooking style is still used today, featuring creole favorites like homemade gumbo, fried chicken, and red beans and rice.
Antoine’s Restaurant dates back to the 1840s and is the oldest family-owned restaurant in New Orleans. This charming city favorite is a French-Creole-inspired restaurant whose founder was an immigrant from France. Most famous for the Oysters Benedict, every dish served is counted to track how many have been sold since recipe creation; the number is over 4 million and rising!
Avli tou Thodori is one of the most popular restaurants on the island’s most famous beach, Platis Gialos Beach. The family-owned restaurant offers a menu of Greek and Mediterranean specialties and takes pride in its excellent service and hospitality. Try their tasty baklava as a sweet treat before you leave.
Willa Jean is a newer restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana owned by award-winning chef Kelly Fields. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the friendly and welcoming restaurant is most favorite for its sweets and pastries, some of Fields’ specialties. Begin your lunch with a BBQ sharing on sourdough, and finish off with the Willa Jean house chocolate chip cookies with sea salt.
Galtoire’s is a family-owned restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. It focuses on French-Creole-inspired cuisine, excellent service and hospitality, and a delicious oasis away from the excitement and noise from the pedestrian street outside. Start with the jumbo crab lump, with the signature trout, and finish off the famous black bottom pecan pie, topped with whiskey caramel sauce.
GW Fins is the absolute best gulf-to-table restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana. Award-winning chefs prepare the entire fish in unique and eclectic ways, paired with delicious and creatively presented sides. The menu depends on the freshest catch of the day, so you should prepare for mouth-watering creations every time. Watch for house favorites like lobster dumplings, scalibut, and scalloped halibut. This amazing restaurant is definitely one of the best places to eat in New Orleans.
It’s nearly impossible to visit New Orleans without trying the famous beignets. Cafe Beignet is the most famous and best restaurant in town to try these sweet treats. Established by a group of small friends in the ’90s, the restaurant has been a beloved local favorite and visitor must-try in the city. Served fresh, fried, or cooked to order, there’s no better recipe, or hospitality, than Cafe Beignet.
Cochon is a bright and welcoming spot in downtown New Orleans, Louisiana featuring cajun-style cooking. Locally sourced and prepared in-house, meaty meals and seafood specialties are specialized daily. Boasting an iconic cocktail and drink list, including moonshine flats, Cochon is a great place to enjoy an evening meal with friends or have a good welcome into the city. Then, stop next door to take home some fresh meats to prepare yourself the next day after tasting the gulf fish special or short smoked ribs.
Le Petite Grocery
Le Petite Grocery sits in a building that is over 100 years old and is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants and best places to eat in New Orleans, Louisiana. Opened for lunch and dinner, Le Petite Grocery has some of the friendliest service in town with fantastic hospitality every day. Their signature dish is the blue crab beignets, and other menu stars include lamb T-bones, smoked pork, and chocolate chess pie. Since the building is small, you should make reservations to avoid a long wait.