Everybody knows New Orleans is one of the best dining out cities in the country — but how to tell the pesky tourist traps from the real deal? The good news is that you’re in luck. Food is the very heart and soul of New Orleans; and local will tell you that the options for great, authentic, New Orleans cuisine are virtually boundless in our city. Follow our guidelines and you’ll be sure to find yourself enjoy some pretty delicious food right alongside the rest of us. We’ve assembled for you a list of the 100% most delicious, most authentic, most essential New Orleans restaurants. Pretty much all these places can whip up a mean cocktail as well — so you can have your cake and drink it too! Happy eating y’all.

(We’ve assembled it here for you by neighborhood.)

FRENCH QUARTER
Gallatoire’s
209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 525-2021
http://www.galatoires.com/homeMr. B’s Bistro
201 Royal St., New Orleans, la 70130
(504) 523-2078
http://www.mrbsbistro.comAntoine’s
713 St Louis St, New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 581-4422.
http://www.antoines.comBayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 525-4455
http://www.bayona.comBrennan’s
417 Royal St., New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 525-9711
http://www.brennansneworleans.com

Muriel’s
801 Chartres St., New Orlans, 70116
(504) 568-1885
http://www.muriels.com

Sylvain
625 Chartres St, New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 265-8123
http://www.sylvainnola.com

Restaurant R’evolution
777 Bienville St., New Orleans, la 70130
(504) 553-2277
http://www.revolutionnola.com

Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St., New Orleans, la 70130
(504) 522-5973
http://www.acmeoyster.com

 

CBD & WAREHOUSE DISTRICT

Emeril’s 
800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 528-9393
http://www.emerilsrestaurant.com

Restaurant August
302 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, la 70130
(504) 299-9777
http://www.restaurantaugust.com

Herbsaint
701 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, la 70130
(504) 524-4114
http://www.herbsaint.com

Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 588-2123
http://www.cochonrestaurant.com

Root
200 Julia St., New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 252-9480
http://www.rootnola.com

La Boca
870 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, La
(504) 525-8205
http://www.labocasteaks.com

Drago’s
2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 589-3911
http://www.dragosrestaurant.com

Le Foret
129 Camp St., New Orleans, La 70130
(504) 553-6738
http://www.leforetneworleans.com

 

UPTOWN

Commander’s Palace
1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
http://www.commanderspalace.com

Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, La 70115
(504) 891-9626
http://www.atchaflayarestaurant.com

Gautreau’s
1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, La 70116
(504) 899-7397
http://www.gatreausrestaurant.com

Lilette
3637 Magazine St, New Orleans, La 70115
(504) 895-1636
http://www.lilleterestaurant.com

La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St., New Orleans, La 70115
(504) 891-3377
http://www.lapetitegrocery.com

Patois
6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-9441
http://www.patoisnola.com

Upperline
1413 Upperline St., New Orleans, La 70115
(504) 891-9822
http://www.upperline.com

Pascal’s Manale
1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-4877
http://www.pascalsmanale.com

Jacques-Imo’s
8324 Oak St., New Orleans, La 70118
(504) 861-0886
http://www.jacques-imos.com

Boucherie
1506 S. Carrolton Ave., New Orleans, la 70118
(504) 862-5514
http://www.boucherie-nola.com

 

MID-CITY & LAKEFRONT

AND IF YOU’RE UP FOR A BIT OF AN ADVENTURE…

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
600 Poland Ave., New Orleans, La 70117
(504) 948-911
http://www.bacchanalwine.com

Middendorf’s 
30160 US-51, Akers, LA 70421
(985) 386-6666
http://www.middendorfsrestaurant.com

Mosca’s
4137 US-90, Avondale, LA 70094
(504) 436-8950
http://www.moscasrestaurant.com

Tan Dinh
1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053
(504) 361-8008