Top ChoiceCreole in French Quarter

Galatoire’s

Friday lunchtime is the best time to visit this revered institution for its traditional Creole cuisine. That’s when local ladies in big hats and gloves and men wearing bowties (without irony) buy copious bottles...

Top ChoiceAsian in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Marjie's Grill

In one word: brilliant. Marjie's is run by chefs who were inspired by Southeast Asian street food, but rather than coming home and doing pale imitations of the real thing, they've turned an old house on Broad St...

Top ChoiceSouthern US in Uptown & Riverbend

Boucherie

The thick, glistening cuts of bacon on the BLT can only be the work of the devil – or chef Nathanial Zimet, whose house-cured meats and succulent Southern dishes are lauded citywide. Savor boudin (Cajun sausage)...

Top ChoiceVietnamese in New Orleans

Tan Dinh

It may look like a bog standard strip-mall Vietnamese joint when you walk in, but we'd happily contend that Tan Dinh is one of the best restaurants in greater New Orleans. The garlic butter chicken wings could be...

Top ChoiceSeafood in CBD & Warehouse District

Peche Seafood Grill

Coastal seafood dishes are prepared simply here, but unexpected flourishes – whether from salt, spices or magic – sear the deliciousness onto your taste buds. The vibe is convivial, with a happy crowd savoring...

Top ChoiceCreole in Uptown & Riverbend

Clancy's

This white-tablecloth neighborhood restaurant embraces style, the good life and Creole cuisine with a chattering joie de vivre and top-notch service. The city's professional set comes here to gossip and savor the...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Faubourg Marigny & Bywater

Bacchanal

From the outside, Bacchanal looks like a leaning Bywater shack; inside are racks of wine and stinky-but-sexy cheese. Musicians play in the garden, while cooks dispense delicious meals on paper plates from the...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Uptown & Riverbend

Gautreau’s

There’s no sign outside Gautreau’s, just the number 1728 discreetly marking a nondescript house in a residential neighborhood. Cross the threshold to find a refined but welcoming dining room, where savvy diners,...

Top ChoiceLouisianan in Uptown & Riverbend

Jacques-Imo’s Café

Ask locals for restaurant recommendations in New Orleans, and almost everybody mentions Jacques-Imo's. We understand why: cornbread muffins swimming in butter, steak smothered in blue-cheese sauce, and the insane...

Top ChoiceCreole in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Commander's Palace

Commander’s Palace is a dapper host who wows with white-linen dining rooms, decadent dishes and attentive Southern hospitality. The nouveau Creole menu shifts, running from crispy oysters with brie-cauliflower...

Top ChoiceSeafood in CBD & Warehouse District

Seaworthy

Many new restaurants in New Orleans have not lived up to the city's intimidating culinary legacy. Seaworthy is not such a place. They serve, simply, seafood – gorgeously fresh, brilliantly executed seafood, from...

Top ChoiceFrench in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Coquette

Coquette mixes wine-bar ambience with friendly service and a bit of white linen; the result is a candlelit place where you don’t feel bad getting tipsy. Explore beyond the respectable wine menu, though – there’s...

Top ChoiceCreole in CBD & Warehouse District

Restaurant August

For a little romance, reserve a table at Restaurant August. This converted 19th-century tobacco warehouse, with its flickering candles and warm, soft shades, earns a nod for most aristocratic dining room in New...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in CBD & Warehouse District

Drip Affogato

Drip serves all kinds of gelato and espresso, but it truly shines when it combines the two into an affogato – espresso or coffee poured onto ice cream. The result is culinary dynamite. If you've just had a good...

Top ChoiceSandwiches in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Parkway Tavern

Who makes the best po’boy in New Orleans? Honestly, who can say? But tell a local you think the top sandwich comes from Parkway and you will get, at the least, a nod of respect. The roast beef in particular – a...

Top ChoiceDiner in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Liuzza’s By The Track

Mmmm, that gumbo. This quintessential Mid-City neighborhood joint does some of the best in town. The barbecue shrimp po’boy is to die for and the deep-fried garlic oysters are legendary. The atmosphere is...

Top ChoiceAmerican in Garden, Lower Garden & Central City

Surrey’s Juice Bar

Surrey’s makes a simple bacon-and-egg sandwich taste – and look – like the most delicious breakfast you’ve ever been served. And you know what? It probably is the best. Boudin biscuits; eggs scrambled with...

Top ChoicePub Food in Uptown & Riverbend

Wayfare

This former takeout joint has gone all-in and now hovers in that delicious middle ground between pub (with inventive craft cocktails such as the Porkbelly Old Fashioned, garnished with a piece of bacon!) and...

Top ChoiceVegetarian in CBD & Warehouse District

Carmo

Carmo isn't just an alternative to the fatty, carnivorous New Orleans menu – it's an excellent restaurant by any gastronomic measuring stick. Both the aesthetic and the food speak to deep tropical influences,...

Top ChoiceCajun in Uptown & Riverbend

DTB

DTB is the new place on Oak everyone's talking about. Get melt-in-your-mouth meats, crisp salads and creative takes on Cajun comfort food (roasted cauliflower, for instance, or stuffed banana beignets) in an airy...