Updated on September 1, 2015
Continuing on our celebration of Mardi Gras we are going to talk about my top restaurants for dinner in New Orleans! Man, I am getting hungry just thinking about these places!
Now when it comes to New Orleans, with SO MANY great restaurants, everyone has their favorites. With that being said, I will talk about 5 of my favorite restaurants that I usually will recommend to friends and family when they go to visit the Big Easy. Most of these are higher end type dinner places but we will have another post on more budget/lunch type places later in the week. In no particular order:
This restaurant is probably the cheapest of the list, but make no mistake, this is a great restaurant! Located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans on Tchoupitoulas street, this has quickly become one of my favorites. The dress code here is casual to business casual and it is marketed as southern cooking. I love the Oyster and Bacon Sandwich and I REALLY LOVE the Fried Alligator appetizer! I have actually ordered this as my appetizer AND my entrée in the same visit before. GO HERE.
TIP: If you go here and the wait is crazy long then go around the corner to Cochon Butcher for a sandwich, also AWESOME.
This is a much fancier, more expensive restaurant, and some would argue it is the best restaurant in the city. Commander’s is located on Washington avenue in the Garden District and is actually where we went to celebrate my college graduation many many years ago. The dress code here is business attire and a jacket is preferred for men at dinner. The food and service here are excellent and if price was not an issue I would eat here every single time I went to New Orleans. One delicious item served here that I don’t see to often outside of New Orleans is Turtle Soup, and their’s is EXCELLENT.
If you want to have a great time, a unique New Orleans experience and GREAT food, then this is your place! Even though these are not in order, this might be my FAVORITE restaurant on the list. From the wild owner who is frequently found drinking and laughing at the bar, to walking through the kitchen, to the awesome food, there are few better experiences for dining in New Orleans. Jaques-Imo’s is located on Oak Street in Uptown and definitely worth the trek from downtown if that is where you are staying. It might sound weird but definitely start your meal with the Shrimp and Alligator Sausage Cheesecake! DELICIOUS!
This is a pretty famous name in the food industry, “BAM!” He has 3 restaurants in New Orleans named NOLA, Delmonico and Emeril’s. Of the 3, this is the one to go to. They are all good (although NOLA is a distant third) but the simply named Emeril’s is the best. Like Cochon, this is located in the Warehouse District, just a short walk away. It has a sleek, modern looking decor with great service and as you would expect from an Emeril’s restaurant, great food. Casual attire is acceptable, but I think khaki’s and a polo shirt or nicer is the way to go. Last time I was here I had the Quail, which was excellent, and actually now that I think about it, even the bread served with the meal was outstanding.
Now this spot could have easily gone to Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, August or a number of other places at which I have eaten. I loved my experiences at each of these places but I had to go with one and I decided on Irene’s! This restaurant is a small Italian and Creole influenced restaurant located on Saint Philip St. in the French Quarter. I have been here many times and regardless of whether I had a reservation or not I usually had to wait. However, it was always well worth it! Hangout, have glass of wine, and get ready for a great meal. While this is an italian restaurant they prepare local seafood very well and I definitely recommend the Soft Shell Crab if it is in season. Soft shell crabs displayed over a delicious sauce with crawfish tails? YES PLEASE! You also, can’t go wrong with the Duck or Oysters and make sure to end your meal with their fantastic bread pudding!
So there you have it, my Top 5. There are so many great places to eat in New Orleans that it was really hard to narrow it down to 5 places. Luckily, I was able to tease out the lunch/cheaper places into another post later in the week which made it slightly easier. I hope this gives people some ideas for dinners on their next visit to The Crescent City.
What are some of your favorites?