When the sun sets over the enchanting city of New Orleans, its charm and magic come alive with full force. The vibrant streets transform into romantic havens, where tropical courtyards are illuminated by the flickering glow of candlelight. The air is filled with the soulful melodies of music, and the restaurants themselves become oases of romance, offering delectable cuisine, sparkling eyes, and enticing cocktails.

Whether you're embarking on a memorable first date, exploring the wonders of a new city, or seeking the perfect backdrop to propose in one of the iconic Crescent City restaurants, these establishments effortlessly embody the laissez-faire attitude of New Orleans. They encapsulate the essence of this captivating city, where love and celebration intertwine amidst the intoxicating ambiance and culinary delights.

New Orleans’ Top Romantic Restaurants:


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The alleyway of lights will draw you in, and the intimate atmosphere will make you want to stay awhile. Enjoy French cuisine at Vyoone's in the Warehouse District, where the courtyard is ideal for a date both daytime and night.

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This French Quarter tavern is from legendary bartender Chris Hannah. Enjoy delicious hand-crafted cocktails and a sophisticated selection of small plates that are perfect to share with your dining partner.

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This local gem is located Uptown and has been a favorite date spot for those in-the-know for years. Mussels, escargot, crepes, and fondue pair perfectly with Crepe Nanou’s magical ambiance to create an intimate, romantic experience. 

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The Elysian Bar inside Hotel Peter and Paul will wow you as soon as you walk in the door. The retro yet exciting décor will make your night out feel like a classic silver screen rendezvous.

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Dine at this tucked-away gem in the Ninth Ward. Authentic French food, including specialty canned seafood flown in directly from France, can be found on the seasonal menu underneath the fairy lights.

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Set in a Creole cottage in the French Quarter, dine inside or outside in a classic historic courtyard with James Beard Award-winning dishes from Chef Susan Spicer.

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This open-air Mid-City café was built around an oak tree, creating an atmosphere that’s as unique as it is romantic. This ambiance partners with its French bistro menu and unobstructed view of Esplanade Avenue’s eclectic neighborhood to create a slice of Paris in New Orleans.

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Located on Lower Decatur Street, this restaurant exudes French Quarter elegance. The friendly staff will make you and your date feel welcomed and the authentic Italian dishes will leave you wanting to come back for many dates to come.

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Off the beaten path on Laurel Street Uptown, Patois sits in a quaint building and serves an immersion of French and Creole cuisine. This white tablecloth bistro has an ideal date night ambiance.

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The dimly-lit space and homey décor of Jamila's Café are great for intimate conversation. The Tunisian Mediterranean cuisine makes for an exciting date night that is sure to impress.

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Enjoy sophisticated Italian cuisine at Avo, where handmade pasta is standard and innovative takes on seafood dishes are menu mainstays. Ambiance is everything at Avo, and its limited seating makes for an intimate dining room.

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Elevated French cuisine is what you'll find at La Petite Grocery – perfect for a romantic date night. Enjoy yellowfin tuna tartare, ricotta dumplings, and blue crab beignets in this cozy bistro setting on beautiful Magazine Street. 

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There’s just something about a good French restaurant that screams romance, and MaMou is no exception. Located just on the edge of the French Quarter, MaMou feels like walking into a Parisian brasserie. Inside you’ll find a cozy-yet-cool atmosphere, with flowers dripping from the ceilings and a lush, red velvet banquette running the length of the back wall. Pair that with an outstanding wine list and food that’s almost too beautiful to eat, and you’ve got yourself a no-brainer for a dinner out with that special someone.

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Funky, fresh, and loaded with charm, this ‘80s-themed restaurant is sure to make a lasting impression on your date. Small bites on an ever-changing menu along with several versions of martinis will have you feeling fancy.

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A contemporary neighborhood restaurant, bar, and lounge located in the French Quarter, Bijou serves international dishes, worldly wines, and craft cocktails. Don’t skip the Tom Yum Fried Chicken, with bold Thai flavors and a plethora of fresh herbs.

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Located within the Four Seasons New Orleans, Chemin à La Mer is a tour-de-force of high-end dining and romantic ambiance. With its panoramic views of the Mississippi River, this restaurant sets the stage for a truly enchanting evening. The combination of impeccable service, exquisite cuisine, and breathtaking vistas creates an experience that is nothing short of magical.

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Step into The Bower and be transported to a world of chic and cozy elegance. This beautiful restaurant and bar not only offers a delightful menu of American cuisine but also showcases a farm-to-table seasonal selection. The intimate atmosphere, paired with the company of your loved one, makes every bite an unforgettable experience.

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Discover the allure of a Japanese Omakase in the heart of downtown New Orleans at Yo Nashi. As you enter this hidden gem, you'll be instantly transported to a world away. The intimate setting, bursting with authentic Japanese charm, creates an atmosphere that is both romantic and captivating. It's the perfect place to embark on a culinary journey with your significant other.

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Prepare to be seduced by the sensual ambiance of Lilette. Whether you choose to dine indoors, surrounded by its elegant and sexy interior, or on the outdoor patio, bathed in the moonlight, this space exudes an undeniable allure. As you indulge in the delectable dishes, named the sexiest in town by Travel + Leisure, you'll find yourself immersed in a dining experience that is both tantalizing and unforgettable.

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Step into the world of Sylvain, where flickering candlelight and courtyard lanterns create an atmosphere of romance and intimacy. This charming French Quarter restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining options, all bathed in a warm, low-light ambiance. The flavorful dishes, crafted with passion and precision, are designed to ignite your taste buds and spark conversation with your loved one.

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Uncover the hidden gem of Irene's, where local favorite dishes and intimate seating come together to create a truly enchanting experience. This spot is filled with effortless charm, just like its dishes. From the moment you enter, you'll be captivated by the cozy atmosphere and the aroma of delicious food. It's the perfect place to unwind and connect over a memorable meal.

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LGBTQ+ owned, Mona Lisa is more than just a restaurant—it's a celebration of love and diversity. As you enter, you'll be surrounded by walls adorned with portraits of the Mona Lisa, each one capturing the unique spirit of visitors and locals alike who drew them. The intimate Italian restaurant has a welcoming ambiance that makes it an ideal spot for a first date or a romantic evening filled with laughter and joy.

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Prepare to be dazzled by the vibrant and ornamental Peacock Room. This restaurant is a visual feast, with its bold design and intricate peacock motifs. The decadent fare, accompanied by live music, creates an atmosphere that is both lively and romantic. It's a place where you can indulge in delicious food while immersing yourself in a world of color and charm.

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Immerse yourself in history and charm at Vessel, located in a repurposed historic church. This unique setting adds a touch of grandeur to your dining experience. Indulge in American and local cuisine, complemented by craft cocktails, beer, and wine. As you savor each bite, you can't help but be captivated by the beauty of the surroundings and the rich flavors of the food.

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Escape the busy downtown streets and find solace in the intimate candlelit dining room of Gabrielle Restaurant. Nestled in the Tremé neighborhood, this hidden gem offers Cajun fare bursting with flavor. The cozy ambiance, created by the warm glow of candlelight, and the charming waitstaff make it a naturally romantic and inviting space.

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Luvi is a feast for the senses, with a menu that fuses the flavors of Japanese cuisine with homestyle Shanghai cooking in a charming and alluring space tucked away Uptown. From dumplings and noodles to an abbreviated omakase, it's a place where culinary delights and romantic moments intertwine.

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Meet Mister Mao, the tropical roadhouse that embodies quirkiness and eclecticism. Nestled in a vibrant corner of town near Tipitina’s, this enchanting spot is a haven for couples with big personalities. With its romantic small plates for sharing, Mister Mao provides the perfect setting for a unique dining experience. Step into the vibrant and whimsical atmosphere, where exotic plants and vibrant colors adorn every corner.

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Celebrate the world of modern Creole fare at Brigsten's Restaurant, where acclaimed chef Frank Brigsten takes you on a culinary journey like no other. Housed in a romantic Victorian-cottage style home, this charming restaurant exudes an ambiance of warmth. As you indulge in the delectable dishes, prepared with the utmost care and creativity, you'll find yourself falling in love with the flavors of Louisiana. It's the perfect setting for a romantic evening filled with culinary delights and cherished moments.

Need more inspiration? See a full list of New Orleans’ most romantic restaurants here.