New Orleans is known as the ultimate dining destination, and with hundreds of restaurants in Orleans Parish alone, you may get overwhelmed with where to go. Whether it's a special occasion, an important client dinner, a milestone celebration or just a chance to indulge, here's our list of restaurants worth splurging on. Knowledgeable waitstaff, interesting cocktail lists and delectable dishes make these dining establishments five stars.
Award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto offer imaginative Cajun dishes in a modern setting. The main dining room and the wine room have a fancier feel, but you will have an excellent meal no matter where you sit.
This is not your average steakhouse. The highest quality of in-house, dry-aged prime beef is paired with Mediterranean dishes and excellent spirits. The meat hanging in the window on Chartres Street will catch your eye and promises a good night.
In a historic 19th century French-Creole building, you will find rich interiors, beautiful chandeliers and attentive service. The two-story wine room is a major draw for wine connoisseurs. The unique menu offers tastings and a la carte options.
James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Devillier opened Justine in 2019 and hit the ball out of the park. This authentic French brasserie has a contemporary twist with nods to New Orleans. The atmosphere is inviting and fun, making it ideal for a lively celebration, and the food is delicious.
If looking for upscale seafood, GW Fins is the place. The menu changes daily to ensure freshness and seasonality. Since 2001, the restaurant has received many accolades, including yearly Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. Don’t skip the bread!
LUVI’s menu ranges from dumplings and noodles to a raw bar, but the real star of the show is the “Feed Me” menu, a selection of the restaurant’s daily best by Chef Hao. Add a wine or sake pairing and you’re in for a treat.
For French fare in a picturesque setting, head to Vyoone’s in the Warehouse District. This Black-owned, woman-owned restaurant was named one the best restaurants of 2018 by New Orleans Magazine and one of the Hottest New Orleans Restaurants of Fall 2019 by WHEREYAT. Sip wine and French onion soup in the courtyard that illuminates come night.
James Beard Award-winner Chef Frank Brigtsen and his wife opened the restaurant in 1986 in a shotgun house in the Riverbend. Nestled off the beaten path, the bistro is small and homey, but stellar in food and service. It reflects true Southern hospitality.
Contemporary international cuisine is served in an over 200-year-old Creole cottage from award-winning chef Susan Spicer. The food is served in an enticing presentation and the ambiance of the restaurant is classic New Orleans.
*Reservations are strongly recommended. Please note the dress code when making reservations, as many of these restaurants encourage coats for men and discourage jeans.