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.

Justen Williams, NOTMC

Restaurant R'evolution

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.

Photo courtesy of Doris Metropolitan

Doris Metropolitan

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.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Restaurant August

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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Commander's Palace

One of the most famous dining establishments in New Orleans, Commander’s is loved by both visitors and locals. With many James Beard Awards, as well as many other accolades, the restaurant became a culinary legend under the late Ella Brennan and her family.

Denny Culbert, Photo courtesy of Justine

Justine

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.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

GW Fins

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!

Paul Broussard

LUVI

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.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

The Italian Barrel

Authentic Italian with a Creole influence can be found on the edge of the French Quarter at Italian Barrel. The pastas, cheese and charcuterie are outstanding. The restaurant is small and dimly-lit, making it an intimate setting.

Paul Broussard, NOTMC

Arnaud's

This classic Creole fine-dining establishment has been beloved since its opening in 1918. The restaurant is beautiful on its own, but a Mardi Gras museum upstairs further enhances its New Orleans tradition. Enjoy award-winning cocktails from the French 75 Bar as well.

Justen Williams

Vyoone's

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.

Rebecca Todd

Coquette

Located in the Garden District, Coquette is both chic and inventive. Frequently offering special dinners and fun brunches, they’re a local favorite.

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC

Brigtsen's

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.

Rebecca Todd

Bayona

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.