New Orleans is known as an ultimate dining destination, and with over one thousand 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 get out on the town, here is a 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 for 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.
Arguably the most famous dining establishment 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 Ella Brennan and her family.
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!
Chef Emeril Lagasse reopened this restaurant in 1998 after a historic renovation. He modernized the Creole cuisine and matched it with signature cocktails. The elegant setting and warm service adds to the experience. On weekends, diners can also enjoy live music.
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 dim-lit, making it an intimate setting.
This classic Creole fine-dining establishment has been beloved since its opening in 1918. The restaurant is beautiful on its own, but find a Mardi Gras museum across the walls upstairs, adding further New Orleans tradition. Enjoy award-winning cocktails from the French 75 Bar as well.
The bright yellow building and art across the walls of the Uptown eatery are both inviting and noteworthy. The menu includes four to seven course options, full of Creole favorites. Upperline is a local gem.
Located in the Garden District, Coquette is both chic and inventive. Frequently offering special dinners and fun brunches, they have gained attention from both locals and visitors. Trust chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus and do the blind tasting menu.
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.