As a city known for its food, New Orleans shines with top dining establishments. Conveniently enough for visitors, many of the city’s most delicious restaurants are located inside hotels. Enjoy fresh seafood, handmade pasta, juicy steaks, and contemporary fare just steps from your bedroom. From the Garden District to the Marigny, here is our roundup of our favorite hotel restaurants.
Eclectic elegance and artistic fun make Jack Rose an energetic spot in the historic Pontchartrain Hotel. The restaurant is most notable for Ashley Longshore’s Lil Wayne painting, as well as Cham-bongs and Mile High Pie. Their menu includes Creole classics.
The renowned Roosevelt Hotel has a modern touch with Domenica. The Italian pastas and wood-fired pizzas are great for any occasion. The restaurant tends to fill up before theater shows and the holiday season, so plan ahead!
The chic, boutique hotel along St. Charles has become a hotspot for dining among its guests and locals alike. Their onsite restaurant led by Chef Todd Pulsinelli is rooted in regional tradition with a twist of modern Creole flair. They offer daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner service along with weekend brunch. Dishes such as their Shrimp Étouffée Dumplings and the Chicken Katsu Sandwich give its menu a unique character and charm to match the ambiance of the hotel.
The hip Ace Hotel offers various options for dining, drinking, and entertainment. Josephine Estelle serves seasonal Italian pastas from James Beard Award-nominated chefs. Their large dining room is great for various occasions. Also inside the Ace Hotel, Seaworthy is known for their oyster bar and cocktails. The restaurant has a cozy, yet buzzing vibe inside a Creole cottage built in 1832. Oysters are brought in from the East, West, and Gulf coasts.
Located inside the beautiful Hotel Saint Vincent, San Lorenzo is a delicious take on coastal Italian cuisine. Indulge in pasta and fresh Gulf seafood paired with house cocktails and wine by the glass. You won't even have to leave your hotel with a dining option like this.
Located inside Virgin Hotels New Orleans, Commons Club is a vibrant and trendy space for brunch, dinner, or just grabbing a drink. From Chef Alex Harrell comes Contemporary American cuisine, with cornbread, pork chops, and local Gulf fish on the menu. Check out their calendar of events for the latest, including burlesque brunch on select weekends.
Miss River is Chef Alon Shaya’s “love letter to Louisiana,” based on his vast experience of the local culture and cuisine in his nearly 20 years as a resident. As the signature lobby-level restaurant of Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, this ingredient-driven restaurant pays tribute to New Orleans grand dining, with signature dishes including whole carved buttermilk fried chicken, clay pot dirty rice with seared duck breast, duck egg yolk, and scallions, and salt-crusted Gulf red snapper with rosemary, lemon, and extra virgin olive oil. Indulge and be delighted.
Chef Donald Link honors his Louisiana heritage in his newest venture, Chemin à la Mer. With panoramic views of the Mississippi River, enjoy a curated menu of Louisiana fare expertly executed with French technique, including classic and specialty steaks, and a grand oyster bar. The restaurant is located on the fifth floor of Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans.
On the legendary St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line, Mr. John’s Steakhouse has remained a local favorite for decades. Food critic Tom Fitzmorris, has called it “the best steakhouse in the city.” Steaks, seafood, and Southern appetizers make up the menu inside the Avenue Plaza Resort Hotel.
Inside the Hilton Riverside, taste the original charbroiled oysters. This seafood hotspot is known for some of the best oysters in the city. Dine casually, and you won’t be disappointed.
Lüke is a Creole brasserie that sits in the middle of the Central Business District in the Hilton St. Charles Avenue Hotel. From shrimp étouffée, to pork schnitzel, the menu is a combination of European specialties and New Orleans classics. The menu is fantastic breakfast to dinner. They’re also well known for their superb raw seafood selection.
Desi Vega’s is a Southern steakhouse in the Central Business District. It sits on the first level of the Lafayette Hotel, although you enter on St. Charles Avenue side. Their high quality steaks are paired with New Orleans dishes such as Who Dat shrimp and Crystal Hot Sauce onion rings. It is a great option for business lunch or dinner.
The famous steakhouse originated in New Orleans many years ago. Although it is now located in Harrah’s Hotel on Fulton Street, the restaurant remains true to its roots. Their happy hour is especially popular downtown.
Award-winning chefs, John Folse and Rick Tramonto, opened Restaurant R’evolution inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel and received strong accolades. Classic Southern dishes are reinterpreted such as the Death by Gumbo and blue crab beignets. Fine wine, caviar, and potted meats and terrines add to the elegant meal. Try the tasting menu for the whole experience.
Another boutique property nestled along St. Charles Avenue is Columns Hotel. Their stunning restaurant and bar have an intimate and cozy ambiance. Their menu boasts a light selection of both small plates and entree-sized dishes. It's their craft cocktail and coffee menu, however, that steals the show! Classics, house originals, and a few reserve liquors are to choose from.
On the rooftop of Higgins Hotel lies Rosie’s, a bar and restaurant inspired by Rosie the Riveter. Following the theme of the nearby World War II Museum, Rosie’s offers American cuisine like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Catch a stunning view of the city while having a tasty bite to eat.