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.
Just steps from the Mercedes Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Center, you’ll find Borgne inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Enjoy fresh seafood for lunch or dinner, or have a beverage before the game or concert at the bar. From crawfish bread to raw oysters, this is a one stop shop for Louisiana seafood.
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 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 Spicy Crab Baked Oysters give its menu a unique character and charm to match the ambiance of the hotel.
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 crawfish mac’n’cheese, Who Dat shrimp and Crystal onion rings. It is a great option for business lunch or dinner.
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 shucked from the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast.
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.
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.
Luke is a Creole brasserie that sits in the middle of the Central Business District in the Hilton St. Charles Avenue Hotel. From blue crab gratin and shrimp and crab étouffée, to croque-madames and cochon de lait sandwiches, 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 oyster selection.
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 R’evolution inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel and received strong accolades. Classic southern dishes are reinterpreted such as the Death by Gumbo and sausage stuffed rabbit. 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 the 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 is their craft cocktail and coffee menu, however, that steals the show! Classics, house originals, and a few reserve liquors are to choose from.