Opened in 1910 by Arnaud Cazenave, this French Quarter beauty is an old New Orleans restaurant with a loyal following of locals and a never-ending supply of visitors attracted to its history, its warmth, and the gorgeous rapture of the restaurant’s bright tile floors, dark wood walls and chandeliered dining rooms. Like other grand restaurants in the city, the restaurant property includes nearby buildings and cottages that make up a collection of dining rooms, including 12 private rooms and a small Mardi Gras museum on the second floor. A Dixieland jazz band performs in the front dining room at night and during Sunday brunch (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.).
The menu at Arnaud’s is classic Creole, with an emphasis on local seafood and oyster specialties created by the restaurant, like Oysters Bienville (baked with shrimp, mushrooms, green onions, herbs and white wine sauce) and shrimp Arnaud (shrimp marinated in a zippy Creole remoulade sauce).
Whether you take an aperitif before dinner or a post-prandial cocktail, a drink at Arnaud’s world-famous French 75 Bar is a must. Listed as one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, the vintage, dark wood watering hole is the domain of mixologist Chris Hannah, who turns out pitch-perfect craft cocktails with the confidence and ease of an old-school barman.
The time-honored Creole menu and intimate warmth of Arnaud's have made it a classic New Orleans dining destination for 100 years.