There are literally hundreds of awesome places to eat in New Orleans. By places to eat in New Orleans I mean places to eat in the French Quarter, places to eat in the Warehouse District, places to eat in Mid City, places to eat Uptown, the CBD, and the Westbank. In the Crescent City you will find a delicious entree to satisfy everyone's taste. New Orleans restaurants serve boiled seafood, po-boy sandwiches, fried seafood, pizza, bisques, pastas, gumbo, steaks, burgers, breakfast, and many other delicious dishes. Use my recommendations below to help you decide where to eat while in New Orleans.
Where the locals eat a po-boy in New Orleans
Your visit to New Orleans would not be complete with out eating at Johnny's Po-Boys Restaurant. It is a great place to eat lunch in the French Quarter, they serve breakfast too, but are closed for dinner. Established in 1950 and located in the Historic French Quarter at 511 St Louis Street, Johnny’s Po-Boys is the oldest family po-boy restaurant in New Orleans. They have been serving up delicious po-boys for over 55 years and are a business that is committed to helping you experience New Orleans to the fullest. It is truly the place where locals go to get a po-boy. One visit to Johnny’s and you will know for certain that you have experienced an authentic New Orleans po-boy at its best. So while you are in New Orleans and looking for a great place to eat lunch in the French Quarter then go to Johnny's! Note: Johnny's only accepts CASH and they do have an ATM inside.
Cafe Fleur-de-lis on Chartres St. * French Quarter
If you are looking for good places to eat breakfast in the French Quarter that will fill you up then the Cafe Fleur-de-lis is the place for you. With waffles, pancakes, eggs, bacon, omelets, and hash browns Cafe Fleur-de-lis is with out a doubt the best breakfast for the price in the French Quarter and best of all breakfast is served all day! They also serve excellent soup, salads, and sandwiches which also makes it a good place to eat lunch in the French Quarter. The cafe is conveniently located at 307 Chartres St which makes it a convenient stop from any place in the French Quarter. I always recommend Café Fleur-de-lis for breakfast, lunch and dinner to both locals and visitors.
Cafe Maspero on Decature St. * French Quarter
Café Maspero is located at 601 Decatur Street and is one of those New Orleans restaurants that are frequently recommended by many of the French Quarter hotel’s front desk staff. This is because the food is good and they are considered to serve some of the best meals for the price in the French Quarter. It is not uncommon for there to be a line for lunch and dinner so plan to arrive early or have a short wait for your table. They serve New Orleans fried seafood (oysters, shrimp, catfish, and calamari), muffaletas, red beans & rice, Cajun Jambalaya, sandwiches, hamburgers, bread pudding, soup and salad. When the weather is nice they open their doors and offer open air dinning which is really nice. Remember that Café Maspero is a great place to eat in the French Quarter but they only accept CASH.
La Divina on St. Peter St. * French Quarter
Stop by La Divina in the French Quarter for some awesome, cool refreshing Italian ice cream, gelato. La Divina is the only place in the State of Louisiana to make Italian ice cream gelato (or ice cream for that matter) from scratch without pastes, powders or bases - and you can taste the difference! Everything is all natural, local and organic whenever possible. They use Smith's Creamery milk from happy grass-fed, hormone free cows, organic sugar, fresh eggs, and the best local produce, nuts, chocolates, and herbs we can find! Located right off Jackson Square at 621 St. Peter, they are open daily: La Divina not only sells gelato it is also a good place to eat in the French Quarter.
Dante Pizza * French Quarter Pizza by the slice
If you are looking for a place to eat in the French Quarter that serves pizza by the slice then check out Dante Pizza. It is located at 730 St. Peter Street. They also serve fried chicken, crawfish pies, meat pies, onion rings and pretzels. Dante Pizza only accepts cash but do not worry they have an ATM
French Market Restaurant on Decatur St. * French Quarter
If you enjoy eating New Orleans style barbeque shrimp then the best place to eat bbq shrimp in the French Quarter is the French Market Restaurant. My wife and I stumbled across these delicious Louisiana shrimp one evening while looking for a place to eat dinner in the French Quarter. So if you love shrimp, the sound of jazz, the romance of passing horse drawn carriages, then eat at the French Market Restaurant. Balcony dinning is available and it is located at 1001 Decatur Street right close to the New Orleans Farmers market. After you eat, the French Market Restaurant is only a short walk to Cafe Du Monde where you can go and enjoy delicious beignets and coffee for desert.
My #1 place to eat a New Orleans fried shrimp platter
Royal House Restaurant and Oyster Bar on Royal St. * French Quarter
If you are looking for an awesome New Orleans fried shrimp platter for lunch or dinner then the Royal House restaurant would be my choice. This casual dining New Orleans Restaurant has delectable delights created by their renowned Louisiana executive chef. Step into this dining paradise and be swept away by the romantic lighting, the smell of fresh steamed seafood in the famous crawfish boil, raw oysters at one of the city’s largest oyster bar. Sip on a glass of wine or a true New Orleans cocktail with any of our specialty drinks. Let their great southern hospitality and casual yet romantic atmosphere help you escape right into the true heart of New Orleans! Royal House restaurant and Oyster bar is located at 441 Royal Street.
SOMETHIN ElSE CAFE * Eat Like the Locals * French Quarter
The Somethin Else Café is a place to eat in New Orleans where you can eat like the locals. Growing up in South Louisiana the owners were exposed to a wide range of Cajun and creole inspired food. Using techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation you will find they are able to recreate these dishes and offer you an authentic Louisiana dining experience. At the Somethin Else Café they create all of their dishes from scratch and use only local and premium ingredients. So stop at the Somethin Else Café for extraordinary pancakes, omlettes, homemade biscuits, salads, sandwiches, burgers, poboys and “Eat like the Locals”. The Somethin Else Café is located at 620 Conti Street. They have inside and sidewalk dinning and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information about the Somethin Else Café call (504) 373-6439.
IHOP * Canal Street in the CBD
A tried and true tradition in most cities in America is the IHOP. Fortunately for those looking for a place to eat breakfast in New Orleans we have an IHOP on Canal Street right smack outside the French Quarter. There is also an IHOP on the Westbank and one in New Orleans East. However, if you are a visitor staying in the French Quarter, the CBD, or the Warehouse district then the Canal Street IHOP is the restaurant for you. IHOP is famous for their pancakes and breakfast but they also serve lunch and dinner as well.
The Crazy Lobster * River Front
The Crazy Lobster Restaurant serves fresh seafood and is the only restaurant that I know of in New Orleans that offers riverfront dining experience. The menu list such New Orleans favorites as Fresh oysters, Char-Grilled Oysters, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, red beans and rice, New Orleans Po-Boys, and fried seafood platters but I find the allure to be in their Steamed/boiled Seafood buckets. Order one of their steamed buckets and you will find yourself confronted with lobster, snow crab, boiled shrimp, boiled crawfish, clams, mussels, and Dungeness crab served with boiled potatoes and boiled corn on the cob. If such a variety is not to your liking they also serve crawfish, Snow Crab clusters, Dungeness crab, Gulf Shrimp, King Crab legs, or Maine Lobster individually. The Crazy Lobster is located on the banks of the Mississippi River across the street from Harrah’s Casino and just steps from the Canal Street Ferry terminal, Spanish Plaza, and the Riverwalk Marketplace.
Places to Eat along the St. Charles Streetcar line
If you plan on taking a ride on the St Charles Streetcar and are looking for a place to eat you are in luck. There are dozens of places to eat along this streetcar route. You will find a Cheese Cake Bistro, a pizza place, Chinese, Mexican ,Thia, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Italian restaurants and more. You will also find a Daiquiri shop and an Ice Cream parlor. For places to eat on the St Charles Streetcar route visit my St Charles Streetcar page
My #1 place to eat pizza in New Orleans!
Venezia Italian Restaurant * Mid City
if you are looking for a place to eat in New Orleans I recommend that you eat at the Venezia Italian Restaurant. They make an awesome pizza and house salad! Everyone that I have ever taken there agrees that their pizza is the best. There are many Italian Restaurants in New Orleans but Venezia Italian Restaurant was voted one of New Orleans Favorite Italian Restaurants by the locals. It is of no wonder that they are celebrating 50 years of serving. They are located at 134 N. Carrollton Avenue and their phone# is 504-488-7991. If you are staying in the French Quarter you will need to drive or take the Canal Street Streetcar to North Carrollton Avenue.
My #1 recommended restaurant to eat lunch in New Orleans
Whenever I have visitors from out of town who want to try one of the awesome places to eat in New Orleans I take them to Pascal’s Manale. Their lunch menu offers the best BBQ shrimp sandwich on the planet! It is fresh French bread that has been hollowed out and filled with delicious peeled BBQ shrimp and is served with a small bowl of hot New Orleans style BBQ sauce for dipping your sandwich in. I have taken visitors for this lunch special dozens of times and never has anyone ever been disappointed. Pascal's Manale is also a great place to eat dinner in New Orleans as well. Pascal’s Manale is located at 1838 Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans. Although it is approximately three and one half miles from the Historic French Quarter I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. If you have a car then drive otherwise take a cab or the St Charles street car! You don’t want to miss this authentic New Orleans dining experience at Pascal’s Manale Restaurant! Pascal's Manale restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1913.
My #1 place to eat boiled seafood in New Orleans
Zydecos Seafood Restaurant in Belle Chasse * Westbank
If you are looking for a great place to eat boiled seafood in New Orleans I recommend Zydeco’s. If you are looking for a place to eat boiled crawfish in New Orleans then I recommend Zydeco’s. If you want a restaurant where you get all the boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, boiled Blue crabs, boiled Snow crabs, and boiled Dungeness crabs you want then it is worth finding Zydeco’s as you explore New Orleans. Zydeco’s is where the locals go to eat seafood both boiled and fried. Zydeco’s restaurant is located on the West bank at 7010 Hwy 23, Belle Chasse, LA. Be sure to call ahead for hours and the all you can eat special of the day. 504.393.0510
Landry's Seafood Restaurant * Lake Pontchartrain Lake front
Landry’s Seafood is the place to eat in New Orleans where you can enjoy a great seafood dinner while watching the sun set over New Orleans’ Lake Pontchartrain. At this Landry’s Seafood restaurant not only is the view awesome but the food is consistently good as well. So whether you are in the mood for fish, shrimp, oysters, or steak Landry’s is a great choice. The Lake front Landry’s is located at 8000 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans, LA 70124. This is about 8 miles north from the French Quarter. Their phone number is (504) 283-1010. Lake Pontchartrain is a brackish estuary located in southeastern Louisiana. It is the second-largest inland saltwater body of water in the United States and the largest lake in Louisiana. As an estuary, Pontchartrain is not a true lake. It covers an area of 630 square miles with an average depth of 12 to 14 feet. It is roughly oval in shape, about 40 miles wide and 24 miles from south to north.