No list of New Orleans restaurants would be complete without Commander's Palace. Voted “Best Restaurant in the United States” in 1996, this fine southern establishment lives up to its reputation with exceptional cuisine and a dining experience you will not soon forget. One piece of the package here is the wait staff; the efficient servers are attentive rather than officious. Dining rooms vary in size from large to intimate in this modified 1880s Victorian house. Commander's Palace is particularly known for its turtle soup. Other standouts include the Mississippi Roasted Quail Stuffed with Creole Crawfish Sausage and for dessert, the Creole Bread Pudding Souffle. There is also an excellent wine list with suggestions for each entree.
A part of the Brennan family, Mr. B's Bistro features Creole cuisine served in an upscale ambiance. It has earned many accolades for its authentic menu and tantalizing flavors. Try the panko crusted jumbo shrimp or the Gumbo Ya Ya, both of which are traditional favorites. The heartwarming score on the live piano provides a pleasant backdrop to the meal.
Located in the heart of the business district, August is a major New Orleans culinary delight. This historic venue offers French dishes with a distinctive Louisiana flair. Chef John Besh has helped to create an elaborate menu including dishes such as "Salade August" (salad with candied pumpkin seeds and Point Reyes blue cheese), Parmesan-crusted blackfish with lobster, whipped potatoes and bouillabaisse jus, and pork belly and lobster "en barigoule." A wine room and private dining options are also available.
Situated in the French Quarter and a stone's throw from Bourbon Street is Arnaud's Restaurant, a classic Creole establishment boasting some of New Orleans' most famous dishes. Here, an elegant decor and classy setting add that extra ambiance that makes meals here something special. The menu is comprised of numerous Creole favorites, with an emphasis on seafood. There are live jazz performances, a separate bar and a romantic main dining room to ensure you can have whatever kind of evening you're looking for.
This building, which dates back to 1798, was acquired by the Brennan family in 1943, and transformed into a stunning restaurant with 12 elegantly decorated dining rooms called Brennan's. A beautiful courtyard of magnolia trees and picturesque fountains create the perfect dining atmosphere. Begin breakfast with a brandy milk punch, followed by any one of the exquisite entrees, such as Eggs Hussarde, a Brennan's original. Dinner also offers a delightful assortment of delectable options. For dessert, try the famous Bananas Foster, another creation of Brennan's epicureans. Jackets are required for dinner, and reservations are recommended.
Pride of French Quarter, The Italian Barrel is a must visit! The ambiance is warm, cozy and intimate. Some of the authentic Italian items featured on the menu are mussels, raviolli, bruschetta, pastas, and salads. The service here is attentive and exceptional. They have a great collection of the Italian wines to go with every meal. The desserts are irresistible, especially the tiramisu! You may enjoy the outdoor seating as well. For reservations and more information, visit the website or call ahead.
Known for serving the best of hamburgers and pizzas and the utterly tasty 8-ounce filet mignon sandwich, the Jimani Lounge & Restaurant is the favorite among the locals and tourists alike. With lovely assorted items on the menu and a wonderful seating arrangement, having your meal here is sure to be a memorable experience. All in all, the Jimani is a chic dining place, apt for a romantic dinner with your special one, as well as a family outing.
After passing through the pink neon signboard reading 'Justine', you are treated to a classic interior which is characterized by light-colored walls, bright lights and wooden decor, giving this restaurant a classic and welcoming vibe. Managed by Mia and Justin Devillier, the kitchen here serves Lobster Tartine, Escargots En Bordelaise, Justine Burger, Poisson Amandine, Duck Confit, Moules Frites and many more.
Built in 1834, Broussard's was once known as the Borello Mansion. In 1920, Joseph Broussard and his wife Rosalie Borello opened the lower level of this mansion to the public as a small restaurant. The subtle elegance and the imperial decor are reminiscent of Napoleonic days gone by. Broussard's Parisian culinary training, coupled with his demand for perfection, made this a five-star restaurant. Choose from such Creole classics as Pompano Evelyn or baked filet of redfish.
Rightly known to be one of the best places to enjoy fine steaks, Chophouse specializes in perfect cuts of USDA steaks. Bite into a piece of the delicate meat grilled as per the diner's taste and allow the rich juices to seep through. The Baked Shrimp and Florida Stone Crabs are great to sample a different flavor. Live bands and artistes entertain the guests from time to time. It is a good place to dine with friends and enjoy some fun times.