The New Orleans Dining Guide

In a town known for their festive fetes and rich heritage, it’s no wonder that fabulous food and drink is also in abundance. In this New Orleans dining guide, you’ll find a wide range of stand-out options, from our go to savory beignet spot to a nationally recognized seafood grill. Enjoy, and don’t forget to tell them The Scout Guide sent you!

Backatown Coffee Parlour (301 Basin Street). An authentic New Orleans space where folks from all walks of life gather. Offers outstanding breakfast plates, lunch specialties, pastries, and coffee. Instagram 

Barrel Proof (1201 Magazine Street). A neighborhood bar with over 300 whiskeys and craft beers from across the globe. Instagram

Batture Bistro & Bar (111 Iberville Street). Located in the historic One11 hotel this restaurant serves well-known dishes with a Creole twist. Check out their climate-controlled porch or their cozy fire pits on the poolside deck. Instagram

Birdy’s Behind the Bower (1320 Magazine Street). A breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot that is perfectly situated in the Lower Garden District serving Southern-inspired cuisine. Instagram

Brennan’s (417 Royal Street). Voted one of the best restaurants in the world by CNTraveler, this New Orleans classic offers an innovative Creole menu and a sophisticated atmosphere. Be sure to check out their seasonal offerings. Fun fact: Brennan’s is the birthplace of Bananas Foster. Instagram

Cafe NOMA (1 Collins Diboll Circle). Newly renovated cafe inside the New Orleans Museum of Art featuring delicious artisan flatbreads, salads, vibrant veggie bowls, fresh baked breads and desserts. Instagram

CR Coffee Shop (Multiple locations). A cute local coffee shop with two convenient locations. Go here for a fresh, in-house roasted coffee— and if you get hooked you can join their monthly coffee club for shipments right to your home. Instagram

Justine (225 Chartres Street). A lively French Quarter take on the ubiquitous Parisian brasserie. This restaurant can seat up to 200 people and has versatile rooms to be enjoyed by all. Enjoying one of their French-inspired cocktails in their uniquely embellished bar room is a must. Instagram 

La Petite Grocery (4238 Magazine Street). Housed in a century-old building with a storied history. Don’t miss their turtle bolognese and blue crab beignets. Instagram 

Napoleon House (500 Chartres Street). A two-hundred year old landmark featured in Travel & Leisure, Forbes’ “Best Bars in New Orleans” article, Southern Living, and more. Instagram

Ralph’s on the Park (900 City Park Avenue). An elegant farm-to-table restaurant offering a global spin on local cuisine. Instagram

Red Fish Grill (115 Bourbon Street). Named one of the top seafood restaurants in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. The festive decor and locally-sourced fish, oysters, and more offer a casual vibe in the French Quarter. Instagram 

Sylvain (625 Chartres Street). An unruly Southern bistro for locals in the Quarter. Named after New Orlean’s first opera, this restaurant and bar strives to be fun every day from brunch to happy hour. Instagram

The Bower (1320 Magazine Street). A full service restaurant and bar that highlights locally sourced American cuisine with menus inspired by Louisiana farmers. Instagram

The Chicory House (2725 Prytania Street). Located in The Rink Shopping Center, The Chicory House is a new addition to the New Orleans food scene and it is quickly becoming a staple for locals. It is the perfect place to stop in for a delicious sandwich and coffee. Instagram

The Chloe (4125 St. Charles Avenue). Brought to you by the same genius LEBLANC + SMITH team behind Sylvain, The Will & The Way, and Barrel Proof, The Chloe is a 14-room boutique hotel in Uptown with a restaurant and bars to rival any on this list. Instagram.

The Grill Room at Windsor Court (300 Gravier Street). This restaurant at the Windsor Court Hotel makes fine-dining casual and is recognized as a local leader in Modern American cuisine with a distinct New Orleans flair. Instagram

The Will & The Way (719 Toulouse Street). This restaurant opened in 2021 after a quiet year as a testament to all the New Orleanians who celebrate despite the circumstances. It’s the perfect place for a casual dinner, a quick cocktail with friends, or catching up on some work. Instagram 

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco Bar (5015 Magazine Street). Locally owned and operated, this spot brings you the freshest and highest quality Peruvian dishes. Instagram

Tujague’s Restaurant (429 Decatur Street). The second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, which offers classic New Orleans cuisine such as Gulf Shrimp Remoulade. Also one of the oldest bars in New Orleans, where signature cocktails like the Grasshopper and Whiskey Punch were invented. Instagram

A few more recommendations from Taylor and Isabel:

Lilette (3637 Magazine Street)

Clancy’s (6100 Annunciation Street)

Pizza Delicious (617 Piety Street)

Galatoire’s (209 Bourbon Street)

Arnaud’s (813 Bienville Street)

Pascal Manale’s (1838 Napoleon Avenue)

Domilise’s Po-By & Bar (5240 Annunciation Street)

For additional recommendations for what to do, see, and experience in New Orleans, browse or buy a copy of The Scout Guide New Orleans and follow TSG New Orleans on Instagram.