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Best Restaurants In The CBD and Warehouse District | Top CBD And Warehouse Districts Restaurants

07:00 December 22, 2023
By: Emily Hingle

The CBD and Warehouse District can be magical after 5 p.m. Many of the people who work in the soaring office buildings have gone home. The streets are somewhat quiet. And as you walk down the sidewalk, all of the sudden you'll come across a bustling, busy restaurant that cuts through silence of the street. There are so many of these places in the area and each restaurant has its own special qualities about it.

The following Warehouse District and CBD neighborhood restaurants are really not to be missed if you like great food. Plan to stay a while or go bar-hopping at the best CBD and Warehouse District bars after your meal.

Where To Eat In The CBD And Warehouse District

1. Sofia

516 Julia St., (504) 322-3216,

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Sofia's menu is full of Italian comfort foods, but the approach is contemporary without being ostentatious. All you need do is look at the big plates of handmade pasta to know that you are about to enjoy this meal thoroughly. The classics are all there: Short Rib Ragu, Cacio E Pepe, Risotto, Meatballs, and Pasta All Vodka.

Look further down the menu, and you'll come across the excellent wood-fired pizzas with irresistible toppings. The Margherita is always good, but The Spicy is an adventure. It has pepperoni, hot peppers, house ricotta, kale, pecorino, and honey.

2. Meril

424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745,
Meril [Mercedes Ohlen]

Emeril Lagasse's restaurants are in high demand from visitors who love his celebrity and also from locals who have come to make going to any one of his places a regular thing. Meril is a more casual, approachable restaurant that's perfect for getting a tasty meal at a good price before heading to the Caesers Superdome or the Smoothie King Center for a game or a concert.

The menu boasts a large variety of snacks including Gulf Yellowfin Tuna Bundles and Crispy Rock Shrimp Tacos. If you can get past those, you'll want to indulge in an entrée like a Double Cheeseburger, Korean Beef Short Ribs, or Grilled Ribeye.

3. Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070,

A Plate of Pasta at Josephine Estelle [Courtesy of Emily Hingle]

Located in the Ace Hotel, Josephine Estelle is a romantic restaurant with sky-high ceilings, an exciting semi-open kitchen, and comfortable, plush seating. You'll certainly feel right at home when you dine on a homemade pasta dish like the Bucatini with amatriciana, guanciale, chili, and garlic or the Campenelle with basil pesto, potatoes, and pecorino.

Though dinner at Josephine Estelle is elegant, the lunch and brunch service is fantastic. The way the light streams into the tall dining room through the windows is a sight to behold. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are definitely Instagram-worthy, and the Chicken Milanese is a fan favorite. Don't miss out on their one of a kind craft cocktails as well.

4. Compere Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 599-2119,

Compere Lapin []

Chef Nina Compton made a national name for herself when she opened Compere Lapin. This restaurant became well known for its unique fusion of Caribbean, New Orleans, French, and Italian flavors. The dishes are delicious to the point of distraction. From the small bites and the raw bar to the desserts, you won't be able to try everything you want to try.

Start off with the Buttermilk Biscuits with honey butter and bacon butter before sharing a dozen raw Gulf oysters. For your first entrée, the Broiled Shrimp and Calabrian Butter is divine and will pair well with your second entrée of Market Fish with Jamaican Brown Stew. Finish up with the Mango Crème Brulee, and you've had one very exciting meal!

5. Seaworthy

630 Carondelet St., 630 Carondelet St.,

Seaworthy [Mercedes Ohlen]

Seaworthy can be find alongside the stately Ace Hotel. The nautical-looking restaurant is the place to go if you want to try oysters because these oysters come from all over the country. You can select oysters from different parts of the Gulf of Mexico, from various states bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and from states and Canadian cities along the Pacific Ocean.

There are even some Louisiana caviar selections for you to try out. Seaworthy proudly states that all of their oysters are wild-caught and sustainably harvested. There are many non-seafood options to eat as well like the Cauliflower Steak, if you prefer.

6. Briquette

701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496,

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If you want options, Briquette is the best place to go. The large menu has surf and turf options, soups and salads, and a lot of appetizers for the table. Much of the menu offerings are New Orleans specialties, so you know that means a ton of flavor in every bite. The Oysters Bienville En Casserole are a popular starter dish with shrimp, pork belly, mushroom, and garlic butter sauce.

Briquette specializes in grilled fish that comes from right here at home and miles away. The Alaskan Halibut Fillet comes with heirloom potatoes, dijonnaise brussel sprouts, and a Chardonnay butter sauce. The Louisiana Redfish on the Half Shell has charred lemon butter and Belle River crawfish relish.

7. Carmo

527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132,

A Plate of Ceviche [Courtesy of Emily Hingle]

This Warehouse District restaurant has several cultures represented on its menu. There's a little bit of the Caribbean, some South American, influences from West Africa, and flavors of Southeast Asia. Of course, there's also some Gulf South for the local twist. Carmo masterfully blends of all these together for their breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus.

You won't want to miss out on the ceviche or sashimi. The Tiradito Fish is thinly-sliced catch of the day topped with aji Amarillo, yuzu sauce, and canchita. There are even vegan ceviche options. The Creole Avocado is avocado slices seasoned with Creole spice and olive oil that is lightly torched and garnished with onions, cashews, almonds, ponzu sauce.

8. Domenica

123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020,

Domenica [Mercedes Ohlen]

Domenica's pizzas were so popular that the spin-off restaurant Pizza Domenica specializes in them. Calabrese, Prosciutto, Smoked Pork, and Meatball are just some of the pizzas that you can get here. But you don't want to overlook the tantalizing primi and secondi plates. The Truffle Agnolotti is perfect for truffle lovers with ricotta and grana Padano.

Go for the Grilled Wagyu Hangar Steak if you want something extremely filling. The steak comes with broccolini, purple sweet potatoes, mint, and beef tallow salmoriglio. If you think that you can manage all of that, check out the house-cured charcuterie plates with your choice of meats like beef pancetta and venison salami.

9. Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St. (504) 523-9656,

Mother's Restaurant [Mercedes Ohlen]

It's pretty easy to spot Mother's when you're walking or driving down Poydras Street. There's usually a long line of people waiting to get in. Mother's immense popularity is certainly due to its down-home comfort food and the fact that all of the menu items are served all day, every day. In fact, Mother's is open every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mother's has an extensive menu and it can be hard to choose between breakfast dishes, poboys, the big salads, and Mother's Favorites. The Combination Platter is great for those who can't decide: Shrimp Creole or Crawfish Etouffee with jambalaya, red beans and rice, potato salad, and one more side.

10. La Boca Steakhouse

870 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 525-8205,

[Courtesy of La Boca Steakhouse, Facebook]

Meat lovers who want to have an elegant dining experience should definitely visit La Boca. This restaurant is inspired by the traditional steakhouses found in Argentina, offering a wide variety of cuts and a long list of delicious South American wines.

In addition to amazing steaks like the Entraña Fina and the Bife de Lomo, La Boca offers Italian-inspired Argentine small plates such as Brushetta, Provoleta, and an interesting Ñoqui "La Boca." Order yourself a glass of Malbec and enjoy one of the best Latin restaurants in all of New Orleans.

The Best Places To Eat In The CBD and Warehouse District

Come hungry because these Warehouse District and CBD restaurants are ready to fill you up. Whether it's an after-work meal or a big night out for you and your friends, you don't have to walk far here to find a great restaurant and then some great night-cap bars afterwards. Keep up with these restaurants during football season; they may have specials just for game days.

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