If there's one thing New Orleanians love, it's the eccentric, yet comforting cuisine that is found on every block of the city. Eating one's way through the city is a common occurrence and tourists may even leave their trip carrying 10 more pounds than they arrived with. The restaurant industry makes up a very special part of New Orleans. When the pandemic rolled around, this industry's limits were certainly tested as they were thrown unimaginable obstacles and had to rely on alternative methods to maintain support from customers through trying times. The 11th Annual Restaurant Week New Orleans is the perfect way for these businesses to say thank you to their supporters while simultaneously celebrating all things NOLA cuisine.
This week-long celebration, which is sponsored by TABASCO®, Louisiana Seafood, and the Louisiana Office of Tourism Community Coffee and Louisiana Lottery, will take place June 21-27, 2021 and is a partnership between The Louisiana Restaurant Association's Greater New Orleans Chapter and New Orleans & Company. Throughout the week, participating restaurants all around the city will offer special pre-fixe menus that include a two-course lunch for $25 or less and a three-course dinner or brunch for $45 or less.
Due to the pandemic, many people gave up their indoor dining experiences. But with vaccines widely accessible, the lift of the city-wide mask mandate for those who are vaccinated, and the easing up of many restrictions, perhaps many people will now return to their regular dining habits. "Some people haven't visited restaurants in over a year, and now, as more people are getting vaccinated, they'll hopefully feel a little more comfortable dining out in one of our world-famous establishments," LRA President and CEO Stan Harris said. But for those who aren't ready to return to indoor dining, or those who simply prefer a cuddled-up night on the couch, many of the restaurants will continue to provide a to-go option.
This year's lineup of participating restaurants is nothing short of excellence. After a year spent at home failing at Betty Crocker recipes or attempting the latest Tik-Tok food trend, this week is the perfect opportunity to return to letting the real chefs be in the kitchen. Whether you're looking for a familiar favorite or wanting to expand your taste buds, there are plenty of options to choose from. To date, there are nearly 70 registered restaurants preparing to serve you New Orleans's best:
Bywater Brew Pub
Charlie's Steak House
Clesi's Restaurant & Catering
Copeland's of New Orleans - Harvey
Copeland's of New Orleans - Kenner
Court of Two Sisters
Deanie's Seafood Kitchen
Desire Oyster Bar
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
Katie's Restaurant & Bar
La Petite Grocery
Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
Mr. B's Bistro
Muriel's Jackson Square
Olde Nola Cookery
The Pelican Club
Porter and Luke's Restaurant
Ralph's on the Park
Red Fish Grill
Tito's Ceviche & Pisco
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Covington
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Harvey
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Kenner
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Metairie
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - New Orleans
Zea Rotisserie & Bar - Harahan
For more info or to browse menus, please visit restaurantweekneworleans.com.