[Martha Wilson]

Where Y'at's Holiday Dining Guide

07:00 November 22, 2023
By: Staff

Holiday Dining Guide 2023


Boulevard American Bistro

Multiple Locations, boulevardbistro.com

Boulevard American Bistro [Martha Wilson]

Boulevard American Bistro serves delicious wood-fired grilled dishes from their made-from-scratch kitchen.

They provide exceptional quality with friendly and quick service.

It's the perfect spot to have dinner in one of their red booths or enjoy a martini at their bar.

Their Boulevard Oysters are served crispy with cream spinach and crystal aioli.

Visit their new French Quarter location with out-of-town guests during the holiday season.

Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard

819 Conti St., (504) 581-3866, broussards.com

Broussard's is a classic French Quarter restaurant that has been serving New Orleans since 1920.

The restaurant has beautiful and historic French Quarter architecture, elegant dining rooms, and a comfortable courtyard.

Dig into amazing dishes like the pan-seared duck breast and the New Orleans barbecued shrimp.

Enjoy uniquely crafted cocktails the Bee's Knees and the Rougarou in Broussard's Empire Bar.

Be sure to visit the restaurant during its jazz brunch, which takes place Friday through Sunday.

Crescent City Steakhouse

1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Crescent City Steakhouse sizzles their steaks in butter and cooks them to perfection.

This family-owned steakhouse was first established in 1934 and has been serving up tradition for 89 years.

It is an essential stop for all New Orleanians and tourists alike when craving chophouse fare.

Their filet mignon is a juicy and flavorful Crescent City delight.

Join them in their cozy, white tablecloth setting and listen to some old tunes from the jukebox.

Daisy Dukes

Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

Daisy Dukes operates in several different locations, which makes it a popular go-to among locals and tourists.

It is a casual spot for authentic Southern cooking.

Their friendly staff will make you feel right at home.

If you're craving breakfast food, you're in luck because Daisy Dukes serves traditional breakfast favorites all day, as well as lunch and dinner.

Their shrimp po-boy is a fan favorite with crispy seasoned shrimp paired with tangy sauces.


435 Huey P Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114, gattusos.net

Gattuso's serves delicious comfort food with a touch of Southern inspiration.

You can catch the big game on their multiple TVs while sitting at their comfortable bar.

If you want something with a kick, try the Firecracker Shrimp Salad.

They regularly host live events, so check their website and social media to keep up to date on any special events.

Their catering services give you the best bang for your buck with enough food to feed any party.

Jimmy J's Cafe

115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

Jimmy J's is a vibrant spot for a hearty breakfast and lunch.

The colorful stained-glass windows that bedeck the restaurant's facade signal a cozy and inviting environment.

The ambiance is complete with tasty, comforting meals that remind you of your mom's home cooking.

The cochon panini serves up a cheesy and jammy bite with slow roasted pork, bacon jam, and a fried egg.

Enjoy the outdoor seating and watch people go by as you eat.

Legacy Kitchen's Steak + Chop

91 Westbank Expy. #51, Gretna, (504) 513-2606, legacykitchen.com

Legacy Kitchen's Steak + Chop is a classic and on everyone's list of go-to restaurants on the Westbank.

They always deliver their sizzling steaks cooked to perfection, along with traditional American fare.

Enjoy a tasty cocktail served by friendly staff members while sitting at the bar and watching the game.

Their hearty cowboy bone-in ribeye is 22 ounces of pure flavor.

Steak + Chop is also a great date spot for the upcoming holiday season.


333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840, lukeneworleans.com

Luke honors Franco-German brasseries while adding Creole inspiration to the mix.

You must come to the raw bar, serving fresh oysters and seafood that are delivered daily.

The atmosphere is one of class and elegance.

The antique tiled floors and hardwood interior makes your dining experience cozy and timeless.

One of Luke's signature dishes is a delicious speckled trout amandine served with wild mushrooms, Gulf shrimp, toasted almonds, and haricots verts.

Luzianne Café

481 Girod St., (504) 265-1972, luziannecafe.com

Luzianne Café [Ashley Damron]

Luzianne Café serves up breakfast classics in the same building where Luzianne Coffee was first roasted in 1909.

Breakfast lovers flock to Luzianne for their morning coffee and breakfast platters.

Their menu elevates breakfast classics to an art form, using fresh ingredients and brands such as Reily Foods.

A staple on the menu is the Morning Joy Biscuit Sandwich.

You'll be extremely pleased with the prices on their menu for the high quality of food.

Medium Rare

5538 Magazine St., (504) 354-2588, mediumrarerestaurant.com

Medium Rare is a brand-new steakhouse that also features fantastic desserts such as the six-layer carrot cake and key lime pie.

Don't forget to ask for "seconds" if you are still hungry after the serving.

Their dinner menu is prix fixe and features their award-winning Coulotte steak with hand-cut fries.

The restaurant has a fantastic selection of wines along with creative cocktails and local draft beer.

Medium Rare is also open for weekend brunch.

New Orleans Vampire Cafe

801 Royal St., (504) 581-0801, nolavampirecafe.com

New Orleans Vampire Cafe offers a dining experience that is as unique as their name.

They serve classic breakfast and brunch to vampires and mortals alike in a hauntingly beautiful setting.

Their menus follow the vampiric theme with red foods, sauces, and wines being front and center.

It is the perfect spot to head to for a quirky dining experience.

Be sure to try their steak tartare for a bit of real vampire cuisine.

NOLA Steak

4132 Peters Rd., Harvey, (855) 805-5596, boomtownneworleans.com

NOLA Steak is Boomtown Casino's finest dining spot, serving up juicy steaks and classic American entrees.

On the weekends, local musicians elevate the experience with live performances.

Consider opting for a signature dish: the 16 oz. flavorful ribeye with a loaded baked potato, for example.

Pair your steak with a house wine, complementing your palette and completing your dining experience.

The dimly lit interior and white tablecloth setting will make any weekday feel fancy.


124 Lake Marina Ave., (504) 513-2670, salanola.com

Sala NOLA, located in Lakeview, is a charming spot right by the Orleans Marina.

The restaurant and bar was founded by Joseph Riccobono, whose family also owns Riccobono's Panola Street Café and Café Navarre.

They have a variety of small plates and entrees including honey BBQ chicken and filet mignon.

Some of Sala's specialty cocktails include the Frozen Peach Bellini and the Diamante Margarita.

The restaurant also has tasty breakfast and weekend brunch menus.

Spudly's Super Spuds

2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-3250, spudlys.com

Spudly's surely has a menu like no other, especially if you're a potato lover.

Their menu has everything from gourmet baked potatoes to juicy burgers.

They have a casual dining room with plates splattered and filled with cheesy potato goodness.

A must-try is their Shrimply Put, which is freshly baked with an original cheese sauce, cheddar, chives, and shrimp.

Get the best American fare at Spudly's and feel like a Midwestern pioneer.

Houmas House and Gardens

40136 Hwy. 942, Darrow, (225) 473-9380, houmashouse.com

Houmas House is a historic plantation estate offering three restaurants: Latil's Landing, The Carriage House, and Dixie Café.

A signature dish at the Carriage House is the Eggplant Napoleon with jumbo-lump crab meat.

As one of the South's oldest plantations, it offers guests beautiful estate views with wonderful meals.

The interiors of each restaurant are unique, ranging from sophisticated to simple settings.

Take a tour of the house and stroll through the gardens after eating.

The Country Club

634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742, thecountryclubneworleans.com

The Country Club is a sophisticated spot that fuses local and Italian-French cuisine.

It is known for its thoughtfully prepared dishes and specialty cocktails.

They offer a weekly brunch and serve a delicious short rib and eggs dish complete with tasso and potato hash with a bearnaise sauce on top.

This Bywater eatery is the perfect place for high-class dining.

Their plates are artistic expressions, so snag that picture first before digging in.

Vampire Apothecary Restaurant & Bar

725 St. Peter St., (504) 766-8179, vampireapothecary.com

The Vampire Apothecary offers guests the unique experience of having their tarot cards read or getting an astrology reading at their table.

You can also get custom fangs or tooth gems done at the Fang Studio by appointment.

The menu has an emphasis on apothecary-trusted herbs and vegetables in their dishes.

Cocktails are inspired by vampires and occulture and are $4 during happy hour with the purchase of an appetizer.

They even offer vampyre tea blends such as the Strawberry Pain Killer.

Voodoo Chicken and Daiquiris

Multiple Locations, voodoochickenanddaiquirisnola.com

Voodoo Chicken and Daiquiris [Schyler Vicknair]

Voodoo Chicken and Daiquiris serves just that—delicious chicken and refreshing daiquiris.

Enjoy your mouth-watering fried chicken in a bright, lively environment.

Let that iconic purple chicken logo draw you into its spell and opt for their amazing food.

Stop by while exploring the French Quarter at this anytime spot.

Get the best of both worlds with their four-piece mixed combo and enjoy a selection of white and dark meat.

Wonderland + Sea

4842 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-766-6520, eatatwonderland.com

Wonderland + Sea is an Uptown spot that specializes in simple, but high-quality dishes.

Pick from Gulf drum fish, fried boneless chicken, or chick-pea tenders and decide if you want those on a plate or in a sandwich.

Delicious sides include rice fritters and sweet potato biscuits.

The restaurant strives to feed vegetarians, be antibiotic free, and use locally caught fish.

They also have a kid's menu so be sure to bring your little ones.



4132 Peters Rd., Harvey, (504) 364-8812, boomtownneworleans.com

Asia offers traditional Asian flavors in a warm, inviting setting.

They offer classics including shaking beef and lo mein noodles.

Keep those crab rangoons coming and opt to order shareable appetizers for your entree.

Visitors to Boomtown Casino should grab a bite at this refined dinner spot located in the casino.

Gambling works up an appetite, so head to Asia for a delicious meal that encompasses both Chinese and Vietnamese culinary traditions.


3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

Mikimoto is the place to go for fresh sushi and fast, friendly service.

This Japanese restaurant provides a welcoming experience whether you're dining in or picking up through the drive-thru.

They offer an assortment of sushi that is sweet, spicy, tangy, and presented to you in colorful arrangements.

Mikimoto is known for dishes with unique names and flavors such as the Uptown Sushi Roll.

Mikimoto has a variety of appetizers and salads to choose from.

TD Seafood and Pho House

1028 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-1727, tdseafoodphohouse.com

TD Seafood and Pho House offers authentic Vietnamese food in a cozy dining environment.

Along with dishes such as pho and banh mi, this tasty restaurant also serves boiled seafood.

Order the Combination Pho for TD's best seafood, veggies, and meat pho.

They have a variety of vegetarian menu items, which makes it one of the top 10 vegetarian restaurants in the GNO.

They have bright, colorful plates and bowls so take that photo first.

Bars with Great Food


514 Frenchmen St., (504) 206-8057, bamboulasmusic.com

Bamboula's exemplifies all the best parts of NOLA with its Caribbean-Creole cuisine and live music.

This Bywater restaurant is favored for its electric music and fun atmosphere.

This casual spot is the perfect place to end the day with good food and local music.

Their signature dish is blue crab cakes with a baby greens salad.

The tiled floors, brick walls, and mosaic tables are beautiful elements that make the establishment really inviting.

Bar Marilou

544 Carondelet St., (504) 814-7711, barmarilou.com

Bar Marilou is best known for its stylish setting and delicious signature cocktails.

They also serve French small plates, dinner, and desserts.

Velvet seating, bookshelves, and patterned carpet make the bar uniquely ornate.

A notable dish is their Pommes Marilou with crème fraîche, bowfin caviar, and chives.

The interior design has a feminine touch of class with beautiful red bookshelves spanning the walls and animal printed bar chairs with white fringe on the seats.


1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038, buffasbar.com

Buffa's [Ashley Damron]

Buffa's has been a staple New Orleans-style neighborhood bar since 1939.

With great food and plenty of live music, Buffa's has everything someone would want from their local bar.

They serve classic American and Creole meals along with delicious cocktails.

They are known for their specialty sandwiches, especially their Avenger Sandwich with deli meats, pepper jack, and spicy sambal sauce.

Buffa's hosts weekly Sunday jazz brunches.

JB's Fuel Dock

126 S. Roadway St., (504) 510-2260, jbsfueldock.com

JB's Fuel Dock's open bar and kitchen makes its setting even more inviting.

The restaurant is located in Lakeview along Lake Pontchartrain.

Stay satisfied with an assortment of pizzas and rotating specials while connecting with friends over cocktails.

Meat lovers and veggie lovers unite to enjoy the Supreme Pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onion, green peppers, black olives, and mushrooms.

Take advantage of their catering services for your next party.

Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St., (504) 897-3448, lbtrnola.com

Le Bon Temps Roule is known for their Bloody Marys, billiards, live music, and juicy burgers.

This neighborhood bar is open 24/7.

The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., making it the perfect spot for a late-night bite while out with friends.

Pimento cheese is good as a spread, but it's even better on Le Bon Temps Roule's burger.

Book your holiday party at Le Bon Temps Roule to dance the night away.

Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3073, peacockroomnola.com

Peacock Room is the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot's elegant bar that serves handcrafted cocktails and savory small plates.

Visit for brunch and sip on a light, floral spirit while listening to live, local tunes.

The interior is reminiscent of a peacock with teal and gold accents decorating the dining space.

Enjoy freshly made meals in the Peacock Room's ornate eating space.

A noteworthy menu option is the Peacock Smash Burger.

Rivershack Tavern

3449 River Rd., Jefferson, (504) 834-4938, rivershacktavern.com

Rivershack Tavern has an unmistakable location on River Road with classic old-timey decor and fantastic fare.

Tuesdays feature their steak and burger special along with happy hour pricing all day and night.

Their kitchen stays open until 10 p.m.

On the weekends, opt to spend your night there while listening to live music.

The alligator sausage is the perfect shareable appetizer to snack on while sitting on their famous "bar legs."

Stumpy's Hatchet House

1200 Poydras St. Suite C, (504) 577-2937, stumpyshh.com/neworleans

Stumpy's Hatchet House [Martha Wilson]

At Stumpy's Hatchet House, you can get your frustrations out and have the time of your life with friends by throwing hatchets.

Their bar and traditional pub fares make this cathartic experience even more enjoyable.

Stumpy's Hatchet House offers a full bar and also sells light snacks such as hot dogs, chips, and pretzels.

It's a great location for birthdays or holiday parties.

They have giant games, 10 throwing pits, a photo booth, and more.

The Garage

810 Conti St., thegaragemusicclub.com

The Garage is a happening spot just steps away from Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

They have delicious food and daily live music with a large space for sprawled out dancing with your friends.

The Garage is known for its spectacular service and one-of-a-kind atmosphere that you have to experience first-hand.

Housed in a historic building, this bar will transport you to the 1930s and give you that timeless bar experience.

The Cajun Gumbo is a local favorite and never disappoints.

The Jimani

141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493, thejimani.com

The Jimani is an all-time favorite sports bar where you can watch the game on multiple TVs, jam out to the jukebox, or grab a bite.

The bar has specialty po-boys to feast on while having a good time with friends.

The Hang Ova Burger will cure you of any hangover.

The Jimani has been serving the community since 1971.

Known as one of the French Quarter's best late-night bars, head to The Jimani after hitting Bourbon Street.

Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar

2604 Magazine St., (504) 897-5413, traceysnola.com

Tracey's is a casual spot serving succulent seafood and po-boys.

With hundreds of beers to choose from, Tracey's is a great place to grab a drink and a bite with friends.

Come on a gameday to watch with your friends and play a game of billiards afterwards.

Visit Tracey's before they move to their new location on December 26.

Their oyster sandwich is made with the freshest oysters and is favored among local oyster fanatics.


Cafe Amelie

900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065, cafeamelie.com

Café Amelie serves tasty, modern Louisiana dishes that make Creole cuisine fans jump out of their seats.

They have outdoor seating in their picturesque courtyard.

Learn more about the history behind the name of Café Amelie and make reservations for brunch, lunch, or dinner.

This quaint, elegant café is perfect for a romantic meal with velvet seating and fresh flowers at each table.

Be sure to try their shrimp and grits with blackened Gulf shrimp.


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

Carmo offers vegan and vegetarian dishes in an inviting atmosphere with an open kitchen.

They serve tropical fare with influences from Southeast Asia, West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean.

Enjoy happy hour drink specials 3 to 6 p.m., along with daily meal specials.

They often have live Brazilian tunes, traditional jazz, and more musical entertainment.

The tiradito Peruvian-style sashimi combines the tenderness of fish with the fiery zest of yellow chili peppers.

The Vintage

3121 Magazine St., (504) 324-7144, thevintagenola.com

The Vintage is a stylish café serving small plates, cocktails, coffee, and fresh beignets.

Take a much-needed break and enjoy a delicious meal complete with great service.

If you want something different from the tried-and-true traditional beignets, order a flight with your choice of three fancy beignets.

It's the perfect stop along your window-shopping route on Magazine Street.

Grab a quick glass of Champagne or stay awhile and enjoy the rich, high ceiling ambiance.

Willa Jean

611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334, willajean.com

Willa Jean is known for their hot-out-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and classic NOLA dishes.

The chic, welcoming atmosphere makes Willa Jean a nice spot to simply have a great brunch or lunch.

Willa Jean's unique BBQ shrimp toast on grilled sourdough makes a great breakfast meal.

They offer great teas, home blend coffees, and cocktails.

Head to Willa Jean for freshly baked goods and delicious Southern staples.


Cafe Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635, cafedegas.com

Cafe Degas serves decadent French cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

This romantic restaurant has a tree growing in the middle of the dining room.

The fan favorite seared hanger steak with pommes frites is sure to impress.

This French bistro has a delicious menu that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home by following the recipes in their cookbook.

The gardenesque interior makes your visit a unique dining experience.

King Brasserie and Bar

521 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3000, kingbrasserieandbar.com

King Brasserie and Bar brings fresh ingredients to their French and Louisianian dishes.

The walls, adorned with pop culture legends, make the space both unique and welcoming for meet-ups with friends.

Taste the restaurant's exotic grilled octopus with vadouvan curry and Benton's bacon.

This beautiful downtown restaurant offers a refined menu to choose from in a bright and neighborly environment.

Follow their social media for specials and tasting events.


A Tavola

3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 577-2235, atavo.la

A Tavola is a family-friendly restaurant with modern Italian cuisine.

Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, pasta or their house-made limoncello to make your visit reminiscent of a summer vacation in Italy.

A Tavola has extensive wine offerings.

Try their meatballs with Fontina fonduta and Sunday gravy, and you'll want to order them every time you visit.

A Tavola offers courtyard sitting that's perfect for an evening dinner and an intimate dining room for your group.

Alto Rooftop Bar

600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180, acehotel.com/new-orleans

Alto serves up succulent Italian small plates and salads next to the Ace Hotel's picturesque rooftop pool.

Their choice of drinks makes for a great day of delicious tastes at the pool.

The snacks' portion of the menu features chicken wings with a Calabrian vinaigrette and furikake.

It doesn't matter if you're a guest at the Ace Hotel; you're always a guest at Alto Rooftop Bar.

Enjoy city views and evening winds with friends.


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

Domenica will instantly transport you to Italy with its authentic menu.

Set in a warm, refined dining room, Domenica is a great place to share some pizza with family and friends.

Be sure to try their wood fire-roasted Delicata Squash, which is flavorful and fresh.

Nestled in the Roosevelt Hotel, Domenica is a super dining option after visiting the hotel's glorious holiday light display in the lobby.

True to their name, they're open on Sundays and every day of the week.

Josephine Estelle

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

Josephine Estelle specializes in Italian-Southern fusion for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Located in the Ace Hotel, the elegance of the beautifully appointed dining room evokes comfort and sophistication.

Try their rigatoni or their tasty tortellini en brodo.

They use seasonal, fresh ingredients, homemade pasta, and family recipes with a modern twist.

Come for their pasta happy hour Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., and reserve a spot for their pasta making class.


4137 US-90 West, Westwego, (504) 436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

Mosca's has been a classic spot for traditional Italian dishes since 1946 that is cash only.

The unassuming exterior makes this casual restaurant feel like home.

Their famous Shrimp Mosca dish tastes like Italy on a fork.

Mosca's serves their dishes family-style, so be sure to bring lots of friends along to share.

Locally known as one of the best Italian restaurants in town, be sure to order their pillowy Pineapple Fluff dessert.

Pizza Domenica

Multiple Locations, pizzadomenica.com

Pizza Domenica serves both classic and inventive pies in a chic setting.

Traditional Italian dishes are modernized at this stylish eatery so you can enjoy classic meals with a twist.

Pizza Domenica's pizzas taste authentic, as if fresh out of the wood ovens in Italy.

If you love mushrooms, try their decadent funghi e salsiccia pizza.

Pizza Domenica elevates the homely pizzeria and is an excellent option for to-go orders.

The Original Italian Pie

Multiple Locations, italianpie.com

Italian Pie specializes in freshly-served, budget-friendly pizza.

This Italian spot has a varied menu that serves up delectable pastas, wraps, and sandwiches.

The Italian pie combo features a house-made pizza sauce topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, vegetables, and mozzarella.

Visit their Uptown location on Prytania Street for fantastic cocktails.

Enjoy their inventive pizzas at multiple locations all over the Crescent City.

U Pizza

1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 381-4232, upizzanola.com

U Pizza is a go-to for pizza, but they also serve salads, sandwiches, pastas, and desserts with vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and halal options as well.

This pizza dive has a full bar, multiple TVs, and outdoor seating.

Enjoy casual dining in a comfortable atmosphere that is suitable for any sized party.

For dessert, opt for either the strawberry, chocolate, turtle, or plain cheesecake.

U Pizza is conveniently located along the St. Charles streetcar line.

Venezia Restaurant

134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504)-488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

Venezia Restaurant is the place to go in Mid-City for tried-and-true, old-school Italian dishes.

Enjoy pastas, pizzas, steaks, and more in a cozy, welcoming environment with exquisite service.

Venezia's Veal Pontchartrain comes with lump crabmeat, mushrooms, artichoke, and a lemon butter sauce.

This family-friendly eatery is located not far from City Park, which makes it a great dinner spot after visiting Celebration in the Oaks.

Venezia has been serving the New Orleans community since 1957.


Alma Cafe

800 Louisa St., (504) 381-5877, eatalmanola.com

Alma Cafe is the perfect spot for a trendy, yet homey, breakfast or lunch.

The restaurant serves up Honduran flavors with a modern twist.

A signature dish, the pescado ceibeño, comes with deep fried red snapper, tostones, and encurtido.

Situated in the Bywater, Alma Cafe is locally renowned for its contemporary charm and authentic cuisine.

Alma Cafe is a fantastic brunch option to take visitors to over the holiday season.

Coma Arepas

7712 Maple St., (504) 581-8400, comarepas.com

Coma Arepas, located in Uptown, is a brand-new place that serves delicious Venezuelan arepas, which are South American corn cakes that can be stuffed with fillings.

The restaurant was founded by Venezuelan-born Chef Julio Machado.

The mostly takeout operation specializes in arepas, which are perfect for enjoying at home while watching the big game.

Some of Coma Arepas' fillings include smoked pork chop, carne asada, and even crawfish.

The restaurant has countertop seating and two sidewalk tables for outdoor dining.


Multiple Locations, empanolaempanadas.com

Empanola is a fusion restaurant that blends South American empanadas with New Orleans flavors.

They have been serving up creative and hand-crafted cuisine since 2017.

Take advantage of their cost-efficient combo deals and try out multiple flavors of empanadas.

Empanola has something for people with different dietary restrictions.

They have two Uptown locations on Magazine and Freret, so eat at either the next time you're hungry.

Tapas e Vino

514 Frenchmen St., (504) 206-8057, bamboulasmusic.com

Tapas e Vino [Martha Wilson]

Tapas e Vino is a cozy dining spot located on the second floor of Bamboula's music club.

Choose to split several small plates with your group while sipping on the chef's paired wines.

Head downstairs for live music and dancing after your meal.

Tapas e Vino offers tasty crawfish beignets that are savory and spicy—perfect to have with a glass of Merlot.

Step out on their balcony to catch the action on Frenchmen Street from up above.


Felipe's Mexican Taqueria

Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

Felipe's is a go-to for fans of chips and salsa, tacos, margaritas, and more.

It's a great place to go for quick, budget-friendly bites.

Pick your favorite fillings and watch your meal sizzle to perfection on the griddle.

You can't go to Felipe's without getting the Nachos Classico.

With different locations and special events celebrating Hispanic heritage, Felipe's is a lively spot to get all your Mexican staples.

Tacos Del Cartel

2901 David Dr., Metairie, (504) 381-5063, tacosdelcartel.com

Tacos Del Cartel has healthy, hearty options for all Mexican food lovers.

The neon pink decor offers a glimpse of the vibrant flavors you'll taste.

Their famous birria tacos are stuffed with chile adobo stewed beef short ribs.

Tacos Del Cartel is one of the best restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area for street tacos.

Check out their drink specials and make a reservation for your next party.

Middle Eastern

Gita Pita

2530 Canal St., (504) 766-6519, gitapita.com

Gita Pita provides quick service for a fresh, healthy Mediterranean meal.

Dine in, take out, or order delivery to satisfy your shawarma or gyro craving.

Try their fattah and have some baklava.

Their basmati rice is light and fluffy—the perfect side to their delicious entrees.

Located in Mid-City, Gita Pita is the perfect restaurant for a quick bite to eat or a nice long lunch with friends.

Lebanon's Cafe

1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

Lebanon's Cafe serves some of the most delicious Middle Eastern dishes in New Orleans.

Colorful murals and friendly service set the mood for your comfortable dining experience.

A staple is their Rosemary Lamb Chops served over grilled vegetables.

With striped awnings over their outdoor seating, Lebanon's Cafe is a great escape for lunch or dinner.

Open daily, Lebanon's serves generous portions, so be prepared to take some home with you.


4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213, shayarestaurant.com

Shaya is a special place in Uptown New Orleans that combines Southern flavors with Israeli staples.

They offer upscale dishes in a warm, sophisticated setting on Magazine Street.

Enjoy a specially prepared menu for your holiday gathering from Executive Chef Fariz Choumali in their upstairs private dining room.

Dine in the lush indoor dining room or on the elegant patio.

The entire carefully curated menu is spectacular, but consider opting for their crispy halloumi.

New Orleans Cuisine


1016 Annunciation St., (504) 568-0245, annunciationrestaurant.com

Annunciation brings out the best of New Orleans cuisine with classic and contemporary takes on Cajun/Creole cooking.

The relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal Warehouse District getaway.

Annunciation's escargot appetizer comes served with mushrooms and a moutarde beurre blanc.

Annunciation is housed in a beautifully restored warehouse, which gives it a modern ambiance.

They have a beautiful event space for your party so that you and your guests can experience an evening of luxurious, fine dining.


4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com

Apolline is a cozy Uptown spot for traditional Louisiana cooking with a modern flair.

Each dish prepared at this renovated cottage is freshly cooked with local ingredients and kitchen-grown herbs and peppers.

Be sure to try Apolline's grilled lamb rack with a nice bottle of wine.

They're open for brunch Wednesday through Sunday and have premium coffee from Hey! Café.

Head over for their happy hour every Wednesday-Friday from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Cafe Normandie

1000 Magazine St., (504) 528-1941, higginshotelnola.com/new-orleans

Cafe Normandie, located in the Higgins Hotel, pays homage to the spread of French culture and cuisine during World War II.

The welcoming environment and appetizing breakfast and lunch menus make Cafe Normandie a must-try.

Located next to the National World War II Museum, so try their crab beignets when visiting.

Cafe Normandie offers an elevated dining experience that locals and tourists love year-round.

Come enjoy their delicious menu for Sunday brunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

230 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022, gumbostop.com

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is an unassuming Metairie hotspot serving up classic New Orleans dishes.

This restaurant specializes in hot bowls of gumbo and all things seafood.

Their Mumbo Gumbo is a medley of chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, sausage, okra, crawfish, and tomato.

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is a great place to bring visitors who want the true gumbo experience.

Enjoy sitting in their casual dining room with dollar bills from around the country adorning the walls and ceiling.

Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Crescent City Brewhouse is a microbrewery serving flavorful modern Louisiana dishes.

Enjoy the view from their balcony and visit for dinner to hear live jazz music on the weekends.

A star attraction is the Redfish Acadiana.

This two-story building is filled with the aroma of Louisiana spices and the sounds of sweet jazz.

Come for great local, craft beers and raw oysters while sitting in their beautiful courtyard.


301 Royal St., (504) 717-4198, curionola.com

Curio is the perfect spot to enjoy Creole-influenced cuisine and cocktails in a renovated historic French Quarter building.

Known for their ambiance, they serve up vibrant meals on their balcony overlooking Royal Street.

Enjoy the pan roasted salmon and Gulf shrimp with sauteed vegetables.

Join them every Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for happy hour.

Curio pays homage to an old curio shop that sat on Royal Street in the 1800s.


329 Decatur St., (504) 373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com

Evangeline has a quaint courtyard setting for a lovely dining experience.

Serving Cajun and Creole flavors, they offer a flavorful taste of top New Orleans' cooking.

Evangeline features some of the best cocktails in the French Quarter.

Enjoy fresh Louisiana cooking, featured craft beer, and courtyard dining at this hidden gem in New Orleans.

Learn more about their story and the legend of Evangeline on their website.

House of Blues

225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4961, houseofblues.com/neworleans

House of Blues is the place to go for live music in NOLA with a fun and electrifying crowd.

Attached to the live music venue is a restaurant with delicious, Southern comfort meals.

Enjoy Southern favorites from their scratch kitchen and sip on a unique cocktail.

Sit out in their Voodoo Garden to enjoy the delicious House of Blues' NY steak and fries.

This rock 'n' roll-themed restaurant, bar, and venue is a classic spot that you need to add to your list.


337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com

Kingfish honors traditional New Orleans cuisine while adding their own new-school twists.

It is the perfect holiday spot for meeting visitors in the French Quarter.

Kingfish's delicious blackened Gulf shrimp fettuccine is a creamy, decadent choice for dinner.

Order from their happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Kingfish offers brunch daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Lakeview Harbor

Multiple Locations, lakeviewharbor.us

Lakeview Harbor [Ashley Damron]

Lakeview Harbor brings both land and sea to your plate with specialty burgers, as well as tasty po-boys.

This casual, nautical-themed joint is great for a hearty meal and excellent service.

Lakeview Harbor serves up classics such as an eight oz. cheeseburger.

Escape to their Lakefront location and feel the breeze as you enjoy your meal in their outdoor seating.

Visit the new Lakeview Harbor location uptown on Oak Street, which features their tasty Typhoon Punch.

Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 766-8687, lildizzyscafe.net

Lil Dizzy's Cafe offers Creole classics for lunch in a laid-back environment.

This tasty café also has fantastic daily specials such as delicious gumbo, crispy fried chicken, and shrimp po-boys.

This local institution has some of NOLA's best lunch plates for great prices.

A star attraction is the Catfish Jourdain, which is topped with crabmeat and shrimp in a lemon butter sauce.

It's a sweet neighborhood cafe and restaurant with a diner-like atmosphere.

Loretta's Authentic Pralines

2101 N. Rampart St., (504) 944-7068, lorettaspralines.com

Loretta's Authentic Pralines [Martha Wilson]

Loretta's Authentic Pralines brings together fantastic sweets and delicious eats on North Rampart Street.

Loretta's delicious and beloved pralines can also be found within New Orleans' historic French Market.

They have great tasting traditional beignets, as well as special sweet praline beignets, crabmeat beignets, and burger beignets.

Loretta's also has other tasty sweets including cookies, coconut macaroons, and praline shoe soles.

The North Rampart cafe also serves breakfast and lunch items.


3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Mandina's is a classic NOLA restaurant and has been a pink-painted staple in Mid-City since 1932.

This family-owned and operated seafood joint serves delicious Creole-Italian dishes.

Their Gulf fish almandine adds the perfect amount of nutty sweetness to a Gulf Coast classic.

Sit inside the casual dining room and enjoy your big platter of NOLA staples.

Visit Mandina's website to learn more about its history and discover how it became so popular.


424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745, emerilsrestaurants.com

Meril is Emeril Lagasse's latest New Orleans endeavor, serving up New American dining.

Peer into the open kitchen to watch your delicious meal take shape before it's served.

Enjoy their spin on a New Orleans classic with the muffuletta flatbread.

Meril is a fantastic Warehouse District locale to bring visitors over the holiday season.

Meril is a go-to among New Orleanians for its signature dishes and cocktails.


401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

Mother's [Ashley Damron]

Mother's is a NOLA institution that has been serving classic Southern-Creole dishes since 1938.

Arrive early, as locals and tourists wait in line at this NOLA staple.

An order of fried chicken comes with two pieces of dark or white meat and the choice of either a leg and a thigh or a breast and a wing.

They serve breakfast all day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mother's boasts to serving the "world's best" baked ham.

New Orleans Creole Cookery

508 Toulouse St., (504) 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery is the quintessential New Orleans dining experience.

Enjoy Cajun and Creole fare while dining on the beautiful courtyard patio in the heart of the French Quarter.

Oyster lovers should try the oyster happy hour in their newly remodeled oyster bar.

The menu's star attraction is the pecan crusted redfish.

New Orleans Creole Cookery features an impressive wine list that pairs with their many Creole offerings.

Neyow's Creole Cafe

3332 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474, neyows.com

Neyow's Creole Cafe serves Southern-soul food in a setting complete with New Orleans decor.

Come for the delightful food and stay for the amazing service.

Try their delicious gumbo or crab claws to understand why they received accolades from Crescent City locals.

They're known for their chargrilled oysters topped with Parmesan and a butter sauce.

Check out Neyow's Palace Event Hall and consider hosting your special event in this party space.

Neyow's XL

3336 Bienville St., (504) 503-1081, xl.neyows.com

Neyow's XL [Martha Wilson]

Neyow's XL is the steakhouse next door to Neyow's Creole Café.

Enjoy sizzling steaks and authentic Creole cuisine in a white tablecloth setting.

Serving steak, seafood, and more, Neyow's XL elevates the Neyow's Creole Cafe experience.

Be sure to try their red snapper, which is subtly sweet and delicate with a hint of nuttiness.

The black leather chairs, dimly lit tables, and red rose decor make this a perfect choice for holiday dining.

Nice Guys Nola

7910 Earhart Blvd., (504) 302-2404, niceguysnola.com

Nice Guys Nola [Jim Sylve]

At Nice Guys Nola, you can feast on delicious classics with a Creole twist in a sprawling outdoor bar setting that is covered.

Nice Guys is perfect for socializing while sipping on specialty drinks and craft beers.

Bring your friends and watch the big game on their many different TVs.

Big sandwiches, large portions, NOLA flavors, and more are all at Nice Guys.

Centrally located, Nice Guys is just minutes from downtown New Orleans.

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro

720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro is a great date spot in the heart of the French Quarter.

Try an array of wines while enjoying their intimate courtyard.

With wine by the glass, bottle, or flight, you'll have trouble leaving your seat to head home.

Grab a table on their outdoor patio to enjoy the beautiful winter weather.

The Grapevine Black Angus House Filet is simply the best.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern

538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047, parkwaypoorboys.com

Parkway Bakery has been perfecting their po-boys, breads, and more since 1911.

The classic diner ambiance and extensive outdoor seating makes Parkway Bakery a New Orleans staple.

You'll have your choice of classic and seasonal po-boys with seafood and meats crowding your sandwich.

Their flash-fried Louisiana wild caught Gulf shrimp po-boy is New Orleans in
a bite.

Arrive early during the holiday season as this spot attracts locals and tourists alike.


1751 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Please-U-Restaurant has been serving the New Orleans community since 1946.

This casual diner-style restaurant dishes up Louisiana classics and a variety of diverse menu items.

Stop by for brunch, lunch, or their weekly Seafood Fridays, and order a seafood platter to split with your friends.

Take a seat at the counter or in a booth and indulge in a selection of dozens of po-boys, omelets, and more.

Try Please-U's red beans and rice.

Restaurant August

301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777, restaurantaugust.com

Restaurant August is a contemporary Creole restaurant featuring unique dishes that focus on classic Louisiana ingredients.

Wine lovers should head here to enjoy one of the city's best wine lists.

Restaurant August is housed in a beautiful, historic 19th century building on Tchoupitoulas in downtown NOLA.

The interior is elegant with hardwood floors, antique mirrors, and chandeliers.

Executive Chef Corey Thomas is Louisiana-born, which directly influences his choice to source ingredients from Louisiana and the surrounding area.

Short Stop Po-Boys

119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, (504) 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com

Short Stop Po-Boys is perfect for a quick, delicious bite of classic New Orleans fare.

Choose from an array of po-boys and specialty sides at this inviting counter-service joint.

Call ahead for pickup from their drive-thru window.

With an eclectic mix of menu items, Short Stop will satisfy anyone who visits.

You can order your po-boys by size, depending on how hungry you are, and get a 12- or 16-oz. bowl of hot gumbo.



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

Briquette showcases fresh fish in an icy display before it ends up on your plate.

With up to 240 seats for a seated dinner, Briquette is ready to host your holiday event.

Their Louisiana redfish on the half shell goes perfectly with many of the white wines offered on their extensive wine list.

This industrial-chic restaurant serves contemporary cuisine and cocktails in the Warehouse District.

Make reservations for their December 1st spirited dinner with Remy Martin, which includes a pour of Louis XIII cognac.

Legacy Kitchen's Tacklebox

817 Common St., (504) 827-1651, legacykitchen.com

Legacy Kitchen's Tacklebox is located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel.

Sip on their special craft cocktails at the leather-back bar while enjoying good company.

They have a lunch and dinner menu with incredible seafood options.

Start off your day with coffee and beignets or stop by for oysters and beer during happy hour.

Tacklebox has a variety of raw oyster choices, and their chargrilled oysters come served in a garlic and Parmesan herb butter.


Multiple Locations, middendorfsrestaurant.com

Middendorf's Manchac and Middendorf's Slidell have all you need for a fin-tastic seafood experience.

They offer some of the best fried seafood around, all while giving you that beach vacation experience.

Come for the world-famous thin fried catfish and stay for the live music and happy hour.

Be sure to order the seafood platter with catfish or shrimp.

They host many events and wine tastings for you and your friends to enjoy.


630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071, seaworthynola.com

Seaworthy serves the best catches of the Gulf and beyond in a smart cottage setting.

Enjoy fresh, briny oysters, and delicious seafood in a cozy setting before late night happy hour.

Seaworthy brings you a taste of America's coasts with wild-caught oysters for the best flavor profile.

This Creole cottage has a sleek interior and an attractive, inviting courtyard dining area.

They offer a seasonal drink menu with artisanal cocktails, traditional spirits, and more.

The Galley Seafood

2535 Metairie Rd., Metairie, (504) 832-9055, facebook.com/galleyseafood

The Galley Seafood is located in the heart of Old Metairie and draws seafood lovers from around New Orleans.

They've been serving delicious seafood for decades with specialties including boiled seafood and po-boys.

Watch music performances or the big game on their TVs while enjoying a big platter of boiled shrimp and crabs.

Their soft-shell crab comes in a po-boy or topped with crabmeat alongside a rich alfredo pasta.

Dine on their outdoor patio and enjoy the comfortable weather.

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