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Are These the Best Restaurants in New Orleans? Speak Out in Our Restaurant Survey

By Zagat Staff
April 9, 2014

The restaurants below were rated New Orleans' best in Zagat's last survey - do they still hold up? Or are there newcomers who should make the list? Weigh in with your opinion by May 20, and you'll receive receive $25 off your next qualifying Zagat Wine purchase. Click here to get going.

And bonus points for you comedians out there - the five wittiest entries will receive a free Samsung Chromebook. Score!

  • No. 10: Stella!

    Food: 27
    Decor: 26
    Service: 27   

    Cost: $111

    At this "romantic" "jewel" "tucked away in the Quarter", chef-owner Scott Boswell composes "uncompromising" New American cuisine using "exotic ingredients" and "seemingly kooky combinations" that become "works of art" "begging to be photographed"; each night the staff performs a "dance" that's "a sight to behold", and even if you "gulp twice when you get the check", acolytes insist the experience warrants the "exclamation point" in the name; P.S. four- and seven-course prix fixe menus only.

    1032 Chartres St., New Orleans; 504-587-0091

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  • No. 9: Commander's Palace

    Food: 27
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28

    Cost: $65

    "Step into a grand movie" at this "better-than-ever", unapologetically "over-the-top" Garden District Creole and revel in a "shocking, playful and sinful" "gastronomic experience" worthy of "an Oscar" (or at least New Orleans' Most Popular and No. 1 Decor and Service ratings); with a "wine list worth the trip itself" and "impeccable" servers who "actually appear to want to serve", it's no wonder that "locals and tourists alike" happily invest in a spendy dinner or "delightful" jazz brunch – after all, this is the "place to bring grandma to assure you're in the will"; P.S. no shorts or T-shirts; jackets suggested for dinner.

    1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans; 504-899-8221

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  • No. 8: August

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 27   

    Cost: $73

    John Besh's "unforgettable" CBD flagship "glows with his personality" as the "star" chef's "keen sense of flavors" and devotion to "local ingredients" yield "superb" New French fare "presented like works of art"; a "subtly attentive" staff sees to "well-heeled locals" and "Hollywood celebs" in the "stately but not stuffy" space whose "glittering chandeliers and rich wood accents" "demurely whisper class", and even though dinner prices may require "holding up a bank", the weekday lunch is a "steal."

    301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans: 504-299-9777

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  • No. 7: Lilette

    Food: 28
    Decor: 25
    Service: 26   

    Cost: $50

    "Beautiful people", "young professionals" and "movie stars" flock to this "expensive but divine" Uptown "corner bistro" to dine on "artistic", "delicious" French fare "carefully crafted" by chef-owner John Harris and presented with "sexy" drinks by "spot-on" servers; an "understated" "blend of old and modern", the "converted storefront" dining room can "get a little loud", so some raters recommend the patio for a "Parisian" experience.

    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans; 504-895-1636

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  • No. 6: Cypress

    Food: 28
    Decor: 22
    Service: 24   

    Cost: $40

    Smitten surveyors say this "suburban masterpiece" in Metairie "easily competes" with "New Orleans' finest" thanks to Creole dishes "flavored with a delicate hand" and "specials that never fail to please"; while the "tiny" space "can get noisy", most enjoy the "neighborhood atmosphere" and suggest that ever-"present" owners, chef Stephen and manager Katherine Huth, "don't charge enough for the fabulous food" – no wonder "locals want to keep it their little secret."

    4426 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie; 504-885-6885

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  • No. 5: GW Fins

    Food: 28
    Decor: 26
    Service: 27   

    Cost: $53

    "Simple" yet "beautifully done", "lighter" preparations of fish "flown in from all areas of the oceans" are "accompanied by an extensive wine list" at this "pricey" French Quarter "seafood mecca" set in a "swanky" "open warehouse space"; the "docentlike" staff "bends over backwards" to keep customers happy, so many wonder why it's relatively "under the radar" when it's such "a catch"; P.S. no T-shirts or flip-flops.

    808 Bienville St., New Orleans; 504-581-3467

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  • No. 4: Brigtsen's

    Food: 28
    Decor: 23
    Service: 27   

    Cost: $54

    "Feel New Orleans in every bite" of "acclaimed chef" Frank Brigtsen's "rich, upscale" Contemporary Louisiana fare at this "hard-to-find" Riverbend cottage "near the levee"; even if the setting's "not for the claustrophobic", most consider it as "cozy" as a "family dining room", overseen by "warm", "wonderful" servers who are "devoid of attitude even though they could get away with it."

    723 Dante St., New Orleans; 504-861-7610

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  • No. 3: La Provence

    Food: 28
    Decor: 28
    Service: 28   

    Cost: $54 

    When you can't fly to Provence, cross the lake" to Lacombe for John Besh's "rustic" yet "upscale" French-Creole made with "fresh, flavorful ingredients" (many of which are "raised on the property") and served in "charming" "country-manor" surroundings; "sublime" service ensures that an "intimate" evening or even just Sunday brunch is "memorable for all the right reasons" – and the "must-try" prix fixe is an "excellent value" to boot.

    25020 U.S. 190, Lacombe; 985-626-7662

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  • No. 2: Clancy's

    Food: 28
    Decor: 24
    Service: 26   

    Cost: $54 

    "Old-style New Orleans charm" is alive and well at this Uptown "locals' favorite" serving up "mouthwatering" "haute Creole" fare (like smoked soft-shell crab) and "top-notch martinis" at "somewhat steep" prices; "pitch-perfect" servers "make it their career to know and please" in the "intoxicatingly loud" downstairs dining room that can feel like a "country club without golf", but still "makes you want to be a regular."

    6100 Annunciation St., New Orleans; 504-895-1111

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  • No. 1: Cochon Butcher

    Food: 28
    Decor: 21
    Service: 22   

    Cost: $20 

    A must if you dig the pig", Donald Link's "phenomenal" Warehouse District Cajun earns a resounding "oink" of approval and New Orleans' No. 1 Food score for its "daring", "decadent" sandwiches, "atypical" daily sides and "well-curated" wine list; the "small", "laid-back" space (right next to Cochon) has "squashed-together" seating and a "constant crowd", so "plan your time of attack carefully" or let the "ultrafriendly" staff send you home with "superb" charcuterie from the "hard-to-resist" deli case.

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans; 504-588-7675

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Places Mentioned

Cochon Butcher

Warehouse District

Food27 Decor21 Service22 Cost$26
 
 
 
Clancy's Restaurant

Creole • Audubon

Food27 Decor24 Service26 Cost$60
 
 
 
La Provence

French • Lacombe

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$67
 
 
 
Brigtsen's Restaurant

Contemporary Louisiana • Carrollton

Food27 Decor23 Service27 Cost$59
 
 
 
GW Fins

Seafood • French Quarter

Food27 Decor26 Service26 Cost$67
 
 
 
Restaurant Cypress

Creole • Metairie

Food26 Decor22 Service23 Cost$60
 
 
 
Lilette

French • Uptown

Food25 Decor24 Service23 Cost$57
 
 
 
August

CBD

Food27 Decor27 Service27 Cost$86
 
 
 
Commander's Palace

Creole • Garden District

Food28 Decor28 Service28 Cost$70
 
 
 
 
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