Best American Restaurants in New Orleans

Inventive takes on classic cuisine
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These upscale twists on American cuisine are both mouthwatering and oh-so-modern. Read on for top-rated American restaurants with flavors that'll have you seeing stars (if not bars).

Rue 127
Bistro · Mid-City · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Nestled in a "quaint" Mid-City shotgun cottage, this "intimate" refuge draws foodies with chef-owner Ray Gruezke's "phenomenal" locavore New American fare served in "unusual presentations" ( "deep-fried cupcakes" , anyone?); although it's "excellent in all categories" , diners warn that "parking can be challenging."
Bistro Daisy
American · Audubon · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

Tucked in an "adorable" , "old" Audubon shotgun cottage, this "appealing" destination attracts a "loyal clientele" with its "reliably terrific" menu of New American–Southern fare; adding to the overall "exceptional value" are "nice-as-can-be" owners Anton and Diane Schulte, who ensure an atmosphere that's "refined" yet "cozy" , making it a go-to for "romantic" occasions.
New American · Garden District · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

"Farm-to-table is brought to a new level" at this "cool" Garden District bistro thanks to a "lively, adventurous" New American menu that, though "small" , changes regularly and is "filled with gems" (particularly the "incredible" tasting menu); the "beautiful" , vintage-looking space is staffed by folks who "make you feel like you're their oldest customer" , ensuring a memorable experience, whether that means a "romantic dinner" or "trendy" cocktails "with your friends" at the long wood bar; P.S. the three-course lunch special is a bargain.
Bon Ton Café
Cajun · CBD · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.5

Featuring a "classic old-school menu" of "true Cajun cuisine" (e.g. gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée), this CBD "institution" is a "great place to take out-of-towners or meet a business connection" for a "lively lunch" (dinner is more reserved); top it off with a "warm and happy" staff, and "everything is simply wonderful" at this "old-guard spot that never gets old" ; P.S. closed weekends.
American · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"A perfect change of pace in the French Quarter" , this "very trendy, very dark" gastropub provokes "multiple foodgasms" thanks to a "sophisticated menu" of "outstanding" American eats (by a chef with a "discriminating palate" ) paired with "well-crafted cocktails" ; whether seated in the "lovely little" courtyard or the carriage house's "ancient-feeling" interior, patrons enjoy a "hip" "foodie experience" at a relatively "moderate price."