Best Cajun/Creole Restaurants in New Orleans

Dig in, cher, and laissez le bon temps rouler!
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Though Cajun and Creole cuisines represent two different culinary traditions, both are absolutely delicious mainstays of the NOLA food scene. We've rounded up the best Creole and Cajun restaurants in New Orleans, where you'll find everything from gumbo brimming with fresh seafood to warm bananas Foster.

Commander's Palace
Creole · Garden District · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

The "nostalgic" , "old-world" ambiance will "make you feel like a king or queen" at this "genteel" Garden District Creole icon – as will the "first-class" staff that treats "everyone the same: spectacularly" ; "rich" , "leisurely" dinners are an "experience to savor" , and made even more "epic" by a "phenomenal wine list" , so it's a "splurge" that's "worth every penny" , though some "prefer" the "fabulous" lunch (could it be the "25-cent martinis" ?); P.S. no shorts or T-shirts; jackets suggested for men.
Restaurant R'evolution
Cajun · French Quarter · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

"Absolutely amazing" enthuse fans of this "game-changing" collaboration between renowned chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto in the historic Royal Sonesta Hotel, which wows diners with an "imaginative" Cajun-Creole menu that "covers all the bases (and then some)" ; the "over-the-top" ambition extends to a "huge" wine list, "phenomenal" service and the showstoppingly "gorgeous" , "refined" setting, adding up to a "wonderful special-occasion restaurant."
Brigtsen's Restaurant
Contemporary Louisiana · Carrollton · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.7

"Incredibly talented" chef Frank Brigtsen is a "wizard with seafood" , putting a "wonderful" "spin" on Cajun-Creole "favorites" at his "tucked-away" Carrollton cottage where the prices are "reasonable" for such "reliably" "delightful" dinners; the small, "quaint" rooms have a "warm, comfortable" vibe and the staff is "so friendly you may feel like you're at home" , so some may need reminding that it's "not proper etiquette to lick your plate clean."
K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen
Cajun · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

One of the "original kings of Creole cooking" , the late Paul Prudhomme's "upscale but not stuffy" French Quarter "classic" is helmed by executive chef Paul Miller, who delivers "lip-smacking" Cajun fare with "big flavors" ; service is "first class" , and though the open kitchens on both floors of the circa-1830s townhouse "can be loud" , the cooks give diners "a good show" ; P.S. deal-seekers should note the deli-counter lunch Thursday–Saturday.
French · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

This century-old "bucket-list" French Quarter "institution" offers "a true New Orleans dining experience" thanks to "decadent" , "utterly superb" (albeit "not cheap" ) French-Creole standards and truth-serum cocktails served by "waiters in dinner jackets" who "have been there for years" ( "take their recommendations seriously" insiders advise); "a place to see old New Orleans society" , the main dining room is "complete with black-and-white tiled floors" , "white tablecloths" and "loud, raucous" "laughter in the air" ; P.S. jackets required after 5 PM and all day Sunday; reservations only accepted upstairs.