Best Restaurant Decor in New Orleans

Setting the mood
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

If you believe food tastes better when consumed in sumptuous surroundings, consider dining at one of Zagat’s best-looking restaurants in New Orleans. From cozy to classy, these are the city's top-tier spots.

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."
Café Adelaide
Creole · Warehouse District · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

This "chic" , "gorgeous" Brennan family venture in the Loews Hotel features "creative" takes on "traditional" Creole dishes served by a "wonderful" , "witty" staff; "you can't beat" the 25-cent martinis (available with lunch only) from the "excellent" Swizzle Stick Bar, which offers what some consider the "best drink menu in town" , contributing to a "wicked fun atmosphere."
Doris Metropolitan New Orleans
Steakhouse · French Quarter · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.4

"Unbelievable" meats are dry-aged on-site at this "trendy" , "fabulous" French Quarter steakhouse, though regulars warn the squeamish to "avoid looking at the meat locker" on the way into the "beautiful, contemporary" dining room where a "top-notch" staff awaits; tabs are "expensive" , but the "melt-in-your-mouth" cuts, "breathtakingly flavorful" appetizers (some with a "Mideastern influence" ) and "amazing" wines are deemed "worth it."
August
French · CBD · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

John Besh's "rarified" CBD flagship is a "masterpiece" whose "beautiful" , "Gone With the Wind" –style interior and "invisible but omnipresent" staff set the scene for a "genuine dining experience" focused around a "wonderfully creative" French menu with a "NOLA twist" (it also boasts "sublime" wine pairings); the "cost is high" for the "memorable experience" , but fans say it's "worth the splurge" ; P.S. Friday lunch is a "great deal."
The Grill Room
American · CBD · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"Exquisite" , "elegant" surroundings and a commensurate menu of upscale Contemporary Louisiana cuisine attract a high-end clientele to this "plush" choice in the CBD's Windsor Court Hotel; nearly "perfect service" contributes to a "simply superb" experience, helping to make the high tabs "worth every penny."
GW Fins
Seafood · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"Creative" presentations of fish resemble "fine art" at this "high-end" French Quarter restaurant helmed by the "outstanding" Tenney Flynn, who can "make a seafood lover out of anyone" (the biscuits are "addictive" too); adding to the "all-around excellent" experience, the "beautiful" , airy space is "extremely well managed" by a "polished" crew that cultivates regulars, including "hard-core foodies" , who return "time and time again."
Muriel's Jackson Square
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

Despite its location on a "busy corner" in the Quarter, this "classy" , old-world restaurant is definitely "not just for tourists" , what with its "superior execution" of traditional Creole favorites ( "don't miss" the turtle soup); prices aren't cheap, but "delightful" drinks, an "awesome" jazz brunch and "professional" service "all add up to a magical experience" – and remember to check out "the séance room upstairs" , where the "resident ghost" hangs out.
Cafe Amelie
Southern American · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

This "romantic" French Quarter "hideaway" boasts a lush courtyard whose "relaxing atmosphere is the essence of the city" , a "gorgeous" spot to partake of "exceptionally prepared" Contemporary Louisiana cuisine; there's also indoor seating available in a "rustic" carriage house, but either way, service is "attentive" and Saturday and Sunday brunch is "awesome."
Bayona
American · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

Chef Susan Spicer "never disappoints" at this "long-standing sparkler" in the French Quarter, where "sublime" Contemporary Louisiana fare is prepared with "innovative tweaks" and paired with an "amazing" wine list whose "sole purpose" is to complement the food; "thoughtful, personalized" service is part of the "high-end" package, helping to ensure that whether diners opt for the cottage's "intimate" interior or the "charming courtyard" , "every aspect of the experience is memorable."
Mr. B's Bistro
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"Pure joy" rave fans about the "wonderful" Contemporary Louisiana fare at this French Quarter "masterpiece" by the Brennan family, which stars "famous" BBQ shrimp that's "worth" getting "sauce up to your elbows" (bibs are provided) and gumbo ya ya that's truly "ya, ya, ya!" ; add in an "extensive" wine list, "class-act" waiters and a "sophisticated" yet "lively" vibe, and no wonder many consider it a "go-to for family entertaining" as well as a "gold standard" for business dining.
Antoine's Restaurant
French · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"No New Orleans trip is complete" without a "sumptuous" French-Creole meal at this "classic of all classics" (established 1840) "in the heart of the French Quarter" , where "oysters Rockefeller was invented" ; the "elegant" setting is "composed of many rooms" that boast "museum-quality artifacts" ( "ask for a guided tour" ), so even if prices are thoroughly modern, everything else is a "throwback to a more gracious time" ; P.S. Sunday is brunch only.
Tableau
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.1

"Soul, imagination and joie de vivre abound" at this "beautiful" , "elegant" adjunct to the historic Le Petit Théâtre in "the heart of the French Quarter" , where chef John Martin works up "innovative interpretations of Creole classics" ; though a few say this Dickie Brennan restaurant is "still working out some kinks" , most patrons "love sitting on the balcony" and "people-watching."
Ralph's On The Park
Contemporary Louisiana · Mid-City · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

With "breathtaking" balcony views of City Park oaks "dripping with moss" , Ralph Brennan's "elegant" Mid-City namesake provides a "romantic" backdrop for enjoying "high-quality" Contemporary Louisianan fare from a "dependable kitchen" ; though pricey, it's "the perfect place to celebrate" , making anything from "company functions" to "after-work" drinks from the "cool bar" a "memorable experience."
Broussard's Restaurant
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"The epitome of quiet elegance" , this "upscale" French Quarter "beauty" stuns diners with its "classic" good looks as well as its "excellent" , "up-to-date" Creole-French cuisine; an "impeccable" staff heightens the "civilized" atmosphere, delighting diners with a "special" experience that's "worth every dollar" ; P.S. it's got a "wonderful" courtyard too.