Best French Quarter Restaurants

Explore the culinary nooks and crannies of this historic entertainment and residential district
November 29, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Ah, the French Quarter. Nothing like walking through the streets here to feel like you've been transported back in time. With a blend of century-old restaurants and hot new spots, however, you'll find exactly what you need to transport your taste buds too.

Eat New Orleans
Creole · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

This "out-of-the-way" Cajun-Southern "gathering place" in the French Quarter draws locals and visitors with "outstanding" farm-to-table "homestyle cooking" served up by a "knowledgeable" staff; prices are easygoing, and "you can't beat" the BYO policy – it's just another way this "go-to" offers "good value" ; P.S. weekend brunch is the perfect way "to regain strength" after some late-night carousing.
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."
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.
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.
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."
SoBou Restaurant
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.2

This "stylish, happening" gathering place in the French Quarter's W Hotel divides its focus between "innovative" , "classed-up" bar food with a Creole touch and "top-notch" craft cocktails delivered by a staff with a "fun attitude" ; but not all fans have to wait for service, since the "gorgeous" , "modern" environs include some tables equipped with self-pour beer and wine taps.
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."
Port of Call
American · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.9

Locals and tourists weigh anchor at this "dark and funky" French Quarter "dive" for "legendary" , "humongous" burgers and "mouthwatering" "loaded baked potatoes" ; there's often "a long wait" , but once you've downed a few "super-big, super-sweet" (and super- "potent" ) monsoons, you'll be raring for either a "clumsy night on the town or a long nap."
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.
French 75
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food - · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.5

"You get what you pay for" at this "posh" "den" of "French-infused" "elegance" attached to Arnaud's restaurant in the Quarter, where "professor-level bartender" Chris Hannah creates a "magical experience" with "crazy good classic cocktails" ( "order the French 75, of course" ); part "cigar bar" , the "intimate" confines are an ideal place to "kick off or end a classy evening" that feels "worlds away from the bro-fest of Bourbon."