Best Restaurants Open Late in New Orleans

When munchies strike in the night, head here.
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

New Orleans doesn't really get going until late-- just like many revelers' appetites. Soak up the booze with grub ranging from burgers to beignets.

Cafe Du Monde
Cafe · French Quarter · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.9

"Scrumptious" , "piping hot" beignets sprinkled with "magic fairy dust" (aka confectionery sugar) and "out-of-this-world" coffee, including a "wonderful" chicory version, make this "legendary" French Quarter cafe one of "the best ways to start your day in the Big Easy" – or end it (it's open 24 hours); the huge, mostly open-air space is often "crowded" and service is "all function, no frills" , but "tourists and locals alike" are "greatly entertained" by the "people-watching" ; P.S. "don't wear black" – you're almost "guaranteed" to leave covered in powdered sugar.
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."
Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Wine Bar · Bywater · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 3.8

"Hipsters" and the occasional celeb can be spotted "mingling and laughing" at this "bohemian" Bywater Eclectic bistro that serves "the most delectable, cheap small plates you can imagine" and "doubles as a wine shop" ; "lush trees with strings of lights" overhang a courtyard with "haute lowbrow style" (mismatched tables and chairs) where nightly live music soundtracks a "crazy backyard party" that would "make Bacchus proud."
ROOT
Eclectic · Lower Garden District · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

"Catering to the daring gourmet" , chef/co-owner Phillip Lopez offers a "wickedly inventive" menu of Eclectic and New American "food experiments" starring "local, sustainable" ingredients at his "hip" Warehouse District hangout; though the menu may be "too exotic for some" (who proclaim it "just strange" ), adventurous types, guided by a "knowledgeable" staff, "try as many dishes" as their appetites – and wallets – allow.
13 Monaghan
Bar · Faubourg Marigny · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

The “late-night snack options” at this “vegan-friendly dive bar” on the Faubourg Marigny's buzzing Frenchmen Street are “better than most bar food” say "hipsters" and "tourists" in the know; a “colorful and pleasant staff” contributes to the “hole-in-the-wall’s” easygoing "New Orleans feel” while mixing “excellent” Bloody Marys and pouring from the “good beer selection" ; P.S. must be 21 or over.
Saint Lawrence
Bar · French Quarter · $$

In the French Quarter but a bit "off the beaten path" , this American restaurant and bar slings "elevated bar fare" complemented by "outstanding" drinks ranging from "delish cocktails" to frozen Pimm's Cup daiquiris; low tabs and the brick-walled setting's "great vibe" help boost its profile as a solid refuge "away from the hustle and bustle."