Best Food in the French Quarter

July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

High-end art galleries and voodoo trinkets share real estate with one-of-a-kind eateries in the French Quarter. Take in N’awlin’s unique culture as you enjoy a relaxing meal at one of the area’s many standout restaurants or open-air bars.

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."
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."
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."
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

"Huge hunks of prime beef prepared to perfection" and "great drinks" are the draw at this "old-fashioned" French Quarter subterranean steakhouse with a "clubby" , "masculine" atmosphere; a "knowledgeable" staff that "magically" anticipates every need completes the "first-class" experience, though since "cost is always at a premium" , it's best for "special occasions" and "expense-account" situations.
Irene's
Italian · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Garlic lovers are "unable to pass" by the "delicious" scent "wafting" from this "very special" French Quarter spot without stopping in for some truly "terrific" , "authentic" Italian fare complemented by "world-class" wines; "everyone becomes friends after a few cocktails" in the piano bar, which is an "enjoyable" place to wait for a table (a common occurrence, even with reservations) in the "charming" , "romantic" dining room patrolled by a "wonderful" staff.