Best Restaurants Near Bourbon Street

In between the rowdy bars you'll find great burgers, steaks and seafood
November 29, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Bourbon Street may be best known for the boozy exploits of tourists and plenty of colorful characters, but the world-famous locale (and adjacent streets) also boast some of the world's best food. Here are some great places to get the party started (or head to for a late-night food fix).

Bourbon House
Seafood · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.3

The "Brennan touch shows" at this "handsome, boisterous" French Quarter seafooder, where fresh-shucked Gulf of Mexico bivalves "come with a pedigree" and New Orleans classics pair with a "great selection of bourbons" or a frozen bourbon milk punch ( "a delicious combination of alcoholic drink and dessert" ); this "elegant" haven also boasts a "great view of Bourbon Street" and an "efficient and courteous" staff, which just adds to the "bon temps."
Galatoires
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.
Red Fish Grill
Seafood · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

Located at the threshold of "bawdy, gaudy Bourbon Street" in the French Quarter is this "relaxed" , "unpretentious" seafood house offering Ralph Brennan's signature fare at a relative "bargain" , including double-chocolate bread pudding worthy of "a death-row meal" ; though the "touristy" spot "can be a little noisy" , the busy waiters "never get rattled" , resulting in a "swimmingly great time."
Pat O'Brien's
Bar · French Quarter
Food - · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

"They serve food?" ask surprised fans of the "liquid nourishment" at this Bourbon Street "tourist heaven" where servers "keep your glass full" of the "requisite" hurricanes, and "decent" , relatively "affordable" Creole fare is overshadowed by the "boisterous" "party" in the "must-see" courtyard with its "famous flaming fountain" and "unbelievable" "dueling pianos" ; sure, it may be "commercialized" , but many deem it a "classic New Orleans experience" that everyone should have "at least once."
The Bayou Burger & Sports Company
Sports Bar · French Quarter · $$

The name says it all at these NoLa hangouts known for sports-themed menus of inventive burgers – beef, venison and roast beef patties with toppings like grilled jalapeños, house bacon and smoked gouda bechamel – plus salads, sandwiches, tacos and skillet fries.The bar pours up beer and spirits in no-frills surrounds with plenty of TVs showing sports.
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.
NOLA Restaurant
Contemporary Louisiana · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Another "bam good" Emeril Lagasse "gem" , this brassy French Quarter destination offers "wonderful" , "inspired" Contemporary Louisiana dishes in a "cool" warehouse setting that's "slightly more casual" than the chef's flagship spot; completing the "pleasurable" experience are "outstanding" servers who treat guests "as celebrities" , leading fans to advise "if you're ready to lay down some money, you can't go wrong here."