Best Restaurants Near Bourbon Street

In between the rowdy bars you'll find great burgers, steaks and seafood
November 29, 2017
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."
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."