Best Restaurants Near City Park in New Orleans

Dine in an old church or an 1860s home
November 29, 2017
by Zagat Staff

The 1,300-acre City Park is a popular oasis in the middle of New Orleans and one of the oldest urban parks in the U.S., dating back to 1854. The surrounding neighborhoods are packed with delightful eateries, the best of which you'll find here.

Ralph's On The Park
Contemporary Louisiana · Mid-City · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

With "breathtaking" balcony views of City Park oaks "dripping with moss" , Ralph Brennan's "elegant" Mid-City namesake provides a "romantic" backdrop for enjoying "high-quality" Contemporary Louisianan fare from a "dependable kitchen" ; though pricey, it's "the perfect place to celebrate" , making anything from "company functions" to "after-work" drinks from the "cool bar" a "memorable experience."
Asian · Mid-City · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

"High cuisine meets street food" at this Mid-City pho joint, where the cooking "marries Creole and Vietnamese" cuisines, resulting in "innovative eats" with flavors that make fans "want to lick the bowl" ; mo perks include "great cocktails" (including a bubble tea variety) and the patio (which hosts weekly "pig roasts" ).
Toups Meatery
Cajun · Mid-City · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.3

"If you're a carnivore, this is your restaurant" rave fans of this rustic Mid-City meatery, where chef/co-owner Isaac Toups' contemporary Cajun menu features "fantastic" house-cured charcuterie, some of the "best" cracklin's around and other "Flintstones-sized" hunks of meat – "it's so good you could eat it all, just not on the same day" ; paired with a cocktail pitcher or a beer from the "mostly local" selection, everything "tastes like happiness."
Blue Oak BBQ
Barbecue · Mid-City · $

Southern barbecue is what it's about at this Mid-City destination (a permanent location of the happening pop-up) known for specialty sandwiches, pit plates and classic sides served in laid-back digs.
Cafe Degas
French · Bayou St. John · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

It's "like you're at a cafe in Paris" at this "charming" , "classic French bistro" in Bayou St. John that impresses patrons with its "rich" , "delicious" fare and "nice wine list" ; an "enclosed porch (complete with the tree coming through)" helps paint "the perfect setting for a romantic date" , making it "highly recommended."
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Sandwich · Bayou St. John · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.6 · Service 3.9

"Don't overthink it" advise patrons of this "iconic" Bayou St. John po' boy shop, because "you can't go wrong" with anything on the "drool" -worthy menu, whether it's the "rave" -about roast-beef version or the "over-the-top" oyster sandwich – just make sure to "grab a handful of napkins" ; "the line moves quickly" , so while you wait to order at the counter, grab a drink from the "friendly" bartenders and ogle the vintage ephemera in this century-old "New Orleans tradition."
Contemporary Louisiana · Lakeview · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Susan Spicer can do no wrong" proclaim fans of her Lakeview venture, where a "constantly changing" menu of "inspired" Contemporary Louisiana fare sparkles with "eclectic" global influences; the "relaxed" , "contemporary" setting is staffed by an "accommodating" crew, making this "neighborhood gem" a "great" place to "visit and catch up with family."
Vessel NOLA
American · Mid-City · $$

Set in a historic former church, this Mid-City Mediterranean dishes up seasonal coastal fare with Louisiana inspirations – think Gulf snapper crudo, charcuterie and creative flatbreads – in a striking space complete with original stained-glass windows, Gothic chandeliers and high ceilings. True to the restaurant's name, the bar serves its cocktails, beer bombers and wine in thoughtfully chosen vessels.