Best Restaurants Near Jackson Square

Enjoy muffalettas, shrimp and grits, plus beignets near this iconic site
November 29, 2017
by Zagat Staff

Chances are you've seen a postcard, social media selfie or New Orleans–based TV show featuring Jackson Square in the background. The statue of president Andrew Jackson is a dead giveaway if you're wandering through the French Quarter and wondering if you're in the right spot. You'll find amazing food in all directions from this monumental start.

Muriel's Jackson Square
Creole · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.4

Despite its location on a "busy corner" in the Quarter, this "classy" , old-world restaurant is definitely "not just for tourists" , what with its "superior execution" of traditional Creole favorites ( "don't miss" the turtle soup); prices aren't cheap, but "delightful" drinks, an "awesome" jazz brunch and "professional" service "all add up to a magical experience" – and remember to check out "the séance room upstairs" , where the "resident ghost" hangs out.
American · The Strip · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

This “hidden gem” in the Wynn’s south tower delivers “beautiful presentations” of “wonderfully prepared” New American dishes for breakfast, lunch and brunch in an “elegant” space with views of the hotel’s pool and garden; the “unique” package and “pampering service” comes at a premium, but fans feel the cost is “worth every penny.”
American · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

"A perfect change of pace in the French Quarter" , this "very trendy, very dark" gastropub provokes "multiple foodgasms" thanks to a "sophisticated menu" of "outstanding" American eats (by a chef with a "discriminating palate" ) paired with "well-crafted cocktails" ; whether seated in the "lovely little" courtyard or the carriage house's "ancient-feeling" interior, patrons enjoy a "hip" "foodie experience" at a relatively "moderate price."
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.
Doris Metropolitan New Orleans
Steakhouse · French Quarter · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.4

"Unbelievable" meats are dry-aged on-site at this "trendy" , "fabulous" French Quarter steakhouse, though regulars warn the squeamish to "avoid looking at the meat locker" on the way into the "beautiful, contemporary" dining room where a "top-notch" staff awaits; tabs are "expensive" , but the "melt-in-your-mouth" cuts, "breathtakingly flavorful" appetizers (some with a "Mideastern influence" ) and "amazing" wines are deemed "worth it."
Cajun · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.2 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

Take "a step back in time" at this circa-1856 French Quarter "treasure" , where the "classic" five-course Creole prix fixe dinner is "augmented by an imaginative [à la carte] menu" ; "service is impeccable" in the "handsome" , "old high-ceilinged dining room" (and "historic" stand-up bar), and fans recommend "a classic grasshopper cocktail" in the place where it was reportedly created.
Cafe Amelie
Southern American · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

This "romantic" French Quarter "hideaway" boasts a lush courtyard whose "relaxing atmosphere is the essence of the city" , a "gorgeous" spot to partake of "exceptionally prepared" Contemporary Louisiana cuisine; there's also indoor seating available in a "rustic" carriage house, but either way, service is "attentive" and Saturday and Sunday brunch is "awesome."
Central Grocery and Deli
French Quarter · $

Though it may not be much to look at, this petite, circa-1906 French Quarter grocer is famous for its muffaletta: a dinner plate–sized Italian sandwich piled with ham, mortadella, salami, provolone, Swiss cheese and olive salad, all on Sicilian sesame bread. Guests stand in the line that snakes through the old-school store, order the sandwich and eat it at the back counter.