Best Contemporary Louisiana Cuisine in New Orleans

July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated spots for contemporary New Orleans cuisine.

Brigtsen's Restaurant
Contemporary Louisiana · Carrollton · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.7

"Incredibly talented" chef Frank Brigtsen is a "wizard with seafood" , putting a "wonderful" "spin" on Cajun-Creole "favorites" at his "tucked-away" Carrollton cottage where the prices are "reasonable" for such "reliably" "delightful" dinners; the small, "quaint" rooms have a "warm, comfortable" vibe and the staff is "so friendly you may feel like you're at home" , so some may need reminding that it's "not proper etiquette to lick your plate clean."
Contemporary Louisiana · Uptown · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.4

This "hidden neighborhood gem" rewards "locals and tourists" who venture "off the beaten path" Uptown with an "excellent" menu full of "creative" Contemporary Louisiana offerings, all served by a "charming" staff in an "intimate" space trimmed with salvaged materials; the "awesome" weekend brunch entices patrons to "spend the day slurping up the Bloody Mary bar and swaying to live music" – just "make sure to make a reservation" ; P.S. brunch, minus the music, is also offered Monday, Thursday and Friday.
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."
Contemporary Louisiana · Uptown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Tucked in a quaint Uptown cottage" , this "bistro" dishes up "light and delicious" Contemporary Louisiana eats "with a Creole twist" by chef Matt Farmer, whose menu also easily "accommodates vegetarians" ; while the "small" , handsome hangout's dinner service is "top-notch" , some say it's "even better for brunch" , thanks to "bottomless mimosas" and "impressive" Bloody Marys.
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."