Best Seafood in New Orleans

Get hooked on these top seafood spots
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Raw oysters, crawfish pie, crab cakes, shrimp etouffee-- there's a lot to love when fresh Gulf seafood meets Creole and Cajun cuisine. We've netted the top seafood restaurant picks in a town known for great catches.

GW Fins
Seafood · French Quarter · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.6

"Creative" presentations of fish resemble "fine art" at this "high-end" French Quarter restaurant helmed by the "outstanding" Tenney Flynn, who can "make a seafood lover out of anyone" (the biscuits are "addictive" too); adding to the "all-around excellent" experience, the "beautiful" , airy space is "extremely well managed" by a "polished" crew that cultivates regulars, including "hard-core foodies" , who return "time and time again."
Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Seafood · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.3 · Service 4.2

Near the airport in Kenner is this "great little neighborhood" joint slinging some of the "best" seafood around, particularly the "phenomenal" oysters and po' boys; the "small" space is no-frills ( "bright lights" , wood paneling), but "reasonable prices" keep it "crowded" – still, it's "worth the wait" as the staff makes everyone "feel at home" , even if you're just "popping in before flying out" ; P.S. fresh catch is available to go from its next-door market.
Middendorf's
Seafood · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

This "laid-back" seafood "institution" on Akers' "beautiful Lake Maurepas" has been "wowing locals and tourists alike" for decades with its "legendary" "thin-cut" fried catfish ( "greaseless, golden wafers of weightless wonder" ) and fresh gulf offerings; a "friendly" staff perks things up in the no-frills interior, but insiders advise "eat out on the deck with the cool lake breeze and water view."
Pêche Seafood Grill
Seafood · Warehouse District · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

Chef Ryan Prewitt has "the entire city buzzing" over the "incredible" straight-from-the-Gulf seafood dishes "prepared simply over a wood grill" at this "cool" Warehouse District member of Donald Link's empire (Cochon et al.), where the "terrific" staff includes "hard-working" , "precision" mixologists; the "huge" , "energetic" space is often "packed" , and though it preserves the "charm" of its past life as a carriage house, it can also "sound like one" (i.e. "a bit noisy" ) – still, that's the "only drawback."
Drago's Metairie
Seafood · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Get the charbroiled oysters" rave fans of this Metairie–Warehouse District seafood shrine, then "sop up the buttery sauce with your French bread" for a "sinful and heavenly" delight – just leave room to try the entrees, which include "ample" lobsters, gumbo and fried seafood platters "crowded" with fresh catch; a "well-organized" staff maintains an even keel in the "loud" , "bustling" setting, making a meal here "a lot of fun."
Drago's Hilton
Seafood · Warehouse District · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

"Get the charbroiled oysters" rave fans of this Metairie–Warehouse District seafood shrine, then "sop up the buttery sauce with your French bread" for a "sinful and heavenly" delight – just leave "room to try the entrees" , which include "ample" lobsters, gumbo and fried seafood platters "crowded" with fresh catch; a "well-organized" staff maintains an even keel in the "loud" , "bustling" setting, making a meal here "a lot of fun."
Deanie's Seafood Restaurant
Seafood · French Quarter · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

“Bring your appetite” ( “or a few people with you” ) when dining at these “big, casual, noisy seafood houses” where you can “get the giant seafood platter” : a “hot, fresh and yummy” heap of “deep-fried heaven” that includes oysters, shrimp, catfish, soft-shell crabs and crawfish croquettes at “a very good value” ; a “sassy" staff makes a trip to the “always-busy” “family” setting feel “like coming home, baby!”