Best Steakhouses in New Orleans

Top-rated places to meat and greet.
July 21, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Mouthwatering cuts of tender beer, white tablecloths and genteel atmospheres make these steakhouses a cut above the rest in New Orleans.

Mr. John's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Lower Garden District · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.3

The "quintessential" "neighborhood steakhouse" , this Garden District stalwart offers "exquisite" , "perfectly cooked steaks" served "sizzling" plus "generous" portions of Italian entrees in an "old-school" , "white-tablecloth" setting; prices aren't cheap, but there's free valet parking, so for a "special event" or "date night" , many consider this "the place to go."
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.
La Boca
Argentinean · Warehouse District · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.4

"The place to meat" in the Warehouse District, chef-owner Adolfo Garcia's "jewel" of an Argentine chophouse offers "perfectly cooked steaks" , which include some less common cuts, and "must" -have sides like flash-fried Brussels sprouts; waiters who "know their wines" offer suggestions from an "excellent wine list" "without being pushy" (the pisco sours are muy bueno too) in an upscale, exposed-brick setting.
The Steakhouse
Steakhouse · CBD · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.5

"Everything is delicious" at John Besh's upscale steakhouse at Harrah's Casino, from "fork-tender filets" to "great cocktails" and bread pudding that's "worth a trip back" , all complemented by a "fabulous" wine list and delivered by a "knowledgeable" staff that provides "spot-on recommendations" ; though the food is "pricey" , the chic space hung with iconic blue-dog paintings by Cajun artist George Rodrigue delivers an experience that is "top of the line."
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."
Chophouse New Orleans
Steakhouse · CBD · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

There's an "Old New Orleans" vibe at this "special" , brick-walled CBD steakhouse, where "perfectly cooked" prime beef is paired with "excellent" appetizers (diners "would eat there just for the bread" ), "delicious" family-style sides and "strong drinks" ; yes, it's "on the pricey side" , but "unpretentious" , "wonderful" service adds value, contributing to an overall "fantastic experience."
Emeril's Delmonico
Creole · Lower Garden District · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Emeril Lagasse's Lower Garden District "Creole take on a steakhouse" whisks diners away on an "amazing journey of spice and flavor" with "magnificent" chops and other "innovative" dishes, plus drinks and desserts that are "well worth the calories" ; in keeping with the "high-end" tabs, a professional, "responsive" staff navigates the historic, "sophisticated" space as though "choreographed."