New Restaurants and Bars in New Orleans

A weekly updated guide to the latest openings
November 20, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

You can’t stay on top of the New Orleans dining scene without knowing what’s new — which is why we offer this indispensable list of the most notable restaurant openings around town. We’ll update the guide every week, keeping the latest openings at the top of the page.

Briquette
Seafood · Warehouse District · $$$

Contemporary coastal cuisine is the focus of this Warehouse District destination which emphasizes seafood and locally sourced meats, along with craft cocktails and wines. Rustic wood beams, exposed brick walls lined with arched French doors and a large windowed kitchen create an industrial-chic atmosphere.
Gabrielle Restaurant
Cajun · Treme · $$

The second incarnation of a longstanding Mid City eatery – the original location shuttered after Hurricane Katrina – this family-run Treme outpost offers sophisticated yet unflashy Cajun fare like braised rabbit, slow-roasted duck and crabmeat-stuffed Gulf fish, plus wine and classic cocktails. The cozy space, with its colorful paintings, polished wood, white tablecloths and simple tile floors, mirrors the menu’s timeless simplicity.
Curio
American · French Quarter · $$$

Chef Hayley Vanvleet (Peche, Cochon Butcher) helms this French Quarter bistro, where California-style seafood meets Creole tradition in dishes like steamed coconut-ginger mussels and coriander-spiced blackened redfish, plus wine and cocktails. Originally a 19th-century curio shop, the space channels its eclectic past with colorful artwork, mustard-hued banquettes, black and white floor tiles and a scenic wraparound deck.
One Stone
Cafe · Algiers Point · $

Single-origin coffee from Uptown’s Mojo roasters and tea from Boston’s MEM Tea dominate the menu at this light-filled Algiers Point cafe, which also serves pastries, egg dishes and other light daytime fare. The lofty space sports a hipster-chic aesthetic: white walls, marble countertops, midcentury furnishings and empty birdcages suspended from the ceiling.
Ted Brennan's Decatur Restaurant
French · French Quarter · $$$

A culinary tribute to the New Orleans of yesteryear, this family-run French Quarter brasserie serves elegant Creole classics like eggs sardou, turtle soup and bananas Foster alongside time-honored cocktails over two spacious stories. Pastel-hued walls, rustic exposed brick, vintage paintings and black-and-white floor tile complete the throwback dining experience.
Tito's Ceviche & Pisco
Peruvian · Uptown · $$

Peru’s diverse culinary history is showcased inside this Magazine Street bistro, where traditional seafood and meat dishes join a roster of pisco-centric cocktails. French doors, taupe banquettes, white tablecloths and a shady outdoor terrace create a casually refined atmosphere.
Nomiya
Japanese · Uptown · $$

Featuring a menu of pork buns, mochi and two kinds of pork ramen ('creamy' and 'too spicy') plus add-ins like bamboo shoots, pickled ginger, soy eggs and toasted garlic oil, this noodle shop brings a taste of Japanese bar culture to Uptown. Inside, the narrow space buzzes with energy thanks to purple neon lighting, playful spray-painted walls and a bustling open kitchen.
Saffron nola
Indian · Uptown · $$$

The brick-and-mortar version of a former pop-up, this Uptown eatery blends Indian flavors with local ingredients, resulting in dishes like spicy pork vindaloo, curried gumbo and tamarind shrimp, plus inventive cocktails and wine. The sophisticated, interior has a midcentury look with velvet-lined booths, copper accents and cherry woods.
Public Service
Bar · CBD · $$$

Located inside the Central Business District hotel NOPSI, this stylish Southern-inspired eatery draws on regional ingredients for dishes like Gulf Coast crab dip spiked with local beer, tasso ham hushpuppies and crawfish mac 'n' cheese. The copper-topped bar, home to a whiskey-heavy cocktail program, gleams under artful chandeliers, while the beige-toned dining room makes a polished, spacious backdrop.