Intimate spot for Italian fare
Italian · French Quarter · $$$
The Zagat Review
Garlic lovers are "unable to pass" by the "delicious" scent "wafting" from this "very special" French Quarter spot without stopping in for some truly "terrific" , "authentic" Italian fare complemented by "world-class" wines; "everyone becomes friends after a few cocktails" in the piano bar, which is an "enjoyable" place to wait for a table (a common occurrence, even with reservations) in the "charming" , "romantic" dining room patrolled by a "wonderful" staff.
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hours Open Today · 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
location 529 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA phone +1 504-529-8811 website directions Get Directions
What To Order
Crabmeat gratin
Soft-shell crabs
Bananas Foster bread pudding
Insider Tip
Even though you might have reservations, still plan on waiting a bit on busy nights. Without a reservation, expect on sitting tight for at least an hour.
Zagat Mentions of Irene's
Google Reviews
Tucked away, we only noticed the sign because it has my wife’s name...Irene. This being our first night in New Orleans, we had wandered around looking for somewhere to eat, so seeing the name we knew it had to be a sign! We stood outside, listening to the nice music wafting out and beckoning us in. Without a reservation we expected to wait, but they found us somewhere immediately. We arrived at seven but within an hour the place was rammed full. The menu looked good and it was hard to choose what to eat. Coming from London we didn’t find the prices unreasonable, especially as the food was superb. Top marks. The wine list was comprehensive and reasonable too. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. Irene’s has a welcoming atmosphere and all the busy waiters had a smile or nod of recognition for us. Being picky, the air con was a tad too strong where we were sitting, especially if sitting underneath, but aside from that, the place is great. Thoroughly recommended.
Paul M Calvert · February 16, 2018
What an absolute gem. Lovely Italian/creole neighborhood restaurant in the French Quarter. We happened to make it for their grand re-opening after a move. It was slow to get a table, but it was their first night in a new space which was understandable. Beautifully unpretentious food - if I lived closer I’d be a regular.
Tim Zerillo · March 18, 2018
Can't say enough about this place. You will be greeted by tons of people walking in the door. We tried to walk in on a week night and it was packed with a 1.5-hour wait. We went back the next night and they remembered us and actually thanked us for coming back! We had chicken and lamb dishes, which were delightful and we each had a glass of red wine. Our server was great and efficient. Highly recommend!
Lauren Keen · January 23, 2018