Best New Orleans Restaurants

10 Top New Orleans Eateries

best new orleans restaurantsPlanning a trip to New Orleans? Get ready to eat. This southern city is known for its spicy Creole food, smooth Jazz music, and excellent nightlife all rolled into one. With a city so famous for food, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Before you step out of your chic condo rental, it pays to have a plan when it comes to dining in New Orleans. Keep reading for a list of 10 excellent restaurants in New Orleans including some old classics and some new favorites too.

1. Antoine's
Antoine's might just be the most famous Creole restaurant in the French Quarter. In other cities, this might mean that you should be wary of the quality, but this isn't the case at Antoine's. Open for over 150 years, this restaurant specializes in comfort food.

2. Commander's Palace
Another well-known Creole restaurant in New Orleans is Commander's Palace. Here in the Garden District is the restaurant many frequent visitors call their favorite in the entire city. Taste all the Louisiana seafood, and don't skip out on dessert.

3. Delmonico Restaurant
Run by New Orleans' most famous chef, Emeril, Delmonico Restaurant lures visitors looking for his famous spicy and inventive cuisine. Located in the Central Business District, a side of buttermilk-battered onion rings is essential at this restaurant.

4. Ye Olde College Inn
There are many Creole restaurants that can break the bank in New Orleans - and then there's Ye Olde College Inn. This affordable restaurant is known for its excellent po' boys and fried soft shell crabs. For a casual dinner and some live music, you can't beat it.

5. Galatoire's
For a fancy night on the town, indulge in the fine French food of Galatoire's. Run by the same family since 1905, this is an excellent place to savor local seafood in an elegant environment. If your taste buds need a night off from spicy Creole options, you will enjoy the smooth flavors of Galatoire's.

6. Arnaud's
Another top classic New Orleans restaurant, Arnaud's serves up its own interpretations of Creole cuisine. Praised for its atmosphere and great dishes including both seafood and steaks, Arnaud's has both a formal dining room and a more casual jazz bistro and choose whichever suits your mood.

7. Acme Oyster House
A legend in the French Quarter, the Acme Oyster House is where you want to go to sample legendary Louisiana seafood without the frills. This crowded spot is the best place in town to suck down a few oysters on the half shell as appetizers for the evening.

8. Broussard's
This Creole restaurant in the French Quarter has reinvented itself in recent years, serving up quality fresh fish and inventive dishes too. Locals love Broussard's for its rich desserts - the perfect complement to a lighter fish dinner.

9. Clancy's
The name might sound more Irish pub than Creole restaurant, but this spicy cuisine is exactly what you'll find at Clancy's. Located uptown, this restaurant is a local favorite. Visitors who want to venture beyond their French Quarter vacation rental and rub elbows with locals will love Clancy's.

10. Ralph's on the Park
Depending on the length of your trip, you might be looking for a break from Creole food. Ralph's on the Park serves up straightforward continental fare, including roasted fish and filet mignon. Views of the oak trees draped in Spanish moss are a bonus for this New Orleans restaurant.

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