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The Best of the Rest: Dining Outside of the French Quarter

March 2 2020 | What's New

Believe it or not, the French Quarter isn’t the only place to eat in New Orleans. There are many other charming neighborhoods throughout New Orleans where you can enjoy a great meal. Here are some of our favorite restaurants, scattered through the rest of the city.

CBD/Warehouse District

In between the trendy condos and stylish art galleries built into 19th-century warehouses, you can find many gems for a great place to eat. The CBD, as we locals like to call it, is south of Canal Street and includes many hotels, the convention center, the Superdome and the busiest skyscrapers.


Gordon Biersch Brewery

Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch offers more than just beer. They pair their brews with shockingly good food. We’re partial to the Bratwurst Sliders and the Warm Apple Bread Pudding is pretty fab as well. Learn more


Grand Isle Restaurant

Grand Isle

Grand Isle offers fresh seafood in an upscale Louisiana fishing camp atmosphere along with an extensive wine and beer menu. Highlights include their Redfish on the Half Shell, Crawfish Beignets, Fisherman’s Stew and their Sticky Baby Back Ribs. Learn more


Mulate's Cajun Restaurant

Mulates

Two-step over to Mulate’s by the Convention Center for some truly great Cajun food and music. Find out for yourself why Mulate’s is known as the “King of Cajun Dine and Dance Halls.”. Learn more


Dave & Buster's

Dave & Buster's

This playground for gamers has a winning menu as well. Their Asian Chicken Wonton Nachos and Chicken and Waffle Sliders are two of our favorites. Learn more


Streetcar Restaurant

Streetcar Restaurant

Make this eatery in the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome on your list of stops. The Honey Jalapeño Shrimp is mighty fine, and once you’ve had their fried shrimp po-boy with remoulade sauce it’s hard to order anything else. Learn more


City Park

Explore the largest municipal park in the United States, check out the New Orleans Museum Of Art, then indulge in some culinary art. City Park is located in the northern part of the city, between the Lakeview and Gentilly neighborhoods.


Ralph's on the Park

Ralph's on the Park

Ralph’s offers views of the beautiful City Park and indulgent, whimsical treats. There’s not just one or two must-haves on this menu–everything looks good. Consider starting with the Rib-eye Wrapped Scallops or the Seared Chappapeela Farms Duck Breast. Learn more


Café Degas

Café Degas

You need to see the beautiful houses on Esplanade Avenue before you go home and brunch, lunch or dinner at Café Degas is a good excuse to get over there. We love this place. They have a mean Bloody Mary and their French onion soup is superb. This is where you go to dine outside in New Orleans. Learn more


Faubourg Marigny

Marigny shares the northern border with the French Quarter. In this part of the city, you can find up and coming neighborhoods with classic New Orleans architecture. It’s a lot like the restaurants that you can find here. There’s a mix of long-time favorites, as well as new restaurants that are worth checking out.


Suis Generis

Suis Generis

Experience a food evolution at Suis Generis. They have an ever-changing menu that updates based on ingredients that are available locally and in-season. Check suisgeneris.com every Friday around 4 p.m. to see what they have planned for the upcoming week. Learn more


Garden District

Head Uptown on a streetcar and explore the Garden District, a part of the city that is known for its beauty in both the scenery and architecture. Here you can find a mix of restaurants that are perfect to mix with a day of sightseeing or shopping.


Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace

It doesn’t get any more New Orleans than Commander’s Palace, the place that gave Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, and so many others their starts. The Turtle Soup is a must as is the Bread Pudding Soufflé. Learn more


Pascal's Manale

Pascal's Manale

Since 1913, Pascal’s Manale has been serving up delicious cuisine, including their Original Pascal’s Barbeque Shrimp on Napoleon Avenue. The shrimp is their specialty, but it doesn’t stop there. They also have an oyster bar, a number of Italian dishes, plenty of seafood items and much more on their menu. Learn more


Reginelli's Pizza

Reginelli's Pizza

Reginelli’s on Magazine Street has some of the best pizza in the city, as well as a number of other casual Italian options including calzones, pitas, salads and sandwiches. You’ll be thinking about this pizza long after you get back home. Learn more


Lakefront/Lakefront Airport/Lakeview

Lake Pontchartrain is the second largest fresh water lake in the U.S. and a beautiful sight to behold both at night, when the sun sets, or during the day, when you can watch the pelicans drip and dive for fish while getting your own fill of fresh seafood.


Landry's Seafood House

Landry's Seafood House

While Landry’s in the French Quarter offers views of Jackson Square and the Mississippi River, their sister on the Lakefront gives you a front-row seat of Lake Pontchartrain, plus it adjoins the historic Canal Lighthouse and Museum. It’s a great place to enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine and more. Learn more


Messina's Runway Café

Messina's Runway Café

If you love art deco and good food, treat yourself to a trip to Messina’s Runway Café. They offer daily Blue Plate Specials and a fabulous brunch. If you’ve never had Debris Fries, dig in here. Learn more


Rizzuto's Restaurant & Chop House

Rizzuto's Restaurant & Chop House

This is the kind of place the Rat Pack would come to for real Italian cuisine and ambiance. Savor “La Dolce Vita”–the sweet life–by enjoying these sumptuous old-world recipes. Learn more


Deanie's

Deanie's

When it’s crawfish season, New Orleans heads to Deanie’s at the Lakefront. And while you won’t get a view of the lake, you’ll find the seafood platter here a sight to behold. Learn more


Metairie

Metairie is the near suburb of New Orleans, about ten to fifteen minutes away from the French Quarter, if the traffic is behaving on the Expressway. Even if it’s not, there’s a couple of reasons to explore Metairie.


Andrea's

Andrea's

Andrea’s is one of the top Italian restaurants in the New Orleans area and features a five-star American, Northern Italian and seafood entrees with professional European style service. You really can’t go wrong with anything on this menu but the Ossobuco Milanese is TDF. Learn more


Acme Oyster House

Acme Oyster

Go where the locals go for fresh oysters– Acme on Veterans. It has the authenticity and charm of the French Quarter restaurant without the parking woes. Start with a dozen Chargrilled Oysters and seriously consider the 10 Napkin Roast Beef Po-Boy. Learn more


Byblos Mediterranean

Byblos Mediterranean

Craving some Greek, Lebanese or coastal Mediterranean cuisine? Byblos is a fun, casual Mediterranean restaurant on Metairie Road. They use fresh, savory ingredients to create their dishes and their house-made hummus is a must-try. Learn more


Porter & Luke's

Porter & Luke's

Yes, we really do eat Fried Green Tomatoes in the South and Porter & Luke’s does it right. They also do a mean Fried Chicken. Get your hungry self over there. Learn more


Loft 18

Loft 18

Swing into Loft18 on Metairie Road for simulated golf, craft beers and cocktails, fun shareables and entrees, and a special menu “Fore! The Kids.” Learn more


Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon

You don’t have to be a football fan to love Bobby Hebert’s–just a fan of New Orleans food. This Metairie Restaurant is a fun place to meet up with friends for beers, drinks and casual fare. Learn more


Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

It’s always gumbo season in New Orleans! Chef Ron’s recipes are the best. Missing his gumbo is a no-no! Learn more



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