New Orleans French Quarter Restaurants – Why Should You Visit

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Welcome to New Orleans! New Orleans is considered to be one of the most popular cities in the Southern States due to its rich history. What makes it even more fascinating is its heritage embedded in their cuisine. The New Orleans Cuisine is distinctive and is heavily influenced by both the Creole and Cajun cuisines.

French Quarter

French Quarter has many historic and well-known landmarks and attractions. The neighborhood contains many restaurants ranging from formal to casual, patronized by both visitors and locals. These include Antoine’s and Tujague’s (which have been in the business since the 19th century) as well as Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s, Broussard’s and Brennan’s. These are some of the most notable New Orleans French Quarter Restaurants.

The Famous Cajun Dishes and Seafood

Boudin, Gumbo and Jambalaya are the most popular meals in general in New Orleans. These foods are served at nearly every restaurant which are too many to count. Boudin is a type of sausage made from pork, pork liver, rice, garlic, green onions and other spices.


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The classic Jambalaya contains rice, meat (such as chicken or beef), seafood (shrimp or crawfish) and almost anything else. In addition, you will find green peppers, onions, celery, tomatoes and hot chili peppers in the meal.

Gumbos usually come in variations but the one that stands out the most is the original gumbo which is made of chicken and Andouille, a smoked, Cajun sausage made using pork, garlic, pepper, onions, wine and seasonings. The ingredients vary according to what is available including the dried, sassafras leaves which are used to thicken the gumbo after the stew has been cooked.

The Original Pierre Maspero’s

Located at the corner of St. Louis and Chartres, The Original Pierre Maspero’s is a favorite local cajun restaurant offering authentic Cajun cuisine in a comfortable, New Orleans landmark property. You can try the Blackened Jambalaya meal topped with blackened chicken or shrimp of your choice.

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen

If you want to have the best gumbo, look no further than Chef Paul’s famous Kitchen and Courtyard. K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, located in Chartres Street, is a legendary restaurant that serves upscale dishes which feature open kitchens, a beautiful courtyard, event rooms with a balcony overlooking one of the French Quarter’s most traveled streets.

They have a special appetizer called Chicken and Andoulle Gumbo in a cup made of pan-braised chicken which is then cooked in a chicken stock and dark roux and fresh vegetables with Chef Paul’s own Andoullile sausage.

Brennan’s

Located at Royal Street, Brennan’s is another restaurant that not only provides Creole meals but Cajun cuisine as well. Under their breakfast and lunch menu, they provide a special dish called Eggs Cardinal which is made of crispy shrimp boudin, spinach, lobster cardinal and Black Truffle Hollandaise.
They also hold special events and private parties so you can make reservations early to dine at the fine restaurant.

Landry’s House

If you want to experience the best in seafood, try going to Landry’s House which is located in Decatur Street. The restaurant has 17 other locations with the majority being in Texas and other parts of Louisiana.

There are various types of seafood dishes under their menu including Oysters Rockefeller, a baked traditional meal of New Orleans. New Orleans Crawfish Bread is another meal that contains mozzarella cheese, Louisiana spices, tomatoes and garlic. Lastly, you can get the Two-Handed Po-Boys which is a traditional sandwich made of french fries, onion strings and a choice of having shrimp, fish or oyster.

Trying The Creole Meal

Arnauds.

Arnaud’s

Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s is the largest restaurant and one of the few that serves classic Creole cuisine. Creole is an ethnic food of the New Orleans, derived from French cuisine with lots of butter, pepper, salt, and herbs. Their popular dish is Oysters Bienville, a traditional meal made of shrimp, mushrooms, bell peppers, cherry, a roux with butter, Parmesan cheese and other lighter cheese and bread crumbs. The oysters are baked in the shell and can be made in a small casserole dish or au gratin dish with shrimp sauce.

Arnaud’s has many menus which include the A La Carte Dinner Menu, Sunday Brunch, Jazz Menu, French 75, Table d’Hote Menu, Dessert Menu and more.

Thanksgiving Day is a special time for everybody in America which is usually held in November every year. Choosing the Thanksgiving Table D’hôte menu would be the best one for this grand occasion. It’s with this menu that you will get the Traditional Roasted Turkey served with cornbread or oyster dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams and snap beans.

Their other entree meal called the Stuffed Gulf Black Drum which is slowly baked and stuffed with shrimp and crab meat, savory breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and lemon butter. Their other meal is the delicious Seared Pork Tenderloin served with pancetta and sage jus, potato cakes and braised, brussel sprouts.

For the appetizer, they have a signature dish called Shrimp Arnaud made of Fresh Gulf shrimp marinated in their famous tangy Creole Remoulade Sauce.

If you are a fan of dessert, you can try their tasty Apple Spice Cake served with salted caramel and apple chip as well as Pecan Pie which is topped with Praline ice cream and chocolate sauce (which I think is very great). Last but not least is the Little Gem Salad which is made of fennel, apple, chicory, roasted pecans, Stilton cheese and Sherry Vinaigrette.

If you want to experience fine dining or listen to live music, you can make reservations for both the main dining room and jazz bistro.

Traditional Beverages and Treats

The majority of the restaurants in the French Quarter usually offer desserts along with their meals as part of the tradition of the New Orleans especially at Antoine’s.

Many of these include Banana Foster (dessert made from bananas and vanilla ice cream), a sauce made from butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum, and banana liqueur), bread pudding (a sweet dessert made from bread), milk, eggs and sugar which is served warm and topped with whiskey, rum or caramel sauce.

King Cake is another dessert made of braided brioche (pastry) dough with cinnamon, purple, green and gold frosting with a small, plastic baby hidden inside which is eaten during Mardi Gras season. Diverge is another cake with many thin layers, separated with dessert pudding or custard (often half chocolate and half lemon) and with a glazed outer frosting which I think is very delicious.

Milk punch is a beverage that is common in New Orleans and traditional on holidays throughout the Deep South. It is made of brandy or bourbon, milk, sugar and vanilla extract sprinkled with nutmeg.


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At Cafe Monde, they provide beignets which are square-shaped pastries made with deep-fried choux dough and topped with powdered sugar. You can have Cafe at lair, a popular coffee mixed with roasted chicory root and scalded milk.

Doris Metropolitan, located in Chartre Street also have a dessert menu including Tahini Mousse made of Hazelnut biscuit, vanilla yogurt sauce, sugared hazelnuts, grapefruit Campari ice cream and pistachio snow. For those of you who have a sweet tooth, you can enjoy the wide variety of desserts along with the beverages that these have to offer.

Overall, these are restaurants that not only have a history in the French Quarter but have cuisines that are diverse in every way which I believe is the reason you should pay a visit. What more can you ask for? What do you think? Let me know by putting your comments and questions below.

Updated: 28 January 2019

46 thoughts on “New Orleans French Quarter Restaurants – Why Should You Visit”

  1. DELETE THIS PART:  YOU SPELLED LANDRY’S HOUSE LAUNDRY’S HOUSE – JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW.  NOW< ONTO THE COMMENT:

    When my husband and I were travelling across the country to go to California, I made him go south south south because I so very much wanted to go to New Orleans.  Along the way, he started stressing about the trip, the gas, the mileage, the van, you name it and last but not least he pulled up information on New Orleans and said it was the most dangerous place in the country.  Needless to say, I didn’t get to go, and now I virtually go by reading about it.  I was so happy to see your wonderful article!  Thanks you so much for bringing the cuisine to life on your pages.

  2. This is great information! I was recently in New Orleans and the restaurants in the french quarter are overwhelming. I could have used this guide for sure! Now I am bookmarking this for when I visit again. I don’t really live too far and it is a place that we are definitely going back to for a visit.

  3. Arnauds on Thanksgiving would be quite the treat. It’s my favorite day of the year from an eating standpoint and the dish you described just looks savory. Thanks for sharing this article.

  4. These meals sound delicious! My family has been trying to get me to go with them on a trip during the holidays.

    Here I find your article describing the famous restaurants  and meals in New Orleans. You have done a great job explaining the foods.

    I think I am going to be joining the family this next trip on the holidays. These deserts you have laid out in detail alone is worth the visit . Thank you for the article.

  5.   I am not an American   but I love French food and cuisine are out of this world .and looking at that picture I would say the location is also perfect and beutifully build .I would love for those who are visiting new Orleans please make appointment  of visiting thouse french restaurants  you won’t regret.

  6. This post has certainly given me an online tour around the New Orleans French quarters I love the sound of the famous CAJUN DISHES AND SEAFOOD although I don’t like the boudin because of the pork liver in it but I’ll settle for the shrimps and jambalaya and lots of chicken in it will do the trick. I love this meal……….

  7. Hello, loved the post! Brought back a great memory of my families trip to the Gulf. I can remember walking through the French Quarter and the air was full of the cuisines being prepared. The food and coffee aromas changing with every turn of the corner. The French Quarter is a walk back to an earlier time in New Orleans past. I would recommend New Orleans to anyone who loves history and fine food and music. 

    Thanks for posting this article, from it I noted some restaurants I definitely need to stop by and enjoy the feast. 

    Kevin

  8. I know that you write lots of reviews about restaurants and places where we can buy good foods, is it possible that extend this service countries in Southeast Asia? For instance, I would love to read about a nice restaurant that sell both Chinese and Malay dishes. Such review will go a long way to show that you have us in mind too:)

  9. Great & informative post!

    After reading your article, I’m ready to book a trip to New Orleans. Never visited the city before but the way you describe the rich cuisine that is distinctive to New Orleans makes me really want to plan a visit. I truly feel the hunger creeping up on me as I continue to read over your descriptions of the seafood! 

    Thank you for the post, I look forward to my visit to New Orleans soon! 

  10. Hi! I’m glad I found your site. I really like the recommendations you give here. I’ll bookmark and constantly check for your new posts.

    You have mentioned in one of your other posts, Raison De’tre, and I’ll definitely go there. But here you have also mentioned K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen and despite hearing excellent comments about it, I have never been there either. But your suggestions confirm what friends and family have recommended. Thank you very much!

  11. Nice write up carmeta. 

    I’m planning to go on vacation to the US by June, but yet to decide which state. Your description of the New Orleans seems to have won me over to visit. Your detailed description of the dishes and cuisines is making me salivate right now, and can’t help it. I will surely visit New Orleans French Quarters to have a first hand experience.

  12. Great article. Though I have not been to the United States before let alone the new Orleans. I plan to visit the United States in the nearest future and visit the new Orleans too.

    I have learnt a lot about the restaurant, its great cultural heritage and the unique meals. I hope the have an experience of this great place. 

    Thank you for this article. 

  13. I  love traditional foods  prepared with French ingredients. That will make so much sense to me. Delicious and natural without excessive calories inside of it. Natural foods are healthy foods than industrialized and refined foods out there. Sea foods is another one I so much like. Sea foods does not contain cholesterol inside and I like it.

  14. I’m so happy I found this information!  My grandson has recently accepted a job in the area, and we’re already planning a trip to visit him.  Of course, eating is one of the major events to look forward to in New Orleans.  With the great information you’re provided, I feel lots more confident about where to go.  Antoine’s will definitely be on the list of “must visit.”

  15. Excellent post on New Orleans French Quarter restaurants, I love what you wrote about King Cake which sounds very delicious and almost worth the “vacation” to travel there and experience it in person. I love that you mentioned how it’s made because the cinnamon, purple, green and gold frosting definitely sounds like a party in my mouth. Well done!

  16. I’ve never considered myself partial to either Cajun or Creole cuisines, but your might have just changed my mind! Everything you describe (well, okay, almost everything) sounds delectable and worth a try. I’d especially love to give the Crawfish Bread a try at Landry’s House restaurant. I bet it’s great! It would be so interesting to experience a Thanksgiving meal at Arnaud’s too. I’d never considered something like that before and bet it would be great fun. Thanks for providing so many great ideas on dining in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Carmeta!

  17. This is awesome! Being a vegan, I didn’t notice you talk about any vegan food places– do you know of any? I would love to visit New Orleans in the near future, but would want to make sure that there are places for me to go out to eat too. One of my favorite shows was filmed in this city and I loved seeing all of the history and culture, it looks like a very fun place to visit.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Ciara

    • Thank you! You can check my other blog on Top Restaurants In South Korea for vegan/vegetarian cuisines. I hope that it helps!

  18. Hi Carmeta,

    A fantastic article you’ve written here on the New Orleans French Quarters. Seems to be a place filled with a lot of culture and great heritage. I’m sure it would be a great tourist destination especially with the famous dishes one could enjoy in New Orleans. I particularly love Jambalaya and will travel to Orleans to enjoy this meal from the locals.

    Thanks for sharing, great article.

  19. Hey Carmeta,

    This is an amazing article about the French Quarter in New Orleans . It is a prime destination for tourists and local residents . In this restaurant , with so much culture ,history and entertainment , exciting experience around every corner , from unique boutiques to noteworthy galleries , shopping meets sightseeing in the French Quarter and many others facility .For this reason ,it should be visited . At last , it is a world famous restaurants and historical hotels . Thanks for sharing an amazing article .

  20. Glad I found this. We are traveling to New Orleans in March and we love trying the local cuisine. We have a few restaurants on our list now to check out. I’m especially looking forward to sampling the traditional creole meals. Arnauds is at the top of our list now. Do you know where I can get a map showing the location of the various restaurants you have reviewed? 

    • You can go and type in the google search and download free maps/images of their location. Also you can check the link about the bottom to get more seafood! Thank you!

  21. Really interesting site Carmeta! I have never been to New Orleans but it has been on my list of places to visit for a very long time.  I have been to the USA on several occasions. I have family in Jackson, Mississippi and have travelled with them to Destin in Florida to their  condo and to Highlands in North Carolina to their mountain house. But we never seem to have time to get to New Orleans. My sister, who lives in Jackson, took her granddaughters to see The Nutcracker in New Orleans at Christmas, I was so jealous and having read your article on the food that I could eat there, I am desperate to find a good reason to visit Louisiana so I can go… I travel a lot with my young son who is a junior international tennis player and we have spent a couple of months in USA last fall, but sadly not down to New Orleans. The nearest was Mobile.  The article is detailed on the best restaurants, where to find them and their signature dishes… great description about each dish, I am so hungry now ! I am going to go back to your website as I noticed an article about the best cafes in London… now that is a little closer to where I live…. so thankyou ! A great read ! 

  22. Boudin,Gumbo and Jambalaya, Oh wow you have managed to state the three main reasons why I am ever desperate to visit New Orleans.

    I have been to the US on many occasions, mainly through business rather than vacation and ever since being very young New Orleans, has fascinated me, the culture, the history and the amazing cuisine. And yet despite being lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel extensively, it remains the one place that i really want to visit, that I haven’t.

    Bucket list take note, this has just rocketed up the rankings.

  23. I’m so happy I found your post. My wife and I plan on visiting New Orleans next year, and my mouth is literally watering right now thinking of all the great food we will have.  Any chance you can make a post on traditional New Orleans cocktails? As you can tell, we plan on eating and drinking our way through the city. Cheers!

  24. Great article! I think having information on places to eat, before you go there is quite beneficial. No one wants to show up at a restaurant and be disappointed when they leave. Having experience with this, I know it can be quite bothersome. Thanks for the great article, and keep providing awesome information like this!

  25. Lots of great information. What type of audience are your trying to reach. Feel like you are addressing a wide audience. I’d like to know do the meals at each eating place range from inexpensive to very expensive or may just in between.

    I would personally like to see images of the meals (your favorite) or the interior of the restaurant.

  26. Thanks for the great info!  Looks like I missed out on a lot of good places last time I was there!  Of course, that was as a poor college kid during mardis gras when I stuck with the delicious catfish po-boys down the street the whole time haha.  Don’t think it was any of these places.  What an awesome city tho!  I’ll definitely being saving this for next time I go back.Thanks again for sharing!

  27. Cameta your post made me hungry! My wife used to make a mean pot of seafood gumbo.I am looking forward to visiting New Orleans and your post made me want to visit even more! Thanks for sharing.I like the images of the food depicting the trip to France.Your website easy to follow and understand.

  28. Oh my gosh…. I am hungry now.   I am thinking about going to New Orleans for Mardi Gras next spring.   Yet, this article made me realize that the food itself would be worth while.   

    I live in Colorado Springs and one of my favorite restaurants is called the Springs Orleans.   The owner used to live and work in New Orleans.   He opened his restaurant here so that Colorado Springs would be able to enjoy Cajun food, New Orleans style, here.     I love the Cajun food.   

    For now, I need to figure out  which restaurants that I would want to visit.   I have been to Landry’s a number of times in Texas.  They have great seafood.   Yet, when I go to New Orleans, I think I want to visit places unique to New Orleans.  You have given me a great list of places to consider.   

    Thanks!  

  29. I’ve never been to New Orleans yet. My wife and I are planning a trip there soon so this article is perfect!

    She wants to go to the French Quarter for sure and I’m showing her this now and we both agree that Arnaud’s is on the list!New Orleans has some awesome Cajun foods and my wife loves seafood.

    After reading this, I can’t imagine any of these restaurants not serving the absolute best foods!Now we can plan our trip and print his out to take with us! Thank you!Do you have one that is your favorite over all the others?

    • Thank you for your comment. I have never tried any of those cuisines before especially the oyster and crawfish but I would love to try the banana foster and cakes  is one of the favourite deserts.

  30. Cameta your post made me hungry! My wife used to make a mean pot of seafood gumbo.I am looking forward to visiting New Orleans and your post made me want to visit even more! Thanks for sharing.

  31. I love to travel and the cultures and I still haven’t been to New Orleans! I really really want to visit!! Thanks for the tips of the local restaurants that I have to visit. I have to be honest, I live in NYC, it takes only a few hours for the flight to go but still haven’t been there. I love the beignets, gumbos, crawfish, fried cat fish with butter milk etc. I also want to visit all the jazz club and all those martinis gras festival and especially all the ghost tour lol I think the food and the music come first on my list or it gets too real lol

    great post

    Cheers 

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  33. I always heard about the French Quarter and wondered what its draw was. If not the nightlife, then definitely its cuisine! The restaurants and food sound amazing and inviting! I look forward to visiting!

  34. I’ve always heard about the French Quarter but wondered what its draw was. If not its nightlife, then definitely its cuisine! These restaurants and the food choices really sound amazing and inviting! I look forward to visiting this town and trying out its exquisite food!

  35. Man I am definitely going to visit Arnaud’s when I visit New Orleans, sounds like a great place!

    I’m really appreciative for the in-depth post, this really gave me some good ideas for when I visit. I also like the idea of checking out laundry’s house, sounds like good seafood down there too!

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