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Desire Oyster Bar, New Orleans, LA

Desire Oyster Bar

4.2
4.2
324 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
Decorative iron grillwork paired with oversized windows and an antique mirror reveal the fully stocked bar and serve as the backdrop for the Desire bar. Signature features like the tin ceiling and black and white checkered floors give depth to a brand new contemporary bar, highboy tables, and state of the art chargrill station. The color palette and design elements have been carefully curated to complement the existing materials while creating a fresh look for the restaurant.
Desire Oyster Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy a great meal in the center of all the action of the French Quarter.
Once we shuck 'em, we don't just chuck 'em! Desire Oyster Bar is honored to donate all used oyster shells to the Coalition To Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Oyster Shell Recycling Program. These recycled oyster shells are used to restore oyster reefs and shoreline habitat across Coastal Louisiana.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    French Quarter
  • Cross street
    Located at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville Streets
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is available at the main entrance at 777 Bienville Street.
  • Public transit
    Canal at Bourbon Street-BusRampart-Conti Streets-Streetcar
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 324 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

324 Reviews
  1. Sandsinv

    New Orleans

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to the Desire for years, first trip was in 1988. Food is GREAT and the service was EXCELLENT. Our server, Pete has been working at the Desire for years. He was very professional and attentive... I Highly recommend the Desire Oyster Bar.

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  2. stape

    Cincinnati

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience and food. Chargrilled oysters/shrimp remoulade with fried green tomatoes were executional. Loved the shrimp po boy and sweet tea!

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  3. RobM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great diner on Bourbon Street. Fantastic food, drinks, and service.

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  4. JohnnyC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The reviews I read of this establishment raved about the wonderful staff. The young lady who "greeted" us at the door seemed very indifferent to our arrival, as did the young lady who seated us. We got water and menus promptly, and our main waitress was initially good. Everyone was happy with their orders. After we received our food, the main waitress disappeared, only to appear again to deliver the check. I don't recall getting asked if we wanted dessert, and our water glasses were never refilled. We had to wave down a different waitress to get a to-go box. There was a murder on Bourbon Street that night, apparently close to where we were dining, as for most of our dinner all the windows were flooded with red and blue police lights. This was not the fault of the restaurant; it's all location, location, location. Bourbon Street lived up to its seedy standard.

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  5. AmyAthens

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The crab cakes were not made on site. Seemed like the freezer section. The Caesar salad I’m pretty sure came from a big bag. We made a reservation but clearly you did not need one. Got the grilled oyster Rockefeller. To Desires redemption, they were very good. Go there, get the oysters. Skip the rest.

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  6. CocoL

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant attitré de l’Hotel Royal Sonesta. Extrêmement bruyant; impression d’être dans une cantine. Plats essentiellement faits de fritures, sans aucun effort de raffinement. Nous étions en famille. Vraiment déçue!

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  7. whiskey2dis

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the food. We had the most delicious jambalaya, etouffee and gumbo.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious oysters and service was wonderful. The happy hour raw oysters are only $1.00 and are huge and fresh.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not great. In a town with awesome food, this was a let down.

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  10. MichaelM

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I read some reviews that indicated service might not be so good, but our server was attentive, courteous, & prompt. Raw oysters were good, not as big as some I had while in town but flavorful & fairly priced. Seafood gumbo was better than many I have had in the city, especially noting that it had plenty of seafood in it. Etouffee, similarly, was a generous portion & had plenty of crawfish. I had an Old Fashioned, which was not exactly the best ever but was adequate. All in all, a good meal at a fair price with great service.

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Desire Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 553-2281.

Desire Oyster Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 324 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Desire Oyster Bar

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located at the corner of Bourbon and Bienville Streets
  • Neighborhood
    French Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Oyster Bar, Seafood, Creole
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking is available at the main entrance at 777 Bienville Street.
  • Public transit
    Canal at Bourbon Street-BusRampart-Conti Streets-Streetcar
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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