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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in New Orleans / Louisiana? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Silk Road restaurant
4.8
4.8 (223)
$30 and under
Contemporary Asian
The Marigny
About the restaurant
Silk Road, a New Orleans restaurant, features the modern cuisine of India and Asia and incorporates those flavors with contemporary American cuisine. We only use fresh local ingredients and fresh seafood that is a signature of New Orleans. Come visit us in the beautiful Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans for an evening full of delightful wine, amazing cuisine, and good company.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
Cool vibe. Staff were attentive & fun! Food came out quickly.
A photo of Arnaud's Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1140)
$50 and over
Creole
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Arnaud's Jazz Bistro is the relaxed dining option of the venerable Arnaud's Restaurant. Located next door to Arnaud's Main Dining Room, guests enjoy classic Creole cuisine in this lively setting, overlooking Bourbon Street, featuring a three-piece jazz band for an additional $6.00 per person. Named a top New Orleans restaurant by Southern Living magazine, Arnaud’s offers the quintessential New Orleans dining experience. A Sunday Jazz Brunch is served weekly in Arnaud's Main Dining Room (Reservations Recommended).
Top review
Romantic
Dined today
Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro offers an exceptional dining experience with its delightful Creole cuisine and vibrant live jazz. The elegant ambiance, attentive service, and expertly crafted cocktails make it a standout in New Orleans. It's the perfect spot for a memorable evening, blending tradition and modernity seamlessly. Highly recommended!
A photo of M bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (764)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Farm-to-table and authentic New Orleans cuisine come together in the French Quarter at M bistro, where the chefs take an indigenous approach to the preparation of meats, seafood and produce from farmers in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama. Three velvet-draped semi-private “Cheater’s Booths” and a private Wine Room offer additional venues for a special meal.

Our restaurant and lounge are conveniently located on the third floor lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.



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TedK
Dined 2 days ago
Great dinner, great time. I’ll be back. Minimum of 50 characters. Blah blah blah
A photo of Morrow's restaurant
4.5
4.5 (240)
$30 and under
Southern
Bywater
About the restaurant
Nestled in the historic Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, LA; Morrow’s is an exciting new cosmopolitan restaurant concept founded in April 2018 by mother-son duo, Chef Lenora Chong and Event Curator Larry Morrow.
Serving classic New Orleans cuisine and authentic Korean dishes, Morrow’s has quickly grown to national acclaim as a local hotspot, with a thoughtfully curated ambiance serving hearty portions of delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great place in my neighborhood!Food was excellent.
A photo of Sun Chong restaurant
4.5
4.5 (383)
$30 and under
Asian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
SUN CHONG is more than a restaurant; it's Larry Morrow’s love letter to his maternal grandmother, a bridge from Seoul, South Korea, to New Orleans.

This Asian Fusion Restaurant pays tribute to Sun’s journey through dishes that tell a story, underscored by classic hip hop music and innovative cocktails. Offering an array of Seafood Delights, Vegetarian Options, and Signature Cocktails, Sun Chong stands as a beacon of Upscale Dining in New Orleans. Every dish is a celebration of Exotic Asian Flavors, designed to offer a Fine Dining Experience that captivates and delights.

Reserve A Table and immerse yourself in a culinary journey where tradition meets innovation, and every visit is a memorable feast.

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PeterC
Dined 1 day ago
Atmosphere was excellent. Service was second to none. The food was different and very flavorful.
A photo of Mister Oso New Orleans restaurant
4.4
4.4 (207)
$30 and under
Latin American
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Mister Oso is an award winning Restaurant and Bar located in the heart of the NOLA CBD.
Our team at Mister Oso constantly innovates, showcasing a playful and flavorful menu with rotating taco dishes, Peruvian ceviche, crudo, and enticing vegetarian options. Mister Oso originally opened in 2019 and expanded by opening in Denver’s Wash Park neighborhood in 2022 and in New Orleans’ Warehouse District in 2023. In the fall of 2023, Mister Oso was awarded the distinction of Bib Gourmand by The Michelin Guide.

The lively and energetic atmosphere at Mister Oso is ideal for a night out with friends or a casual date. This ambiance is further elevated by tropical plants and vibrant decor. The seasonal menu and agave-spirits cocktail bar offer a transportive escape from the urban hustle. Additionally, our inventive non-alcoholic Agua Fresca cocktail program ensures that everyone can savor a hand-crafted drink.

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XTinavip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic expierience for a date night. The empanads are scrumptious.
A photo of Carmo restaurant
4.3
4.3 (161)
$30 and under
Seafood
Warehouse District
About the restaurant
Situated in New Orleans' charming Arts District, Carmo is a tropical restaurant, bar and cultural center with a commitment to providing fresh, flavorful, healthy and affordable dishes in a warm, friendly and casual atmosphere. Chef Dana Honn's menu is built upon the rich, multi-cultural culinary influences found throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Gulf South and beyond, featuring eclectic and traditional/traditionally-inspired dishes with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, as well as unique and little-known flavors from around the world. “Origins to table” is the term Honn uses to describe the narratives of the dishes, connecting ingredients to food traditions and ultimately the people who originally created those traditions. From our fresh local seafood and produce to heritage and organic meats, Carmo caters to vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and omnivores alike.
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RobertWvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Absolutely great cuisine overseen by Dana and Cristina. The Armenian cheese bread was wonderful!
A photo of Desire Oyster Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (320)
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
French Quarter
About the restaurant
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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JohnnyC
Dined on May 6, 2024
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.
A photo of Crescent City Brewhouse restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1363)
$30 and under
Pub
French Quarter
About the restaurant
The Crescent City Brewhouse is one of New Orleans' premier restaurants and the only French Quarter microbrewery. *Gluten Free Menu available The atmosphere at the Crescent City Brewhouse is warm, relaxed and festive with LIVE JAZZ performed Thursday-Monday by local musicians. and monthly exhibits of local art to compliment your total Brewhouse experience! We invite you to savor the food and the music as you enjoy the brew and the view - and see how you can add French Quarter flair to your next special event at the Crescent City Brewhouse!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
After a solid week of Cajun food, I was ready for a change. Very good German food and beer. They had live music the night we visited. Our waitress was funny and very attentive. Will definitely visit again.
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - New Orleans restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1236)
$30 and under
Unspecified
French Quarter
About the restaurant
NOW OPEN - Restaurant & Bar and The Voodoo Garden! Rock- & blues-themed chain with Southern dishes such as po' boys & jambalaya, plus live music. PARK at Premium Parking location #145 on 716 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 for $15 for up to 8 hours of parking. Use promo "HOBNOLA24" at checkout: https://www.premiumparking.com/P145.
Top review
JoeCvip
Dined on May 4, 2024
We love New Orleans music, food and drink. This place has it all. Also love the ambience and overall vibe.
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