Famous Restaurants In New Orleans

Top 10 most famous New Orleans restaurants: New Orleans is famous for its unique Cajun and Creole cuisine and the restaurants on our list of famous restaurants in New Orleans is a guide to fine dining with a New Orleans flare. Famous for the touristy French Quarter, some of the finest landmark eateries can be found off of Bourbon Street in the Quarter, but not all of them. Number one isn’t there at all.

It also is the home of renowned chef Emeril Lagasse. Emeril popularized New Orleans fine dining cuisine via his Food Network show, and famous slogan… Bam! But he is not just a TV chef. He owns three of the top 10 restaurants in the city, making him a real world chef and entrepreneur. We’ve also tried out his outpost at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, fine dining in the desert.

Here is the list of famous New Orleans restaurants ranked from top to bottom:

Rank Restaurant What Makes It Hottest
1 Commanders Palace Most famous of all New Orleans fine dining restaurants. Off the tourist track, in the Garden District, this institution was founded in 1880. Commander's Palace on Urbanspoon
2 Cafe Du Monde The original Cafe Du Monde is the famous cafe and bakery on in the French Market at 800 Decatur Street in the French Quarter. There is no doubt Cafe Du Monde is famous nationwide. Why is that? The coffee is great and of course the beignets. There is nothing like sitting in the open air at the Cafe on a weekday, or any evening, soaking up the ambiance, sipping a cafe au lait and eating a beignet. Ok, 3 or 4 beignets… And the most famous beignet mix comes from Cafe Du Monde as well. Originally we omitted CDM from our list of the Top 10 most famous restaurants in N.O., but as we rolled out famous restaurant guides for other cities, we decided to include specialty establishments. So, with this update, Cafe Du Monde comes in almost at the top. It was a tough choice, and subject to future comments we may switch to number one.Café Du Monde on Urbanspoon
3 Emeril’s Restaurant This is the flagship restaurant of Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans. Where it all started, as Chef Emeril created his now world-renowned interpretation of cajun cuisine. Bam!
4 Arnaud’s In the French Quarter on Bienville St. between Dauphine and Bourbon with a classic French Quarter ambiance.
5 Antoine’s Huge restaurant in the French Quarter, on St. Louis Street, seating 720 in fifteen dining rooms.
6 NOLA Another of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants in New Orleans, NOLA has a lot of Vietnamese influence in the dishes dished up by Emeril at this fish and seafood specialty room.
7 Galatoire’s Another classic spot for classic N.O. cuisine.
8 Brennan’s Classic New Orleans
9 Delmonico Another of Emeril Lagasse’s establishments, which he bought a few years ago. His objective with Delmonico is to serve up classic New Orleans cuisine.
10 Landry’s Seafood On Lakeshore Drive, with great views of Lake Ponchetrain.
Honorable Mention Broussard’s One of the remaining classics for New Orleans cuisine.
Honorable Mention Royal House Oyster Bar Not really famous at this point, but if you find it on Royal Street, you’ll find some of the best gumbo anywhere.

How you can benefit from this list: Use it as a dining guide, whether you are traveling to New Orleans and want to experience the best of the local cuisine at its greatest landmark restaurants, or if you live in the Big Easy, you can use the listing for date ideas with your husband or wife, or girlfriend / boyfriend, or for ideas on new places to check out.

Who should we add? Who should move up or down? Let the community know in the comments.

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  1. Listitude says:

    Updated to include Cafe Du Monde, coming in at #2.

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  3. Caroline Fouss says:

    Such a shame to leave out K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen. Chef Paul started it all.

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