My little guide to New Orleans bars & restaurants

Some of my favorite conversations happen when people are geeking out. Whether it be about cycling, skincare, fly fishing, gaming, the quantified self, [fill in the blank], I enjoy conversing with passionate people who do their research. It’s a hell of a lot better than small talk and it most always teaches me something new about being human.

One subject that ignites my personal geekdom: New Orleans dining. I have a list of bars and restaurants by neighborhood that I take supreme joy in curating. It’s comprised of places I enjoy, I’m willing to give a second chance to or I’m interested in trying. I use it as a reference point any time the ubiquitous “Where do you want to go tonight?” question arises. I love researching bars and restaurants before determining whether I want to spend time and money there.

I also use this list any time out-of-town friends or family members are looking for recommendations. Because it’s proved useful to them, I am hoping it may prove useful to you. Establishments on this list are open and operational or will soon be open and operational. I remove restaurants that have closed or that I simply wouldn’t recommend. The listed neighborhood names are overarching and do not reflect the unique coordinates and crannies that define New Orleans. Have additions, criticism or questions? Leave a comment or email me!

Disclaimer: I am no Todd Price or Brett Anderson (mad respect, gentleman). This list could easily be created by anyone with the internet and an affinity for the dining and restaurant review sections of local news sites like NOLA.com, Eater NOLA, The Gambit, etc.

UPTOWN
La Crepe Nanou
Boucherie
Patois
St. James Cheese Company
Oak
Bouligny Tavern
Gautreau’s
Clancy’s
The Columns Hotel
Noodle & Pie*
Snake & Jake’s
Maple Leaf Bar
Brigtsen’s Restaurant
Ba Chi Canteen
Cowbell
ManhattanJack
Baru
Satsuma
Jacques Imo’s
Avo
Pizza Domenica
Carrollton Market
La Petite Grocery
Jamila’s
Tartine
Shaya
Breads on Oak
Cavan Co.
Maysville
Altamura

FRERET
Ancora
High Hat
Publiq House
Midway
Cure
Gasa Gasa
Company Burger
Humble Bagel

GARDEN DISTRICT
Coquette
Maya’s
Eleven79
District
Stein’s
Dat Dog
NOLA Smokehouse
Square Root/Root Squared
Commander’s Palace
Aline Street Beer Garden

CENTRAL CITY
Belle Garde Bakery
Church Alley
Maïs Arepas
Purloo
Primitivo
Casa Borrega

MID CITY
Katie’s
Betsy’s Pancake House
Dooky Chase’s
Pearl Wine Co.
Pal’s
Rue127
Mid City Yacht Club
Cafe Degas
MoPho
Parkway Bakery
Biscuits & Buns on Banks
Lola’s
Toup’s Meatery
Finn McCool’s
Namese
Treo
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Milkfish
Brown Butter
1,000 Figs
Kin
Pagoda Cafe

GENTILLY
The Munch Factory

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT & CBD 
Herbsaint
La Boca
Domenica
Ruby Slipper Cafe
Peche
Borgne
Root
Cochon/Butcher
Rusty Nail
Circle Bar
Tivoli & Lee
Loa
Carmo
Lüke
Sazerac Bar
Swizzle Stick Bar
Balise
Cellar Door
Pulp & Grind
Wood Pizza
Sac-A-Lait
Merchant
Le Foret
Ursa Major
Rebellion
Compere Lapin

FRENCH QUARTER
Bayona
Cafe Amelie

Petite Amelie
Irene’s
GW Fins
SoBou
Erin Rose Bar/Killer Poboys
Bennachin
Cane & Table
Eat
Preservation Hall
MRB
Tujague’s
La Rivera
Italian Barrel
Cosimo’s
Yo Momma’s
Molly’s at the Market
Latitude 29
Little Vic’s
Croissant d’Or
Green Goddess
Bombay Club
Tiki Tolteca
Angeline
Salon by Sucre
9 Roses Cafe
Sylvain

May Bailey’s

Bar Tonique
Marti’s
MeauxBar

MARIGNY
Three Muses
Hi Ho Lounge
Lost Love Lounge
Mimi’s in the Marigny
Feelings Café/Bhava
Paladar 511
Langlois
Lil Dizzy’s

BYWATER
Markey’s
Bacchanal
Pizza Delicious
Maurepas Foods
The Country Club
Vaughan’s
Mariza
Booty’s
Oxalis
Siberia
Press Street Station
The Franklin
St. Roch Market
The Joint

WEST BANK
Photau Bay
Tan Dinh
Saffron
Bananas Blossom

METAIRIE
Deutsches House
Kanno

LAKEVIEW
Mondo
Mizado