Essential New Orleans Restaurants in the French Quarter


Some of the oldest buildings in New Orleans live in the French Quarter, with the restaurants within serving dishes coated in history. There is always something good to eat between family-run cafes, elegant white-tablecloth restaurants, and classic Vieux Carre fare. The neighborhood’s decadent cuisine and intricate past bring everyone to the table.

Napoleon House

Since Napoleon House opened in 1914, at 500 Chartres Street, it has been a prime dining location. The large courtyard provides a casual space for enjoying friends, drinks, and meals. Visitors can experience the quaint European-style restaurant and indulge in the affordable Creole menu seven days a week. Try the famous Muffelatta or grilled alligator sausage po’boy. Every dish pairs well with Napoleon House’s signature Pimm’s Cup cocktail.


Brennan’s serves up mouthwatering breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a sophisticated yet homey environment. With traditions dating back to 1946, Brennans is a staple in French Quarter cuisine. Owen Brennan invented the iconic Banana’s Foster desert in the early 1950s. Breakfast at Brennan’s has become a common ritual when visiting the Vieux Carre. Parties can devour Eggs Hussarde and sip a classic Sazerac among the distinct vintage pink and green decor.

Antoine’s Restaurant

As New Orleans’ oldest family-owned and operated restaurant in the French Quarter, Antoine’s is a bonafide classic. Established in 1840, Antoine’s has been serving the city French-Creole cuisine for almost 200 years. Oysters Rockefeller, Eggs Sardou, and Pommes de Terre Soufflées are just a few of the world-renowned meals Antoine’s has created.

The decades-old history doesn’t stop at French-Creole cuisine. Visitors will find an original prohibition-era speakeasy through a hidden door in the restaurant’s Hermes Bar. The Mystery Room is now a private dining room guests can rent out for special events and parties.

Johnny’s Po’boys

The cheery counter-service deli, Johnny’s Po’boys, serves over 40 different paper-wrapped sandwiches. Classic po’boys dominate the menu, but the shop also serves melts, wraps, and breakfast. Since 1950, Johnny’s Po’boys has been a French Quarter favorite worthy of its decades-long praise.


Tucked on Dauphine Street in a 200-year-old Creole cottage lives Bayona. In 1990, chef Susan Spicer conjured the Mediterranean and Southern fusion menu. The nationally acclaimed restaurant has become one of the best in the United States. A casual environment and elaborate menu welcome visitors into the space. Bayona takes pride in utilizing local fresh produce and sticking to what is in season. Spiced meats and fresh seafood are staples of the ever-changing menu.

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