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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 favourite 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 Superior Grill - New Orleans restaurant
4.7
4.7 (710)
$30 and under
Mexican
Uptown
About the restaurant
Add some real spice to your life! Superior Grill has been rated consistently as one of Louisiana’s best Mexican restaurants since 1983 when our first establishment opened in Shreveport. Our New Orleans location opened in 1997 and has become a landmark in fine quality foods with a festive Mexican atmosphere. Superior’s authentic Tex-Mex food is made from scratch every day with only the freshest ingredients. Our tortillas are hand-rolled with care all day long. For added flavor, all of our meats are cooked over a mesquite grill. We are proud of what we make and how we prepare it. Superior Grill is “the place to be” for happy hour, birthdays, office parties, and large groups. In addition to our festive indoor dining room, we offer a memorable outdoor dining experience on our landscaped patio featuring beautiful flowers and one of the best views of St. Charles Avenue. Superior Grill New Orleans is one of four locations including Shreveport, Baton Rouge, and Birmingham.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I enjoyed yet another dinner at Superior Grill. The wait staff are always attentive and pleasant. This particular time we hade dinner closer to the front of the restaurant. The tables were a bit small and seemed like our food was on the very edge. Overall another great evening with lovely sangria swirls and great food!
A photo of Arnaud's Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1179)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This was one of the finest meals and dining experiences I have ever had! Our wait staff were excellent and had excellent recommendations on what to order as it was our first time there. We had a 3 piece jazz quartet come and serenade us which was a real treat as they played our suggested song. We tried lots of things on the menu. The standouts were the escargot, filet, and bananas foster which was prepared table side. I would highly recommend Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro for your next special occasion.
A photo of Monday Restaurant + Bar restaurant
4.4
4.4 (748)
$31 to $50
American
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Located in one of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhoods, Mid-City, Monday is an indoor/outdoor dining destination crafted by renowned restauranteurs, Larry Morrow and Lenora Chong, and is a must-visit for anyone seeking the best in American Cuisine and Happy Hour Specials in the city.

The bar menu includes everything from exclusive crafted cocktails to bottle service to all-day Happy Hour specials on Mondays.

More than just a dining venue, Monday promises to deliver a singular blend of excellent food, innovative cocktails, and one-of-a-kind experiences, making it the perfect Event Hosting and Brunch Spot.

Monday is open for lunch and dinner six days a week.

NOTE:

For large party bookings (8+ people) and private events, email reservations@mondaynola.com.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great restaurant. The food was awesome and very good. My first time in Louisiana and I enjoyed my time.
A photo of Tacos del Cartel restaurant
4.4
4.4 (87)
$30 and under
Mexican
Central Business District
About the restaurant
At Tacos del Cartel, tacos, brunch, lunch and dinner are an art form. The menu is a culinary love letter, a symphony of flavors that dance on the taste buds. The culinary rebels in the kitchen experiment with traditional Mexican recipes, infusing them with the boldness of cultures.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Unbelievably amazing experience! My wife and I celebrated our 12th year anniversary and we had a wonderful time. The food was amazing, the drinks presentation was awesome. The fire show was muy caliente!!! We can’t wait to come back!!!
A photo of Fountain Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (555)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Central Business District
About the restaurant
The Fountain Lounge brings a touch of modern sophistication to the timeless class of the hotel. Enjoy live entertainment Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings from 5:30PM to 11PM, while enjoying innovative cocktails and inspired small plates surrounded by rich furnishings and elegant décor.

Reservations accepted daily. Monday only for Fried Chicken Night.

Breakfast Daily 6:30am-11am
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11am-1pm
Dinner Daily 5pm-10pm with live entertainment.

**Live entertainment is currently suspended**


Top review
Jenna4jvip
Dined 3 days ago
Garrielle is an excellent server! Very attentive.
A photo of House of Blues Restaurant & Bar - New Orleans restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1234)
$30 and under
American
French Quarter
About the restaurant
The restaurant at House of Blues New Orleans is temporarily closed, re-opening in late Summer! We are still open for concerts and special events! 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.
A photo of Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro restaurant
4.1
4.1 (272)
$30 and under
Creole
The Marigny
About the restaurant
For over 30 years, Snug Harbor has provided the best in live jazz & great regional cooking at reasonable prices. Snug is located in three rooms of a renovated 1800's storefront located in the Faubourg Marigny, just outside the French Quarter. We have a dining room, a bar, and a music room.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Love ❤️ the whole experience , vibe, service and all the great music
A photo of Nice Guys Nola restaurant
4.0
4 (318)
$31 to $50
Creole
Crown Point
About the restaurant
Quality you can taste! Nice Guys family offers many different cuisines and traditions. Most importantly to us, we are obsessed with excellent food and superior customer service. In New Orleans we realize people come from all across the globe for some amazing New Orleans food. At Nice Guys, we are happy to serve you that amazing food. Located in New Orleans at 7910 Earhart Blvd, five minuets from downtown, Nice Guys Nola is a new restaurant adventure with all the vibes. The concept and creativity in every dish was created by owners Glenn and Allison Charles. We always have something crazy and over the top to look forward to every weekend. Join us for our fall off the plate specials, amazing brunch and craft cocktails. We look forward to serving you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I love my experience will be back soon.. love it .. MS
A photo of Headquarters by NGN restaurant
4.0
4 (72)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Central Business District
About the restaurant
Head Quarters by Nice Guys Nola is a bar and event space in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. It's a sister establishment to Nice Guys Nola, offering a unique experience with its own menu, cocktails, and atmosphere. Head Quarters is known for its: · Craft cocktails · Small plates and snacks · Intimate setting · Regular events, such as live music and DJ nights · Private event spaces for rent Head Quarters is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a more laid-back and relaxed vibe compared to the original Nice Guys Nola location. We're located within walking distance of the Superdome & the Pelicans Arena.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We really enjoyed ourselves with bartender, waiter Mike and the band. Everyone was beautiful. The only problem we had was parking I wish you all can get a parking lot for the restaurant.
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