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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in New Orleans / Louisiana

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 Bistro Daisy restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1289)
$30 and under
American
Uptown
About the restaurant
A quaint eatery nestled in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, Bistro Daisy -named for the daughter of owners Anton & Diane Schulte-opened in the summer of 2007. The Restaurant features fresh, seasonal and often local ingredients prepared in the American bistro style. Daisy's award-winning dishes and charming atmosphere have established this Uptown bistro as one of the city's premier dining experiences.
Top review
chilidog1
Dined 5 days ago
Give it a try and you will be back. Bistro Daisy is rarely talked about and many locals have never heard of it but this place is one of the best restaurants uptown.
A photo of Mayas restaurant
4.8
4.8 (600)
$30 and under
Latin American
Garden District
About the restaurant
Mayas Restaurant is a captivating Latin dining experience with exciting social rhythms. We feature the cuisines of multiple countries of Latin American, but rather than simply transferring dishes we pay compliment to the ingredients that are natural to Latin America. Our food is prepared from scratch using classic and modern techniques but always remembering the aromas and flavors of our mother's and grandmother's kitchen. We invite you to choose your own escapade by selecting from our Plantains, Ceviches, Empanadas, Curries, Steaks, and Small Plates for a multi-course dining experience.
Top review
Mikevip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
We were surprised at slow it was at Mayas. This is a neighborhood gem. I guess the summer heat is keeping folks away. The servers, Jessica and Ivan, are great. Edgar puts special care into the food and drink preparations!
A photo of Crescent City Steak House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1558)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Step back in time as you step through the door into our beautiful, dining room where New Orleans’ original sizzling steaks have been served since the doors opened in 1934. We offer prime, dry-aged beef that is cut in-house and cooked to your desire as well as seafood options. Our commitment to quality does not end in the kitchen. Our extensive wine list consists of over 130 bottles from around the world. Our bar offers a wide array of quality liquors and liqueurs. Crescent City Steaks has been owned and operated by the Vojkovich family since Mr. John first opened the doors over 89 years ago, and his spirit lives on through the essence of family that transcends everything we do. So, come in; have a seat; and, become part of the family at Crescent City Steaks, the home of New Orleans’ original sizzling steak.

Top review
Chad
Dined 5 days ago
Delicious steaks and wonderful service keeps us coming back!
A photo of MoPho restaurant
4.8
4.8 (441)
$30 and under
Southeast Asian
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
MOPHO strives to be a true neighborhood restaurant, combining the flavors of Southeast Louisiana and Southeast Asia. From rich pho broths, to hand ground curries, and our signature bubble tea cocktails; everything at MOPHO is made from scratch with care and attention to freshness and flavor. We also serve whole roasted hog brushed with lemongrass, garlic, and chiles every Saturday for lunch.
In 2014, MOPHO was nominated as one of Bon Appetit's Top 50 Best New Restaurants. It was also named Restaurant of the Year by New Orleans Magazine and People's Choice Best New Restaurant by Gambit Magazine in 2014.

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JonCvip
Dined on Jun 19, 2024
Go on Wednesday and get the Smoked Pork Pho. It's just on Wednesday
A photo of Alma Café restaurant
4.8
4.8 (41)
$30 and under
Spanish
Bywater
About the restaurant
Owner and Executive Chef Melissa Araujo is a 2024 James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Semifinalist. Alma is an award winning Honduran restaurant located in the historic New Orleans Bywater, just outside the French Quarter.

Alma means soul in Spanish. The menu showcases Chef Melissa Araujo's Honduran heritage and takes each guest on a journey through food and culture. The Soul has many stories to tell; Alma's tale is shared through it's dining experience. From Pollo Chuco, to Bloody Mary's and avocado toast, Alma offers an extensive array of dishes focusing on Honduran Food.

Chef Araujo’s Father was Born in La Ceiba, Honduras and her memories of her childhood are centered around this particular view of the city. The mountains in the back, the ocean, the cool air in my face, my best memories were made in this city. Alma has given me the opportunity to recreate these memories and share them with our guests.

Reservations available Monday- Thursday, Waitlist only on Weekends.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
Amazing. Owner was amazing. Amazing flavors. Will be back!
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4.7
4.7 (2888)
$31 to $50
French
Mid-City / City Park
About the restaurant
Voted Most Romantic Restaurant in New Orleans, this Faubourg St. John Bistro offers simple, yet artfully executed, classic French cuisine featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a fine dining experience in a casual outdoor cafe atmosphere on the beautiful and historic Oak-lined Esplanade Avenue.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 5 days ago
Such a cute little place for lunch. Great food and great service from Taylor.
A photo of Ristorante Filippo restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1031)
$30 and under
Italian
Metairie
About the restaurant
Chef Philip Gagliano is a native New Orleanian of Italian descent who LOVES food! Learning his culinary skills from his mother and grandmothers, Chef Philip serves delightfully classic dishes in an elegant and inviting atmosphere. Menu specialties include Oysters al Oreganate, Chicken & Veal served in 5 classic Italian preparations and USDA Steaks alongside traditional Italian Pasta dishes.
Chef Philip says "I am very attached to my Italian roots and have been in the industry a long time. My wife Mary and I work diligently at the restaurant to make it a wonderful place to dine for all of our guests. We look forward to welcoming you into our restaurant".

Top review
Gunfreak
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was great. Food was excellent. Only issue was that we sat upstairs and the waitress was stretched a little thin with the amount of people she was serving. Also after several customers sat upstairs the air conditioning could not keep up and it got a little warm. With this being said I will definitely be back. Food and drinks were spectacular they could have been having a bad night. The waitress explained that they only had two cooks for some reason, but we were not in a rush and it gave us time to visit and talk.
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A photo of Carmo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (164)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
The food is wonderful, everything I have had is excellent. The atmosphere is very laid back. Staff is very friendly.
A photo of Louisiana Pizza Kitchen- French Quarter restaurant
4.6
4.6 (532)
$30 and under
Italian
French Quarter
About the restaurant
Enjoy an authentic Louisiana Pizza Kitchen experience in the French Quarter. Each gourmet pizza is fired in a wood-burning oven on either an unbleached white or untreated whole- wheat flour crust. All our meat and poultry are organic and free-range. We source quality, local Louisiana products whenever possible. And our wine cellar has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for four years running. Don’t forget to check out our excellent selection of local, micro-brewed, and specialty beers from around the world.
Top review
BillJvip
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
As always, very good food and service. We always enjoying having dinner here.
A photo of Baronne Bistro restaurant
3.9
3.9 (38)
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Central Business District
About the restaurant
New to Baronne Street is the aptly named Baronne Bistro where elevated casual dining is their specialty. This locally owned business is bringing some of the best lunch, and dinner to the Warehouse District. Baronne Bistro’s menu is heavy on Louisiana cooking with a bit of an extra flair for Cajun classics. Join the Baronne Bistro family every Tuesday-Sunday for a taste of what makes Louisiana’s cuisine the best!"
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JeffP
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
We had the mushroom pizza and crawfish etouffee and both were very flavorfull. The atmosphere was great, as well as the service. Prices were very reasonable.
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