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The Italian Barrel, New Orleans, LA

The Italian Barrel

4.6
4.6
3257 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Fine dining awaits you in our intimate dining area. Both indoor & outdoor as well as seating at our premier handcraft bar. Our marble-top bar greets you upon entry, you will find yourself in candle light looking at white linen tables that are positioned on beautiful wood and brick flooring surrounded by bottles of fine Italian wines. The Chef and Owner Samantha Castagnetti brings her city in Northern Italia to you via overnight shipments of imported Italian foods and boast over 40 wines almost all are served by the glass- 14 years and counting.. Come and see what everyone raves about!
Authentic food is an understatement - this is the real thing. Reservations are most welcomed and taken only through OpenTable for parties of 12 or less.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch & Dinner Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 569-0198
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner
  • Catering
    Catering: 504.982.6969
  • Private party facilities
    Private Events:504.982.6969
  • Neighbourhood
    French Quarter
  • Cross Street
    Decatur Street/Barracks
  • Parking Details
    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.
  • Public Transit
    Street car stops just one block away
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine

What 3,257 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Italian

  • New Orleans

    Italian

3,257 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good. Veal piccata was had a slight crunch on the sides but overall was very soggy and chewy. Music was loud and a full house of people so it was hard to have a full conversation. Overall it was good would go back.

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  2. AngelaR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It took a very long time to get our food. We finished our wine before the food came.

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  3. JohnD

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal every time. Service was great. Excellent place for a work dinner.

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  4. NicholasS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vodka sauce with my meal. Great dessert. Well Done.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    To start, we came here to celebrate a birthday. We brought our own cake that we kept at the table with us and only asked for a knife to cut it. We were charged a $25 cake fee. The cocktails were less than desirable, specifically the blood orange Madonna. The main course food was a better experience. Overall would not recommend when visiting New Orleans.

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  6. DeniseD

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVE The Italian Barrel & Chef Samantha! We’ve been coming here 5+years (every time we are in NOLA) and it is always FANTASTIC!! The staff is always so personable, knowledgeable and happy! I don’t think there is any better Italian food, ANYWHERE!!

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  7. MarkC

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food with wonderful atmosphere. Cade made it extra special. What a pro!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This dining experience was first rate . We had the spaghetti and veal meatball, lasagna and penne pasta dish . Chocolate dessert was perfect . This restaurant is a must if you like Italian and are in New Orleans! And the atmosphere is perfect

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  9. BeckyS

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a 3:30 pm reservation for a late lunch and so the restaurant was not too busy. Service was very good and we enjoyed an appetizer, entree, and dessert which were all excellent and nicely presented. Would definitely visit this restaurant again.

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  10. MarinaD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our best dining experiences ever. Thank you

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  11. KateP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, fresh homemade pasta and a lovely ambience sum up this charming and classy hole in the wall. Highly recommend!

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  12. BillyC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming atmosphere with well thought out menu! Service was on reliably thoughtful and details all well attended to! Dishes are well executes and portions are hearty without being heavy or excessive. Wine list leans towards Italian varietals, and they were thoughtful with their recommendations. There is a quiet pride all staff offer in their work. This was a truly enjoyable dining experience - and the Tartufo di Limoncello was AMAZING!

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  13. BillyD

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic Italian with local flair. After all these years, still a hidden gem in this exceptional food City.

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  14. Ettorestyle

    Philadelphia

    182 reviews

    5.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and services were outstanding so fresh and delicious…the lasagna was the best I have ever tasted it melted in my mouth…I will be back yummy 

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  15. CarrieN

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy the Italian Barrel every time we're in town. On this trip we waited over an hour for our appetizer and even longer for our entrees.

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  16. mmmarti1

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The appetizers were just ok as was my husband’s pasta. My pesto pasta with shrimp was not good. The shrimp over seasoned and overcooked , the pesto was not great and the pasta itself felt gummy. For the value and what was served I would not go back to this restaurant or recommend it.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. Loved the pumpkin ravioli!

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  18. BrianF

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious, fresh food. Very good service and relaxed vibe.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was really bad and cold. The lasagne pasta was hard. I took one bit and that was it

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  20. jeffh

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there for our anniversary and those was no acknowledgement of our milestone 30th anniversary. We ordered the tomato ravioli (an entree) as our app, i ordered the lasagna…to which the waiter said “classic…we better know how to do lasagna”. My wife ordered the filet with crabmeat and potatoes. The app came out first. It was cold. The ravioli had cold centers. Which leads me to believe these were either from the fridge or freezer and not sous vided long enough. My wife ordered the special which was a filet, with lump crabmeat- it was very good. My lasagna, well, not so much…it was cold as well. Warm, at best, sauce on top but the center was ice cold. It was unpleasant. I did not complain because it was our special anniversary dinner but 2 out of 3 things were cold to the core! Why? We live local and have heard good things but our items were unpleasantly cold.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was great, very knowledgeable of menu and drink items, all staff was helping ever table. Highly recommend.

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  22. WoodM

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambiance was great, meal was ok but foodwas cold and we were over charged a salad that we split.

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  23. EmilyH

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love dining outside here. Great for people watching, good food & cocktails. Service is friendly, even on Mardi Gras day!

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  24. TCNOLA

    New Orleans

    81 reviews

    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mardi Gras day for a late lunch! Festive, Friendly, Warm & Welcoming crowd. Service was great, in spite of a packed house. The wait staff, Kitchen Team and bar did a GREAT JOB! Hot food, Hot. Cold food, Cold and everything was delicious!

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  25. RUSSELLB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the lunch date with Italian Barrel on Fat Tuesday. Great food and drinks.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was Mardi Gras so a few hiccups. Veal chop was under cooked and it took an hour for our entree to arrive, but I still love the place. The truffle mushroom ravioli was awesome!!!!

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  27. Louch

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bartender was amazing, very knowledgeable and quick with the drinks. Ordered the veal meatballs, they were delicious but both were cold.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great and the food was amazing. We had the meatballs and chicken parmigiana. The meatball was prob one of the best I ever had. The chicken oatmeal could have used more sauce but they brought us extra. If you’re in the mood for Italian after a lot of Cajun/ creole food def check this place out!!

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  29. MarkP

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, delicious food, friendly & attentive service without being rushed, perfect little table for 2 by a window to watch the happenings on the French Quarter streets. Absolutely wonderful experience & we'll go back on every visit!

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  30. SteveM

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Resturant with great food and service.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and atmosphere were amazing! My spicy Italian dish was excellent and my wife loved her chicken parm and crab martini app. Great value and worth checking out.

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  32. MichelleB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great little spot! It was delicious, and service was great too!

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  33. Bigreez

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and wine. The Chilean sea bass was outstanding, a little pricy, $62 for the entree.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service Some of the best Italian food I ever had

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  35. rwl70115

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fabulous meal. Even during Mardi Gras, the service was great and the food was amazing

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  36. JohnnyD

    Charleston

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There on 28th of January 2024 Watched a parade while we ate Dinner at the bar with Dan the bartender. Great food and service. Make your reservation early as the hookup fast.

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  37. DailyDiner

    New Orleans

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as usual. As a local this is our favorite Italian restaurant in the city.

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  38. Peach

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect. The food was excellent and we loved the small, intimate atmosphere.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    1st time we’ve been, service was great. Food was good. Both had pasta and we were happy.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dan is an excellent bartender, conversationalist, and earnest in manner. Great experience. We’ll be back.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Italian Barrel using the Order Online button. The Italian Barrel also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 569-0198.

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.6 stars by 3257 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Italian Barrel

1240 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Decatur Street/Barracks
  • Neighbourhood
    French Quarter
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch & Dinner Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    French Market parking lot located 1 block away on the river.
  • Public Transit
    Street car stops just one block away
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Samantha Castagnetti /Owner
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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