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The Italian Barrel, New Orleans, LA

The Italian Barrel

4.6
4.6
2725 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • 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

Experiences

  • Buon Natale! 5 Course Pre-Fix Menu

    US$95.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2022 only
    Welcome to your ultimate Christmas experience. Join us for a 5 course pre-set spectacular menu from our Executive Chef Samantha Castagnetti. We reserve the right to make menu changes as needed. All reservations require a valid credit card on file and all cancellations less than 24 hours prior will incur a $25 service charge per person. Any change in guest count of 3 or more guests will be subject to a $10 per person charge. Please visit our website for our feature menu before booking! We also will offer a children's option for $55 per child under 8. Chef's 2022 featured menu is priced at $95 per person excluding beverages, taxes, and gratuity. No exceptions or changes. Allow us to make your holiday truly unforgettable! Book TODAY!

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What 2,725 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
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New Orleans

    Italian

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  1. YL

    YvonneL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinning here was amazing! Everything from appetizer to dessert was delicious! We had the meatball as an appetizer and it was really good. My husband had the filet with Gorgonzola sauce, so good. And I had the porcini and truffle ravioli it was amazing. Will definitely be coming!
  2. RF

    RyanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic dining experience. Great food, cocktail and wine along with a wonderful atmosphere
  3. NP

    NatashaP

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Food was outstanding. Overall a wonderful experience
  4. p

    pa88

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go here a couple of times per year, the gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce is awesome as is the pumpkin ravioli
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious. Service was slow. Meatballs were excellent!!
  6. LD

    LisaD

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous! As a bonus, the museum across the street has a live jazz band do we sat outside on the patio to enjoy it. We felt like we were on a sidewalk cafe in Paris.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, wine, service. Thank you!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One year wedding anniversary. Good and service was amazing
  9. KM

    KarenM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city for many reasons…❤️
  10. LL

    LynnL

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The service and meal were both outstanding. I look forward to my next visit.
  11. L

    Lexi

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just as good as I remember it being from when I was there 4 years ago! I have been wanting to go back ever since. Everyone and everything was prefect!
  12. BT

    BrendaT

    San Antonio

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant in the French Quarter
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! The only disappointment may have been the Brussels sprouts. Clams and mussels were perfectly cooked.
  14. MS

    MarjorieS

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My new favorite Italian restaurant. Mostly northern Italian cuisine, which is more difficult to find, perfectly prepared. Small and intimate dining room, reservations strongly recommended. A++
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  16. E

    foodEnyc

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Wonderful ingredients - poorly executed Has anyone ordered veal piccata and gotten a veal shank bone in not cooked - now I have After having lived in northern Italy and bringing two Milanese people to this restaurant I expected more than horrible They were out of our first three choices which annoying but understandable so we moved on The raw ingredients in every thing was truly amazing but somehow when it hit fire it went to hell. I never knew it was possible to make a dry sea bass and scorched spinach with no sauce and still claim to be butter based??? You could taste the magnificent ingredients they used but somehow manage to ruin - maybe because it was a holiday but seriously the worst money I have spent on a restaurant in years
  17. TG

    ToddG

    Orlando

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was excellent Unfortunately they were out of chicken, it it was a busy weekend Very good value and meal
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my fiancé’s birthday, the ambiance was amazing, the service was great l and the food was outstanding. The table was waiting for us upon arrival and the prices are not bad. 10/10 will try again.
  19. JN

    JeffN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    There were Several tables that came in after us that were served and left before we even got our lunch, totally unacceptable
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, experience, and food! We are locals and had never been. Glad I chose to go there for my birthday. The lasagna was delicious and the filet with the peppercorn sauce was also very good. My cocktail was refreshing and the house dressing was yummy, too! Highly recommend and I am sure we will visit again!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb restaurant - so good we went back the following evening. Fist class in every way. Fun, delicious and great servers.
  22. JB

    JonBlum

    New Orleans

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner and Italian Barrell never disappoints
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food
  24. LS

    LaurieS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    We arrived on time for our 7:00 pm reservation. Seated in the back near the kitchen which was tight and busy. We ordered drinks that took nearly 45 min to get. We ordered our meal and the kitchen screwed up! We had to constantly ask the wait staff ( several of them) where our drinks ans meal were. We were hungry and the attention to us was awful! We did not get our food until 8:40 and hour and 40 Minutes after we sat down. Our first courses were not brought to us. We requested them even though we got our entrees first. I asked for the first courses to be brought to us but to take the them off of our bill. Which was done. It sad that every meal we have has here was great. Last nite it was not. We brought Our friends who had never been there. We were so disappointed & embarrassed with the service. The food we finally did get was great.
  25. JR

    JeffR

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    April was great! Food was outstanding! Drinks were very well done! Great experience!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service.
  27. GL

    GeorgeL

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent (we had Chef Samantha's fuselli pasta with speck and penne alla arrabiata and house salads)
  28. BT

    BrandiT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was super nice! Service was amazing! The place is beautiful! It is a little pricey but we’ll worth it!
  29. LA

    LizA

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was absolutely wonderful and the portions were large. It was an amazing find and loved the outdoor seating along the road. The staff was super friendly however were a bit slow and not very attentive.
  30. DM

    DotMas

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Servizio nullo per il tipo di ristorante pagare un prezzo elevato essere trattato come se davi fastidio
  31. SC

    StephanieC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was decent. Was not a big fan of the lasagna I ordered.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    Service horrible 30 min pour avoir un verre d’eau Erreur à la commande des boisons et nouvelles erreurs sur la note Les serveurs n’ont aucune envie de travailler A fuir absolument
  33. DD

    DinaD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was divine, staff works very hard lived the atmosphere
  34. LZ

    LynnZ

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server took very good care of us and was tolerant of our wish, dodging rain showers, to move outside to watch/listen to Satchmofest. We were very happy sitting outside in the shade, enjoying a piccolo charcuterie/ cheese board and drinking wine.
  35. AG

    AlanG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice eatery, little trouble with the seating based on our reservation. Overall very good experience.
  36. GA

    GlayA

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The server was inattentive and lacked professionalism. The food tasted reheated. The ravioli was boiled too long as several were served without filling. I don’t recommend whatever this restaurant is trying to masquerade as.
  37. CH

    CarlH

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my adult kids on an early Friday evening. The service was outstanding and friendly. Our server Derrick was incredibly attentive and overall fantastic. We got a piccolo cheese board which was amazing. Also had a salad and three pasta dishes. All of the pasta was cooked perfectly - food was very tasty and delicious. We opted for dessert elsewhere but the overall meal was solid. Definitely a nice Italian restaurant in the French Quarter close enough to walk to but far enough away from the crazy loud spots. I highly recommend.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, food and service exceeded expectations
  39. LZ

    LynnZ

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed two meals this weekend at Italian Barrel: Friday pm sit down inside and Sunday outside. Both were very nice. We particularly enjoyed the porcini/truffle ravioli on Friday night and the piccolo meat/cheese board listening to Satchfest outside on Sunday pm. Wines were nice also.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best meal we had in our four days in NOLA. ANd we had some great meals. The lasagna and the veal piccata were classic and perfectly prepared. The fig and prosciutto salad was amazing and the limoncello sorbet dessert was sublime. Jaume, our server, was exceptional. Great service without hovering. A wonderful experience start to finish! We’ll be recommending this find to everyone.

FAQs

The Italian Barrel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 569-0198.

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.6 stars by 2725 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Italian Barrel

1240 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Decatur Street

  • Neighbourhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch & Dinner Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • 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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