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The Italian Barrel

4.5
4.5
2692 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

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

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What 2,692 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans

    Italian

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  1. DD

    DinaD

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

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

    LynnZ

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  3. GA

    GlayA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  4. CH

    CarlH

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    LynnZ

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  8. KB

    KennyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great waitstaff! Nice wine selection….Can’t wait to go back
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. Veal chop was excellent. Worth every penny.
  10. PP

    PatP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service accommodated 16 people with ease.
  11. L

    Leigh

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Quaint restaurant on edge of French Quarter.
  12. G

    Gourmand

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never a disappointment. Excellent food and a delightful hostess.
  13. CS

    CurtisS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. North Italian at its best. Fresh pasta and delicious.
  14. LC

    LindseyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    sooo yummy!!! 2nd time coming within the month. Delicious!!
  15. BW

    BWag

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Staff was nice and friendly. Definitely recommend restaurant for dinner
  16. CA

    CarlA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    We bought halve cheese and half meat samples, lobsters ravioli, chicken Parmigiano, shrimp scampi, Spaghetti and meat balls, chicken alfredo, lasagna. All disgusting. The pasta was over cooked and inedible. The chicken was chicken patties from a package not fresh chicken. The lobster ravioli also tasted like package food. The cheese and meat samples where good but for 32 dollars a piece it was ridiculous. There was not enough cheese, crackers, or meat. On serving we charged a 18% gratuity on 5 people which was not disclosed when we sat down. We wait for refills while the server wslked around and cleaned/ clean tables. When I got up to get refills she stated she would do it because she was bored. We paid 50 in tip on a 250 bill. Normally I leave atleast 100. But with the service, food, and general aspects of the restaurant. I was very unhappy. We do not recommend this place at all.
  17. JM

    JayM

    Little Rock

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience as usual! The veal Osso bucco was amazing.
  18. JD

    JohnD

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Italian food and wine list in an amazing atmosphere. The Penne Arrabiatta I have ever had (Italy Included).
  19. PD

    PatrickD

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The Italian Barrel was amazing!! Definitely get the cheese platter and the parmesan chicken but with vodka sauce!
  21. l

    lt21

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I’ve been several times before but this time it sucked. Nothing was good.
  22. RF

    ReneeF

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food, ambiance and atmosphere were excellent! The only reason I rated the food with 4 stars was because one order of lasagne was served cold. Everything else was fantastic!
  23. A

    Ammortimer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Wait staff was amazing, very friendly and fun. Definitely the best part of the experience. Sitting outside was an adventure, as you're exposed to the very "New Orleans" part of the Quarter. Loud people and loud vehicles are constantly present at night, but the venue does its best to keep things classy. The starting dishes we had were fantastic, but main course was just okay. Veal and chicken were not as flavorful as one would expect, and the side of veggies was pretty slim and bland.
  24. m

    martig

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not the least expensive Italian food you will find in New Orleans but excellent nonetheless. Recommend the truffle ravioli. Looking forward to going back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a great experience but definitely need reservations!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was exceptional! Great place overall.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second experience at the Italian Barrel and it didn’t disappoint! I was here 3 years ago with friends and it was delicious so I decided I wanted to return for my 40th birthday with my husband. Our server Chris was very knowledgeable and friendly. He went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and make me feel celebrated. The food was insanely delicious, just as I remembered. I had the spaghetti and veal meatball and my husband had the veal chop with cheese soufflé. My veal meatball was perfectly cooked and fell apart as I was cutting it with my fork. My spaghetti was al dente and soaked up the mouth watering marinara sauce. My husband’s veal was stuffed with cheese, prosciutto, and a mint leaf. He didn’t talk the entire time he was eating it - just made happy little sighs - it was that good! We both got dessert - tiramisu and chocolate profiteroles. Just as delightful as the rest of our meal! This was northern Italian cooking at its finest! I really wish this restaurant was located in my home state so I could eat here all the time!
  28. g

    gordon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and our server was incredibly attentive and polite. Highly recommend. Only downside was our table for four was a bit small. Everything else was great!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat
  30. VG

    VisorGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of THE best meals I have had in NOLA out of my 46 trips to my favorite city to visit!
  31. A

    Anna

    New Orleans

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations for 9 of our family to celebrate our daughters birthday. It was wonderful all the way through! The food, the service and the ambiance was wonderful! We have food allergies in the family but the staff was very attentive to all details. Highly recommend !
  32. L

    Localeater

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I have been to the italian barrel many times over the years and in fact spent over a grand just a few weeks ago. The food is decent and its close to my business. The service has always been hit or miss the staff is either exceptional or rude. My visit last night however was beyond the pale, Having a reservation we still spent about 15 minutes waiting to be addressed. Several staff members walked by us without so much as a glance. Then a waiter pushed pass us without bothering to acknowledge us. He let three women in and brought them into the restaurant to be seated they had just arrived and were not waiting i assume he knew them. I then caught the same man shoot my husband a very dirty look and i asked him if there was an issue? he ignored me and went on with a table so i let it go. A women finally came over and i informed her of my table and how i felt like we were treated rudely by the gentleman. She was very nice and seated us so i told her not to worry about it and hoped that part of the evening was behind me....I was wrong. After purchasing a nice bottle of wine and ordering our dinner we began to chat away. About 40 minutes later I am informed the the course i had ordered "chicken" was not available which was disappointing because its why i was their. So i put in a new order as to not spoil dinner for my friends. I began noticing that same original waiter was behind the bar drinking and sneering at us. I then realized instead of making our experience better they were intentionally making it worse. After waiting an hr and 20 minutes without even and appetizer i decided we were leaving and informed the same women and offered to pay for the entire meal we had not been served. She was nice enough to only charge me for the wine and i tipped our waiter 100 bucks for the trouble. My issue is that we are locals, long time customers and they knew i was unhappy at the beginning and may no effort to make sure we were. I am not sure what the problem was but it was horrid
  33. LE

    Like2Eat

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food. Service was good considering they were real busy. Would not recommend the outdoor. The traffic and horns was a bit annoying.
  34. TG

    ThomasG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best food I’ve had. The pricing is very reasonable.
  35. RJ

    RobertJ

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a comfortable and filling experience! Service was excellent and food was fresh and delicious. Nice to experience a quiet restaurant.
  36. M

    Mike

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    The veal tasted old and was inedible.Priced like fine dining,but no dress code.People with big tattoos and shorts and flip flops. Bad food experience and no ambience.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience with best in class service.
  38. V

    Vickie1953

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Not impressed with the food
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Really enjoyed the drinks and dinner. Was concerned about finding parking because it was Essence Fest weekend but it was surprisingly easy, probably because of the rain. Inside was nice and food was amazing. Service wasn’t terrible but our waiter seemed kind of lost? Everyone else was on top of it, but for some reason our waiter just wasn’t as attentive. He forgot to put in our appetizer and disappeared on occasion. Experience was a solid 8/10 and I would definitely come again.
  40. RW

    RobertW

    New Orleans

    163 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    163 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The veal meatball and spaghetti dish was perfectly prepared and quickly served!

FAQs

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

The Italian Barrel is rated 4.5 stars by 2692 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 14 times today
Google Map for The Italian Barrel

430 Barracks Street, 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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