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Top 5 New Orleans Restaurants You Should Experience During Your Trip to New Orleans

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Top New Orleans Restaurants 

If you’re a foodie, you’ll be in high spirits in New Orleans, where the chef-driven food scene is as energetic and diverse as the city itself. From mouth-watering Creole classics to innovative cuisine drawing inspiration from around the globe, New Orleans is a mecca of gastronomic delights. To help you plan your eating itinerary, we’ve scoured the city and put together a list of the top-notch restaurants that you simply can’t afford to miss during your stay in the area. Come along for a thrilling culinary ride as we explore the five most exceptional dining establishments in the Big Easy. 

Restaurant 1: Commander’s Palace 

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Commander’s Palace, a New Orleans landmark since 1893, underwent a transformation when Ella, Dottie, Dick, and John Brennan took over in 1974. With their personal touch, the restaurant received accolades such as the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Service Award in 1993 and the Outstanding Restaurant Award in 1996. Adorned in the iconic “Commander’s Blue,” both the interior and exterior were revitalized. Notably, Commander’s Palace was named the #1 Top Restaurant by New Orleans Magazine, solidifying its reputation as a must-visit culinary gem in the Garden District.

Restaurant 2: Antoine’s 

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Antoine’s Restaurant, a renowned French establishment, quickly captured the hearts of New Orleans’ esteemed society. Its popularity led to a move to a bigger location and, in 1868, to its current location on St. Louis Street. Continuing its legacy of culinary excellence, Antoine’s recently received the prestigious Bienville Award, commemorating 180 plus years of culinary mastery and its contribution to the world-renowned cuisine of New Orleans. Step into Antoine’s and experience a taste of history and gastronomic delight like no other. 

Restaurant 3: Tableau 

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If you’re looking for an unparalleled dining experience, set your sights on Tableau. Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, this restaurant reigns supreme as the #1 spot for balcony seating. With stunning views over Jackson Square, it’s the perfect location to enjoy a delicious blend of European and contemporary cuisine, made using locally sourced ingredients. As one of the Best New Restaurants in New Orleans, as recognized by the Times-Picayune, Tableau offers a range of unique dining settings, from intimate courtyard dining to a cozy Drawing Room lounge, and of course, mesmerizing balcony seating. 

Restaurant 4: Galatoire’s 

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Established in 1905 by Jean Galatoire, Galatoire’s Restaurant has become a legendary destination on Bourbon Street. With roots traced back to the small village of Pardies, France, Galatoire’s brings a rich culinary heritage and a familial dining experience to its patrons. 

This internationally renowned restaurant showcases a menu inspired by Jean Galatoire’s homeland, as well as the influence of New Orleans. Featuring iconic dishes like Turtle Soup, Bouillabaisse, and crawfish etouffee, this iconic eatery is one not to be missed. Step into Galatoire’s Restaurant and embark on a gastronomic journey that combines tradition, flavors, and a touch of history.  

Restaurant 5: Brennan’s 

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Nestled on Royal Street, Brennan’s restaurant is a culinary masterpiece known for its original creations like Bananas Foster and Eggs Hussarde. In a tale of culinary rivalry, Owen Brennan, inspired by a challenge from Count Arnaud, opened Owen Brennan’s Vieux Carré Restaurant on Bourbon Street in 1946. 

With dishes like Bananas Foster and Breakfast at Brennan’s, Owen Brennan’s establishment left an indelible mark on the culinary world, defying stereotypes and creating a delicious legacy that continues to enchant diners with a blend of history and exquisite flavors. 

Embark on a Captivating New Orleans Walking Tour for Culinary Revelations! 

Experience the magical streets of New Orleans on a guided French Quarter walking tour that uncovers the city’s culinary treasures. Traverse the colorful streets and bask in the atmosphere, as our knowledgeable French Quarter tour guides captivate you with fascinating tales about the city’s rich history and cultural influences. Discover the birthplace of famous dishes and the hidden secrets behind their unique flavors. This New Orleans walking tour offers an extraordinary adventure for lovers of food and history. Reserve your spot now and embark on a thrilling journey through the Big Easy! 

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