The 26 Best Restaurants in New Orleans, From Comfort Food Classics to Locally-Caught Seafood Spots

New Orleans’s gastronomic influences are celebrated across the city, with Cajun, Creole, French, Italian, and soul food interacting in almost infinite ways. Because of this global mix, New Orleans cuisine is some of the most singular in the country—dishes like beignets, muffuletta sandwiches, po’boys, oysters Rockefeller, and bananas foster originated here, after all.

Whether you dine at one of the century-old institutions in the French Quarter, or in any of the new restaurants that are bringing fresh flavors to the table, there’s no denying this is one of the world’s great food towns. Let’s get to it: These are the best restaurants in New Orleans.

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