The Best Restaurants in New Orleans

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Welcome to the Eater 38, our answer to the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It’s a varied list meant to highlight the best of contemporary New Orleans dining while spanning cuisines, neighborhoods, settings, and price points. Showcasing a mix of po’ boy shops, Creole cafes, and fine dining destinations that make New Orleans one of the most interesting places to eat in America, these are 38 restaurants that are crucial visits for any New Orleans diner.

Each quarter Eater New Orleans updates the Eater 38 with different destinations; eligible restaurants have to have been open for at least six months. For the Summer 2022 update, we’ve added modern Mexican tasting restaurant Lengua Madre, Metairie’s hand roll hub Yakuza House, and Gretna’s enduring Thai restaurant, Banana Blossom.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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