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8 NOLA Restaurants Taking Raw Bar To The Next Level

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New Orleans is a town that loves raw oysters, sure, but you've probably noticed that some restaurants have been stepping up their raw bar game lately. Crudo, seafood platters, ceviches, and more sea-to-table offerings are popping up all over town.

While Casamento's, Pascal's Manale, and Acme are raw bar institutions, here now, Eater NOLA takes a look at the wilder side, with 8 New Orleans restaurants taking raw bar dining to the next level. And while not all of these restaurants have actual, physical raw bars you can saddle up to, the dishes speak for themselves.

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This newest addition to the Link Group restaurants features wood-fired whole fish, but the raw bar selections are worth the trip alone. Raw oysters, crudo, and peel and eat specialties abound, but if you want a taste of paradise order the seafood platter, which gives you a little taste of everything including legit seafood salads.
This Bywater favorite from chef Ian Schnoebelen practically started the new wave of crudo-tastic raw bars in New Orleans. Freshly shucked oysters are a must alongside the tuna carpaccio and red snapper crudo.

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The raw bar at this newly reopened restaurant in The Roosevelt, headed up by chef Justin Ferguson, features daily fresh crudo, raw oysters, marinated crab claws and seafood platters galore.

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While the newly reopened icon on Rampart Street doesn't boast a raw bar, per se, raw oysters on the halfshell, and superb seafood platters featuring lobster, clams, scallop ceviche and other heavenly specialties, abound.
This John Besh brasserie in the CBD is known for their raw bar (especially the fifty-cent oysters at happy hour). Mussels, little neck clams, and the whopping seafood platters are a must try.

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Lilette doesn't have an official raw bar, but chef John Harris daily specials are known to include raw Pacific oysters and fresh crudo, not to mention some amazing Alaskan king crab claws.

The Blue Crab

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At this Lakefront favorite, you'll find raw oysters alongside marinated crab claws, and a killer crab dip. But for the nostalgic, boiled and fried seafood platters are the ticket, served with hushpuppies and fries.
Yes, it's a sushi joint, but Chiba's Grand Platter with lobster, oyster shooters, king crab legs, as well as the interesting array of ceviches, deserves some raw bar respect.

Peche

This newest addition to the Link Group restaurants features wood-fired whole fish, but the raw bar selections are worth the trip alone. Raw oysters, crudo, and peel and eat specialties abound, but if you want a taste of paradise order the seafood platter, which gives you a little taste of everything including legit seafood salads.

Mariza

This Bywater favorite from chef Ian Schnoebelen practically started the new wave of crudo-tastic raw bars in New Orleans. Freshly shucked oysters are a must alongside the tuna carpaccio and red snapper crudo.

Fountain Lounge

The raw bar at this newly reopened restaurant in The Roosevelt, headed up by chef Justin Ferguson, features daily fresh crudo, raw oysters, marinated crab claws and seafood platters galore.

Marti's

While the newly reopened icon on Rampart Street doesn't boast a raw bar, per se, raw oysters on the halfshell, and superb seafood platters featuring lobster, clams, scallop ceviche and other heavenly specialties, abound.

Lüke

This John Besh brasserie in the CBD is known for their raw bar (especially the fifty-cent oysters at happy hour). Mussels, little neck clams, and the whopping seafood platters are a must try.

Lilette

Lilette doesn't have an official raw bar, but chef John Harris daily specials are known to include raw Pacific oysters and fresh crudo, not to mention some amazing Alaskan king crab claws.

The Blue Crab

At this Lakefront favorite, you'll find raw oysters alongside marinated crab claws, and a killer crab dip. But for the nostalgic, boiled and fried seafood platters are the ticket, served with hushpuppies and fries.

Chiba

Yes, it's a sushi joint, but Chiba's Grand Platter with lobster, oyster shooters, king crab legs, as well as the interesting array of ceviches, deserves some raw bar respect.

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