It’s possible that some people lose their appetite when it gets hot and steamy outside, but in New Orleans, we’re too hangry for that. Savvy chefs entice locals with all kinds of special deals, plus during the month of August, COOLinary New Orleans puts close to 100 restaurants on sale with $20 lunch and $39 dinner menus. Across the lake, Tammany Taste of Summer offers the same kind of discounts, also in the month of August. Participating restaurants haven’t been announced just yet, but get a jump on summertime snacking with this line up of red hot deals.Read More
17 Hot New Orleans Dining Deals for Summer
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1. Ralph's On The Park
Ralph’s on the Park is a super summer destination thanks to this winning special. Starting July 2 and into September, $33 gets you three appetizers and a glass of wine. Choose from the likes of duck and mushroom flatbread, tuna tartare and turtle soup, with five wines to choose from including a rose sparkler.
2. Cafe Degas
Time at Cafe Degas always feels like a staycation, thanks to its cozy bistro vibe and the live tree that grows up through the middle of the the porch dining room. Have a two course lunch at this Bayou St. John charmer for just $19 Wednesday through Friday - choose an app and entree from the regular menu.
Add a glass of sparkling wine or a mimosa for five bucks. Check the website for pop-up coupon specials.
3. Toups South
Through the end of September, savor Toups South chef Isaac Toups and chef de cuisine Jason Lamberts’ southern regional fare without breaking the bank. Enjoy a two course lunch for $20 and three courses at dinner or brunch for $35. The chilled sweet corn and coconut soup is beyond refreshing, then there’s the snapper and beet crudo, grilled snapper sammie with harissa and mussels with black eyed peas and cornbread. All so good.
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4. Otra Vez
Head to Otra Vez, the innovative Mexican restaurant on Julia Street, for brunch Saturdays and Sundays. For $29, you can enjoy an entree (asparagus enchiladas with black beans are so good) and one hour of drink refills, including margaritas, mimosas, bloody mary’s and beer). Prices are reasonable all the time - two local drum tacos with olive salsa and crispy shallots sets you back 10 bucks.
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5. Copper Vine
Power lunching is red hot in the summertime at Copper Vine, with a pick-two option for just $13. Executive Chef Mike Brewer and Chef de Cuisine Amy Mehrtens’ serve the likes of baby herbs salad, chicken and boudin gumo, a half smoked chicken salad club and a half shrimp poboy. The Poydras Street eatery, with its lovely lush courtyard, also offers a bangin’ happy hour.
6. Public Service
Executive chef Neal Swidler is cooking up a storm at Public Service in the NOPSI hotel, bringing tasty bar bites to the new Henry’s Gin Bar in the lobby and serving a three-course summer menu of the daily gumbo or salad, an entree (including a half rotisserie chicken with smashed garlic potatoes or shrimp and grits) and dessert for $35 through Aug. 30. Order the wine of the day for $40 a bottle.
7. GW Fins
July starts GW Fins popular summer dining deal, offered Sunday through Thursday. The menu for Fins Feast changes daily, but if you’re lucky local chanterelles will still be available, paired with creole tomatoes, soft polenta and goat cheese. Other options might be fried soft shells with spoon bread or wasabi crusted wahoo with baby bok choy and sticky rice. Dessert varies, but bourbon pecan pie is always a winner.
Starting July 1 through August 31, guests can veer off of Arnaud’s a la carte dinner menu for the $39 Summer Table d’Hote menu, featuring seasonal creations by executive chef Tommy DiGiovanni. Enjoy a complimentary welcome glass of rose and have your choice of appetizers (the crab and corn bisque is so good even in the summer) and entrees including cornmeal crusted drum, seared pork tenderloin and Cornish game hen and one of three desserts - love the coconut chess pie. Show up on a Thursday for dinner and get bottomless glasses of Moët Impérial for $25 - it’s usually $18.50 a glass.
Remoulade, the casual family-friendly eatery from Arnaud’s, is celebrating 25 years of dishing New Orleans cuisine on Bourbon Street. Which is why they’re offering a three course menu for $25 Sunday through Thursday, a good deal especially with Arnaud’s signature shrimp remoulade as an option.
10. Palace Cafe
This Canal Street gem in the Dickie Brennan restaurant group brings its temperature lunch back for the 25th year. Also available at Bourbon House and Tableau, two courses are priced at the previous day’s high temperature and is available through Labor Day. The Palace Cafe menu changes daily and might include crawfish gnocchi, Louisiana crab cake and BBQ shrimp.
Susan Spicer’s lovely Bayona in the French Quarter celebrates its 29th birthday with an anniversary lunch special - three courses for $29. Choose from salads, soups and entrees as well as ice cream or sorbet and cookies. Up the game with 29-cent martinis, lemon drops, gimlets or Manhattans to the afternoon soiree.
12. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard
Chef Jimi Setchim brings a fresh eye and new energy to the menu at Broussard’s, but there’s more good news. Order the $19.20 special, homage to the restaurant’s founding year, and peruse three courses with options like Creole tomato gazpacho and mussels in a roasted garlic broth with pomme frites. Available through September 8.
13. Barcadia New Orleans
Thursday is steak night at this lively CBD hot spot, with a ribeye with sides and a glass of wine or a beer for just $18 after 4 pm. Add in $5 Margaritas and Mojitos, life-size Jenga on the patio, skeeball and 44 craft beers and life is good. If your inner child needs some space, Barcadia is the place.
14. Antoine's Restaurant
The storied restaurant offers set three-course lunches for $20.19 all summer long. Soak up some of the fancy ambiance at Antoine’s and munch on the likes of char-broiled oysters, picnic fried chicken and pecan bread pudding. A cocktail in the Hermes Bar is always a good idea.
15. The Grill Room
Treating yourself to a meal at the Grill Room at Windsor Court just got easier. To celebrate its 35th anniversary, the hotel restaurant is offering a prix fixe menu for $35, with optional wine pairings for an additional $25. The menu will change throughout the special, which extends past summer through the end of the year. The $19.84 plate lunch - a nod to the year the hotel opened - is still one of the best deals in town.
Situated just off Jackson Square with a fine balcony for dining, Tableau offers a two-course lunch Monday through Fridays based on the temperature the day before, all the way until Labor Day. So if it was 90 degrees, you pay $9. Guests have a choice of soup or salad as a starter with entrées that change daily. Another great reason to wish for a cool front.
Chef Thomas Robey is keeping it fresh at Tujague’s with his Taste of Summer menu, $39 for three courses with a different menu featured each month. Options might include tomato watermelon salad with shaved onions and crumbled feta, PEI mussels in a roasted crab broth and Gulf seafood in a Creole sauce. Key lime pie might be for dessert.