The French Quarter is the oldest square mile in New Orleans and home to more restaurants and bars per square block than any other neighborhood. This guide is a varied cross-section of restaurants in the Vieux Carre, from historic places that sell iconic dishes (Johnny’s Po-Boys and Brennan’s) to cocktail destinations (Jewel of the South and Manolito) to special occasion restaurants (Restaurant R’evolution and Arnaud’s).
Consider this list a starting point for exploring the Vieux Carre table. There are surprising and delicious treasures along the way, so don’t be shy about trying them all. Looking for drinks only? Check out these essential French Quarter bars. And for a different approach to the neighborhood, here are 27 iconic French Quarter dining experiences, a bucket list of tried and true dining and drinking situations in the Vieux Carre.
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