As normalcy gradually returns to New Orleans, it’s time for to update of the Eater 38, an attempt to answer the question, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” It’s a curated list intended to highlight the New Orleans area’s top restaurants while spanning cuisines, neighborhoods, settings, and price points. While a few of the city’s essential dining destinations remain closed for now, more of the restaurants New Orleans diners seek out again and again are back in full swing and offering a joyful post-lockdown meal.
From perfect po’ boys to contemporary Creole cuisine and everything in between, these 38 restaurants are crucial visits for any New Orleans eater. It’s important to remember that the pandemic is not over, so diners should plan to mask up, show vaccination proof or a negative COVID test, tip generously, and be patient while navigating the current dining landscape.
If you’re looking for the best new restaurants in New Orleans, turn to the Eater Heatmap.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More