As normalcy gradually returns to New Orleans, it’s time for a full-scale 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 some 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 if required, 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.
*The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More