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Where to Dine Solo in New Orleans

Where to eat when you’re on a date with yourself

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Dining solo can be an oasis of calm in an otherwise frantic day. A chance to center, savor and regroup without the distraction of making small talk. For a committed eater, it’s also the chance to taste exactly what is craved, without having to accommodate anyone else’s whims. That said, the best place to dine alone isn’t in the middle of a crowded dining room, surrounded by starry eyed couples, shrieking children, and rowdy groups. Here are some fab spots that welcome solo diners and offer cozy seating for loners in the dining room and bar.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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Chef Allison Vega-Knoll serves global finny flavors at Station 6 in Bucktown, so pull up a stool at the bar and get ready to feast. The New Orleans native is a wiz at tapas and small plates — try her Mamere’s crabmeat casserole and blackened Gulf fish sandwich. Love that the salads come in two sizes.

Oysters at Station 6
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2. Cafe Degas

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3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-5635
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There are only four seats at the bar at this Bayou St. John fave, a haven of French bistro fare and warm hospitality. Snag one, and enjoy Cafe Degas’ specialties including duck breast salad, onion soup and crab salad.

3. Arabella Casa Di Pasta

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2258 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 533-9223
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This quiet St. Claude Avenue pasta staple has a long, comfortable bar and friendly bartenders, great for a casual solo outing of fresh pastas and Italian small plates. As a bonus, it’s super affordable, so there doesn’t have to be an occasion in order to take yourself out.

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4. The Franklin

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2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 267-0640
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This suave neighborhood spot in the Marigny is a locals favorite for inventive dining and good drinks and wine. The Franklin’s bar is the best, a relaxing spot to slurp oysters and drink martinis during happy hour. A menu of interesting starters (grilled lamb ribs, Gulf fish crudo) is a swell alternative to eating an entree.

The Franklin Burger
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5. Bennachin

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1212 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 522-1230
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If you’re exploring the French Quarter, Bennachin is one of the most welcoming options for solo diners, both in atmosphere and food. Comforting Gambian and Cambodian specialties, many vegetarian-friendly, are served in a cozy, funky space with eclectic furniture and colorful art covering the walls. It’s BYOB, but Sidney’s Wine Cellar is a few blocks away.

6. Brennan's

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417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9711
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Retreat to Brennan’s Roost Bar, a tropical oasis with painted flamingos, parrots and macaws. Savor the likes of baked oysters, tea-brined chicken wings, and cheddar gourgeres during Bubbles at Brennan’s, the promo offered Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar and lovely courtyard.

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Brennan’s
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7. Bourbon House

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144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-0111
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The bar is an awesome spot to people watch at this solid Dickie Brennan restaurant on Bourbon Street. Then again a table by the upstairs rail on the balcony is also an ideal perch to eat crab cake Louis and charbroiled oyster pasta.

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Bourbon House
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8. Poydras & Peters

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300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 595-3305
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Although this Loews hotel restaurant is still finding its way to the locals (used to Cafe Adelaide for so many years) Poydras & Peters has much to recommend. Sit at Bar Peters out front, or relax at a window seat and tuck into the likes of warm beet salad, the gumbo of the day or a plate of beef or turkey sliders with Parmesan fries. The edamame hummus is under share-ables, but you can handle it yourself.

9. Compère Lapin

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535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 599-2119
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Chef Nina Compton’s award-winning restaurant in the Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery features a bustling bar, a communal table and two-tops along the windows, all ideal for a solo snacker. Compere Lapin is a busy place with tons of action, thanks to stupendous cocktails and a menu of French Caribbean Creole delights. The cold smoked tuna tartare is a keeper.

Inside Compere Lapin
The bar seating at Compere Lapin
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10. Meril

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424 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 526-3745
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Love this casual Warehouse District spot from chef Emeril Lagasse, with its beyond lively happy hour scene and great eats. Everything is good at Meril but try the Korean fried chicken, crispy turkey necks (yes, pick them up) and homemade meatball with mozzarella. Not the spot for a pensive bite but come here to get fueled up and energized.

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Chef’s counter at Meril
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11. Bearcat Cafe Uptown

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2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-9011
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Bearcat is well-suited for a solo breakfast or lunch, with ample seating, coffee-shop style seating and options like chia pudding tofu scramble and chai pancakes with pecans, as well as a vegan-friendly menu. For lunch, sandwiches and bowls satisfy without weighing down.

12. Clancy's Restaurant

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6100 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 895-1111
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This Uptown bastion of French-Creole cuisine is well known for its lively bar scene, and for good reason. Clancy’s is the kind of place where everybody knows everybody, so expect a few stares. That said, the bartenders are friendly, the food is traditional and good and the drinks are potent.

13. LUVI Restaurant

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5236 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 605-3340
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LUVI is home to some of the best sushi in town, so settle in at chef Hao Gong’s curved raw bar and get ready for a treat. The Shanghai native, who worked for years at Sake Cafe, delivers brilliant takes on raw and nearly raw fish, pairing with the likes of cucumber and yuzu vinegar and pink dragon fruit. Shanghai comfort food also soars — dumplings, dan dan noodles, and bam bam chicken are just a few winners to try.

The chef’s counter at LUVI
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1. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
Oysters at Station 6
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Chef Allison Vega-Knoll serves global finny flavors at Station 6 in Bucktown, so pull up a stool at the bar and get ready to feast. The New Orleans native is a wiz at tapas and small plates — try her Mamere’s crabmeat casserole and blackened Gulf fish sandwich. Love that the salads come in two sizes.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Cafe Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

There are only four seats at the bar at this Bayou St. John fave, a haven of French bistro fare and warm hospitality. Snag one, and enjoy Cafe Degas’ specialties including duck breast salad, onion soup and crab salad.

3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. Arabella Casa Di Pasta

2258 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

This quiet St. Claude Avenue pasta staple has a long, comfortable bar and friendly bartenders, great for a casual solo outing of fresh pastas and Italian small plates. As a bonus, it’s super affordable, so there doesn’t have to be an occasion in order to take yourself out.

2258 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. The Franklin

2600 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Franklin Burger
The Franklin/Official Photo

This suave neighborhood spot in the Marigny is a locals favorite for inventive dining and good drinks and wine. The Franklin’s bar is the best, a relaxing spot to slurp oysters and drink martinis during happy hour. A menu of interesting starters (grilled lamb ribs, Gulf fish crudo) is a swell alternative to eating an entree.

2600 Dauphine St
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Bennachin

1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

If you’re exploring the French Quarter, Bennachin is one of the most welcoming options for solo diners, both in atmosphere and food. Comforting Gambian and Cambodian specialties, many vegetarian-friendly, are served in a cozy, funky space with eclectic furniture and colorful art covering the walls. It’s BYOB, but Sidney’s Wine Cellar is a few blocks away.

1212 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. Brennan's

417 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Brennan’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Retreat to Brennan’s Roost Bar, a tropical oasis with painted flamingos, parrots and macaws. Savor the likes of baked oysters, tea-brined chicken wings, and cheddar gourgeres during Bubbles at Brennan’s, the promo offered Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar and lovely courtyard.

417 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Bourbon House

144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bourbon House
Bourbon House
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The bar is an awesome spot to people watch at this solid Dickie Brennan restaurant on Bourbon Street. Then again a table by the upstairs rail on the balcony is also an ideal perch to eat crab cake Louis and charbroiled oyster pasta.

144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Poydras & Peters

300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Although this Loews hotel restaurant is still finding its way to the locals (used to Cafe Adelaide for so many years) Poydras & Peters has much to recommend. Sit at Bar Peters out front, or relax at a window seat and tuck into the likes of warm beet salad, the gumbo of the day or a plate of beef or turkey sliders with Parmesan fries. The edamame hummus is under share-ables, but you can handle it yourself.

300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Inside Compere Lapin
The bar seating at Compere Lapin
Josh Brasted/Eater New Orleans

Chef Nina Compton’s award-winning restaurant in the Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery features a bustling bar, a communal table and two-tops along the windows, all ideal for a solo snacker. Compere Lapin is a busy place with tons of action, thanks to stupendous cocktails and a menu of French Caribbean Creole delights. The cold smoked tuna tartare is a keeper.

535 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Meril

424 Girod St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Inside Meril
Chef’s counter at Meril
Brasted

Love this casual Warehouse District spot from chef Emeril Lagasse, with its beyond lively happy hour scene and great eats. Everything is good at Meril but try the Korean fried chicken, crispy turkey necks (yes, pick them up) and homemade meatball with mozzarella. Not the spot for a pensive bite but come here to get fueled up and energized.

424 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. Bearcat Cafe Uptown

2521 Jena St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Bearcat is well-suited for a solo breakfast or lunch, with ample seating, coffee-shop style seating and options like chia pudding tofu scramble and chai pancakes with pecans, as well as a vegan-friendly menu. For lunch, sandwiches and bowls satisfy without weighing down.

2521 Jena St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Clancy's Restaurant

6100 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70118

This Uptown bastion of French-Creole cuisine is well known for its lively bar scene, and for good reason. Clancy’s is the kind of place where everybody knows everybody, so expect a few stares. That said, the bartenders are friendly, the food is traditional and good and the drinks are potent.

6100 Annunciation St
New Orleans, LA 70118

13. LUVI Restaurant

5236 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
The chef’s counter at LUVI
Katherine Kimball/Eater NOLA

LUVI is home to some of the best sushi in town, so settle in at chef Hao Gong’s curved raw bar and get ready for a treat. The Shanghai native, who worked for years at Sake Cafe, delivers brilliant takes on raw and nearly raw fish, pairing with the likes of cucumber and yuzu vinegar and pink dragon fruit. Shanghai comfort food also soars — dumplings, dan dan noodles, and bam bam chicken are just a few winners to try.

5236 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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