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Fantastic New Orleans Restaurants Actually Open on Monday Nights

These top spots are open when many are not

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Monday can be a tough day to find supper in New Orleans. Historically a slow day that restaurants close to give their staff a much needed day off, the practice of closing Mondays has become more common as restaurants scramble to control costs and stay open when it counts the most.

Fortunately there are outliers who use Tuesday as their Monday, or stay open seven days a week to survive. From hefty burgers to pecan-crusted fish with crab meat to modern Asian cuisine, here are 21 spots to sate the beginning of the week hangries, arranged geographically as always.

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Michael Gulotta’s Louisiana meets Vietnamese(ish) cuisine is a bright spot across from City Park, and even better, MoPho is open seven days a week. Try silky pho and oversized nuoc mam glazed wings to vindaloo bowls and banh mi/po’boy hybrids; the weekday happy hour is the best.

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1000 Figs

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Everything on the plates at 1000 Figs is pretty — composed vegetables, grains, and Mediterranean dips and spreads in eye-popping colors that do a body good. Try the hummus and whipped feta with crudite or the excellent falafel feast that easily feeds four for $38. Get there early — they close at 8 p.m during the week.

Piece Of Meat

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Piece of Meat’s new steakhouse-style dinner service and modern, stylish atmosphere is special occasion-worthy, and if that special occasion falls on a Monday, you’re in luck. It’s great for groups with a reservation or to walk in, given the lovely bar that serves expert cocktails. Dinner begins with a beef fat candle and a surprising choice starters; there are three rotating steaks to choose from in addition to a chicken or fish entree; and sides are served a la carte, like the Million Dollar Baked Potato.

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Marjie's Grill

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Open every day but Sunday, Marjie’s Grill is a simply wonderful place to delve into the likes of smoked eggplant with naam phrik awng sauce, herbs, and fried garlic; “crazy, sexy, cool” crispy pork knuckles tossed with fish sauce and cane syrup; and cornmeal fried okra with ranch. Chef Marcus pushes the envelope in a great way.

The Country Club

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Bywater’s Country’s Club offers a lovely setting — eat by the pool, inside, or on the lovely front porch, the perfect backdrop for chef Chris Barbato’s refined flavorful cuisine. Nibble on cacio e pepe risotto balls, slurp the coconut milk powered crab bisque, and dive into tender mussels swabbed with saffron butter. A great way to start the week.

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Paladar 511

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This swell modern Italian restaurant in the Marigny serves pizza, pasta, seasonal produce, and Gulf seafood in a vocal, convivial setting. Paladar 511 revels in simplicity. The kitchen’s tricolor greens with white anchovy is revelatory, same goes for the tuna crudo, the lamb merguez pizza, and the blue crab corn agnolotti. So nice to have a spot that always dishes above expectations.

Corn agnolotti
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Addis Nola

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This wonderful space on S. Broad serving Ethiopian cuisine is open for vegan Mondays, with special dishes every week — vegan baklava, sweet potato wot, mushroom tibs, family-style bayenetu, and more, served in a warm, lively setting; a great start to the week.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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Closed on Tuesdays, Bacchanal is a wine store, yard party, music venue, and savory cafe, all wrapped up in one funky Bywater package. Build your own cheese plate with choices from the front cooler plated with olives, pickles, toasted bread, and accoutrements. Sample from a tapas-style menu of snacks or order mains like pork loin with prune mole and and whole grilled fish.

Palm&Pine

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Located on the edge of the French Quarter, Palm&Pine explores the food and drink of Louisiana, the South, and “South of That,” with a constantly evolving menu influenced by the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Husband-and-wife chef duo Jordan and Amarys Herndon create dishes like hot sausage carimanolas — stuffed yuca fritters served with roasted garlic mayo and pickles, that offers their spin on the classic hot sausage po’ boy. From the Pine Bar, classic and original cocktails revolve around agave and cane spirits, side by side with new world wines, and regional beers.

Sylvain

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This French Quarter bistro set in a carriage house built in the late 1700s is always a pleasure, whether the famous burger and fried chicken sandwich is for dinner or something loftier, like the elegant pan seared gulf fish with hazelnut Romesco. Enjoy Sylvain’s cozy dining room or the back courtyard and settle in. Service is meant to relax and welcome, there’s no rush.

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Copper Vine

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With three women leading the charge — chef Amy Mehrtens, general manager Brittany Hatfield, and sommelier Emily Walker — Copper Vine dishes gorgeous food and wine in a leafy, verdant setting just steps from the Dome. Munch on sharable snacks as well as mains like crawfish and andouille gnocchi and tender chicken piccata oozing lemony goodness.

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Johnny Sánchez

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Working late in the CBD on a Monday? Dinner at Johnny Sanchez is a great way to cap off the day. Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez’s first restaurant is one of the top local destinations for Mexican cuisine, especially if you’re looking for something different from your neighborhood go-to for chips and salsa and margaritas. Try the tortilla soup, burrito, or arroz con pollo for dinner, or catch happy hour drinks and tacos from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Herbsaint

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Herbsaint, the flagship of the Link Restaurant Group that turned 21 this year, is just so darn classy. Whether dining outside, the clickity-clack of the streetcar in the background, or in the lovely dining room, guests savor the likes of housemade spaghetti with guanciale and fried farm egg, a grilled tuna sandwich on olive bread or the daily fish on the all day menu. Dinner is served until 9.

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Pêche Seafood Grill

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Stellar seafood is the order of the day — every day — at Peche, chef Ryan Prewitt’s modern, rustic ode to all things finny, bivalved and crustacean. The James Beard Award-winning chef drives a menu that hopscotches between raw, smoked, simmered, fried and grilled. Share the restaurant’s signature wood-fired whole fish or graze on a feast of small plates — don’t miss the Gorton’s-averse beer battered fish sticks.

Cote Sud

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It can be easy to forget about this petite French-inspired eatery tucked on Maple but Ciro’s offers a warm, casual intimacy that feels distinctly apart from the more industrial chic spots on this list. A neighborhood destination for French plates and pizza, this Riverbend favorite is still cash only, so take note.

Blue Giant Chinese

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Blue Giant slings reinvented Chinese takeout standards in a hip, lively setting on a now-busy corner of Magazine Street. Cochon alums Bill Jones and Richard Horner serve an extensive menu of “straightforward” American-Chinese dishes, with highlights including excellent peking duck, egg foo young, shrimp wontons, dan dan noodles, and bok choy in a sauce made from Louisiana oysters.

Shrimp wontons with spicy chili crunch.
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The High Hat Cafe

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Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays, this Southern comfort spot on Freret Street is perfect for an early Monday dinner — they close at 8 p.m. Try High Hat’s braised greens, barbecue shrimp, hot tamales, and of course any of the fried seafood po’ boys on Leidenheimer bread.

Vals on Freret is open til 10 p.m. on Monday, offering street style tacos and potent margaritas along with a winning cocktail menu — what else would you expect from the team who also owns Cure? Beyond tacos, try ceviche, elote, and a tasty Tijuana style Caesar salad.

Commander's Palace

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If it’s a special occasion spot you seek for your Monday night meal, Commander’s has you covered. Enjoy chef Meg Bickford’s modern take on roast beef debris, made with Black angus short ribs slathered over buttery toasted Leidenheimer French bread topped with oyster mushrooms, arugula, Boursin, horseradish mayo, and veal jus. Her pecan-crusted fish is topped with jumbo lump crab poached in Prosecco — Bickford dials everything up to 11.

Haiku Sushi

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Sushi feels like a good way to kick off the week, right? Haiku has you covered Monday nights, for dining on the charming (heated) patio on Magazine Street, in the narrow dining room, or for takeout — don’t forget about the hibachi table if you’re looking to spice things up on a weeknight.

Mister Mao

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Chef Sophina Uong romances the hell out of the globally-inspired menu at Mister Mao, a culinary tome that taps into bold flavors and interesting textures reflecting Thai dishes, hot spice, riffs on Southern cuisine using locally sourced ingredients — a litany of eats she proudly calls “inauthentic,” which makes every bite all the more captivating. The cocktails, wine, and beer list are equally boffo.

Mister Mao
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MoPho

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Michael Gulotta’s Louisiana meets Vietnamese(ish) cuisine is a bright spot across from City Park, and even better, MoPho is open seven days a week. Try silky pho and oversized nuoc mam glazed wings to vindaloo bowls and banh mi/po’boy hybrids; the weekday happy hour is the best.

Bill Addison/Eater

1000 Figs

Everything on the plates at 1000 Figs is pretty — composed vegetables, grains, and Mediterranean dips and spreads in eye-popping colors that do a body good. Try the hummus and whipped feta with crudite or the excellent falafel feast that easily feeds four for $38. Get there early — they close at 8 p.m during the week.

Piece Of Meat

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Piece of Meat’s new steakhouse-style dinner service and modern, stylish atmosphere is special occasion-worthy, and if that special occasion falls on a Monday, you’re in luck. It’s great for groups with a reservation or to walk in, given the lovely bar that serves expert cocktails. Dinner begins with a beef fat candle and a surprising choice starters; there are three rotating steaks to choose from in addition to a chicken or fish entree; and sides are served a la carte, like the Million Dollar Baked Potato.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Marjie's Grill

Open every day but Sunday, Marjie’s Grill is a simply wonderful place to delve into the likes of smoked eggplant with naam phrik awng sauce, herbs, and fried garlic; “crazy, sexy, cool” crispy pork knuckles tossed with fish sauce and cane syrup; and cornmeal fried okra with ranch. Chef Marcus pushes the envelope in a great way.

The Country Club

Country Club New Orleans

Bywater’s Country’s Club offers a lovely setting — eat by the pool, inside, or on the lovely front porch, the perfect backdrop for chef Chris Barbato’s refined flavorful cuisine. Nibble on cacio e pepe risotto balls, slurp the coconut milk powered crab bisque, and dive into tender mussels swabbed with saffron butter. A great way to start the week.

Country Club New Orleans

Paladar 511

Corn agnolotti
Paladar 511

This swell modern Italian restaurant in the Marigny serves pizza, pasta, seasonal produce, and Gulf seafood in a vocal, convivial setting. Paladar 511 revels in simplicity. The kitchen’s tricolor greens with white anchovy is revelatory, same goes for the tuna crudo, the lamb merguez pizza, and the blue crab corn agnolotti. So nice to have a spot that always dishes above expectations.

Corn agnolotti
Paladar 511

Addis Nola

This wonderful space on S. Broad serving Ethiopian cuisine is open for vegan Mondays, with special dishes every week — vegan baklava, sweet potato wot, mushroom tibs, family-style bayenetu, and more, served in a warm, lively setting; a great start to the week.

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

Closed on Tuesdays, Bacchanal is a wine store, yard party, music venue, and savory cafe, all wrapped up in one funky Bywater package. Build your own cheese plate with choices from the front cooler plated with olives, pickles, toasted bread, and accoutrements. Sample from a tapas-style menu of snacks or order mains like pork loin with prune mole and and whole grilled fish.

Palm&Pine

Located on the edge of the French Quarter, Palm&Pine explores the food and drink of Louisiana, the South, and “South of That,” with a constantly evolving menu influenced by the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. Husband-and-wife chef duo Jordan and Amarys Herndon create dishes like hot sausage carimanolas — stuffed yuca fritters served with roasted garlic mayo and pickles, that offers their spin on the classic hot sausage po’ boy. From the Pine Bar, classic and original cocktails revolve around agave and cane spirits, side by side with new world wines, and regional beers.

Sylvain

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This French Quarter bistro set in a carriage house built in the late 1700s is always a pleasure, whether the famous burger and fried chicken sandwich is for dinner or something loftier, like the elegant pan seared gulf fish with hazelnut Romesco. Enjoy Sylvain’s cozy dining room or the back courtyard and settle in. Service is meant to relax and welcome, there’s no rush.

Brasted/Eater NOLA

Copper Vine