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A Fritai sandwich and grilled shrimp pikliz starter. 
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19 Unexpected Restaurants Open on Monday Nights

From iconic heavyweights to neighborhood go-to’s

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A Fritai sandwich and grilled shrimp pikliz starter. 
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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 iconic heavyweights to neighborhood charmers, here are 19 unexpected spots to sate the beginning of the week hangries, arranged geographically as always.

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Cote Sud

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It can be easy to forget about this petite French-inspired bistro 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.

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.

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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.

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.

Basin Seafood and Spirits

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This Magazine Street seafood joint from Edgar Caro, the chef behind Metairie steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria and Uptown tapas spot Baru, is a longtime hit with in-the-know locals. Bustling and welcoming, diners are rewarded for visiting on Monday, when oysters on the half shell go for 75 cents apiece.

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.

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.

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.

Start the week with a bright meal from Fritai, a vibrant hub for Haitian specialties in Treme. One of Charly Pierre’s signature fritai sandwich, tender pulled pork between two fried plantains with avocado, mango sauce, and pikliz (a spicy Haitian slaw) and espageti with smoked herring are complimented by outstanding cocktails, many based around the Haitian spirit clairin. Only closed Tuesdays.

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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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Palm and Pine

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Located on the edge of the French Quarter, Palm and Pine explores the food and drink of Louisiana, the South, and “South of that,” with a constantly evolving menu. 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 offer their spin on the classics. From the Pine Bar, original cocktails revolve around agave and cane spirits, side by side with new world wines, and regional beers.

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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.

GW Fins

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GW Fins is open every night of the week for chef Michael Nelson’s craveable, always sustainable, seafood. With innovative practices, from breaking down whole fish in house to aging prime cuts, a practice steakhouses have been doing for years, this restaurant is a go-to for pristine, creative fins on a plate.

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 are 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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Margot’s

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Monday is a good day to beat the crowds at Margot’s, the lowkey pizza that recently opened in the Seventh Ward. Margot’s keeps things simple with a succinct menu of salads and pizza along with a few specials — a recent special pie called the Dan Stein, named after the beloved Stein’s proprietor, combined ricotta cream, pork sausage, broccoli rabe, and lemon zest. Cocktails are excellent and the wine selection leans heavily toward natural, with bottles available in a wide price range.

Pizza and salads from Margot’s.
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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 salad is revelatory, same goes for the tuna crudo, the lfarm egg pizza, and the blue crab corn agnolotti. So nice to have a spot that always dishes above expectations.

Corn agnolotti
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Sneaky Pickle & Bar Brine

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Bar Brine is the romantic, nighttime version of Sneaky Pickle, a longtime favorite for vegetarian and vegan-friendly, picnic-style items. Visit for dinner Thursday through Monday for dishes highlighting Hakurei turnips, tilefish, king trumpet mushrooms, or confit goose; pasta like gnocchi with walnuts and blue cheese, squid ink with crab and daikon, or rice cakes paired with smoked squash and mapo tofu. A wine list with natural and orange varieties, intricate cocktails both fruity and savory, and excellent non-alcoholic cocktails help make this spot a hot destination, even on Mondays.

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Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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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 accouterments. Sample from a tapas-style menu of snacks or order mains like pork loin with prune mole and whole grilled fish.

Cote Sud

It can be easy to forget about this petite French-inspired bistro 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.

Mister Mao

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
Katherine Kimball/ENOLA

Haiku Sushi

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.

Piece of Meat

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.

Basin Seafood and Spirits

This Magazine Street seafood joint from Edgar Caro, the chef behind Metairie steakhouse Brasa Churrasqueria and Uptown tapas spot Baru, is a longtime hit with in-the-know locals. Bustling and welcoming, diners are rewarded for visiting on Monday, when oysters on the half shell go for 75 cents apiece.

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.

Commander's Palace

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.

Johnny Sánchez

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.

Fritai

Start the week with a bright meal from Fritai, a vibrant hub for Haitian specialties in Treme. One of Charly Pierre’s signature fritai sandwich, tender pulled pork between two fried plantains with avocado, mango sauce, and pikliz (a spicy Haitian slaw) and espageti with smoked herring are complimented by outstanding cocktails, many based around the Haitian spirit clairin. Only closed Tuesdays.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Herbsaint

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.

Bill Addison/Eater

Palm and Pine

Located on the edge of the French Quarter, Palm and Pine explores the food and drink of Louisiana, the South, and “South of that,” with a constantly evolving menu. 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 offer their spin on the classics. From the Pine Bar, original cocktails revolve around agave and cane spirits, side by side with new world wines, and regional beers.

Palm&Pine/Official

Pêche Seafood Grill

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.

GW Fins

GW Fins is open every night of the week for chef Michael Nelson’s craveable, always sustainable, seafood. With innovative practices, from breaking down whole fish in house to aging prime cuts, a practice steakhouses have been doing for years, this restaurant is a go-to for pristine, creative fins on a plate.

Sylvain

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 are 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

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Margot’s

Monday is a good day to beat the crowds at Margot’s, the lowkey pizza that recently opened in the Seventh Ward. Margot’s keeps things simple with a succinct menu of salads and pizza along with a few specials — a recent special pie called the Dan Stein, named after the beloved Stein’s proprietor, combined ricotta cream, pork sausage, broccoli rabe, and lemon zest. Cocktails are excellent and the wine selection leans heavily toward natural, with bottles available in a wide price range.

Pizza and salads from Margot’s.
Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

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 salad is revelatory, same goes for the tuna crudo, the lfarm egg pizza, and the blue crab corn agnolotti. So nice to have a spot that always dishes above expectations.

Corn agnolotti
Paladar 511

Sneaky Pickle & Bar Brine

Bar Brine is the romantic, nighttime version of Sneaky Pickle, a longtime favorite for vegetarian and vegan-friendly, picnic-style items. Visit for dinner Thursday through Monday for dishes highlighting Hakurei turnips, tilefish, king trumpet mushrooms, or confit goose; pasta like gnocchi with walnuts and blue cheese, squid ink with crab and daikon, or rice cakes paired with smoked squash and mapo tofu. A wine list with natural and orange varieties, intricate cocktails both fruity and savory, and excellent non-alcoholic cocktails help make this spot a hot destination, even on Mondays.

Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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 accouterments. Sample from a tapas-style menu of snacks or order mains like pork loin with prune mole and whole grilled fish.

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