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19 Splendid 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 19 spots to sate the beginning of the week hangries, arranged geographically as always.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Vals

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4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 356-0006
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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.

2. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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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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3. The High Hat Cafe

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4500 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 754-1336
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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.

4. Mister Mao

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4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 345-2056
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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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5. Toups Meatery

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845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 252-4999
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Pork is front and center at Toup’s Meatery, where chef Isaac Toups coaxes every nuance of flavor out of his housemade pork-forward charcuterie seven days a week. Enjoy the likes of lamb neck with greens, crispy turkey necks, and BBQ Mississippi rabbit (there’s a daily vegetable plate and a salad too).

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6. Addis Nola

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422 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-5321
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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.

7. Marjie's Grill

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320 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2234
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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.

8. 1000 Figs

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3141 Ponce De Leon St #1
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 301-0848
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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.

9. Commander's Palace

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1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 899-8221
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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.

10. Copper Vine

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1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 208-9535
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With three women leading the charge — chef Amy Mehrtens, general manager Brittany Hatfield, and sommelier Lydia Kurkoski — 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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11. Herbsaint

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701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-4114
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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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12. Palm&Pine

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308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 814-6200
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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.

13. Pêche Seafood Grill

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800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-1744
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Stellar seafood is the order of the day — every day but Tuesday — 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.

14. Sylvain

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625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 265-8123
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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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15. Coop's Place

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1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 525-9053
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The service at Coop’s is on the low-key side of the spectrum — not a bad thing given the context. It’s known to be a tad salty and no-nonsense, not unlike the down-home fare, delivered in large portions meant to satisfy. Try the jambalaya, crabmeat poppers, fried gator, and blackened redfish. And don’t forget your ID — no one under 21 admitted.

16. Zhang Bistro

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1141 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 826-8888
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There are two cooking stations in the Zhang Bistro kitchen — one Thai, the other Chinese, reflecting the co-owners’ respective heritages. Get the Peking duck, marinated for 24 hours and then slow roasted, delivering tender morsels of duck and strips of crisp lacquered skin, served with buns, scallions, house duck sauce, and hoisin. The $45 duck is plenty for two, or try a single portion. Thai dishes range from classics like red and green curry to Thai-style barbecue shrimp with bok choy in curry sauce.

17. Paladar 511

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511 Marigny St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 509-6782
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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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18. The Country Club

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634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 945-0742
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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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19. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

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600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 948-9111
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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.

1. Vals

4632 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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.

4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. MoPho

514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Bill Addison/Eater

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.

514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

3. The High Hat Cafe

4500 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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.

4500 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Mister Mao

4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Mister Mao
Katherine Kimball/ENOLA

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.

4501 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

5. Toups Meatery

845 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Toups’ Meatery/Official

Pork is front and center at Toup’s Meatery, where chef Isaac Toups coaxes every nuance of flavor out of his housemade pork-forward charcuterie seven days a week. Enjoy the likes of lamb neck with greens, crispy turkey necks, and BBQ Mississippi rabbit (there’s a daily vegetable plate and a salad too).

845 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Addis Nola

422 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

422 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Marjie's Grill

320 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

320 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. 1000 Figs

3141 Ponce De Leon St #1, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

3141 Ponce De Leon St #1
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Commander's Palace

1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Copper Vine

1001 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Brandt Vicknair/Official

With three women leading the charge — chef Amy Mehrtens, general manager Brittany Hatfield, and sommelier Lydia Kurkoski — 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.

1001 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. Herbsaint

701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bill Addison/Eater

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.

701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Palm&Pine

308 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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.

308 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112

13. Pêche Seafood Grill

800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Stellar seafood is the order of the day — every day but Tuesday — 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.

800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Sylvain

625 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Brasted/Eater NOLA

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.

625 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Coop's Place

1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The service at Coop’s is on the low-key side of the spectrum — not a bad thing given the context. It’s known to be a tad salty and no-nonsense, not unlike the down-home fare, delivered in large portions meant to satisfy. Try the jambalaya, crabmeat poppers, fried gator, and blackened redfish. And don’t forget your ID — no one under 21 admitted.

1109 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

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16. Zhang Bistro

1141 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

There are two cooking stations in the Zhang Bistro kitchen — one Thai, the other Chinese, reflecting the co-owners’ respective heritages. Get the Peking duck, marinated for 24 hours and then slow roasted, delivering tender morsels of duck and strips of crisp lacquered skin, served with buns, scallions, house duck sauce, and hoisin. The $45 duck is plenty for two, or try a single portion. Thai dishes range from classics like red and green curry to Thai-style barbecue shrimp with bok choy in curry sauce.

1141 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70116

17. Paladar 511

511 Marigny St, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.

511 Marigny St
New Orleans, LA 70117

18. The Country Club

634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117
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.

634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

19. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits

600 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

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.

600 Poland Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

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