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16 Winning Restaurants and Bars Near the Superdome

From sports bars to seafood spots, here are the best spots to dine and drink near the ‘Dome

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Food and drink from the Pool Club in the Virgin Hotel New Orleans.
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No one’s saying that the ‘Dome dog and an order of chili cheese fries isn’t a filling snack during a game, but sometimes a fan needs more. For those times, here are 16 places near the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. A few stay open late for celebrating (or drinking to forget) after the game. Some offer hearty pub grub, while others jump a step above the usual burgers and wings offering raw bars, craft cocktails, and more. Every spot is a winner.

Ranging from tried and true sports bars to hidden gems, most are less than a half mile from the Superdome on foot; all are less than a mile, and all are open on Sunday. For Eater’s guide to dining and drinking near the New Orleans Convention Center, see here.

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Pythian Market

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This funky food hall in the historic CBD building has a lot to love, with around 10 artisan makers of everything from tacos to soul food, boba to barbecue. Highlights are the carne asada tacos from La Cocinita, or any of the Jamaican specialties from 14 Parishes. Order a go cup of booze from the market’s Bar 1908 on your way out from a changing menu of seasonal frozen drinks daily along with fast craft cocktails and beer.

Copper Vine

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This gorgeous wine bar is key to the ‘Dome drinking and dining scene. With 30 wines and eight craft beers on tap, the options are many at Copper Vine, including everything from half glass pours to a bottle, in case you want to create your own flights. For food, elevated bar snacks are the perfect place to start, but this spot is so close to the arena you’ll have time to dig into its contemporary American brunch or dinner menu. On all home game days this year, a to-go window on Poydras will sell to-go drinks (rose/red/white wines, bloody marys, margaritas, and more.

Copper Vine’s charcuterie and cheese board
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Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar

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Huge portions of rib sticking bar food await at Walk-Ons, a cousin to the fancier Copper Vine across the street. Although there are plentiful fried options — boom boom shrimp, catfish po’ boys and the like, there are also wraps like grilled shrimp with vegetables and and entree salads to tide you over until game on. Loud and extremely sporty, Walk-Ons is guaranteed to get the team spirit pumping.

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Luke offers a lively French brasserie setting with loads of panache, a real restaurant that will satisfy pre-or post-game. There’s a terrific raw bar including oysters and shrimp or spring for the grand seafood tower to please a crowd. Or get one of the best high-end burgers in town, worth the price with Allan Benton’s bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and killer fries, best enjoyed with garlic aioli.

Trenasse

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Tucked away in the Intercontinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, Trenasse is a swell Cajun meet Creole spot for everything, but especially seafood. Besides a raw bar and delish chargrilled oysters six, count ‘em six ways, there’s the taste of Trenasse, which includes Louisiana crawfish pie, pan fried redfish Meunière, and shrimp and grits.

Johnny Sánchez

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Let’s start with the guacamole. So very good, and Johnny Sanchez (from Aaron Sanchez) is just 0.4 miles from the big game. The restaurant combines Mexico City-centric art and interior with a winning mash up of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. Consider the revelatory crispy Brussels with cotija cheese and pickled jalapenos, the yellowtail ceviche, and all of the tacos.

Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
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Juan's Flying Burrito - CBD

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Juan’s is a local fave for tacos and burritos with a New Orleans kick. The huge menu includes taco truck specialties, nachos every which way (try the Hawaii 5-0-4 with bacon, pulled pork and pineapple mango salsa), and thinking outside the taco box dishes like of Mardi Gras Indian tacos made with roasted corn and squash as well as banh mi tacos.

Banh mi tacos at Juan’s
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So glad Maypop is back open, the CBD spot where chef Michael Gulotta works wonders with his Southeast Asian-meets Louisiana soul menu of instant classics. Try the wok fried sticky pork shoulder or give the blue crab dumplings with cured egg yolk and crab boat noodle broth a whirl. Maypop’s cocktail program is noteworthy.

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Commons Club New Orleans

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This buzzy restaurant inside the swank Virgin Hotel New Orleans is a swell addition to game day dining and drinking given its proximity to the ‘Dome. From themed cocktail specials to chef Alex Harrell’s inspired seasonal cuisine, Commons Club offers something a bit different for cheering on the team. There’s a whole other party on the roof at the Pool Club — it hosts game day watch parties throughout the season and serves a slew of perfect bites to go along.

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Tava Indian Street Food

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Change it up with a different kind of pre-game meal at Tava, the new modern Indian street food restaurant making a splash in the Warehouse District. Sample Kati rolls, dosa, pakora, and Chicken 65 dishes — they’re sure to be unlike any versions you’ve previously had. Cocktails are a star, and the frozen drinks are perfect to keep cool on the walk to the game.

Le Chat Noir

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Le Chat Noir is a newly opened farm-to-table eatery on St. Charles Avenue named for the theater that once filled the space. Now chef Seth Temple is the star of the show, dazzling with plant-forward dishes including hakurei turnips in a miso-fueled umami sauce studded with candied Meyerquats. There’s a raw bar powered by sustainably farmed oysters and large plates including wagyu steak with crispy fingerling potatoes and brown butter and ribeye for two.

A bowl of crab fat agnolotti with oyster cream, scallop, oysters, crispy prosciutto, and topped with dill Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Otra Vez

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This stylish fresh Mex on Julia is right across the street from rom one of the Superdome parking lots, for starters. Otra Vez is gearing up for the season, offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday — great for a pre-game or pre-tailgate meal. The tequila and mezcal offerings are impressive.

Chilaquiles from Otra Vez
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Emeril Lagasse’s casual-but-classy restaurant does a bang-up job with cocktails and flatbreads, just for starters. Meril offers one menu for lunch and dinner, but it’s a winner with Korean style short ribs, fried chicken salad, and fettuccini with crab and Calabrian chilies. And that crispy cauliflower with whipped feta and mint, not to be missed.

Bearcat Cafe

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This all-purpose cafe makes for an excellent stop before a noon or midday game, offering vast breakfast and lunch menus featuring everything from the Couyon Daddy biscuit with fried chicken, crab dip, and sunny egg to vegan huevos rancheros for breakfast, and for lunch, a seafood pot pie, mushroom katsu sandwich, and vegan queso, for example. Cocktails, beer, and a refreshingly long list of non-alcoholic drink options round out the offerings.

Vegan queso from Bearcat.
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Pêche Seafood Grill

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Peche is to be trusted, still popular after six years in part due to its consistent quality. The Donald Link group restaurant has a wood-burning oven, great raw bar selection, and expertly done seafood, with a diverse enough menu to satisfy most palates. The crab claws, “fish sticks,” duck pasta, and whole grilled fish are particular crowd-pleasers, and go for a special when available.

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The Hall on Mag

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New Orleans’s newest food hall is the Hall on Mag, which aims to create a different food hall experience by implementing full-service options rather than walk-up counter service. The setting matches the service, boasting a bright, luxurious space that’s a step above most food halls. Food vendors (not New Orleans-born businesses, note), serve Southern comfort food, Italian fusion, Japanese street food and sushi, and Mexican and Japanese fusion street food, to name a few.

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Pythian Market

This funky food hall in the historic CBD building has a lot to love, with around 10 artisan makers of everything from tacos to soul food, boba to barbecue. Highlights are the carne asada tacos from La Cocinita, or any of the Jamaican specialties from 14 Parishes. Order a go cup of booze from the market’s Bar 1908 on your way out from a changing menu of seasonal frozen drinks daily along with fast craft cocktails and beer.

Copper Vine

Copper Vine’s charcuterie and cheese board
Brandt Vicknair/Official Photo

This gorgeous wine bar is key to the ‘Dome drinking and dining scene. With 30 wines and eight craft beers on tap, the options are many at Copper Vine, including everything from half glass pours to a bottle, in case you want to create your own flights. For food, elevated bar snacks are the perfect place to start, but this spot is so close to the arena you’ll have time to dig into its contemporary American brunch or dinner menu. On all home game days this year, a to-go window on Poydras will sell to-go drinks (rose/red/white wines, bloody marys, margaritas, and more.

Copper Vine’s charcuterie and cheese board
Brandt Vicknair/Official Photo

Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar

The bar at Walk-On’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Huge portions of rib sticking bar food await at Walk-Ons, a cousin to the fancier Copper Vine across the street. Although there are plentiful fried options — boom boom shrimp, catfish po’ boys and the like, there are also wraps like grilled shrimp with vegetables and and entree salads to tide you over until game on. Loud and extremely sporty, Walk-Ons is guaranteed to get the team spirit pumping.

The bar at Walk-On’s
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Luke

Luke offers a lively French brasserie setting with loads of panache, a real restaurant that will satisfy pre-or post-game. There’s a terrific raw bar including oysters and shrimp or spring for the grand seafood tower to please a crowd. Or get one of the best high-end burgers in town, worth the price with Allan Benton’s bacon, caramelized onions, tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and killer fries, best enjoyed with garlic aioli.

Trenasse

Tucked away in the Intercontinental Hotel on St. Charles Avenue, Trenasse is a swell Cajun meet Creole spot for everything, but especially seafood. Besides a raw bar and delish chargrilled oysters six, count ‘em six ways, there’s the taste of Trenasse, which includes Louisiana crawfish pie, pan fried redfish Meunière, and shrimp and grits.

Johnny Sánchez

Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Let’s start with the guacamole. So very good, and Johnny Sanchez (from Aaron Sanchez) is just 0.4 miles from the big game. The restaurant combines Mexico City-centric art and interior with a winning mash up of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. Consider the revelatory crispy Brussels with cotija cheese and pickled jalapenos, the yellowtail ceviche, and all of the tacos.

Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
Tacos at Johnny Sanchez
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Juan's Flying Burrito - CBD

Banh mi tacos at Juan’s
Juan’s/Facebook

Juan’s is a local fave for tacos and burritos with a New Orleans kick. The huge menu includes taco truck specialties, nachos every which way (try the Hawaii 5-0-4 with bacon, pulled pork and pineapple mango salsa), and thinking outside the taco box dishes like of Mardi Gras Indian tacos made with roasted corn and squash as well as banh mi tacos.

Banh mi tacos at Juan’s
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Maypop

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So glad Maypop is back open, the CBD spot where chef Michael Gulotta works wonders with his Southeast Asian-meets Louisiana soul menu of instant classics. Try the wok fried sticky pork shoulder or give the blue crab dumplings with cured egg yolk and crab boat noodle broth a whirl. Maypop’s cocktail program is noteworthy.

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Commons Club New Orleans

Kat Kimball/Virgin Hotels

This buzzy restaurant inside the swank Virgin Hotel New Orleans is a swell addition to game day dining and drinking given its proximity to the ‘Dome. From themed cocktail specials to chef Alex Harrell’s inspired seasonal cuisine, Commons Club offers something a bit different for cheering on the team. There’s a whole other party on the roof at the Pool Club — it hosts game day watch parties throughout the season and serves a slew of perfect bites to go along.

Kat Kimball/Virgin Hotels

Tava Indian Street Food

Change it up with a different kind of pre-game meal at Tava, the new modern Indian street food restaurant making a splash in the Warehouse District. Sample Kati rolls, dosa, pakora, and Chicken 65 dishes — they’re sure to be unlike any versions you’ve previously had. Cocktails are a star, and the frozen drinks are perfect to keep cool on the walk to the game.

Le Chat Noir

A bowl of crab fat agnolotti with oyster cream, scallop, oysters, crispy prosciutto, and topped with dill Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Le Chat Noir is a newly opened farm-to-table eatery on St. Charles Avenue named for the theater that once filled the space. Now chef Seth Temple is the star of the show, dazzling with plant-forward dishes including hakurei turnips in a miso-fueled umami sauce studded with candied Meyerquats. There’s a raw bar powered by sustainably farmed oysters and large plates including wagyu steak with crispy fingerling potatoes and brown butter and ribeye for two.

A bowl of crab fat agnolotti with oyster cream, scallop, oysters, crispy prosciutto, and topped with dill Randy Schmidt/Eater NOLA

Otra Vez

Chilaquiles from Otra Vez
Liz Clayman/Official Photo

This stylish fresh Mex on Julia is right across the street from rom one of the Superdome parking lots, for starters. Otra Vez is gearing up for the season, offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday — great for a pre-game or pre-tailgate meal. The tequila and mezcal offerings are impressive.

Chilaquiles from Otra Vez
Liz Clayman/Official Photo

Meril

Emeril Lagasse’s casual-but-classy restaurant does a bang-up job with cocktails and flatbreads, just for starters. Meril offers one menu for lunch and dinner, but it’s a winner with Korean style short ribs, fried chicken salad, and fettuccini with crab and Calabrian chilies. And that crispy cauliflower with whipped feta and mint, not to be missed.