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18 Restaurants Serving Some of the Best Gumbo in New Orleans

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To most locals, gumbo is home cooking, the ultimate comfort food informed by grandmother’s kitchen and mama’s way of doing things. First, there’s a roux; and fortunately New Orleanians are expert at coaxing that ebony roux into a simmering bowl of savory goodness as full of cultural influences as the city itself.

Still, not every week allows for the delicate work of gumbo making, and with cold days ahead, everyone needs a go-to spot to pick up the staple. Swimming with seafood or rich with chicken and sausage, these gumbos are some of the best in town — arranged geographically, as always.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Munch Factory

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6514 Congress Dr
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 459-2180
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The Creole gumbo at this beloved Gentilly restaurant, back in its original neighborhood after a few years based in the LGD, is one of the best. The darkest, deepest, and silkiest roux is complemented by heaps of crab, shrimp, and oysters, topped with just the right amount of green onions.

2. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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Chef/co-owner Drew Knoll is all about seafood and oysters at Station 6, the Bucktown restaurant he owns with his wife chef Alison Vega Knoll, who is now focusing on her gourmet market The Larder in Metairie. Knoll, whose background includes running a gourmet restaurant in Antigua, puts so much seafood in his seafood gumbo — gulf shrimp, oysters, blue crab — that it’s a meal in itself. But then you’d miss his blackened Gulf fish and crab casserole, which would be a shame.

Seafood gumbo from Station 6
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3. Liuzza's by the Track

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1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 218-7888
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Liuzza’s bowl of magic is excellent — chef Roadrunner has perfected this roux-based specialty and makes 37 gallons of it - at least - every week. Rich with sausage and chicken, the secret is adding the shrimp freshly sauteed for each order. Best paired with another Liuzza’s specialty, its bloody mary. If you’re still hungry, get the barbecued shrimp in a pistolette, one of the best versions of this New Orleans-specific butter and Worcestershire-fueled dish. Love the half po-boy, cup of gumbo special.

4. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

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2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 354-1364
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One slurp of his file gumbo and it’s clear that chef Shermond Esteen Jr. knows his way around the kitchen at Nonno’s, the homey restaurant he opened on Claiborne Avenue last summer. Esteen doesn’t believe in skimping on ingredients, whether it’s the jumbo shrimp that crowd his seafood platter or the crabmeat, sausage, and chicken swimming in his gumbo, which he runs often as a special. Open seven days a week with inside, outdoor seating, and takeout available.

5. Neyow's Creole Café

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3340 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 827-5474
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Chef/proprietor Tanya Dubuclet serves New Orleans homestyle cooking at Neyow’s Creole Cafe, something that isn’t as easy to find in restaurants as it used to be. Her file gumbo is a perfect place to start, prepared with shrimp, crabs, smoked sausage, ham, and seasoning and served over white rice. You’ll want a bowl, but get a cup so you can have some grilled oysters, red beans and rice and fried fish too. You can order online for curbside pickup.

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6. Gabrielle Restaurant

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2441 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 603-2344
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All things duck tends to be the star at this Mid City favorite for Cajun fine dining, but the dark quail gumbo is nearly as famous. The hospitable, family-run restaurant on Orleans Avenue serves a bowl that’s dark and thick, smoky and rich — regardless of what comes in it that day.

Quail gumbo at Gabrielle 
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7. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

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1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 766-8687
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Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe has history that reaches deep into the neighborhood, owned by the Baquet family whose New Orleans roots go back centuries. That Creole file gumbo you’re slurping is from a family recipe that the Baquets have been serving for decades, and thank goodness it’s still around.

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8. Dooky Chase’s

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2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 821-0600
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You can’t talk gumbo in this town without paying homage to Leah Chase’s recipe loaded with crab, shrimp, chicken, two kinds of sausage, ham, and veal brisket. Dooky Chase’s is still offering curbside pickup for family meals and daily plate specials, and has also resumed dine-in for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings — call for reservations.

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9. Nice Guys Bar and Grill

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7910 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 302-2404
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Chef Darian “D Fresh” Williams simmers up some outstanding lighter than average gumbo at Nice Guys Bar & Grill on Earhart, but there’s more than sausage and chicken in the pot. The chef learned to make it from his grandfather, who put “the whole kitchen sink in it.” Smoked turkey, sausage, seafood, chicken, sometimes okra, sometimes file goes into the family recipe.

10. Arnaud's

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813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 523-5433
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Arnaud’s celebrated its 100th birthday in 2018 — which means this Creole palace has been serving outstanding chicken and andouille and seafood gumbo since the end of World War I. Always a pleasure to dine in one of the fabulous tiled dining rooms but choose the Jazz Bistro for live jazz during brunch as a gumbo soundtrack. Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and jazz brunch on Sunday.

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11. GW Fins

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808 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 581-3467
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Everything seafood is exceptional at GW Fins, thanks to chef Michael Nelson’s passionate commitment to seasonality and sustainability in all forms. Figures his seafood gumbo sets a high bar, with its dark, slightly smokey roux, crowded with crab, shrimp and oysters, along with a scoop of long grain rice. Try his tempura fin wings while you’re there — also amazing and fun to eat.

12. Restaurant R'evolution

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777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 553-2277
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By far the most extravagant on the map, Restaurant R’evolution’s “Death by Gumbo” is pretty famous around these parts. It’s also non-traditional: palm-sized quail are stuffed with poached oysters, smoked andouille sausage, and rice spiked with parsley and file powder. The quail is set in the center of a bowl and a thick gumbo base is poured on tableside. It’s a treat-yourself gumbo at $18, but enough for an entree and worth it.

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13. Galatoire’s

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209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
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Just about everything is special at Galatoire’s, and it has been so since 1905. French-inspired dishes from bouillabaisse to crabmeat Sardou will tempt, but do yourself a favor and start with a hearty cup of the duck and andouille gumbo, a simmered duck stock with a dark roux rich with sausage and shredded duck. Of course the seafood and okra version is also an earthy delight.

14. Mr. B's Bistro

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201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-2078
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This longtime neighborhood bistro is known for its gumbo yaya, a Creole version through and through. Rich and dark and served strictly with chicken and andouille, it’s a taste of the real stuff.

15. Herbsaint

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701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 524-4114
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It’s good to remember that Donald Link earned his James Beard Award for Best Chef South at Herbsaint back in 2007. The lovely St. Charles Avenue restaurant is his flagship, with chef David Rouse in the kitchen now as chef de cuisine. The gumbo recipe is all Link though, a changing take on the traditional that is now his chicken, tasso, and andouille version of the dish. That andouille is so good — made at Cochon Butcher and for sale in the butcher case.

16. The High Hat Cafe

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

While catfish is the star at the casual neighborhood spot on Freret Street, High Hat’s gumbo is worth a shoutout. The chicken and andouille gumbo “Ya-Ya” is thick and dark, loaded up with the good stuff, all for a reasonable $8. Try the sweet potato salad on the side.

High Hat’s gumbo
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17. Gris-Gris

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1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 272-0241
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Chef Eric Cook manages to cast even the most traditional Creole dishes in a new light, thanks to his elegant use of supreme ingredients and technique practiced in kitchens from American Sector and Bourbon House to Tommy’s Cuisine. At Gris-Gris, the chef says he’s cooking food that brings back memories, and his familiar menu certainly does that most expertly. But his version with chicken and andouille, smoky at its heart, silky on the tongue, sets a lofty standard that deserves a memory all its own.

18. Pascal's Manale

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1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-4877
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At 108 years old and counting, this Uptown family owned restaurant is adept at New Orleans classics, starting with an outstanding chicken andouille gumbo. Chock full of sausage, white meat chicken, and of course built on the New Orleans holy trinity (bell pepper, onions, and celery), this is a swell version of the meaty favorite. Better yet, you can make it at home — buy a copy of the Pascal’s Manale cookbook by Poppy Tooker — the recipe is on page 94.

Gumbo at Pascal’s Manale
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1. Munch Factory

6514 Congress Dr, New Orleans, LA 70126

The Creole gumbo at this beloved Gentilly restaurant, back in its original neighborhood after a few years based in the LGD, is one of the best. The darkest, deepest, and silkiest roux is complemented by heaps of crab, shrimp, and oysters, topped with just the right amount of green onions.

6514 Congress Dr
New Orleans, LA 70126

2. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
Seafood gumbo from Station 6
Madeline Rose for Station 6

Chef/co-owner Drew Knoll is all about seafood and oysters at Station 6, the Bucktown restaurant he owns with his wife chef Alison Vega Knoll, who is now focusing on her gourmet market The Larder in Metairie. Knoll, whose background includes running a gourmet restaurant in Antigua, puts so much seafood in his seafood gumbo — gulf shrimp, oysters, blue crab — that it’s a meal in itself. But then you’d miss his blackened Gulf fish and crab casserole, which would be a shame.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Liuzza's by the Track

1518 N Lopez St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Liuzza’s bowl of magic is excellent — chef Roadrunner has perfected this roux-based specialty and makes 37 gallons of it - at least - every week. Rich with sausage and chicken, the secret is adding the shrimp freshly sauteed for each order. Best paired with another Liuzza’s specialty, its bloody mary. If you’re still hungry, get the barbecued shrimp in a pistolette, one of the best versions of this New Orleans-specific butter and Worcestershire-fueled dish. Love the half po-boy, cup of gumbo special.

1518 N Lopez St
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Nonno's Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

2025 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

One slurp of his file gumbo and it’s clear that chef Shermond Esteen Jr. knows his way around the kitchen at Nonno’s, the homey restaurant he opened on Claiborne Avenue last summer. Esteen doesn’t believe in skimping on ingredients, whether it’s the jumbo shrimp that crowd his seafood platter or the crabmeat, sausage, and chicken swimming in his gumbo, which he runs often as a special. Open seven days a week with inside, outdoor seating, and takeout available.

2025 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. Neyow's Creole Café

3340 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Neyow’s
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Chef/proprietor Tanya Dubuclet serves New Orleans homestyle cooking at Neyow’s Creole Cafe, something that isn’t as easy to find in restaurants as it used to be. Her file gumbo is a perfect place to start, prepared with shrimp, crabs, smoked sausage, ham, and seasoning and served over white rice. You’ll want a bowl, but get a cup so you can have some grilled oysters, red beans and rice and fried fish too. You can order online for curbside pickup.

3340 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Gabrielle Restaurant

2441 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Quail gumbo at Gabrielle 
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

All things duck tends to be the star at this Mid City favorite for Cajun fine dining, but the dark quail gumbo is nearly as famous. The hospitable, family-run restaurant on Orleans Avenue serves a bowl that’s dark and thick, smoky and rich — regardless of what comes in it that day.

2441 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

7. Li'l Dizzy's Cafe

1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
Li’l Dizzy’s gumbo and fried chicken
Li’l Dizzy’s/Official

Lil’ Dizzy’s Cafe has history that reaches deep into the neighborhood, owned by the Baquet family whose New Orleans roots go back centuries. That Creole file gumbo you’re slurping is from a family recipe that the Baquets have been serving for decades, and thank goodness it’s still around.

1500 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

8. Dooky Chase’s

2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
Dooky Chase’s Gumbo
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You can’t talk gumbo in this town without paying homage to Leah Chase’s recipe loaded with crab, shrimp, chicken, two kinds of sausage, ham, and veal brisket. Dooky Chase’s is still offering curbside pickup for family meals and daily plate specials, and has also resumed dine-in for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings — call for reservations.

2301 Orleans Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

9. Nice Guys Bar and Grill

7910 Earhart Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70125

Chef Darian “D Fresh” Williams simmers up some outstanding lighter than average gumbo at Nice Guys Bar & Grill on Earhart, but there’s more than sausage and chicken in the pot. The chef learned to make it from his grandfather, who put “the whole kitchen sink in it.” Smoked turkey, sausage, seafood, chicken, sometimes okra, sometimes file goes into the family recipe.

7910 Earhart Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70125

10. Arnaud's

813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Gumbo at Arnaud’s
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Arnaud’s celebrated its 100th birthday in 2018 — which means this Creole palace has been serving outstanding chicken and andouille and seafood gumbo since the end of World War I. Always a pleasure to dine in one of the fabulous tiled dining rooms but choose the Jazz Bistro for live jazz during brunch as a gumbo soundtrack. Open for dinner Thursday through Saturday and jazz brunch on Sunday.

813 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

11. GW Fins

808 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Everything seafood is exceptional at GW Fins, thanks to chef Michael Nelson’s passionate commitment to seasonality and sustainability in all forms. Figures his seafood gumbo sets a high bar, with its dark, slightly smokey roux, crowded with crab, shrimp and oysters, along with a scoop of long grain rice. Try his tempura fin wings while you’re there — also amazing and fun to eat.

808 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70112

12. Restaurant R'evolution

777 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Death by Gumbo from Restaurant R’evolution
Restaurant R’evolution/Facebook

By far the most extravagant on the map, Restaurant R’evolution’s “Death by Gumbo” is pretty famous around these parts. It’s also non-traditional: palm-sized quail are stuffed with poached oysters, smoked andouille sausage, and rice spiked with parsley and file powder. The quail is set in the center of a bowl and a thick gumbo base is poured on tableside. It’s a treat-yourself gumbo at $18, but enough for an entree and worth it.

777 Bienville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. Galatoire’s

209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Just about everything is special at Galatoire’s, and it has been so since 1905. French-inspired dishes from bouillabaisse to crabmeat Sardou will tempt, but do yourself a favor and start with a hearty cup of the duck and andouille gumbo, a simmered duck stock with a dark roux rich with sausage and shredded duck. Of course the seafood and okra version is also an earthy delight.

209 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Mr. B's Bistro

201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This longtime neighborhood bistro is known for its gumbo yaya, a Creole version through and through. Rich and dark and served strictly with chicken and andouille, it’s a taste of the real stuff.

201 Royal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

15. Herbsaint

701 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

It’s good to remember that Donald Link earned his James Beard Award for Best Chef South at Herbsaint back in 2007. The lovely St. Charles Avenue restaurant is his flagship, with chef David Rouse in the kitchen now as chef de cuisine. The gumbo recipe is all Link though, a changing take on the traditional that is now his chicken, tasso, and andouille version of the dish. That andouille is so good — made at Cochon Butcher and for sale in the butcher case.

701 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

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16. The High Hat Cafe

4500 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
High Hat’s gumbo
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While catfish is the star at the casual neighborhood spot on Freret Street, High Hat’s gumbo is worth a shoutout. The chicken and andouille gumbo “Ya-Ya” is thick and dark, loaded up with the good stuff, all for a reasonable $8. Try the sweet potato salad on the side.

4500 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Gris-Gris

1800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Chef Eric Cook manages to cast even the most traditional Creole dishes in a new light, thanks to his elegant use of supreme ingredients and technique practiced in kitchens from American Sector and Bourbon House to Tommy’s Cuisine. At Gris-Gris, the chef says he’s cooking food that brings back memories, and his familiar menu certainly does that most expertly. But his version with chicken and andouille, smoky at its heart, silky on the tongue, sets a lofty standard that deserves a memory all its own.

1800 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

18. Pascal's Manale

1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Gumbo at Pascal’s Manale
Facebook/Pascal’s Manale

At 108 years old and counting, this Uptown family owned restaurant is adept at New Orleans classics, starting with an outstanding chicken andouille gumbo. Chock full of sausage, white meat chicken, and of course built on the New Orleans holy trinity (bell pepper, onions, and celery), this is a swell version of the meaty favorite. Better yet, you can make it at home — buy a copy of the Pascal’s Manale cookbook by Poppy Tooker — the recipe is on page 94.

1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

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