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Members of the Krewe Of Saint Anne march down Royal Street Mardi Gras Day on March 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mardi Gras in the French Quarter in 2019
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Where to Eat in and Around the French Quarter on Mardi Gras

These spots are all open and fueling revelry on Fat Tuesday

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Mardi Gras in the French Quarter in 2019
| Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

It’s essential to be fueled up on Mardi Gras day, or the joyful revelry is bound to be short-lived. And while house parties may offer some sustenance in the form of mini muffulettas and fried chicken drumsticks, sometimes further nosh is needed to make it through the day — and it’s not all that easy to find open restaurants on Fat Tuesday.

Below is Eater’s guide to the restaurants and bars open and serving food on Mardi Gras this year — March 1, 2022 — in and around the French Quarter, beginning in Bywater and stretching to the CBD. Hours are noted where available; most spots open in the morning to accommodate the early start to Tuesday’s festivities, and many, unless otherwise noted, are closing early. As always, be patient and tip your servers and bartenders — it’s Mardi Gras after all.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Elysian Bar

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The Elysian Bar is open seven days a week, 365, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. It should serve as a lovely little respite from the madness, but with a dramatic enough setting to be appropriate for the occasion. Enjoy high-quality cocktails and interesting small plates on the patio from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

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This Marigny newcomer is right on the path of the Ninth Ward procession to the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, so luckily the corner bar (formerly Lost Love Lounge, a Mardi Gras day standby) will be open and serving drinks and food, from 8 a.m. til...

Anna’s is the new incarnation of Mimi’s in the Marigny, known by its neighborhood as one of the great bars of Mardi Gras. Since Anna’s has kept things refreshingly similar to its beloved predecessor (including top-notch small plates), the tradition continues in 2022. Mardi Gras hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sneaky Pickle & Bar Brine

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Sneaky Pickle is making use of its new location on the St. Anne route Mardi Gras morning, slinging adult Capri suns, beer, Jell-O shots, and tacos from the double doors until noon.

Bywater Brew Pub

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This fun addition to New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood is a reliable source of to-go drinks, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. Bywater Brew Pub will be open beginning at 8 a.m. at the corner of Royal and Clouet to intercept revelers on their way to the Quarter with to-go beers, bloody marys and shrimp etouffee nachos.

Dat Dog

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All three locations of this budget-friendly, artisan hot dog chain are open on Mardi Gras, but the Frenchmen Street location is arguably the most important for the holiday. It’s open and serving its seriously satisfying grub from 11 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday.

Effervescence

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The chic sparkling wine bar on the edge of the French Quarter is open for small bites on Mardi Gras, a delicious range of snacks from fries to caviar and chips, as well as its entire drink and bottle menu.

Verti Marte

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24/7 means even on Mardi Gras day, and there’s likely no better time for when of its overstuffed po-boys — especially the French fry version or its signature sandwich, the “All that Jazz,” containing turkey, ham, shrimp, cheese, and grilled mushrooms.

Zhang Bistro

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The French Quarter’s new Chinese-Thai hybrid restaurant is open for its first Mardi Gras day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for cocktails and appetizers, and its full (vast) menu beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Clover Grill

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If you're on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, going to the Clover Grill for a burger fried under a hub cap is a must. Open 24 hours, 365.

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The Will and the Way

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From the folks who brought you Sylvain, Longway is a new French Quarter hotspot with high-quality food and cocktails. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Mardi Gras day, Longway is also offering drinks and a few food items from the window.

Palm&Pine

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Mardi Gras stops don’t get much better than Palm&Pine, the festive N. Rampart Street restaurant that always turns out for holidays and themes. It’s open 9 a.m. to noon on Mardi Gras for drinks and to-go brunch items.

Sylvain

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Sylvain draws a great mix of revelers on Mardi Gras Day, and is always a party. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year, with a full bar and special limited menu.

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Curio, a corner bistro from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is open Fat Tuesday from 8 a.m., serving brunch — shakshuka, biscuits and gravy — until 3. Good gumbo, better location.

Curio in the French Quarter
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Justine

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The sprawling, maximalist brasserie from Justin Devillier is a fitting Mardi Gras day spot: extravagant decor, festive drinks, and indulgent food — not to mention the location smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and taking reservations.

Copper Vine Winepub

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The classy CBD wine pub will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with brunch service until until 4 p.m. and dinner after.

The Elysian Bar

The Elysian Bar is open seven days a week, 365, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. It should serve as a lovely little respite from the madness, but with a dramatic enough setting to be appropriate for the occasion. Enjoy high-quality cocktails and interesting small plates on the patio from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Breakaway's Restaurant & Bar

This Marigny newcomer is right on the path of the Ninth Ward procession to the French Quarter on Fat Tuesday, so luckily the corner bar (formerly Lost Love Lounge, a Mardi Gras day standby) will be open and serving drinks and food, from 8 a.m. til...

Anna's

Anna’s is the new incarnation of Mimi’s in the Marigny, known by its neighborhood as one of the great bars of Mardi Gras. Since Anna’s has kept things refreshingly similar to its beloved predecessor (including top-notch small plates), the tradition continues in 2022. Mardi Gras hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sneaky Pickle & Bar Brine

Sneaky Pickle is making use of its new location on the St. Anne route Mardi Gras morning, slinging adult Capri suns, beer, Jell-O shots, and tacos from the double doors until noon.

Bywater Brew Pub

This fun addition to New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood is a reliable source of to-go drinks, and Mardi Gras day is no exception. Bywater Brew Pub will be open beginning at 8 a.m. at the corner of Royal and Clouet to intercept revelers on their way to the Quarter with to-go beers, bloody marys and shrimp etouffee nachos.

Dat Dog

All three locations of this budget-friendly, artisan hot dog chain are open on Mardi Gras, but the Frenchmen Street location is arguably the most important for the holiday. It’s open and serving its seriously satisfying grub from 11 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday.

Effervescence

The chic sparkling wine bar on the edge of the French Quarter is open for small bites on Mardi Gras, a delicious range of snacks from fries to caviar and chips, as well as its entire drink and bottle menu.

Verti Marte

24/7 means even on Mardi Gras day, and there’s likely no better time for when of its overstuffed po-boys — especially the French fry version or its signature sandwich, the “All that Jazz,” containing turkey, ham, shrimp, cheese, and grilled mushrooms.

Zhang Bistro

The French Quarter’s new Chinese-Thai hybrid restaurant is open for its first Mardi Gras day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. for cocktails and appetizers, and its full (vast) menu beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Clover Grill

Clover Grill
Clover Grill
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If you're on Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras, going to the Clover Grill for a burger fried under a hub cap is a must. Open 24 hours, 365.

Clover Grill
Clover Grill
Brasted

The Will and the Way

From the folks who brought you Sylvain, Longway is a new French Quarter hotspot with high-quality food and cocktails. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Mardi Gras day, Longway is also offering drinks and a few food items from the window.

Palm&Pine

Mardi Gras stops don’t get much better than Palm&Pine, the festive N. Rampart Street restaurant that always turns out for holidays and themes. It’s open 9 a.m. to noon on Mardi Gras for drinks and to-go brunch items.

Sylvain

Sylvain
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Sylvain draws a great mix of revelers on Mardi Gras Day, and is always a party. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this year, with a full bar and special limited menu.

Sylvain
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Curio

Curio in the French Quarter
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Curio, a corner bistro from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is open Fat Tuesday from 8 a.m., serving brunch — shakshuka, biscuits and gravy — until 3. Good gumbo, better location.

Curio in the French Quarter
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Justine

The sprawling, maximalist brasserie from Justin Devillier is a fitting Mardi Gras day spot: extravagant decor, festive drinks, and indulgent food — not to mention the location smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and taking reservations.

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Copper Vine Winepub

The classy CBD wine pub will open its doors at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with brunch service until until 4 p.m. and dinner after.

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