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Where to Eat in and Around Lakeview

There’s more to the neighborhood than seafood joints

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For generations, New Orleanians grew up playing along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain from West End Park to South Shore Harbor, an area prized for dining family and fine, along with boating and entertainment. Decimated by the Seventeenth Street Canal flood wall breach after Katrina, the neighborhood was devastated, with many restaurants closing their doors. But as the locals in this well-heeled part of town rebuilt, restaurateurs wanted a seat at the neighborhood table, with much, but not all, the action dotting Harrison Avenue. Restaurants like Junior’s on Harrison, District Donuts, Lakeview Burgers, and Station 6 are just the tip of the iceberg as this dining district continues to expand.

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1. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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At seafood-centric Station 6 in Bucktown, chef-owners Alison Vega and Drew Knoll share photos of family fishing escapades and fish stories lining the menu. Try creative dishes like sizzling garlic shrimp, chargrilled redfish on the half shell, and grilled salmon tacos with black bean corn salsa. The lake is just over the levee and a massive pumping station looms next door, which Vega and Knoll thought was Station No. 6. It turns out they misread the map, but it still has a nice ring to it.

Pompano with curried brown butter, cashews and asparagus
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2. Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

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1356, 6262 Fleur De Lis Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 300-1804
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Rizutto’s Ristorante & Chop House wears its old school vibe with pride, from the tufted red velvet banquettes and formally attired wait staff to its sparkling busy bar and white tablecloth landscape. But it’s Rizutto’s food that keeps the place buzzing, dishes like seafood manicotti creamy with ricotta cheese, the beet salad with Marcona almonds, feta and crisped quinoa, and oysters Bordelaise over linguine. Steak-lovers won’t want to miss the 14-ounce prime spinalis, a specially cut marbled hunk of steak that is the cap of a ribeye — think ribeye but even better.

3. The Backyard

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244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 309-8767
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The Backyard is the bomb, a kid and dog-friendly outdoor space that radiates a chill, Sunday afternoon kind of vibe. The eats are smoky barbecue-centric — love the muffuletta deviled eggs and housemade pimento cheese — and there’s a super cocktail and craft beer list and nine flat screens for catching the game. There’s a menu for the kiddos too.

4. Lotus Bistro

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203 W Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 533-9879
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Lotus Bistro is Lakeview’s newest sushi restaurant, and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite for takeout and delivery after opening in 2020. The delightful, family-run spot on the West End offers chirashi sushi, inventive sashimi dishes, delicately grilled dumplings, and more, making for an ideal weekday (or weekend) comfort food option.

5. Sala

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124 Lake Marina Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 513-2670
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Sala is a sleek restaurant and lounge owned by the Riccobono family, known for homestyle fare at spots including Riccobonno’s Peppermill and Cafe Navarre. They’ve dug into the neighborhood with specials like a Tuesday to Friday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with discounted drinks and nibbles. The food has lots of polish and flair — try the grilled shrimp spinach salad or panne veal topped with crawfish over pasta.

Blackened catfish with crabmeat
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6. Ming's

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7224 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 333-6341
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Ming’s is a pretty little spot tucked away behind some shops on Pontchartrain Boulevard. The popular lunch destination offers traditional favorites like hot and sour soup, fried rice, and egg foo young along with tempting options like black pepper chicken and Mongolian beef.

7. Two Tony’s Restaurant

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8536 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 282-0801
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Originally opened in the French Quarter in 1987, this Creole Italian seafooder is a solid choice, thanks to the culinary talents of Anthony Montalbano senior and junior. Come hungry and plow through heaping platters of fried seafood, chicken parmessan, and spaghetti and meatballs. The vibe is warm and friendly at II Tony’s — that’s how it reads on the sign.

8. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 284-2898
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One of a handful of seafood restaurants that opened in 2013 right on the lake, Blue Crab offers solid, fresh, and no frills seafood. Unlike Landry’s, a chain that never delivers the wow that the view deserves, Blue Crab does it right. Everything fried is delish and don’t miss the chargrilled oysters with lemon garlic butter.

9. El Gato Negro - Lakeview

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300 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 488-0107
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El Gato Negro, a multi-location local chain with a Lakeview presence, delivers fresh takes on Mexican favorites like burritos, fajitas and tacos stuffed into your choice of flour, wheat or corn tortillas. Up the game with table-side ceviche and guacamole. Ask for a gluten-free menu if you are so inclined.

10. District Donuts Sliders Brew

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527 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 827-1152
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District Donuts opened its third location in Lakeview, a from-scratch breakfast, lunch, and dinner concept that works for just about anybody. Donuts of course are everybody’s favorite, but the breakfast biscuits and savory kolaches are equally delicious. A lunch and dinner menu of sliders and sandwiches is served after 11 a.m. but donuts are available until they sell out.

11. Juniors on Harrison

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789 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 766-6902
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Junior’s on Harrison is the family-friendly, modern American restaurant that opened in 2019, a striking renovation of former Harrison Avenue favorite Cava. The kitchen is led by Jacob Cureton, who most recently ran the kitchen at Atchafalaya, serving starters like a weekly rotating fish ceviche; head-on Gulf shrimp roasted in a Calabrian chile butter; and steamed buns with rock shrimp, bulgogi pork, or Szechuan chicken; as well as daily specials and themed menus. The lovely upstairs bar is 21 in the evenings, where there’s a strong cocktail program from Tim Webb, who previously worked behind the bar at DTB.

12. Lakeview Burgers and Seafood

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872 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 289-1032
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This family-owned hotspot draws loyal fans from Parlay’s, the nearby watering hole, who come armed with beers and cocktails to tuck into platters of burgers, fried seafood, and mega po’ boys. The gumbo is good and you can get a fresh salad if you want something lighter. Lakeview Burgers and Seafood is run by chef Joe and his son Josef, who do catering and crawfish boils too.

13. Reginelli's Pizzeria

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874 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 488-0133
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Reginelli’s is a growing local chain with nine locations between here and Baton Rouge, including a hopping spot on Harrison Avenue. Try the roasted cauliflower with goat cheese to start, any of the winning salads and one of the specialty hand-tossed pizzas. Lots of vegetable options under the Eat Fit Nola section of the menu. There’s outside seating so dogs are welcome too.

14. Three B's Burger & Wine Bar

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911 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 249-8025
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Three B’s Burger & Wine Bar is a casual neighborhood bistro, with a comfy front patio, a wine-on-tap system at the bar and a menu of burgers, gourmet dogs (try the Boardwalk with chili), and dishes that pair well with wine. Specialty burgers include the psychedelic (sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and roasted garlic aioli), but really everything is special at this neat spot.

15. The Velvet Cactus

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6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 301-2083
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This place is all about its margaritas, pitcher perfect versions of the tequila cocktail that captured top honors at the last Top Taco fest. The Velvet Cactus offers an ornately decorated patio for eating outdoors, with lots of Mexican themed snack and dishes for munching. The family grill plater is heaped with fajitas, shrimp, sausage and sides for $48.99 and easily feeds four.

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1. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
Pompano with curried brown butter, cashews and asparagus
Station 6/Facebook

At seafood-centric Station 6 in Bucktown, chef-owners Alison Vega and Drew Knoll share photos of family fishing escapades and fish stories lining the menu. Try creative dishes like sizzling garlic shrimp, chargrilled redfish on the half shell, and grilled salmon tacos with black bean corn salsa. The lake is just over the levee and a massive pumping station looms next door, which Vega and Knoll thought was Station No. 6. It turns out they misread the map, but it still has a nice ring to it.

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

2. Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House

1356, 6262 Fleur De Lis Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

Rizutto’s Ristorante & Chop House wears its old school vibe with pride, from the tufted red velvet banquettes and formally attired wait staff to its sparkling busy bar and white tablecloth landscape. But it’s Rizutto’s food that keeps the place buzzing, dishes like seafood manicotti creamy with ricotta cheese, the beet salad with Marcona almonds, feta and crisped quinoa, and oysters Bordelaise over linguine. Steak-lovers won’t want to miss the 14-ounce prime spinalis, a specially cut marbled hunk of steak that is the cap of a ribeye — think ribeye but even better.

1356, 6262 Fleur De Lis Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. The Backyard

244 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

The Backyard is the bomb, a kid and dog-friendly outdoor space that radiates a chill, Sunday afternoon kind of vibe. The eats are smoky barbecue-centric — love the muffuletta deviled eggs and housemade pimento cheese — and there’s a super cocktail and craft beer list and nine flat screens for catching the game. There’s a menu for the kiddos too.

244 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

4. Lotus Bistro

203 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Lotus Bistro is Lakeview’s newest sushi restaurant, and it quickly became a neighborhood favorite for takeout and delivery after opening in 2020. The delightful, family-run spot on the West End offers chirashi sushi, inventive sashimi dishes, delicately grilled dumplings, and more, making for an ideal weekday (or weekend) comfort food option.

203 W Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

5. Sala

124 Lake Marina Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
Blackened catfish with crabmeat
Sala Nola/Facebook

Sala is a sleek restaurant and lounge owned by the Riccobono family, known for homestyle fare at spots including Riccobonno’s Peppermill and Cafe Navarre. They’ve dug into the neighborhood with specials like a Tuesday to Friday happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. with discounted drinks and nibbles. The food has lots of polish and flair — try the grilled shrimp spinach salad or panne veal topped with crawfish over pasta.

124 Lake Marina Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

6. Ming's

7224 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Ming’s is a pretty little spot tucked away behind some shops on Pontchartrain Boulevard. The popular lunch destination offers traditional favorites like hot and sour soup, fried rice, and egg foo young along with tempting options like black pepper chicken and Mongolian beef.

7224 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

7. Two Tony’s Restaurant

8536 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124

Originally opened in the French Quarter in 1987, this Creole Italian seafooder is a solid choice, thanks to the culinary talents of Anthony Montalbano senior and junior. Come hungry and plow through heaping platters of fried seafood, chicken parmessan, and spaghetti and meatballs. The vibe is warm and friendly at II Tony’s — that’s how it reads on the sign.

8536 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

8. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

7900 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

One of a handful of seafood restaurants that opened in 2013 right on the lake, Blue Crab offers solid, fresh, and no frills seafood. Unlike Landry’s, a chain that never delivers the wow that the view deserves, Blue Crab does it right. Everything fried is delish and don’t miss the chargrilled oysters with lemon garlic butter.

7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

9. El Gato Negro - Lakeview

300 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

El Gato Negro, a multi-location local chain with a Lakeview presence, delivers fresh takes on Mexican favorites like burritos, fajitas and tacos stuffed into your choice of flour, wheat or corn tortillas. Up the game with table-side ceviche and guacamole. Ask for a gluten-free menu if you are so inclined.

300 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

10. District Donuts Sliders Brew

527 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

District Donuts opened its third location in Lakeview, a from-scratch breakfast, lunch, and dinner concept that works for just about anybody. Donuts of course are everybody’s favorite, but the breakfast biscuits and savory kolaches are equally delicious. A lunch and dinner menu of sliders and sandwiches is served after 11 a.m. but donuts are available until they sell out.

527 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

11. Juniors on Harrison

789 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Junior’s on Harrison is the family-friendly, modern American restaurant that opened in 2019, a striking renovation of former Harrison Avenue favorite Cava. The kitchen is led by Jacob Cureton, who most recently ran the kitchen at Atchafalaya, serving starters like a weekly rotating fish ceviche; head-on Gulf shrimp roasted in a Calabrian chile butter; and steamed buns with rock shrimp, bulgogi pork, or Szechuan chicken; as well as daily specials and themed menus. The lovely upstairs bar is 21 in the evenings, where there’s a strong cocktail program from Tim Webb, who previously worked behind the bar at DTB.

789 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

12. Lakeview Burgers and Seafood

872 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

This family-owned hotspot draws loyal fans from Parlay’s, the nearby watering hole, who come armed with beers and cocktails to tuck into platters of burgers, fried seafood, and mega po’ boys. The gumbo is good and you can get a fresh salad if you want something lighter. Lakeview Burgers and Seafood is run by chef Joe and his son Josef, who do catering and crawfish boils too.

872 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

13. Reginelli's Pizzeria

874 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Reginelli’s is a growing local chain with nine locations between here and Baton Rouge, including a hopping spot on Harrison Avenue. Try the roasted cauliflower with goat cheese to start, any of the winning salads and one of the specialty hand-tossed pizzas. Lots of vegetable options under the Eat Fit Nola section of the menu. There’s outside seating so dogs are welcome too.

874 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

14. Three B's Burger & Wine Bar

911 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Three B’s Burger & Wine Bar is a casual neighborhood bistro, with a comfy front patio, a wine-on-tap system at the bar and a menu of burgers, gourmet dogs (try the Boardwalk with chili), and dishes that pair well with wine. Specialty burgers include the psychedelic (sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, gruyere cheese, and roasted garlic aioli), but really everything is special at this neat spot.

911 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124

15. The Velvet Cactus

6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124
The Velvet Cactus/Facebook

This place is all about its margaritas, pitcher perfect versions of the tequila cocktail that captured top honors at the last Top Taco fest. The Velvet Cactus offers an ornately decorated patio for eating outdoors, with lots of Mexican themed snack and dishes for munching. The family grill plater is heaped with fajitas, shrimp, sausage and sides for $48.99 and easily feeds four.

6300 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

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