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New Orleans Bistros
 

New Orleans Bistros

New Orleans Bistros
New Orleans Bistros

Nothing combines the elegance of French cuisine and the succulent spice of soul food as perfectly as an authentic Louisiana bistro. New Orleans is deeply connected to both Creole and Cajun culinary traditions, and the Big Easy’s offerings of French-inspired restaurants are sure to satisfy any palate.

Although bistros vary in terms of flavor and theme, they are commonly defined by their small, homegrown atmosphere and menu of simple yet hearty dishes. A bistro is a place where you can catch up with an old friend over breakfast, a venue for a family dinner of slow-cooked cassoulet, and even a location to pick up a baguette or po’ boy on the go. Each of these versatile eateries represents part of the rich tapestry of New Orleans cooking, making every restaurant outing a culinary adventure.

Those who wish to explore the local bistro scene can find these restaurants in almost every New Orleans neighborhood. Visitors can taste l’onglet de boeuf or le crepe au crabe at various local haunts. If you are interested in a more upscale experience, seafood dishes at elegant restaurants throughout the French Quarter are sure to provide. From the Treme to the Garden District, the city is awash with bistro excellence no matter where you look!

Are you hoping to have dinner at a Louisiana bistro? New Orleans visitors and locals alike can browse the list below to find the best bistro near you!

New Orleans Bistros
Apolline Restaurant
4729 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115 [Map It]
(504) 894-8881
www.apollinerestaurant.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Contemporary, Bistro, Louisiana

Description: Apolline is known for its French contemporary cuisine with Creole influences. The restaurant serves creative, unique dishes made entirely with local, fresh ingredients. Apolline is located in a charming, cozy, New Orleans cottage with dim lighting and rustic décor along Uptown’s popular Magazine Street. The restaurant serves dinner daily, weekend brunch, and happy hour during the week with drink specials and small plates.
Babin's Bar and Bistro
2203 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 522-3650
www.ihg.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Breakfast, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Cajun, Contemporary, Bistro, Creole, Louisiana, Breakfast

Description: Babin’s Bar and Bistro is a chic restaurant and lounge located inside Hotel Indigo on St. Charles Avenue. Babin’s features outdoor seating that overlooks the city’s famous streetcar line. The bistro’s menu offers classic New Orleans Creole dishes and local favorites, as well as contemporary cuisine options.
Bakery Bar
1179 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 265-8884

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Cuisine Type/s: Desserts, Bakery, Bistro

Description: A pastry shop with a twist, Bakery Bar, is known for its doberge cake and delicious sweets, also serves up savory dishes and cocktails at the bar.
Boucherie
1506 S. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 862-5514
boucherie-nola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bistro

Description: A boucherie is a Cajun festival tradition throughout Southern Louisiana that celebrates the communal butchering of hogs. The word’s origin is deeply connected to Southern culture, which Boucherie restaurant embraces in its unique menu. Boucherie offers small plates, larger entrees, and deserts each inspired by authentic Creole cooking. The restaurant smokes, cures, ages, and prepares all its meat in-house, and produce is purchased exclusively from local farmers. Boucherie’s chefs are passionate and dedicated to serving the most delicious food that truly embodies New Orleans culture.
Cafe Anglais
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
www.windsorcourthotel.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bistro, Louisiana, Variety, Breakfast
Cafe Henri
800 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
www.henri.cafe

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Coffee Shops, Contemporary, Bistro

Description: Opened by the Cure team, Cafe Henri is a casual spot in the Bywater with bistro-style fare.
Chais Delachaise
7708 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 510-4509
www.chaisdelachaise.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Dinner, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Continental, Seafood, Bistro, Tapas/Small Plates
Coquette
2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70118 [Map It]
(504) 265-0421
www.coquettenola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$$$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Bistro, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Description: Located in a Garden District building built in the 1880s, Coquette offers dining rooms on two floors, a 14 seat bar, and classic New Orleans dishes with a focus on local ingredients.
Fat Boy Pantry
1302 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 239-9514
www.facebook.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Desserts, Bakery, Delis & Sandwiches, Bistro

Description: A coffee and sandwich shop on Magazine Street featuring ice creams and juices.
The Fountain Lounge
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 648-5486
www.therooseveltneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Continental, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro, Creole, Louisiana, Breakfast

Description: The Fountain Lounge features live entertainment with an array of inventive cocktails and highly sought after wines by the glass. Chef Cody Curl’s focus is on contemporary Southern cuisine with an emphasis on small plates and a full raw bar serving the freshest oysters and shellfish from the Gulf coast as well as sampling of the best raw seafood from around the world.
Longitude 90
333 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 525-9444
www.lemeridienneworleanshotel.com

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Coffee Shops, Bakery, Contemporary, Bistro, Tapas/Small Plates, Po-Boys
Lula Restaurant-Distillery
1532 St. Charles Ave. , New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 267-7624
www.lulanola.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Bistro

Description: In the heart of New Orleans, expertly crafted food, spirits and cocktails come together in a unique privately owned micro-distillery and restaurant.
Mammoth Espresso
821 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 475-4344
www.mammothespresso.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Bakery, Bistro, Breakfast

Description: Mammoth Espresso serves coffee, teas, and treats in the heart of the New Orleans Warehouse District.
Marti's
1041 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116 [Map It]
(504) 522-5478
martisnola.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Dressy (Jacket May Be Required)
Price Range: $$$$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Seafood, Bistro

Description: This beloved brasserie, which closed it's doors in 1988, has been re-opened and revamped. Expect classic bistro fare and an impressive raw bar selection. They're also open for dinner until midnight, making for a perfect pre- or post-theater dinner destination. Also be sure to check out the stunning mural of City Park's peristyle that adorns the back wall of the bar.
Meauxbar Bistro
942 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70181 [Map It]
(504) 569-9979
www.meauxbar.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: French, Bistro

Description: Meauxbar Bistro is a sophisticated casual eatery. A typical evening finds a eclectic mix of quarterites, uptowners and other locals as well as out of town visitors. Meauxbar brings a truly unique selection of delicious and healthy dishes using only the freshest seasonally available meats, seafoods, and produce.
Oxalis
3162 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117 [Map It]
(504) 267-4776
oxalisbywater.com

Neighborhood: Faubourg Marigny/Bywater
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Bistro, Variety, Tapas/Small Plates
Root
200 Julia St., New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 252-9480
www.rootnola.com

Neighborhood: Arts District/Convention Center
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$$$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Contemporary, Bistro, Louisiana

Description: Perhaps the best way to describe Chef Phillip Lopez's cuisine is as a culinary adventure. Creativity fuels his progressive American menu, which includes items like Ménage à Foie—a special daily preparation of foie gras three ways—and Cohiba Smoked Scallops encrusted in chorizo dust. With courses like "Beginnings" and "Endings," each meal here is a story in the making.
Rouler
601 Baronne St., Ste. C1, New Orleans, LA 70113 [Map It]
(504) 603-2781
www.rouler.cc

Neighborhood: Central Business District/Downtown
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Delis & Sandwiches, Bistro

Description: This downtown find is part bicycle shop and part coffee shop, serving up coffee drinks and bites to eat.
Sala
124 Lake Marina Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 513-2670
www.salanola.com

Neighborhood: Lakefront/Lakeview
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Dinner, Late Night, Sunday Brunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Contemporary, Bistro

Description: Named after the Spanish word for living room, Sala combines a restaurant space with a relaxed living room feel. Choose to dine at the upscale bar, a cozy booth, or in one of the lounges accompanied with sofas and low tables. The bistro menu features sharing-size plates and updated bar food with unique flavor.
Salon Restaurant by Sucré
622 Conti Street, Second Floor, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 267-7098
www.restaurantsalon.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Price Range: $$$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Coffee Shops, French, Desserts, Bakery, Contemporary, Bistro, Tapas/Small Plates
Silver Whistle Cafe
2031 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 323-1455
www.thepontchartrainhotel.com

Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Bistro, Breakfast
St. Patrick's Coffee House
933 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(855) 514-8139
www.icmnola.org

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Bakery, Bistro

Description: St. Patrick's Coffee House is a coffee and whiskey bar located in the Irish Cultural Museum.
Tempt
931 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 875-2600
www.thesainthotelneworleans.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$$
Open For: Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Bistro
The Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy
1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans, LA 70112 [Map It]
(504) 586-8000, (800) 535-9177
www.maisondupuy.com

Neighborhood: French Quarter
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Continental, Seafood, Desserts, Bistro, Louisiana, Breakfast, Po-Boys

Description: Set in a prime location in the historic French Quarter, the Bistreaux at Maison Dupuy offers a casual dining experience, uniquely combining foods we grew up loving and flavors that reflect the fine local palate. A strong emphasis on fresh, Louisiana grown and organic ingredients links the menu to seasonal local trends. We pose a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, making it the perfect locale to enjoy a meal every day or for an evening of celebration.
Toast - Fairgrounds
1845 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 351-3664
www.toastneworleans.com

Neighborhood: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
Attire: Casual
Open For: Breakfast, Lunch (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: Coffee Shops, Bakery, Bistro, Breakfast
Vessel
3835 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 603-2775
www.vesselnola.com

Neighborhood: Mid-City
Attire: Business Casual
Price Range: $$
Open For: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (Call ahead for hours)
Cuisine Type/s: American, Bar/Pub Food, Continental, Greek/Mediterranean, Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Desserts, Contemporary, Bistro, Health Food, International, Variety, Breakfast

Description: Acclaimed chef Nick Vella sources local fresh ingredients to create dishes with New Orleans influences in Vessel's historic 1914 church setting. The 35 foot bar, recently voted "Best Bar in New Orleans" by Eater NOLA, serves seasonal craft cocktails along with beer bombers and a global wine list. Whether it's for a full meal, a late night cocktail, or Sunday brunch, Vessel is an "only in New Orleans" unique experience for both tourists and locals alike. Come eat and drink in our "iconic" indoor space or under the sky on our magical outdoor patio.

Open Monday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and snacks, 5:30 - 10 p.m. for dinner, and 10- til for cocktails.

Open Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. for "Go to Church Brunch," 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for cocktails and snacks, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. for dinner, and 10 p.m. - til for cocktails.

Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 - 6 p.m. Late night happy hour is Sunday - Thursday 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.

 
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