Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans and the oldest family-run restaurant in the United States. A visit to Antoine’s isn’t complete without tasting their Oysters Rockefeller or Eggs Sardou, both were invented right here at Antoine’s.
Address: 713 Saint Louis Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
This classic upscale restaurant on Bienville has been enchanting locals and tourists since 1918. After your meal, be sure to check out the Mardi Gras Museum where you can view vintage Mardi Gras costumes dating back as far as 1941.
Address: 813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA, 70112
This iconic Big Easy eatery has been feeding hungry New Orleanians since 1920, enchanting guests with their Creole cuisine with a French flare and intimater courtyard dining.
Address: 819 Conti Street, New Orleans, LA, 70112
4. Cafe du Monde
Perhaps the most iconic eatery on the list, Cafe du Monde was established in 1862. Their beignets are world-famous, and their coffee with chicory is quintessential of New Orleans. There are a few locations around the city, but the French Market location is the original.
Address: 800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
Editor's note: This restaurant is temporarily closed. If you’re an oyster lover, then you have to make your way over to Casamento’s. Not much has changed since they opened in 1919, and you can bet they have some of the most incredible oysters you’ve ever put in your mouth. They do close down for the summer though, so you’ll have to wait till September 13th to get your oyster fix in.
Address: 4330 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115
6. Charlie’s Steak House
This timeless steak house opened its doors in 1932, and generations of New Orleanians have celebrated many a function at this old-fashioned, casual restaurant.
Address: 4510 Dryades Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115
7. Commander’s Palace
You can’t miss that baby blue building. Established in 1880, Commander’s Palace is another timeless restaurant that has stood the test of time. Their jazz brunches are worth clearing your Sunday for, and the food is just simply the best.
Address: 1403 Washington Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70130
This cheerful corner store has been around since 1918, and is known as one of the best restaurants in the city to get a po’boy.
Address: 5420 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA, 70115
For a celebratory meal with loved ones, a visit to Galatoire’s is a must. Established in 1905, this Bourbon Street restaurant is the place to go when you’re wanting to dine on incredible French-Creole classics.
Address: 209 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
Mandina’s started as a humble family grocery store in the early 1900’s and then morphed into a pool-hall that also sold sandwiches before embracing a full restaurant in 1932. When it comes to Italian cuisine and seafood, Mandina’s takes the cake.
Address: 3800 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70119
11. Pascal’s Manale
Pascal’s Manale is a family-friendly joint that’s been around since 1913. This casual Uptown eatery is famous for their BBQ shrimp, an absolute must-try for any New Orleanian.
Address: 1838 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70115
Founded in 1856, Tujague’s is New Orleans’ second oldest restaurant. You can’t go wrong with their famous brisket, they’ve been serving this iconic dish for over 160 years.
Address: 823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
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