7 Best Spots for Dinner in New Orleans

Whether a laidback night or a full dining experience, there is no lack of options when it comes to dinner in New Orleans. We’ve covered brunch and lunch and now the editors of Renaissance Publishing share their picks for dinner around the city.

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Appetite Repair Shop

Chef Pete is a mad scientist/genius and, as far as I’m concerned, ARS is the best-kept secret in the city. -Drew Hawkins Research Database Coordinator, Biz New Orleans

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Barracuda New Orleans

Since we’ve been doing earlier dinners lately, my choice is Barracuda on Tchoupitoulas. Their outdoor courtyard is perfect and the ambiance and amazing tacos combine to make me feel like I’m back in California – or maybe vacationing in Mexico. My super picky older daughter even digs their salsa. -Kim Singletary Editor, Biz New Orleans

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High Hat Cafe

I’ve never had something on the menu there that wasn’t absolutely delicious. The New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp is one of my favorites, but the weekly specials are always a good bet. This is also one of my top places to take out-of-town friends and family when they visit. Casual, Southern, New Orleans comfort food at

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Lilette

The crowd is always lively and fun, the atmosphere is lovely and cozy and the food is divine. I try to mix it up and order something other than the gnocchi, but it somehow makes my list each time I visit. Chef has added several new items to the menu recently. All amazing! -Andy Myer

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La Crepe Nanou

Crepe Nanou is our neighborhood restaurant. Delicious, romantic and it looks more expensive than it is – you feel like you’re in your Europe for the evening. I do miss the coq au vin crepe though… -Rich Collins News Editor, BizNewOrleans.com

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Mister Mao

Just visited Mister Mao and it was outstanding! Fun, adventurous food and great times. -Ashley McLellan Editor, New Orleans Magazine

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Zócalo

Not only is it close to my house, but the food is always delicious and their margarita on the rocks can’t be beat! -Kelly Massicot Digital Media Editor, Renaissance Publishing

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