New Orleans is famous for many things, one of the most notable being Creole cuisine. While our very own Latitude 29 serves up Polynesian inspired tiki drinks and cuisine every day of the week, if you’re looking for traditional New Orleans food, we’ve got a few recommendations for you.
Near our French Quarter hotel are some of the finest Creole restaurants in New Orleans. From traditional Creole restaurants that follow classic recipes to modern twists on classic dishes, here are 5 of our favorite places to eat Creole food in the French Quarter.
Traditional Creole Cuisine
Founded in 1905, Galatoire’s Restaurant (209 Bourbon Street) is a landmark for French Creole cuisine in the heart of the French Quarter. Though Bourbon Street may have changed over the years, the recipes and traditions at Galatoire’s have stayed the same. Earning it a spot as one of the “Grand Dames” of New Orleans dining.
Galatoire’s is well known for its Shrimp Remoulade and characteristic first come, first served policy in the first floor main dining room. Lunch hours on Fridays and Saturdays are famously (and raucously) packed with local patrons. You can make a reservation for the upstairs dining room in advance. Take note: dressy attire is expected and jackets are required for men.
A Modern Twist on Creole Classics
If you’re in the mood for something a little less formal but still want to taste elegant versions of Creole classics, let us direct you to Criollo Restaurant (214 Royal Street), located inside of our sister property Hotel Monteleone.
With a menu focused on seasonal, local ingredients and drawing from the many cultural influences that are the hallmark of Creole cuisine, Criollo is worth a visit. The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After your meal, you’ll want to stop by the legendary Carousel Bar for a cocktail.
Off the Beaten Path Creole Dining
If you’re the type of traveler who loves exploring the hidden gems of a neighborhood, might we recommend Eat New Orleans (900 Dumaine Street)?
Local French Quarter residents flock to this casual Creole restaurant, which features farm-fresh ingredient-filled dishes like Fried Green Tomato Remoulade and Crawfish Boullettes. The restaurant is BYOB and the dining room is small. Reservations are available for dinner, but lunch and brunch are first come, first served.
A Casual Creole Dive
Head towards Esplanade Avenue on Decatur Street until you reach Coop’s Place (1109 Decatur Street) for an even more off-the-beaten-path experience. If you can look past the dive bar atmosphere, there is delicious Creole food to be had.
This affordable restaurant stays open late (typically until around 1:00am), and house specialties include Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo.
Creole Courtyard Cafe
Perfect for brunch on a sunny day or a romantic dinner, Café Amelie (912 Royal Street) offers French Quarter courtyard dining at its best. A favorite among locals and tourists alike, this charming cafe features a seasonal menu for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Reservations are advised if you’d like to enjoy their al fresco seating, particularly during weekend brunch.
Stay at Bienville House Hotel in the French Quarter!
Whether you’re looking for a historic New Orleans restaurant or just a good place to eat Creole food in the French Quarter, there are plenty of choices to keep you stuffed for days and celebrating the food like a true New Orleans native.
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