GW Fins on Iberville has been serving some of the best and freshest seafood in New Orleans for more than 20 years — quite the statement in a city that adores its seafood. The daily menu depends on what seafood the staff was able to find that same morning. If you're lucky, the lobster dumplings will be there, as well as the "scalibut," the venue’s signature dish featuring halibut, sea scallops, and risotto.
The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, and one of the most beautiful (though who can choose, really). It’s certainly the most popular, offering a wealth of local experiences in a compact, walkable area: music, architecture, lively bars, art, history, and food. The best restaurants in the New Orleans French Quarter range from classic to cozy, all serving iconic dishes and other foods that define the city’s robust restaurant scene.
Some of the French Quarter’s classic restaurants — like Antoine’s and Arnaud’s — have been serving elegant Creole fare for more than one hundred years. Relative newbies like Palm&Pine have struck a chord with modern, vibrant takes on regional cuisine. Not all French Quarter restaurants are high-end; there are hole-in-the-wall favorites serving gumbo, poboys, and other cuisines at very reasonable prices.
Dining out is one of the best things to do in the New Orleans, and the French Quarter is a great place to try some of the city's most essential flavors — from fresh seafood to steaming hot beignets and amazing cocktails, you can't go wrong. Here’s our ultimate list of the best restaurants in the French Quarter.
Note: Current city regulations require proof of vaccination or a negative test for indoor dining. See guidelines here.
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