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Serious Business: Where to Dine in New Orleans, 2024

Welcome back to New Orleans! We’re so excited to have you back in the city that we know and love. New Orleans is known for its food scene, being the founding city of many creative dishes, including Jambalaya, Charbroiled Oysters, and Beignets.

Not sure where to make those reservations while you’re in town? Members of the Imaginal Marketing Team live, work, and most importantly, eat in New Orleans every day.

Embrace your inner foodie and take a look at some of our local favorites!


Don’t spend too much time trying to plan how to get to and from your reservations—these nearby spots are just a brisk stroll away from the Serious Business excitement.

Interested in a dining experience with an exciting ambiance? Justine is decked out with fabulous art and neon signs! Enjoy the atmosphere with their selection of French dishes.


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Specializing in Mexican & Caribbean cuisine, Palm&Pine is a vibrant French Quarter restaurant with a lengthy wine list and signature craft cocktails.

Public Service
Located inside the NOPSI Hotel, Public Service serves upscale southern cuisine with a modern twist. 

GW Fins
New Orleans is known for its seafood, and GW Fins has a rotating menu that surrounds its fresh catches of the day.

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Having a set multi-course meal, Criollo is perfect for anyone who’s on the indecisive side. All menu items are seasonal and frequently change for a new experience each time you visit! 

Johnny Sanchez
Winning a local festival for having the best taco, enjoy Mexican cuisine at Johnny Sanchez, a casual restaurant with a happy hour from 3:00pm-6:00pm. 

The Commons Club
Located inside The Virgin Hotel, this eclectic and trendy restaurant is known for its fabulous atmosphere. Make a reservation and enjoy contemporary American dishes! Once you’re done with your meal, venture up to the hotel’s rooftop bar for an amazing view of downtown.


Stop by Luke to try out their raw seafood bar, getting fresh fish daily from the Gulf of Mexico.


Ready to explore more of the city? Catch a quick ride to one of these nearby spots!

Run by Chef Emeril Lagasse, Meril is a modern concept restaurant serving up wood-fired flatbreads, an array of pasta dishes, and baskets of Korean chicken wings. 

The founding restaurant of Banana’s Foster, Brennan’s is an iconic and classic New Orleans restaurant. If you order their famous dessert, they’ll flambee it for you, tableside.

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Josephine Estelle
Influenced by the flavors of the South, visit Josephine Estelle for upscale Italian food inside a luxury interior-designed space.

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Couvant translates to “gathering together” in Old French, which makes this the perfect spot to make a reservation for a French-Southern dining experience. Enjoy Tuna Tartar, Cochon De Lait, and Brioche Crusted Veal. 

San Lorenzo
Located inside Hotel Saint Vincent, San Lorenzo is a chic and modern coastal Italian restaurant with outdoor seating. Stop by the Paradise Lounge, the hotel’s lobby bar, after dinner for a cocktail and dessert.

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Sofia’s take on elevated Italian cuisine is delightful, with handmade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and Famiglia entrees, protein-centered dishes that are designed to feed the entire table.

Right in the heart of Jackson Square you can find Tableau, a European restaurant with a fabulous wrap-around balcony that overlooks the French Quarter. 

Copper Vine
This wine bar and restaurant has amazing appetizers, from Bacon Wrapped Dates to Charcuterie and Cheese boards. They also have plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. 

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Commander’s Palace
Voted the Best Restaurant in New Orleans, Commander’s Palace is an iconic landmark for travelers and locals alike. Their 25-cent martinis and creole dishes keep people coming back! Call ahead for a primer spot in the restaurant’s Garden Room, a space with floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of ancient oak trees. 

Bakery Bar
Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s name—besides delectable slices of doberge cake, you can also order an assortment of savory bites at Bakery Bar!

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Chemin À La Mer
Known for its raw oyster bar and elevated Louisiana cuisine, Chemin À La Mer offers an elevated dining experience with a panoramic view of the Mississippi River.


Traveling can make anyone more tired than usual. Perk up by getting an early morning start or a mid-day pick-me-up at these local coffee shops!

Backatown Coffee Parlou
Backatown is known for its espresso drinks, baked goods, and breakfast menu. 

Cafe Bon Ami
Cafe Bon Ami is a popular espresso bar with pastries from local bakers.

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French Truck Coffee
Having ten locations in the Greater New Orleans area, French Truck Coffee has delicious coffee, tea, and bites. 

Cafe Du Monde
Serving coffee and beignets since 1862, you can’t go wrong with this historic choice.

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Travel outside of the French Quarter and the Central Business District to experience the culture and dining experiences of Uptown New Orleans.

The Chloe
Stop by this boutique hotel on St. Charles Avenue and dine on the front patio to watch the street car pass by, or make a reservation pool-side.

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La Boulangerie
Known for its delightful pastries and freshly baked bread, La Boulangerie is a beloved neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot. 

Order a tray of tacos made with fresh ingredients at Val’s! Take advantage of their outdoor seating surrounded by various local shops and small businesses.

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Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar
January is a great month for oysters, and if you find yourself craving some, you can order them raw, chargrilled, or fried at Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar. 

St. James Cheese Company
Soups, sandwiches, salads, and cheeseboards—St. James Cheese Company is the perfect lunch spot!

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Gather your group and check out Saba, a Mediterranean eatery with plenty of outdoor and indoor seating. Located right on Magazine Street, this is the perfect place to grab a bite and take a look at some local shops. 

Baru Bistro & Tapas
Expand your palette by checking out Baru, a Latin-Carribean Restaurant with small plates and cocktails. 

La Petite Grocery
A James-Beard award-winning restaurant, La Petite Grocery has a slew of amazing dishes, from their famous Blue Crab Beignets to Turtle Bolognese.

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Bar Tonique
Located at the edge of the French Quarter, you can grab a drink at Bar Tonique, the first free-standing craft cocktail bar in New Orleans! 

Hot Tin
This trendy rooftop bar can be found atop The Ponchartrain Hotel! Order a seasonal cocktail or a glass from the wine list and enjoy the extraordinary view of New Orleans. 

Chandelier Bar
Walk into a luxurious experience at the Chandelier Bar! Inside the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, you can find this premier cocktail bar surrounded by gems and crystals.

As a James Beard Award-winning bar in 2018, Cure is known for its innovative cocktails and shareables.

The French 75 Bar
Inside Arnaud's, a classic Creole restaurant, The French 75 Bar was named one of the top five bars in the country by Esquire Magazine. After getting a French 75, make sure you put in an order for the Soufflé Potatoes.

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Jewel of the South
Treat yourself to a fabulous drink and dining experience at Jewel of the South, a tavern located a few blocks from Serious Business. 

Carousel Bar
Have you ever sat at a bar that spins? Besides offering tasty bites and craft cocktails, the Carousel Bar is an attraction in itself.

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Hermes Bar
Located inside Antoine’s, a classic New Orleans restaurant, the Hermes Bar has all of the famous New Orleans cocktails. Order a Pimm’s Cup, Side Car, Vieux Carré, or a Sazerac with a side of jazz music. 

Ready to make some reservations? Now is the time before everything’s booked! If you have any questions, feel free to call or email us. And if you visit one of these spots or decide to try a different restaurant, stop by the IM booth and tell us about your experience!

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