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Romantic Restaurants in New Orleans

Date night just got a whole lot easier with this guide.

(Lilette) Photo: Rebecca Ratliff

New Orleans is a charming, heavily European influenced city that brings romance at every turn. Whether you’re enjoying the music that fills the streets of the French Quarter, sipping champagne at dimly lit bars, or going for an early morning stroll along the river, this magical city will inevitably inspire your inner hopeless romantic. At the heart of these activities, however, is sharing a delicious meal with someone special. If nothing else, you’ll fall in love with the food. Here’s a list of our favorite romantic local restaurants.

New Orleans’ Most Romantic Restaurants

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Lilette

At this small, Uptown French-Italian bistro, you can get cozy in a booth and enjoy sharable menu items like burrata with hazelnut-basil pesto and Alaskan crab claws with passionfruit butter (a personal favorite). Enjoy a pre or post-dinner glass of wine or cocktail at the upscale Bouligny Tavern next door. 3637 Magazine St., (504) 895.1636

Coquette

The soft glow from hanging chandeliers and exposed brick walls set the stage for a relaxed, romantic meal. Make a reservation or enjoy an impromptu memorable meal at their 14-seat bar where the beer and wine lists are just as impressive as the always-changing menu. 2800 Magazine St., (504) 265.0421

Related: Learn to make savory beignets with Coquette’s chefs! 

Angeline

Tucked away in the quiet, residential part of the French Quarter, this gem serves elevated Southern fare such as roasted oysters with Herbsaint butter and bottarga and black garlic-braised short ribs. Save room for the dark chocolate cremeaux with dulce de leche and toasted marshmallow. 1032 Chartres St., (504) 308.3106

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N7

Escape to the south of France at this incredibly charming Bywater restaurant that features a delicious sake-cured salmon and goat cheese tartine, duck a l’orange, and a wine list that’s far from mainstream. Pro tip: N7’s only dessert option is a cheese plate, so expect to go elsewhere for dessert if your sweetie likes sweets. 1117 Montegut St.; an establishment so French there’s no phone number listed

Café Amelie

Nice weather calls for alfresco dining at this cute courtyard, French Quarter restaurant. Share bites of slow-cooked spiced lamb shank and Atlantic salmon with fingerling potatoes and horseradish cream. And save room for doberge cake after! 912 Royal St., (504) 412.8965

Patois

Gnocchi, sweetbreads, octopus, oh my! This Uptown restaurant dishes out French cuisine with a local spin. Gulf fish almandine, rabbit cannelloni with mushroom béchamel, and did I mention the deviled crab dip with crab butter? Quit stalling, and make a reservation now. 6078 Laurel St., (504) 895.9441

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Avo

The menu is Italian, the ambiance is California, the staff is attentive. Special occasions are always honored at this Magazine Street restaurant where you can share wine, burrata, and the best short rib lasagna you’ll ever have. Opt for a table in the courtyard with the retractable roof if the weather permits. 5908 Magazine St., (504) 509.6550

Broussard’s

Old-school New Orleans cuisine in a beautiful, updated space. Enjoy the classics like Gulf fish with crabmeat and lemon butter, filet mignon, shrimp Creole, and hanger steak with marchand de vin sauce. White chocolate bread pudding seals the deal. 819 Conti St., (504) 581.3866

Sylvain

This candlelit French Quarter restaurant is casual enough to be low-key but romantic enough to be special. Share the champagne and fries to start and the braised beef cheeks or scallops as the main. Grab cocktails to go and walk a block to St. Louis Cathedral for the backdrop to a perfect post-dinner smooch. 625 Chartres St., (504) 265.8123

Upperline

If you and your honey love art, then you’ll both fall in love with the painting-lined walls at this Uptown favorite. Spice things up with their shrimp with jalapeno cornbread and aioli, and cool things off with their Sundae Eugene of vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, and toasted almonds. Bonus: it’s located just blocks from the streetcar line if you’re looking to make the night extra special. 1413 Upperline St., (504) 891.9822

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Balise

Upscale yet relaxed dining in the Warehouse District brought to you by James Beard Award-winning chef Justin Devillier. Beef tartare, fried crab claws, cauliflower gratin, pan-roasted Gulf shrimp with leeks and lemon-caper brown butter… Need I say more? 640 Carondelet St., (504) 459.4449

Apolline

Dine out in a Creole cottage turned restaurant with candlelit brick walls and an intimate dining room. Enjoy fun spins on classics like crab mac ‘n’ cheese with thyme and cornbread crumbs, blue cheese wedge with lardons and cilantro dressing, and a charred beef carpaccio with tamari and ginger. 4729 Magazine St., (504) 894.8881

Restaurant August

Beautiful food and stellar service are two great reasons to visit this restaurant, not to mention the ambiance. If the evening is special to you, it’s special to them. The menu constantly changes with what’s in season but my advice to you is this: order seafood, always. 301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299.9777

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La Crepe Nanou

Like stepping into a bistro in Paris, this tiny restaurant offers cozy tables where you can feed each other fondue and share a big, steaming bowl of mussels with pommes frites. Enjoy cheese or sweet crepes for dessert, or walk a block to Creole Creamery for ice cream. 1410 Robert St., (504) 899.2670

Ciro’s Cote Sud

One of the best kept-secrets when it comes to romantic French restaurants. Here, you’ll find unique items like frogs legs but familiar ones as well, such as grilled rack of lamb, Cornish hen, or grilled salmon. Don’t like French food? Cote Sud just so happens to have some of the best pizza in town. And they have profiteroles – triple threat! Leave the plastic at home though, cause this joint is cash or check only. 7918 Maple St., (504) 866.9551

Clancy’s Restaurant

Often referred to as the uptown Galatoire’s, Clancy’s is loved by locals. Like a first kiss, I’ll never forget my first fried oyster with brie, crab salad, or bite of sweetbreads. But it’s the house-made peppermint ice cream with chocolate sauce that always steals my heart. Go here with the expectation of eating and drinking too much and not minding at all. 6100 Annunciation St., (504) 895.1111

The Italian Barrel

On the outskirts of the French Quarter you’ll find this Italian gem. And when you make it there, you’ll understand the hype. I love the classics like bresaola, prosciutto de parma and cantaloupe, and penne with arrabbiata sauce. Plus, you gotta love a female chef! 1240 Decatur St., (504) 569.0198

Bistro Daisy

Named after the owner’s daughter, this small house on Magazine Street now houses fewer than 15 tables for dinner service only. Enjoy wonderful versions of all the favorites like filet of beef, duck confit, yellowfin tuna, and lamb. Save room for baked Alaska with amaretto crème anglaise or chocolate and peanut butter mousse filled crepes. 5831 Magazine St., (504) 899.6987

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found checking out the newest restaurant or bar, taking long walks along Magazine Street, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. Voted one of the Best New Orleans-based Instagrammers by Thrillist, Where Y'at Magazine, and Paste Magazine. Please follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola and ask for food advice!

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