Where to Eat and Drink in New Orleans

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on April 24, 2014

Lunch at Cochon; All Photos by Marjana Jaidi

New Orleans, Louisiana -- Our last trip to New Orleans (for The BUKU Music + Art Project) was way too short - especially considering all the delicious restaurants we wanted to try. With the limited free time we had in NOLA not spent at the festival, we attempted to squeeze in as many meals and cocktails as we could. Here were our favorites for lunch, happy hour, and dinner. 

Try them out while in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, or any time you find yourself in The Big Easy. 



930 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 (504) 588-7675

Cochon may be known for its pork (cochon means 'pig' in French, after all), but our highlight dish was the wood-fired oysters with chili garlic butter. The rest of our meal was delicious too, but we couldn't get those oysters out of our heads the rest of our trip. We would've sufficed with a few orders of this starter dish and no main meal. 


800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 (504) 522-1744

Peche is to seafood what Cochon is to pork, and with a meat lover and a pescatarian both to please during our NOLA stay, it was fitting we made stops at both. The grilled tuna with olive salad and the fish special of the day were both plate-licking good, especially when paired with the fried brussel sprouts with chili vinegar and a Bufalo Louie cocktail (think a classic New Orleans cocktail with a bourbon twist). 



123 Baronne Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
+1 (504) 648-6020

Domenica has become known amongst NOLA locals for its daily 3-6pm Happy Hour, during which all wines, well cocktails, beer, and pizzas are half-off. Unfortunately by the time we got to Domenica we had already eaten too much to stomach a pizza. We opted for cocktails and appetizers instead, and we weren't disappointed. 

Arnaud's French 75 

813 Bienville Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
+1 (504) 523-5433

What else can you order at Arnaud's French 75 than its namesake drink? Pair it with an appetizer like Brie and JalapeƱo Stuffed Shrimp or Gougeres (cheese puffs). Unlike its neighboring Bourbon Street bars, French 75 is not the place to day drink with a Hurricane in your hand. The bar opens daily at 5:30pm, has an upscale, yet historical, feel, and features a seasonal drink menu crafted by master mixologist Chris Hannah. 



701 St Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 (504) 524-4114

Herbsaint's menu had us stumped. From their creative cocktail menu through their small plates to their main meals, there were too many mouth-watering options. We suggest opting for a couple small plates or sides instead of a main course so you can taste more of their delicious creations. Our favorites? The Gnocchi with Lamb Bolognese and Mint Gremolata and the Butter Pached Gulf Tuna with Pickled Chillies and Mint. Whatever you decide, pair it with a specialized wine flight and save room for a Banana Brown Butter Tart with Fleur de Sel Caramel! 

For more dining and drinking options around New Orleans, check out our festival guide to Jazz Fest, which also includes hotel, shopping, and festival-specific recommendations and tips. 

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