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Top 25 Places to Eat in New Orleans



Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like Aki tucked away in Covington. From fine dining to shawarma food trucks — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Eat in New Orleans.

Did your favorite restaurant make it into the top 25? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram. Remember, we only know how good a spot is if you take the time to review it. So share your thoughts on Yelp, and maybe your favorites will be on next year’s list! 

Topping this year’s best places to eat list is Cafe Porche, a Black-owned and woman-owned business that serves up delicious Louisiana favorites for breakfast and brunch as well as snowballs for your after meal sweet treat. 

Pro tip: You’re going to want to make a note of these spots, so we made it easy for you. For great businesses at your fingertips, get the Top 25 to-go. Follow this collection on Yelp.

  1. Cafe Porche and Snowbar (Central City)
Shrimp and Grits at Cafe Porche

Cuisine:  Breakfast/Brunch

What they’re known for: Creole inspired comfort foods like gumbo and shrimp and grits

Yelpers say: “Every single thing we ordered off of the breakfast menu (and I think we covered it all between the 10 of us) was fantastic. But in my opinion the winner was shrimp and grits – just thinking about it right now is making me hungry.“ -Nandita B. 

  1. Pho Cong Noodles & Grill (Covington, LA)
Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles at Pho Cong

Cuisine:  Vietnamese

What they’re known for: Pho, vermicelli noodle plates, banh mi

Yelpers say: “I order the same thing every time and it’s perfect every time. Seafood Pho and Vietnamese egg rolls. The main difference I find about their pho compared to other places I’ve had is their broth. It’s light, delicious flavor that makes you want to drink the leftover juices after you finish eating lol.“ -Summer C. 

  1. Heard Dat Kitchen (Mid City)
Mardi Gras Mambo by Bo T.

Cuisine:  Cajun/Creole

What they’re known for: Decadent and creative Louisiana inspired cuisine with some traditional favorites

Yelpers say: “The food at Heard Dat Kitchen was incredible! My group and I agreed this was our favorite meal while visiting New Orleans. Definitely off the beaten path but an incredible experience. From ordering to eating everything was seamless.“ -Jennifer M. 

  1. Olive (Central Business District)
Grape Leaf Plate by Audrey S.

Cuisine:  Lebanese

What they’re known for: Shawarma, hummus, veggie platters

Yelpers say: “As a vegetarian this place was perfect for me with a really nice vegetarian selection. I ordered the Fresh Sautéed Vegetable Plate over yellow rice with a feta topping. YUM!!! Loved the perfectly sautéed veggies and the melt in your mouth rice.“ -Cindy F. 

  1. Kabob House NOLA (Metairie, LA)
Baklava by Kimi N.

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

What they’re known for: Kabobs, wraps, shawarma

Yelpers say: “I typically do not give 5 stars often, but man…Kabob House earned it! I ordered the lamb kabob plate. The meat was so tender and flavorful, it was amazing. The side items that accompanied it were very good also. I literally have 0 complaints.“ -Daezha B. 

  1. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco (Uptown)
Pulpo a la Parrilla at Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco

Cuisine:  Peruvian

What they’re known for: Ceviche and other fresh seafood dishes

Yelpers say: “Tito’s has mouth-watering dishes that truly never disappoint. This is my 4th time dining at Tito’s as it’s our go to special event/family in town restaurant. Not only is the seafood fresh & to die for but their pisco sour is delicious (& strong) and the staff is five star.“ -Katie C. 

  1. Aki Japanese Restaurant (Covington, LA)
V Roll by Heath D.

Cuisine:  Sushi Bar

What they’re known for: Fresh sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls 

Yelpers say: “The freshest sushi made by skilled sushi chefs. This family-owned restaurant is the very best on the northshore and possibly the entire New Orleans area. Family-owned, excellent and friendly service.“ -Rosie F. 

  1. Sweet Soulfood (Mid City)
Combination Plate by Alesia A.

Cuisine:  Vegan

What they’re known for: Plant-based, New Orleans style soul food.

Yelpers say: “Wowie! Wow! WOW!! Who would have thought soul food could be soo great without bacon or butter?!?!? But I have been twice now and they know what they are doing.“ -Chris B. 

  1. Addis NOLA (Mid City)
Combo Platter by A P.

Cuisine:  Ethiopian

What they’re known for: Traditional Ethiopian dishes, vegetarian options

Yelpers say: “I’m a huge fan of Ethiopian food. I’ve tried it from several restaurants in different states, and Addis NOLA might be the best I’ve had.“ -Tim E. 

  1. Banh Mi Boys (Metairie, LA)
Bang Bang Shrimp Banh Mi by Tin H.

Cuisine:  Vietnamese

What they’re known for: Banh mi, chicken wings, fries

Yelpers say: “This place knocks it out of the park. First time eating here was to-go during the pandemic and every single thing we ate was to die for. Their crab Rangoon, spring rolls, fries and banh mi sandwiches are soooooo good.“ -Lindsey B. 

11. Shawarma on the Go (Uptown)

12. CIBO (Uptown)

13. Restaurant Rebirth (Warehouse District)

14. Fatma’s Cozy Corner (Tremé)

15. Bearcat Cafe (Uptown)

16. Jamila’s Mediterranean Tunisian Cuisine (Uptown)

17. Welty’s Deli and Catering (Central Business District)

18. GW Fins (French Quarter)

19. Manolito (French Quarter)

20. Holy Crepes! (French Quarter)

21. TM Breads & Pastries (Central Business District)

22. Hong Minh (Harvey, LA)

23. Fharmacy Nola (Mid City)

24. Mangú Authentic Dominican Cuisine (Gretna, LA)

25. Breads on Oak Cafe & Bakery (Uptown)

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Eat in the New Orleans area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the restaurant category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the New Orleans area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 16, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 16, 2022. 

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