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Wine Down with Us at the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience This Year



New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premier events in the Big Easy, showcasing what the city does best. In its 27th Anniversary year, this New Orleans festival has become one of the most incredible culinary events in the nation, attracting over 7,000 gourmands and connoisseurs as well as art and music lovers over five days of festivities. They say a glass of wine a day keeps the doctor away, but don’t quote us on that! If you enjoy wining and dining yourself, don’t hesitate to immerse yourself into the local culinary getaway that is the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (NOWFE).

While NOWFE is a destination for wine and food connoisseurs, the festival accommodates all degrees of indulgers, from wine dinners and exclusive experiences to seminars and grand tastings. Top chefs from around the city create culinary experiences like no other. Over two dozen restaurants feature special dining evenings throughout the New Orleans festival. The weekend also features over 1,000 wines from around the world, with special tasting events from wineries. You can enjoy grand tasting events, promenade evenings in the French Quarter, and seminar series to hone your palate.

Yelp is excited to share the bounty with all the locals who enjoy excellent food, exceptional wine, and a great time! And if you’re looking for a sufficient excuse to clink glasses and gorge on insatiable samples, 100% of the proceeds go to causes that support culinary education. You can find the full list of the participating wineries here, and below you can satisfy your taste buds with an extensive list of the accredited restaurants that’ll be at various NOWFE events throughout the city. Use this pocket-sized collection as a reference for places you’ll have to revisit once you’ve come out of your NOWFE-induced food and wine coma.

Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out here!

The following list mimics the chronological order of Judge tastings for the NOWFE Culinary Awards with photos sourced from NOWFE’s Instagram Page.

Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

4338 St Charles Ave

New Orleans, LA 70115

Brisket Mac and Cheese with Fried Red Onion Strings

“Best oyster happy hour in the city! I bring all of my out of town guests here and I frequent this place often myself. When it’s just two of us dining we like to sit at the oyster bar. The guys shucking the oysters are always fun and it’s cool to watch how fast they work.” – Yelper Dieu N

Maypop Restaurant  

611 O’Keefe St

New Orleans, LA 70113

“From the outstanding/creative dishes to the decor inside, everything was impressive. Came with a group of 8+ for a birthday party and the service was great from start to finish. Every dish left us craving for more. Portions were enough and the drinks were crafted so well by the bartender! They even split a few dishes for us beforehand. Can’t forget to mention the complementary curry beignet bites at the beginning + delicate chocolate at the end. Definitely coming back again! – Yelper Lena N

The Grill Room 

300 Gravier St. , Floor 2

New Orleans, LA 70130

Duck Confit with Green Lentil Ragout and a Salad of Frisée, Radicchio and Hibiscus Flower

“Amazing ambiance of Windsor Court carries into the dining experience of The Grill Room. Arrive early, enjoy the sensation of time slowing, and savor a wonderful balance of old-school style, attentive wait staff, and a robust (yet not over-stated) menu.” – Yelper Sam W

Tableau

616 St Peter St

New Orleans, LA 70116

Crawfish Xeo Yaka Mein with Braised Pork Belly, Boiled Eggs, and Green Onions

“Incredible experience having brunch on the balcony. Jazz band playing, gorgeous view of Jackson Square and all the wrought ironwork of nearby balconies. The cocktails were on point, service was so hospitable, food was delicious. I had the duck/andouille gumbo to start, a special of the day, and it was a flavorful Creole-inspired dish that hit the spot. The veal and grits on the brunch menu were savory and rich.” – Yelper Cherie M

Rizzutos Ristorante Chop House

6262 Fleur De Lis Dr

New Orleans, LA 70124

Blood Orange Marinated Octopus Salad with Watermelon and Peruvian Peppadew Peppers

“I was craving Italian. Several friends recommended Rizzutos. So, off to Lakeview I went. The exterior was beautiful. At first, I thought it was just a nice house. Then, I saw the sign. The interior was upscale. The menu was nice. Not only do they have a nice selection of pasta, but they also have various steaks. I had a dirty martini that was awesome. I was so pleased with dinner I treated myself to a piece of chocolate cheesecake.  I will diet tomorrow.” – Yelper Toby F

Hyatt Regency  

601 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Borgne  

601 Loyola Ave

New Orleans, LA 70113

Crawfish and Artichoke Dip with Crushed Zapp’s Potato Chips, Chives and Ciabatta Crostini

“Their happy hour includes a bunch of small plates and drinks for extremely reasonable prices. And omg, y’all. The food was so good. We tried the meat pies, the shrimp toast, some boudin, and a few others. I was so impressed and was already planning my return while still chewing! Their cocktails looked fun and fresh and I will be excited to return to try them along with items from the main menu.” – Yelper Hanah M

NOLA Cantina

437 Esplanade Ave

New Orleans, LA 70116

This is one of the few Mexican restaurants that is super close to the Quarter. The staff was very accommodating and the Fried Pork sandwich was tasty.” – Yelper Bobby S

Gris Gris  

1800 Magazine St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Sweet Cornbread Blue Crab Cake with Smoked Red Pepper Ravigote Sauce

“I recommend this place more than any other whenever someone asks. The pork chop and ribeye are amazing! The pork belly is to die for as well as the watermelon daiquiri. Even the Caesar salad is one of the best in the city! Overall, just stop reading and go.” – Yelper Jade B

Riverview Room  

600 Decatur St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Yukon Gold Gnocchi and Gulf Crab with Truffle Oil, Rosemary Butter and Grana Padano

“The views were spectacular, the food was great and the service was on point. It was a large venue that seemed very intimate.” – Yelper Rob D

Restaurant August  

301 Tchoupitoulas

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Housemade Shrimp and Sausage Stuffed Ravioli with Charred Mustard Green Chimichurri and Shrimp Beurre Monte

“We came here to celebrate our 15th anniversary and we enjoyed every moment of it. The food was amazing and filled with so much flavors. We had the potato gnocchi with blue crab, black truffle and Parmesan and the local crab and tomato tart from the starter menu which should be on everyone’s ‘definitely try’ list.” – Yelper Abey R

Trenasse

444 St. Charles Ave

Ste 100

Intercontinental Hotel

New Orleans, LA 70130

“The fowl gumbo here was delicious. Service was excellent and love the vibe here!” – Yelper Paddy P

Intercontinental

444 Saint Charles Ave

New Orleans, LA 70130

Food Drunk Food Truck

Central Business District

New Orleans, LA 70118

Louisiana Seafood Cakes with Charred Tomato and Corn Salsa, Salsa Verde and Meyer Lemon Aioli

“Omg! Best Cajun Mac and cheese ever! Truck was parked outside of Tipitinas after a show. He gave us a huge sample of their mac and I was blown away. A must!!” – Yelper Kendal S

DTB  

8201 Oak St

Ste 1

New Orleans, LA 70118

“The food is best described as “uniquely Cajun/creole” where down home foods that your Mawmaw exposed you to have crossed paths with chefs who’ve traveled the world and added some technically trained flair to enhance the cuisine even more. No need to speak specifically about a dish because the menu changes so often. When in NOLA make it a point to visit DTB.” – Yelper Deirdre T

Deanie’s Seafood

841 Iberville St

New Orleans, LA 70112

Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Strawberry Gelée on a Chocolate Wafer garnished with Strawberry Crunchies, Chopped Pistachios and Strawberry Sauce

“Food was really delicious. I and three others shared the Giant Seafood Platter, this entree is huge we even had leftovers. Staff was great we definitely go back my next visit to Nola.” – Yelper Kartanya B

Vyoones  

412 Girod St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Puppy Drum with Tumeric-Laced Saffron Coconut Sauce and Gulf Crabmeat

“I had the NY Strip special and it was cooked to perfection! Mid Rare all the way through. My wife had the seafood pasta and that was beyond delicious. The flavor was on point! The white wine cream sauce was so good that once my wife finished the pasta she used the bread to get every last drop of the sauce.”- Yelper Steve W

Centerplate

900 Convention Center Blvd

New Orleans, LA 70130

Duck Four Ways: Duck, Foie Gras and Goat Cheese Ravioli with Duck Confit and Spinach, Rich Foie Gras Laced Duck Demi-Glace, Sunchoke Purée and Duck Crackling

M Bitstro at Ritz-Carlton  

921 Canal St

New Orleans, LA 70112

“The seafood remoulade with fried green tomato was perfect.  The fried green tomato had just the right amount of sour along with the perfectly prepared Gulf shrimp and classic remoulade.” – Yelper Ryan P

Rib Room

621 Saint Louis St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Duck Sausage with Cherry-Spiked Duck Demi-Glace and Foie Gras Mustard

“The food was diverse and well prepared. We had traditional gumbo, a cheese platter, lamb lollipops, a salmon app, and the prime rib. This was all finished off with a delicious red velvet cake.” – Yelper Katie C

Royal Sonesta  

300 Bourbon St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Restaurant R’evloution

777 Bienville St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Chocolate Hazelnut Panini with Bruleéd Banana, Pedro Jimenez Reduction and Roasted Banana Sorbet

“I can only describe this restaurant as elegant.  Your every need is addressed from the time you enter to the time you leave.  All the food is cooked to perfection and served in style. Service is provided by a team of servers, so your everything is on time. After our cocktails were served and we were reviewing the menu, we were served a Veal amuse-bouche, a gift from the Chef.  It was delicious.” – Yelper Edward P

The Steakhouse at Harrah’s New Orleans  

228 Poydras St

New Orleans, LA 70130

Root Beer Smoked Ribeye with White Bread, Pickled Mirliton and Candied Red Onions

Gabrielle Restaurant  

2441 Orleans Ave

New Orleans, LA 70119

Citrus-Spiked Crawfish Crepes with Stuffed Gulf Shrimp and a Vanilla Bean Barbecue Sauce with Scallion Oil

“Very cool old-school New Orleans joint. From the outside it looks like a low-key streetside restaurant, from the inside it feels like like sitting down in the breakfast nook in a Victorian house. Not too crowded (a plus for me) with some really tasty items on their menu. The roast duck over fries is absolutely incredible.” – Jimmy S

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