Top New Restaurants with a New Orleans Flair to Try During Jazz Fest Season


People travel from near and far to get a taste of the dishes that grace the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s food areas. Visitors will stay full from Thursday to Sunday, both festival weekends, but the days between beg for some local fare. New Orleans’ hottest new restaurants are the best way to discover the residential flavors when the gates of Jazz Fest are closed.

Plates Restaurant and Bar in the Warehouse District

Plates Restaurant and Bar serves tapas with a little taste of Germany, Spain, Vietnam, and New Orleans. The chef neatly plates charred okra, scallop maque choux, and other elegant dishes on eclectic antique plates. In the spirit of Jazz Fest, happy hour at Plates promises endless sharable dishes and lots of local draft beer.

Beggars Banquet in the Lower Garden District

The family-run Beggars Banquet in the Lower Garden District prioritizes elevated down-south dishes and fancy cocktails. This 1970s-inspired spot has a stunning bar serving espresso martinis, beers, and wines. The menu has exciting seafood dishes, like grilled swordfish steak, not usually found in New Orleans. Its essence is diverse and classic New Orleans — the perfect place to bring a group between Jazz Fest weekends.

Rosella in Mid-City

Small plates and cocktails are the star of the menu at Rosella. This funky Mid-City spot has a host of sharable plates like boudin balls and fried pickles. Rosella puts a spin on New Orleans classics with its andouille corn dog and red bean salad. Combine the colorful cocktails and interesting dishes during happy hour and revel in delicious southern comfort.

Devil Moon Barbecue in the Central Business District

Fill the void of the days between Jazz Fest with the Cajun smokehouse, Devil Moon Barbecue, in the Central Business District. The traditions of Louisiana, Texas, and the Carolinas combine to create a bold menu with traditional Cajun elements. Smoked meat platters, frito pie, potato salad, and pork cracklin’ are just a few of Devil Moon Barbecue’s bites.

Blake’s Place in Uptown

Grab a bite in a homey Uptown cottage courtesy of Blake’s Place. Chef Blake Cressy incorporates Creole and Italian flavors throughout the menu. The BBQ Shrimp, Blake’s Gumbo, and Carrolton Linguine are ideal to share or savor. Indulge in a cocktail or two during weekday happy hour to pass the days between. Soak up the elegant ambiance to counter the nonchalance of Jazz Fest.

Chapter IV in the Central Business District

Brunch in New Orleans is essential, and Chapter IV in the Central Business District never disappoints. The chef, Edgar “Dook” Chase, is the grandson of Leah Chase, the owner of New Orleans’ iconic Dooky Chase restaurant. The breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus feature Creole classics like Oyster Rockefeller, fish and grits, gumbo, and Creole Cream cheesecake. Indulge in a mimosa or two and admire the restaurant’s built-in African-American artwork gallery. There’s no better way to recover from the Jazz Fest antics.

Fives in the French Quarter

End the days between Jazz Fest with happy hour at Fives in the French Quarter. This stunning raw seafood and cocktail bar lives within the historic Pontalba buildings of Jackson Square. A mix of vintage furniture and modern decor make up the nostalgic interior. The raw oyster menu is superior, with catches from all three coasts. Experience the buzz of the city, martini in hand and oysters on the half shell.

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