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New Orleans Seafood Restaurants

Hi all,

I'm going to be in New Orleans this weekend and am having a hard time finding a decent looking seafood restaurant. Any suggestions for good places that are not total tourist traps? I won't have a car and will be staying right outside the French Quarter. I'm okay with a bit touristy as long as the food is good. Hoping for a casual spot to relax, drink and eat a messy pile of something raw, boiled or steamed. Thanks!

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  1. A few choices:
    Casamento's (Oysters and fried seafood)
    Franky and Johnny's (Boiled seafood) and probably just what you are looking for
    Bozo's(Metairie) The Galley(Metairie)
    Cafe Maspero(A bit touristy, but reasonably priced and good...also located in the FQ)
    Coop's (FQ and lot's of seafood entrees)

    1. raw oysters are great at Desire Oyster Bar at the Sonesta.
      someone here has posted that Yo Mama's serves boiled crawfish on weekends/

      1. Thank you both so much, that's great help. I can't wait to gain 20 pounds this weekend!

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        1. re: iluvlard

          5 of which is due to humidity. we're better preserved down here.

          1. re: edible complex

            I do agree. My wife (the NOLA native) loves to visit. She claims that her wrinkles pop out, like "Ballpark FranksĀ®," when she arrives at MSY. My question is "what wrinkles?"


          2. We have dined at, and greatly enjoyed G W Fins for most of the years that they have been open. If one is in/near the FQ, I would highly recommend it. It is upscale, though not fine-dining. To drive from across the Metro Area, might be a bit much, considering the wealth of seafood/seafood-oriented restaurants in the City. Still, they have always come through for us.


            Gw Fins
            808 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. Not much boiling or steaming going on, yet excellent and reliable seafood and dinners are always the order of the day at Rio Mar. Chef Adolfo always has fresh products, and they're CONSISTENTLY well-prepared and served.

              1. I find it difficult to answer this inquiry without knowing more about what you're looking for. For seafood-centric restaurants, Rio Mar and GW Fins are good choices (I prefer the former to the latter, but both are good). But you also should be aware that virtually every fine dining establishment in New Orleans will have an excellent seafood selection.

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                1. re: Blumie

                  That is a very good point. In a recent thread on the SW board, someone asked for the "best seafood restaurant" in Phoenix. Well, there are not really any that I would recommend, especially as two of the top ones, that call themselves "seafood restaurants," are not worth my time, let alone my $.

                  OTOH, there is good seafood in Phoenix, though mostly from the West Coast, because of proximity. I've had some wonderful seafood dishes at non-seafood restaurants. I can easily recommend those.

                  As you say, most restaurants in NOLA have a nice list of seafood, though that might not be their prime focus, or even what they are known for. I do not think of Galatorie's as a seafood restaurant, but have had almost nothing but, and it has been great.

                  I focused in the wrong direction and you got it right! Got hung up on the words...



                2. I'm from Maryland so used to crab shack type dives where you throw newspaper on the table and go to town with a pitcher of beer. I'm having 2 fine dining outings with family so have that covered. Mainly looking for good oysters and whatever else might be in season, crabs, crawfish, etc. Thanks for all the suggestions. Anyone know if Acme's is worth checking out or is that really touristy? Oh yes, the humidity. I am originally from CA and cannot stand it. I thought MD was bad but NOLA has us beat in that department for sure!

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                  1. re: iluvlard

                    Try Sal's on Barrataria on the westbank - Barrataria exit off the WBExpy. then head south (away from the river, toward the gulf) on Barrataria - pass the old Catholic compound on your left and keep an eye out for a srtip 'mall' on your right - Sal's: down home.

                    1. re: iluvlard

                      If you are doing oyster's try Casamento's on Magazine, or Felix's in the Quarter. I do not think that Acme is worth the wait, but Casameno's is great.

                      1. re: iluvlard

                        On this board, the FQ "oyster houses" are split between Acme and Felix's. I prefer the latter, but I think that a slight majority loves Acme. Either can be fun and good. The counters are usually the better places to sit, and just let the shuckers do their thing, until you are full.


                      2. I did forget about one option-The Crazy Lobster. It is a bit touristy (probably because of the location) but we happened to be down there w our kids during French Quarter Festival and decided to stop in and take a load off after hours of pushing around strollers through the masses of people. We ordered a seafood bucket and it was phenomenal! It was HUGE, fed our entire family of 6(and a 2 year old), and included 2 whole lobsters, king crab legs, mussels, oysters, crawfish, shrimp, corn and potatoes. I will have to say it was around 100.00. We walked out stuffed and pleasantly suprised. They also had a pretty large oyster bar and the view of the river was nice. There was live music, so we ate, kicked back, had a few Abita's and enjoyed the day.

                          1. re: edible complex

                            A few years ago, my wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn on the West Bank for Mardi Gras. We'd party in the FQ and then catch the ferry back to the West Bank. Before we caught the schuttle to the hotel we'd stop and party at the Dry Dock. We had as much fun there as we did in the FQ and the food was better than we'd expected. Whenever we go back to NO we try to get there for lunch or early dinner

                          2. Jack Dempsey's out in the Ninth, at the end of Poland Avenue. A little out of the best season for oysters, but their fried oysters are the best I've ever had. Also the Village Inn out in Haraham, nice family joint with some surprisingly good seafood.