5 Must-Try New Orleans Seafood Restaurants

April 8, 2024 at 7:00 AM
The New Orleans seafood scene is thriving

The legendary New Orleans seafood scene attracts millions of tourists every year. Our team at Tommy’s Seafood Inc. is proud to be a supplier for some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants. Today, we're spotlighting five exceptional seafood restaurants that serve mouthwatering dishes and embody the rich history, diverse culture, and resilient spirit of New Orleans. Continue reading to find out what makes these spots must-visit destinations for seafood lovers and foodies alike.

1. Pêche

Pêche Seafood Grill brings a unique fusion of South American, Spanish, and Gulf Coast cooking. At the helm are chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski, and Ryan Prewitt, who emphasize sustainability by partnering with local fishermen and farmers. Their menu was designed to balance contemporary dishes with rustic, open-hearth cooking, alongside fresh oysters and Gulf fish. In 2014, Chef Ryan Prewitt received a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, with South and Pêche itself being named Best New Restaurant in America. This makes Pêche a must-visit for those looking to experience the pinnacle of New Orleans dining.

2. Mambo’s

Mambo's brings a breath of fresh air to the French Quarter with its blend of authentic New Orleans cuisine and a unique rooftop bar on Bourbon Street. Unlike anywhere else in the area, Mambo's focuses on authentic Cajun and Creole dishes, made by chefs with a lifetime of experience in perfecting these local flavors. The restaurant itself is a three-story tribute to the vibrant culture of New Orleans, from its rustic, reclaimed interior to the explosion of local art and jazz inspiration. Make sure you try their signature dish, the crab cakes topped with spicy crawfish and mushroom cream sauce.

3. Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House

Mr. Ed's Oyster Bar & Fish House is a seafood lover's dream, especially for those passionate about oysters. With a menu that features oysters in all their glory—chargrilled, fried, and raw—this spot knows how to cater to the varied tastes of its patrons. Beyond oysters, Mr. Ed's offers a diverse menu that includes traditional seafood dishes, Creole favorites, and even classic burgers for those in the mood for something a little different. Whether you're stopping in for lunch or dinner, Mr. Ed's provides a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can find something to enjoy.

4. GW Fins

GW Fins, a standout seafood restaurant in New Orleans since 2001, is owned by Gary Wollerman and led by Executive Chef Michael Nelson. This place sets the bar high, selecting only the best fish from around the world and the Gulf of Mexico, focusing on sustainable practices and innovative butchering techniques that reduce waste. The menu changes daily, based on what's freshest. The chefs' skills shine in every dish, ensuring you taste the fish's natural flavors and textures. Add to that a Wine Spectator-awarded wine list, and GW Fins delivers top-notch dining without pretension. It's the attention to detail, from the sourcing of ingredients to the wine served, that makes GW Fins a must-try in New Orleans.

5. Acme Oyster House

Acme Oyster House has been considered a New Orleans institution since 1910. Throughout its history, Acme has been a place of gathering and comfort, from troops bolstering their spirits during wartime to locals and tourists coming together in its unique Poets’ Corner. Despite challenges such as a devastating fire in 1924, Acme has thrived, expanding beyond Louisiana and continuously serving up its famous oysters—chargrilled, fried, and raw. More than just a restaurant, Acme is a story of survival and celebration, a testament to New Orleans' spirit.

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