12 "Special Occasions" restaurants in New Orleans.
Cafe Sbisa serves classic creole food, but really you come here for the great second floor patio, or to grab drinks at their restored bar.
Sylvain in the French Quarter is the neighborhood spot you wish was on your block, with some classic dishes and a back patio perfect for a drink.
Cane & Table is either a restaurant with excellent drinks, or a cocktail bar with great food. Either way, it’s one of the best escapes in the Quarter.
Tipitina’s is one of the best spots to see live music in New Orleans, and it regularly hosts some of the biggest brass shows in the city.
The Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone is indeed a bar on a moving carousel, and while it can feel a bit gimmicky, you should still grab a drink here.
With a flaming fountain, huge patio, and dueling pianos, Pat O’Brien’s is the go-to day drinking and late-night bar in the French Quarter.
Bacchanal in the Bywater is a wine-fueled utopia, with nightly live music, a huge backyard, and an atmosphere that could never be duplicated.
Peche in the Warehouse District is a great spot for big groups, like when you and your 20 closest friends want to have a few drinks and eat seafood.
Galatoire’s is an old school spot in the French Quarter known for tuxedo-clad servers, classic Creole food, and their very boozy Friday lunch.
La Petite Grocery is where to go in the Garden District for great modern Creole food, and the best bowl of turtle ragu you’ll ever eat.
When you want a taste of true, classic New Orleans, grab lunch and 25 cent martinis at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District.