Five Great Restaurants Within Walking Distance of Royal Sonesta New Orleans
PHOTO: The Desire Oyster Bar is right within the cozy confines of the hotel. (Courtesy Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel)
It’s hard to get more New Orleans than the Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel (especially if you score a room with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street).
With its European grace, perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the best of the French Quarter (and did we mention the wrought-iron balconies ?), it’s also conveniently situated when it comes time to taste some of New Orleans’ famed cuisine. Five of the city’s top restaurants are all located within easy walking distance of the Royal Sonesta, so when hunger gets the best of you, it’s time to take a stroll.
Galatoires (209 Bourbon Street, www.galatoires.com/home). Galatoires is old-school New Orleans. It’s where locals go to celebrate special occasions and family events. It’s where businesspeople go to make deals and linger over lunch and cocktails. Featuring a traditional menu with such New Orleans favorites as Shrimp Remoulade, Shrimp Creole and Trout Meuniere Almandine, it’s the place to experience the real New Orleans.
GW Fins (808 Bienville Street, gwfins.com/). As the name implies, GW Fins is among the city’s top seafood restaurants. In fact, so great is this fine-dining restaurant’s reputation when it comes to procuring and preparing fresh seafood from the world over that its chef, Tenney Flynn, has earned the moniker “the fishmonger czar of the South” by the Wall Street Journal as well as being a well-respected expert on Gulf seafood. In addition to its impressive menu, GW Fins has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year since 2002, thanks to its over-the-top wine list.
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Arnaud’s (813 Rue Bienville, arnaudsrestaurant.com) Located just steps off Bourbon Street, Arnaud’s brings classic Creole cuisine to the Quarter. Since the 1930s, Arnaud’s has been the place to go when a special occasion arises. Its iconic tiled floor sets the stage for a night to remember and whether one samples gumbo, crab cakes or stuffed mirliton, no meal at Arnaud’s is complete without its signature after-dinner drink, the Cafe Brulot, which depending on your point of view is either coffee, special effect, pyrotechnics or little bit of everything. (And don’t forget to check out the Mardi Gras Museum before leaving).
Restaurant R’evolution (777 Bienville Street, revolutionnola.com/). As the first joint venture of award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto, this restaurant melds Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cuisines with flavors from what they affectionately call the “swamp floor pantry” to create a modern classic. Located in the Royal Sonesta, its menu features a cross-section of seafood, wild game and other fresh, local ingredients. With its hand-painted murals and custom Creole pocket doors, it was designed to be reminiscent of the French Quarters’ historic homes and will transport diners to another place in time.
Desire Oyster Bar (300 Bourbon Street, sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans/desireoysterbar) Desire is the perfect place to enjoy a casual dinner while taking in the sights and excitement of Bourbon Street. Its signature tin ceiling and checkered floors invites diners to sit and relax and enjoy such local favorites as charbroiled oysters, Desire’s shrimp & grits, po’ boys and its award-winning gumbo.
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