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Take a Trip Back in History at New Orleans’ Oldest Restaurant

The streets of New Orleans carry so much history. In the French Quarter especially, you can almost feel the centuries of life & activity deep in the cracks of the cobblestones. In the dense history of a city like New Orleans, some legacies stand confidently like pillars. Antoine’s is such a place. There’s no better spot to celebrate culinary traditions than at the city’s oldest restaurant.

Antoine’s story is nearly 200 years old – and they’ve carried the tradition and heart that is at the center of their business forward into the 21st century. If you’re just passing through our lovely city or you’re the right local – Antoine’s is a New Orleans experience sure to stick with you.

Curious about the city’s oldest restaurant? enter Antoine’s and maybe stay for a drink!

Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant.

The historic building is still owned and operated by fifth-generation relatives of the original founder, Antoine Alciatore.

The original space was on St. Louis Street, just one block from the spot the famed restaurant occupies today.

They soon outgrew the small quarters and moved down the block to the spot on St. Louis Street where the restaurant stands today.

The business has survived the Great Depression, Prohibition, WW11 and now – COVID-19, all without sacrificing the extravagant standard that is Antoine’s

After Antoine’s death, his son Jules became the head of the house. It was he who created Oyster Rockefeller – one of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes.


Countless celebrities have dined in Antoine’s dining rooms. Lining the walls are photographs of the rich & famous who have feasted amid the splendor.

Up into the 50’s – the restaurant’s chefs were still using ancient coal-burning stoves to prepare meals for their many patrons. They’ve since upgraded.

The connected Hermes Bar has been serving classic New Orleans food and cocktails since 1840.

It just goes to show that community and soul really are at the heart of

New Orleans.

Antoine’s is now open Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner, and brunch on Sunday. A la carte Reservations can be made via Opentable or by calling the restaurant at 504-581-4422.

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Images via the Antoine’s Facebook

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