It’s oyster season, y’all! The best time to get oysters is months that end in -er, so you only have a few months left to get your hands on some bad boys during these prime months. Chargrilled, also known as charbroiled, oysters have found a home here in the Big Easy, and a handful of restaurants do them well.
Hurricane Ida did throw a wrench in the oyster farms this year, so reach out to the restaurants below to confirm.
What: Basin Seafood went from fresh dockside cheviche prepared by Chef & Owner of Baru Edgar Caro to the restaurant we know and love today.
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-9:30pm
Address: 3222 Magazine Street
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What: Run by New Orleans locals, The Coterie takes pride in serving authentic New Orleans dishes, most of which have been passed down for generations. Located smack in the middle of the French Quarter, you can’t go wrong with Coterie’s full oyster bar selection including chargrilled, raw, and shooters.
Sunday: Breakfast 7:30AM-12PM | Lunch/Dinner 12PM-10PM
Monday – Thursday: Breakfast 7:30AM-11AM | Lunch/Dinner 11AM-10PM
Friday & Saturday: Breakfast 7:30AM-11AM | Lunch/Dinner 11AM-11PM
Address: Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras Street
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
What: Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters are legendary. It all started back in 1993, when Tommy Cvitanovich, their second generation restaurant manager, decided to experiment with a sauce of garlic, butter and herbs. He brushed it on a fresh batch of oysters, then dusted them with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese and cooked them in their shell on a hot grill. The results were incredibly delicious—and a legend was born!
Dinner 4pm – 10pm
Address: 135 Decatur Street
Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
What: Back in the 1940s, Felix’s put the New Orleans Oyster Bar on the map, creating a place where oyster-lovers could ‘belly up to the bar’ and have the freshest oysters shucked right in front of them.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Address: French Quarter & New Orleans Lakefront
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What: The Mid-City staple is an old-school family-operated Creole-Italian joint that will have you licking the plate of whatever you order. Get your oysters served regular style chargrilled or Slessinger style with creamy provel, shrimp, spinach, and bacon.
Monday – Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am-9:30pm
Address: 3701 Iberville Street
What: Luke is a Creole-inspired Brasserie located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District on world-famous St. Charles Avenue, steps from the French Quarter neighborhood. Chef Erick Loos is at the helm of the kitchen featuring dishes that highlight local purveyors and farmers’ market ingredients.
Sunday – Thursday: 7am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 7am – 10pm
Address: 333 St. Charles Avenue
What: With authentic New Orleans cuisine, an emphasis on comfort, and the only rooftop bar on Bourbon Street. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the welcoming gravity of the towering three-story building invites you to explore what lies beyond its French doors.
Monday – Sunday
Lunch: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dinner: 4:00pm – 2:00am
Address: 411 Bourbon Street
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Neyow’s Creole Cafe
What: From the Big Easy to Houston, NeYow’s is known for their authentic Creole cuisine. Their menu comes straight from their grandmother’s recipes, rich in Creole heritage.
Sunday: 11AM – 7PM Brunch til’ 2PM
Monday – Thursday: 11AM – 9PM
Friday & Saturday: 11AM – 11PM
Address: 3332 Bienville Street