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New Restaurants to Add to Your List in New Orleans [Fall 2021]

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Looking for newly opened (or re-opened) restaurants to try in New Orleans? Look no further! Here’s your roundup of new restaurants in the area to add to your list. This Fall 2021, we’re highlighting newly opened restaurants & bars such as Bijou, Commons Club, Lengua Madre, Mister Mao, and more, and reopened post-COVID restaurant Otra Vez.


What: A contemporary neighborhood bar, restaurant and lounge located in the French Quarter led by Executive Chef Eason Barksdale. Chef Barksdale’s career includes 14 years of experience and training under Chef Susan Spicer.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm
1014 N. Rampart Street
Cuisine: Tapas with an international flair

Bijou – French Quarter New Orleans

Commons Club New Orleans

What: Widely acclaimed Chef Alex Harrell is leading the kitchen over at Commons Club, located inside the newly opened Virgin Hotels New Orleans. In a stylish, modern setting, enjoy a blend of contemporary American cuisine with a Southern sensibility that Chef Alex is known for.  
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Dinner: Daily, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Address: 550 Baronne Street
Cuisine: Contemporary Southern seasonal cuisine with Mediterranean influences


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Lengua Madre

What: The tasting menu at Lengua Madre tell a story via highly acclaimed Chef Castro “about the food that shaped her.” Each course carries a “plot point” showcasing her passion for cooking and Mexican heritage fusion. When you step into Lengua Madre, “you are stepping into the kitchens of her grandmother in Mexico City, her apartments in Denmark and New York, and her current home in New Orleans.” 
Wednesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm
Sunday: 5pm – 9pm
Address: 1245 CONSTANCE Street
Cuisine: Mexican heritage fusion passed down by familial generations

Mister Mao

What: With a vibrant bar and lounge, a lively dining room, and an interactive Chef’s Counter, Mister Mao is the perfect perch to gather with friends and family for an evening of creative, “inauthentic” food and killer cocktails. The “tropical roadhouse” vibe allows Cambodian-American Chef Sophina Uoung to showcase her creative dissection of the Southern plate.
Thursday – Monday: 5pm – 10pm
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
Address: 4501 Tchouptioulas Street
Cuisine: Locally sourced, global flavors through refined small plates


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Pomelo Cafe

What: Specialty restaurant serving Thai favorites including curries, soups, and Thai salads made with protein such as meat and seafood. The recipes are all Aom Srisuk’s, Pomelo owner and Thai native, own, and she also does most of the cooking.
Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm-9 pm
Friday through Sunday: 11am-3pm & 5pm-9pm 
Address: 4113 Magazine Street
Cuisine: Exotic, authentic, and fun Thai comfort food


Otra Vez

What: After closing due to COVID-19 last year, Otra Vez has finally reopened their doors once more. Owned by award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV-personality and cookbook author, Akhtar Nawab, Otra Vez brings creative, group centric plates and unique craft cocktails while using classic and progressive cooking techniques to produce Mexican inspired dishes that are refined, yet feature bold and interesting flavors. 
Dinner: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Address: 1001 Julia Street
Cuisine: Mexican cuisine presented in an innovative way

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Otra Vez New Orleans

Saint John

What: Chef Eric Cook of Gris-Gris’ newest venture, Saint John boasts “Haute Creole” hearty family dishes presented in an elevated, yet approachable way. Unique dishes include Oysters Saint John with oysters three ways; Smothered Turkey Necks served with homemade potato salad; Sugarcane Glazed Chicken Sandwich with a black pepper-brined chicken; and more.
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 4pm
Address: 1117 Decatur Street
Cuisine: “Haute Creole Cuisine” a la Chef Eric Cook


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The Will & The Way

What:Taking the place of Longway Tavern in the French Quarter, The Will & The Way opened in 2021 as “an act of social restoration.” From charcuterie and burgers to salads and bar snacks, grab a bite and enjoy a cocktail while taking note of the preserved 18th century architecture and brick-lined courtyard – one of our favorite outdoor spots in the city.
Monday – Friday: 3pm – 1am
Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 1am
Address: 719 Toulouse Street
Cuisine: Casual yet elevated bites


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What: Up&Adam Eatz is one of New Orleans newest brunch spots serving up their own coffee blend and breakfast bites. Taking over the ground floor of what once was Canal Street Bistro, Up&Adam is serving up breakfast and lunch dishes ranging from omelets to sandwiches. 
Closed Monday
Tuesday-Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 3pm
Address: 3903 Canal Street
Cuisine: New Orleans’ newest breakfast and brunch destination with specialty coffee

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