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Desire Oyster Bar

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
+1 504-586-0300
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (641 reviews)
“creole trio” (20 reviews)
“jambalaya” (116 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 23:00 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Reviewed today

Desire offers a fantastic menu and delivers a delicious menu of authentic cuisine. The wait staff is prompt and courteous to the needs of the customer and the atmosphere is absolutely New Orleans. However, on our visit the host/maitre d displayed a coarse and highly...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ricky_Monson
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited Desire on two occasions while visiting NOLA and had two different food experiences. Desire was one of the few places I could find that served Chicken and Waffles in the French Quarter, but these were not what I was looking for. The waffles were...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TravelGirly2019
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While in New Orleans as we walked out of our hotel my wife and I decided to have breakfast. We walked past Desire but were captivated by the pics on the glass. We took a few more steps to only tell ourselves let's go back....More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Tripster036
Reviewed 3 days ago

Next to the Royal Sonesta. Delicious oyster bar....great seafood salad. Unexpectedly good. Great drinks. Will definitely dine here again next trip

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank geroldm187
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here 2 times while we were in New Orleans. The char-grilled oysters on the half shell are great. I ate them till I couldn't eat anymore. We also got the raw oysters on the half shell. Found my first pearl after eating oysters...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Rosezav
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

$6/ half dz, grilled or raw. Both were delish!! My husband insists that the grilled were far more superior. He enjoyed his domestic draft ($3) as well. Service was very prompt, our server was timely in checking on us . Great stop!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank h0lidaying
Reviewed 6 days ago

Came in the back door and had a seat at the oyster bar. Kentrell and Dustin were busy shucking oysters and we quickly struck up a conversation with them. Very friendly and enjoyable to visit with. Some of the freshest seafood around. Fresh oysters, char...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Kent B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Frankie Gene and Kentrell are the very best in town!!! This is a must stop when visiting Bourbon Street!! ❤️

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Kimberly G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carried on tradition and our first place to eat on our trip to NOLA is always Desire. Love love love their grilled oysters and milk punch with brandy.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank curly68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my third trip to NOLA and my third trip to Desire Oyster Bar in the last 2 years. I’ve had oysters other places in NOLA (and elsewhere), but Desire is by far my favorite. The Oysters are large and not gritty. They taste...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank MNGPhila
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living
lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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9 August 2018|
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Response from Doug B | Reviewed this property |
We had grilled and thought they were "okay" but not fabulous. It probably depends on the past experiences you have had, and what you like most.
Vanessa W
27 May 2018|
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Response from 518victork | Reviewed this property |
Yes but it is very bland, I wouldn't recommend
3 January 2018|
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Response from curly68 | Reviewed this property |
Yes and they play sports.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: +1 504-586-0300
  • E-mail
The design of this upbeat and casual dining venue tastefully blends traditional with contemporary. Desire features a raw oyster bar where expert shuckers prepare fresh Gulf oysters any way you like them - chargrilled, on the half shell and more. Our Executive Chef is excited for you to try the extensive menu including signature dishes like our Shrimp & Grits, the "Creole Trio" (jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo), po'boys, and the Crawfish and Fried Green Tomato Benedict. Come for oysters, stay for the menu! Open Daily for Breakfast 6:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Lunch and Dinner from 11:30 a.m. - 'til. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6pm $1 oysters & more!
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