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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (606 reviews)
“creole trio” (19 reviews)
“jambalaya” (112 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 23:00 Hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
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LOCATION
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It is sometimes assumed that the hotel restaurant has less to offer than other nearby establishments. Desire is the exception to this assumption. The food here is very well prepared and the staff is not only efficient and professional, they are delightful. Danny took care...More

Thank SpaettiLady
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great breakfast options, great servers, wish I could eat breakfast here every day. Also ate lunch and dinner here a few times, also excellent. One time sat at the raw bar and enjoyed talking with the shuckers while downing multiple orders of fresh oysters. Learned...More

Thank GoPlaces828050
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review and for coming back time and time to dine with us. We are happy we continued to give you the service and great food that you expected!

Reviewed 2 days ago

We are a party of four friends traveling to NOLA for a girls weekend. We have visited here dozens of times between 3 of us and brought along a newbie. The day we landed we didn’t have a reservation and although we were armed with...More

Thank HelloWorldTravelers
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

WOW! We are so elated that we have made the "go to list", that is a great compliment for us! So glad you enjoyed your visit with us and your food. Can't wait for you to come in again next time!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had grilled oysters which were amazing but the gumbo was off the chart. Staff was so nice and lovely atmosphere. A must when visiting.

Thank Alicia Z
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your awesome review! It is exciting to hear back from our guests who enjoyed both their food and service!

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a lunch time snack of raw and charbroiled oysters. Both were very good and we had a super waiter. Try it, you’ll like it.

Thank ronh636
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your review! We appreciate very much!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I got the chicken and waffles that was quite good. Someone at my table also got the oysters and they only had good things to say. We stayed at the Royal Sonesta the location was perfect for a quick bite to eat before some partying.

Thank BorkGordon
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, we are glad that you enjoyed your meal!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We played this place off as just a hotel-based oyster bar. Went there our last night in New Orleans. Absolutely OUTSTANDING! By far, hands-down best chargrilled oysters we had. Went to Felix’s, Drago’s and Acme - Desire oyster bar blew them away. The raw oysters...More

Thank rwsjohnson
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your amazing review! It is reviews like yours that keeps us motivated knowing that we provided great food and service! Please visit again when you are in town!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the bean & rice with smoked sausage! So great and tasty! Nice service from Pete! Refill on the Coke and everything all good!

Thank nillenille
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed your food and your service! Thank you!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and drinks are amazing! You will not regret it. Worth the price and flavor is just perfect.

Thank Gmsr86
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We appreciate the kind words!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came in for a quick snack at night and ended up staying for a while. Sit in the back at the small Oyster Bar if you can. I think there are 5 seats. Nicest guys shucking the oysters. They have some wonderful stories. Never...More

Thank lesleybullock
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review!

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AshleyK31
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.
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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
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Allison7020
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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