Cajun / Creole, French, Speakeasy
$ $ $
209 Bourbon St (at Iberville St)
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-2021
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm
11:30am - 10:00pm

A Bourbon Street landmark, Galatoire’s has been serving classic NOLA-style Creole cuisine for many generations. (It was opened by French immigrant Jean Galatoire in 1905 in a space that had been a restaurant since 1830.) The downstairs dining room is like a time warp, with high ceilings, slow-moving paddle fans, mirrors, black-and-white tiled floors, and brass coat hooks lining the walls all the way around the room (gentlemen must wear jackets after 5 p.m. and all day on Sunday). There’s an immense menu executed by chef Michael Sichel that has changed little over the past century-plus and is full of things like turtle soup au sherry, oysters en brochette, seafood okra gumbo, a variety of seasonal fish and shellfish, chicken Clemenceau, and black bottom pecan pie for dessert. Whatever you do, be sure to order the most popular dish from their specialties menu (and most frequently requested recipe), the shrimp rémoulade, and also the legendary soufflé potatoes, which you have to try in order to understand just how special they are. These days, anyone can get good cooking here (you used to have to wait in line), but go with a regular if you can; that way you'll be guaranteed good service (regulars have their "own" waiters) and maybe a taste of something not on the menu.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015



  • Too full for dessert? Order the Caf Brlot, a giant bowl of tableside-flambed coffee with orange liqueur and spices. Via
  • The Crabmeat Maison and the Crabmeat Sardou are fantastic.
  • Having a reflective moment in Galatoires mirrored dining room.
  • Check out our brand new, beautiful bar w new specialty cocktail menu in the works next door @215 bourbon steakhouse and official grand opening coming in March 2013!
  • Be sure to order Cafe Brulot at the end of the meal!
  • Try the Godchaux Salad - Bit like a shrimp cocktail meets a chef salad. Shrimp, anchovies, tomato, egg, tangy mustard dressing.
  • Stop by and try one of my personal signature cocktails, the 'Mona Lisa' and 'Fleur de Lisa' are growing more and more popular every Friday!
  • prime rib is among the best I've ever had!!
  • Amazing. The soft shelled crab is delicious, the oysters Rockefeller are wonderful, and the bananas foster is a treat!!
  • John Besh, chef of Borgne, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Souffl potatoes.
  • Try the Crab Maison
  • The worst service in New Orleans. She's loud, rude. Her name is Tacy. And yes, the food is excellent!
  • Classic high end New Orleans food and atmosphere. A cross between 5 star elegance and a place where you walk and talk to folks. The Poisson Meunire Amandine and Oysters Rockefeller are to die for.
  • Food here is pretty good..two thumbs up
  • This restaurant is home to CIA Alumnus Michael Sichel. Get more info on where he got his degree.
  • Broiled pompano topped with crab is terrific (and the shrimp remoulade)
  • The filets are delicious. Also get the sweet potato cheesecake for dessert. Very good.
  • Yes, gentlemen, jackets are required at this one-of-a-kind French Quarter classic founded in 1905. The menu doesn't change (order oysters Rockefeller and souffled potatoes), nor do the charming waite
  • There's no server in all of New Orleans better than Shannon!
  • Sweet potato cheesecake and the bread pudding--go for those two things

Nearby places

718 Saint Peter St (at Bourbon St.)
214 Royal St (in Hotel Monteleone)
800 Decatur St (at The French Market)