Where Can You Find the Best Oysters in New Orleans?

Crescent City culinary authority Tom Fitzmorris weighs in on the best oysters in New Orleans

The char-broiled oysters at Drago's are nothing short of legendary, and among the best oysters in New Orleans.

The Gulf Coast is renowned for its abundant seafood, and the oysters are one of the region’s culinary claims to fame. Great oyster bars have been a New Orleans staple since the city’s earliest days, and today there are still some mighty fine places to enjoy a bivalve or 12. We reached out to renowned New Orleans culinary authority Tom Fitzmorris, radio show host and publisher of The New Orleans Menu, and he told us six of his favorites.

“The oyster king of New Orleans, Drago Cvitanovich long ago established connections that bring the best Louisiana oysters to bear not only on its raw operation, but its original char-broiled jobs.”

Pascal's Manale 
“Not just a way to kill time while waiting for a table, Manale's oyster bar has a long record of great shucking.”

“A long tradition of great oysters at the bar, and the best fried oyster in town.”

“Figuring out when they're open is the main challenge. The goodness of oysters are beyond question. Coming up on 100 years.”

“Acme's long-time rival, across Iberville Street on Oyster Row. The most-photographed neon sign in town: ‘Oysters R In Season.’


Acme Oyster House 
“The city's oldest oyster bar, 100 years old last year. Oysters come from all over (Texas, sometimes), but are consistently good.”