New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2016

New Orleans is often known as the "Big Easy" and we're about to make it a little easier — if you're trying to decide where to eat, at least. Foodable is back with another round of the Top 25. Which restaurants reigned supreme in August? While we saw four new restaurants enter the game in the last New Orleans Top 25, this ranking is completely packed with seasoned veterans, and they're all hitting hard with increased overall scores across the board.

Sitting at the top of the throne is N7 at No. 1 with a score of 178.33. An impressive feat, considering it just debuted in the last Top 25 at No.9 with a score of 173.54. How did this hidden, underground French bistro make a five-point jump and take the top rank in such a short amount of time? Let's just say N7's menu is pretty unique. (Eels on bread and tempura-fried escargot, anyone?) Following close behind, separated by less than half a point, is Compère Lapin in second place. This sophisticated, Caribbean concept is a strong contender, as it has ranked first multiple times in the New Orleans Top 25.

We should also clap our hands for District Donuts Sliders & Brew. This fun and funky fast casual that serves up completely made-from-scratch doughnuts (even down to their sprinkles!) and made-fresh-to-order, hormone-free meat sliders made a giant leap from No. 20 to now landing in the Top 10. And speaking of giant leaps, Coquette was not shy about their increased score. At 178.02, this Southern cuisine restaurant jumped from No. 18 to No. 3 on this Top 25. No flirting around here! It's pretty clear to see this concept was dedicated to upping its customer experience. 

Ready to dig in, NOLA? Read the full list below.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 N7 178.33  
2 Compère Lapin 178.06  
3 Coquette 178.02  
4 Willa Jean 177.39  
5 Root 176.72 Play Video
6 MOPHO 176.34 Play Video
7 Angeline 176.05  
8 McClure's at NOLA Brewing 175.97  
9 Josephine Estelle 175.64  
10 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 175.6 Play Video
11 Sac a Lait 175.38  
12 Balise 175.23  
13 Paladar 511 174.86  
14 Salon by Sucré 174.71  
15 Pêche 174.55  
16 Sylvain 174.49  
17 Cavan 174.38  
18 The Company Burger 174.12  
19 St. Roch Market 174.04  
20 Revel Cafe & Bar 174.02  
21 Primtivo 173.06  
22 Toups' Meatery 172.55  
23 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 172.34  
24 La Petite Grocery 172.13  
25 Bacchanal Wine 171.92  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

Though we’ve only covered three months worth of Foodable Top 25 coverage in New Orleans since introducing the city, this month’s rankings welcome a lot of new additions to the lineup.

One of them, Sac-a-lait, premiers at No. 1 with a Social Score of 176.62, an achievement that’s difficult to beat. In fact, three of the Top 5 restaurants are first-timers, with Willa Jean at No. 4 and Angeline at No. 5. Last month’s No. 1, Sylvain, falls to No. 2 and Root jumps up three spots to No. 3.

Located on Annunciation St., Sac-a-lait offers a seasonal menu that changes daily. Dishes pay tribute to traditional New Orleans fare with a twist, including Alligator & Mirliton, River Gumbo, and Serrano & Goat Cheese Grits, to name a few. The restaurant is housed in an old cotton mill and, according to its website, was built and designed by the chefs and their families. “Every detail of Sac-a-lait is handcrafted,” which gives the establishment character in all facets, not just what comes out of the kitchen. 

Check out the full list below to discover what other restaurants made the list, including some other new additions!

Fried quail and red bean biscuit at Sac-a-lait  | Yelp, Antoinette S.

Fried quail and red bean biscuit at Sac-a-lait | Yelp, Antoinette S.

Charcuterie board at Root  | Yelp, Davina G.

Charcuterie board at Root | Yelp, Davina G.

Gulf Shrimp Pirlou at Sylvain  | Yelp, Sean M.

Gulf Shrimp Pirlou at Sylvain | Yelp, Sean M.

Smoked salmon on toast at Willa Jean  | Yelp, Thuy L.

Smoked salmon on toast at Willa Jean | Yelp, Thuy L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Sac-a-lait 176.62  
2 Sylvain 175.93  
3 Root 175.83 Play Video
4 Willa Jean 175.82  
5 Angeline 175.38  
6 La Petite Grocery 174.98  
7 Bacchanal Wine 174.97  
8 Balise 174.67  
9 Coquette 173.95  
10 St. Roch Market 173.66  
11 MOPHO 173.44 Play Video
12 Pêche 173.19  
13 Domenica 173.10  
14 Cochon Butcher 172.93  
15 Ursa Major 172.51  
16 Toups' Meatery 172.42  
17 Compére Lapin 172.41  
18 Boucherie 172.18  
19 Paladar 511 172.14  
20 St. James Cheese 172.11  
21 Avo 171.10  
22 Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen 170.63  
23 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 169.95 Play Video
24 Upperline 169.64  
25 Galatorie's 168.87  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: May 2015

Since we began our Foodable Top 25 for the city of New Orleans, not one restaurant has held onto the No. 1 spot for a second month, and this month is no different.

Sylvain, which we saw at No. 5 last month, climbs to the top spot for the first time with a Social Score of 176.59. La Petite Grocery, which championed the list last month with a Score of 179.97, drops to No. 3 with a 175.73. Also rounding out the Top 3 at No. 2 is Domenica, which stands still for its second month in the No. 2 spot, but, unfortunately, its Social Score dropped along with the rest.

The free-spirited Bacchanal Wine, which boasts European wines and good eats in an outdoor neighborhood setting, finds its way into Top 10 status for the first time. And the only new addition to the list this month — aside from Mais Arepas and Satsuma, both of whom resurfaced from past months — is Noodle & Pie.

Check out the full New Orleans rankings below!

American Wagyu Beef Belly at Sylvain  | Yelp, Sean M.

American Wagyu Beef Belly at Sylvain | Yelp, Sean M.

Shrimp & Grits at La Petite Grocery  | Yelp, Angie T.

Shrimp & Grits at La Petite Grocery | Yelp, Angie T.

King Cake with Bananas & Salted Caramel at Domenica  | Yelp, Susan W.

King Cake with Bananas & Salted Caramel at Domenica | Yelp, Susan W.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Boucherie  | Yelp, Jennifer L.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi at Boucherie | Yelp, Jennifer L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Sylvain 176.59  
2 Domenica 176.43  
3 La Petite Grocery 175.73  
4 Boucherie 175.48  
5 Bacchanal Wine 174.73  
6 Root 174.66 Play Video
7 Coquette 174.53  
8 MOPHO 173.19 Play Video
9 Cochon Butcher 172.75  
10 Toups' Meatery 172.63  
11 Pêche 172.29  
12 St. James Cheese 171.84  
13 Upperline 171.39  
14 District Donuts Sliders & Brew 171.22 Play Video
15 Galatoire's 170.47  
16 Three Muses 169.88  
17 Doris Metropolitan 168.69  
18 Casa Borrega 168.34  
19 The Company Burger 167.34  
20 Maïs Arepas 165.16  
21 Noodle & Pie 163.74  
22 Satsuma 162.55  
23 August 162.17  
24 Carmo 160.74  
25 Broussards 159.31  

New Orleans Top 25 Restaurants: October 2014

Foodable welcomes New Orleans to our Top 25 restaurant lists this month! A city with arguably the nation's spiciest nightlife, also certainly has a flavorful restaurant scene. With restaurants that aren’t afraid to experiment with their menus, New Orleans has been recognized as one of the cities with the most creative culinary scenes.

So what are the restaurants that consumers can’t stop talking about on social media? The first ever restaurant to make the New Orleans coveted no. 1 placement on our list is Root, with the high social score of 170.88. This month’s top dog is unlike any other restaurant. It features a trendy atmosphere, with an artistic and entirely unique menu including dishes such as Crispy Pig Ear and individual selections of charcuterie and sausages. Ivy, the fine dining restaurant known for their excellent wine selection and small plates takes the no. 2 spot this month. And the innovative Southern style restaurant, Coquette rounds out the top three. Some other notable mentions are Peche Seafood Grill at no. 5, MOPHO at no. 6, and District Donuts. Sliders. Brew. at no. 8.

Check out the full list below!

Sweet Corn Flan with "Cracker Jacks" from Root  | YELP, Kris U. 

Sweet Corn Flan with "Cracker Jacks" from Root | YELP, Kris U. 

Black drum with veggies from Coquette  | YELP, Jackie S. 

Black drum with veggies from Coquette | YELP, Jackie S. 

Osters at Ivy  | YELP, Sherry P. 

Osters at Ivy | YELP, Sherry P. 

Tofu, noodles, and eggplant from MOPHO  | YELP, Caitlin C. 

Tofu, noodles, and eggplant from MOPHO | YELP, Caitlin C. 

Rank Restaurant Social Score
1 Root 170.88
2 Ivy 166.62
3 Coquette 166.39
4 Galatoire's Restaurant 165.93
5 Peche Seafood Grill 164.37
6 MOPHO 163.83
7 Three Muses 163.82
8 District Donuts. Sliders. Brew. 163.77
9 Doris Metropolitan 163.54
10 Domenica 162.64
11 Upperline 162.19
12 Maïs Arepas 161.72
13 Kingfish 161.29
14 Chiba 161.25
15 Restaurant August 160.83
16 Boucherie 160.74
17 Broussard's Restaurant 160.67
18 Parkway Bakery & Tavern 159.86
19 Casa Borrega 157.39
20 Cochon Butcher 157.19
21 Mother's Restaurant 156.90
22 Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits 156.32
23 Satsuma Cafe 156.16
24 Toups' Meatery 156.03
25 Carmo 155.74