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Desire Oyster Bar

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” (550 reviews)
“creole trio” (19 reviews)
“jambalaya” (115 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Thank you Augustus for Always taking great care of us at your Oyster Bar. 40 years of providing great service. We have tried many of the local favorites for oysters but none compare to our experience ( year after year) at Desires! We recently enjoyed...More

Thank Kathy J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food. Atmosphere was light, casual and friendly. The Firecracker Oyster appetizer was very good. Crab cakes and alligator bites were okay. The trio for dinner was good but heavy on rice.

Thank Britt H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Desire multiple times during mg our trips to NOLA just for the chargrilled oysters. They really know how to cook and season them to perfection. During happy hour $1 oysters so get your own dozen! Brandy milk punch and bloody mary’s yummy!

Thank curly68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ordered the pan seared gulf fish with fresh sautéed asparagus with corn maque choux. The meal was absolutely delicious. The fish was done perfectly, the asparagus tender and sweet. The corn maque choux was light and complimented the fish and vegetable. Chef Donovan was gracious...More

Thank Miles R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see in French Quarter! The best char grilled oysters and Hurricanes in the city! The Ribeye and fried Peanut Butter&Jelly w/ice cream was to die for. Eric, Kentrell, and Frank made the entire experience worth it.

Thank dssolo1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Raw oysters were fine, but not as good as St. Cecilias or Acme. The charred oysters were very small. In comparison to the three places we got oysters, this is in 3rd place. That being said, if this were my only option, I would still...More

Thank funfunfunfunfunfun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Disliked nearly every aspect. The acoustics amplified the sound to the point where conversation across the table was impossible, the food was blah yet expensive, and the service was bad. Waitress just disappeared and we had to impose on someone else to track her down...More

Thank HollyBu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We experienced great service here. Loved the appetizer of grilled oysters. We have never had them but now I don't know how I ever lived without them. Daughters and I had shrimp carbonara po boy and husband had grilled shrimp. All very satisfied. After our...More

Thank Sonny520
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pictures were nice, good ratings. Oysters were fresh and juicy.... but they came with many small pieces of shell and mud on the oyster meat. Had to wipe them off in order to eat them. Friend had crab cakes - mushy, few bits of crab...More

Thank basreview
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get the oysters! They’re huge and amazing. Great spot on Bourbon, not crowded. Other dishes look great as well.

Thank Leslieamyg
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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Desmond G
8 October 2017|
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Response from Felix N | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delayed reply. I never got around to it until now.
19 August 2017|
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Response from Joekano7817 | Reviewed this property |
It depends on what time you are going in and how many will be in your party. I'm not to sure how it is on Sunday evening. We went around 8:00pm on a Monday evening and were seated right away. The restaurant was not busy at... More
mark w
24 March 2017|
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Response from SonestaNOLA | Property representative |
Mark, thanks for your interest in Desire Oyster Bar! We don't typically have a wait at the mid-week, late afternoon times you're inquiring about. This is actually our Happy Hour time... Monday - Friday 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. $5... More
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
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
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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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