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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (630 reviews)
“creole trio” (20 reviews)
“jambalaya” (116 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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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

Definitely not the same great staff from years gone by. Hostess took way too much time to seat us on a not very busy lunch Tuesday. No one was friendly or attentive; waiter, bartender, etc. Food was mediocre at best. We use to eat at...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank nolacrazy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had Dinner at this cute place we sat at the Bar talked to Marcus the Bartender who made us some incredible cocktails. I highly recommend Desire. Marcus isn’t just a bartender but also consultant on your visit and gives great recommendations. Walk through the hotel...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Joey M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Marcus is absolutely fabulous! Attentive and always smiling! Food is amazing! Have Marcus make you ‘lemonade’! XO

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank maryshaverchicagl
Reviewed 4 days ago

We only ate breakfast here, however some of our group had lunch and drinks here also. All of us were very impressed with how friendly and attentive the staff is. Ruthie is a real gem here, such a great lady! The food was good!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Glenn S
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review! Miss Ruthie is one of a kind and we are so fortunate to have her as a part of our team! We are glad that you enjoyed your visit with us.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is such a great place it’s right inside the Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street great service at the Bar with Marcus and Chris . The Strawberry lemonade was sweet and tart so refreshing the perfect combination. The service here is top notch the atmosphere...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jenniferjV6014XG
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! So happy you enjoyed the food as well as our entertaining bartenders!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down the absolute best bartender In Nee Orleans .... MARCUS and great grilled oysters wonderful staff fabulous menu ..Desire is such a hidden gem.. just stop by ask Marcus to make you a hand crafted Hurricane and be amazed New Orleans at its finest...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank s y
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review! We are excited that you enjoyed both your food and your service with Marcus! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to dining at this restaurant as we had heard good reviews, but were very disappointed. The oysters were over cooked and we had to send them back , the second lot were very nice , but the main meal was terrible....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank cathybN5858CF
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Our sincerest apologies for your experience with Desire Oyster Bar. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback. We will take heed and follow up with the staff to ensure that this does not occur again. We hope that you will give...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

In a busy location, we were seated quickly. Food was good, drinks were good, oysters were fresh. Service was stretched thin and they were hopping but attentive. Fun atmosphere.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank hollymF3274OL
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! Your kinda words are much appreciated.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this oyster bar at their happy hour between 3 - 6pm. Chargrilled or raw, $1 each. The freshest and most delicious we had on our week long trip to NOLA, and we ate oysters every day. Frankie Jean and Marco took very good...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank greysandy
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review! We are glad you had a great experience with Frank and Marco! Come again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can never go wrong here with an order of oysters on the half shell and/or a bowl of gumbo. Been here forever and always convenient, fun, clean and enjoyable.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Crudecows
EmeridaO1, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind review!

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AshleyK31
10 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
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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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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