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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (514 reviews)
“creole trio” (19 reviews)
“gumbo” (134 reviews)
Open Now
06:30 - 23:00All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
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LOCATION
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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1 - 10 of 1,441 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My family of 3 stumbled across this place for breakfast and was pleasantly surprised. Although a little pricey for breakfast, the service was outstanding and the food was delicious. Portions were large so we could have probably cut the bill in half by sharing. The...More

Thank CarlandMelinda E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not cheap. Good service. Middle of the road. Food acceptable. Enough said. Need 100 characters to be acceptable.

Thank OldAg65
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for providing feedback of your recent visit here at our restaurant. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our food as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent oysters and shrimp remoulade and gumbo. The gumbo had beautiful large whole shrimp that were cooked perfectly. The shrimp remoulade was served on top of fried green tomatoes. Quality food and priced a little below what you might expect to pay for the quality.

Thank kenandjody
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for providing feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Oysters, Shrimp Remoulade and Seafood Gumbo. We appreciate your business and look forward to you dining with us again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

What else can you add to a review, food is as fine as I've had anywhere in the world and service was outstanding! Must eat here at least once when in NOLA , in three days that I had to visit had oysters twice and...More

Thank Thomas P
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for dining with us here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed our food, drinks as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I didn't want the breakfast at my hotel, so i looked around and decided on the breakfast at the Royal Sonesta. Their breakfast restaurant is called Desire Oyster Bar. I had the eggs benedict with potato side and my friend had the eggs benedict with...More

Thank loves2travel2011
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you and your friend enjoyed our Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Potatoes, Grits as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Dropped by this place for dinner around 7:30pm. Service was super friendly and quick, which was great because my mom and I arrived there after a full day of flying and were starving! I ordered the jambalaya and gumbo and a local beer (NOLA Brewing...More

Thank Natalie H
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for providing us with feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Jambalaya, Seafood Gumbo as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had breakfast the on the first morning. it was great. I tried grits for the first time in an Atlanta hotel but wasn't impressed. Reluctantly I tried again , wanting to taste typical foods of the area. I was impressed. Everything was great. Ruthie...More

Thank Robert V. M
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast as well as the service provided by Ruthie. We can not wait to share your review with her as well as our entire team....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Deliciousness! Nice atmosphere! Clean despite the streets condition after Saturday night shenanigans!More

Thank Darla B
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for providing feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed your meal as well as the ambiance here in our restaurant. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate there for dinner tonight. Food was not bad, not fantastic either. Would I return? Probably not, as I thought the price was very high for what you get. Waitress was very attentive.

Thank Donald B
Reviewed 1 week ago

we ate here twice in one day. The shrimp and grits was an exceptional dish ($22).fried alligator was good,good quality meat, ($12).We had a bowl of gumbo and I think it was just average, it really needed some additional seasoning ($12). We tried the pan...More

1  Thank restaurantguy117
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for providing feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you dined with us multiple times and enjoyed our Shrimp and Grits, Fried Alligator, Seafood Gumbo, Pan Seared Fish, the atmosphere as well...More

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lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
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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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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
mark w
Curious as to what the line looks like in the middle of the afternoon on a Tuesday or Wednesday....after much research, I'm thinking this is where we'll stop for oysters, probably 3:00 or 4:00 on a midweek afternoon...
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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Gilmoregirl05
Is there an age limit? Want oysters but traveling with teenagers.
25 February 2017|
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Response from Bryan G | Reviewed this property |
The name including "bar" may e misleading you. This is a class establishment in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. It is primarily a restaurant serving seafood and Cajun-Creole dishes as well as wonderful oysters. Families are... More
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ras11644azalea
I'm going to be in NO in a few week and Desire was recommended , I tried to pull your eni up and find it's not available. Is there somewhere that I can pull up the menu. email address Thanks for a reply
7 April 2016|
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Response from Alan S | Reviewed this property |
I just googled them and their menus are on their page. It's avery nice place!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
06:30 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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