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Desire Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
French Quarter
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300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
+1 504-586-0300
06:30 - 23:00
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took my wife to New Orleans for my birthday. She had never been there. We went to Desire twice because it was so good. The baked oysters blew away the well known expensive restaurants. The bartenders and service staff could not have been nicer or more pleasant. If you like oysters, shrimp and crawfish this is a must. The beer... More 

Thank MarbleheadFamily
Greer, South Carolina
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168 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed at the Sonesta and decided to give this a try for happy hour and appetizers. The shrimp rémoulade on fried green tomatoes was better than the equivalent at Mr. B's bistro. The chargrilled oysters were to die for... all the oysters we saw were HUGE! We had two well drinks and enjoyed the first step in our progressive... More 

Thank bonjonsc
Austin, TX
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every visit to NO requires a visit to Desire for happy hour and dinner. The freshest ( & largest) oysters are $ 1.00 each during HH. While they have a great menu, I oped for a shrimp poor boy. It was LOADED with large shrimp, perfectly prepared. Substitute the gumbo or red beans and rice for the french frys.

Thank Terrell
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Their crab cakes are wonderful, the salad is to die for and my husband said the shrimp and grits are the best he ever ate, ever!

Thank BransonMarcia
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The place was very pretty on the inside and the service was great. Charbroiled oysters are a must to try at this location, and the po-boys are amazing as well. Definitely stopping back by here while I'm still in town!!!!

Thank Cjones0368
Las Vegas, Nevada
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207 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Eight for afternoon lunch, one catfish meal was very good with very large portions. Several of us shared the fresh and the grilled oysters. Fresh were very good but the grilled were over the top amazing. Served grilled in butter, garlic and a bit of parmesan and absolutely addictive. Everyone raved about them. I though about them for the next... More 

Thank Peggy A
Naperville, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge oysters! Six per person would be plenty. Gumbo was delicious - very flavorful. Jeri our waitress was delightful - very friendly! Helped to make our dining experience a lot of fun.

Thank Alison S
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looking for a place for a nice casual breakfast in the heart of the French Quarter? Look no farther! Outstanding eggs Benedict and coffee. Be sure and ask to sit at one of Ruthie's tables; she is the gentle soul of Southern hospitality. Thank you Ruthie for making our breakfasts so enjoyable!! Royal Sonesta, Ruthie is a treasure!

Thank Brucifer_in_Houston
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After several days of seafood, I needed a burger. Had the firecracker oysters and boy were they spicy. They were good but not worth $13. The burger was cooked perfectly. Friend had chicken and waffles and it was very good. Very pleased.

Thank Nicole D
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was walking around NOLA & was like it's time to eat & I am not sure where & luckily this little beauty was right on my path... I think it's part of the Royal Sonesta hotel but could just share the same real estate??? Either way it was a good place to have food & drinks & people watch... Not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
06:30 - 23:00
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
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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