Feasting is a big part of Carnival celebrations—and we don’t just mean king cake! Before Lent, get your fill of fresh seafood, po-boys, gumbo, jambalaya and other Cajun and Creole specialties. It wouldn’t be listed below if we didn’t recommend it.
New Orleans Restaurants. Mardi Gras Fun.
Second line through the Charm Gates at the Court of Two Sisters and feast in the courtyard. One of the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants offers a special Mardi Gras cocktail menu (we love the Moon Pie!) and King Cake is on the menu! While famous for their jazz brunches, there’s no bad time to visit. There’s nothing like Carnival Time at The Court of Two SistersVisit Site
Along with being New Orleans #1 dance club, Bourbon Heat is home to a really fun restaurant that combines Creole and American cuisine with bar favorites. Looking for some hot wings, a burger, and a cold beer between parades? Go here. Check out their Mardi Gras package, too!Visit Site Package Details
You haven’t been to the French Quarter if you haven’t been to Felix’s. Come take a seat at the oyster bar at this iconic seafood eatery and let the shuckers entertain you. And don’t let its location fool you. This is where the locals go, not just during Mardi Gras time but all the time.Visit Site Package Details
This krewe knows their brews! The only microbrewery in the French Quarter is home to a fabulous oyster bar and an inventive menu, too. We recommend anything served on their pretzel bun, and the Grilled Redfish Acadiana is pretty awesome, too. Plus, they offer live jazz nightly.Visit Site
Bourbon Street is more than bars—it’s home to some really slammin’ restaurants like Olde NOLA Cookery. Stroll on in for some Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes, Redfish Cookery, or “Knife & Fork” BBQ Ribs. On chilly parade days, eat outdoors by their firepit. Check out their Mardi Gras Balcony package!Visit Site Package Details
Like Mardi Gras itself, the world’s third oldest restaurant is a New Orleans tradition. Chef Gus Martin and his team offer a tantalizing menu featuring New Orleans staples like Barbecued Shrimp, Boudin Balls, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo, and Shrimp & Grits. There's also courtyard dining, a festive balcony, and a private dining room on the second floor with balcony access and a Krewe of Iris theme. Several French Quarter krewes and marching clubs parade nearby.Visit Site
This fun seafood restaurant is just a half block off Bourbon Street but a million miles away from boring. You’ll love the New Orleans-themed dining area which includes an inside courtyard (dogs welcome!) Dine on Big Easy favorites like po-boys, seafood platters and oysters (don’t say no to the Boudin Balls). Try their version of a Hurricane (fantastic!). And during Carnival season, you can drink it out of their signature Mardi Gras bead cup. Iberville Cuisine also offers live music weekly. Check out their website to find out when.Visit Site Package Details
It wouldn’t be Mardi Gras in New Orleans without a celebration at Commander’s Palace, just a few blocks from the St. Charles parade route. Start your evening with a Mardi Gras Sidecar cocktail and end it with Chef Meg’s King Cake Ice Cream made with brioche king cake and praline liquor. It doesn’t get more New Orleans than Commander’s.Visit Site