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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%
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“oysters” (531 reviews)
“creole trio” (19 reviews)
“gumbo” (139 reviews)
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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 3 days ago

Strolling down the Bourbon Street, I had to make a choice to look further or just pick one restaurant right there. Desire Oyster Bar was a good pick. Do not let the name confuse you - it is a restaurant which also has a bar....More

1  Thank Davor R
Reviewed 6 days ago

Good value, great location but I wasn't overly impressed. The prawns has a strange flavour to them on the seafood platter which meant everything else tasted slightly strange (even after 1 prawn). We did tell the waitress, but all we were told was that she...More

Thank Schmikes19
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for dinner around 9:00. Sat immediately despite being on Bourbon street during a busy weekend - might have had something to do with the construction outside. Service was excellent but food was good but nothing special. Had oysters, half a shrimp carbonara po...More

Thank TheRittiners
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great breakfast. Michelle was wonderful. Her service was excellent. Everything she brough was perfect. We really enjoyed it. It has a nice atmosphere. Good place for breakfast if you are in the French Quarter.

Thank cjcalve
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a single traveler I was great to find this right across the street. I had fried oysters and firecracker char grilled oysters. They were small and in oysters, smaller is tastier. Very good. The wine was great. The only reason it didn't get a...More

Thank Caela B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have read a little bit about this spot through Trip advisor and Yelp. From what I had read it seemed like a safe bet for a great meal. They did not disappoint. First I will recommend the Hurricane as a starting point. Then onto...More

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I at at LeBooze that's connected to the Sondra but the food came from Desire. I ordered the fried shrimp platter. It was excellent and very big portions.

Thank Pretzelport
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time for us in New Orleans and we're made to feel welcome (special thanks to Miss Kitty at the bar). Have had oysters from all over, these are some of best we've had. Not a gumbo expert, but can't imagine a better one than...More

Thank millrd176
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had the chicken and waffles and they were very tasty. My friend had shrimp and grits which she also enjoyed. I tried a hurricane and it was not good. Tasted like grapefruit juice. Come here for the food, but wait until somewhere else to...More

Thank avshockey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed breakfast with my family at Desire! This place has great options for breakfast and lots of vegetarian dishes to choose from! The service was also super great. I love RUTHIE!! She's like family now!

Thank Terrel B
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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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
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 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
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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