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Desire Oyster Bar

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300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 504-586-0300
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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Description: The design of this upbeat and casual dining venue tastefully blends...
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, Lunch and Dinner from 6:30 a.m. - 'til. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6pm $1 oysters & more!
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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If you love Oysters, this is the spot for you. Their oysters, especially the charbroiled ones are scrumptious.....Mmmm, Mmmm good! Great menu, something for the entire family. Great staff, eager to serve. We ate there 3 days straight and so did several other visitors, lol. Definitely a must try.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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  • Families with children
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Ijamsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We were at Desire a couple of weeks ago and sat with Kentrell and James at the oyster bar. Next time you're there, ask for the "bust me up" oyster. It's great! Also, Kentrell and James are a blast to hang with and the customer service they provide is top-notch!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Great food, location and service!! The attention to detail is awesome...the service is impeccable, as they wait staff recommendations are excellent...Just tell them what your in the mood for..they will do the rest!!

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Buckhannon, West Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My wife and I were greeted by pleasant staff, and opted to sit at the bar, where we were greeted by an equally friendly bartender. We wanted fresh oysters, and some other local flavor, and we were NOT disappointed. The Oysters were as fresh as I've ever had, and were some of the BIGGEST I've ever had. We had the... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

If you love Oysters, this is the spot for you. Their oysters, especially the charbroiled ones are scrumptious.....Mmmm, Mmmm good! Great menu, something for the entire family. Great staff, eager to serve. We ate there 3 days straight and so did several other visitors, lol. Definitely a must try.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were staying in The Royal Sonesta Hotel, so we dined in this wonderful restaurant three times. Each time we entered, we were warmly and enthusiastically greeted by Ruthie, who made us feel like we were her family. She was friendly, cheerful (like a ray of sunshine), and very welcoming to us. Ruthie has worked there for 35 years and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

We quickly became a frequent flyer as Desire has a wide variety of great food. Try the shrimp and grits and finish with the bread pudding. My mouth is watering just thinking about the food. Kudos to Joann for the awesome service and history of NOLA. She made us feel like we were at home. See you next year!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

My husband and I ate her on July 9 and were glad we did. He had 1/2 dz. oysters and grilled fish with rice and I had a cup of gumbo and shrimp and grits. We were both pleased with the food and the service.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Desire is a basic oyster bar in a nice location. The bar is open air which makes it particularly attractive; you are open to Bourbon Street and can feel the action. Nice place for raw oysters at the bar, or grabbing a po' boy at a table.

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The food is terrific, standard NOLA fare. The windows open onto Bourbon street so you are part of the action. The waitstaff have been there for years and are top notch. If you don't know what to order, just ask. Arrive early for great seating, and to avoid the long lines

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My wife and I had a wonderful time at this restaurant on Jul 3rd, one day before our 25th anniversary. Thanks to Eric, we love the meal. Though he was busy then, he lighted a candle for us. He also pointed us how to get to a good spot watch the firework the next day. Thank you! Eric, I would... More 

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Additional Information about Desire Oyster Bar

Address: 300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: +1 504-586-0300
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans
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
Average Prices: USD 11 - 25
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans
  • Phone Number: +1 504-586-0300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

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, Lunch and Dinner from 6:30 a.m. - 'til. Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3-6pm $1 oysters & more!
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

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