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Desire Oyster Bar

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French, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, 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: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Desire Oyster Bar serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. We are very...
Desire Oyster Bar serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. We are very excited to welcome you to this newly renovated hot spot in the French Quarter. Desire reopened in February 2015 offering Oysters Your Way - chargrilled, on the half shell and more, an extensive NEW MENU of fresh Gulf seafood and New Orleans' favorites like BBQ Shrimp, Desire's Creole Trio and Po-Boy sandwiches, plus additional libations to keep the energy flowing!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Sooooo friendly!!!!!

My husband and I went in and sat at the bar. The bartender's name is Marcus and he went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful. Sooooo incredibly nice, informative, and fun. The food and drinks were all good. Ask for Marcus you will not be disappointed!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Jill L
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Memphis, Tennessee
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Delicious food and nice staff. I always get oysters there and I am never disappointed. Their pasta is also good. They just redid the tables and they are very nice.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Don't let the diner style seating fool you when you're walking down Bourbon Street, this place has some of the best food. We got the Andouille Crusted Gulf Fish, Shrimp and Grits and some Bread Pudding. It was one of the best meals I had in the French Quarter. The service was also fantastic. The windows were open so we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went in and sat at the bar. The bartender's name is Marcus and he went above and beyond to make our experience wonderful. Sooooo incredibly nice, informative, and fun. The food and drinks were all good. Ask for Marcus you will not be disappointed!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

If you are an Oyster Lover...you MUST visit Desire. The Chargrilled Oysters are to die for I tell ya!! Sit at the Oyster Bar and hang out with THE FELLAS. (James) Kentrell will keep you laughing and will likley treat to his speciality oyster that is delicious! Make sure to meet Ms. Joanne and let her love on you a... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

My family and I were looking for a restaurant so we could settle down and not only rest our tired feet, but get some lunch as well. We decided to give this restaurant a try and I am so glad we did. The food was excellent. My husband ordered the shrimp Caesar salad and my son ordered the Po Boy... More 

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Tri-Cities, Washington
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

The location is very convenient. It's in the French Quarter right on Bourbon Street. The atmosphere was very casual. Great seats along the many doorways which are great for catching the free entertainment that is Bourbon St. I was very excited to order more oysters. I had some earlier in the day at another restaurant and they were fresh and... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Nice place, not very crowded; but good food. I had the fried seafood platter, never had a fried oyster before, but it was pretty tasty. The best things about this place are the French 75 and the bread pudding. Magnificent.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Had a dozen Oysters at the Oyster bar and really enjoyed it. Kantrell and Alexander were both great and really knowledgeable. I was concerned about getting Oysters in June but Kantrell made it a point to alleviate my fears explaining what to look for in a raw Oyster. I would recommend this location and these fine employees to all who... More 

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Lisle, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Do not let the fact that it's connected to a hotel scare you away! The food here is the real deal. The peace maker po-boy (half shrimp half oysters) was my favorite I had all trip. Great flavor and seasoning. Awesome fries. The tarter sauce might have been my favorite too. Liked it better than Acme Oyster house!

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Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Wow. The gulf oysters are absolutely delicious here. Being from New England I am used to much smaller (yet delicious) oysters and was pleasantly surprised at just how big the suckers are. They were freshly shucked at the raw bar that is open for viewing. Good cocktail sauce and horseradish with a nice kick. The other food we ordered was... 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: French, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Oyster Bar

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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: French, Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Desire Oyster Bar serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. We are very excited to welcome you to this newly renovated hot spot in the French Quarter. Desire reopened in February 2015 offering Oysters Your Way - chargrilled, on the half shell and more, an extensive NEW MENU of fresh Gulf seafood and New Orleans' favorites like BBQ Shrimp, Desire's Creole Trio and Po-Boy sandwiches, plus additional libations to keep the energy flowing!
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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