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300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
+1 504-586-0300
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Ranked #153 of 1,642 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $25
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Bistro, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Desire Bistro & Oyster Bar is TEMPORARILY CLOSED for renovations & will reopen early 2015. In the interim please visit Restaurant R'evolution for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. We can't wait to reveal the newest hot spot in the French Quarter for fresh raw, fried and charbroiled oysters in a lively, upbeat bistro setting overlooking Bourbon Street! In addition to oysters, our new extensive menu will include: Fresh Gulf seafood, American classics and New Orleans' favorites, such as Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice and Roast Beef Po-Boy sandwiches, and additional libations to keep the energy flowing.
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Located in/under the royal sonesta hotel this restaurant is classic old new orleans. Great oysters, shrimp, gumbo and poboys all done with an upscale twist. This isn't a cheap drunken eatery like most of the other places in the area.

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Los Angeles, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We went to Desire for lunch because of the convenient location, but unfortunately the food was just okay (and in a city like New Orleans, okay just isn't going to cut it!). The service was great and my diet coke was constantly being refilled, as were everyone else's beverages, but other than that I was not impressed. Oysters Desire (broiled... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The oysters were very big. However, we ordered them broiled and they seemed a little burnt. Actually, they were black like soot. Not burnt like overcooked, burnt like actually in the fire. Kind of weird, not the best.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Desire Oyster Bar is a classic New Orleans eatery. The food is authentic, the staff is great, and the prices are reasonable for being on Bourbon Street. With must-haves like; grilled oysters, shrimp n'grits, gumbo, and fresh shucked oysters, Desire should be a location for a pre-Bourbon street outing or for the aftermath once you survive or need some recovery... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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80 reviews 80 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We've been at all different times and it's always busy, but not too busy. They get you in quick, serve you quick and check with you constantly. Busy, busy, busy- but good!

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Gainesville, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

With the doors open to Bourbon St you get all the smells and sounds that accompany an evening on Bourbon St. The food was ok, nothing really stood out for us here.

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Kensington, Maryland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Desire is one of the restaurants attached to the Royal Sonesta, which was convenient for me. I have a tendency of wandering and forgetting to eat, and they were still open at 10pm. When I lived in Louisiana as a child, shrimp cocktail was my favorite, so I ordered that. It was very much as I remembered, but they also... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

World above the rest. Had an amazing experience and would likely go back in a heartbeat. The staff was friendly

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Incredible Oysters, best Po Boy's in town, delicious BBQ Shrimp. Right on Bourbon and a must visit if you love seafood, especially Oysters. I wish I could have their Po Boy right now!

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Cleveland, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We didn't have the oysters, but the crawfish etoufee and shrimp & grits were amazing. Large portions and decent prices. Nothing fancy. But the best thing is the great vantage point to see and hear the live music and impromptu parade that may come down the street.

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Additional Information about Desire Oyster Bar

Address: 300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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, Bistro, Oyster Bar

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