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Desire Oyster Bar

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Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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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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6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Desire Oyster Bar is NOW OPEN for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. We...
Desire Oyster Bar is NOW OPEN for 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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Saved the day

After arriving at the Crowne Plaza to no room even with a reservation, I was ready for some consolation. Even though we were very late (due to the hotel snafu) Desire let us in and cared for us. Kiki our server was perfectly attentive. Grilled oysters, Crawfish Cheese Cake and shrimp remoulade... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
Francis R
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Ruby, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Ruby, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

After arriving at the Crowne Plaza to no room even with a reservation, I was ready for some consolation. Even though we were very late (due to the hotel snafu) Desire let us in and cared for us. Kiki our server was perfectly attentive. Grilled oysters, Crawfish Cheese Cake and shrimp remoulade over fried green tomatoes were just what the... More 

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Spokane, Wa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Some of the best catfish I have ever had. Oysters were fresh and tasty. The shrimp were Hugh and very well prepared. Service was outstanding. place was packed but the staff kept up with the crowd.

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lmagl
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

The restaurant was packed so my husband and I sat at the oyster bar. Kentrell was behind the bar. He was very helpful and really quite funny. We had raw oysters (biggest in town and shucked by Kentrell), charbroiled oysters (grilled right in front of us) and Desire's new firecracker fried oysters (served over corn salsa). Oysters prepared any way... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for a bite before going to Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse. Perfect location in the french quarters. Nice sized portions. Service was great. Not a long wait time for a table, but very busy. Definitely stop here if your going to the Jazz bar

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We were with friends just looking for dinner an stumbled across this restaurant. Not many people in there when we arrived but was full and people waiting by time we left. Service was efficient and friendly. Food was very good and nothing left on the plates indicating everyone was happy and content with the offerings. A range of food was... More 

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Seattle, WA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We had breakfast and lunch here and enjoyed each meal. Great service, good food. I ordered the crawfish etouffee and was not disappointed!

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Front Royal, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Richard was our server on on first visit and remembered us several days later! The food is very good and you can cut thru the hotel to get there!!!

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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134 reviews 134 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This was just recently renovated and is now open. The interior is beautiful and very open. The food is delish. We went for breakfast and for dinner. Breakfast was ok nothing to stand out about it. But dinner. You almost couldn't go wrong! Get the firecracker oyster it was soooo good. The alligator was soft but it wasn't worth it.... More 

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

First place we stopped for drinks and some raw oysters. oysters are always great. Eat here every time in New Orleans.

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Brighton, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Good food and excellent service. Price is right and food is excellent. Right across street from Hotel Mazidian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

Desire Oyster Bar is NOW OPEN for 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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