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Desire Oyster Bar

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French Quarter
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300 Bourbon St, 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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Nutley, New Jersey
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The chargrilled oysters and jambalaya were amazing! Disappointed with the shrimp poboy sandwich. I would go back again.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Creole dishes are naturally prevalent in the Bayou, and Desire has good food, but you can find better. the spinach dip appetizer was good, but the bow tie pasta dippers were over-fried making them tough to chew. my wife enjoyed the red beans and rice and the Cajun Trio was also good.

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Thank Larry C
Arlington, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were looking for nice oysters restaurant, we came across this restaurant called, Desire (interesting name :-) Great location along Bourbon Street. We made the right decision, great food, great service! Fresh and grilled oysters were the best!!!!

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Thank RosarioChat M
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Raw Oysters, Char Grilled Oysters as well as the service. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came and sat at the Oyster Bar and had a great time with Rodney T. And Tyrone!!! They were so nice and informative and fun!!! And the oysters both raw and char grilled were amazing!!! Also don't forget to get the Fried PB&J!

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Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Raw Oysters, Char Grilled Oysters, Fried PB&J as well as the service provided by Rodney and Tyrone. They will be excited to hear the news! We appreciate your business and look forward to you dining here again with... More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We continue to visit Desire EVERY time we are in NOLA. Never disappointed! Hurricanes are good, but Pat O still has the best. No one can top the oysters and shrimp like Desire!!

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Thank Thumper5239
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for continuing to dine here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our Hurricanes, Shrimps and Oysters. Just as always, we appreciate your business and look forward to you dining again with us soon! More 

Clemson, South Carolina
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Desire Oyster Bar is a classy place for dinner on Bourbon St., located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. My friend had the Jambalaya and I had the Crawfish Etouffee. Both dishes were very good, but a little overpriced for the quantity we received. Staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was vibrant, but not excessively loud or intrusive.

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Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent visit here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Crawfish Etouffee and the Jambalaya. We appreciate your busines and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Oysters on the half shell, need I say more? The pace does get busy so plan ahead. I had a ribeye steak whick was cooked perfectly.

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Thank Phil R
Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you so much for providing feedback of your recent visit here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Raw Oysters as well as our Ribeye Steak. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you again soon! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here the last night of our stay. Fried alligator, raw oysters, Seafood Louie, fried chicken & waffles, pan seared gulf fish - all done to perfection. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent experience at Desire Oyster Bar. We are thrilled that you tried several different items off our menu and glad to hear that we perfected them all. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again soon! More 

Overland Park, Kansas
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good dishes. the grilled oysters were a bit of disappointment, we felt only the taste of the cover. the dish was replaced so we can't complain. the prices are a bit high.

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Thank Eran R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Normally, I prefer to eat away from the French quarter when visiting the city. However, we are staying in the quarter and it was late at night without dinner yet. My wife and older daughter were down on Frenchmen Street watching music. I stayed back with my younger daughter who took a nap. It is now 10 o'clock on a... More 

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Nwillams2016, Manager at Desire Oyster Bar, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review of Desire Oyster Bar. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Fried Oyster and Shrimp PoBoy as well as the service provided by Geri. She will be excited to hear the news! We appreciate your business and can't wait to welcome you back again soon! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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
Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
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
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
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: +1 504-586-0300
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 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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