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“Great experience”
Review of The Italian Barrel

The Italian Barrel
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Ranked #187 of 1,939 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: French Quarter
Cross street: Decatur Street
Transit: Street car stops just one block away
Bakersfield, CA
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2011

Three of us ate there one night, and had been advised to reserve a table as there are only 6 tables in the restaurant and another 6 at the bar. It smells delicious upon entering; always a good sign to me. We had to wait 5 minutes and were offered a free glass of wine; nice. The dining room is charming, our waiter was very attentive, and the food was delicious. We ate veal porcini, spinach ravioli and lasagna; we loved it all! This is a great place to eat in the French Quarter if you want a change from Cajun/Creole.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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116 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Over priced, poor quality food.”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

I had dinner last night at the Italian Barrel in New Orleans; the only good part of the meal was the bread. I had their version of "Italia Bufala” basically tomatoes with mozzarella. It was five slices of tomatoes that tasted like cardboard and a big dollop of mozzarella and a couple of sprigs of fresh basil. At $16.00 it was a rip off. I expected heirloom at least for that price. The entree was not any better, it was the meal special of the day "Nodino Di Vitello". It was supposed to be a veal roll filled with meat and cheese served over pasta with a wine sauce. The meat was so tough and dry that there is no way it could have been veal. The pasta was way beyond "al dente" and over cooked. There was little or no sauce for the pasta. At $29.50 I again expected far more flavor and better preparation.

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank Jess B
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Jackson, Mississippi
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Quaint Atmosphere- Stellar Food-Amazing Service”
Reviewed September 26, 2011

After a family member had suggested this place, we went this weekend for the very first time. It is a very small, quiet restaurant located at the edge of the French Quarter.Al fresco dining is available. The coziness is part of the atmosphere. I would strongly recommend reservations. The waitstaff was very helpful with pairing wine & entrees. The porcini & truffle ravioli was to die for- my husband had the seafood pasta which was incredible, too. I LOVE this place and can't wait to go back!

  • Visited September 2011
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Thank elizabeth p
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Hattiesburg, MS
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food in the Quarter”
Reviewed September 12, 2011

We had our third great meal at the Italian Barrel. Apps tried included the cheese plate (well received by all), Mushroom soup, and Loaded Potato soup, which were extra creamy. I love the Chicken Alberto, and so did the other diners. The lasagna and a veal/pasta dish were liked as well. I will say that I didn't love the italian meatloaf - good, but not up to the restaurant's standards. Too full for dessert! We will make a 4th trip soon!

  • Visited September 2011
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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183 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“novo Italian in the french quarter”
Reviewed July 24, 2011

extremely intimate setting (6 tables inside)
food was solid but over represented
ravioli solid but $16 for 8 of them was $$$
Osobucco was straight forward,again at $38 is $$$
teramisu solid, but fell short of expectations and so did the overall meal

  • Visited July 2011
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