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Desire Oyster Bar

300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
+1 504-586-0300
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (571 reviews)
“creole trio” (20 reviews)
“jambalaya” (121 reviews)
Open Now
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
300 Bourbon St, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130-2213
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I had my doubts since this restaurant but it had good reviews so we gave them a try. The charbroiled oysters were so good that we returned 2 more times. My husband tried the blackened fish of the day but I stuck with the oysters....More

Thank lorieb217
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We ate here 3 times during our stay at Sonesta hotel. It’s very busy as it is located right where the Mardi Gras activities are. The food is above average. Service was excellent. I don’t recommend this for serious dinning. Quick bites and drinks is...More

Thank drlau99
Reviewed 5 days ago

Stopped at this place for the Oyster reviews and the reviews are RIGHT!. Probably some of the best oysters I have ever tasted. Also you cannot beat the location. Must Try!

Thank WxMan2745
Reviewed 6 days ago

Desire is a great place to shuffle off the street and enjoy a nice setting with some fresh-shucked oysters and a pint. If available, I recommend sitting at the oyster bar itself, instead of at the bar or at a table. If you are not...More

Thank Peter O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place in the heart of the French Quarter. Sat at the bar for wine and oysters. Good selection of wines by the glass, friendly service and good oysters, but a bit pricey. The oysters were good, but shucked ahead of time, not to order....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is located at the royal Sonesta hotel on bourbon Street. After a busy travel day we decided to stay close to our hotel and enjoy some oysters for Dinner. Place was about half full when we arrived and service was prompt . Waitress...More

1  Thank Bucket1910
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our best place to eat breakfast. the crawfish and spinach omelet, along with the shrimp grits was awesome. Loved it!

Thank Diana L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Broiled Oysters were garlicy and yummy. Gumbo flavor was very good. A little thin on meaty. Women's bathroom was beautiful!

Thank crintigger
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The setting is nothing special. More like a casual bar setting. We visited this establishment solely for the oysters. The menu has a decent selection of items besides oysters. My husband ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell. The oysters were large and fresh,...More

Thank SondraTexas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had just arrived to NOLA and this was inside of our hotel so we decided to stop there. I had the gumbo, a salad and 1/2 dz raw oysters. When I saw the oysters, I thought, WOW, they’re huge. But flavor-wise, they were just...More

Thank CelidaD
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living
lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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It depends on what time you are going in and how many will be in your party. I'm not to sure how it is on Sunday evening. We went around 8:00pm on a Monday evening and were seated right away. The restaurant was not busy at... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
6:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
  • Neighbourhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: +1 504-586-0300
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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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