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Desire Oyster Bar

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$$ - $$$
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French Quarter
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300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130
+1 504-586-0300
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06:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 23:00
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West Allis, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had the grilled oysters they were amazing. Careful cause they come hot! Good service and great oysters.

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Destin, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an oasis on a busy corner of Bourbon Street Wonderful food great service We sat at the bar and enjoyed Marcus their Awesome bartender the excellent conversation food and drinks were a welcome surprise. A perfect break from the party just steps away on Bourbon Stop by relax and enjoy Save me a seat at the bar I... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed our food as well as the service provided by Marcus. He will be excited to hear the news! We appreciate your business and look forward to you dining... More 

Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ok I love the Grilled oysters here I love them at the place a couple of blocks away also. The differences between the 2 are obvious though at the other place I have to wait in a line for the oysters which are great but often the service is lacking we are always rushed there And we never feel welcome... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our ambiance, oysters, bread budding as well as the service provided by Marcus. I can not wait to share the news with him as well as our entire team. We appreciate your business, your recommedation and we look forward to... More 

Hominy, Oklahoma
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had oysters on the half shell, oyster poorboy, blackened drum caesar salad and I can't nitpick about any of it. The freshness and sizes of the oysters were great. The service was spot on. Our lunch was taking a little while and the waiter brought us some boiled shrimp (without us saying anything) on the house, and reassured us... More 

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

Thank you for starting your vacation off here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Oyster PoBoy, Blackened Fish Salad, as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

Naperville, Illinois
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133 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had oysters and alligator for the first time. Both were wonderful, as was the staff. We will be back!

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

Thank you for dining with us here at Desire Oyster Bar. It's exciting to hear that you had oysters and alligator for the first time and enjoyed them both! We appreciate your business and look forward to you dining with us again soon! More 

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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This food was to die for. And soooooooo so much food. I got the fried seafood platter and honestly it was enough food for three people, maybe four.

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26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved it. So much so we went back for a snack later after we had dinner. The food was great, our waitress was helpful, and the ambience was fun. It will be a permanent addition on my "places to stop" in NOLA.

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

Thank you for providing us with feedback of your recent visit here with us at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed our ambiance, our food, as well as the service our staff provided you with. We are pleased to know that you have added us on your places to stop in NOLA list, so we... More 

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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great. The service is always top notch. I love when an older southern woman calls me baby and giggles when she talks to me. It's just comforting and real! That's the environment here. They start talking to you as soon as you walk in and treat you like family. I try to get to the oyster bar... 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 delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Char Grilled Oysters as well as the service provided by our staff. We appreciate your business and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really good food. Jambalaya very flavorful and lots of shrimp and sausage. Charbroiled oysters were huge and also very good.

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

Thank you for dining with us here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed our Char Grilled Oysters and Jambalaya. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch and dinner were amazing...fresh fries oysters, shrimp and catfish were the best we have ever had. Delores suggested the bread pudding and it, too, was light, moist, amazing!

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

Thank you for choosing to dine with us for lunch and dinner here at Desire Oyster Bar. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed our Fried Oysters, Shrimp and Catfish Platter and that they were the best you've ever had! Delores will be excited to hear that you enjoyed the bread pudding that she suggested. We appreciate your business... 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
US$11 - US$25
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 23:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 23:00
Friday
06:30 - 23:00
Saturday
06:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Bourbon Street, at the corner of Bienville & Bourbon Streets, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: 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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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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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