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The Best Gumbo in New Orleans

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This post is about where to find some of the best gumbo in New Orleans.

We include a map with places both within the French Quarter and outside as well as descriptions of and links to each recommended establishment.


WHAT IS GUMBO?

New Orleans is known for many things – our music, parades, history, and culture, just to name a few – but perhaps one of our most defining characteristics is our food.

More aptly, our LOVE of food.

New Orleans is a cornucopia of some of the best dishes and restaurants in the world.  

And no other dish sums up the flavor of our Cajun heritage better than gumbo.

While there are many variations on the dish itself, the base of gumbo, which is believed to come from the West African Bantu language for “okra,” always has a few things in common – a dark roux, okra, and filé powder.

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From there, a combination of game meat, shellfish, chicken, and sausage can be added, depending on the chef, as can tomatoes, giving it a more “creole” taste. Gumbo is traditionally served over (or on the side of) rice.

All of this can obviously leave a visitor to New Orleans feeling a bit overwhelmed.

And while locals will invariably argue over who has the best gumbo (keep in mind, it's usually their mom's!), we have listed a few places throughout the Crescent City for you to try this unique dish.

How Much Does it Cost?

Shrimp Gumbo. Image source: Wikimedia user Jon Sullivan.

Most restaurants that sell gumbo in New Orleans charge between $8 and $12 for a bowl.

Even the more expensive locations typically won't cost much more than $11, so you can rest assured that this meal won't break the bank.

How Can I Learn More?

If you want to try your hand at making some gumbo, check this list of recipes for inspiration and guidance.

We also cover the subject of gumbo in a bit more detail during our pay-what-you-wish French Quarter food tour.

Gumbo vs Jambalaya

A plate of Jambalaya. Image source: Wikimedia user jeffreyw.

If you've ever wondered what the difference is between these two dishes, the main distinction is that jambalaya is stewed with rice while gumbo is thicker and served alongside rice.

Both dishes have many of the same ingredients, and the biggest difference is either how it is cooked or its thickness.

Just remember – if it doesn't have okra, it is just soup!


TEN TOP PLACES TO EAT GUMBO IN NEW ORLEANS


1 - Galatoire's Restaurant

209 Bourbon St  New Orleans, LA 70130  

Perhaps one of the best known and well-loved fine dining establishments in the French Quarter is Galatoire's Restaurant, found in 1905 by Jean Galatoire.

With an extensive menu that reflects upon its French roots, Galatoire's offers two sumptuous gumbo offerings – Seafood Okra Gumbo and Duck and Andouille Gumbo

Reservations are required and, according to their website, “Galatoire's dress code is business casual for lunch.

No shorts or t-shirts. Jackets are required for gentlemen starting at 5 p.m. nightly and all day Sunday.”

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Where to eat the best gumbo in New Orleans

2 - Royal House Oyster Bar

441 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Also found in the French Quarter on Royal Street is the Royal House Oyster Bar, opened in 2008.

While they are famous for their oyster specialties, they also have a superb Chicken and Andouille Gumbo that has received rave reviews from locals and visitors. 

Open for Lunch and Dinner, with reservations recommended.


3 - New Orleans School of Cooking

524 St Louis St New Orleans, LA 70130

Why just eat while visiting New Orleans, when you can learn the basics and history behind Louisiana cuisine AND eat?! 

The New Orleans School of Cooking, located in the French Quarter, offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes 7 days a week.

While the menu varies daily, their Creole Gumbo is quite arguably one of the best in the French Quarter.

And the added bonus of a cooking lesson and recipes to take home make a perfect souvenir!


4 - Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant

701 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 70130

Just a short streetcar ride down St. Charles Ave, this quaint bistro offers up French and Italian-style cuisine with a definite Southern flair.

Open for Lunch, Bistro, and Dinner Monday – Saturday (closed on Sundays).

Herbsaint has won numerous accolades, including “America's Top 50 Restaurants” (2006) and the James Beard Award in 2007 for Best Chef South.

While their offerings change daily, be sure to try their Gumbo of the Day – you won't be disappointed!


5 - K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen

416 Chartres St New Orleans, LA 70130

Founded by Chef Paul Prudhomme, who passed away in 2015, this French Quarter Restaurant is a favorite among food critics and is often touted as having some of the best food in New Orleans. 

While the menu changes, based on what is in season, chances are good that you will find their Chicken and Andouille Gumbo available. Make sure to make a reservation and show up on time. 


6 - La Provence

25020 Highway 190 Lacombe, Louisiana 70445

If you are looking for a unique twist on gumbo and have a car (or are staying with friends who do!), take a short 30-minute drive over Lake Pontchartrain to Lacombe, where La Provence is located. 

This French – inspired restaurant boasts a mouthwatering Quail Gumbo, stuffed with dirty rice that is not to be missed!

Open for Dinner and Brunch, with reservations recommended.


7 - Dooky Chase Restaurant

2301 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119

Located behind the French Quarter, in the Treme neighborhood, Dooky Chase is a stopping place for many musicians, politicians, celebrities, and visitors in the Crescent City.

With a lunch buffet available Tuesday – Friday and dinner served on Fridays, guests are sure to discover great dishes, such as their Creole Gumbo, cooked with crab, shrimp, chicken, two kinds of sausage, ham, and veal.  

If you will be heading to this neighborhood, be sure to read our post on things to do in the Treme.


8 - Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130

In the Warehouse District, off Tchoupitoulas St, is the Cochon Butcher – one part Butcher Shop, the other part sandwich shop and wine bar.

Winner of the James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant (2007), Cochon Butcher makes a mean Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, among other things.

Reservations are not accepted, and take-out orders must be ordered in advance. Open for Lunch and Dinner.


9 - Jaeger's Seafood and Oyster House

901 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70121

A short 20-min cab drive from the French Quarter, in Metairie, is Jaeger's Seafood and Oyster House, where heaping plates of fresh seafood and sides are served Wednesday – Sunday, 

The menu, which boasts almost every type of seafood known to man, offers three gumbo specials – Seafood Gumbo, Chicken Sausage Gumbo, and Chicken Sausage Gumbo with Jambalaya.

Reservations are accepted.


10 - Praline Connection

542 Frenchmen St New Orleans, LA 70116

Located on Frenchmen Street, in the heart of the Faubourg Marigny, the Praline Connection was started by two men, Cecil and Curtis, as a meal delivery service for busy career women and their families.

Today, Praline Connection is known for its' “down-home cajun-creole style soul food”, including Filé Gumbo and Gumbo Zaire, a mixture of leafy greens, vegetables, and seafood. Open for Lunch and Dinner.


11 - Cajun Cafe at the French Market

1100 N Peters Rd Bay 23 New Orleans, LA 70116  

Located along "Cuisine Market" in the historic French Market, America's oldest public market, is Cajun Cafe, which specializes in authentic New Orleans Cajun/Creole, American, and Vegetarian dishes.

They offer a wonderful File Gumbo in a casual outdoor atmosphere, just steps away from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Sunday.


12 - Coop's Place

1109 Decatur St New Orleans, LA 70116

This popular restaurant has been located on Decatur Street since 1983, and they are open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

Seafood Gumbo is literally one of the house specialties, and they also serve a nice Rabbit & Sausage Jambalaya. Prices are right in line with other restaurants at around $9 for a bowl.

Best of all, they're open from 11 am - 11 pm on weekends!


13 - Gumbo Shop

630 Saint Peter St New Orleans, LA 70116

With a name like Gumbo Shop, you can rest assured this restaurant will have a lot of great options to choose from.

Whether you prefer Seafood Okra Gumbo or Chicken Andouille Gumbo, there's plenty of authentic Creole food to try at this restaurant.

Prices are a little high, but ratings are very positive, with some even suggesting it's almost as good as homemade gumbo!



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About The Author

Sarah

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history. Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!
Updated: November 9th, 2022
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