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Acme Oyster House

Acme Oyster House

Cajun / Creole Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Central Business District, New Orleans
474 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • po' boys
  • lively
  • boo fries
  • peacemaker
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  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SkobacDecember 30, 2014
    I'll be the hundredth person to say the chargrilled oysters were one of my favorite things to eat in New Orleans, but everything we ate here was great. Don't be afraid of the line it moves fast.
  • Mypat B.
    Mypat BoboDecember 11, 2014
    Must go place! I can eat their chargrilled oysters till the end of time. Maybe the best in the world. Extremely friendly service. Try at lunch to avoid the never ending queues in dinner time.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WinstonOctober 20, 2015
    After crushing a dozen of their famed, hot, crispy, buttery Char-Grilled Oysters, I've deemed the reputation entirely well-deserved. Read all about this French Quarter classic on WinstonWanders below! Read more
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    This popular seafood chain lives up to its buzz and is worth the wait. We slurped down enormous fresh oysters and inhaled shrimp po’boys. It’s a classic must-visit for lunch before all that drinking. Read more
  • Maggie V.
    Best grilled oysters I've ever had. Amazing! Try it and you will be back very soon. For dessert I ordered the pecan cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Very good. Service is always good. ❤️
  • Bogdana B.
    Bogdana BJune 8
    Yummy chargrilled oysters, decent gumbo, tasty jambalaya! The line seems long but you get in quick so don't let that deter you. Didn't particularly like the reddish, dim lighting but the place is cool
  • Christine K.
    Christine KelFebruary 4, 2014
    4 people or less and you get in faster-worth the wait! Best oysters I've had! Sit at the bar and watch them shuck em and great convos with the shuck masters!
  • Leah
    LeahSeptember 17, 2014
    Am not an oyster lover but I guess their chargrilled oyster is the best. Just ate 2 dozen hehehe! Service is fast and attentive with our needs. Andrea is good and diligent. It made my stay great!
  • Susan C.
    Susan ClaxtonAugust 17, 2014
    We tried the charbroiled oysters at drago's and acme and acme won hands down. The crawfish puppies were also naughty and delicious. Solid Bloody Mary. Great for a quick casual snack or lunch.
  • candice w.
    candice wellsOctober 13, 2015
    This is the best place for char-grilled oysters no mater how they try to downplay it.Get the grilled oysters,the catfish; but have the corn and crab chowder first while you wait... Definitely worth it
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurDecember 24, 2014
    Order a dozen raw and char grilled oysters. Its cheaper and you won't be able to stop at half a dozen each anyway. Strike a conversation with the master shucker Mr.Hollywood and have a wonderful time.
  • Lindsay C.
    Lindsay CMay 5, 2015
    There's a reason there always a line outside Acme (don't worry the line moves quick). Start with the Charbroiled Oysters and Fried Crab Legs, and for your entree, the 1/2 Shrimp & 1/2 Fish Platter.
  • Katie H.
    Katie H.August 13, 2016
    Pretty much enjoyed everything I've had on their menu, but go to orders rotate between the raw oysters, shrimp etouffee, and peacemaker po' boy (fried oysters and shrimp). Line but usually moves fast.
  • Gaby D.
    Gaby DuEñasSeptember 18, 2014
    I want to marry this place. The chargrilled oysters are to die for. The place is not expensive at all and service is very quick. if you have to wait before getting a table, it will be worth it.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GarrardMarch 22, 2015
    The wait was long, more than one hour of standing in line on a Saturday night, but it was so worth it! The Oyster Rockefeller Soup was one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten. Bravo!
  • Denette
    DenetteJuly 28, 2015
    This place ALWAYS has a line so be prepared! Worth the wait! Sit at the oyster bar! Had oysters, oyster shooters, po boy, and étouffée, yummy!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkApril 8, 2013
    Everyone comes here for the oysters but their selection of poboys and their savory crawfish are amazing too! Try them and you won't be disappointed. They are some of the best in town!
  • Sean N.
    Sean NortonNovember 8, 2014
    Unbelievable! Great atmosphere. Great music. Food is orgasmic. Wish they had a better beer selection. Chargrilled oysters#1. This is oysters Rockefeller soup
  • Kathleen V.
    Kathleen VargasNovember 11, 2016
    Please!!!!!! Get their chargrilled oysters and their gumbo. I'm telling you it's amazing 😍 for dessert get their bread pudding. I'm coming back before I leave for sure!!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BlamJuly 28, 2013
    Delicious! It's possible to get a table when it's pretty busy, although we were there on a weekday. Can't go wrong with chargrilled or raw oysters & the soft shell crab platter. Yum!
  • Violet V.
    Violet ValeOctober 23, 2013
    Get the oyster poboy--earthy, meaty, & so stuffed with oysters that they almost tumble out. Or if indecisive get the Peacemaker (but you'll wish you had more of the oyster side ;))
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GeigerMay 11, 2015
    Boom boom shrimp, raw and charbroiled oysters, jambalaya, gumbo, étouffée, all fabulous. We got there at 6 and waited about 20 minutes. Any later and we could have easily waited more than an hour.
  • Bill H.
    Bill Hendrix1 week ago
    seems like they have been there forever. Usually a line out the door in the relatively small space. Food is great--had the crab and shrimp bisque and small po-boy. Great food!
  • Shameika H.
    Shameika HarrellJuly 9, 2013
    Chargrilled Oysters and the Bananas Foster Cheesecake are to die for! They also have some of the best hurricanes around! Love this place, can't wait to go back!
  • Ryan N.
    Ryan NixonNovember 20, 2016
    Love oyster shooters and the chargrilled oysters are phenomenal. A bit of a wait, but with all the crowds off bourbon that's expected.
  • Dena
    DenaMarch 15, 2013
    The Boo Fries are amazing, as is the Peace Maker po' boy. Sit at the bar if you can and watch them shuck the oysters!
  • Vincent S.
    Vincent ScottoJuly 12, 2016
    The shrimp po boy is phenomenal. Party of 9 didn't wait more than 20 minutes at one of the most popular places in town. Excellent food and a great atmosphere.
  • Susan R.
    Susan RiceNovember 11, 2015
    The oysters were fantastic we had them raw and grilled with garlic butter they were wonderful. The place is very loud and if there is a sign saying private party expect an hour+ wait
  • Manu N.
    Manu NairJanuary 22, 2014
    Eat there early. Lines get ridiculous . Oysters are worth it though. Usually don't get raw but from this place I will. Chargrilled oysters are the best I've ever had!
  • Anthony I.
    Anthony IntravaiaOctober 26, 2014
    Went for the grilled oysters they were very good, I asked the locals? who serves good grilled oysters, was told Dragos in the Hilton guys once we had them we can't go anywhere else.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneNovember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Want to get in quickly? Go solo and sit at the bar. Can't go wrong with chargrilled oysters, gumbo and half a po'boy. Don't forget some Abita beer.
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PetrocelliMarch 24, 2015
    In town for business and had the chargrilled oysters. They were absolutely amazing!!! Casual place to get some oysters at the bar for happy hour also.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 12, 2015
    The best place in NOLA! Order the chargrilled oysters and soft shell crab! The wait to get in might be a minute.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WMay 14, 2016
    Amazing chargrilled oysters! I'm not an oyster fan but these were incredible. The line for a table can be daunting but it moves pretty quickly.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.June 25, 2016
    Grilled oysters. Full stop. Ok also any po' boy- the food is fresh and delis opus and served with a Smile.
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinFebruary 21, 2013
    chargrilled oysters, po boys, red beans & rice, new orleans sampler, peach cobbler, boo fries with roast beef gravy and cheese, étouffée, lines move quickly
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 7, 2011
    Are you up for the challenge? If you finish 15 dozen oysters in under an hour… you will have conquered the Acme Oyster House Challenge. As seen on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation.
  • Sarah
    SarahJanuary 3
    My visit was quick. Raw oysters, grilled oysters & an oyster shooter. You can not go wrong with this place & service
  • T.Dog
    T.DogJune 15, 2014
    Try coming just b4 they close and u'll get a seat quick. They also have a spot inside harrahs casino.
  • Josie S.
    Josie SNovember 7, 2011
    There are only 3 two top tables in the place and on weekends they won't seat parties of 2 at a four top. Parties of two cut your wait down and sit at the bar. You won't regret it.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BarberFebruary 15, 2015
    The best Chargrilled oysters I've ever had. Don't let the line out the door fool you, if you have a small party you'll get in quickly.
  • Marlene L.
    Marlene LAugust 14, 2013
    I'm in am Oyster House & refuse to order Oysters, despite all of the glowing recommendations. I know, boo me! Anyway, I'm here to let you all know that the craw puppies are amazing!
  • Billy L.
    Billy LewisAugust 30, 2014
    Oyster shooters were good! The grilled oysters were amazing! Nothing we ordered in our group of six were not happy!
  • Susan F.
    Susan FetscherJuly 24, 2015
    I was happy to find gluten free foods marked on the menu including the jambalaya. Delicious!
  • Gowowogo
    GowowogoApril 1, 2012
    Yes, definitely get the grilled oysters. Slap it in a saltine, add cocktail and a shot of Tabasco, damn! Follow immediately with Abita Restoration Ale.
  • Ravey B.
    Ravey BabySeptember 20, 2016
    Sampled several things here; seafood étouffée, jambalaya, and shrimp/oyster po boy. Food is good money but the wait is hell 😰
  • Alisha O.
    Alisha OutridgeJanuary 21, 2013
    Best seat in the house is at the bar. Get there early before 2pm to avoid the lines!
  • Sirus O.
    Sirus OrndoffOctober 16, 2014
    Food is great: grilled oysters, poboys, gumbo. Drinks not great: just order a coke or water. Spend your alcohol budget somewhere else. $9 specialty cocktails = 4 oz plastic cups.
  • Alyssa J.
    Alyssa JulianAugust 24, 2015
    Chargrilled oysters are a MUST! Seafood étouffée is also great, the small is plenty of food and adding the crawfish tails is worth it!
  • Emily A.
    Emily AndinoMarch 9, 2015
    Chargrilled oysters gave me chills, they were so good! Seafood étouffée also highly recommended. If you like seafood, Acme is a must!
  • James D.
    James DiotteJune 23, 2016
    Get the grilled oysters they definitely live up to the hype. The cajun sampler is great as well. Oyster shooter is an acquired taste.
  • 🌺Laura H.
    The oysters are like, A-MAZ-ING. 😍 We split an order of raw and charbroiled. Both perfect!
  • Alexis W.
    Alexis WilliamsJune 5, 2013
    The "peacemaker" po-boy is amazing with some lemon and extra Tabasco. Also they weren't lying about the chargrilled oysters! Delish!
  • Helena Tiare O.
    Helena Tiare OlsenOctober 3, 2014
    Next best charbroiled oysters after Drago's but going there EARLY is a must! they also make an awesome smoky jambalaya.
  • NED C.
    NED CAMPBELLApril 21
    Love this place. When there is a line (and there is always a line) it moves fast and it is worth the wait.
  • Katy J.
    Katy JayneMay 23, 2014
    All I have to say is OMG!!!!! Best oysters I've ever had! Hood Canal ain't got nothin' on New Orleans! See they are all gone! 🔱
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EOctober 21, 2016
    Raw oysters were so clean and fresh with a touch of that brininess. I think I like oysters now.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaleyJuly 9, 2016
    Authentic Cajun and creole food. Definitely worth the wait; the line goes quick.
  • John O.
    John ObeidinJanuary 11, 2012
    The charbroiled oysters are amazing as are the regular oysters. Get that along with seafood étouffée or a peacemaker and you're good to go.
  • Nakiya F.
    Nakiya FindleyJuly 4, 2013
    OMG! These were the best oysters..a must if you come to Nawlins. Chargrilled greatness!!
  • Mike
    MikeAugust 29, 2015
    Not sure why this is more popular than Felix's across the street which is also excellent. Acme is crowded but good food. Expect a line.
  • Carla D.
    Carla DavisNovember 16, 2013
    This is a really good place to get some good red beans and rice! Be sure to check it out if ever you're in town.
  • Jon Jon
    Jon JonAugust 19, 2016
    Definitely go for oysters - raw or char-grilled. Make sure to get there early though or suffer the wrath of a long wait.
  • Let's Go
    Let's GoJune 1, 2011
    Slurp fresh and grilled oysters shucked before your eyes by Hollywood, the senior shucker, at the bar. Acme's motto is “Eat Louisiana oysters, love longer.” Read more
  • Glins P.
    Glins PierreMarch 26, 2013
    All i can say is DAMN those Chargrilled Oysters WOW!!! dont even think about getting a half dozen just do yourself a favor and get 2 dozen per person ASAP!!!
  • Benjammin H.
    Benjammin HassellApril 9, 2012
    Get CharGrilled and Raw. They are the best I've ever had. Also bread pudding is a must. Go at 11am when they open. No line.
  • Dawn
    DawnJune 30, 2013
    Order the chargrilled oysters. Butter, garlic, Parmesan and Romano cheeses! What could be better?
  • Paul R.
    Paul RatzlaffSeptember 8, 2015
    The chargrilled oysters are a must - try it with the smoked hot sauce. Yum!
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GMarch 21, 2013
    Mid week 5pm lines are either very short or nonexistent! Charbroiled oysters all the way. They make a mean po'boy as well!!!!
  • Steph S.
    Steph SchneiderFebruary 8
    My favorite meal in NOLA. The line outside moved quickly. Get items to share so you can try a lot :)
  • AWG R.
    AWG RemarketingJanuary 27, 2014
    Best deal is the Oyster Shooter for $1.50. Ask for Curtis he's the best.
  • Impe
    ImpeMarch 6
    These guys know how to cook oysters.. Raw oysters in my opinion are better at the french market!
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZupkaMay 7, 2013
    There will be a line. It did move fast though, so I can't complain too much. Get the bread pudding or pecan cobbler for desert. Won't be disappointed.
  • Erick B.
    Erick BarborSeptember 22, 2013
    Worth the wait (especially with beer in hand), order the chargrilled oysters, you won't regret it.
  • Craig O.
    Craig OlsonApril 27, 2013
    I hate oysters but I ate more oysters than I ever have had in my entire life. The Peacemaker Po-boy is really good too.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LeachNovember 12, 2011
    If the line is long enough, trot across the street to the bar on the corner and grab a frozen drink or a beer. Gotta finish it before you go inside, though.
  • Doug W.
    Doug WMay 11
    Get here early, grab a seat at the bar and a cold beer, and watch them shuck your food right in front of you.
  • Brian A.
    Brian AverySeptember 12, 2011
    Take a seat at the bar---reduces wait time. Obviously, you have to try the Char-grilled Oysters. The Gumbo is solid as well.
  • Helena Tiare O.
    Helena Tiare OlsenDecember 1, 2013
    Awesome charbroiled oysters and a wonderful smoky jambalaya! watch out for the long queue, get there early!
  • Joey J.
    Joey JMay 22, 2015
    Charbroiled Oysters are great. Seafood Étouffée is excellent. Wash it all down with a Hurricane and repeat!
  • Es L.
    Es LeyApril 12, 2016
    Line moves fast! Wash down a dozen chargrilled oysters w a cold beer. Hopefully youll get to sit at the bar and chit chat w barman Curtis
  • Anamari M.
    Anamari MerinoNovember 21, 2013
    Chargrilled oysters are a must!!! Get a sit on the bar if you don't want to wait for a long time to be seated.
  • Lew M.
    Lew McCabeOctober 30, 2011
    Char-Grilled Oysters were Fantastic!!! Never ate Oysters before & am now a fan!!! 1/2 & 1/2 Po-boy was great too!!!
  • emily c.
    emily chenMay 24, 2014
    don't care how long the line is - go and get the chargrilled oysters, balanced with some raw oysters and a poboy. it. will. be. worth. it.
  • rachealkate _.
    rachealkate _September 7, 2011
    Come early, order the chargrilled oysters and try a John Daly! I hate oysters but I think they put crack in it it's so good!
  • Crystal C.
    Chargrilled oysters were amazing. Hush puppies, Boo Fries and the Pecan Cobbler was also equally amazing
  • Balinder S.
    Balinder SinghJuly 21, 2011
    Delicious food get the chargrilled oysters :) there is always wait, but it's worth it. If you are in N'awlins you must visit....
  • Suzanne W.
    Suzanne WestOctober 3, 2013
    Get the Oysters raw on the half shell.. and the craw hush puppies with Remoulade sauce! Outstanding.
  • Margarita C.
    Margarita ChengApril 11, 2012
    Skip everything but the oysters! Iced, chargrill... Even my husband, who doesn't like seafood, loves the oysters here.That's how good it is!
  • Leslie 💁🏻🔪🍸 A.
    And I'm back this time I had the crab cake and Rockefeller soup both were very yummy 👍🏼💁🏻
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeJanuary 25
    Char Grilled Oysters, Po Boy's, and Gumbo! Can't go wrong here!
  • Drew T.
    Drew ToddMarch 9, 2011
    Grab a drink from the bar across the street for the wait outside, but once you get in, the oysters (any kind, but especially fried) are very good.
  • Theo B.
    Theo BibbsJanuary 27, 2015
    The chargrilled oysters are on par with the ones at Drago's. They're really good with a cheesy, buttery topping.
  • Edward R.
    Edward RoskeJune 30, 2013
    VEGETARIANS: they have a 1/2 pound veggie burger/poboy for only $5.99. Cheapest entree on the menu.
  • Cathy P.
    Cathy PalmeApril 19, 2013
    1st time trying char-grilled oysters... heaven! Pair with a cold beer and let your taste buds dance! Diet coke works too! :-)
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GMApril 14, 2016
    The chargrilled oysters were incredible. Peacemaker po boy and crawfish hush puppies also recommended.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 25, 2013
    Grilled oysters are delicious! And the poutine... or gravy fries are a must appetizer.
  • Bonita Camisa F.
    The oysters are sensacional and the shrimp appetizer is to die for. Waiters are very nice too
  • Venkatesh H.
    The po-boys are excellent. Liked the grilled oysters too. Well worth the wait.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LittleMarch 5, 2013
    They sell crawfish by the pound. The gumbo poopa is great. Gumbo in a french bread bowl!
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    GalinaNovember 23, 2016
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