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Desire Oyster Bar

Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
French Quarter, New Orleans
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  • Christopher M.
    "Excellent turtle soup hours well with oysters on half shell."(5 Tips)
    Tamara K.
    "Oysters, alligator meatballs and fried platters are delicious."(39 Tips)
    Felipe P.
    "The BBQ shrimp is even better than the shrimp and grits!"(5 Tips)
    Lindsey S.
    "Cajun trio: crawfish étouffée, fried green tomatoes and jambalaya."(5 Tips)
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  • Linda T.
    Linda ThachDecember 31, 2015
    Half doz grilled and half doz raw oysters, jambalaya and the BBQ shrimp are amazing! I mixed the BBQ sauce in with the jambalaya and it made it perfectly spicy :)
    Upvoted Jul 16
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey ShepardMarch 10, 2013
    Cajun trio: crawfish étouffée, fried green tomatoes and jambalaya. The bomb! The food was great but the service could've been better. We'd definitely come back!
  • Davis C.
    Davis CHARMED4UFebruary 9, 2014
    Kiki is the best waitress ever. I just love her!!! Ask for her plus the salmon Rockefeller is awesome.
  • Vivian E.
    Vivian EOctober 22, 2016
    Came here for happy hour and sat at the bar. $1 chargrilled oysters! No complaints on taste but the shucking could be improved (some grit and shell bits).
  • Libby L.
    Libby LeeFebruary 20, 2014
    The po'boys are very good. A word of warning though...they are HUGE! but is a plate of deliciousness! the oysters are good.
  • Catarina F.
    Catarina FerrazJune 26, 2016
    The crab cake and the grilled oysters are amazing. The bloody mary is good also.
  • Erin
    ErinJune 19, 2013
    Insanely huge portions. The po boy sandwiches are enough to feed two. Try the BBQ oysters, holy amazingness.
  • Sabrina D.
    Sabrina DetzelDecember 30, 2015
    Catfish poboy is amazing. Seasoned great and cooked perfectly. Recommend ordering a swamp soda, they're delicious.
  • David K.
    David KaplanMarch 15, 2013
    There's a reason there's no line for oysters here, instead of Felix and Acme. Oysters were not cleaned, weren't particularly chilled either. Our waiter was great and fun, but otherwise distracted.
  • Tamara K.
    Tamara KBJuly 8, 2014
    Oysters, alligator meatballs and fried platters are delicious. Make sure to go with friends to share.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BowersMay 15, 2013
    While the BBQ shrimp sounds and looks delicious, it was beyond salty. I had to call it quits halfway through.
  • Emily T.
    Emily ThousandFebruary 18, 2013
    The broiled oysters are "the best ever" - the Jambalaya was also perfect, not too spicy.
  • Christin "X1" L.
    Christin "X1" LDecember 8, 2013
    These were by far the biggest and fattest oysters I've had, and I eat a lot of oysters.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LeikoJuly 12, 2014
    Oysters are taking five stars from me. Food is delicious and verry attentive staff.
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HealyNovember 6, 2010
    JoAnn may be the best waitress I have ever had - in my life. She'ing and so nice. Even if the food wasn't amazing I wou go back just for her.
  • Meg M.
    Meg MDecember 15, 2011
    Try the gator burger. Tastes like ground turkey but better!! Also try the creole jumbalaya. Great eats!!!
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarkleyMarch 22, 2012
    Excellent turtle soup hours well with oysters on half shell. Careful with the horseradish. HOT!
  • Natalie ✨
    Natalie ✨July 21, 2011
    If you come around for breakfast, ask for muffins: they have blueberry & hazelnut versions, both are so tasty!
  • Cynthia J.
    Cynthia JohnsonApril 22, 2013
    The service was great and the crab cakes were to die for!
  • Mieka
    MiekaJuly 22, 2013
    The gumbo & red beans & rice is some of the best I've had in a long time.
  • Cat W.
    Cat WeaverMarch 15, 2013
    Muddy oysters, overkill BBQ mix on the shrimp. Great title soup. Servers are sweeties but can't make up for the overall bad food.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 29, 2015
    Check out Desire as it was featured on Food Paradise for Creole Trio - Red beans and rice, gumbo and jambalaya. Read more
  • Sheri M.
    Sheri MelanconOctober 11, 2013
    Oyster bar was fantastic! Crab cakes are amazing here!!! Must try!
  • Corey B.
    Corey BMay 13, 2013
    Crawfish étouffée and gumbo are legit. Worth trying each.
  • Jocelyn
    JocelynJanuary 30, 2014
    They seated us and ignored us. After 20 minutes we gave up and went across the street to Remoulade - great choice!
  • Bisola T.
    Bisola TaiwoMay 10, 2013
    Try the Desire Oysters. Cheesy, garlicky goodness!
  • Elena T.
    Elena TrunovaMay 27, 2014
    Outstanding Creole food in a touristy place. Must have!!!
  • Corey B.
    Corey BMay 29, 2013
    Gumbo and crawfish étouffée were amazing. I was tempted to lick the plate
  • Angela G.
    Angela GizzarelliJanuary 13, 2012
    For the worker bee, get there before or right at noon for faster service
  • Metin A.
    Metin ArghanJune 19, 2016
    Great menu good service & reasonable prices
  • Courtney N.
    Courtney NushMay 15, 2011
    Very fresh oysters. Decent, relaxed service. Peacemaker po-boy was simple but good.
  • Lea Č.
    Lea ČehJune 15
    Great oyster place. Interior is amazing.
  • Michele R.
    Michele RichardsSeptember 24, 2013
    Excellent fried green tomatoes w Remoulade and crawfish étouffée!
  • Susan B.
    Susan BNovember 15, 2015
    JoAnn is the best server, and she may even give you a hug!!
  • Charmaine K.
    Charmaine KwongJune 8, 2012
    Sit at the oyster bar. Get the crawfish etouffee.
  • Katherine B.
    Katherine BrownJuly 11, 2014
    Gumbo was too salted. That was the least of this places trouble. I ate an oyster that I knew simply did not taste right. I can't believe they would serve an oyster to their customers that was so bad.
  • Scott H.
    Scott HilgadiackJune 2, 2013
    Try the Catfish PoBoy. It is the best.
  • Felipe P.
    Felipe PalhaDecember 26, 2011
    The BBQ shrimp is even better than the shrimp and grits!
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonSeptember 5, 2011
    The bread pudding here is made with pastry instead of old bread. Wow!!!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 12oz Ribeye With Fries And Asparagus - (via @Foodspotting)
  • FAC
    FACJuly 21, 2011
    Crawfish tasso corn chowder is EXCELLENT. It was very delicious
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesMay 13, 2011
    Jambalaya, bbq shrimp appetizer, oysters!! All delicious!!
  • Beth R.
    Beth RichesOctober 28, 2013
    JoAnn is wonderful and makes some killer cocktail sauce!
  • Tiffany E.
    Tiffany EckhardtAugust 28, 2011
    JoAnn is the BEST!!!!! The food is great too :)
  • Dave T.
    Dave TraceyOctober 3, 2014
    Jambalaya - hands down, the best I've ever had
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Famous Chargrilled Oysters - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Linda B.
    Linda BerschJune 29, 2013
    Great service - terrific oysters!!
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CarlsonApril 25, 2014
    Ask for Jo Ann. She's been here 38 years.
  • George N.
    George NenniJanuary 7, 2013
    Order the Gumbo, very tasty
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Char Grilled Oysters (via @Foodspotting)
  • Sadey D.
    Sadey DarlingApril 8, 2012
    Ummm. Yeah this is crap. Avoid the oysters, they were old and tasted dirty. Anyone who actually thinks they are GOOD doesn't know what good oysters taste like. Go to Acme instead. You won't regret it
  • Sascha R.
    Sascha R.September 28, 2012
    Try the Jambalaya Breakfast Skillet; it'll get you started!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shrimp and Grits - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chargrilled Oysters - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Donna O.
    Donna O'DanielsDecember 29, 2010
    Geri is an awesome waitress! Try the Oysters Desire
  • Luteechia M.
    Luteechia MontagueJuly 6, 2014
    Oyster Desire!! Lord have mercy!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the The Creole Trio (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ribeye Steak (via @Foodspotting)
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonNovember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Crab Cakes (via @Foodspotting)
  • Cynthia J.
    Cynthia JohnsonApril 22, 2013
    Forgot the pic!
  • tiffany k.
    tiffany kindredSeptember 4, 2011
    The shrimp and grits are amazing!
  • Derek K.
    Derek KucyndaNovember 6, 2012
    BBQ oysters + blue cheese = heaven
  • jamie w.
    jamie welchSeptember 4, 2010
    If u want something off the menu, just ask, if they've got the ingredients they'll make it
  • Matt S.
    Matt SimeonSeptember 4, 2010
    The Gumbo is awesome & JoAnn is the best server in NOLA!
  • Wayne P.
    Wayne PurbooOctober 25, 2011
    Sit at the Oyster bar, have a conversation with Rodney!
  • Douglas D.
    Douglas DaussinDecember 2, 2012
    Eggs Benedict was good but sauce could have been better.
  • Georgeann G.
    Georgeann GuminaAugust 31, 2014
    The turtle soup is amazing!
  • Benjammin H.
    Benjammin HassellApril 8, 2012
    Food is not good. This is another typical craptastic tourist trap. Bead pudding was bad. Avoid if you like good food. Avoid Bourbon St in general if you are seeking good food.
  • Steven R.
    Steven ReegJune 22, 2012
    Best Oysters I've had in a long time
  • Dan R.
    Dan RutkowskiJune 21, 2016
    Oysters, seafood, cajun
  • Olmedo M.
    Olmedo MirandaJanuary 31, 2016
    Good restaurant at bourbon
  • David K.
    David KaplanMarch 14, 2013
    Try the Oyster Desire
  • Erik N.
    Erik NelsonMay 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Bar B Que Oysters are incredible!!!
  • Joowon K.
    Joowon KimApril 1, 2014
    USE HORSERADDISH "SPARINGLY" YOU WILL CRY!
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RasorApril 8, 2013
    The turtle soup is awesome!!!
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonSeptember 5, 2011
    Shrimp Creole is awesome.
  • Shawn K.
    Shawn KormondyOctober 30, 2010
    The best bbq oysters! A must
  • Mario C.
    Mario CorralApril 18, 2014
    Great Bloody Mary's.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ColemanJune 13, 2013
    Goood red beans and rice
  • Scott W.
    Scott WoodardSeptember 27, 2011
    Best turtle soup n nola Read more
  • Yukie T.
    Yukie TakabatakeDecember 12, 2014
    Another great oyster bar.
  • Rick
    RickAugust 14, 2011
    Catfish Po Boy. Ya gotta!
  • Kris W.
    Kris WheelerJuly 17, 2013
    This place has gone WAY downhill in the past 2 years. Avoid, an especially avoid the po' boys.
  • Justin H.
    Justin HydeJuly 29, 2012
    BBQ shrimp, no question
  • Rob M.
    Rob MayoFebruary 26, 2012
    Yo. GATOR BURGER. DO DAT!!!!
  • Jay T.
    Jay ThompsonNovember 8, 2010
    The shrimp and grits is *killer*
  • Tony F.
    Tony FrierNovember 14, 2011
    Awesome Bloody Mary!
  • John W.
    John WhippleOctober 31, 2011
    Great service and food for NOLA Halloween 2011!
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DomenicaliNovember 21, 2010
    Soft shell crab po-boy was good
  • Chas C.
    Chas ChasAugust 17, 2011
    Turtle soup great!
  • Shelly
    ShellyJanuary 5, 2011
    Best shrimp & grits ever.
  • Jim B.
    Jim BanksAugust 3, 2011
    Decent coffee
  • David W.
    David WozniakJanuary 3, 2014
    Out of oysters. Wtf.
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah ChandlerJuly 25, 2012
    No strippers here...
  • Jim B.
    Jim BanksAugust 3, 2011
    Slow breakfast service
  • Tony A.
    Tony AlexanderOctober 31, 2010
    Slow kitchen, terrible service and average food quality...
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