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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)
    Lindsey S.
    "Cajun trio: crawfish étouffée, fried green tomatoes and jambalaya."(6 Tips)
    Tamara K.
    "Oysters, alligator meatballs and fried platters are delicious."(38 Tips)
    Felipe P.
    "The BBQ shrimp is even better than the shrimp and grits!"(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 :)
  • 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
    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.
    The crab cake and the grilled oysters are amazing. The bloody mary is good also.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meg M.
    Meg MDecember 15, 2011
    Try the gator burger. Tastes like ground turkey but better!! Also try the creole jumbalaya. Great eats!!!
  • Anna L.
    Anna LeikoJuly 12, 2014
    Oysters are taking five stars from me. Food is delicious and verry attentive staff.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MarkleyMarch 22, 2012
    Excellent turtle soup hours well with oysters on half shell. Careful with the horseradish. HOT!
  • Natalya ✨
    Natalya ✨July 21, 2011
    If you come around for breakfast, ask for muffins: they have blueberry & hazelnut versions, both are so tasty!
  • 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
  • Corey B.
    Corey BMay 13, 2013
    Crawfish étouffée and gumbo are legit. Worth trying each.
  • Sheri M.
    Sheri MelanconOctober 11, 2013
    Oyster bar was fantastic! Crab cakes are amazing here!!! Must try!
  • 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
  • Courtney N.
    Courtney NushMay 15, 2011
    Very fresh oysters. Decent, relaxed service. Peacemaker po-boy was simple but good.
  • Metin A.
    Great menu good service & reasonable prices
  • Michele R.
    Michele RichardsSeptember 24, 2013
    Excellent fried green tomatoes w Remoulade and crawfish étouffée!
  • Charmaine K.
    Charmaine KwongJune 8, 2012
    Sit at the oyster bar. Get the crawfish etouffee.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BNovember 15, 2015
    JoAnn is the best server, and she may even give you a hug!!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HilgadiackJune 2, 2013
    Try the Catfish PoBoy. It is the best.
  • 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.
  • FAC
    FACJuly 21, 2011
    Crawfish tasso corn chowder is EXCELLENT. It was very delicious
  • Adisak P.
    Adisak PochanayonSeptember 5, 2011
    The bread pudding here is made with pastry instead of old bread. Wow!!!
  • Kayan H.
    Kayan HargreavesMay 13, 2011
    Jambalaya, bbq shrimp appetizer, oysters!! All delicious!!
  • Felipe P.
    Felipe PalhaDecember 26, 2011
    The BBQ shrimp is even better than the shrimp and grits!
  • Cynthia J.
    Cynthia JohnsonApril 22, 2013
    The service was great and the crab cakes were to die for!
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the 12oz Ribeye With Fries And Asparagus - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tiffany E.
    Tiffany EckhardtAugust 28, 2011
    JoAnn is the BEST!!!!! The food is great too :)
  • Beth R.
    Beth RichesOctober 28, 2013
    JoAnn is wonderful and makes some killer cocktail sauce!
  • 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
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamkissoonSeptember 7
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Famous Chargrilled Oysters - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Linda B.
    Linda BerschJune 29, 2013
    Great service - terrific oysters!!
  • Dave T.
    Dave TraceyOctober 3, 2014
    Jambalaya - hands down, the best I've ever had
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany CarlsonApril 25, 2014
    Ask for Jo Ann. She's been here 38 years.
  • 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!
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