Best of New Orleans: Check out the top 5 spots in the Garden District

Best of New Orleans: Check out the top 5 spots in the Garden DistrictSucré | Photo: Dana K./Yelp 
Published on May 18, 2018

Spending time in the Garden District? Get to know this New Orleans neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a book store to an upscale Creole restaurant.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in the Garden District, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Commander's Palace

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Topping the list is the Commander's Palace, a high-end Creole restaurant and culinary landmark. Located at 1403 Washington Ave., it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 3,458 reviews on Yelp.

Men are required to wear collared shirts and closed-toed shoes at this dinner-jacket-preferred haunt. No shorts allowed, of course — but on the menu look for classic Creole fare like hot smoked yellowfin tuna collar, seared Hudson Valley foie gras, turtle soup and seared shrimp crusted with rosemary, garlic and lemon zest.

2. Red Dog Diner

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Next up is Red Dog Diner, a cocktail bar and New American eatery that's situated at 3122 Magazine St. With 4.5 stars out of 429 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

Standout menu items include the sausage bolognese with rustic tomato sauce,  shrimp and pancetta with creamy vodka tomato sauce and the roasted sirloin sandwich with blue cheese spread, as well as an assortment of pizzas, appetizers and more.  

3. Sucré

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Chocolatier and dessert shop Sucré, which offers macarons, gelato and other sweet treats, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 3025 Magazine St., four stars out of 737 reviews.

The sweet shop offers a selection of specialty cakes, mini desserts, king cakes and macaron trees — plus the establishment hosts private parties for any occasion. 

4. Joey K's Restaurant & Bar

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Joey K's Restaurant & Bar is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 441 Yelp reviews. Head over to the casual eatery at 3001 Magazine St. to see for yourself.

Sample homestyle New Orleans fare like fried oyster or shrimp po'boys, fried crab fingers, eggplant Napoleon, and red beans and rice with sausage. 

5. Garden District Book Shop

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Finally, there's the Garden District Book Shop, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 46 reviews on Yelp. You can find the bookstore at 2727 Prytania St.

The Garden District Book Shop says on its website that it boasts a large selection of regional titles, children's books, signed first editions and limited-edition titles from nationally and critically acclaimed authors like New Orleans native Anne Rice, best known for her popular series of vampire novels.