Eat & Do in New Orleans

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Arriving and Departing New Orleans

Places to Eat and Mingle

Lots of great options in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside:
  • Drago's Seafood: Drago's, a New Orleans dining institution, offers an extensive seafood menu, including signature dishes such as Drago's Original Charbroiled Oysters and Mama Ruth's Gumbo. Reservations aren't needed. We are open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am until 10:00 pm. As part of our sustainable initiatives, Drago's Seafood is now an Ocean Friendly Restaurant!
  • Le Croissant: Start your day off at Le Croissant, which features the "Hilton Breakfast"
  • Marketplace: Marketplace provides a fresh, casual dining retreat for today's savvy and busy traveler. Early risers can enjoy a quick and hot breakfast sandwich or jump start the day with an onsite coffee stand proudly serving Starbucks coffee. Throughout the day stop back in for Chef's pastries and specialty desserts baked daily, or heartier menu items including sandwiches and paninis. Your "grocery store" while you're here find beer, wine, liquor, water, soda, fruit, snacks, and New Orleans souvenirs and travel accessories for one-stop shopping. 
  • Public Belt: A fine piano bar serving craft cocktails, unique wines and select beers
  • River Blends Cafe: Enjoy a quick breakfast, a cup of coffee, espresso, or latte or a deli sandwich in River Blends Café, our on-site coffee house proudly serving Starbucks Coffee, conveniently located on the second floor adjacent to the main lobby. Free wireless internet is available.
  • Spirits: New Orleans is a mecca for the senses. Taste, hear, see, feel the rhythm by embarking on your journey from the awe-inspiring surroundings of Spirits. Excite your palate with mouth-watering New Orleans style samplings, or simply enjoy the 'Delta Breeze' and the wide assortment of cocktails, wine, and beer Spirits has to offer. 
There are a variety of affordable dining options in the Riverwalk Outlet Mall food court, which is a 7-minute walk from the hotel. This includes Green Leafs (salads), Izzo's (burritos), Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, and Smoothie King.

New Orleans is home to some of the world's best food and many restaurants are located near the Hilton New Orleans Riverside.
*Minority-owned note based on information from During our search for restaurant resources, we found no Native American/Indigenous-owned restaurants in New Orleans. We will keep searching in case we missed something or if a new restaurant were to open. To learn more about the lack of Indigenous-owned restaurants and food options, the article "When Will Native American Food Finally Get Its Due?" from 2015 is a good resource.

Things to do and see in New Orleans

Higher education institutions in New Orleans