The 10 Best Places For Brunch In New Orleans' French Quarter, Louisiana

Photo of Mary Jane Dempsey
9 February 2017

Late nights and lazy mornings fit the New Orleans attitude perfectly. In no particular order, these are the 10 best places to enjoy brunch the morning after a jazz-filled evening in the French Quarter of Louisiana.

Red Gravy Cafe

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Coffee | © Rudolf Vlček / Flickr
Voted one of the top brunches by Open Table, Red Gravy is serving up Italian classics with its own special spin, such as cannoli pancakes or an omelet served with ricotta and meatballs. The owner and chef, Roseann, is a Jersey girl who fell love with the Big Easy and opened up the restaurant, which specializes in brunch meats and produce from local venders. The pottery decorations were created by the owner herself.

El Gato Negro Cafe

Restaurant, Mexican, $$$
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Margaritas, El Gato Negro, Mexican Food, Margarita
The pineapple cilantro lime and blackberry margaritas are a must-order at El Gato Negro. | © daystreamin'
Chief Juan began working in the restaurant industry as a dish washer when he was 14 years old, to earn money to buy a new pair of shoes. Fast forward 30 years, Juan has established his own place, El Gato Negro, where he offers family recipes from Michoacán, Mexico. Patrons always return for the innovative margaritas.

Cafe Fleur-De-Lis

Cafe, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Croissant
Croissant | © Danielle / Flickr
Looking for a quintessential Southern American meal? Café Fleur-De-Lis is your answer, serving up traditional breakfast platters and wraps. The shop also offers its own espresso, roasted locally and packs a bold punch. Pancakes are known for being particularly fluffy and light.

Croissant D'Or Patisserie

Cafe, Patisserie, Bakery, Dessert, Pastries, $$$
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In the French Quarter, it makes sense to try some authentic French pastries. Croissant D’Or has been perfecting its recipes for the last thirty years. Whether you’d prefer a chocolate croissant or a béchamel sandwich, all are welcome to enjoy their meals in the Victorian-style coffee shop.

Meals From the Heart Café

Restaurant, Cafe, American, $$$
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Hidden inside the French Market, Meals from The Heart Café offers organic and fresh food, providing healthier options for anyone with dietary restrictions. From pancakes to sandwiches, the folks look to serve their customer with a number of gluten-free options. What could be better than healthy food to go?

Brennan’s

Originally opened in 1946, Brennan’s has become a classic spot to enjoy the fancier side of New Orleans. Customers can either choose from three course meals or pick out dishes à la carte.
Brennan’s, 417 Royal St, New Orleans LA, +1 504 525 9711

Muriel's Jackson Square

Restaurant, French, American, Seafood, $$$
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Po Boy
Po Boy | © Rambling Dream / Flickr
On the outside, this restaurant appears to be a swanky spot to try out creole food. The beauty of Muriel’s, however, can be found on the inside. The balcony offers customers one of the French Quarter’s most photographed views, while the Séance lush seating room reflects the building’s history as one of the most famous bordellos in the area. After exploring the different rooms, be sure to sit down to Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring Joe Simon’s Jazz Trio.

Majoria’s Commerce Restaurant

Restaurant, American, Cajun, Vegetarian, Fast Food
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Majoria's Commerce Restaurant
Majoria's Commerce Restaurant | © Chad Kainz/Flickr
No frills? No problem! Majoria Commerce Restaurant is famous for serving “good food since 1965.” Tucked away in an assuming area, the place has a menu jam-packed with egg sandwich specials and po-boys at great prices. Don’t let the decor throw you off—Majoria makes simple and affordable Louisiana fare.

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