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Company Info:

Rating: 3.86

Address: 300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA, 70130
  • Mon: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu: 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri: 6:30 am - 12:00 am
  • Sat: 6:30 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun: Closed

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Comments (423):

1. J J.
well, I had oysters that were good, but like all seafood in the french quarter it is expensive and you don't get much for your money. so I had to order more food to fill up on, like a muffaletta sandwich. this was a non exciting sandwich, as it must have been packaged deli ham, cheese and then grilled like a panini. don't remember what kind of relish or olives were on it, but it wasn't worth my calories! the homemade potato salad was homemade I guess, but it was strange, sort of sweet, and not at all what I would call great, homemade or otherwise. I think the coffee was good, providing you could get the waitress to serve you any!

22/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
2. Jason F.
Crawfish was excellent, sauce slightly burnt.

08/06/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
3. Zhuo W.
Very nice oysters!

30/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
4. James H.
Stopped in for oysters. My waiter/shucker was very friendly and knowledgeable. The hush puppies, which I ordered as a side, were a bit underdone and not to my liking, but the oysters were the biggest I've ever seen. Dining room was casual and diner-like but very classy.

17/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Angela Y.
Went there for fresh oysters and really liked the food.  A dozen on the half shell is $14 and we had 2 dozens.  My friend ordered a peacemaker poboy with fried oysters and the oysters were HUGE!  They seemed to be much bigger than the ones on the half shell.  My crawfish ettouffe was fabulous.  Very flavorful but a bit too salty.  Hubby had a jambalaya and it was great as well.  The chocolate pecan pie was the last thing we had and although we were very much full, we still managed to finish the whole thing.  Overall, the food and service were fabulous and we would definitely recommend it to our friends and family.

08/09/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
The Fried Green Tomatoes are fried yummy-ness and exactly what I was craving.  I also took my dad the 2nd time I visited Desire and as a native southern Louisiana guy he was even impressed with their crawfish etouffee! Great, cozy, laid-back New Orleans oyster bar and bistro atmosphere.

21/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Jennifer M.
Loved Tim the bartender!!!! I'll definitely go back!

16/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Christie B.
Great martinis; I would love to stay at the Royal Sonesta Hotel next time I'm in New Orleans.  Food looks good, but didn't have a chance to sample it, as I had so many other spots to hit before dinner hour.

24/02/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Steve L.
This was the only restaurant that we ate at on Bourbon Street and we must say that it was a pleasant surprise.  Service was fast and food was really good.  We had the shrimp and oyster poboy, which is actually a half shrimp poboy and half oyster poboy.  We had a table next to the street, so we were entertained throughout the meal by the drunken passerbys.  There really is no fair criticism that we can make for this restaurant.

07/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
10. Selina H.
My husband and I fly into New Orleans every year just to eat here.  Everything we try is good.

28/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Debby R.
Food was delicious. Had the fried pickles and the the crab cakes as my entree. The po boys going by look spectacular. Soooo much food. Husband had the turtle soup and the étouffée. He rated the soup 3 stars and the étouffée 4.  The bananas foster cheesecake is to die for!

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. brent v.
This place had kind of a weird diner-ish decor, but the food was excellent and the kitchen stayed open pretty late. Fried Craw fish was a great appetizer and the BBQ shrimp was fantastic.

19/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
13. Jill M.
This was our first meal off the plane and we were delighted. Service was stellar as were the cocktails. I had the mixed seafood platter with hushpuppies and was in heaven. The chocolate pecan pie is served HOT and is delicious. We will definitely eat here again.

22/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. brad e.
One star for location, another for our great waiter, Milton.  No stars for the food.

Our group of 4 decided to grab a bite here around 9pm on a recent weeknight.  Oyster po-boy was bland, over-mayo'd, and served on bread that could've come from the grocery.  Oyster/shrimp po-boy was the same.  The lonely 4 shrimp in the shrimp creole were mealy.  

Sadly, given the location, the drinks couldn't save the place, either.  Mint julep was nearly clear and the Big Easy Lemonade, a house drink, more closely approximated CountryTime with a spritz of grandma's everclear than the menu description.

As we left, we suggested that the folks waiting in line outside check out the po-boy cart behind them.

Milton, however, was warm and accommodating.  Well-played, sir.

07/01/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. Cookie C.
I was wandering around the Quarter, looking for something satisfying for dinner.  I looked in to Desire - a bright, cheery place, walked away, then came back.  Glad I did!  Even though I was dining alone, a friendly server sat me at a table for four by an open French door, where I could enjoy the  view of the street and the pleasant evening breeze.

The staff is very friendly and professional; they are without exception middle aged women, white and black. (No valley girls here)  They smile and laugh with each other and the chefs, and their customers, which makes for a pleasant atmosphere.

It's an attractive place - mosaic tile floor, small round tables, bright lights.

I had Oysters Desire appetizer, broiled oysters on the half shell, covered with parm. chese and garlic; the oysters were velvety tender, and the flavor of the oysters and topping was delish.

I also had the BBQ shrimp app., also savory and good, served with 2 pieces of charred, crusty bread.  While I was eating the chef came by and asked how I was enjoying my meal.  The manager also stopped by several times and we discussed other items on the menu.  I'm telling you, very friendly staff.

I saw a po-boy being served up - an immense amount of meat - and knew I didn't have room for that, but I still wanted more.  My server kindly suggested 6 fried oysters, even though they weren't on the menu.  The manager had her give me a sample of the BBQ sauce and blue cheese dressing that comes with the BBQ oyster appetizer.  Again, the oysters were soft and succulent. Mmmmm.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, especially for someone dining solo.  I'm here for a few more days - I'll be going back.

22/10/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Mike D.
Soft shell crab poorboy for lunch - tasty and huge.  Waffle cut fries not bad, either.  Part of the Royal Sonesta Hotel.  Mardi Gras and Super Bowl are over - everyone in town looks exhausted and glad for the break before Jazz Fest.

24/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
17. Nicole C.
Service and food were great.  I had the catfish nuggets for an appetizer and BBQ shrimp for dinner.  The shrimp was really good with a lot of garlic an a little kick, plus it was already pealed and ready to eat.

21/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Jeff B.
The "desire" oysters are a must have. A great starter to any meal but are addictive. Jambalaya was flavorful.

04/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Jared G.
We ordered oysters, calimari, and a pulled pork po-boy, and it was all awesome. It was right on Bourbon Street and was a great meal.

07/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Joy H.
Every time I go I have a new memorable experience. Try the boiled shrimp and horseradish cocktail sauce, the etoufee, po boys, and turtle soup. The wait is sometimes long but the staff is extremely friendly. I feel like I am eating really good food at a friend's place when I go.

21/03/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Blake R.
The fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade po boy changed my life. I am 32 years old and honestly feel like that was one of the greatest meals of my life. And the turtle soup was incredible. Am I kinda drunk and yelping this place from my iPhone while walking down bourdon street? Yes. But if a place can make me pull out my phone and yelp it from bourbon st then it is that other- worldly.

19/01/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Chris A.
WOW!  Nothing against Brandon, but my experience could not have been any more different.  When my wife and I walked in looking for some food after our flight into town, the first thing that happened was I attempted to say "hi" to the hostess, and she just grabbed two menus and walked off.  It took me a moment to even guess if I was supposed to follow her or not.  We got to the table, she literally threw the menus on the table and walked off.  

That's when our wait began.  After about five minutes I started trying to flag down a waitress to find out who was "ours" but none of them would stop to even answer me.  Finally after ten minutes of this exasperation I grabbed the manager on his way by, by that I mean I LITERALLY grabbed him and dragged him to my table.  I made him take our drink orders and instructed him to either allocate or hire me a waitress immediately.

So then we got a waitress, and her service was simply lackluster and jaded - which was an upgrade by this point.  I got the distinct impression that everyone working in this place contemplates killing themselves on a regular basis.

I'm sure the $2 tip I left her didn't help her outlook but people who provide that crappy a service do deserve to suffer.

Oh yeah, I had the crayfish bisque which was cold.  My wife had a po boy that turned out to be a turkey sandwich you could basically order at Subway for half the price.  I tried a Sazerac, and while I grant that it's a personal taste thing - I thought it sucked.

Overall, I think this restaurant should be burned to the ground and the serving staff should be hung publicly on the banks of the Mississippi river as an example to other would-be crappy waiters and waitresses.

10/01/07 | Link | Rating: 1.0
23. Alan J.
Good etoufee, gumbo above average. Service was sometimes excellent, sometimes not. I liked that we were immediately seated when a table was cleaned, and within ten seconds had water and menus. The waitress was attentive and took the orders quickly, the beer and martini arrived with dispatch, but then it was a struggle getting water refills, and the salad same with the gumbo instead of before. If that was it I would have given three stars, but my wife complained (to me) that her martini had been watered down. Come on guys, it's not like they were a bargain. For ten bucks I expect a full measure of Tanqueray.

21/12/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
24. Judson T.
It was crazy busy the night I was here.  I believe there were only four waitresses for the entire room.  Our waitress was great but VERY busy.  My Oysters Desire were awesome as was the crawfish etoufee.  Stay away from the shrimp creole. It was bland and tasted canned.  They use A LOT of garlic so be prepared with some gum or mints for later in the evening.

25/10/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
25. jen W.
First place I stop for lunch in New Orleans, at least a dozen Oysters, usually the seafood gumbo or Etoufee and the shrimp and grits is just the best I've EVER HAD, my Man always has the rattlesnake style pasta its like a Cajun Alfredo with seafood - andoule and linguine.. always to die for. Service always wonderful, Very affordable. LOVE IT.. would eat there 3 meals a day if I could but I only usually make 2 meals a trip there because it drives him crazy cause i ALWAYS want to eat there!!!

11/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Back S.
Its a spacious, clean cafe on Bourbon Street so ideal spot for lunch. 5 stars because the service is friendly and attentive, the oysters are big and relatively inexpensive, and there's a variety of other menu items for those avoiding oysters. Its actually a surprisingly good spot for fish-eating pseudo vegetarians like me.

31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Russ F.
Great service.  Wonderful ambiance.  Sassy and fun waitress.  Local food was delicious.  Would come back here in a, um, New York minute!

26/12/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Millhouse R.
The crawfish bisque was delicious. And I bought thee bottles of their house brand hot sauce to take home. However, their oysters on the half are atrociously bland. I had to pour salt and cocktail sauce (really good cocktail sauce) just to get a slight rise out of them.

13/02/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
29. Bong L.
Friendly and fast staff. The food was okay. I tried their seafood gumbo but was disappointed. It was so spicy and there were not much seafood such as shrimp or crab in it. I ordered the red snapper which was highly recommended by the waiter but nothing to die for. Their prices were close to the prices of mr. B's. You have the choice to pay a negligible price difference or have just an "okay" food.

31/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
30. Greg K.
We wanted some oysters while visiting the city.  Went by Acme and the line was ridiculous so we used Yelp on the iPhone to find Desire.  The Oysters Desire were excellent! We recommend Desire and will stop by there again next time we're in the neighborhood.

20/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Oldair D.
Excellent place...I would highly recommend the turtle soup, it is delicious.  The raw oysters as well as the charbroiled oysters are delicious.  Do yourself a favor and check out this place on Bourbon Street.

14/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Lee B.
I always stop in to desire when I'm in N.O. The oysters are always good, shucker quick and you absolutely, positively, CANNOT leave without ordering the bread pudding with wiskey sauce. Even if you think you won't like it, believe me it's crazy good! Definitely the best I've ever had. Desire is the only place on Bourbon that is worth checking out.

24/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Kenneth P.
The hostess/manager was polite and was able to seat us fast.  The place felt a little hospital-ish.  It was very bright and all white tile.  The oysters were good, and came quickly.  The po-boys and shrimp and grits were both good.  

We went here, as all the other places on Bourbon Street had long lines.  We'd probably go there again, under similar circumstances.  Not a memorable dinner, rather a quick and easy bite out.

25/03/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
34. Bryan O.
The hostess, wait staff, and manager were all awesome.  Super friendly, welcoming, helpful, and quick to serve.  I had the Oyster Desire, which is a half dozen oysters in half-shell over ice with parmesan cheese and garlic butter...just amazing.  One of my favorites I've had in NOLA.  Also got half a muffaletta and fries and have leftovers for tomorrow.  Just a top notch place all around, right on Bourbon.

19/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Ken F.
I would give it 5 stars but I when I look at my rating dispersion I realize I might be a little generous.  While all I had here was Oysters they were spectacular.

Ask for Kentrelle at the Oyster Bar and have him make you the "firecracker."  It will blow you doors off.

23/11/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
36. Christina R.
A sentimental favorite of ours - there's nothing more heavenly than bellying up to the oyster bar and ordering dozens upon dozens of fresh-shucked oysters with peel and eat shrimp on the side.

17/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Rachel G.
i was on tour and we had one day off the entire tour. luckily, our day off was in new orleans! so fun! we had dinner here because they seemed to have something for everyone in our crowd. alligator, tutrle soup, crawfish etouffee, gumbo, oysters, and many other delights. we had oysters all along the gulf coast and these were my favourite. the decor was traditional and the vibe was cool. we loved sitting at a table next to an open window on bourbon street and people watching during our meal.

17/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Trace S.
I've eaten at a number of great places in NOLA. Desire Oyster Bar is at the top of my list. I'm bonkers over their poboy's! They really have the 'fried' thing down. Actually, they do fried seafood as well as any place I've ever been! Their selection of house hot sauces are super good on the sandwiches as well. Go check it out!

22/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Rod M.
It was a busy Saturday night on Bourbon St. and we were hungry so we walked into Desire to see if we can get seated.  We walked right in and got seated right away.  There didn't seem to be another open table around so I think we got lucky.  The server was great.  He came by quite often and made sure we were taken care of.  We started off with the fried catfish appetizer.  The catfish was seasoned perfectly.  My girlfriend had the bbq shrimp and it tasted really good.  I ordered the pot roast po boy and it was tasty.  I wanted something else besides seafood just for one night and this hit the spot.  The portion was huge and I barely finished a little more than half before I threw in the towel.  I would definitely come back here again.

30/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
40. Greg I.
I have had the chance to be in New Orleans for New Year's the past two years and have ended up here both times. Needless to say I have been impressed both times. I've been awed because I have gone there with parties of 8-10 people on a really busy night and we've only had to wait 10-15 mins.  The service is generally good, and the food amazing. Oysters are their forte and they have an oyster bar if you want to sit at while they shuck them in front of you. Prices are moderate for food and drinks but well worth it. Once you finish, the best part is that your right on Bourbon St. getting ready for the time of your life.

26/02/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. ryan k.
I really really like this place. Sit at the oyster bar, get some good cold beers and house some oysters. I had the oysters (which were great even though they were'nt from Louisiana - blame BP) and the jambalaya, and my girl had the shrimp and grits. Both are highly recommended. We had the pecan pie for dessert which was unbelievable, although I also heard that the bread pudding is great as well. This place feels like a french bisto, though a little more touristy, if you sit at the oyster bar, you'll really enjoy yourself

21/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Andrew P.
Great service.  Wish they would serve the oysters on ice.

20/06/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
43. Evets J.
Wow! This was the only place that stayed open when we had LATE night oysters cravings(2am). We sat at the oyster bar for a quick bite. New Orleans oysters and Florida oysters were served to us on the day before N.O. kicks off the NFL opener game. The oysters were tasty and the cocktail sauce/horse radish is very powerful! I can almost bet that they were crowded on the day of the NFL opener 2010.

25/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Melissa G.
We ate here as our last dinner in New Orleans.  The saving grace was that it wasn't crazy expensive but you get what you pay for and the food was not good.  Certainly after all of the amazing food we had enjoyed around New Orleans full of flavor and spice, everything we had was bland and cold.  Even the drinks were blah.  The only saving grace is that it is in a good location and that there was no wait.  I would not return or recommend.

15/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
45. Leah R.
The oysters were amazing as usual, very mild.  Shrimp Creole was good even though the tomatoes were from a can. They had a kick that snuck up on me.  Only three stars because my friend's dinner was so salty that she couldn't eat it.  She was very happy with her drinks.

03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Maura M.
Be warned, there is no need to add horseradish to the cocktail sauce, it is hot enough without it and fantastic. The raw oysters are divine and no waiting in a line like Acme. Gumbo was great. Service was fine.

23/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
47. Travis Z.
They have some of the best oyster dishes that you can find on Bourbon St.  The boiled oysters were really great.  The other food was good, but not great which is why I only give four stars instead of five.  We had the alligator burger and jumbalaya.   Great service, very little wait for anything.

11/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Jon R.
We had a great late lunch here.  The raw oysters were good, and their cocktail sauce was delicious -- it had an extra kick to it, probably cayenne or something in addition to the normal horseradish.  The fried green tomato appetizer was great (and is more than enough for sharing among 2-3 people), and the softshell crab was also good.  My favorite were the BBQ oysters with blue cheese (actual cheese, not dressing).  Service was very prompt, since it  was the late in the afternoon.

22/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Eric G.
Awesome. The oysters were recommended, but went for the jambalaya and étouffée which were both incredible. The price was right and service was great. So stuffed, we may never eat again!

12/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Jasmine S.
Not too bad... If you're on Bourbon Street and want some oysters, this is a great place to try.  I liked the raw oysters with just the right amount of horseradish in their cocktail sauce and the calamari was outstanding!

02/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
51. ryan w.
Over rated
The food was okay, the service was mediocre, the beer was warm, maybe it was just a bad day.  

Too many great places in NOLA we will not return.

17/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
52. amanda b.
This was our favorite place to eat during our visit.  We came for lunch twice.  Both times the food was fantastic.  Oysters were very fresh.  The ones broiled with parmesan were awesome but we had them plain and they were great too.   Decent crabcakes- not too much breading, plenty of crab.  The service was a 50/50 split- first visit our waiter was on the ball.  Second visit, not so much.  Definitely stop in for a bite if you're in the neighborhood.

16/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Timithie N.
We came in looking for oysters. We got oysters: 12 apiece. They were pure oyster perfection, with a little lemon, a little cocktail sauce and a little horseradish.... YUM!

You know it's good when you have to wipe the ocean mud from your hands after eating one right from the shell. We also got the fried green tomatoes with mustardy crab bits and it was also outstanding.  Maybe we were just at the right place at the right time, but it was heavenly.

30/12/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
54. John O.
By far this is the best restaurant I have been to in regards to service and experience overall.  The prices are low and the portions are large.  I was so happy about my first visit that I came back again!

All the servers are friendly and prompt.  This place pride themselves on giving people friendly and quick service.  The only other place I had better service was at Commanders Palace.

The food was great.  I had red beans and rice the first visit and a roast beef po-boy on my second visit.  All of the food was tasty and priced right.  It was so good and priced lower than what i expected I ended up leaving a 30% tip.

When I come back to new Orleans, which I usually do at least once a year, I will make sure to stop by this place again.  It just can not be beat!

07/03/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
55. Ashley S.
Calamari and Shrimp + Grits were AMAZING ! Would definitely go back!

06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Jamie L.
Desire is OK if your looking for a touristy (i.e. overpriced) place to eat. Had the red beans and rice and it was so-so, especially for 13.00! Evelyn's, just around the corner is MUCH better for half the price. The bread was good, but its bread. Cant really mess that up. I'd skip Desire unless your craving for oysters is unbearable.

12/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
57. Natalie T.
Crawfish Bisque, Muffalata, Catfish Po-Boy is how we started our NO weekend get-a-way.  The staff was very attentive and the window seating adjacent to Bourbon Street is a great experience.

The Bisque is a must-have, thought about it the entire weekend!

21/03/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
58. Jason G.
Cool touristy place right in the heart of it all.  I loved the fact that people were throwing beads in the restaurant through the windows and that floats were passing by as we ate.  However, the service we received was atrocious.  I'd cut the woman some slack if I saw a doctor's note certifying that she was really mute, but she wasn't sharing.  Her response to us ordering was sighing and rolling her eyes.  WTF?  The good thing was,  I was not here to make friends.  I came here with one purpose in life - to slay a mighty roast beef n gravy Po Boy.  It was just what I wanted and more.  So good.  Sweet potato fries are bomb, too.  Good selection of Abita.  Hush puppies were whatever.  Kinda tasteless and underwhelming.  Bread pudding was amazing.  Overall, the food was a 4+, but the service brought my rating down.  I felt like we got one of the only people on Bourbon St. NOT having a good time.

21/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
59. Sarvin C.
Good food, but the wait staff sucks. Don't be fooled, there's butter and bread plates, but you'll have to ask for the (free) bread.

29/12/08 | Link | Rating: 3.0
60. Kevin M.
Looking for a place to eat, we wondered in here.  I got the turtle soup, which wasn't the best, but okay.  No one else was particularly excited by what they ordered either, but no one was really disappointed either.  

Oyster bar looked like it would have been good though.

13/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
61. Tobi D.
Ok, I've got to do my best here to raise the overall rating of Desire.  Why?  Because I love this place and I want everyone to try it.  Once in New Orleans, my husband and I found ourselves fighting over where to eat lunch when he said with exasperation "Let's just go in this place."  

This place was Desire Oyster Bar and we ended up eating there 4 more times before we left New Orleans and headed back home.  The first time I ate the crawfish cake and it was yummy and cute on a bed of mixed greens.  But the subsequent times I hit the raw oysters... hard!  I liked the display of oysters on ice that you see at a lot of oyster bars.  

And the restaurant is so cute, black and white tiled floor with painted white tin on the ceiling.  It's very French and modern feeling.  The oysters were great, fresh tasting and the cocktail sauce will clear out your sinuses (which my husband and I love, extra horseradish for us, please.)

The wait staff was not very talkative but friendly enough for us.  Last but not least, let me mention the fantastic Bloody Mary I had with my meal.  I really hope that despite the rating everyone gives it a try.

13/01/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
62. A R.
Absolutely loved this restaurant! We were there for lunch with our teenage kids. The best oysters we had all week. Great customer service from every single person we ran into. Food was cheaper than the other restaurants in the French Quarter.

31/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
63. LISA H.
line outside was ridiculous, and crowded inside. however the redeeming quality of this place is their oysters, huge and delish. best Oysters Rockefeller i have ever had. Nothing else was good on the menu :(

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
64. Holly S.
Yes, it was my very first meal in New Orleans and what a trip.

The counter had one more seat - for me!  The bartender/server/oyster shucker made me feel welcome right away.  As it was my first time in the South, I had to tone down my Seattle speed right away.

That's right.

Once we got on the same wavelength, I trusted my server to get me great raw oysters on the half shell, a glass of cab-merlot and shrimp creole.  I don't know what kind of oysters or wine because the server wouldn't tell me!  Heck, I thought, I might as well relax a bit.

In retrospect, however, I'll have to see what else they offer for entrees - I wasn't very keen on the shrimp creole, although I thought the shrimp were cooked to perfection and were plentiful.  Just a little too bland for my taste (and I found other places in town know how to add that zip and flavor).  So, minus one star for the creole.

24/11/08 | Link | Rating: 4.0
65. Carolyn O.
My hubby and I stopped in for a quick lunch and a few beers and were pleasantly surprised. The place was packed and loud but the energy was really good. Our service was so-so but she was really nice so that made up for anything else. To me, this place has a real New York deli kind of vibe. Food was fantastic. We split a fried shrip & oyster poboy and a bowl of Gumbo. Went back later for oysters on the half. This is also a great place for people watching!

18/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
66. David G.
Portions were okay.  Overall pretty average/good. Turtle soup is so-so. Go for the Gumbo instead.

04/11/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
67. K. G.
We are crazy about Irvin Mayfield, who is the jazz artist in residence at the Royal Sonesta hotel (the lounge is called Irvin Mayfield's Playhouse). Desire is part of the hotel property. Our MO is to sit at the bar at Desire and get the oysters straight from the shuckers. That's how I know the oysters are properly iced and shucked. I love the elaborate vintage decor, their oysters and awesome sauce (I even commented on how good it was to the woman sitting to my right the last time and she sniffed and said, "I know - I'm from here. I've lived here 14 years." Haha!) I've only had the turtle soup and oysters - every way they serve them - and always been most satisfied. After reading the other reviews about the  overt casualness, wait and other dishes, I think I'll stick with my MO since it works so well for me...

19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
68. Reb G.
A little short on ambiance and a bit loud. Otherwise, this place is great. Oysters on the half, red beans & rice, and the jambalaya were all very good. Service was above average too.

06/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
69. Angel E.
I've been there several times, mainly for  lunch and  I'd normally stick to  gumbo which is pretty decent.

This last time, I ventured into the restaurant for dinner. I had 6 raw oysters which were nice and fresh; for the main course, I had fried green tomatoe and shrimp poboy which was ok and only ok -- the shrimp were cool, remoulade was ok, not the best and the French bread was mass -produced- parbaked -chewy -fake -crap. Sorry. The fake French bread killed it for me.

My friend had fried green tomatoes with crab claws (which were kind of on the tough side) - ok, but not great.

Another major drawback of the restaurant is the noise level --- it's pretty bad at lunch, but it's even worse at dinner time - you can't talk and you can't hear yourself think.

29/10/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
70. Josh G.
Not sure where the good reviews are coming from. Had a horrible lunch: hair in one oyster and pieces of shell in almost all 12 we ordered, overpriced ($8 for a 8 oz beer), and slow, inattentive service. Went here to escape long lines at Acme and paid for it. Lesson: keep expectations low and proceed with caution when dining on Bourbon St.

16/02/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
71. Kae O.
This was the first place we ate at on our little weekend trip to New Orleans. This place was great since it was right on Bourbon street, so as you are sitting and eating, you can watch everyone walking up and down the street. We got the baked oysters, and the were delicious! I fell in love, right then and there. It was all I wanted to eat all weekend. The mister got a po' boy and I got the jambalaya and we were both very pleased. Bit pricey, but what else would you expect from a restaurant right on Bourbon street. Our waitress was amazing. She was busy serving about half the restaurant, but that did not stop her from hugging you before you left. Now that is what I call Southern hospitality! I would definitely love to come back!

18/06/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
72. Joe S.
I have dined at Desires twice. Excellent oysters. Warning some of the hottest cocktail sauce I have had ever had.Turtle soup is perfect and I love the Sherry on the side so that I can control the mixture. Some other restaurants in the area are very heavy on the sherry. I really enjoy this place but on my second visit I think the waitress had about all the tourist she could handle. We were there for Mardi Gras and she literally threw the bread at us when we asked for it. I felt sorry for her because it was late and you could tell it had been a very busy day. We tipped her huge. I defiantley prefer Desires over Acme. Sit at the shucking bar if you can get a seat.

01/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
73. Zack B.
Desire is always busy yet I've never had to wait more than 15 minutes for a table. The service can be a tad slow but the staff is very friendly and helpful.

All of the food served is very good from the salads up to the entrees. The prices are very fair and the quality if quite good especially for a place located directly on Bourbon which is in NOLA tourist area. I recommend it :-)

12/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
74. Kelly B.
Well, i'll start by saying that this is mainly a seafood restaurant and had I not be STARVING we probably would not have stopped here. BOY, am I glad we did!  In the past, it was always, Mothers. If someone asked, " hey, where's the best po boy?" I replied, " Mothers".  Not anymore.  
The most incredibly delicious roast beef Po Boy  with gravy and debris is here. I have never in my life tasted such perfection.  My husband ate the crawfish etouffet and he loved it also. But, i am here to tell you this sandwich is the best thing in the world.  So good in fact that with thousands of fantastic restaurants in New orleans to eat we went back the next day and i had the same thing.

15/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
75. Marcie D.
Our waiter, Tony, was awesome. Very attentive and friendly. The jambalaya was delicious. A little pricey but worth every penny.

04/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
76. Yao L.
Service is really great. And the restroom is VERY impressive... But the food is just ok. I mean, it's not super expensive but definitely still too expensive for the taste. We ordered gumbo, turtle soup and gatter burger. Not impressive. Especially the burger...-.-

29/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
77. Nimmy C.
Great Fried Shrimp, it was crispy and not greasy at all. I really loved the Jambalaya here, it was saucy and super yummy!! The Gumbo was pretty good too. Our server was very nice and attentive. Try to get a seat by the windows and you'll get a front row view of bourbon street.

18/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
78. Mrs. G.
This food was incredible. I ordered a cajun fettuchine with crawfish. The cajun spice and aldredo sauce seemed like a crazy combo to me but it was awesome. I loved it so much I took it back to my hotel room and made my boyfriend try it. I will say though, that there was an older woman there who coughed on her hands and handed me my silverware. I politely asked her to get me new silverware and she did. The incredible food made up for it.

09/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
79. Stacy H.
Best shrimp and grits in the French Quarter. I had so enjoyed the shrimp and grits at Emeril's that I wasn't expecting much when we ordered it here, but to my surprise it was even BETTER than Nola's. We also had the gator burger (which is ground with pork) and is was very good. The other dishes were average, but I would certainly go again and try other things

17/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
80. Emily R.
Soooooo delicious!! Went here based on yelp reviews and was so glad we did! food was so tastey and the service was great. Great location on Bourbon as well. Went as a group of 5 and we just got a bunch of different items and all shared. Would definitely go back if in Nola again :)

11/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
81. Debra L.
I guess I should have known better. This is not a traditional New Orleans restaurant - it's part of the Royal Sonesta hotel. It's an inviting space and I loved the decor and the name. It's open air and faces right onto Bourbon St. We chose it for a Sunday afternoon lunch so it wasn't too crazy inside or out. I guess it could have been if the Saints weren't getting their butts handed to them.  

I think we simply ordered wrong. We had OD'd on oysters the previous 2 days but we probably should have had them here. Instead, we got peel and eat shrimp. They were mushy and kind of flavorless - not plump and juicy as expected. The cocktail sauce was good though - and it had a serious kick!

We also got 2 iceberg & blue cheese wedge salads. I never order that. Ever. But, I had no choice. It was practically the only green (well, more like water-colored light green) item on the menu.

I also had a bowl of shrimp, oyster and sausage gumbo and it was blando. Shrimp were small and obviously had been frozen, oysters were mushy, the roux was thin and flavorless. My fiance' had crawfish bisque and it wasn't bad, considering crawfish were out of season.

Service was nice though. The warm french bread they served was quite good. Individual loves for each of us. The iced tea was delicious and refills were quick. The prices were inflated but that's what you get at a hotel restaurant.

19/11/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
82. Michael N.
Fried oysters with BBQ and blue cheese was the highlight of the meal. I wish we just ordered four of them for our meal! The jambalaya was a nice way to experience it; we should have reserved the shrimp po boy for another place. And the warm bread was a welcome treat as we sat down.

06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
83. Mai N.
My first creole experience in louisiana . I ordered dozen raw oysters and my Bf ordered the creole trio. Jambalaya is different here more wet and dark red. I really liked it the sausages in the rice were yum andouille . The gumbo and red beans I didn't care for. My oysters were good they were huge and the sauces were spicy like I like it. The red sauce it comes with is mediocre taste but wasn't too spicy the green jalapeño Tabasco has a real kick to it wasabi a big dash I might add. Overall a 3.5 or almost a4 experience

30/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
84. Rebecca L.
I was hungry.  Not a a little pang-in-my-stomach hungry, but my- bellybutton-was-talking- to- me- in- her- angry- voice hungry.  BUT being the food snob that I am, i walked around canal street looking for a good restaurant to satiate my hunger.  I stopped in front of about 5 different restaurants looking at their menu, and for some reason, nothing looked really appetizing.  But one look at Desire's menu, i knew that this would be the place to eat.   When I walked in, i felt as if i was transported into an old western movie or scarlet o'hara was goign to be waltzing through the door.  it was beautiful inside.  the wood was old oak and you can see how the designer really put extra efforts into the detail of the place (take a look at the bar and you'll know what i mean)

After my eyes were satisfying filled with aesthetic pleasentry, I walked up to the hostess (with the mostess, sorry couldn't help it) and she promptly seated me by the window so I could people watch.  She quickly brought me bread and when I told her about this local beer I heard of she said, "i know which one hun, the amber" and quickly brought it to me.  

O.k. the beer.  it was.... delicious.  I have never had beer that good before.  This beer makes mac and jack and hoegaarden and the spaaten ??? taste like dirt.  it's that freaking a good.  

So while i was enjoying my beer I was looking through the menu, i asked my server, "what's really good here?"  she answered, "if you realy want your socks knocked off, you should get the shrimp and grits" in her nawalens accent.  

shrimp and grits it is.

when i got it, i was a bit tentative, but one spoonful of it made me forget my name.  it was delicious.  I soaked up the juicy goodness with their fresh baked bread and proceeded onto jacob's ladder.  Seriously i was goign to be going to heaven.

the reason why i am giving it minus one star, however, is due to the fact that I was bloated like crazy.  The shrimp and grits had A LOT of salt in it, and should not be eaten without the bread.  If it didn't do that or didn't taste like that, i would have given it five stars.  

So if you're in town, go here... it's worth every penny.

25/07/07 | Link | Rating: 4.0
85. Beth P.
Besides the slow service we love this place. Restrooms are clean and the food is great! I recommend the oysters desire and the red beans and rice, yum!

22/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
86. Jason P.
We started with the Turtle soup, it was very tasty, but it was my first time with it, so take it for what it's worth.
The highlight was the deep fried blue cheese oysters, and a broiled parmesan oyster.
The oysters were absolutely wonderful.
Just can't get enough of them.

22/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
87. Sheryl S.
Plain and simple I love oysters and will try and get them wherever I can.

I tried them here and they were okay. Yes, gulf oysters are not my absolute favorite, so maybe there was a little bias. But on a whole I though the experience for oysters could have been better. Maybe we should have just gone to Acme to go and compare.

But what did make up for the lack of oyster loving here was in the Russian horseradish you MUST ask for when you get your plate of oysters. It will make you wide awake when you mix it in but gives the kick you want out of the shell.

Overall price / value was just OK so I would probably make some other stops before coming back again.

19/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
88. Kurt H.
Dropped in for a late lunch after a walking tour in the Quarter. Started with a half dozen fresh oysters which were very fresh. Also had a bowl of gumbo that had a dark, smokey roux.  We also tried the crawfish étouffée which was very good. The roux based sauce was thick, creamy and had the classic onion, bell pepper and garlic tastes.

We were pleasantly surprised at the dishes from an oyster bar.

21/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
89. Mike L.
My most memorable meal in NO was at this restaurant.  We ate here twice since this is one of the few restaurants that was open past midnight for that late night oyster craving.  The oysters here are amazing!  They give you a scoop of horseradish that will light your nose hairs on fire.  The hot sauce they make (and sell) goes great with the oysters.  

We also ordered the roast beef sandwich (pretty damn good).  The bread was a little stale, but it was right before closing time, not a big deal.  The turtle soup was pretty good.  It's prepared with a sherry-based broth so you can taste the alcohol.  Great after a long night of drinking.

What really made the meal was the guy behind the oyster bar.  We went around 1:30 in the mornin and there was this super charming "coonass" shucking away.  He was missing his two front teeth, and had a thick cajun accent that you could barely make out what he was saying, but his kept us entertained throughout our meal.  He was the coolest guy we encountered during our stay.  We left him a $20 tip (for a $25 bill).

23/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
90. Celeste S.
Loved it! The BBQ shrimp were good and the corn Tasso chowder was amazing.  The drinks were tasty and strong.  Tony was our waiter and gave us such friendly service.  We will be back when we visit NOLA again!

27/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
91. Jonathan W.
We came here for a quick lunch and were very pleased. There were three of us, and we ordered everything to share, which included fried pickles, fried oysters and a creole combo: gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. It ended up being a good amount of food, especially because they started us out with some delicious bread, freshly warmed. It was probably freshly baked, too, but they put it through a toaster-ish thing right before they give it to you.
All this, and it wasn't too pricey - only $30-something for three people. It would be much more, of course, if you were here for dinner and got 'real' meals and drinks and all that. I've heard it's good for live music at night though!

17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
92. Blythe Z.
We stayed at the Royal Sonesta the week after Christmas (hotel the restaurant is located within), and decided to come here for a snack before dinner.

Sadly our service was poor.  That is why even though our food was good the stars also reflect the poor service we had.  

It was about 4 o'clock when we stopped in and decided to get a beer and share the BBQ Shrimp appetizer and an order of the Hush Puppies.  

Our waitress had a shift change and our food sat out for about 15 mins before we could waive someone over to help us.  When we made the comment that we had been waiting and waiting - there was no apology nothing.  I have been to many places where the waiter has changed shift and usually they bring the new waiter over introduce them and say that they will be taking over.  That was not the case here - actually it was really disappointing.

05/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
93. Nick B.
Oyster Desire is the bomb but they keep inching up the prices. I love the Oysters Desire. They lost a star for price gouging thou.(

16/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
94. Angie C.
Oysters and shrimp were delicious. Turtle soup was interesting, but i didn't know what to expect. Fried green tomatoes were quite good.  The staff was very attentive and nice.

03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
95. Parke R.
Amazing food on bourbon street.there fresh made cocktail sauce is on of the best I have ever had. Po boys are all good and gombo was great.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
96. Jayde K.
I missed dinner and went here to grab something quick and light. But, I end up ordering jambalaya. It was great! It was the best jambalaya I had in NOLA.

14/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
97. Tal C.
We came here for dinner before going to listen to some jazz at the Playhouse, located across the courtyard from this restaurant. I should note that I did not try the oysters, so I can't say much about them, although my friend said that they were "good." The place almost has a little diner feel, but the look/atmosphere of the place is a bit misleading- it's pricier than you'd expect from looking at it. The other people at my table tried the Chicken Sandwich, gator burger, and oysters on the half shell. Everyone liked their food but nobody was really raving. I got the caesar salad with chicken- the chef originally forgot to put my chicken on the salad, and I really wish I hadn't asked where it was. When I finally got the chicken, it really tasted like rubber. Other than that the salad was good. Overall, decent food, friendly service, but I certainly wasn't blown away.

21/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
98. Daniel G.
First place I went after my plane landed in 'Nola. The gumbo and some oysters were dank. A solid choice right off bourbon street.

27/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
99. D B.
Keep the oysters coming!  Great spot to go. Every time it has been consistently good!  Super cool environment.  You won't be disappointed.

05/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
100. Ken I.
I tried the turtle soup and really enjoyed the rich flavor and sherry finish of this soup. The bbq shrimp was totally different from the one I had at Mr. B's Bistro. The bbq shrimp was okay but not spectacular.

24/11/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
101. Ciara S.
I went to Desire Oyster Bar yesterday in New Orleans. The reviews is what got me there... It was my last night in the Nola and I wanted a great meal I managed to get there before closing. I choose to go with the Shrimp Creole and my boyfriend got the BBQ shrimp. This meal was sooooo good... Definetely worth a visit and its right on Bourbon Street... If you do not like spicy dont be scared to try the Shrimp Creole because it wasnt spicy at all. I cannot wait to go back!

18/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
102. Steve H.
Way up there!  Though the Po' Boy wasn't anything to write home about.  This place is classic NOLA, and worth a stop.  GREAT jambalaya!

06/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
103. Christine R.
I have been here a few times & love everything about Desire Oyster Bar!  The bartenders & servers have always been so nice & Chef Christian is very talented.  On every occasion I am very satisfied and love the knowledge of the staff as far as seafood & beer pairing.  What a gem!

11/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
104. Alan J.
Awesome oyster bar on Bourbon St. the only reason I don't give it 5 stars was it was pretty pricey and they don't serve happy hour ("it's always happy hour, we just don't discount the drinks")

We had the oysters desire, which is  a half-dozen oysters baked with paremesan and creole sauce.  VERY GOOD.  The oysters shots were the strongest  I've ever had!  I LOVE horseradish and they probably had too much.   About 4 oz of coctail sauce, horseradish, voldka and horseradish.  Clear you right up.  

The beers were $7/each, which is more than I like to pay but I did get a significant sampling of 4 different kinds prior to my order. Now what was amazing was the shrimp and grits entree.  wow.  The sauce was everything.  Served in a bowl with 2 inch ridges the shrimp and grit cakes are submerged in a yellow creole sauce that is so good, maybe the best I've had before.  The bread served with it is good for soaking up the sauce you don't get while you eat.  

side note: a drunk marine returning from Afghanistan sat down with his buddy and they ordered a dozen raw oysters each.   The friends ate his, the marine was too drunk and just left. Our bartender gave us the oysters. i wasn't sure how I felt about it but free oysters at an upscale oyster bar is hard to turn down.

Service A+.  
Food A+
Drinks B+
Pricing...a little high. That's what you get for eating on bourbon st.

05/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
105. anette f.
I would go there just for:
Turtle Soup (my favorite meal this last trip)
JoAnn the waitress
Ceaser Salad
Vodka Lemonade

The oysters we ordered a too salty for me- but that's different for everyone.

12/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
106. Alfie C.
A classic New Orleans feels from the floor to the ceiling.

Look up and you'll notice the fans running on belts and cogs.

The oyster her delicious and reasonably priced and their Ramos Fizz was goood...

The place is very casual though and very touristy, as per location, but I thought it was too casual to have a waiter in a Saint's jersey serving food...

14/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
107. Stephanie G.
Get the Oysters Desire & BBQ Oysters with a mint julep. Friendly staff & quick seating on Friday night. Offers Turtle soup & Shrimp n grit cakes on menu.

20/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
108. Danny K.
It had been about nine years since my last visit to New Orleans, pre-Katrina and the oil spill.  I wanted to get some oysters on the half shell and crawfish.  I got my fix at Desire.  I ordered a 1/2 pound of boiled crawfish with 6 raw oysters.  

My ex from Texas had taught me how to make oysters on saltine crackers with a dash of cocktail sauce, hot sauce and horse radish.  Desire has a set of three different hot sauces to choose from.  A mild green sauce, a firey red sauce and an orange garlic sauce, which is what I liked the most.

Having searched for oysters for years in Southern California that could live up to the quality of the oysters in New Orleans with all the fixins to no avail, it was an unforgettable experience.  I told my server happily that these were the best oysters I had in ten years.  The crawfish were perfectly good too.  If you want a standard Cajun meal with Southern hospitality, Desire will not disappoint.

15/06/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
109. Tanya C.
I had a pulled pork po-boy which was decent. Not too exciting. A lot of food though. The sweet potato fries are great though.  The service is okay since my water cut was never empty but other than that its a bit slow.

04/12/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
110. Lauren C.
SO good. Had Calamari for appetizer and it was the best I have ever had. You think, Calamari: breaded, fried, typical, right? WRONG. It was seasoned with Cajun herbs and oh-so-delightful.
Entree was Crawfish Etouffee: deliciously spicy. The others at my table had turtle soup (their absolute favorite), a 'side salad' that was totally huge and shrimp gumbo. Everyone was happy.
My only problem would be to bring a sweater. It was so freezing in there. Not just me, the 90lb girl, but the normal sized people were freezing too!

31/08/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
111. Matt A.
Not exactly the best experience with food while we were there. The service was also very slow.

26/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
112. Richard R.
HIGHS AND LOWS-had a great roast beef po-boy on FRI-sat-ate with wife-great gumbo,split combo fried oyster,fried shrimp po-boy,1/2 had 4 shrimp,1/2 had 4 oysters,oysters had shell fragments in them.Almost broke a tooth.

19/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
113. Mike S.
Ate here during Saints away game.  9 Saints cheerleaders (not sure if they were dance, cheerleaders, or something else but they wore matching saint outfits and where all cute).  Many Saints' fans.

Service was quick and had my best seafood po-boy of the week here.  Great fried green tomatoes, shrimp po-boy, and oyster po-boy.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very local and nice.  9 cute cheerleaders may have caused a 4.5 star to turn into 5 so with them missing this may be a 4 but I have to vote on the experience I had, right?

02/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
114. Erin F.
OOOOH Desire. Loved it.

My Tulanian sister recommended Desire to the BF and me and we happened to be standing outside when she texted her list of great restaurants.

BBQ Oysters, Shrimp and Grits, martinis, crusty bread. What's not to like?

You can also sit at the oyster bar while they shuck in front of you- which is where you'll see me next time. Martini in hand :)

29/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
115. Kris Marie D.
Went on a Sunday night when bourbon st was dead...BBQ shrimp was the best I've had. Cajun shrimp Alfredo was very well seasoned and hit the spot! Bf got the gator burger and thought it was terrible(-1 star). Great decor.

27/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
116. Jaxx D.
Not bad for late night food im not sure if it was the drink or not but i thought it was pretty good. i Had the pulled pork po-boy and after being so disappointed with "Mothers" po-boy's it was quiet a surprise would definitely go back.

27/07/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
117. G. C.
When we first hit Bourbon Street and saw this restaurant we didn't even bother. We figured that despite it's appealing decor that it being as close at it was to Bourbon Street, the food was probably medicore and the prices outrageous.

Well we ended up here by default because it was one of the few restaurants open late in the French Quarter that would actually serve you something other than a slice of pizza or a beignet.

We were pleasantly surprised and the prices were reasonable as well. We had the gumbo and rice and the BBQ shrimp. Both were well seasoned and delicious. And perhaps because we were one of the last customers of the night, the waitress threw in a lagniappe (freebie) -- their bread pudding. Good thing it was free because I would have been sorely disappointed if we would have had to pay for it. It was just ok.

Overall, a good place to grab a bite to eat -- a better place to see what all the crazy people are willing to do for a string of beads because some tables look straight out onto Bourbon St. Mind you, these tables also make you a sitting target to those same crazy people on Bourbon St. So be on the look out!

06/09/09 | Link | Rating: 3.0
118. Christian W.
Highly recommended!! Excellent food, great service!! Came to the quarter looking for something authentic. We found exactly what we were looking for and more. The shrimp creole was fantastic! It went great with the local blonde ale. Our waitress, Delores, was an absolute delight. Great overall experience!

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
119. Toni J.
Great service, location and food. The BBQ Shrimp is lick yur plate delicious!

22/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
120. Cindy B.

Food here is sooooooooo fricking good! While visiting New Orleans, I ate here a few times. The raw oysters were good! Crawfish were good too. I still dream about the baked oysters with BBQ sauce and bleu cheese. YUM! Prices for everything on the menu were very reasonable.  

Only reason why I didn't give this place a 5 star is because of the service. Maybe it's just me but coming from Los Angeles, it's all about time and prompt service and the service here was so slow--when the place was packed and when it was almost empty.

However, on my next trip to NoLa, I will be back to chow on some oysters for sure!

08/07/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
121. Maggie B.
Everything about this place was wonderful. The waitress was lovely and I loved the architecture. The food was amazing! I had a salad and green beans which were probably one of the greatest things I've ever had before. I definitely recommend coming here. Everyone is so nice! They even brought free dessert because they look so long on our order even though it wasn't long at all! Definitely come here!

15/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
122. Richard R.
The atmosphere is great, with its lively dining room, friendly staff, coffered ceilings and bourbon street frontage. Gumbo was terrific but the BBQ oysters were fried, served on half shell and drenched in BBQ sauce. I could not taste the oysters. Stick with gumbo.

15/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
123. Elaine G.
This was a nice surprise. My friend and I were wandering around the french quarter, looking for 1) a place that was open on a Monday morning and 2) a place that served some good local food. Well, we got what we were looking for. The Crab Cake Benedict was delicious. I don't think I've ever had anything like it! I might go back to New Orleans just to have some more! I also enjoyed the Jambalaya omelet but the Crab Cake Benedict is not to be missed. (I've put up photos) Also, the service that Ruthie provided was wonderful. She was attentive and just delightful. As I stated before, we were there on a very quiet Monday morning so I don't know how this would be for lunch or dinner!

13/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
124. Kimitea T.
Soft shell crab PO-BOY!
It was delicious! Still I remember the taste!
Crab meat was so tender and taste really fresh.
I tried other po-boy but for me it was best!
While I was traveling NOLA, I went back there 2 times for soft shell crab.

Also, the potato salad was great too!!!
Big smile!

20/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
125. Kayan H.
Jambalaya, bbq shrimp appetizer, oysters!! All delicious!! Bread is freshly heated and super delicious. Location is central on Bourbon so you really feel the party atmosphere.

08/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
126. Jan G.
What we needed on our last morning in NOLA at the Royal Sonesta was a good breakfast to hold us over til lunch in Florida. Desire couldnt have been more convenient and inviting at 10am on a Sunday morning. Our waiter, while delayed a little, couldn't have been more pleasant and prompt. We decided we wanted to start with Beignets and they came out warm, covered in powdered sugar and accompanied by berries. A great start to our morning. I decided on the sausage gravy and biscuits topped with an egg over easy. Great flavor with a gravy that was hearty but not too salty. We all enjoyed our meal and appreciated the diner feel with the doors open onto the street for a European Cafe effect. I have noticed this place for years ( got to try their oysters) and look forward to coming back for lunch or dinner.

01/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
127. Mike P.
This was my email to manager

Had the most amazing experience at your hotel and restaurant. On Monday 18th I was came in for lunch and forgot my conference bag in Desire. Milton the waiter turned it in to the manager or someone else who turned it to the hotel. Milton also searched for me up and down Bourbon street. I remembered it after going back into the conference but because of the schedule could come back on on Thursday. Milton helped me as well as the kind man (at the bell boy desk) and after back and forth and figuring out who had it manage to locate it. As I was leaving Milton came and gave me my AMEX....I guess parts of me never wanted to leave :).....Please thank your entire restaurant staff for me and your hotel staff too. Next time I come to NO it will be you guys I will be staying with not Sheraton

The food
The oysters and shrimp are amazing. The sandwiches, alligator burger not so

22/06/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
128. Kevin M.
Amazing!  A dozen oysters for $14 and two oversized martinis for $10 each.  This place rocks.  Staff is super frinedly.  Get a window street and you can watch all the drunks walking along Bourbon Street.

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
129. Sarabear B.
Service is not their strong point.  The hostess actually walked away from me when she saw me coming over to be seated so that she could get a glass of water for an existing table.  There were only 4 tables in the entire place....

It took the waiter about twice as long as it should have to get to my table.  He was very personable and helpful when i ordered.... but it took way too long for him to get my food or to check on me for the rest of the night.  It wouldn't have been a problem if he had been overly busy, but like i said... there were only 4 tables.... and he wasn't the only waiter.

The food was good, but on the pricey side.  I had the crayfish bisque which was delicious, and the crayfish etouffe.  In retrospect, i should have ordered something other than crayfish.  It was good, but i kinda overdosed on crayfish.

I like the atmosphere, but the chairs are very uncomfortable.

With the frustration of waiting, and the fact that they are a bit on the high side for price, i wouldn't go back unless no other choices were convenient.

25/05/09 | Link | Rating: 2.0
130. Matt H.
Had Saturday dinner here and loved it.  I had a baked shrimp dish that had just the right amount of spice.  I shoulda had the oysters as well but I wanted to save room for further culinary exploration, not to mention some adult beverages.  I'll be back fo sho.

09/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
131. Kristin H.
This restaurant reminded me of a diner -in a good way- when I walked in.  Bright lighting, many tables of smiling happy people...

The food was good - our group of 6 was pretty happy.  The oysters were delicious (beware spicy cocktail sauce!) and so was the BBQ shrimp appetizer.  My coworker said the burger was mediocre and another coworker reported that the shrimp creole was far spicier than expected.

However, the reason for this low rating was the very slow service.  Our group waited a long time for water refills and at the end of the meal it took close to half an hour to get our checks and pay.

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
132. Melanie J.
Ugh.  Too salty for everything- broiled oysters, calamari, turtle soup.... Sad- wanted more for being so hungry but at borderline whether to eat and be sicker or not eat and be blah..... Went for not eating.....

20/09/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
133. Tammy J.
Came here instead of Acme. They have fresh oyster with reasonable price. Great service to boost.

13/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
134. Tiffany K.
First time in New Orleans and I couldn't have asked for a better first impression! Went with a large group, so I got to try a little bit of everything. The gumbo is amazing, as are the fried green tomatoes. As far as main courses are concerned, the crawfish Alfredo is super delicious and the shrimp & grits are to DIE for. Seriously, life changing!

Excellent service + awesome food = a place that I'll be recommending for years to come!

09/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
135. Dale R.
Always good, never disappoints. Just stick with the oysters, shrimp, jambalaya or etoufee. It's what they do best.

21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
136. Daniel F.
Good Jambalaya. Good to have a restaurant on Bourbon St with an old-school Nawlins atmosphere too.

19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
137. David L.
Huge oysters when I was there.  Great service!  Had a muffuletta  (half).  It was all very tasty!

27/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
138. Lara P.
Awesome drinks and the best service. The waiters are very attentive and friendly, quick with refills and smiles and always ready to help you.

The bread they serve before the meal is delicious!

The fact that the place is attached to a hotel means their bathrooms are likely the cleanest in the french quarter, tho there was a very drunk confused man in the mens room when I was there. Lucky for me, I believe that was a isolated incident lol.

To start, 6 oysters on the half shell served with spicy cocktail sauce and lemons on a beautiful platter. You literally see the men in the corner at the bar shucking the fresh oysters so you know that they literally went from shell to your plate.

A small side salad was fresh and had a good assortment of salad greens and veggies with a delicious sprinkling of house made croutons that were seasoned to perfection!

we got the creole trio which is a combination platter of gumbo, jambalaya, red  beans & rice with smoked sausage. The red beans and rice were perfection!

If you want a good taste of these new orleans specialties I highly recommend the trio as it enabled me to try three dishes I have never had before.

03/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
139. Joanne L.
We walked in here on a whim after doing a quick Yelp search.  Sat at the bar and watches the shuckers do their this.  Being oyster newbies, we were hesitant yet curious about ordering oysters on the half shell.  The shucker schooled us on it - add a generous squeeze of lemon, put on a dollop of cocktail sauce, and top it off with as much (or as little) horseradish sauce that you can handle.  Slide it all on to a saltine cracker and chew the whole thing.  It was amazingly great!  And, it was such a relief not to eat sand/grit - they were all so clean.  

Our shucker was also so kind as to give us two oysters gratis to "show" us how to eat these before we ordered a half dozen.  And, to top it off, he reached into his personal stash of homemade ceviche and put two generous dollops of it on a couple of the oysters we ordered.  Great service and an amazing oyster experience!  Highly recommend.

19/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
140. AB H.
Desire was around the corner from our hotel, and open until 11 PM, which made it very convenient.  We had a dozen oysters.  They were fat, and I drenched them in extra horseradish and cocktail sauce.  We also had a fried fish sandwich and some beers.  This place was great for what we needed that night, but I wouldn't seek it out.

22/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
141. Leisha T.
This was the last breakfast we had in New Orleans and it was just what we were looking for.  We almost walked straight past it, as it was an oyster bar we didn't think they would do a good breakfast.  We stuck our heads in however, and straight away we got great service and looking at their menu decided to eat here.  The waitress that served us was just awesome.  She had that awesome southern hospitality and kept checking that "y'all ok?".  The food was really good and there was a great selection to chose from - from cereals, oats, fruits, berrys, yogurts, eggs, meats, omelettes and much more.  We had bottomless coffees and they waitress kept checking to see if she could refill them.  The toast took a little while to come out, so they gave us extra plus some croissants to make up for it, and couldn't be more apologetic.  The service alone made it worth coming here, but thankfully the food was just as good.  I had the eggs, spinach and artichokes with hollaindaise sauce and it was delicious.  I couldn't fit anymore in!  Would absolutely eat here again.

01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
142. Jennie L.
By far the best meal we had in NOLA! Shrimp and grits were to die for...loaded with shrimp! the crawfish étouffée was marvelous...exactly what we had been looking for!
Service was absolutely AMAZING! My husband even bragged to management about our server (which he NEVER does). I suggest asking for Canaan...he's a wonderful server and made our visit all the better!
Oooh...and the bread pudding is a must try!

03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
143. Paul Z.
Great Authentic Creole food at a fair price on Bourbon. Tony was our waiter delivering caring  service  with the focus on enjoying vs rushing . Everything was delicious but the BBQ Shrimp is a don't miss ! Especially sopping bread in the sauce ! My family went to Deanies the night before. While it was OK we unanimously agreed Desire was better .
Great spot I will definitely  return !

03/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
144. Laura G.
I only had the oysters raw. They were bland and not what I was expecting. I had to use a knife to eat them...weird.  Maybe it's because I'm used to the oysters grown in the Northeast area, but oysters with no flavor equal just a 2 star rating....it managed 2 stars because the drinks were delicious.

24/05/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
145. Rene V.
Delicious. Very good alligator burger. Sounds odd, but trust me, delicious.  Very unique flavor.

The gumbo was excellent. Flavorful and just perfect. 4-star meal.

Service was great. A lady beside our table was obviously drunk, and within minutes was asked to leave.

01/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
146. Kent H.
Was good, but not great.  I thought the gumbo was too salty for my taste.  Oysters were good.  Their Desire hot sauce wasn't bad either.

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
147. Andrew S.
My first impression of this place was of another cook, for another restaurant wheeling live oysters out of the Desire. So you know were working with wonderful seafood. There are about 40 tables, and 8 bar seats:

Entering is like stepping back a few decades, this restaurant is a classic New Orleans experience with every interior detail reflecting a swanky 50's hotel restaurant!

The interior alone is enough to entertain you while waiting for a dozen plump Louisiana blue oysters ($11). Prices are reasonable for a restaurant on burbon, the highest entree being an $18 ribeye. The crawfish étouffée I had was very rich but the tails were on the small side and the rice in the middle was forgettable.

I really like this place and the draft Andygator/étouffée combo set me straight for a chilly Tuesday afternoon in the quarter!

01/09/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
148. David H.
The oysters were the biggest I've ever had  but they were pretty expensive at $8 for a half dozen. Your best bet for good cheap oysters is to find a happy hour place (e.g. Luke Restaurant) where they can be as cheap as 50 cents each. Also, the service was very slow and the waitress wouldn't come by but every 15 minutes or so. I probably won't be back again.

31/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
149. Jessica C.
The oysters were great and the gumbo was very tasty. The service was also excellent.

06/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
150. Brian W.
We were looking for a place that had some good service right in the quarter asking with good food. Boy did we find it... now we were walking around doing a little bit if bar hoping that evening and crashing some oysters. Not only were they able to get us seated quickly, we had a party of 10, but our orders were taken and drinks on the table super quick. It seemed like we were the only table there but clearly not the case.We were able to sit and watch the people walking by and enjoy a great meal.

05/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
151. Myshell G.
The food was amazing, first time trying turtle soup, really good. The bread pudding was awesome, pork chop dish and bread is made fresh.

02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
152. Joe L.
I highly recommend the crawfish ettufet(sp). We walked in based on the reviews and rating of the place, and it did not dissapoint.

18/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
153. Razel M.
It's been almost a year, but New Orleans, to my fuzzy memories, was a whirlwind of awesome food  that literally made me cry, hurricanes, horny gators and hand grenades (some of which ended up on the ground, more often than not), people dancing in the streets, lots of half-naked women in doorways, and getting kicked out of clubs. In short, very good times.

Note that the food comes first. Because despite a very low tolerance for spicy food, I loved everything I had in this city, and finished absolutely everything despite having to wipe tears off my face.

Desire set the tone for the fantastic food trip. We ordered shrimp creole, jambalaya, red snapper and barbecue shrimp, and all of it met and exceeded our expectations. Bread pudding was great too, and gone in a flash even though we all had just stuffed ourselves.

The service was pretty good, though we did go at lunch and there weren't too many people around. Perhaps the staff of the hotel and restaurant should be commended actually, since one of my friends was (it must be admitted) already drunk and got lost in the kitchens on his way to the bathroom, and they brought him back to us safe and sound. Now that I think about it, that should have warned us exactly what this trip was gonna be like...

21/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
154. Yvette W.
This is the best place to get the freshest oysters!  The Oyster Man, Contrell, is the best. He is able to tell you where the oysters come from and how they look. Today we had local oysters on the half shell and broiled with garlic and parmesan and they were TERRIFIC!  If you want food that will make you say "oh my" this is the place for you. We shared the seafood platter between the two of us which could probably feed three.  Congrats to Oyster Man on his upcoming wedding!

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
155. Courty B.
Connected to our hotel - lucky us.  We ate here twice during our stay.

First time, we had the combo patter (jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans and rice).  Excellent sampling of everything, and our fave was the gumbo.  Super salty, but then again, isn't everything in NOLA?  

Second time, we tried the BBQ oysters.  Incredible.  My dining companion - who is terrified of oysters - was even able to swallow these.  When you put bleu cheese, bbq sauce, and fry the oyster, it makes for quite a scrumdidlyumptious treat.

I had the boiled shrimp - fresh and one of my only healthy meals during my vacation.

Great service, nice people watching.

30/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
156. Karey R.
Best burger I've ever had!  Fried green tomatoes are perfection!

07/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
157. Chef W.
We ate here because of the four-star Yelp rating and left with our hunger eased but without having been impressed.

I ordered the jambalaya, husband ordered the alligator burger.

The andouille in the jambalaya reminded me of the franks in Spaghetti'Os. They lacked the dark smokiness and firmness I've come to expect from andouille sausage. It was pretty spongy. The sauce on the jambalaya was good, but definitely derived from canned tomato sauce. (Also reminiscent of Spaghetti'Os, now that I think about it. Hmm.) Chicken was pretty tender, and the shrimp tasted fresh and firm. The rice, however, was distinctly lacking. It was ultra-squishy and almost indistinguishable from the sauce.

Husband's alligator burger was a fun adventure--until later. I took a bite and found the burger tasty, but a little garlicky. It had a unique sausage-like texture (for fellow chefs--it was very much a forcemeat). Our first time eating alligator, so whatever--new texture is fine. The problem came as we walked home. And the rest of the evening. Husband was burping garlic at regular five-minute intervals. For hours. Drove him crazy and made me have to sit across the room! Lay off the garlic, please!

Our glasses stayed full--both water and the ginger ales we ordered--and the service was friendly and attentive, but the food is the number one contributor to how I view a restaurant, and while not necessarily sub-par, this was definitely how the rating scale defines two stars: "Meh."

15/10/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
158. Jeneane B.
While on business travel in Gulfport, MS I was able to make my way to NOLA for dinner with some other business travelers.  I'm not sure how we decided to have dinner at Desire Oyster Bar, but we were happy we made the decision once we got our meals.  I had the jambalaya, and it was delicious.  Others at my table ordered the gumbo and oysters, and they enjoyed each of those meals.  Our server was wonderful - fun and friendly - she talked to everyone like we were her family and she wanted to take good care of us.  During our meal, a parade came by the restaurant, which really made us feel like we got a real NOLA dining experience.

17/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
159. Micheline H.
Very good food reasonably priced for the Quarter.  No music, no signature drink, just a quiet place to have a decent meal.

17/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
160. Ashley R.
This is the only place I will order shrimp and grits in NOLA!
Great atmosphere, friendly staff reasonable prices.
Gotta try this place.

31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
161. Rick H.
Firs let me say, I was probably the most hungover I've ever been. That being said, the oysters on the half-shell instantly put me in a better mood.

To put this place simply, the food was really pretty damn good, the service was really pretty damn careless. Other than the service being just very lackadaisical my only other complaint was that the Barbecue Shrimp App had only 5 shrimps in it. I know it was an app, but isn't New Orleans supposed to be plentiful on the seafood? and if not, then why serve it in such a massive bowl with a massive amount of sauce?

My friends gave me a nice claw off their soft-shelled crab PoBoy and it was to die for. The calamari was spot on, and the BBQ Shrimp were rich, spicy and delicious.

All in all i'd go back.

24/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
162. Hideki K.
I went to Desire Oyster Bar back in 2/2009 and really liked it.

I had three types of oysters here (BBQ, charbroiled with cheese, and raw).  The BBQ was good (fried with BBQ sauce and blue cheese).

29/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
163. Linda B.
Best oysters with all that we tried in NOLA!  Love the oysters and love the people.  Sit at the oyster bar - the team is fantastic.

02/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
164. Rich S.
Very nice and upscale with great location under the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Desire Oyster Bar is the hotel's adjoining restaurant. A little pricey for what you get but solid food and atmosphere.

31/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
165. Cameron Y.
This is more of a "diner" style restaurant. It can be a bit loud sometimes, but it never bothers me. The garlic-butter roasted oysters are so delicious here.

06/07/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
166. Missy Z.
One of my favorite spots in nola for sure! Tonight I had the Cajun fried BBQ oysters with blue cheese - excellent! Rachael had the crawfish étouffée. Joann is my favorite server in the city. She is off sun and mon's tho so I missed her tonight - but she has been here for years and the epitome of Southern Hospitality!!

30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
167. Joe C.
What can I say...


13/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
168. Michael J.
There's a cooked oysters dished that totally rawked here.  The staff is fun and upbeat.  Catfish....fabulous!  

Quite the stocked raw oyster bar...fresh, clean and totally yummmmm!!

22/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
169. T K.
Insanely good service, but as a vegetarian, I have to take away a star for my lack of options.  Even the red beans and rice couldn't be modified to exclude sausage. I will say that the side dishes I ordered (sweet potato fries and string beans) were amazing, but didn't quite make up a meal. The bloody mary was meh...I had to ask for more mix because it was a little watery. My friends who ordered the seafood were raving about it, but I can't personally attest to the greatness. Definitely would recommend for omnivores.

27/05/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
170. Christine K.
I walked down to the Royal Sonesta and went to Desire Oyster Bar.  The place was packed!  I took it a sign of being good, but wrong!  It was not.  I was very disappointed with my meal.

I ordered char-grilled oysters ($9.95) which looked good but were soooo salty they were barely edible.  The oyster were teeny and they also were gritty.  Yuck, just awful.  Then I ordered fried green tomatoes ($8), and they were deep fried...which I normally love...but...No taste but oil and the sauce they served with it tasted like vinegar.  Then crab cakes ($11.95).  They looked good, had lots of crab but were also deep fried!  Taste was not good, I only ate one.  Even, the drink I ordered, my first Ramos Gin Fizz ($8) was not good.  It tasted like a milk milkshake!  I certainly would not return here to eat.   I should have taken a cue from my server Tony when I asked him what was good to eat there.  He asked me, "You mean like a signature dish?"  I said yes.  He said, "Nothing".  Then he laughed and quickly said everything was good.  Wrong!

25/11/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
171. Lia M.
Sorry...this was GROSS. The service gets a star, but the food...ugh. You have to be drunk/completely without taste buds to eat it.

To be fair, it was my first (and probably) only time to eat here. I ordered fried green tomatoes (oily and mushy), hush puppies (so so dry and stale), and I tasted my gumbo...but there were 2 dead flies in it, so I was pretty grossed out.

The bread was probably the only thing I actually finished.

I did not try the oysters...

06/06/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
172. Marc D.
The gumbo and jambalaya are excellent.  The oysters are delicious as is the fresh horse radish.  The service was a tad slow but not problematic.  Don't wait in line at Acme when this better restaurant is two blocks away.

22/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
173. Tiffany J.
For a restaurant located on Bourbon, this place is pretty good. Our waitress Kee Kee was really nice and helpful. I had the catfish platter with hushpuppies and potato salad. The potato salad was a little too spicy for my taste, but the catfish was good. The seasoning was perfect; not too salty or bland. The hush puppies were good too. My friends had raw oysters and said they were very good. The oysters were enormous! My friend loved the spicy sauce so much that she bought a bottle (for 5 bucks). We finished off the evening with pecan pie a la mode. It was really good! Probably the best part of the meal. Definitely a fun dining experience.

01/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
174. S R.
Holy mother of oysters, Desire is divine! My hubby and I were in New Orleans last weekend for Carnival and ate here twice over the weekend. This establishment is kind of a contradiction. It's a lovely place lit with beautiful chandeliers and hammered brass embellished ceilings. Then you order your food and it comes on paper plates. Mind, they're the thick reinforced kind and once you taste what comes out of Desire's kitchen, you totally get that they can't serve the throngs fast enough to clean regular dishes!

Our first night we shared two dozen YUMMY oysters on the half shell. Granted, this should actually been just one dozen if the oysters had not on the smallish side. Our server indicated that the our oysters were from Texas as the local oyster beds had yet to recover from last year's oil spill. After ordering their shrimp creole I could have died and gone to heaven, it was so rich and buttery and overflowing with shrimp. Hubby loved his shrimp etouffe and ordered it again the next night.

Our service was wonderful during both nights we dined at Desire. We never felt neglected and weren't hovered over, either, despite the fact that we scored one of the best tables in the house and lingered over our dinners. It was on the loud side but it WAS Carnival and the restaurant sits right and is open to a busy corner of Bourbon Street. I will definitely visit again next time I'm in NOLA.

05/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
175. Jason P.
Best part about this meal was the bread. Went downhill from there. After about an hour wait, the waitress was uncooperative and bordering on rude. This dining experience definitely left something to be Desired.

18/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
176. Nicole S.
The boiled shrimp were perfectly cooked and the cocktail sauce was fresh with a horse radish kick. The coffee had a mild, round taste. The hush puppies had consistent texture and were fried lightly.
I wouldn't suggest the roast beef poo' boy because it reminded me of a sloppy joe. Instead try the gumbo, it's well balanced and you can eat the whole bowl heart burn free. Also, upgrade the vodka in your bloody mary.

03/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
177. Doug P.
I came here around 11PM one night to absorb the Hand Grenade that was coursing through me. The classic wood and tile design was quite beautiful and the staff was extremely polite and pleasant. Their gumbo and fried catfish PoBoy were both extremely delicious. I took half of it to go and felt the sandwich was just as good, if not better reheated the next day. It's a great place to stop if you want a good bite while going through the Bourbon St area.

25/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
178. Jonathan A.
Meh.  Went here on the last day of my trip to New Orleans.  My buddy really wanted Jambalaya and this place seemed to have it.  It is located on Bourbon street, so I figured it would be a little more touristy and less quality.  Well, thats exactly what it was.  The food was OK.. Nothing special.  The oysters were fresh, I will give them that, but the Jambalaya tasted more mass produced and a little bland.  I did like all the hot sauces though.  Eating on Bourbon is probably not a good idea and this just proves it.

18/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
179. Amanda C.
We ate here on a Saturday night, right before the St. Joseph's parade started. We were seated quickly and got to watch the parade antics out the open windows which was a lot of fun. Being right on Bourbon street, I came with very low expectations.

1. We had the worst waiter I've ever had. He was pleasant but obviously completely overwhelmed. I've waited tables before so I understand being overwhelmed but this is a tourist restaurant on Bourbon st; it's always going to be packed. If you're that in the weeds, you need to ask for help. We were very polite to him but I can only imagine that other customers reamed him out at some point. He took forever to acknowledge us, forgot things, spilled food and never cleaned it up, just really poor service. We probably sat there for 30 min before we got our drinks and butter for the bread that was getting cold on our table.

2. The food was ok. We ordered oysters on the half shell. I thought they weren't cleaned very well and pretty bland but they were a good size and reasonably priced. I had the turtle soup and gumbo. Both were tasty and good-sized portions for appetizers. I've never had turtle soup before so I can't compare it to other places. I thought the presentation was pretty terrible and the waiter spilled some of the gumbo on the floor as he set it down...then did not attempt to clean the plate at all or the spill on the floor. My friend had the jambalaya which I thought was the best thing that we ordered. I also ordered a sazerac; it was a bit sweet for me but tasty. We finished with the bread pudding which was good but underwhelming.

3. The good: for 3 appetizers, one entree, a cocktail, and dessert, our tab was maybe $60. For the French Quarter, that seems pretty good.

Overall: The food was good but nothing amazing. The place is loud but that's what you get on Bourbon street. However, for the price it seems like an OK deal. Just don't get our waiter.

12/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
180. Robert B.
Oysters were not served as cold as they should have been and way too large.  They looked as if they had been shucked long before served to us.  Quite disappointing.

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
181. Michelle W.
Excellent!! We are from out of town and this was the best dinner we've ever had. The shrimp po' boy and the catfish platter with the fried green tomatoes were amazing. If you're looking for a place to eat in the French Quarter- GO HERE!!!!!!

16/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
182. Gloria H.
Service was slow to start with - being busy isn't a good excuse.  You are on Bourbon Street, you know the crowds to expect.

We were never given any bread until we asked for it.  When we finally got our dozen of oysters after 40 minutes - yes, 40 minutes and hubby almost fell asleep waiting - it was a dozen of disgustingly dirty oysters.  I would have dug right in but I was taking a picture of it then I saw hubby's hand with some black gunk on it.  When I asked him where he got it from - we noticed it was all over the oysters - the shells and even on the meat!  It took me 10 minutes to get the hostess attention and when I showed her, she just asked if I want to speak with the manager.  When the manager came, he has his nerves to tell us that's how oysters are served - that the gunk is part of the oyster.  Yes, part of the oysters before they are served but seriously, what kind of response is that?!?  Really!  Really?  When he finally picked up this slimy gunk with his fingers, he asked us if we want to return them.  No, I want to eat gunk!   Ultimately, they shuck another dozen for us - another 10 minutes wait.  

Pathetic.  The most outrageous part of this experience is the manager's response.

12/04/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
183. Deanna W.
Friendly Place!
The Desire Oysters were very good along witht the crabcakes. This was the first time trying Gumbo so I really can't compare it to a previous encounter. But it was very good for my first experice trying Gumbo. My boyfriend ordered the Jumbalaya and loved it.  Tasty food. A litte expensive for the portions, but it is located right on bourbon st so what do you expect!

20/08/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
184. Michelle T.
The oysters are the best thing here, and the price is great. Waiter was friendly and helpful, the entrees were a bit too salty for me,the restaurant is right on bourbon street, with the big windows open, it could be noisy  at night. Coffee was $4 a cup, and was cold.

30/12/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
185. Tracey L.
While staying at the Royal Sonesta me and the BF decided to have breakfast here.

I ordered the Eggs Sardou:  2 poached eggs atop artichoke hearts, topped with a hollandaise sauce and creamed spinach and asparagus.

The dish was barely even warm when it was brough and tasted like it was yesterday's leftovers.  The hollandaise sauce was damned near solidified and was put on with an extremely heavy hand.

FAIL for breakfast (and I might add that it was not a cheap breakfast by any stretch of the imagination!).

02/01/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
186. John B.
Good but not great.

26/08/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
187. Steve J.
If you're starving and on bourbon street this is a nice little place to duck into.  We were able to walk in, even on a saturday night, and get one of the last open tables.  We kept it simple with shrimp/oyster po'boys and weren't disappointed.

nothing phenomenal, but solid food in a very touristy part of town.

29/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
188. James F.
This place is a must stop everytime I'm in NOLA, the shrimp and grits are the bomb dot com and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  I have not been able to find anything that can hold a candle to this.  Eat there now :)

02/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
189. Lynn D.
OMG i'm so jealous of people who live here and get to eat at this place! there's a lot of super high priced restaurants that people said I "must" visit but we chose this place after reading reviews.  Our wait time to be seated was about four minites, but it was early. The place was packed.  The waiter was the best waiter i think I've ever had, very knowledgable about the menu and food.  I had the etouffe, turtle soup, and fried oysters.  My husband had bbq shrimp, red beans and rice, and jumbalaya. The portion sizes was perfect for me, though I thought the portion of red beans and rice and the jumbalaya were small (I mean, they're rice dishes. Come on.) for us, for this night though, i think it worked,out because we sampled a lot of different foods.  On the fried foods, the breading was perfect, crisp but not hard, and the hush-puppies have ruined me for hush puppies anywhere else. For desert, we had the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Then we waddled back to our hotel. Mmmm.

15/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
190. Allyson W.
Nice warm bread and butter is served to you right when you sit down. We sat right by the window and watched people out on Bourbon St. Since we were starving we ordered the calamari for an appetizer. It was salty and more breading than calamari but I loved it. I had the fried oysters which comes with so much food I could barely eat it all but tried my hardest since it was all so good. Will definitely go back but order something smaller so we can have dessert.

30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
191. Matthew C.
Sit in the back oyster bar in front of Augustus. Notice the awards behind him. Notice his humility. Ask him about Marcus Aurelius. You won't be disappointed. Do as I say, and you'll buy an experience instead of the oysters...

24/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
192. Jenna F.
4 of us ventured here as we didn't make reservations on a Saturday night and everything else was booked. We were able to get a seat fairly quickly even though they were packed and having a party of 30 upstairs.  Had the shrimp risotto I believe it was? It was fantastic with a little kick of spice. My bf had the etouffee and that looked great as well, didn't try it though. Him and his friend also had the oysters and they seemed to enjoy them.

I recommend the voodoo juice to drink if you like banana/pineapple.. it was soo good  it went down really fast.

Service was not bad, said they were slow due to the huge party upstairs, however I found everything in N.O  to be a tad bit slow but that could be because I live in nyc... so overall, I recommend stopping here if you are in town if not at least for some apps and drinks. Good little spot.

24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
193. Ava R.
The raw oysters were good, although I noticed the shells were dirty.  I'm all for freshness but gotdamn can you wash them?  That weirded me out just a little bit.  The bbq shrimp was great, and very filling.  I don't remember what my fiance had, but he ate all of it happily.  The hurricane was too strong.  I guess this could be a positive or a negative.  Our waiter, poor guy, was in charge of way too many tables and service felt slightly slow and inattentive.  They didn't have a ton of options on the menu, but maybe this is the kind of place that just does a few things well.  It definitely beat waiting in line to get into ACME.  Overall, I'm on the fence about this one, even though I really liked my food.  I'll definitely go back next time I'm in Nola and update my review.

14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
194. Jamie S.
For a place off of burbon Street.... not bad!  not bad at all!  Bartender was not present so I was a little nervous about getting a crazy concoction, I stuck with beer.   We tried the gumbo, which was a 9.  And a must get is the Buffalo oysters!!!!!!!!  Stop here for appetizers, not a full meal if you trying to taste all of NOLA, like myself.

09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
195. A S.
Good place.  Made it in before they closed so wasn't crowded.  BBQ oysters were good and the shrimp and grits were even better.  As usual forgot to take a picture.  The shrimp and rice was good too.  It had the right touch of spice...not too hot.

20/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
196. Kyle W.
Was really looking forward to eating at Desire on the night of 12/21/13 around 8pm  it had been a while since the last time I had been in and was really looking forward to boiled shrimp and hushpuppies.   The host was super nice and we were seated quickly this was the only good part of our visit.  Joann was our server, she brought us water and shoved the drink menu at us and walked off,  she came back we ordered some drinks and like to never caught her to say we wanted to start off with a pound of boiled shrimp, yes I know it comes in half a pound but we figured she would just place to orders to make a pound, she walked off before we could say we wanted hushpuppies.  we flagged her down and as she kept walking we were like and hushpuppies.   Joanne walked by again throwing a bag of bread on the table not even stopping as she did it.  She brings us the shrimp but only the half pound. and finally the hushpuppies,  She never asked us what else we would like or how everything was  and we were going to order two po boy sandwiches but the restaurant lost out on sales due to the server.  The hushpuppies were not the ones  they used to have and were not good at all more like muffin balls than cornbread ,  the shrimp were on the mushy side but ok.   We had decided to go to another restaurant for dinner after the service we had gotten.  We finish up and set with dirty dishes on the table for a while I even stack them up to give the visual we are done , even though Joann walks by many times and stand near by watching the football game on tv she never stops.   The manager on duty is also near by exposing food and playing on her phone.   The manager finally goes over to the pos near the host stand and at this point I get up and go talk to her about the experience.  She offers to wait on us herself but at this point we are over it.   She did take the hushpuppies off our bill we paid for the rest.  Me and my friend both work in the quarter at  two different  restaurant's  and we work too hard for our money to go out to eat and have service like what we had .  I have to say it was a complete embracement to New Orleans What away to show the would our hospitality.

22/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
197. Esther C.
get the desire oyster! you're welcome.

24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
198. Joy Y.
Keep dreaming about this place! Was told to stop in and try the shrimp and grits. Yeah, I said it too. "shrimp and grits! What?!?". They were the most delicious dish I've ever eaten. Worth any trouble to get there for them. Told some others and got same exclamation.  We all met up later and talked about how glad we were to try them. Second to NONE!  Since then tried them at other eateries. I'm definately a fan but nobody does shrimp and grits like Desire Oyster Bar!!!!!

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
199. Ani T.
Last time I was here I had the turtle soup (amazing!) and gator burger (not too amazing).

This review however is for the raw Oysters.  I was craving some but Acme Oysters line was too long (as usual).  I decided to give Desire a try.  The oysters here were good but not cleaned as well.  I had a lot more pieces of sand in my mouth and it detracted from the experience.  The oysters also had a different less saltier flavor.  But faster service make this place the next best place for oysters!

14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
200. Ana D.
The oysters were just as I expected for a well known restaurant. The jambalaya was superb - a nice balance of spice as well as texture. Service was better than expected but that's probably because we were there at 5:30 pm. The bread pudding in whiskey sauce was good but different - more custard like as opposed to an old fashioned bread pudding.

24/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
201. John B.
The place is a little noisy, but it has very good food. Jambalaya is really good, as is the shrimp and grits and spicy shrimp pasta. The desire oysters appetizer was amazing.

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
202. Christine J.
Visited this restaurant twice on our trip.  First, because we were jet-lagged and just needed a meal.  Second because we overdid it sightseeing and just needed a meal close to our hotel. Both times the craw fish was well prepared, generous portions (consider splitting a meal), oysters were perfect, warm bread.  Plenty to see on Bourbon Street from our window seats and not overly crowded. Servers were okay and tried but seemed overworked and restaurant seemed short staffed for such a busy location.

31/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
203. Tony S.
Killer oysters in the French Quarter!  Super plump & flavorful.
Long time shucker, Rodney, did a great job at the Oyster Bar.
Way better than Acme and a real treat on Bourbon St!

We'd go back again.

23/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
204. Peggy A.
It doesn't happen too often, but once in a great while I taste something so amazing my eyes will roll to the back of my head with delight.

My friends and I were on a trip at New Orleans, and we were staying at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Desire Oyster Bar was the hotel's ajoining restaurant. We took a stroll into Desire, and sat ourselves at the oyster bar counter. We were warmly greeted by one of the long-time oyster shuckers there. We ordered a dozen raw oysters and an appetizer serving of BBQ Shrimp.

While Acme Oyster House still holds a slight edge with the oysters, the BBQ Shrimp here blew me away. The dish had about 6 pieces of shirmp, coated with a thick and perfectly spiced gravy of a sauce. Then a crispy piece of garlic bread sits atop the dish, allowing you to mop up every drop of the plate of heaven in front of you. Please try the BBQ Shrimp. It was great enough for me to deem as my "last meal".

14/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
205. Emily T.
The reason that this restaurant is getting 5 stars from me is the fact that I can't stop thinking about their broiled oysters- I'm not an Oyster connoisseur, (I'm an Iowa native and lifelong midwesterner- not places known for Oysters) however, we ate oysters in every form all week in NOLA and these were my favorites. Desire's broiled oysters sit atop large-grained rock salt, and melted garlic butter- YUM. My friend and I had just discovered The Chart Room and its awesomeness, and we consummed quite a few drinks there. It wasn't until about 9:45 that we realized that we were hungry and didn't quite make the kitchen closing of ACME Oyster Bar.

Desire to the rescue! I was definitely wary of its Bourbon Street location (because really- nice restaurants are usually a little bit more out-of-the-way) but I called ahead and told them that we were staggering down the street- we started with those delicious oysters (skip the pre-packaged butter they give you for the bread and dunk your bread right into that butter/salt mix.....)  and I had the red beans and rice and she had a cold seafood salad. Those dishes were good, and the perfect meal to avoid a morning hangover. Service was very friendly, and they were kind to let us in right before closing. This place isn't terribly fancy, but it didn't need to be, either. It serves its purpose faithfully- good food, friendly service, reasonable prices.

And I know that this is NOLA protocol, but they even let me bring my last drink from the Chart Room in with me. That's amazing. Still not used to being able to do that.

Anyway, Broiled Oysters. Get them. Right now.

02/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
206. Brook D.
Had lunch at Desire and the service was absolutely awful.  The waitress got our food order wrong and our water glasses went unfilled for over fifteen minutes as our waitress watched television in the bar.  We asked another waiter to bring us more water and he said yes, but never refilled our glasses.  Finally, another waiter was willing to bring us some more water.  Overall, a bad experience.  The food was just mediocre.  I see quite a few positive reviews so perhaps we just got unlucky with this waitress.  Sounds like a pretty hit or miss situation.

11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
207. Queso C.
Bad bad bad food
Worse oyster bar in NO

07/04/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
208. Louis S.
Brunch. !0:30 any morning. Creole Crab Benedict. Nuf said!

14/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
209. Seann C.
This place is fantastic.

The family and I ended up here accidentally while out looking for a place to eat one night.  My girlfriend had been wanting oysters so we originally had set out for another popular oyster house in the area.  After realizing the line was down the street over there, we came back here since we had passed it earlier and figured we would give it a shot.  We did not have to wait long before we were seated.

Between the 5 of us we had quite the sampling of the menu.  My girlfriend had the oysters desire and boy were they amazing.  The flavor was insane.  We tried the turtle soup which was also good.  Among the other dishes were the crawfish ettufaie, the carbonara po boy, shrimp creole and I had the trio which included jumbalaya, gumbo, sausage, red beans and rice.  I haven't had so much good food in quite some time.  We were all stuffed by the time we left.

The service was decent given the fact that the place was packed.  It is not a big place but they seem to be able to get people in and out in a timely fashion.  You have to be on the lookout for this place because at first glance it doesn't look like a restaurant from the outside but if you are in the area and want some great food, I highly recommend that you stop in here.

I will definitely be back!

22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
210. Anne Claire B.
the only thing that was good was the food.

our party of 3 went on a wednesday night around 7 and even though we were seated immediately, our waitress took 10 minutes to take our drink order. she had about 3 tables of 2-3 people in her section, so this was kind of irritating but whatever.

then we ordered immediately having had plenty of time to decide. we ordered red beans and rice and jambalaya and pasta. simple enough.

45 minutes later we're wondering where our food is. granted the restaurant has gotten more crowded since we sat down an hour ago with our waitress returning to refill our waters once.

after informing our server that we were ready for our check and waiting for our checks for another 10-15 minutes she brought it to us all on one check forgetting to tell us about their "non separate check" policy.

after briefly talking with the manager we were able to get our checks split and were able to leave after about 2.5 hours.

09/08/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
211. Annikin Z.
DANIEL DANIEL DANIEL.. Great Wait staff- took good care of us and made some great  recs. We eat BBQ Shrimp all over town and have our Favs.. Mister B's is one But THis is a new FAV!!! SHrimp are PEELED for ya!! WOW..
We tried several dishes and all shared .. Crab cakes FAB. Gumbo good ( Not the best I have ever had) but PDG!!!! Turtle Soup YUMM.. We will go back and our stay  at the Royal Sonesta Was Fabulous- Highly reccomend R club level if you are going to spend the $$ to stay there!

28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
212. Kimberly P.
I always find it odd when I ask a server at a somewhat nice place what a beer or wine tastes like or compares to and they don't know. I asked about one beer here, and because I knew I was going to be doing a heavy night of drinking I wanted something light, and she said "It tastes like a craft beer." Oh. Ok. Thanks for really painting a picture.

This was my first time trying crawfish, and it was very good. I liked the spices they used, and would get them again. I also ordered the Fried Green Tomatoes, but found them to be very bland. Overall, the place was just ok.

03/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
213. Michael M.
So one would not usually go to an oyster bar for breakfast but while walking by I noticed the menu which had some appealing options for breakfast. Once inside we were promptly seated. It was the early morning and not much activity on Boubon St this early. There were just a few people other than Niki and myself. The restaurant is more old school when it comes to its style and decor. I like this though because it seems to catapult you to another time.

I ordered a cup of coffee and the eggs benedict. The coffee came promptly. A little cream and sugar, oh so nice. After a short wait the eggs benedict arrived. It looked just as it should, no major theatrics here. Eggs Benedict is just about one if the easiest dishes to make perfectly every time. So when I see salmon or steak in place of canadian bacon, I get upset. Why disturb perfection I say. Just make it right is all I'm asking.

Well I'm happy to report that here they do it just right and bite after bite was very enjoyable. The muffin was of high quality while the eggs were perfectly pouches. The Canadian bacon too was of superior quality, cooked to perfection, and very tasty. The sauce was the perfect temperature and not to thick or runny. Just the way I like it. They also poured just the right amount of sauce. To many places heap on a swamp of sauce which makes everything just too soggy which is just plain wrong.

Ok as you can tell we love eggs benedict way to much but if you do too then you should stop by a oyster bar named Desire where having a bloody mary first thing in the morning is A-OK.

17/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
214. Heidi S.
Soon as we arrived and headed to Bourbon street, I was hungry and looking for red beans & rice!

This place has decor that is kind of a throwback to old days!  Once we were seated, we ordered our drinks...hot tea for me, green tea with pineapple extract!  That was very good tea!  

For our food, got my red beans&rice which was very good with the Andouille but the smoked sausage with it not so much, per my boyfriend!  They could give you more rice though!

And on the kids menu, my daughter got the hamburger and it was as big as a steak!  She said it was really good too!

Our server was wonderful and we enjoyed our first meal in NOLA

22/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
215. Steph D.
I specifically went here because the coolinary website says they served the options daily. I was rudely told by our server that no, they don't have it on Friday and he then immediately asked what I wanted. I asked if he could ask a manager and again, he was rude and rushed us. We got in early at 5pm so there was so wait. Other than the awful service, the food was good.

16/08/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
216. Jeffrey S.
Excellent seafood, cajun style, at awesome prices in an old school diner setting right on Bourbon street. Fair drinks, but great house sauces and huge portions. The wait staff and bar staff were also awesome!

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
217. Eric J.
Barbecued oyster are off the hook!

Barbecued shrimp is awesome, get lots of bread to soak up the sauce!

Fried pickles, deep fried spears. Too much pickle to coating ratio IMHO. Pickle chips are better.

I had a bowl of jambalaya, I expected more depth. It was ok.

Service was great sitting at the oyster bar, could have been better when we were seated, but we were on vacation ..... it's all good!

We'll be back!

15/10/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
218. Raisa A.
This is a charming Southern-style restaurant attached to the Royal Sonesta hotel. Went for a late breakfast on our last morning in New Orleans. It was fairly quiet compared to how packed Desire usually is around lunch and dinner time. Service was excellent and our server, Acacia, was wonderful and timely with both the food and our check. Food was simple and delicious, with great presentation. Recommend the eggs Benedict and biscuit and gravy (topped with sunny side eggs!). The only downside was that this place is a little pricey. However, given its location, service and amazing old-time oyster bar feel, it was    well worth it!

08/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
219. SM H.
We ordered a cup of gumbo, crawfish ettouffee, and chicken primavera pasta.  We actually thought their pasta tasted the best.  The other seafood was just ok...nothing special.  There's just so many good restaurants in New Orleans and a lot of them have the same menu, so it does lack some variety.  So Desire was decent, but it is not memorable.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
220. Michelle D.
We stayed at the Royal Sonesta for 5 days and ate at least one meal per day here.  The oysters and shrimp are fabulous.  Fresh and delicious.  You can't visit Desire and not have the amazing roast beef po boy.  It's addictive.  The Cajun Cobb was great.  The fried green tomatoes were not the best I've ever had but the overall ambiance and service can't be beat.  It's perfectly located for people watching and so convenient to stop in on the way home from a night in NOLA.

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
221. Ernie D.
A great place for some seafood. Our waitress was super nice and friendly, and we never had to wait for anything. I had the turtle soup and red beans, and both were fantastic. The prices are great for where it's located and it isn't a complete dive like some others. I'd certainly make it a point to go back again if I make it back to NOLA.

11/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
222. Amanda K.
Yelp...ugggh..reviews let me down in the city of NOLA again! My first trip was a food fail! My husband and I stopped in here and split some BBQ oyster appetizer, and bread pudding. We also both ordered turtle soup each.

The BBQ oysters were overpriced and just tasted. Probably should of went raw instead. The turtle soup I was not a fan but I have nothing to base this off of since it was my first time eating this. It left a funky after taste and my husband's stomach was upset all night. The bread pudding was dried out and had to keep soaking it up in the whiskey sauce. I had better bread pudding up North in Ohio at a chain restaurant. :( The service was lacking as well. I will say that the fresh bread that was given to us was right out of the oven since it was  still nice and toasty. Be forewarned that it can be cold in here (it is January!!) and had to wear my jacket while eating.

13/01/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
223. Bill S.
We hit this place right after we arrived in NOLA. We weren't expecting much since it was right on Bourbon St and there wasn't a wait on Friday night.

We had the Fried Green Tomato Stack, BBQ Shrimp and Jambalaya. Each dish was pretty solid. The French bread they bring to the table is fantastic.

The best part was the hug we got from the waitress before we left.

29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
224. P S.
Ehh, just so-so.  Not a rave review, by any stretch.  But to be fair all I had was a salad, so there you go.  Service was mediocre.  Wouldn't go again and felt like I wasted an opportunity for a better restaurant.

15/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
225. Will H.
Super fried and the place was packed.

17/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
226. Yellow S.
This is my favorite place to eat oysters in French quarters. I have eaten here a dozen times. I go back and forth between here and Acme oyster house. I LOVE the oyster desire! I recommend this place.

16/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
227. Maryellen S.
I had the fried oysters with BBQ sauce. Very good! My boyfriend had the Gumbo, also very, very good. The bread was far better than most places in New Orleans too! I'd highly recommend the food.

Atmosphere was nice and authentic New Orleans. Definitely better food than Remoulade across the street.

I wouldn't give it 5 stars because the service was off. Tony was our waiter. We told him we found a little piece of saran wrap in the soup and he explained why it happened...when the cook takes the wrap off the onions, he doesn't take it all the way off. He didn't apologize or offer to take it off the bill which is poor form in my opinion. Also, it took a while to get water and bread on the table.

09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
228. Kim G.
Came in for breakfast and it was fantastic!! Staff was attentive, fast and friendly even though they were very busy.  Eggs Benedict was great!!  Great way to start your day in NOLA.

18/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
229. Joseph F.
Other than being a little pricey...

The oysters desire and crabcakes were both absolutely incredible. Even asked for bread to dip in the butter the cooked oysters were served in. My brother ordered the Kobe sliders however, and they were very underwhelming. If something is advertised as Kobe beef, it should absolutely not be overcooked so much so that one cannot tell its a higher quality.

other than that everything was fine.

19/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
230. Bradley G.
Went on NYE 2013/14 and got some oysters and jambalaya. The oysters were actually some of the best I've had, and I'm not really a huge oyster fan. The jambalaya was the best I've had from anywhere. Honestly, I was really surprised. The only reason it falls short of 5 stars was my wife ordered some shrimp that was supposed to be spicy, and it was a little bland. Stick with the jambalaya, gumbo or red beans and rice. I can't speak to the poboys and such. Oh, and the service and location were great, too.

01/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
231. Justin R.
Delicious oysters, drinks, and all others. Service was fast, even though this place was crazy busy...and crazy busy LATE!

Don't fill up on the yummy bread they bring you. Get the grilled oysters, and just about anything else on the menu.

And yes, I would like another hurricane.

01/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
232. Jackie G.
My first time trying oysters on the half shell and I'm sold. Also got the turtle soup...yum,  and crawfish etouffee which was rich with flavor and plenty of crawfish tails. My boyfriend got the creole trio which had jambalaya, gumbo, and red beans & rice...best we had in NOLA.

03/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
233. Jose M.
Right next to our hotel...the service was great. Food arrived on time and hot.  Food was very good and the price was reasonable...you can sit their and watch people going wild on Bourbon street.

02/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
234. Tammy H.
Had dinner here last night after a long trip in the car. Picked this place as it was close to our hotel, had good reviews and we were starving! The place was packed, luck for us there was an open table so we were seated right away.

Water came quick, however it took awhile for the waiter to come by and take our order. I ordered the catfish platter, the beau ordered the BBQ Oysters and Jambalaya. Food and drinks came quick after that. Everything was just OK, however the beau LOVED the Oysters. Catfish had good seasoning and the sweet potato fries were pretty good as well.

In all, the place is good and served it's purpose...I left satisfied without having to wait in long lines like others have posted. -1 because we never got any of the "delicious bread" everyone is raving about...guess our waiter forgot? FAIL

21/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
235. Jacquelyn H.
Always a must for any trip to NOLA. Love the crawfish etouffee, tasty little loaves of French bread and bloody marys.

16/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
236. Mary B.
Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner Desire Oyster Bar is the place to go! The seafood breakfast omelet, fresh raw oysters or a poboy whatever you are in the mood for! The food is fresh and very tasty! Make it a point to eat there anytime we are in New Orleans!!! They have something on menu for everyone! Located in the French Quarter on the corner of Bourbon St. and Bienville!

08/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
237. Lisa D.
Do yourself a favor and get the oysters desire. Holy moly. So delicious I wanted to lick the damn plate. That is all.

06/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
238. DK C.
In all fairness we didn't have a lot to eat here. The raw oysters seemed more fresh than Acme's but chargrilled oysters not as good (partly due to Parmesan vs Romano).  Bloody Mary's were tasty. Service was good. Convenient for staying in the hotel.

17/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
239. Vicky G.
Beware your Bill.....
We stayed at Royal sonesta for Easter. The hotel was wonderful and Desire was located right in hotel. Very convenient. Decent prices and really good food.
We ate there numerous times.
Caution! I got a 2 go order and was charged 20% mandatory tip.
Is this customary?  I had to wait a really long time and waiter wasn't all that pleasant.
I was intending to give tip. I guess he wanted to make sure I did.
Check your bill, always.

23/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
240. Sarah K.
The absolute best dinner in Nola I had. First night, blown away completely. And I even had a cold! I could barely taste things elsewhere but here, man...I'm going to have to try it again just to see what it's like not bogged up in my sinuses!

We ordered baked oysters and had to get seconds. I got a fried platter with my man to share and it was certainly enough for both of us. The drinks were pretty amazing too! I loved sitting right in the middle of this restaurant, which surprised me because typically I hate that sort of thing. Here, I had no qualms about being the center of attention as I munched down on some of the most delicious appetizers, soup and entrees I've ever had. =) We will be back!

29/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
241. George N.
Nice place, not sure I ordered the best items. Had Gumbo to start, it was ok, not very memorable. Then Muffaletta sandwich, which stunk. Bread was so toasted it gave you roof-of-mouth-rash, and meat tasted like bologna.  Service good, wait staff not helpful. "What do you recommend?"  "Everything is good". #nohelp

11/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
242. Thomas T.
Went there as part of a culinary tour. Came back the next day with some friends for lunch. We ordered a muffalatta, Louis salad and sausage and chicken jambalaya.  The salad was great with lots of seafood. The jambalaya was excellent and we were glad we all shared.  The only reason that I didn't go 5 stars was that the bread on the sandwich was way too thick. It was good but very difficult to eat. We took the sandwich apart and then it was very good.
Service was great. Never an empty glass and very prompt. I noticed other tables were being serviced well.  Very clean and airy.
The courtyard in the back is beautiful.  I don't think they serve back there but a to go order would be nice back there.
Will go back.

29/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
243. Gina L.
5 stars, hands down, from start to finish.

The ambiance was awesome, historic and very inviting.  The kitchen is open and can watch as they expedite the orders.  Very nice, especially if you like observing behind the line.  It is bustling but not too loud or annoying that you cannot have a conversation with your friends.

Happened to stumble upon this place via Yelp, because I love Yelp and it was SPOT ON.  What a treasure and cannot begin to explain how wonderful everything was.  

We were thrilled that we didnt have to wait long for a table, they dont take reservations, and we were served pretty promptly, especially since it was very busy.  And rightfully so.

We started out with the BBQ Shrimp, which had a very nice sauce that we kept and mixed with some of an entree, Cajun Shrimp Alfredo.  Both were WOW.  Oysters Desire, yes, and YES- also VERY good.  Perfectly cooked and on a beautiful bed of rock salt.  

And oh boy, BBQ Oysters, YES, YES, YES!  I cannot begin to tell you how orgasmic every single bite was.  No joke.  They are like NOLA's version of Buffalo Oysters, but better with Bleu Cheese crumbles and saucy.  Heavenly.  Even the roll was out of this world!

Also had an order of the Creole Jambalaya.  So, so tasty.  So far, nothing we ordered disappointed.  It felt like no matter what we tried, it was fantastic.  By far, THE best oyster bar we have tried in NOLA.  Everything is fresh and tastes home cooked with fresh ingredients.  

Last, we finished by also sharing the New Orleans Bread Pudding With Whiskey Sauce a la mode, are you effing serious?  Could the experience have gotten any better?  No way.  It was one of the best things, we seriously could not believe how good it was, we were practically licking the plate.  

Coming to Desire was one of the best decisions we made during our visit to NOLA.  

I truly did want to stand up and SLAP MY MAMA.  Wow.  Kudos to the Chef and Staff.  EXCELLENT.  We wanted to cry for joy.  We will be  back again and again.

This place is a diamond find, run, dont walk to this place.

Thank you!

06/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
244. Kristine N.
We had a large group but service was good. Every dish we tried here was delicious (po-boys, crawfish etouffee, salads) but the things that stood out were the jambalaya & shrimp creole. Yumm!!

30/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
245. Terence R.
Part of our Living Social deal included a voucher for Desire Oyster bar.  OH where do I begin?

I had the shrimp and gritz for breakfast and my girlfriend had the bbq'd shrimp for breakfast.  

I know what you're thinking and trust me, it's not what you think. The food was filled with spices I'd never tasted.  If you go, start with the Oysters.  They are huge!  We live in Southern California and I've yet to see fresh Oysters this size.  Gigantic and delivered from the Gulf that very morning. Don't sleep on this place!  


06/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
246. Briana L.
Catfish, poboys, raw oysters, red beans & rice. Oh my! The food at Desire was too good! My family is from Louisiana and the red beans & rice are almost as good as my grandma's which is great! I will be back to eat here. Seating wasn't bad either.

18/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
247. Kim W.
Decided to come by here based on yelp reviews...it was decent, not a place that wowed me. We ordered the BBQ oysters and the charbroiled oysters - both were good but not out of the world amazing. The charbroiled oysters at ACME are better. I ordered the shrimp carbonara po boy and it was ok. Very large and I couldn't finish it. The hubby ordered a burger and he was happy. It wasn't the best but he thought it was good. The service was fine but it was a pain to get my water refilled. Overall, food was ok...not memorable, I'll forget it when I leave. I would stop by if you're starving and can't wait. If you can, go somewhere else.

24/06/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
248. Brian O.
I had oysters and jambalaya it was delicious, but we got are appetizer and entrees at the same time. I still recommend eating here.

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
249. Hannah O.
Ordered crab cakes and Crawfish Etouffee and was particularly impressed with the Etouffee! Delicious. The staff were very friendly and I loved the environment and the fact that it was right off of Bourbon Street. I would come here again.

26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
250. Charmaine K.
Two words: Crawfish Etouffee

We stayed at the Royal Sonesta and had a $50 voucher so we ate at Desire.  We sat at the oyster bar which was fun.  The guy was a little pre-occupied with the NBA finals but hey, I understand.... Oysters on half shell was good, the guy was nice and picked us huge ones.  Crawfish etouffee was fantastic.  We ended up eating 3 loafs of bread wiping the plate clean.  Oh, and they also have awesome bread.  We weren't offered any for some reason the first time we stopped by (maybe cuz we went in late) but I'm glad we had some the second time around.

Side note: I'd think since people kinda go to New Orleans to eat oysters, they'd know how to clean them better, but no... everywhere I've gone, they're a little gritty with the sand/dirt.  Also, while sitting at the bar, a cockroach walked around until I made my bf end it's short life.  I mean, can't REALLY blame the restaurant for it since the door is kept opened and it is on Bourbon Street... but it still skeeved me out a little.

18/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
251. Stephanie P.
What a great place!! We went here for late lunch on Sunday afternoon. Coming from the desert to the gulf I wanted oysters and the reviews for this place were pretty good.

The decor has a simple cafe feel with a very cool copper ceiling tiles. For the extremely dedicated they have an oyster bar to sit at where the chef will shuck them right in front of you. My friend and I were celebrating our victory after running the half marathon that morning so we opted for a glass of brut which was freshly opened and wonderfully bubbly.

I ordered my dozen oysters on the half shell, which were the biggest, most beautiful oysters I've ever had anywhere! The meat completely filled the shell and it came with plenty of cocktail and horseradish to compliment the brininess. I was super curious about the turtle soup....wasn't this something only served in Alice in Wonderland? When I asked our server about it she brought me a sample to taste first, which was so nice of her. I ended up ordering a cup. My friend got a roast beef sandwich on brioche which she really enjoyed.

All in all a delicious meal for around $54 for two cocktails, soup, oysters, and an entree.

10/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
252. Vicky R.
This was the last meal I had in NOLA and I'm hitting myself on the head for not trying Desire earlier.

The raw oysters are HUGE they look like mutants.  They have the same fresh, raw taste so nothing much to say about it except you get more bangs out of your buck. However, the spicy broiled shrimp is God-sent delicious, and had I known this place earlier I would have come by every single day to have shrimps (and possibly get food poisoning).

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
253. Patricia S.
Love this place! It was our first time here and we loved the food and the ambiance. The shrimp casserole and gumbo are great!! Really recommend it if you want to try typical New Orleans cuisine.

19/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
254. Norm And Andy Z.
For our last dinner in NOLA we randomly picked a 4 star place that had crawfish étouffée. That was the only criteria.

Ambiance was ok. It's Bourbon Street so the clientele is generally drunk. It was ok. Noise level average to above average.

Service was slow but reasonably nice.

BBQ shrimp - good as advertised but the best part is dipping the free bread in the sauce.

Boiled shrimp - plain. Nothing of note.

Raw oysters - no brine left, far too big. Tasteless.

Roasted oysters - with parm, these were decent. I'd get them again.

Hush puppies - good.

Fried green tomatoes - disappointing. I've had enough of the NOLA style of cooking which seems to be "fry the damn thing up." I was told by 2 southerners with us that they are not supposed to be battered & fried.

Sweet potato fries - good. Worth it.

Crawfish étouffée - decent. Not the best thing in the world but I'd recommend the dish. This is what I came here for and it was decent/ok.

Jambalaya - tasted like it was made with hot dogs. After going to Coop's it is almost inedible.

Shrimp creole - absolute rubbish. Never get this unless you are in a dungeon and have nothing else to eat.

Generic po boy - fairly mundane. I'm tired if these sandwiches but even at that this was not good.

Overall you could do worse, but you certainly could do better. Not worth the trip but if you end up there by chance there is good, and bad, food on the menu. Make sure you know what to get and avoid the rubbish.

09/05/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
255. Lauren S.
We stumbled upon this restaurant looking for something right off bourbon street. We did good! This place has great food and drinks. I had the chicken primavera which was delish, and a hurricane cat 5 drink, which was also good. We loved our crab cakes for the appetizer and the fried green tomatoes were bomb. If you're looking for a place to drop into, this is your place!!

08/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
256. Tyler E.
Had the Alligator Meatballs with marinara over pasta and it was delicious. Everyone I was with really enjoyed their meal. I would say a great New Orleans style meal at a reasonable price. Staff was fine also.

25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
257. Ame W.
It was REALLY tasty. I had the Fried Green Tomatoes and I tried the Turtle Soup, but it was not really my thing. It's a tangy, almost stew. The fresh baked bread was so hot and fresh and SO good. I kept piling the butter on them and putting them away. All the bread you can eat with your food?? I took a big bag with me like a squirrel hoarding nuts.
Fried Green Tomatoes. Oh yeah. They were good. They were thicker breading than my local California place, but they had them - in season and they made them tasty. So I was happy. That and the bread, and I was in hog heaven. :)

28/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
258. David N.
Stumbled in for a late lunch on balmy Monday afternoon. Cordially greeted and seated immediately, no wait. From what I can recall (which isn't much...damn hand grenades) the food was solid. Ordered the fried green tomatoes and a Half Muffaletta w/sweet potato fries. Had to look back at the pictures to remember how good everything actually was. The green tomatoes were fried to perfection, the muffaletta was one of the better we tried in NOLA, and the sweet potato fries paired nicely with the sandwich. Definitely appreciated them not skimping on the Muffaletta meat. Some places seem to hold back on the good stuff and you're forced into downing an overwhelming loaf of bread. Good stuff. Service was on top of things throughout, and prices were very reasonable. WHEN, not IF, we make it back to NOLA, we will surely stop back in for some grub.

24/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
259. Jim C.
Service was slow but they had her bussing tables as well. Didn't help that Kappa Kappa Douchebag came in 10 deep into our section.  Had the alligator burger. It's like God made his tastiest creatures deadly. Tastier than a normal burger but with out the McSize after guilt.

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
260. Tween C.
Desire is a crowded restaurant, but I suggest that you wait in the line because there food is pretty good, the waiters are very friendly, and the prices are reasonable. I had the half mufaletta. It was good, but I have had better; it wasn't as moist as some can come. I also had the Red Beans and Rice which was one of the highlights of the meal!

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
261. John F.
Had dinner at Desire on a Sunday night.  Got a table by the open windows facing Bourbon street.  Sunday night football was on the TVs over the bar.  I felt like my head was on a swivel.  I really wanted to keep up on the football game, but the people watching on Bourbon street was incredible.  so back and forth I went through dinner.

Oh yea, I should talk about the food.  I had the Catfish platter.  Normally when you order a seafood platter in NOLA, you get a huge pile of deep fried something with a pile of french frys.  Desire is different.  You get a choice of baked potato, fries, sweet potato fries or potato salad with the fish.  I had a large and loaded baker and got some cole slaw and a couple of hush puppies on the side.  The catfish was cooked perfectly.  The cole slaw was good, but I did not eat much of it since I was so full.

This is definitely a restaurant I would double up and eat here again on this trip.

09/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
262. Thomas C.
oysters: good+ - mostly small though, which pissed me off cause i saw lots of big ones at the bar, go to bar you'll get better service and maybe pick of size
catfish po boy: meh skimpy on fish; fries ok
crab cakes: 12 dollars for two little patties withmeh goo than crab was a total unbelievable rip off
burger: meh+
potato salad: mushy and gross
service: ok but the waitress didn't know what she was serving.
atmosphere: good, no wait unlike ACME
maybe some of the higher priced entrees would have been better but there's a reason why ACME had a wait and Desire did not. We felt ripped off overall.

20/02/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
263. Laura K.
Food was great, service horrible. I had to ask another server to get our drinks, which were sitting at waitress station for 5 minutes cuz our waitress was too busy making bread and talking to another server. Our Fried Calamari sat under warning lamps for 5 min also for the same reason. Never asked how our food was or if we needed anything. However, as i said the food was perfect.

16/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
264. Willa M.
We enjoy coming here.  Great food, good service and the view of Bourbon street always entertains.  Étouffée is delicious and the oysters any way you get them are fresh, big and tasty.  My favorite are the BBQ oysters--fried, sauced and sprinkled with blue cheese.  Hubs love the Parmesan encrusted broiled oysters.

05/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
265. Dan d.
Great location and ambiance, yes. Food however is just OK. Certainly not 4 stars. Of course everything tastes better when you've been drinking heavily all afternoon.

22/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
266. Heather B.
We had the BBQ oysters with blue cheese crumbles for starters (yum!), followed by the catfish platter with sweet potato fries ... The hush puppie was eh but the batter on the fish was GREAT! You have to save room for desert though!!! The banana's foster cheesecake and the bread pudding were AMAZING! Eat them together for a foodgasm you won't soon forget!

10/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
267. Robin S.
Food: 3 stars
Service: 2 stars

Food at Deanies (e.g. fresh and fried oysters, catfish, and calamari) are way better.

Sorry :(

04/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
268. Avner M.
The only complaint I have about this place is that the BBQ sausce they use for their BBQ shrimp is NOT AVAILABLE in jars.  We tried hard while in New Orleans and no other place made their sauce the way this place did.  Unfortunately, we had to leave before the lunch hour and the staff was not willing to make us some to go and would not make anything for us that contained it before the lunch time shift started.

So, I guess we will have to make another trip to New Orleans someday and try and catch this place at another time other then during breakfast because that is all they will serve you during that time is breakfast, NO EXCEPTIONS.  They were nice enough to recommend a place around the corner that serves just about anything any time of day with no complaints.  

If you are in the area, EAT HERE, everything was AWESOME.  We even had a family from Ireland come in and sit down next to us and they were not disappointed either.  The food was some of the best you will find in New Orleans and this place will be around for a LONG TIME to come.

04/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
269. Steve S.
This is a really cool place!  My family and I were in the French Quarter and wanted oysters.  Reluctantly (because I don't usually eat at "hotel restaurants) I was persuaded into Desire.  Wow! I'm glad I rolled over!

The dining room is turn-of-the-century chic; the waiters and staff were just right in terms of balancing friendliness and formality.  The food was reasonably priced (for a tourist trap) and much better than I expected.

At our table we ordered a little bit of everything.  The Red Beans and Rice had a TON of really good sausage in it; chunks *and* a couple of links.  The Étouffée had lots of layers of flavor.  

We split a Wedge Salad that was crisp and fresh and -- surprisingly -- kosher, because it lacked the typical bacon crumbles.  (I don't know if this is the usual style of serving at Desire, or an oversight by the kitchen, but we didn't ask, and it was fine anyway.)

A Caesar Salad was passed around the table and declared "so-so".  

A dish that can sometimes be challenging to get right, the Turtle Soup, was *excellent*.  The dollop of sherry on the top just before serving added a nice touch.

Also, we ordered a half-pound of boiled shrimp.  They came with plenty of dipping sauce that added just the right tang, and the size of the shrimp was impressive.

I had a  dozen fresh-shucked on the half-shell and my daughter had the "Oysters Desire;" a half-dozen fresh oysters, topped with garlic and parmesan and broiled lightly.  Both variations were impressive.  The oysters were big, succulent, juicy and fresh.  (I lived on the Chesapeake Bay for more than a decade, so I know a little about oysters,  These were better than I expected them to be!)

With all the fantastic dining options available in the French Quarter, I think it's quite a compliment to the folks at Desire when I say, "I'll eat here again."

03/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
270. Al D.
Had a blast at the raw bar savoring their terrific bivalves and the local beers. Rodney the shucker is outgoing, informative and an amateur philosopher. Mufaletta was just okay, cold in the middle. Boiled shrimp were just right. Loved their broiled Oysters Desire dish.

Breakfast next day: wonderful waitress Ruthie took great care of us and picked up on our impaired state from the previous night's revels. Coffee and Bloody Mary's came quickly. She even made up a little fruit bowl for us to take back to one of the slackers in our party. At her urging I went for the breakfast Jambalaya Skillet. Disappointing. Covered in a gloppy sauce, bland and only minimal sausage. Needs to come off the menu.

08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
271. Oscar A.
Friendly staff and great food. Cant ask for more. We had 6 guys who ordered way too much food just to try everything. The oysters were decent, the poboys were huge.

26/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
272. Lynn W.

I will not complain about the level of tenure of the hostesses!! Yeah, long time man!

The food was not that great..I was expecting an Emeril BAM, with all of those people in there., mildly disappointed. I did order BBQ shrimp ..it's my new thang!! It was  not as good as Mr. B's but not terribly bad. My sister got the seafood platter. Another OKAY..

.I would definitely go back to try some desert.

06/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
273. Opal D.
Long wait to get seated (we were a large table of 11!), but the wait was well worth it. Food was good (highly recommend ordering a couple Oysters Desires). Service was great (they were happy to split our checks up after the fact and eventhough we were a large loud obnoxious group, they treated us very well).
We were all happy and full when we left Desire - and I'm sure you will be too!

01/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
274. Leilani B.
We decided to go here since Deanie's line was wrapped around the corner.  The door guy was sweet and moved the line quickly.

We sat down and it took 15 minutes and us asking for someone to bring us bread.  The waiter came over took our orders and we didn't see him again for a while.  Why?  Because Bobby Brown was sitting at the table next to ours and I think he was a little star struck.  It happens.  

Fried Seafood Platter - not enough flavor.  The "tartar" sauce that was given had a pickly kinda taste but was not thick.  For a moment I thought it was ranch dressing.  The crab cake was moist and yummy - but it would have been way enhanced with an aioli of sorts.  The bread came out - HOT and yummy.

Staff - pretty decent.  They do a lot of teamwork.  So when our waiter didn't come back from Bobby Brown's table - other people delivered our food.  I guess team work makes the dream work.

I'd go again just to try something.

10/07/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
275. Caitlin C.
I'm not quite sure why this place has 4 stars... We came in on a Saturday night and there were very few people in the place. The service was okay. We didn't order drinks at all... I was a little turned off by the idea that they had a "hurricane" that was just absolut with orange juice. We ordered the fried pickles (which were freaking amazing), and each got a po boy. The fried shrimp in mine was great, but the bread was a little chewy and there was hardly any sauce. It was fine, just nothing special.

06/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
276. Kellee K.
We snacked on bread and got started with Oysters Desire. They had great flavor from the parmesan, butter and lemon juice. I've never been a big fan of raw oysters, I learned I prefer them baked.

We settled on Turtle Soup and Jambalaya for entrees. This was my first time having turtle soup, I was not a fan. It was salty and there was something about it that reminded me of chili and I hate chili. The waiter brought over a shot of brandy and it helped it none. The Jambalaya had tomatoes. My preference is without, and I've since learned that's the difference between creole and cajun versions.

12/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
277. Debbie H.
The food was good...the service was not.  Wouldn't come back based on this experience.
Food - shrimp and grits was recommended....my friend who had it said it was great.  Spinach salads...one with chicken and one with shrimp...did not disappoint.  I did send back my iced tea because it tasted old.
Service- sat down and immediately had bread and water....and then waited...and waited.  Server was hot and cold with her attitude.  She was not happy and pretty short with us about separating our checks.  We asked her about it when she brought the bill, and she said we should have asked her...but she never gave us a heads up about bringing the bill.   Also, at one point the manager was seating a table next to us.  Without asking or acknowledging us he whipped our empty chair away from the table and took it for the table he was seating.   One of my companions had an Injured leg and was resting her foot on the chair...she had JUST removed her foot from the chair.
Because of the service my friends were not interested in going back.

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
278. Laura S.
Extremely Rude host/manager(heavy set Italian) Compared to other sonesta hotel restaurants they are least friendly. We came in for a quick lunch during off peak and seem bothered we are here.

21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
279. Tim K.
My first taste of oysters did not disappoint. The wait wasn't too long - the staff kept the line moving by filling up the seats at the bar. When I think of "The Big Easy" I picture a place where you can relax and enjoy your meal, and this place delivered. I was craving some seafood, and the combo platter looked like it offered a taste of everything. The waitress kindly recommended it for 2, and I'm glad she did - the plate was stacked with food. My date and I were starving after a day of travel and wandering the Quarter, and that plate still defeated us. I've lived in the south for the majority of my life and I've had quite a few hush puppies, but I can safely say those were the best I've ever had. Can't offer any advice on dessert as there was no room for it. Definitely worth a return visit!

21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
280. Angelo D.
Biscuits & gravy was awesome.  Jambalaya skillet was so-so. Service was mediocre at best. Came only to this place because of  yelp, but was disappointed.  I'm assuming that the good reviews were for dinner and not for breakfast...I would recommend another location.

23/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
281. Allison L.
The beginning of an extremely drunken night began here with super strong hurricanes.

The food was pretty good, and our waiter was really friendly. Being from Maryland, I generally don't order crab cakes in any other states, but decided to try the crab cakes here, and while they were fried (broiled is so much better) they were really good and I really loved the remoulade it came with. The fries were good as well, and the little bags of bread were a nice touch. The only negative was that the hush puppies were dry, bland, and gross.

It was nice to have a good foundation of fried, starch-y, carb-y foods before I destroyed myself with large drinks full of Everclear.

26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
282. Jennifer C.
This was our first try with raw oysters and after trying them here we were hooked!  They tasted so fresh and delicious.  Also the service was wonderful. We also tried the oysters desire and turtle soup which were excellent as well.

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
283. Kaia V.
Service was good but difficult to locate our server to cash out. Among the four of us we had the seafood sampler (deep fried and breaded shrimp, crawfish, catfish, hush puppies and a baked potato for $27), chicken Caesar salad $14, oysters Desiree (6 broiled oysters topped with a generous layer of melted Parmesan $12), a catfish stew thing, and four waters. The oysters were great, as was the Caesar. Everyone else seemed happy with their food but said they regretted not getting oysters.

There is a velvet rope line outside but it didn't take us too long to be seated on a week night at seven. They don't take names or anything. Just stand in the line and they'll come around and ask how many are in your party.

The bathroom is through the back, down the hall to the right and then make another right. It's clean. If you can't wait til you're seated the absinthe lounge across the street has decent bathrooms and the bar is so dark they probably won't notice if you sneak in.

18/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
284. Jenny A.
Great food and open late at night! Something besides pizza and decently priced. I had the muffuletta and my bf had the burger. Burger was to die for. Potato salad amazing.

06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
285. Masha B.
Great oysters in a beautiful but packed dining room, and a little more expensive than other places around. Still really great food and service, as I have come to expect in this town...

08/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
286. Ari R.
We were searching for a restaurant we could get crawfish and raw oysters, during dinner, and rushing before our show. We came upon this place. It was fantastic! There wasn't much space for us to sit anywhere, as it was packed for dinner. But, 3 of us got spots at the oyster bar, which happened to be the best spot for us! We ate crawfish, the biggest raw oysters I've ever seen, bread pudding with a whiskey sauce, and it was all so delicious! They even had bottled root beer, which is so great (as I don't drink), and somewhat rare at restaurants. On top of it all, our shucker/server behind the bar, was sweet as can be. I'd love to return when we get back to New Orleans!

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
287. Anacleto B.
I visited Desire during my stay for Jazz fest.  This was our No. 2 dinner option after Acme oyster closed off its line.  Lines should be your only concern for Desire (as well as Acme).  They do not take reservations.  You just have to show up and wait.  I don't like that, but I'm sure it works for them and the line did move fairly rapidly (On a Sunday night during Jazz Fest).  

It's right on Bourbon St. so after dinner you can party on.  Everything we had tasted awesome.  The BBQ oysters were fantastic.  If you have anyone who's afraid of the texture of oysters, get them as an appetizer and you will not regret it.  I promise.  The catfish was solid and the bread was fresh.  

The service could use some sharpening, but that shouldn't deter you from enjoying dinner.  If you touch down in NOLA, hit this up one time.

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
288. Missy D.
Unbelievable! Best bread pudding I've ever had in my life! Amazing catfish and best oysters in town!

10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
289. Toni R.
The food is really good I do admit but our service was really lacking. It took upwards of 10 minutes to be greeted by our server who simply asked if we were ready to order, but we hadn't even gotten waters yet. We ordered our drinks, appetizer and entrees then waited about 15 minutes for our drinks. We ended up asking another server for bread since our server was no where to be seen. She didn't even smile at us once until she ran my card, then she really perked up. We had to get the manager since we were charged for our appetizer but never got it. Our server then came over and asked why we didn't say anything, well she ignored us the entire meal pretty much so we never had a chance. I really liked my food and the manager was very welcoming and nice about taking the appetizer off but our server could have been nicer and more attentive.

12/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
290. Jackie H.
Wonderful experience both times. It can get really busy for dinner but the wait isn't that long. Our lovely waitress gave us free gumbo because we waited a few minutes for her to take our order and man was it good. My favorite has been the crawfish étouffée. But oysters looked awesome too! Can't wait to come back and eat our bread pudding. It was so good that I am reviewing before we are done.

11/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
291. Honest R.
I was looking for something on the "lighter" side so I decided to order the spinach salad. It was really good although I would have preferred less fried onions on top. The salad came with candies pecans, blue cheese, halved grapes, and fried onions with a balsamic vinegarette. My friends ordered a blackened chicken sandwich and chicken fetuccini Alfredo that they were very pleased with. Bread and butter is complimentary before meal.

15/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
292. Jennifer R.
On a recent trip to New Orleans, one of my first stops was at Desire Oyster Bar on Bourbon Street.  Though this was my first trip to New Orleans, the relatives with whom I was traveling had been there many times.  Desire, I was told, had been a destination for each of their past trips.  I went along with their recommendation and was not disappointed.

Arriving late on a weekday afternoon, the restaurant was not particularly busy.  Outside, crowds were only just starting to gravitate towards Bourbon Street.  After being seated, my group decided to order a number of appetizers.  We chose the gumbo - shrimp and sausage in a light roux - the not-too-spicy barbecue shrimp, hushpuppies, which were light and tasty, with a hint of garlic, and an order of the creamy grits.

The restaurant itself was clean and fairly quiet.  The service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing.

Everyone enjoyed the food and, having finished our meal, we left the restaurant to explore the French Quarter.

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
293. Mary P.
I was searching for another place to get a good roast beef po boy because Johnny Po-Boys closed just as I got there. Boo!! It was like only 4pm or something?

Anyhow, my research suggested this place so I decided to try it out. The roast beef po boy was meh. I was pretty disappointed. The charbroiled oysters were really good with a cheesey crust baked on top. I think they were even better than Drago's. I love pleasant surprises like this. I wasn't even coming here for them but they stole the show. I also had some raw oysters as well. I actually have always preferred raw oysters to cooked ones but this one was an exception. These were the biggest oysters I had ever seen and I came to realize that bigger is not better tasting. I'm used to smaller oysters from the West Coast that are sweet and flavorful. So glad I had the charbroiled ones cuz that made up for everthing else that was just so-so.

Portion sizes are big, I was not able to finish all of my po boy so I decided to take it to-go even though I was heading into the nightlife on Bourbon Street. I hate wasting food so I was fine with carrying the bag all night. Then a few hours later it dawned on me that I can give it to a homeless guy so it won't go wasted. He was so appreciative and I was glad somebody got some satisfaction out of that po boy sandwich.

03/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
294. Kim P.
We tried this place out because I wanted another Acme Oyster House. And it was definitely comparable.

We ordered their chargrilled oysters and I think I liked them more than Acme. They had more cheese and garlic on them. I also had their crawfish etouffe, but I liked Acme's better. Desire's had more of a spicy kick which was good, don't get me wrong. Just in comparison, I didn't like it as much. We also ordered their BBQ shrimp, which actually didn't taste anything like BBQ. It was actually quite salty so I would skip those. The boyfriend got their catfish with some kind of sauce on it with greens, rice, and fried cornbread. And he liked it all.  I was excited to try the fried cornbread, but it was pretty dry. :(

All in all, not bad of a place. Good oysters! It's right on Bourbon so it's a great place to eat and people watch!

16/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
295. mika m.
The biggest oysters I have ever seen.  The rule that big oysters don't have the best flavor do not apply to the oysters here.  Sit at the Oyster Bar and watch years of shucking experience in action.  
Must haves are the barbecued shrimp.  The sauce is not a traditional barbecue sauce.. more of a heavenly mix of spices and flavors.  The bread pudding could easily be one of the best in the city.  It's made with a lovely whiskey sauce and the pudding isn't too mushy.

16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
296. Mike T.
Stopped for lunch on a Thursday.  Wife had the jambalaya and I has the shrimp carbonara po-boy.    Excellent food, excellent service.  Would come back again.

10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
297. Joel M.
Now this place has always been worth a stop on Bourbon Street for me...it's in the Royal Sonesta hotel but has only an outside entrance as far as I can tell...

Took a small group (4 total including me) with me to grab some supper...I threw down a dozen and a half on the half shell and the oysters were damn delicioso!!! I then went with an entree of Shrimp and Grits and babay they had to stop me from climbing over the bar cause I really wanted to give the chef a big ol' wet sloppy kiss on the mouth cause them Shrimp and Grits were some of the best I've ever had!!!

I liked that they peeled the shrimp all the way down...didn't even leave the tail on them like some places do so you could just fork 'em up and eat 'em with a big ol' forkful of them tasty grits!!!  No hands involved except to hold that fork!!!

The other 3 in the group went with selections off the Appetizer section of the menu cause they weren't as hungry as I was...the Fried Green Tomatoes were effin' mind blowing and the Onion Rings weren't far behind (great batter and fried to perfection..came out juicy and tender)....But when it was all said and done everybody wanted to try my Shrimp and Grits and it was unanimous that everyone at the table fell in love with that dish!!!  Maybe not kiss the cook in love but hey I can get a bit excitable when it comes to great food!!!

The staff and service was outstanding...our waitress was hilarious and I highly recommend this place to anybody, be they tourist or denizen of NOLA, for an outstanding meal!!

PS If you gonna try and get a group larger than 4 seated you might need to call and see if they take reservations or be prepared to wait for them to put a table together

24/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
298. Chris L.
Everything here was delicious. Wanted to get more. This beautiful restaurant is right off bourbon street. After you grab a meal you're within an arm's length of some of the greatest drinking establishments in the most famous 8 block street in the french quarter.

Ordered half a dozen oysters, shrimp étouffée. Must order the oysters. They're vary large and plump and juicy. I ate the whole plate!

The shrimp étoufée is the best i've had so far. It was thick rich, savory and delicious! Something you must order when you're here.

Service was pretty good that night. He was prompt and courteous.

25/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
299. Zain K.
Simply wanted a place for a meal late-night on a weekday, and got more than I had hoped for.  Desire has the feel of an upscale diner, and is more casual (and a bit less pricey) than most other restaurants with similar menus in the area, but easily holds a candle to these other establishments in terms of food quality.

The oysters ($7 for a dozen) I started with were meatier and fresher than those I had elsewhere on this trip, and the jambalaya ($11) was among the best I've had in the city.  Also fantastic was the fresh bread brought out in small quantities in paper sleeves.

I'll be back the next time I happen to be on Bourbon St.

26/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
300. Mary P.
Super Yummy highly recommend the shrimp n grits and the broiled oysters. Our service was top notch!   This is a must try while in New Orleans

14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
301. Peter M.
Rarely have I seen a waitstaff so disinterested. I know things move slower in New Orleans but they take it to a new level.

02/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
302. Meghann F.
We wanted oysters after wandering around town for a bit, so stopped in.

My only problem with this place is they were out of oysters - but can't be helped as it was the xmas season and they were eaten out of them!!

So we tried some shrimp which was pretty tasty and then had some crawfish etoufee which was awesome - glad we got to try that!!

Drinks were kinda spendy here.  Prices otherwise were pretty decent.

Nice little place, would definitely go back.

01/01/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
303. Anush J.
Came here on a Tuesday evening. It was probably about a third full. The servers were nice and friendly. I was given a paper bag with warm bread in it. The bread was soft and tasty.
I had been craving a creamy Cajun pasta ever since I left New Orleans. The Cajun shrimp Alfredo pasta was exactly what I needed. It was spicy but not overwhelming. A little more salty than I would have liked. The next time I come here, I'll probably get some oysters!

24/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
304. Katy H.
I don't know if it was the hurricanes or the sweet old waitress calling me sugar, but I loved this place the second we walked in. Old diner feel and quick service. No match for the oysters though! Sweet lord they were good!  
BBQ oysters are insane. Get them.

01/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
305. Jay R.
We came for breakfast, and stayed for lunch...they close in between but didnt throw us out

The oysters were great, the sausage gravy was fantastic, and they tolerated us being loud drunks, probably due to buying alot of champage for mimosa's

14/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
306. Justin A.
Food was edible. Great location. That's where the ok ends and the horrible begins. The waitress was rude. I said something to the manager about it and he was just as rude. He blew off that we were unhappy. The service was slow and food temp was off. There are plenty of places to eat in New Orleans I would not recommend spending your food dollars here. Le Bayou down the street is a much better choice for authentic NOLA cuisine.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
307. Allison M.
Now I don't eat oysters, but the family does and say's these are awesome! What I do eat is shrimp and grits and oh my does their's hit the spot. This is our go to spot on Bourbon street! Great food, no line, fast service. Can't beat it!

01/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
308. Jerry E.
BOOM...goes the dynamite!! Acme House watch out!! This place is definitely comparable if one can't decide between the two. Plus, they stay open Later than the other. The SO & I came to NOLA to chill, see the sight and not worry bout being on time especially when to eat dinner!

Desire's stays open till 12am on Friday & Saturday. And the service is still just as great as any other night!

We ordered just about every appetizer on the menu; and no, we did not bother with the entrees cuz they would be filling, and we wanted to DRINK afterwards!

-Calamari: lightly fried and seasoned to perfection! Fresh as could be, it practically melted in my mouth
-Oysters Desire: Yes, Charbroiled Oysters... Covered in cheese...simply Amazzzing!!
-Creole Gumbo: Soooo GOOD, I'd slap my momma!!
-BBQ Oyster: To be honest, just NOT feeling it. TOO much bbq sauce. Not a Fan. Highly Recommend NOT Ordering these.

-Bloody Mary: Wham-Bam Down my Throat...YES I'll have another!!!
-Hurricane: Ehh, kinda too much mix to be enjoyable, Not Worth the Price...

FREE BREAD was light and I swear I could have eaten just the Bread, it was really good!

27/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
309. Dale H.
We have passed by Desire many times on many trips and have always said that we should eat there sometime ... but we inevitably would get distracted and end up somewhere else. This time we made definite plans to eat there and I am glad we finally did.

We showed up around 7:30 pm on a Sunday and were seated immediately in spite of what looked like a busy evening.

For starters we ordered a dozen raw oysters. My partner had a glass of wine and I had one of their specialty cocktails - a delicious and potent mix of sweet tea, spiced rum and another ingredient that escapes me right now. The oysters were fat, gorgeous, and tasty. It was a great way to start the meal.

My partner ordered the fresh market fish, which turned out to be Drum. It was topped with capers, crab meat and a lemon sauce. It came with a potato and veggies. He cleaned his plate! He was very happy. I ordered one of their daily specials - crab cakes. They came with fries and slaw. The crab cakes looked enormous but were so light and fluffy that I had no problem finishing them. They came with a couple of dipping sauces (horseradish and a very hot ketchup based sauce) but they weren't needed. A simple spritz of lemon was the perfect compliment.

I -really- enjoyed the crab cakes!

I also enjoyed the old school N'awlins atmosphere, and the service was friendly and attentive.

We hope to return one day!

10/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
310. Erin O.
We stayed at the Royal Sonesta Hotel and Desire is part of that establishment, though it looks like a stand-alone restaurant right on the corner of Bourbon Street. Had breakfast here and was quite happy with my order.

For $16, I got the Jambalaya Breakfast Skillet  with Scrambled eggs, Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Shrimp, Potatoes, Tomato, Onion, Peppers, and Cheddar Cheese.

Time allowing, I would have gone back for other meals.

26/12/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
311. Don W.
Not saying I'm a foodie,  but I have eaten out a few meals in my 50+ years, so trust me when I tell you this place tried hard,  but in the end was only average.
Service: the high point of our meal was Kiki. very nice waitress.
Food: average.   I ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell. Kiki warned me they are big this time of year.  Yep.  Biggest I ever saw...damn!  But I have had better. The cocktail sauce wss incredibly hot from horse radish.  Yikes.  
We also ordered Jambalaya as well as catfish.   Both were good.
Drinks: Hurricanes and Heinekens...Nuff said.
Atmosphere: hey,  IT'S Bourbon Street NOLA....

21/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
312. Stephen G.
First off I want to give a shout out to our waiter Tony who made the experience here so much more than the food.  Tony welcomed us into Desire as if it were his own house and we were guests.  This kind of customer service has to be acknowledged.  In addition, he gave us so many recommendations on what to do in town and out of town.  

On to the food.  Items ordered on this visit
Beer battered onion rings
BBQ oysters
Crawfish étouffée
Jumbalaya pasta
New orleans BBQ shrimp

I honestly can't say a negative word about any of the food here.  My favorite was the Crawfish étouffée hands down.  It's all the Crawfish goodness without the work of getting to the good stuff.  Come with a serious appetite if you're going to have the Jumbalaya pasta because it is very filling.  We also had some assorted drinks to go with our meal and everything was on point.

10/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
313. Gabriel C.
Fresh Oysters - 3/5. Echoing a few of the reviews: the oysters here are delicious, but I also noticed they weren't cleaned as well. However, going strictly by taste, I would prefer this place for fresh oysters over ACME and Oceana Grill. Something about them tasted a little more pure compared to the others.

Turtle Soup - 3/5. Heard a lot about how the turltle soup here is great, but disappointed to say it was a miss for me. Cooked in a style that was reminiscent of a chili, the turtle soup presented a very homogenous taste instead of a layered one.

Bread pudding - 3/5. It was alright, but definitely not the style of bread pudding I was looking to find. Here, the bread pudding was firmer and presented significantly more appealing than Mothers or Felix's, but it lacked that home-style feel.

18/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
314. Jennifer W.
Loved this place. The food was delicious. Best gumbo I've ever had. We sat at the bar and got excellent service. We sat next to a couple that comes to NOLA every year and they said they eat here 2-3 times every visit.

23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
315. Farrah A.
So it's the day of NYE and just about every restaurant in the French Quarter has a line of 20 people out the door. Lucky for us, we came across Desire at just the right hour because we were immediately seated - almost window-side - in a packed house.

With 127 reviews and counting, let me break it down for you...

Start with oystas! The raw oysters were incredibly fresh, chilled, and served with plenty of lemon. And they their house-made cocktail sauce has strong bite - or should I say a giant smack? ...because that was spice-ay!

We also got the barbecue oysters. They're fried, glazed in a wonderfully sweet and smokey barbecue sauce, sitting over individual shells and topped with crumbled bleu cheese. I didn't snap any pics, but you gotta check out this photo snapped by another yelper... yelp.com/biz_photos/Jvaw…

You can't get wrong with the gumbo, with its rich, thick roux. Probably the best I've had in a while. I also ordered the crawfish ettoufee. it was good, but I had plate envy for my friend's shrimp and grits.

The bloody mary I ordered was alright. Not the best. It was a tad too thick and had the consistency of ketchup. The flavor and spiciness were there, but I should have ordered another shot of Tito's and thrown in some more Worcestershire to thin it out.

Service was great. I appreciate how it was so busy, and yet our server kept reminding us to "take our time" and "enjoy your food." Love the Big Easy mentality.

I'll totes come back. But probably stick with a dozen or two oysters and a nice cold beer.

02/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
316. julie n.
Didn't try their oysters, darn.

I had the shrimp creole and it was tasty, needed some more spice though.  The bread was hot and fresh.  Service was as expected, the table turnover rate is high.  They shuffle people in and out quickly, as most places do on this busy street.  

Gumbo was just ok, a little on the bland side.

07/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
317. Corey S.
3.5 stars for food, extra .5 for Kiki making it a more fun time than it might have been.

My wife and I arrived late and hungry to NoLa and found ourselves walking through the French Quarter after 10pm looking for something decent to eat.  Based on solid Yelp reviews, we found ourselves here.  From the outside looking in, it seemed like a low-energy divey place to grab some actual food, right up our alley at 10:30 on an Friday night.  

We had some raw oysters, some Oysters Desire, and the Creole Trio.

The raw oysters were decent considering that it's so late in the season.  They were shucked OK but had some grit.  The Oysters Desire were yummy, broiled with a lot of butter and some spice.  Still unfortunately some grit.  The Creole Trio was perfect.  It arrives looking a bit like a hot mess, but it scratched our gumbo/jambalaya itches in 1 order.  It's a small portion of gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans & rice with sausage.  I wasn't about to go searching through NoLa for the best gumbo but to this non-connoisseur this was tasty, a bit spicy, and full of sausage and shrimp and not much else, which was good.  The jambalaya was also very tasty, and also loaded with shrimp and chicken and sausage and it all had a great texture. The red beans & rice were surprisingly delicious.  I live in Panama and have had all sorts of bean/rice combos and this was really delicious.  Great heat, lots of beans and sausage.  

Kiki, our server, helped make this a fun late dinner.  She was attentive and friendly.  And best of all she suggested that we take in the burlesque show inside the same building and that was a blast.  All in all, this was a great choice for a late dinner.

07/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
318. Zoe D.
I usually stay faaaaaaaar away from Bourbon Street so in all my years of going to NoLa I had missed this place. My usual place was recently featured on the Food Network and there was a long line, so my husband and I wandered aimlessly, hungry and jet lagged. We wandered in here and were VERY pleasantly surprised.

We got the raw oysters, of course.

I got the etouffee, my favorite food in the world and it was YUMMY!

My husband got the jambalaya and was equally as happy. It was so good we went back on our last night for more. Our waitress was an absolute sweetheart, she gave us both a hug on our way out.

The only "negatives" to me is that it is on Bourbon and it was a little too brightly lit for my taste.

23/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
319. Bruce S.
Best fresh oysters I've had!  Shrimp and grits was tasty I just wish there was more grits!!  Atmosphere was great. I sat at the bar and watched the guy shuck the oysters. Also the way they serve your oysters is cool.

02/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
320. Mike G.
We were walking down Bourbon St and decided to check out the menu at Desire.   A couple of offerings stood out so we decided to give them a try.

We were pleasantly surprised, I had the BBQ shrimp (one of my favorite southern dishes) which was unlike any I have had int he past.  The sauce had a rich, creamy base and was delicious.  My wife had their salmon and grits and felt it was one of the best dishes she has had in our many trips to NOLA.  The cost for dinner was reasonable, actually much less than some comparable restaurants, yet we found the food much better.

The staff was pleasant and helpful.  We will definitely come by again on our next visit.

23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
321. Dave C.
Food was a 3.5 or so, but our server Kiki pushed our rating up to 4.

Oysters on half shell were good (but so damn big!).   BBQ oysters were really tasty.   Turtle soup - solid and spicy.   BBQ shrimp - wife loved it, I thought just ok.

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
322. Diana W.
Can't believe a legit restaurant is on bourbon st!  After walking around bars it was nice to have a sit down dinner.  The service was awesome, the name of the restaurant is cringe worthy though.  Came here at around 3, were seated immediately and given fresh hot bread.  The desire oysters are HUGE and delicious!  I have never seen oysters as big as these.  Skip the pizza places on bourbon and get a real meal here.

01/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
323. First P.
Went here 2 nights in a row because it was getting late both nights and our first night was perfect.

First night great waiter and oysters. Second night horrible waitress and warm oysters.

Plus side. Better oysters than Acme.  Great gumbo, turtle soup, and jambalaya.  Excellent fried platter of seafood.

Not recommended are the po boys and the shrimp and grits or wedge salad.

They have good and bad dishes just like most restaurants, but the good is good enough to go back.

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
324. Jason C.
It was ok at best.  Service spotty. Good was alright but there are so many other places in the city thst are so much better.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
325. Tamoghna B.
The most underrated Bourbon St restaurant in my humble opinion. Excellent food, very good staff and more affordable than most other Bourbon St joints. The etouffee was simply the best I had in my 4 day - long visit. The shrimp and oyster po - boys were a delight and the oysters were heavenly! They also served some nice, warm bread - complementary.

20/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
326. Matthew G.
Gotta try the Oysters Desire, Shrimp and Grits, and Shrimp Po Boy. We eat here every time we visit NOLA. Oysters are fresh and big, too. Definitely a must if you're looking for somewhere casual and people watch on Bourbon Street.

11/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
327. Linda R.
Ohhhh hellll no! Do NOT waste your money on this place. Look, I can eat and love to eat at many places and I've had my share of down-home cooking or fine dining or hole-in-the-wall orgasmic food and this.....ain't it! I desire to hire another chef. I ordered the crawfish etouffe and it was so bland and just plain blah I couldn't finish. My friends got the creole or Cajun trio. Gumbo was nasty and slimy. Red beans and rice was bland. Jambalaya was tomato paste. It tasted OLD. My other friend ordered the seafood platter. I tried the crabcake and it was pasty and needed more crab. The fried catfish was dry. The fried oyster was dry. The only thing I liked was the sweet potato fries. I also tried my friend's alligator burger. And what do you think it was like....?  You got it.  Dry. Although trying alligator meat for the first time, I thought it had good flavor. Just dry.

Spicy shrimp....it is boiled shrimp with a spicy sauce on the side. And trust me....it wasn't spicy.

The bread was good. My friends and I loaded up in that. So sad.

Verdict? Totally undesirable. :( too bad.

09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
328. Chris D.
Suppose you've been drinking on Bourbon Street most of the evening. Suppose 11:30 pm rolls around and you've hit that point in the night where alcohol has made you think you should eat something... anything... to satiate the growing emptiness in the pit of your stomach. Suppose you decide oysters are precisely what the doctor ordered. Hopefully you find yourself at Desire Oyster Bar.

Me and my two companions crushed two dozen oysters as fast as the gentleman who dare not speak could shuck them. He wasn't much for conversation, but he had a penchant for tossing those meaty morsels to us as if he was slopping the pigs. Slop the pigs he did, as those oysters were gone in approximately four minutes and twenty one seconds flat.

The oysters themselves were absent of much flavor, but they were MASSIVE. In fact, they were probably the biggest oysters I've ever seen, let alone had the pleasure of slurping down into my gullet. I'm used to smaller, briny oysters of the Pacific Northwest, so maybe that's just it is down in those parts? I don't really know. I don't really care. They were like $30 and they hit the damn spot.

31/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
329. Sarah L.
The food was great. I really don't have any complaints about that. My husband and I ordered a burger with fries ($11) and he also got a bowl of turtle soup ($7). The burger had a lot of flavor and the fries had delicious Cajun seasoning.

"Why only two stars?" you ask- well. The service. I'd give that -4. I figured two stars was reasonable. The server literally made us nervous. She had an attitude on her the size of a rhinoceros. We kept seeing her go outside for several minutes at a time. She spent more time out there than she did inside. Needles to say, we never did get a refill on our water. Never did she smile.

If you do happen to go there, try to sit at Ms Geri's table. We overheard her with her tables and she seemed like the sweetest lady ever. She even came to our table to check on us twice.

23/03/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
330. Danielle V.
This was the restaurant attached to our hotel, so I ate here twice. The first time I ordered oatmeal to go. It was very good. Didn't seem like people normally do this, so they didn't have lids for all the fixins, but the waitress was very friendly and accommodating.

The next day we went back for lunch. Seemed a bit slow for gumbo and salads. I can appreciate that people are on vacation, so there really isn't too many places to go. Gumbo was good. Spinach salad was about a 3. The friend onions would be well replaced with red onions and the salad could come with about 1/3 of the dressing. I like my salad tossed (actual real salads people) so next time I would ask for it lightly dressed. Fresh bread that is warm and delicious comes with the meal.

13/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
331. Alexander H.
This place is one of the "must".   The atmosphere is great, the staff is very friendly, and the food is really good.

09/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
332. Andrew A.
Visiting New Orleans for the first time, asked a local dude we met at the hotel where the good eats were at. He recommended Desire for the oysters, drinks and laid back atmosphere. Pete our server, was awesome and took really good care of us. Also gave us recommendations for main course. Glad we took his advise! Creole trio was very good and my wife's shrimp n grits were outstanding! This place has outstanding oysters and the best bread pudding ever! We will probably go back at least once before heading back to Cali.

08/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
333. Wes D.
Great service, great oysters.

All the doors/windows open air to Bourbon St. Nice place for lunch.

23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
334. Bernadette W.
Great for late night dining after a football game...though it is a bit touristy. Can be a bit breezy by the door. Great oysters usually, but this time they were out. Gumbo was the best I had during this trip. They serve nice warm bread too. If you want feel for the local food, try the trio dish: jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo.

04/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
335. Jen B.
Though Desire kept popping up in my Yelp search as a great oyster place, supposedly it is closed on Sunday nights. Well, it apparently wasn't the Sunday night I happened by it Since I was a party of one (in town for a conference and flyin' solo), I immediately got a spot at the bar.

My appetizer: oysters in a half shell with horseradish sauce as well as cocktail sauce. I've realized in the past few days that I've been here that the larger, half shell oysters have a different taste than the small ones. The oysters were good, but I prefer the smaller ones you can slurp down, since these ones weren't as salty as I expected.

For my main dish, I ordered the green onion crusted ahi tuna with sweet potato fries and green beans. The tuna was delicious: pretty rare, with an awesome taste and orange-molasses beurre blanc. Yum! Sweet potato fries were good too; fairly thick, not too salty and great with ketchup.

All in all, it was a great experience. Not quite worth a 5 out of 5 stars for the price (and for service - it was good but not amazing). I would definitely recommend this place for an old style New Orleans restaurant with a good selection of oyster and cocktails.

19/05/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
336. Khadiza E.
The so called crab sea food salad tasted more like a tuna salad instead. I'd stay away from that. The quality of Subway salads are better. However, I do recommend you try their baked parmesan oysters! OMFG they are so delicious we ordered a second serving! I drool at the thought of them and still have yet to find anything close to it in Chicago. Till next time NOLA. I can't wait to eat them again! A must try!! Service was accurate and friendly, seated by the open doors facing Bourbon street watch drunks pass by and even talk to you.

28/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
337. Lynn P.
We were a party of six and I was in charge of picking our lunch destination.  I searched several options on yelp and decided on Desire due to the reviews.   Really folks....some people should not be allowed to dine intoxicated then write a review.

We had fresh oysters....good, white sauce is extremely spicy...loved it!
Oysters Desire...3 of 6 people really enjoyed...others meh.
BBQ oysters....4 of 6 really enjoyed...and 2 meh, they had grit in their oyster.
BBQ shrimp....they were peeled unfortunately, I like the messy whole goodness.  Sauce was disappointing.
Trio..red beans, gumbo, and jambalaya...no one liked the jambalaya, gumbo and red beans were good.
Oyster Rockefeller poboy.....oysters were perfectly fried...otherwise as a whole meh.
Pork chops with greens and potatoes....amazing everyone loved this dish!
Fried platter...shrimp, oysters, fish, crawfish, crab cake and sweet potato fries...not greasy, average, but we were all full as it was the last course to be served.

Don't get me wrong....it was average NOLA food, nothing special.

If you do go.... order the pork chops and fresh shucked oysters, they were tasty.

10/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
338. jonathan s.
Ate a pre thanksgiving dinner po boy here. Shrimp and oyster. Good size. Good value. Devoured it. Had to ask for an extra cocktail sauce. Addicting. Sweet potato fry recommendation from server was a win. We did only end up here because everything was closed. Not sure id go back if everything else was open.

04/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
339. Ryan K.
This place is the bee's knees!

Some friends and I strolled in here while walking around trying to grab a quick appetizer before our dinner reservations....might have been the best decision of the trip.

We sat at the oyster bar and Augustus promptly asked what he could do for us. We got a round of Abita Turbo Dogs (...when in Rome), 1 1/2 dozen raw oysters, oysters desire, BBQ oysters, and some fried green tomatoes.

Every dish was great but my favorite were the BBQ oysters: fried oysters with BBQ sauce and blue cheese dressing/crumbles.....hot damn! they were good

FUN FACT: We chatted up Augustus while he was shucking our oysters and he told us he'd been working right there behind the bar for 27 years. You certainly get down-home feeling while here.

24/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
340. Zin M.
I hate to do this but we had the very unfortunate experience of being seated by their oyster bar one night and not by choice listening to the two gentlemen (ok not really) speak very loudly and rowdy about inappropriate stuff. I know we are in New Orleans/Bourbon Street but I wish to give it more credit than that.  It's a beautiful place and not all raunchy.  Anyway, I don't care, they could have spoken about sports, weather, whatever, but the stuff they were chatting about was extremely inappropriate.  Sexual in nature and the B word was just being tossed around everywhere.  I'm not a prude (nor do I feel like I need to justify myself) but this is not the type of thing anyone should have to listen to at a restaurant especially by employees of the establishment.  At one point I believe even the hostess came by to tell them to cool it, didn't work though.  I just wanted to get the hell out of that place.  

Sorry for the bad review, tone down the inappropriate stuff.

20/12/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
341. Nicole H.
A favorite affordable restaurant on Bourbon st. You can't have a better location for dinner while stilling the street. I love all the appetizers and the creole carbonara is the BOMB!!! A must while visiting New Orleans!!!

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
342. Alethia S.
Ok so yeah this place is on nasty, dirty, smelly, Bourbon St, but oh well you only live once right!?  Yeah..so this place was old school and I loved it. The hostess put us by the open window and we saw and heard everything on Bourbon St which was awesome so I could watch people.

I had the BBQ Shrimp which was really really good! I can't describe how it taste either but it's yummy goodness! My fiancé had his bowl of gumbo and he said it was good but Dragos was better he thought. Overall it was a cool place and we didn't have a long wait either.

09/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
343. Candy Y.
I've now made 11 different trips to NOLA, and despite my vow to add a new restaurant or two to each trip, there's a good reason Desire is a must-do for every trip to NOLA. Well, 3 good reasons: 1) BBQ oysters topped with hunks of blue cheese, 2) BBQ Shrimp floating around in a tangy sauce, and 3) The fresh bread in the little paper bags brought to your table to soak up the sauce of said-BBQ Shrimp.  Even if not for these reasons, the impeccable service, the friendliness of the wait staff, and the rather large Mint Juleps would have me coming back. There are a lot of historical eating establishments in the French Quarter, but this one tops my list of favorites by a long shot.

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
344. Oanh N.
Great place to eat and people watch! Service was quick and atmosphere is fun. Lots of history in Nola..def recommend this place.

02/03/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
345. Christina C.
3 stars for service because there were only two servers tonight and they seemed frantic. I noticed everyone was getting only half their tables served at a time.

On the other hand, 4 stars for the food. The hot bread was so good (when I finally got it). The baked oysters tasted sooo flavorful. The alligator meatball pasta is perfectly al dente and fresh (did they make the pasta on site?? I forgot to ask). The meatballs are amazing. You wanna sop up the rest of the sauce with bread. Also, you can't go wrong with the fried oysters po' boy. Ask for a half order of the sandwich so you'll have space to try other stuff!

27/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
346. Tom M.
Tried the char grilled oysters and they were excellent.  The bartender recommended them and she was spot on with that suggestion.  The creole gumbo was good too.  It had a nice little kick of spiciness to it. The bread pudding was an excellent finish for the meal.  If you are on bourbon street this is a good choice for some place to stop and eat.

04/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
347. Bray L.
Great location for upscale cajun food. I had the crawfish etuflet and it was just what I was expecting from New Orleans. Served with French bread to dip.

18/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
348. Janet C.
My hubby found this place because of the yelp reviews. He was craving raw oysters and didn't want to go somewhere we'd already been before.  He said the oysters were phenomenal and their sauces that came with were some of the best he'd ever had. I had the fried green tomatoes and was a little disappointed they weren't more flavorful. I also ordered the muffuletta, but it was pretty bland. The olive spread was mediocre and there wasn't much of it - and the ham was very tasty, but they piled it all on top of very hard bread. It was almost difficult to eat. It came with a choice of fries and I went with the sweet potato fries; they were blah. I didn't finish anything, whereas I've been licking my plate everywhere else I've gone so far in NOLA.

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
349. Christopher B.
I came here for breakfast only because I was stuck in a downpour and I needed to eat anyway. I had the crab and shrimp omelette partly because it was recommended. I found it dried up and just sort of tasteless. Without hot sauce, it would have been a struggle to get through it. Additionally, it was overpriced and the atmosphere was just ordinary.

22/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
350. Katie H.
This is my repeat visit in NoLa. They have the BEST Shrimp and Grits. I also purchase their garlic hot sauce at each visit. I have never had to wait for seating and the service is always superb.

24/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
351. Gerald F.
The best cold shrimp. Juicy. Fresh. Big. Oysters gotta have. Oysters deserie are outstanding. Tonys outstanding.

26/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
352. Tim R.
We arrived on a Monday morning at 10.50am so only just in time for breakfast that finishes at 11.  Never the less we were welcomed and seated and asked to be expedient with ordering. We ordered the crab desire which is a crab cake with a poached egg inside - very, very, nice - But it was a bit cold , could have been warmer.
Came on a bed of spinach surrounded by a chunky tomato something ( which might have been herby tinned tomatoes warmed through)
Cafe du Monde coffee which is always nice so all in all a good meal just could have been hotter.
Would go again and probably for dinner.

01/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
353. Tracey P.
First night in Nola and Desire did not disappoint! Had the oysters in half shell and they were HUGE!
Gumbo was delish, jambalaya was super-flavorful but not too spicy and the warm French loaves brought to the table melted in your mouth!
Bread pudding was good but not epic...or I would have made this a 5 star review!
Service was good, atmosphere lively to say the least. Wouldn't bring small children in evening as it's pretty crowded and tables are close together. And it's Bourbon Street so you can't predict what will go on at the next table:)

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
354. Brittany L.
This place was great.  oysters were phenomenal... and I stood up and shouted, "this is the best crab bisque ever".  Nice bar service and scrumptious bread!

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
355. Gayle V.
Ate here 3 out of 5 days for lunch! So that has got to be saying something!
The shrimp bacon poorboy was to die for!! You can get a full order($17) with fries or 1/2 order which is plenty for one person for $9. We also ordered 1/2 lb. cold shrimp which was very good.  The gumbo and yes...turtle soup were both delicious as well!

21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
356. Julie G.
My sister and I like to make Desire our last stop before heading back home, as you can see from the picture we go all out! The food is great here compared to all the other french quarter restaurants that serve cold slop. The waitstaff is very friendly and attentive and aren't judgmental if you order everything on the menu! Don't get trapped into the other gutter hole restaurants around Bourbon Street, Desire serves quality food. Enjoy!

13/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
357. Kerry O.
Came here late night during Mardi Gras! Heard about the turtle soup and had to try. It really wasn't that great. The shot of sherry on top helped. Nothing I would say you HAVE to try!

Ordered the Jambalaya for my main course. It seemed to have been sitting for a little before it was served and was just alright. New Orleans has better options.

The service was truly great and I did enjoy our waiter who was professional and entertaining. Great location too!

25/03/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
358. M T.
Awesome place right on Bourbon Street!

Me and a couple friends decided to try it out on a trip down south, and it was delicious! I had some oysters (they were served with a slice of lemon) and Pasta Jambalaya, definitely a good New Orleans meal. One of my friends had the bread pudding and it was delightful. The banana pudding wasn't as great as we expected, but we've had our share of good banana pudding~

The service was nice and attentive, but oh, they don't do separate checks, so make sure you have cash so your group (assuming you're going to eat with a group ..) can split the bill! Or make sure you bring someone who will be willing to take care of it ;)

26/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
359. Kathleen H.
My first choose was to eat at the Acme restaurant since all of the reviews. Saw that line and passed! Saw this place and thought we would try it out. This place did not disappoint. Started off with the raw oysters, the biggest oysters I've ever had!! Delicious. I had the jambalaya and my bf had the crawfish pasta? Mine was good, his was amazing!!!! Would definitely go back.

26/05/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
360. Kim W.
Desires - French Quarter
Oysters are fresh and delicious...for $8 you get 1/2 dozen and they are large and plentiful. They have oysters all over in NoLa, but these were great and for that price??? You can't beat it!

21/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
361. A E.
I was quite disappointed in the food and service. The wait staff was rude and incompetent. As far as appetizers, the fried green tomatoes were bad, the calamari ok. The crawfish etouffe was tasty as was the majority of the seafood platter. Loved the cocktail sauce but the tartar wasn't good. I did purchase a bottle of the delicious garlic hot sauce though!

The service was so poor we bypassed our free dessert just to get out of there. I won't go back.

02/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
362. Tinnie L.
Came here because line for acme wad way too lonh. The seating here was very odd. It was a very crowded Saturday night anf we had yo wait in line to even let them know how mnay to be seated. When we got seated, the pleasant waitress started is with water and bread with butter. The bread is very very good and fresh. I wanted something light so i ordered green tomato cake. I ended up just eating the tomatoes in between because the bready crust was very filling. Because of this I sae that some were not green tomatoes but red!  Very disappointed.
The salads my friends ordered were not chopped either. Its good that they put dressing on the side but they were very weak salads, with 2 slices of cucumbers and 3 grape tomatoes... and a handful of croutons.
The plate of oysters we ordered was also not fresh at all, and when we purrposely didnt eat one, the waiter pointed out that we missed one. That was was very black and had a smell to it. We already didn`t complain that we wanted a fresher one...
Anyway i think the best dish was the creamy grits. It was very delicious especially with the good bread, but everything else wasn't too good.  Took them a long time to get us the check too probably because they were trying to accommodate a large party of 18 onto 3 small tables...

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
363. Rochelle R.
There are sooo many positive things i can say about tis restaurant!! The food is absolutely amazing- in particular:
Shrimp ettoufe ... Sooo delicious!
Jumbalaya pasta... Five stars!
The bread  
I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the service! I will definately be returning to desire the next time im in Naw'lins!!!!

06/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
364. Julisa H.

I had to scream a little because I was not expecting the amount of flavor and amazing ness that came out of that place..

We had a coupon from our hotel "the royal sonesta" for a free appetizer here.  The wait was about 15 mins for a table which was well worth it. Wait for the damn table!

We ordered the cooked oysters, crab cakes and the fried pickles for an appetizer.

All are awesome and tasty when I mean everything .. Everything.

I ordered the jambalaya pasta babyyyyyy the Nola has something amazing and idk how they do it but that pasta was the best pasta I have ever experienced.

I was full half way through and tried to decide if I wanted a stomach ache or not because I couldn't stop eating.

My friends ordered the shrimp and grits and the BBQ shrimp.. All raved reviews

desire was worth the wait and really a delight to eat at. Thank you Delores for your prompt service I will come again when back down in the big easy!

14/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
365. Cyndee S.
We ordered the Creole Trio and a 1/2 oyster 1/2 shrimp po boy to split. The trio had red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya. The gumbo was my favorite. It was loaded with sausage. The jambalaya was flavorful, but the rice was too mushy. I liked the beans, but prefer them creamier. That is a personal preference so I don't hold that against them.

The po boy had enough shrimp, but only three small fried oysters. I know the price of oysters has gone up. The first oyster po boy we had during our trip was also lacking in the oyster department AND they added a $2 up charge. At least Desire did not have an up charge.

Our server was quick and friendly.

They have decent beers on tap.

It was a quick place to stop and was pretty good. 3 1/2 stars.

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
366. J J.
Decent breakfast.  However it is pretty pricey.  A seafood omelet was $19.  Three people with tip $103 for breakfast.

06/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
367. Marcy S.
Best raw oysters in town...sit at the oyster bar!!  I can honestly say this review is only in reference to the oysters and guys behind the oyster bar.  These guys are great at their job and very interesting to chat with over some drinks and oysters.  On to those wonderful oysters...they are so juicy and quite large on most occasions.  I personally think this is the best place in New Orleans for oysters.

04/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
368. Rayna C.
Food is AmAzING!

I will always want to come here when in New Orleans. Food was so mouth watering good that I am drooling right now as I write this.

It was a small group of four and we got seated right away but the place was packed so I do not believe that this was normal. Especially if your down during a very touristy season. But it's worth the wait or see if you can make a reservation. We were just passing by.

I believe this is a true New Orleans experience and if your looking for the best food, they have it!

We had four different entree's and we all tried each others. They were all good. Can't wait for Mardi Gras!

07/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
369. Christine B.
Great place!  Tried the Oysters Desire-Great !  Jambalaya - Really Good. Spicy Shrimp- not spicy but very flavorful and good!  Shrimp and Grits - not a great deal of grits but still amazing!  ( from Charleston so I know shrimp and grits)  

Great place, no wait when we came. Good menu options, little loud when place is full.  Excellent service!

15/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
370. Olena P.
I only ordered the oysters desire, the cajun/creole  sampler and the seafood salad. All were very good, the only thing is the salad had too much dressing. The oysters were to die for!!!!

14/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
371. Josiah G.
While walking through the litany of places to eat on Bourbon Street, I used my Yelp app to find the closest, decently rated restaurant and I was only a block away from Desire. The place was packed and my girlfriend and I were lucky enough to get the last table available.

Our fried pickles were ok, but nothing special. The highlight was the red beans and rice with sausage. It was delicious and a great sized portion. We were in and out relatively quickly.

As far as looking for a place right on Bourbon Street to grab some good food before hitting the bars, I would suggest stopping by here if they have tables available.

16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
372. Diane S.
We ate here the first night that we were in town and wish we had gone back at least once more! Bottom Line: Great drinks, great service, and great food! My husband got The Creole Trio and raved about it the rest of the trip.  I got a Po'Boy and the french bread that it was served on became the standard for all future po'boy bread (nothing else on the trip compared to that bread!).  I would definitely recommend checking this place out!

21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
373. Flora H.
We went to Desire for lunch because of the convenient location, but unfortunately the food was just okay (and in a city like New Orleans, okay just isn't going to cut it!).  The service was great and my diet coke was constantly being refilled, as were everyone else's beverages, but other than that I was not impressed.

Oysters Desire (broiled oysters with garlic butter, parmesan cheese, & creole seasoning) - There was way too much "stuff" going on and you could barely even tell there was an oyster in there.  Way too cheesy and greasy (and mind you, I quite enjoy cheese and grease... just not with my oysters).

Oysters on the Half Shell - these were better than the oysters desire since they were more "pure" and allowed us to actually taste the oyster, but were nothing special.

Fried Green Tomato Stack (fried green tomatoes with remoulade sauce) - We took a bite of these and didn't eat any more.  Way too much breading camouflaging the green tomatoes... I could have been eating fried anything.

Crawfish Etouffe (crawfish tails in a brown creole sauce served over rice) - This was okay. It's possible that I'm just not a big etouffe person since this was my first time having it, but my friend confirmed that it was not the best and that I shouldn't judge etouffe based on my experience here.

Desire House Salad (tomato, cucumber, red onion & fresh croutons) - Just a basic house salad, sadly probably the best thing we had here!

I will say that the Po Boy that someone else ordered looked quite delicious, but that for the most part everything here seemed to have more sauce / cheese / grease etc. than it needed to.  Nothing here was BAD, it was just not great.

03/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
374. Greta H.
My hunny wanted one last oyster run before we continued on past New Orleans. We had seen this place a few times today and decided to try it since it was open until 12am and it was only about 10pm.

We came here and so glad we did! We ordered half a dozen raw oysters, half a pound of shrimp boiled in spicey sauce, and  a pint of Abita Amber on tap.

The shrimp was so flavorful!! Definitely the highlight of the meal! The oysters were huge and slimey...just the hubs likes them.

The highlight of the experience was our wonderful waitress Delores. Super cute older woman who definitely enjoys what she does!

27/12/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
375. Jeff B.
We stayed at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. It is located right in the hotel.
We had breakfast here and had good food. Can't really mess up breakfast. The Beingnets were of course, delicious.
It was a bit pricey but it is in a hotel.

We went back for dinner and had Catfish Po Boys and Catfish with crawfish. Dinner was good.
We had a waitress from back in our home town and she was very friendly. Usually not the case in NOLA

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
376. Ann I.
We came here twice on our stay in NOLA. Food was very good and there was a lot to choose from. My husband got the shrimp and grits and I got the Taste of NOLA Trio, which was a great choice if you are a Cajun food newbie like I was. Very flavorful and yummy! We also got the hush puppies and Fried Green tomatoes, both were also tasty. This restaurant is right on Bourbon street and we were eating on a Saturday night, it gets very rowdy, and the people watching was at it's finest. There were plenty of drunk people and even saw topless women with painted on pasties! LOL! Service was spotty though, on one of the nights the waitress was excellent and when we came back again, the guy that served us seemed like he didn't want to be there. All in all it was a great experience and good old fashioned food!

12/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
377. Megan B.
We went in for lunch and the food was tasty but our waitress ignored us the whole time we were there. We had to pull over other waitstaff to assist us while our waitress chatted with bar staff with her back to us for the entire hour we were there. We couldn't even get our drinks refilled. Even though we returned to many NOLA restaurants for a repeat visit this was not one of them.

18/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
378. Megan B.
I really should have used my better judgement and ruled against eating at a joint on Bourbon Street.  None of the employees seemed particularly pleased to be there, and it was still early in the night.  I feel bad for the customers who had to deal with them 3-4 hours later.

The food was fine, but really wasn't anything to write home about.  No wonder the place was half-empty during Mardi Gras.  The inside is decorated classy, perhaps to justify the inflated prices, but the food certainly isn't worth it.

And I'm not sure whether would consider this a plus or a minus, but the restaurant is open to Bourbon Street, so you get to enjoy the freak show with your meal.

26/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
379. Neftalí J.
I love this place so much - I come here every time I'm in New Orleans.

The service is great.

The bread is AWESOME.

They do all the standards pretty well. I love the jambalaya! I usually go with the trio plate though - gumbo, red beans and rice, and jambalaya -and then order one more thing so that everyone can have a taste of everything.

They used to have alligator sliders, which are gone now, but they still do turtle soup! It's good, try it! The oyster are great too. Overall, a very solid option on Bourbon.

28/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
380. Jenny P.

We stepped in just a few minutes before the summer downpour. Our dishes were the gumbo, crawfish etouffe, and the oysters on the shell. The best New Orleans cuisine in our novel experience - the crawfish etouffe with a perfect balance of heat and depth of flavor as well as perfectly cooked crawfish and the oysters absolutely fresh and briny. The gumbo left something to be desired as a more one-note thick soup rather than a memorable dish. However, the $10 per cocktail/wine price and the other two dishes more than made up for the gumbo. Attentive service as well.

If you are in the area and there are long lines for Acme, I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

26/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
381. Joycelyn L.
Came here on a weekday night and it was pretty busy.  We got the following:
- Half a dozen oysters - chili garlic cocktail sauce gave an extra kick
- Crab cakes with coleslaw - right amount of crab meat and a crispy crust. I'm glad the crust wasn't too thick and the coleslaw wasn't drenched in mayo.
- Jambalaya - flavorful and somewhat spicy.  Best jambalaya I've tasted so far.  We ended up coming back again during lunch just to order it again.  It was that good.
- BBQ shrimp was alright.
Note, get the free bread - it's soft and steamy.

28/01/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
382. Joy M.
our first meal in New Orleans and it did not disappoint!

we had just gotten settled at our hotel on Carondolet and were very excited to tour the famous Bourbon Street. it's perfect that Bourbon St. was only about 4 blocks from our hotel, and one of the first places we come across is the Royal Sonesta. eating at Desire was a home run, especially because we wanted to dive right into the cuisine that New Orleans is famous for: spices, cajun, creole, stews, seafood, etc.

we started with oysters on the half shell and we each ordered a po' boy. after dozens of oysters which were not just a good size but delicious as well, and the sandwiches which were so huge i actually had to box the other half of the sandwich, we enjoyed the bread pudding for dessert. WoW what a first meal.

it's nice that we grabbed a table which was next to the open windows and walkways which lead right onto Bourbon St. so you can watch the people funnel through as well as enjoy some of the street acts performing while you dine. i even got beaded while i was dining haha. turns out a girl who was passing through literally came tableside to us saying something along the lines of "hey you're cute," put some beads on me while i was still seated and then her and her friends took off into the night. haha i love the spirit of new orleans!

-laissez les bons temps rouler!

19/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
383. Fe M.
4 stars for their raw & huge oysters. Loved their bread pudding with whiskey sauce.
Hubby likes Acme's chargrilled oyster better than Desire's.

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
384. Dreaming Girl T.
Delicious food! Nothing impressive. I would recommend the oysters and fried alligator there!

12/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
385. Trista T.
Do Not Eat On Bourbon St....advice from the locals I wish we had before we stopped here.

Would have maybe been a 3 star since the food and service were alright.  Would have been a 1 star if I knew for sure this is where I got food poisoning.  I wish I knew for sure, but I either got food poisoning from here or McDonalds...so i can't be positive but we think that gator slider was not prepared correctly.  We were sick for days.  

Even so, the food was bland, nothing compared to other places we tried.  The service was slow and the place was crowded and just not as nice as other restaurants in the area.

02/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
386. Xerxes N.
The fact that you actually have to walk on the sh*thole we all know is Bourbon St is suspicious enough as to why this place is getting a mere two stars. I don't care that things are a bit overpriced because of the tourist trap. Just give us some good food and good service. They failed at that.

My friend ordered the turtle soup so we all gave it a taste and I found that to be the highlight of all the meals. The raw oysters didn't taste fresh, the cole slaw was bland and I couldn't even finish the stale tasting fries. I would say the fried oysters were okay at best.

What made this experience even crappier was that that our waitress sucked at service. I had to ask her twice for napkins and she got pretty crappy with us when we had a few more requests.

Undesirable is the better name...

07/04/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
387. Matt D.
We got lucky and scored a window seat, and this being our first Bourbon St experience, it couldn't have been more enjoyable.  

The turtle soup is excellent and it packs some surprising spice on the finish.  The jambalaya  is unique, but had a lot of flavor.  I'd say it's definitely drier than most I've had.  Loved the gumbo, which certainly highlights their dark rue.  The red beans were a bit of a miss for me.

The folks on the balcony across the street kept throwing beads at us (yes, I provoked them) until our server put the kibosh on it, but it felt like an authentic New Orleans experience, which is what counts.

23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
388. Julz S.
Totally amazing food! My friends and I had the char-grilled oysters, shrimp and grits, craw fish étouffée and the jambalaya. All were excellent! The shrimp and grits was the winner. The only reason for four stars was the slow service even though it wasn't very full. I would totally go back.

24/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
389. Ali W.
Wanted some good lousiana oysters and boy did I get them. Went by myself so I sat at the oyster bar where no one else was and far from being neglected I was served freshly shucked oysters on the half shell (a doezen for $16) with lemons ketchup and some good and strong horse radish. There was no special anything about these oysters condiment wise but they were fresh, meaty, tastey and held a strong texture.  I also had a drink that was rum, cream and sugar, and orange flower water. Which was
weird with oysters and tasted like a creamsicle. Shout out to Ronald for making my most memorable meal in New Orleans and keeping me company.

15/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
390. Marilen R.
We were looking for a place with an oyster bar and the ones we originally wanted to go to had long lines, but then we came across Desire.  Boy were we glad we gave it a try!  The raw oysters were enormous and fresh. Slurped them up with a little bit of lemon, horseradish, cocktail sauce, and sprinkled with crackers.  

They had their own char grilled oysters topped with garlic, butter, and cheese. Yummy.  

Also enjoyed the BBQ shrimp which I expected to be served with skin but these were peeled and smothered with this delicious tangy, Cajun/BBQ sauce.

Their crawfish étouffée was so flavorful and what I imagined a genuine étouffée would taste like.

Lastly, I needed to get some veggies as a side and chose the southern greens.  These were incredible and you know why? They are cooked with bacon!  Probably shouldn't consider this a veggie dish, but these were the best greens ever!

These dishes were exactly what we came to New Orleans for!  Don't want to miss this.

Restaurant has a traditional southern salon feel and our waiter Tony provided some of that southern hospitality service.

14/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
391. Darren N.
Desire on Bourbon St ... I know what you're thinking, gentlemen's club?  Nope, just a fine dining establishment.

The warm bread is amazing, I ate way more than I should have.

The raw oysters are excellent!  Just as good, if not better than Acme.

The crawfish étouffée comes with a generous serving of crawfish, delicious.

The service was great, and the location is spot on!

18/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
392. James C.
The BBQ shrimp was almost too salty to eat but the food was helped out by the horrible service. At least the meal was only twice as expensive as it was worth. Overall it was a horrible experience never to be repeated.

27/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
393. Adisak P.
This is one of my favorite casual restaurants in New Orleans and certainly my favorite on Bourbon Street.  It's located in the beautiful historic Royal Sonesta Hotel right near the start of Bourbon Street in the French Quarter.

I always start with the Creole BBQ Shrimp which has an awesome sauce for sopping bread. And I always end with their bread pudding which is served as a slice like cheesecake with bourbon butter sauce.

On today's visit, I tried the crawfish carbonara. I kid you not but this may be the best carbonara I've ever had in my life. Perfect al dente pasta, rich sauce with prominent bacon flavor, and the crawfish were like little flavor angels singing in my mouth.

02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
394. Eric D.
Great time, great food. Huge oysters. I got the BBQ shrimp. As a non-native it was not what I was expecting, but it tasted fantastic. My friend got the shrimp and grits which she loved. others got the jambalaya. No one was complaining. Got a big hug from our server before we left. Customer service was fantastic. Would come back here anytime.

12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
395. Terry C.
Great, fantastic shrimp and grits. Just finished the remodel with more seats at the bar and a standalone oyster bar.

Gotta get the TV fixed only one station CBS

20/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
396. William S.
My family was visiting New Orleans on a trip recently.  We just weren't sure where we should eat.  Randomly, we chose Desire.

The food was great.  We had a barbeque shrimp appetizer which was amazinglg wonderful.  The BREAD was wonderful.  

My entree was Jambalaya and it was the best I've ever had.  

Our service was excellent as well.  

I completely recommend trying this place!!!!!

05/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
397. Donna R.
Came here on a quick decision one night... our afternoon nap lasted WAY too long and it was around a 9 o'clock dinner, which for some is totally normal in New Orleans.

My Caesar salad was tasty (I know.... who orders that in NOLA?  It was the end of the trip and I just needed some lettuce, lol) but the hubby's shrimp creole was not desirable.  The sauce was super tomato-ey and not enough flavor and, in my opinion, too thick.  Other Creole's I've had are spicier with a thinner sauce.  It wasn't terrible, but it was a let down.  The bread was great though.

Ambiance is super cute, totally a diner on bourbon street and you get to do some quality people watching.  Waitress was sweet and it was reasonably priced.

11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
398. Danon H.
Let me point out that I do not eat oysters! I have been to this place a couple of times but only because I was with a group of friends.

The food here is good but certainly not the best creole food around. I like the gumbo here it is delicious and not watered down like most of the other restaurants in this city. The crab cakes here were good too!

The service was satisfactory. It wasn't the best I ever had, but it was not as bad as some of the other places I dealt with in the French Quarter. So I guess it was okay to say the least.

One of the other things I like about this place is the unusual amounts of homeless wino's that pass out in front of this place. I kind of understand that this is the norm on Bourbon street. But it is comical to see a bum passed out in front of an upscale place like this. This place is really pricey, but given the fact it is an upscale place on bourbon street I totally understand why.

In short good food, mediocre service, pricey establishment and a magnet for drunks to pass out in front of!

28/12/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
399. Melissa R.
Best oysters and service!!!!!! Thank you for a beautiful experience ! Robert was perfect!!!!

09/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
400. Randall H.
Helen, our waitress, is absolutely an awesome character.  This facility has been undergoing renovations the last two times we were in town. We have been coming here for years and love the eggs Benedict and the way they prepare grits.  Helen promised the grits were not renovated and she was true to her word.  This is still on our must visit breakfast tour!

18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
401. Jireh H.
I just couldn't break through this terrible writer's block until I started staring at a photo of the luscious plate of boiled shrimp I had here at Desire. I just find it funny how predictable humans tend to be.

For one, you put them all around cheap and abundant liquor without any real restrictions and man, the outcome gets pretty obvious. PLASTERED. A good amount of them...always get plastered. Not to mention, for once in my whole life, I watched people walk one instance, kiss the ground on the next, and stay still as EMS flashily arrived to escort them away.

For two, you put me around restaurants and I'm bound to enter another one, sit down, and start ordering all over again. So yeah, while the rest of Bourbon Street was drinking it up and living it up, I was hungry for more Louisiana raw oysters...as well as the famous Louisiana boiled shrimp, which I *desired* for oh-so-long. (NOTE: I developed an allergy *only* to shrimp and couldn't eat it for the last 4 years).

Predictable was the raw oysters - same supplier, same size, shucked just about the same. Predictable also was the shrimp - despite being overcooked, it was truly flavorful (and causing enough desire for me to begin planning my next trip to a NON-tourist part of Louisiana for a better culinary experience).

I was just stunned at how good this plate of boiled shrimp was. Come on...we're in tourist NOLA and it is still this good? Geez. Now I understand why even the air whispers how unique the spices are in this region that come together to breathe life into even the simplest and "unrefined" dishes.

Now comes the *unpredictable* part of it all. I am no longer allergic to shrimp. FREAKING SMOKED CHICKENS. I am NO longer allergic to SHRIMP!!!

Now back to being predictable and catching up on the last 4 years of missing out...

Cured by Cajun spice and everything NICE.


23/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
402. Mel T.
I originally had bookmarked this place because their soft shell crab po boys had caught my eye. Sadly, they no longer had this on the menu. So I settled for the Oysters Rockefeller po boy.

It had WAY too much sauce on there. The bread was like a life raft for the poor oysters. But through the flood of sauce, the oysters were actually pretty good and there was a good amount in there.

It's really my own fault since I ordered this for take out, I'm going to give Desire the benefit of the doubt - maybe the sammie would have been amazing if I sat there and ate it fresh. Can't really say I would be back though.

06/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
403. Nicole H.
Had dinner here with a coworker and it was just that, meh.
We had to wait in line a bit, but were seated within 15 minutes.  The waitress was sometimes friendly, sometimes borderline rude, and often absent.  She never even asked if we wanted drinks, so we just had water.
The bread brought to the table was hot on some parts and cold on others.
I got the chicken breast dinner and it was okay...nothing special.
My companion got the jambalaya and really liked it though.
Perhaps this place is just not the same if you don't have oysters, but I was not impressed.

04/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
404. Age D.
Dropped in here on a whim while walking down bourbon st Definitely impressed with their fried alligator bites In terms of other alligator I've had it was about the same but the sauce that came with it was superb Honey and chile flakes made it badass

16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
405. Charles H.
TRIED AND TRUE: this Creole/Cajun cum Oyster Bar still delivers an old-school experience in the heart of the Quarter. Looks touristy but it's a neighborhood mainstay, especially compared to those that have succumbed to the visiting hordes:
1. "Stanley" - expensive overrated trap, uninspired dishes.
2. "Mr.B's" - their substantially hiked prices are gouging.
3. "Acme" - only dumbasses wait in line to eat in NOLA.
4. "Coops" - surly staff, but then locals don't care, we quit going years ago.

SERVERS & SHUCKERS ARE "LIFERS": many have been with the Sonesta for over 20 years, most are characters. And hey, any place where Chris Owens is a regular rates!

TIP: sit at the bar with the guys as they shuck dem ersters.

CAVEAT: PRICING IS UNEVEN, so you've got to hunt for the bargains. Regardless it's comparable to Felix and Deanie's, but pricier than Gumbo Shop.

21/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
406. Harrin P.
I love their grilled oysters with cheeses on top! My memory of visiting New Orleans and the French Quarter is probably this restaurant! Yumm!

09/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
407. Nico A.
TL, DR Brief:
The Alligator Meatball didn't taste like Gator, but still delicious, and the warm bread is divine at this elegant restaurant.

I have time to read a review:
It was our last night in NOLA and we were walking around Bourbon St looking for a place for a good meal. We wanted crawfish and we stumbled into Desire. After walking in, we were amazed by the decor first and foremost. It looked like an old hotel with nice chandeliers and old school fittings. I was also glad that there was a television above the bar because I was really keen on keeping up on the NBA Finals Game 2 with the Miami Heat & San Antonio Spurs. Throughout our meal, it was fun to see the waitstaff get into the game and provide commentary.

After perusing the menu, our order included 4 lbs of crawfish, crawfish carbonara, alligator meatball and oysters on the half shell. Some warm bread was brought to our table and not devouring all of it was a feat in itself! Our food came and I was able to try them all and loved it. The crawfish was spicy and a joy to eat, while the crawfish carbonara was smooth and very delicious to eat. The oysters were fresh and quite tasty, and the alligator wasn't as gamey as I envisioned it would be with marinara sauce that was a little sweet which I liked. All in all, it was an enjoyable experience on this Sunday night and I would recommend this place to anyone visiting as a place to eat on Bourbon St.

15/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
408. David W.
To be honest we were hoping to eat at Acme Oyster house but there was a line around the corner so my wife got on yelp and we ended up here.  

The menu was decent but we were just looking for something to hold us over until dinner.  

We ordered a 1/2 dozen of both the sizzling oysters and oysters on the half shell.  HUGE, delicious oysters.  With each bite you could taste the ocean.  They were so fresh that one of the sizzling oysters on our plate had a tiny charred muscle on it and I ate that too!  The fresh oysters were just as good.  With just a squeeze of lemon or cocktail sauce and horseradish, either way they were great!  

I had the seafood Louie salad which was different than any other Louie salad I had experienced before which leads me to believe that the one I ate today was an original.  The shrimp and crab were tasty in the Louie sauce along with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and hard boiled egg.  This wasn't the best Louie salad I'd ever had but we were mainly there for the oysters...which again, were delicious.  

My wife ordered the crab cakes and was a bit disappointed that they came out fried even though the menu didn't say they were.   That being said, they were still mostly crab meant inside and full of flavor so we left there happy.

07/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
409. Robert G.
They closed, changed everything including the menu, new staff, worse menu..  Just bad.  This place used to be great.  No more Oysters Desire, first mistake.

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
410. John F.
Had a quick late night bite.
We had the crab Mac & Cheese...good stuff. Also, we had the red beans and rice which was very good.

21/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
411. Molly H.
Oysters on the half shell are giant and delish! Also tried the chargrilled oysters and those might just change your life! This restaurant does not take reservations but they were able to accommodate a group of 10 of us in a fair amount of time on a Tuesday night. Definitely recommend giving this place a try!

29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
412. Alan K.
Simply the best oysters in the quarter. They are big and juicy and wonderful. Raw or broiled you can't go wrong. Try to sit at the oyster bar. Better than Acme!!

01/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
413. Diego C.
Conveniently located on Bourbon Street, this venue offered a delightful safe haven from the wild Mardi Gras atmosphere.

We ventured little in the menu, mostly for one reason: CHARBROILED OYSTERS! We couldn't have enough of them, they were absolutely delicious!

So our entire dinner experience was based on multiple dozens of charbroiled oysters and crab Mac-n-cheese.

My advice couldn't be more predictable.

24/02/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
414. Brittany S.
We arrived for dinner around 8pm and the staff offered to open the doors next to our table so we could people watch while we ate. Service was amazing.  Food is well worth the price and getting to people watch on Bourbon was more than enough entertainment. We will be back!

20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
415. Jason E.
If you love oysters like we do, don't miss this place! Our favourite Ouster/Shrimp bar in NOLA! Service is awesome. Highly recommend :) :) :) :) :)

11/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
416. Sue M.
Had a dozen raw fresh oysters, potato lyonnaise and a couple of drinks. The oysters were very fresh but some of them still had a little grit left. Potatoes were good and drinks were good. Sat at a table by the window. Seat was amazing with the summer breeze, the elevation, and the street view. If you're going to sit by the window, keep your belongings away from it as it seems like a convenient location to snatch a cell phone. The restaurant was nice and the atmosphere relaxed. The service was great.

01/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
417. Nicole J.
Stopped in for lunch, and it was pretty busy but was also Mardi Gras, so to be expected. Had a pimms cup to drink which was really good, and ordered a couple dozen raw oysters. The oysters were some of the biggest I ever had and their horseradish sauce was awesome. Highly recommend! They had a couple guys at the end of the bar just steady shucking, so I assume they go through quite a few oysters.

19/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
418. Joanne K.
My favorite place to get oysters in New Orleans! It is always our first dinner when in NOLA. My favorite dish is the Oysters Desire. I can't wait to try their shrimp & grits. I like the food here better than at Acme and you don't have to wait in an hour-long line like you do at Acme. Desire Oyster Bar has a great atmosphere. The people-watching is great because of the windows facing Bourbon St.

22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
419. Lydia B.
We will find our way back to  this oyster bar when we are in Nola next time for sure. The atmosphere is filled with wafting aroma of fresh roasting oysters. The drinks were served with a smile and served cold. I appreciated the white, grey and black updated classic atmosphere. The fresh oysters on the half shell were a good mix of large and smaller,super fresh, healthy specimens shucked to order. We popped in here to get away from the fray of bourbon street for a bit. We were super happy with our respite, and truly enjoined  the sea food and vibe.

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
420. Missy N.
One of my go to spots in Nola. Never had a bad meal here and pretty sure I never will. The wait staff is super friendly and the food will almost make you cry it's so good!

11/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
421. Drunk Scott S.
Got seated then ignored for over 10 minutes except for a glass of water.

Decided we should move to the bar where we got better service. Things were slow but the gumbo was satisfactory and the servers were attentive. My spinach salad took forever but was decent. They gave me a fried pb&j dessert for free since I had to wait so long.

Gave em 3 YEASSEEAAHH's out of 5 since the table service was non-existent and the food was way slower than it should have been.

26/04/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
422. Mike B.
The location is GREAT, right off of Bourbon St. They get their Oysters from the same 'distributor' that the Acme Oyster House gets theirs so, you're getting the same quality grub, at a more ideal location, for a cheaper price, AND a shorter line.

The reason for the shorter line I assume is that the atmosphere has a cluttered and disheveled appearance, and some of the servers/hosts are not as professional as they can be. That being said, my experiences here have been solid.

My first stop here was on a food tour a long time ago and I had tried my first turtle soup. Which I hear is what true folks from New Orleans eat over gumbo....sign me UP! After that, I have had the Oysters for a lunch/hold over meal twice.  Great go to spot.

10/05/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
423. Kiki R.
I loved this spot!  My husband and I stopped in here for lunch and ended up coming back the next day.  We liked the vibe, and the people-watching on Bourbon Street is perfect.  

The oysters are delish but I really devoured the Jumbo Shrimp Remoulade.  It's served on Fried Green Tomatoes which are my favorite, and not every place offers them.  I even asked if I could buy just a small side of the tomatoes, and they whipped it up for me!  Super nice people and great service.  

16/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0