Eat & Drink

Bistro Orleans

3216 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie, LA 70002, USA 70002

Restaurant Review

Why It's Essential

Metairie has not often been the home of neighborhood cafes for which New Orleans proper is celebrated. But there are a few such, and they have a way of being fun and good to find. Bistro Orleans is one of these. Taking over a space in a strip mall that has been home for a number of good to superb restaurants over the years, Bistro Orleans has that blend of seafood, sandwiches and Italian food which, with a few daily specials, adds up to the neighborhood flavor. [caption id="attachment_41578" align="alignnone" width="480"]Fried Des Allemands catfish platter. Fried Des Allemands catfish platter. [/caption]


In 2012, Bistro Orleans began its life in a well-worn space hidden behind East Jefferson Hospital off the main traffic streams. In 2014 it moved to a much more agreeable spot on West Esplanade, just off Causeway Boulevard. That address resonates with memories of past restaurants there, notably the extinct five-star French restaurant Crozier's. For the last five or six years it was Chad's Bistro, whose fried seafood boats brought a good bit of attention.

Dining Room

Anyone who ever dined at the old Crozier's will recognize the layout and decor, with a big main dining room and a smaller one right behind it. Sets of walls with a cross-shaped footprint make the big room's tables more intimate. The oyster bar is the first thing you see. Behind it is the liquor bar, which almost seems to be in a different suite.

For Best Results

They run many good daily specials here, notably the involving oysters and the catfish.

Bonus Information

Attitude 2
Environment 1
Hipness 0
Local Color 1
Service 1
Value 2
Wine 0