As summer heats up in New Orleans, so does the city’s vibrant culinary scene with the return of COOLinary New Orleans. Each year, COOLinary offers locals and visitors alike the chance to indulge in the best of New Orleans cuisine at unbeatable prices. Over 100 of the city’s finest restaurants serve up specially curated prix fixe menus, showcasing their most delectable dishes. 

Whether you’re a foodie looking to explore the local cuisine or a casual diner eager to experience fine dining without breaking the bank, COOLinary is the perfect opportunity to savor the flavors of the Crescent City!

So what exactly is COOLinary? The city’s most delicious summer tradition, of course! Brunch, lunch, and dinner are at your fingertips…whatever you’re in the mood for. Participating restaurants create incredible prix fixe menus showcasing a taste of their signature dishes at a fraction of the regular price. This is what makes COOLinary such a perfect time to explore the foodie scene, try new restaurants, and experience the culinary excellence that New Orleans is known for.

With so many incredible restaurants participating in COOLinary, it can be tough to choose where to dine. Luckily, as a special treat in honor of COOLinary’s 20th anniversary, this year’s summer menu availability will be extended from August 1, 2024 through September 15, 2024. 

The city’s foodie scene is eagerly awaiting the 2024 lineup, and in the meantime we’re remembering some of the incredible offerings of year’s past, such as:

  • Commander’s Palace: A New Orleans institution, Commander’s Palace offers a taste of sophisticated Southern cuisine in an elegant setting. Their COOLinary menu usually features classic dishes like turtle soup, pecan-crusted Gulf fish, and Creole bread pudding.
  • Arnaud’s: Located in the heart of the French Quarter, Arnaud’s is known for its timeless Creole cuisine. Enjoy a three-course dinner that might include dishes like shrimp remoulade, duck à l’orange, and baked Alaska.
  • Broussard’s: Combining French, Creole, and Spanish influences, Broussard’s offers a refined dining experience with dishes like crabmeat ravigote, filet mignon, and chocolate mousse. 
  • Cochon: For a modern take on traditional Cajun flavors, head to Cochon in the Warehouse District. Their menu typically showcases dishes like wood-fired oysters, smoked pork ribs, and creamy grits.
  • Paladar 511: Located in the Marigny neighborhood (and within walking distance of the Lanaux Mansion) Paladar 511 serves up contemporary American cuisine with a New Orleans twist. Past offerings have included house-made pasta and fresh Gulf seafood.

Though locations and menus have not yet been released, keep in mind what is perhaps the most important part of COOLinary – make your reservations early! COOLinary offerings are incredibly popular, especially among locals, and restaurant availability can fill up quickly. Make your reservations in advance to ensure you can visit each of the restaurants on your wishlist. 

However, that’s not to say that you must plan out each restaurant on your trip. One of the beautiful things about New Orleans is that there’s always something new to discover just around the corner. Use COOLinary as a way to explore different neighborhoods and experience the diverse dining scenes across the French Quarter, Uptown, the Garden District, Mid-City, and more.

And don’t forget to step out of your comfort zone! Try a new dish or a new restaurant. Remember that New Orleans is home to some of the most talented chefs in the world, and they’re the ones creating COOLinary’s prix fixe menus. You may discover a new dish or flavor that becomes a forever favorite.

So whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just looking for a meal you’ll remember long after your visit is over, COOLinary 2024 promises an unforgettable dining experience at some of the finest restaurants in the Crescent City. Come hungry and get ready to embark on a culinary adventure that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight!

When you’re ready to make your COOLinary reservations, don’t forget that you’ll need a place to call your home away from home as well. Right now, the Lanaux Mansion is offering an additional 10% off already deeply discounted summer rates on all our luxury suites, from Sophie’s Enchanted Cottage to Beth’s Balcony Escape. Book your suite today using promo code “sizzle”, and we’ll see you soon!