Since we were in New Orleans on a mission to find great Cajun food, our roads led to the Acme Oyster house. With several locations throughout the Nawlins area, we figured it must be pleasing to the locals!
We were actually quite impressed with how good the food was, and the waitress was super nice! When asked which gumbo she liked the best... she said "Normally I am pretty opinionated... but on this one... I can't help you because they are both great!"
If you're into oysters, this is the place to get them. It's been around since the early 1900s and is beloved by locals, although it caters to a tourist palette now.
The oyster artichoke soup is a must-try. The red beans and rice here are pretty good, and if you're a true oyster connoisseur, you'll want to order them straight up on the half shell. Tobasco sauce is a must here.
Casual dining. (Less than $7 for a dozen, and less than $5 for a half dozen).
New Orleans landmark since 1910. Now there is 3 locations but the original is on Iberville in the French Quarter. Serves great oysters and seafood.
There is always a line but it moves fairly quickly. Tip; Go inside and grab a beer or a hurricane to have with you while you wait in line outside.
Favorite Dish: Appetizer: Boiled Crawfish. Start off with a pound of crawfish. Great seasoning and what's better than ripping apart shell fish with your hands!
Main Dish: Shrimp Po' Boy. It you like po' boys, this is for you. They also have "The Peace Maker" - fried shrimp and fried oysters with tabasco mayo for those with the stomach.
The lines out the door and down the block were a sign that this would be good. People were friendly and staff were helpful. The oyster bar was hopping, oysters were shuckin'; these were just the freshest, juiciest & hugest oysters I've ever eaten.
We stopped at the Acme Oyster Restaurant several times for dinner and again in the airport on our way home. Our oyster po boys were dressed & beautifully packed with Remoulade Sauce on the side.
Favorite Dish: Oysters, oysters & more oysters!
Loved the oyster po boys, oyster chowder Rockefeller, craw puppies, raw oysters, jambalaya ...
Come on in and find a seat at the oyster bar. Fresh salty oysters opened in front of you!! Why sit at the bar? Because you get fun conversation with the men shucking the oysters and if they like you, they give you extra! Don't forget to order a bowl of gumbo or red beans & rice to go along with these raw treats!
This actually isn't the "original" Acme restaurant, the 1st one burned down (a long time ago) and they moved to a new location.
the acme oyster house was established in 1910 and is one of the oldest restaurants in the french quarter. of course acme is famous for it's oysters and they also have very good cajun dishes that are moderately priced. the acme oyster house is a good dining value in the french quarter.
I had a great time at this loud and fun oyster house. I sat at the bar and met two guys in the steel business from El Salvador. I had fun practicing my Spanish with them and sharing boiled crawfish.
Favorite Dish: The trick to eating boiled crawfish is to twist off the tail, suck the head and pinch the tail meat into your mouth. Mmmmmm. I also tried the gumbo and sampled Jorge's (one of the El Salvadoran guys) jambalaya. I'd also recommend a local beer, either Abita or Dixie. They also have a great beer from Texas called Shiner that was great.
Perhaps the best oyster house in the city, Acme’s been serving up the slimy Gulf mollusks for quite awhile….they’ve added a few locations around the city/north shore over the years, but the one in the quarter is the best to go to and represents all the history that is Acme….
The interior has a look and feel like an old shoe, it’ll even smell like an old shoe while you’re waiting for a table out on Iberville Street…and there in lies the problem with Acme, too many people trying to get in….Acme gets insanely crowded during the lunch and dinner hours and it’s not surprising to see the same crowds in the middle of the afternoon…regardless, the place is an institution and should be experienced by any foodie who loves oysters…
By the way, if you are merely looking to boost the libido and the crowds at Acme have you down, head across the street to Felix’s Oyster Bar…they got the same gulf coast oysters and far less crowds….I would even venture to say that I like the look and feel of Felix’s interior better…there’s none of the typical “bar” paraphernalia which you’ll find at Acme…just a lot of fake wood grain paneling that gives you a sense of feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1960s and you’re hanging out in a small town diner in Wisconsin…
Favorite Dish: The Peace Maker...it's a Po-Boy with golden fried oysters and shrimp with a special Tabasco based Mayonnaise infused in them. This should definitely be washed down with an Abita Amber...
For oysters, I go raw of course, I saddle up to the bar near the front and the shucker keeps 'em coming, add a little horseradish and red sauce to the slimy salt water
bugger sittin' on the cracker and drop it down my throat....again, washed down with the Abita....
Acme Oyster House is a New Orleans institution. Though it can be quite touristy, with all the classic "must eat" New Orleans dishes, it's a one stop shop for any visitor. If you choose to only eat from the raw bar, you can bypass the line and stand at the bar while the shuckers prepare your food. It's conveniently located on Bourbon Street - closer to Canal Street.
This restaurant was so good that we had to go back one more time before we left town! Both times that we visited, we tried different things so we could try more things on their menu. I did not try one thing that I did not enjoy! Yumm, Yumm and Yumm!!!!
Favorite Dish: Everything was so good, I cannot decide which was the best!
We loved Acme Oyster. We ate here almost every day for lunch! I wasn't really a fan of raw oysters until I tried them here. I would highly recommed the oyster po' boy, catfish po' boy, broiled crawfish and a tall glass of spicy bloody mary to wash it all down.
Tip: Sit at the bar. They serve everything from the menu here, and you won't have to wait as long to get seated. You can chat with the friendly waitresses behind the bar and ask for suggestions of where to go for your next meal.
One of the handful of places that Man vs. Food has visited - while I'm not interested in oysters, the rest of the menu looked pretty promising. The start was a little rocky though. You need to wait outside to be seated, which wouldn't be bad except for the horrible stench in the alley :( Luckily, we were seated fairly quickly. The table areas are a little cramped - the five of us were seated right between the bar and the kitchen area, so expect a little noise. Waitresses are efficient and friendly enough. Lighting is a tad on the dark side.
Favorite Dish: The menu hits on most of the local favorites. There are a few starred items, which is where I went to - the New Oreleans medley. This included a sampling of gumbo, jambalaya, red beans & rice and grilled smoked sausage. The Red beans and jambalaya were decent, but the sausage and gumbo were very good. Because it can be hard to limit yourself to one item, a sampler can really give you a lot to try. Going around the table, people were generally pleased with what they ordered, but we left just a tad hungry. On the positive side, the prices are quite reasonable, so there's room both in your stomach and wallet to give something else a try (i.e. Beignets anyone?)
Yes, it may have decent food but there are so many other places to eat, why eat here? The hostess was rude, and didn't smile, and the waiter was a newbie who made a few newbie mistakes. The atmosphere isn't much different from your average sports bar. I wanted the seafood boil but they said that it was out of season and they didn't have any. What? I've been to two other restaurants, both of whom had seafood to boil. Sigh. I ordered the raw oysters. They were served with cocktail sauce but no horseradish. My friends who ate there, and some strangers who sat at the same long table, liked their food but weren't going to write lavish reviews about it. Overall, it was a decent place to eat ... but why eat someplace decent when there are so many other places to eat with better food, better atmosphere, better staff, and a wider variety of non-fat (healthy) selections?
Favorite Dish: The best comments I overhead were about the cooked oysters.
Acme Oyster & Seafood House - they have great crawfish and oysters. There's a guy shucking oysters at the walk-up bar that's been there for years...he was telling us that he can shuck between 3-5 thousand oysters a day! A fun hangout worth the stop!
The bar even has a webcam focused on it so all your friends can watch you party and eat/drink while they're stuck back home or in the office.
Acme Oyster Bar. Great oysters shucked in front of you. Also get a side order of the jambalaya....Excellent!!!
Also Angeli's on Decatur and Gov. Nicholls has Great mid-Eastern food. Angeli's is a GREAT find. Also, even though it's a little touristy, you gotta have beignets and cafe au lait at the Cafe du Monde
Favorite Dish: At the Acme... sit at the bar and get the oysters and Jambalaya... At Angeli's get the hummis and roasted peppers for appitizer and the eggplant sandwich for entree.