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Jane & Michael Stern
The Adventurous Eater's Guide to Restaruants Serving America's Best Regional Specialties

Deep South Region

Casamento's  4330 Magazine, New Orleans, LA  504-895-9761
Tues-Sun 11:45 am-1:30 pm & 5:30 pm-9pm
Closed June-Mid-Sept

$44-$10

Casamento's is a neighborhood oyster bar, far from the French Quarter and the seedier aspects of New Orleans street life.  It is a decidedly nice place--upright, clean, pleasant.  Very old-fashioned:  walls done in white and pale green Spanish tiles, a timeworn oyster bar, and slickly tonsured oyster shuckers (the Casamento's) whose demeanor and appearance are an instant flash of 1940s nostalgia.

To watch them work is hypnotic.  They stand behind the bar, using a miniature pitchfork to pull oysters out of a cooler box to their left, then opening the shells fast--not too fast, though--just fast enough to keep up with the oyster eaters at the bar and orders from the tables.  They assemble dozens with supreme artistry--each broad icy white plate is a knockout, crowned with a dozen shimmering silver-gray Louisiana oysters. Breathtaking oysters they are, small gusts of edible ocean air.  Mix your own sauce from a selection of vinegar peppers, hot sauces, horseradish, etc.

Beyond oysters, the menu is a short one:  Italian spaghetti served with either meatballs or daube (Creole roast), fried shrimp, tenderloined trout, fried soft-shell crabs in season.

Casamento's makes the best oyster load in New Orleans.  Fresh-shucked oysters are fried, then stuffed into a loaf of pan-bread--actually a whole loaf of unsliced white bread, cut lengthwise and toasted, with a smooth buttery flavor that complements the salty golden oysters:  a formidable sandwich, enough for two.

Don't let the nonchalance of Casamento's lull you into thinking it is anything but a great and rare restaurant, one of the city's jewels.
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Our new hours are:
Thursday Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch
and 5:30 p.m. to 9 o'clock for dinner.
Sunday nights from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.
Closed Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Closed June, July and August and all Major Holidays

Casamento's Restaurant
Established 1919
4330 Magazine St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
504-895-9761

Our Restaurant facilities are available for
Private Parties on Sunday, Monday or Wenesday evenings.

Owners: CJ and Linda Gerdes
info@casamentosrestaurant.com

 

Find us on  The New Orleans Web Site Directory