Best Margaritas in New Orleans

Mmmmmm, Margaritas! It’s Cinco de Mayo, y’all, and if you haven’t already scarfed down some chips and salsa and a taco or two, you still have time. We hope you’ll take this list of our favorite watering holes with you to decide where to celebrate. Cheers!

Casa Borrega (1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.):  Open along the Oretha Castle Haley corridor, this Mexican hot spot is kind to tourists and locals alike. A little too small for the little ones to join in the fun, it’s a great place for a mom’s night out. Try the Cadillac Margarita for a blood-orange twist on the classic.

Don Jose’s Grill (2722 Williams Blvd, Kenner): This local, family-owned restaurant serves authentic Mexican dishes and is known for their top shelf and premium margaritas. The staff treat you as family and the restaurant is kid-friendly.

El Gato Negro (Multiple Locations):  With locations in Lakeview, Historic Gretna, or the French Quarter you can enjoy their authentic cuisine and varied riffs on margaritas in the atmosphere that best suits your spirit. We recommend the Pineapple Cilantro Margarita. It’s fruity and herbaceous and sure to impress.

El Paso Mexican Grill (Multiple Locations): If you are in the mood for a marg, there’s a good chance there’s an El Paso Mexico Grill nearby. Our Northshore moms love the fruity frozen varieties! Check out the frozen Peach and Passionfruit mix below from a fellow New Orleans mom!

Photo credit :: LeighAnne Wilson Schenck

Felipe’s Taqueria (Multiple Locations): With multiple locations in New Orleans and on Metairie Road, you are sure to find a Felipe’s Taqueria nearby. We are told that their hand-squeezed frozen margarita is amazing! The atmosphere is always enjoyable and while you are there try their award-winning tacos. They also have locations in Florida and Massachusetts.

Photo credit :: Felipe’s Taqueria

George’s Mexican Restaurant (1461 North Causeway Blvd. – Mandeville): Grab a group of friends and order one (or more) of the drinks pictured below and some guacamole prepared tableside side. Pictured below are the rocks on the left, the mojito in the middle, and the frozen margarita on the right.

who has the best margaritas in New Orleans
Photo credit :: George’s Mexican Restaurant

Juan’s Flying Burrito (Multiple Locations): This establishment has four locations within the New Orleans area and is known for its Creole style and 100% de agave margaritas. They have a fun and busy atmosphere with inside and outdoor seating. Try their Mezcal Margarita!

Johnny Sanchez (930 Poydras Street): When John Besh and Aaron Sanchez come together to bring Mexican cuisine to New Orleans, you get Johnny Sanchez. Share the queso fundido with a few friends and cool off your palate with a Tamarind Pear Margarita.

best margaritas in New Orleans
Photo credit :: Johnny Sanchez

Lago’s (2660 Florida Street – Mandeville): Inspired by their perch near the lake, Lago brings fresh ingredients, seafood, and Mexican flavors together for a great experience. Try the Skinny Margarita for a light but flavorful version of the original.

Los Jefes Grill (3224 Edenbord Avenue, Metairie): This restaurant is known for their authentic Mexican dishes made from scratch but it also hosts Bottomless Wednesdays and many other events. Not sure what to get? Try the Margarita Flight containing three different margarita flavors!

Mi Mamacita’s (2345 Florida St): With a great patio set up for live music, Mi Mamacita’s is a favorite for our Northshore mommas and their ones alike. With prices as reasonable as theirs, you can’t order anything but the Frozen Top Shelf Margarita.

Velvet Cactus (6300 Argonne Blvd.): Another family-friendly option that includes an expansive and inviting outdoor patio is what you’ll find at Lakeview’s Velvet Cactus. Might we recommend the very refreshing Watermelon Mint Margarita to wash it down?

Photo credit :: Velvet Cactus

The Rum House (3128 Magazine St.): We know the name can be misleading and while they do know their rum they also know their way around tequila! Try their Three Hour Tour with a Sol Lager upside down in a margarita resulting in a one-of-a-kind shipwreck!

Habanero’s Cuisine (Multiple locations): Urban Mexican cuisine in a fun and lively atmosphere. They have multiple locations in Covington, Madisonville, Slidell, Metairie, & Luling. We are told that their Spicy Mezcalita is a must try!

Photo Credit :: Katie Harcourt

Zocalo Cocina Mexicana & Cantina (2051 Metairie Road): Easily located on Metairie Road, Zocalo is a favorite among those in the area. They have a great happy hour menu consisting of delicious margaritas and delicious flautas and nachos. A favorite from our team is the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita.

Habana Outpost (1040 Esplanade Avenue): This restaurant brand has locations all over the country world including Brooklyn, Malibu, Dubai, and Tokyo! This table-to-farm eco-conscious restaurant serves Mexican and Cuban-inspired favorites. We’ve only heard fabulous things about the margaritas!

Barracuda (Multiple Locations): This is a favorite among our team and besides their delicious margaritas, they all rave about the broccoli tacosIt’s a crowd-pleaser among adults and kids. They have locations in Uptown New Orleans, Algiers, & Baton Rouge. Check their website for happy hour!

Photo credit :: Barracuda

Bar NOLA: Bar NOLA provides high-quality craft cocktails and delivers locally! Besides the delicious and obvious margarita, they have an expansive menu that guarantees to be a crowd pleasure! Make sure to check out their seasonal menus. We can picture sipping these craft cocktails year-round from the pool, tailgates, and holiday gatherings. Oh, and don’t forget they deliver!

While we are older and wiser than our once weekly 3-for-1 happy hour attending selves, there is still no margarita that holds a candle to those at Superior Grill on St. Charles. It may be the sentiment talking but somehow, Superior will always hold a special place in our New Orleans girl hearts. Enjoy large margaritas and mixed drinks for the price of small every day, all week long from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Happy Hour prices excluded on certain holidays). Just make sure your babysitter has taught you how to download the Lyft or Uber app first!

Did your favorite margarita in New Orleans make our list?

Devan Orellana
Devan was born and raised in Kenner, attended Archbishop Chapelle High School, and works at Tulane University. She married her soulmate in 2016 and they have two beautiful children together, Mason and McKinsey. She co-owns ASD Designs ( where she paints and crafts with two extraordinary women. She is also a Louisiana notary. When she isn’t at a dance class for her daughter or the baseball/soccer field for her son, she likes to read crime stories or just be with her family. Devan’s life is quite hectic with something always on the calendar, but she truly would not have it any other way!


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