This week, we feature another one of our favorite local seafood restaurants: GW Fins. Just around the corner from Bourbon Street at 808 Bienville Street, this upscale/business-casual eatery is perfect for a celebrations, or just a quality night out. Because it’s located in the French Quarter, GW Fins is easily accessible by riding the Saint Charles Avenue Streetcar, accessible just outside Avenue Inn’s front door, to Canal Street, and then taking the last two blocks on foot.
Owners Gary Wollerman and Chef Tenney Flynn have done a great job at bringing “worldwide seafood cuisine” to New Orleans. Seafood is often flown in from all over the world, meaning that you can dine on fish and seafood that you might otherwise need to travel internationally to taste. Of course, they also use as many fresh, local ingredients as possible. Of course, “fresh” changes seasonally, so you’ll find that the menu does change throughout the year to coincide with the availability of fresh ingredients.
What to eat, what to eat? Looking at the menu, you’ll find a wide variety of different seafood options. If you have special dietary needs, the wait staff is willing to help you find the perfect dish! When you go, definitely keep an eye out for, and consider, the following dishes.
- House Biscuits: You don’t need to ask for these, as they come to each table automatically. And the wait staff are willing to keep coming! We’ve never known there to be a complaint about that, as the biscuits are absolutely delicious.
- Lobster Dumplings (appetizer): Most people rave about these little bites of heaven. While you won’t find “lump” meat in it, these are a very light and delicious start to a great meal.
- Crispy Soft Shell Crab (appetizer): Served with roasted cashews and brown butter, these are a delicious way to start the evening.
- Oysters (seasonal appetizer): Some of the best in the bayou!
- Scalibut (signature entree): Chef Flynn stuffs halibut with fresh, sweet scallops for your palate’s pleasure!
- Parmesan Crusted Drum (entree): A delicious option with lump crab and asparagus.
- John Dory Fish (seasonal entree): If you’re lucky enough to find this dish on the menu, definitely give it a try. It’s a light, flaky whitefish that will melt in your mouth!
- White Chocolate and Caramel Bread Pudding (dessert): Pleasantly rich with a crunchy pecan finish.
- Salty Malty Ice Cream Pie (dessert): salty/sweet lovers will devour every bite of this unique dessert.
- If you aren’t hungry enough to eat your own meal, or you aren’t able to accommodate leftovers, the wait staff is happy to split your meal for you, should you decide to share a single dish.
- We recommend that men wear collared shirts (no tie necessary, but they are certainly welcome), and the ladies dress it up a notch. T-shirts and flip-flops are not welcome at the restaurant.
- The atmosphere is great, but do know that it can tend to get a tad energetic, depending on the night.
Reservations are highly recommended for dinner hours. In fact, we’d be glad to make reservations for you – just let us know which night of your stay (and the time) you’d like to try them out. And if it’s for a special occasion, we’ll be glad to let them know, as the restaurant has been known to include special touches to make your night even more memorable!