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Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel

By Angela Ash

When on the search for accommodations in New Orleans, the possibilities seem endless.  However, when you have a particular level of service that must be met, then one property is definitely at the front of the pack. A place of opulence, surrounded with friendly Southern hospitality, is ready for your visit... whether it be for a week-long vacation, a quick getaway, or the night before cruising from the Port of New Orleans. Its beyond convenient location just a few blocks from the French Quarter or the Superdome doesn't hurt a thing.  Harrah's New Orleans Casino & Hotel rises 26 stories, royally overlooking the great Mississippi River. With about 450 gorgeous, redecorated rooms and suites, the accommodations that you have already dreamed of await!


This property is nearly impossible to leave.  With heavenly pillowtop mattresses, garden tubs, and sweeping views of the city or the river, the pampering just doesn't seem to end. While many casino hotel properties are decorated and arranged in quite the same fashion, the accommodations at Harrah's really are unique.  Filled with intricate, local art at each turn, you might sometimes have the impression that you have just stepped into a gallery.  The decor is  cool and soothing... perfect to provide a wonderful night of relaxation before hitting the thrilling streets of the Big Easy.

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And one of the perks of staying at this property is that exhilarating casino action is literally just steps away! Be prepared to experience a gambling experience that is quintessentially New Orleans. Often dubbed a favorite property in the Caesars family of casinos, the ambiance is nothing short of inspiring, and every gaming option imaginable is there waiting… offering everything from high limit gaming to penny slot machines. The entire atmosphere is festive and just full of fun, and remember that complimentary alcoholic beverages are available for players. 

For those of you who have persevered to earn a Diamond or Seven Star status with the lucrative Total Rewards player's program, you will also have special access to the Palms Room, a simply gorgeous lounge boasting small plates and a full service bar.  It is perfect for a quick treat before playing, or even for a meal... and it is all complimentary for Harrah's most rewarded and valued players.

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While you may have a hard time tearing yourself away from that video poker machine that really likes to give out Full Houses, Harrah's is not all about gaming. But don't worry... all of your needs can be fulfilled all under one roof!

The dining options are truly a reason to visit alone. While Fuddruckers has by far the best burger in the world, the dining options are endless, culminating in the delicious glory of Besh Steak!



Hitting it big at the Blackjack table may be cause for a celebration, or there may not even be a special reason in mind when visiting Besh Steak.  It honestly doesn't matter, because you have hit a jackpot just walking through the door. 

The atmosphere at Besh Steak is one of casual elegance.  While you are reminded that you are in an upper scale dining establishment, native Louisianian Chef John Besh knows how to serve up delicious entrees in a relaxed, inviting setting... just steps off of the casino floor.

This menu is simply sinful.  With appetizers like the Besh Barbequed Shrimp and the Crispy Fried Oysters, the decision making is difficult from the start. However, be sure to order the Shrimp & Wild Mushroom Risotto.  This dish is a creamy concoction of pure decadence, with a wonderful texture. 

A pleasing selection of salads and soups are also available, including the flavorful Crawfish Bisque.

Now, when moving onto the entrees, Besh is not all about the steak.  With the Louisiana Shrimp and Grits and the Seared Snapper, patrons will be delighted with the offerings from the sea. 

But when we get right down to it, most guests are there for the steak, and with good reason!  The 38 ounce Cowboy Steak is enough to tame any appetite, while the 14 ounce Cast-Iron Seared Ribeye of Beef is a wonderful cut, topped with an aromatic peppercorn sauce.  And who can turn down an 18 ounce Prime New York Strip, aged to perfection for 30 days, and topped with Bordelaise, Blue Cheese Butter, and Bone Marrow? 

And every week, Chef de Cuisine Paul Robert seeks inspired ideas from the local food markets to create the Weekly Mid-Week Prix-Fixe Menu, available Monday through Thursday for an amazing $40.

Whether you visit Harrah's New Orleans for gaming, or just for a delicious meal, when you dine at Besh Steak, you will be leaving a winner!

For additional information, visit Besh Steak online, or call (504)533-6111.



Feel like oysters?  Then you feel like Acme Oyster House... located right in the middle of the action at Harrah's.

Since 1910, Acme Oyster House has been serving delicious food at fantastic prices, in a fun, lively setting! With that special flair that Louisiana is known for, just the right amount of spices are blended into each dish, culminating in a dining experience like no other. 

So what are you waiting for?  Let's explore the menu! 

The first thing that just jumps off the page are the Boo Fries.  Take a heaping mound of crispy french fries, douse them in roast beef gravy, and then top it all of with plenty of cheese, and you are ready to start off your meal right!  But prepare yourself to save room for a few more options, like the Craw Puppies or the Meat Pies! 

And the Acme Oyster House will not disappoint those looking for a good, home-cooked New Orleans meal!  Try specialties like the Jambalaya, Seafood Etouffee, of the Red Beans & Rice.  Feel like a mixture?  Then order up the New Orleans Medley, with samplings of Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, and Grilled Smoked Sausage. 

Acme Oyster House also has a gigantic selection of tasty Po-Boys to choose from, filled with favorites like Fried Oysters, Fried Shrimp, Fried Fish, Roast Beef, and Hot Sausage. 

And if you're ready for an entire platter of taste bud pleasing fun, try the Fried Oysters, Shrimp, Fish, or a mixute of all three, served with french fries and cole slaw!

Now obviously, when you are in the mood for oysters, there is just no other place to go than the Acme Oyster House.  Be sure to experience this exciting dining concept for yourself!

For additional information, visit Acme Oyster House online, or call (504)522-5973.

Now my absolute favorite thing about the folks at Harrah's New Orleans is how they somehow manage to completely redefine the idea of "service".  It is almost as if the employees can anticipate your every need.  They never cease to greet you upon your return from a long day of sightseeing or a daily poker tournament, and always with a smile.

When visiting New Orleans, accept no less than to stay right in the middle of the action!  Your room at Harrah's awaits!

Harrah’s New Orleans

228 Poydras Street