Drago’s, known for signature charbroiled oysters, reopens Central Business District location

Drago's fires up the grills again.

Drago’s finally fires up the grills again at its location in the Central Business District.

The restaurant known for its charbroiled oysters announced the reopening of its Hilton Riverside Hotel location following an extended closure due to the pandemic.

Drago’s Seafood Restaurant officially reopened doors on Feb. 26.


“Firing up the Drago’s Hilton’s grill last weekend was awesome. Today the governor brought us to phase 3, now we can do what we do best; serve up some hospitality. Our new normal may be different but we will still have the same delicious food and great service at Drago’s Hilton Riverside. It may be a soft opening, but we got this!” restaurant owner Tommy Cvitanovitch said in a statement.

The Hilton location, located in the Central Business District on Poydras Street, is one of four Drago’s restaurants in Louisiana.

While the other sites have maintained operations with citywide restrictions on dining, the CBD location has remained closed since the original stay-at-home order was set in March.

Throughout the pandemic, Drago’s has participated in meal donations for healthcare workers and hurricane victims, the restaurant said.

Current hours for the location inside the Hilton Riverside Hotel are Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

After taking over operations of the restaurant from his father, Cvitanovitch introduced the city to the now-famous dish of charbroiled oysters in 1993. Combining grilled oysters with garlic butter, herbs and cheeses the flame-grilled dish has grown into a New Orleans favorite.

Drago’s Restaurant first opened in 1969 in Metairie, Louisiana under the leadership of Drago and Klara Cvitanovich. It has since expanded to become one of the highest-grossing restaurants in the state and to include more than 400 employees, the restaurant said.