Arnaud's
Arnaud's

Arnaud's

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arnauds.com/
  • Phone: 8662308895x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm; Jazz Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, French, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Tommy DiGiovanni
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Cigar Room, Entertainment, Full Bar, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Strolling jazz trio for Sunday's Jazz Brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Arnaud's Jazz Bistro offers a live Dixieland jazz trio nightly from 6:30pm - 10:00pm for a $4.00 per person music charge.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Bourbon & Dauphine Streets
  • Public Transit: Near Streetcar Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Arnaud's
If you are looking to dine in style, reserve a table in our nostalgic Main Dining room, with its gorgeous mosaic floors and beveled glass windows, or in our Jazz Bistro, were you can indulge your appetite for food and Jazz. A $4.00 per person music charge will be added to the bill in the Jazz Bistro. Both dining rooms offer the same menu and service, so you can chose the atmosphere that would please you most while dining on our wonderful Creole Cuisine. We hope you let us show you a fabulous New Orleans dining experience.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
Arnaud's reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (152)romantic (120)fit for foodies (95)good for groups (65)great for brunch (65)notable wine list (58)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (14)scenic view (13)kid-friendly (9)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Sept. 19, 2014
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I have been to Arnaud's once before and knew I wanted to come back. The food was divine and the staff are beyond gracious. This last time, however, I was appalled at the lack of self-control exhibited by not one but two groups of people sitting next to us. Feeling the need to yell at the top of their lungs, they made certain they were the center of attention. I was trying to have a nice candlelit, romantic evening with my sweetheart and though we were sitting right next to each other, could not even hear our own conversation. For a place like Arnaud's, a place where one should be able to experience that five-star restaurant feel, this was an event that could tarnish my thoughts of returning next time unless it is corrected.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellence appreciated!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We've dined at Arnaud's for over 25 years and have never been disappointed! This was a wrap-up of our visit and the evening was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, underwhelming food
    kking39
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    For the price, I had hoped for much more exciting food. The cocktails and gumbo were good, the pork tenderloin was okay (but rather boring), and the pecan pie was actively bad. It is a pleasant space and the service was very attentive. But, for the same price, I think one can find a much more delicious meal elsewhere in New Orleans.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great classic Nawlins restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great venue for Sunday brunch old style Nawlins with good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Brunch
    IndydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    To get the real feel of old New Orleans you must dine here. Incredible food and service. The table side jazz musicians were awesome and the vocalist made me feel that Satchmo was resurrected!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JaZ Brunch
    ps139
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Fantastic. Menu was outstanding. Food was delicious. Service was exceptional. Atmosphere was ideal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cary Craig
    TheGent
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Every aspect of the Arnauds experience was outstanding. Food, service , atmosphere,....beyond outstanding. The strolling jazz trio even serenaded us with my wife and I's favorite song! Bravo Arnauds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Southern charm
    Overpriced
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our favorite soft shell crab was sold out by 11am? Still my favorite place for Sunday brunch in New Orleans. The price is very high, but is a once a year treat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as anticipated
    NaiWVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The jazz was great, but the food was mediocre. Nothing stood out, I didn't finish any of my courses and neither did any of the other five people who were with me. I think we were just expecting better flavor/quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was delicious and the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect anniversary celebration
    TXMom2
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a weekend in New Orleans and dinner at Arnaud's. I had included a note in the reservation that we were celebrating and everyone from the hostess to our servers wished us a happy anniversary. The service was the best part of the experience - our team of servers were knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive but not intrusive. Food was delicious. Bananas Foster was the perfect conclusion to the meal. I would highly recommend visiting Arnaud's during your next NOLA trip!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything except the snails
    RickNO
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I visit NO frequently and have a handful of restaurants I tend to frequent, Arnaud's being one of them. No surprise, the service was GREAT when we got there, a little less great when the crowd got there; the food was very good, with reasonable portion sizes versus the massive "too much food"portions some have gone to; if I have a complaint, it was the escargot. Usually this is a wonderful dish, and the snails were very tender, not chewy at all - but the preparation was so full of seasoning that I swear I could smell grass - I guess it was overloaded with parsley. If I didn't know they can and usually do better, I would never order them again. Our wait staff, headed by Hannibal, hustled all night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Gem of New Orleans
    CTFoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A group of 6 of us went for dinner, we were promptly seated, the menu was perfect, the food was incredible, and the service could not have been any better! We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect evening...
    2winodinos
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We looked forward to our evening and were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived until we walked out the door, the evening was perfect. The wait staff was gracious and accommodating. The timing was perfect. We never felt rushed and we were never left wondering when the next course would be served or when someone would refill our wine or water glasses. The food was excellent. It isn't hard to understand how Arnaud's has remained a special place for so many years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Jazz Bistro
    kaufmanrn
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We were a group of 7 that ate dinner at the Jazz Bistro. The food was delicious. You can cut the filet with a spoon! Service was outstanding. They were very attentive and accommodating. The Jazz music was nice. The band goes to all tables individually and asks for requests. It seemed like they did a lot of intermissions, so we only experienced live music for about half our dinner stay. Decor was nothing outstanding, but still nice. Prices are above average, but worth it. With drinks, an appetizer and 2 entrees, my husband and I paid $140. Again, it was worth it for the experience as a whole.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must in New Orleans
    BillB
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The Sunday Jazz brunch is a must. Food and service are great. The wandering jazz ensemble are perfect. My only negative is that Arnaud's doesn't seem to have the backbone to enforce their stated dress code. They ask for collared shirts and prefer jackets. Then they let a bunch of social degenerates in in shorts and t-shirts. It really diminishes the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a great time at Arnaud's Jazz Brunch. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Wonderful food and service as you listen to a live jazz band.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • memorable evening
    Highonlife
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I picked Arnaud's to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful dinner. Food was excellent. The service was even better. We would go back again and I think next time we will try the jazz club. I would like to encourage people to treat this restaurant with the respect that it deserves by dressing appropriately for a fine dinning establishment. I was a little shocked at some of the extremely casual guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    David
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was outstanding. Service was subpar until the manager (Marine veteran) took over and made the experience into an awesome night. I recommend the Ponchartrain. After dinner, walk over to their cigar bar and have a smoke and a cocktail. Great ambiance. We had a shot called Lions Den. We renamed it Litter Box because it was awful.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectations
    Mercracingfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Recommended by our hotel staff. My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary while visiting New Orleans. Arnaud's came very highly recommended and it did not disappoint. The staff was brilliantly attentive and efficient. Food prep was very timely, drinks served right on time and without delay. Quality of the dinner was probably the best prepared fillet that I have ever had. The mushroom béarnaise over it was a new and incredible delight. Going on the suggestions of the staff was certainly a good choice. We do not do fine dining very often. This is certainly a time where I am very happy we did.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deserved Reputation
    southerntradition
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Arnaud's lived up to it's reputation as a fine dining resyaurant. It's great to have places like these that keep traditions in dining experiences alive. Not a place for every one, but a place that you will be pampered by the wait staff and enjoy wonderfully prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    Foodie1and2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I recently went to New Orleans for our anniversary and booked a table at Aurnauds for a special dinner. The food was very good, although a little dated. Felt like I had been transported to the 80's, service was incredible and the staff very informative. We felt a little too pricey for the food. But fun experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shrimp Arnaud
    Henri
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A 10 best of guidebook said try the Shrimp Arnaud and pommes soufles. They did not disappoint. I had Shrimp Karen which was very good and my wife enjoyed trout filet with a wonderful lemon butter almond sauce. Very attentive and informative service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpectedly wonderful
    pete
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Arnaud's was recommended by the conceirage and rightfully so. Perhaps the best combo of food, atmosphere and music in the Quarter. Try the pork. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Jacket-No Problem
    Beansnrice
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Atmosphere in back dining room perfect for visitors from out of town; not stuffy, allows patrons who are dressed for the New Orleans summer weather(shorts, no jackets, etc.). Live music added to the overall ambience. Food excellent as usual, ordered many dishes to share, topped off with Cafe Brulot prepared table side, which is as entertaining as it is delicious. Exceptional service by professional waitstaff. Two thumbs up x5!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Orleans Institution
    TorontonianInLouisiana
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Arnaud's is a restaurant that epitomizes the feel of old New Orleans. The dining room is beautiful, the service is good, and the food is consists largely of quintessential Creole offerings. The desserts was amazing! It is worth noting that this review is regarding the Jazz Brunch, so the music was very cool, as well (old jazz standards).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday Brunch
    Biomom40VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were in for Labor Day Weekend and wanted a late breakfast/brunch on Sunday. Arnaud's was just perfect. Started with their signature Shrimp Remoulade and on to Fried Redfish. We opted for the 4 course pre fixe menu, so we also got a salad and dessert. Oh, and there was the awesome jazz/blues trio that circulated around the room and took requests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arnaud's
    luvtoeatout
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service and food were great. Relaxed atmosphere and ambience
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually Exceptional, off this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Arnaud's is usually a fantastic experience, but this last time it was a little off the mark. The shrimp and lobster bisque was so salty it had to be returned (and not just my table, other tables did too) and the Sazerac was not as good as they usually are. Turtle soup was great, but the Shrimp Creole was bland. Beautiful place, great service, and usually good food, but this last time did not meet what I was expecting. I will try again though, maybe it was just an off night.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not What I Hoped it Would Be
    Table42
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had high expectations of this NOLA landmark...but it missed the mark. Staff provided great service, great wine list across all price points. Appetizers were alligator sausage & snails. Sausage was tasty, and snail presentation was nice, but lacking in garlic butter making the snails dry & tasteless. The duck was drenched in a cloying blueberry sauce which masked portions of it that were overcooked and rubbery skin. The veal wohl was sampling of 3 dishes, veal, crawfish & crab cake--each portion about the size of a golf ball. Veal was the best of the three; crab cake overly salty, crawfish in a bland sauce. Best part of dinner was bread and asparagus. Creme Brulee presentation sad...not even a berry or mint leaf for decoration??
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as it gets.
    MrVee
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were and still are delightfully impressed with every aspect if Arnaud's. The turtle soup itself us a complete experience. From the greeting at the door to the sincere invitation to return the entire evening was at every course exquisite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldies
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Celebrated our 50th anniversary there. Food and atmosphere wonderful and loved the music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Brunch
    Dachsiechic
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Service is most top notch I have ever experienced. The Gumbo Trio played/sang table side, they were really good. Food was superb and crepe dessert was prepared table side as well. The restaurant team is in sync and this restaurant is a class act and worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Foodnominal!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My experience of eating of for the past 56+years, this one of Arnaud's, was the most fabulous ever!! I have never ever tasted a filet mignon that was so-o-o-o delicious!! I cannot wait to get back there!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than we'd hoped for
    run2eat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We specifically wanted an elegant, historic restaurant featuring old fashioned, New Orleans creole cuisine. Arnauds definitely delivered on that! It was a very empty restaurant although understandably it was a Wednesday, in August. One crab entree was cold and had to be returned, and the other crab entree was lack luster and bland in taste. During the wait for the new entree, a signature appetizer - shrimp Arnaud -was brought out at no charge which was a very classy thing to do. The seafood gumbo was excellent and the wine list expansive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mindy
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We ate here just about a week before closing for maintenance, and the food was not as outstanding as we thought it might be based upon the recommendation of my son in law. Lovely facility and nicely romantic.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for a small group
    wjparkerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Have eaten here since 1977 and always try to include it when I visit New Orleans (which is several times per year). Food reflects the unique New Orleans style plus the unique touches that Arnaud's does. Fresh seafood has always been fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Dinner at Arnaud's
    Carol6307
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had dinner at Arnaud's in the French Quarter during our stay in New Orleans. The food and service was outstanding. It is a wonderful place to flavor the excellent New Orleans cuisine and old fashion New Orleans style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Brunch Experience
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Brunch was delicious. Our entree price included an appetizer, salad and dessert. There were several entrees to choose from. We both had the Egg Benedict duo. Lots to eat. The Jazz Band walked the restaurant entertaining each table and that was enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate