Bourbon House
Bourbon House

Bourbon House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bourbonhouse.com/
  • Phone: 5045220111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 5:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 10:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Darin Nesbit
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View
  • Private Party Facilities: The second floor at Bourbon House is the perfect location for your next function with five private dining spaces. Bourbon House can accommodate parties of 10 to 200.
  • Private Party Contact: Mary McGee Tilloy 5045218310x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Iberville Street
  • Public Transit: A few short blocks away from the street car stop at Canal Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A few short blocks away from the street car stop at Canal Street.
A word from Bourbon House
“Arguably the best oyster bar of any white tablecloth restaurant in New Orleans” per the Times Picayune, Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House is all about local seafood. If it’s not in season, you won’t find it on the menu. Enjoy authentic New Orleans dishes and oysters on the halfshell in a lively atmosphere overlooking Bourbon Street.
Dickie Brennan and his culinary team have created an incredible menu of classic New Orleans dishes complemented by new favorites. Signature favorites include Gulf fish on the Halfshell and New Orleans style Barbeque Shrimp.
Bourbon is a central focus at the bar with more than 100 American Whiskeys on the list. Bourbon House is the perfect place for a mint julep or a straight up shot of that hard to find small batch whiskey.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Bourbon House reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (36)special occasion (35)fit for foodies (26)hot spot (22)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (18)great for brunch (16)scenic view (16)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (12)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (5)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • It's not just about the bourbon!
    NycdiletantesVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My husband and I lunched at Bourbon House on a recent New Orleans anniversary trip. The service was slow initially, though the restaurant was not crowded. Once the service started, it was friendly and competent. My husband enjoyed the barbecued shrimp po-boy, proclaimed "outstanding." I had fish tacos, a very generous serving with three tacos. The fish was blackened, and slightly dry, but it was accompanied with fresh corn, black beans, onion, cole slaw and sour cream. Overall, a tasty dish, but it would have been even better with guacamole. I was only able to eat the tortilla for one taco, and ate the other two without tortilla. It was a satisfying meal.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Great Oyster Bar/Seafood Restaurant
    EatDrinkandBMerry
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was traveling alone and booked a reservation last minute. Unfortunately, it was for much later than I wanted, so I decided to walk to the restaurant and see if I could snag an earlier table. It turns out that the front section of the restaurant along with the oyster bar are first come, first served so I was able to grab a seat at the bar immediately. All in all a good experience. My only disappointment is while their on-line menu said they had hushpuppies, they do not. That's blasphemy in my book -- who serves fried seafood without hushpuppies??
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Terrible Experience
    Arklaw48VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The restaurant is in a great location but that's about the only positive from our experience. We are long-time New Orleans visitors and this was by far our worst food experience in over 20 years. The corn and crab soup smelled slightly spoiled and two of our three entrees were inedible, the gulf fish with artichokes and the shrimp creole. We actually complained about the soup and the shrimp creole and our server said, "Yes, most people don't like the shrimp creole here." The wait staff were almost zombie-like, bordering on hostile. We tried to be as friendly as possible and insisted on paying for the meal and tipping appropriately despite the horrible food. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • Ok, not great.
    EdnDeb
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been coming to NOLA for past couple years but hadn't ate here yet. Finally did this trip and wasn't impressed. Food was ok, had much better charbroiled Oysters elsewhere, and entree was just middle of the road. Wait staff was not very friendly either compared to other places nearby. Also, wine selection by the glass was limited. Did like the Bourbon glass being included in the bill, especially after specifically asking them not to because it was a corporate dinner. Had to have them remove it. So, ok but not great.
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  • Best West of Bardstown, KY
    AmuseBouche
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went there Sat night for girls' night out -- we had generous pours of several wonderful bourbons, topped off with a couple of desserts that disappeared like magic. The food and drink were only surpassed by our waiters! They were all very knowledgeable about the food and drink, and took care to ensure we enjoyed our visit. Perfect ending to a great trip. Definitely worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected Much Better
    akcmretired2000
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food flavor was not up to par. Table service was good but bar service girl didn't pay attention. I will return for another try but there are many other choices I would recommend first.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    KarlT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We ate here because we were staying at the Astor Crown Plaza so it was convenient. It is OK but if you want fine dining there are better choices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bourbon house on a party street
    Hockeyhicks4food
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This place is right in the center of it all. The atmosphere seemed some what casual. There were couples, families and even a few bachelor/ette parties when we went. Most of the food was very good. Alligator boudin balls were excellent!!! My fish was very overcooked but the rest of the meal was delicious! I would recommend trying out the bourbon house and even selecting a bourbon or two to drink off their extensive bourbon menu. Although right outside was crazy, this place is much tamer and shines when it comes to flavor and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    pjw330VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    This is a hard critique to write because my husband thoroughly enjoyed his meal and mine was awful. He ordered Oysters Bordelaise as an appetizer and Fried Oysters for an entree. We split the spinach salad which was yummy. The bordelaise oysters were awesome and ended up my replacement meal for the terrible Fish Iberville dish. The dish smelled horrible when they put it in front of me, and I could not choke it down because of that. I had to flag down the waiter to have him replace my meal. NO manager ever came to check on us after that or at any time during the meal, which surprised me. Customer service is not their strong point obviously. We will never go back.
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  • Eddy
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Notable Collection Of BourbonS And.xls Quite Special Ones. Raw Oysters WeRe Great As Were Fried Ones But FriesWere Soso.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Minicoop
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The Bourbon House was highly recommended, and met all of our expectations. Staff and service were exceptional. Food superb, and the selection of bourbons. Overall a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stop through
    Courty82
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It's casual fine dining...your dress can be casual but you get a fine dining experience. The food was good for the price overall you won't Kill your pockets
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service but Crowded
    biloxifoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had heard good reviews of Bourbon House and decided to make reservations for a romantic dinner. The food and service were outstanding but ourselves and two other parties of two were seated in close proximity to each other in a half booth, half table setup. It was very loud in the restaurant and impossible to have a private conversation with the two other couples sitting within arms reach of us. One couple next to us actually left before ordering because they couldn't hear each other. Besides the seating and noise level we had a wonderful meal and plan on going back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceeded expectations
    chris70448
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Rivaled best dinning in the city. The redfish on the half shell was flavored and cooked to perfection. The seafood gumbo wasn't the best I've ever had but was deep and rich and good enough to recommend. Though full after entrees, we tried the specialty chocolate desert simply because the web site touted that it had won an award. Ordered it to split then had to order a second because it was just too good to share. A must way to end the meal! Add the great drink selection (especially bourbon selection - hence the restaurant name) and the impeccable service and I highly recommend all go there or give it a second shot if like me you we not overly impressed with previous visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD RESTAURANT IN BOURBON ST
    PETERMEXVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Maybe One of the Best in Bourbon ST is Only One córner of Canal ST and More nicer than the Rest in Bourbon St. I personally dont like Bourbon ST to dirty and Old places but the B House is NICE INSIDE and good Food for a reasonable Price, so is a Very good option.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Atmosphere, Not So on Food
    podd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Sat for a while before anyone came to serve us. Regular waiter was busy, so he'll "Give it a shot"! Food was fair at best. Overpriced cold seafood dish was soggy and smaller than described. Nice views. Much better restaurants all around area, not this tourist trap!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    bneal9
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    If you are looking for a place on bourbon street, why not the bourbon house? Very good food, excellent service and the best desert we had while visiting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • There are better restaurants in NO
    nymbo
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food was average for the amount charged. It was very noisy in the restaurant which made having a conversation difficult.
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  • Friendly service great location
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Staff was extreme accommodating location is a prime site seeing spot on the French
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch specials.
    TroutGuide
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a short window for lunch so the reservation was made on open table and we were seated on time. The lunch specials were seasonal items and were prepared in local flavors. Our server was very professional (Captain Eddie, was his preferred name) and each of the other servers did their part as well. The price was reasonable for the area as well. We enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food should have been better
    bart
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Waitress not happy steak sent back because it was not cooked to our liking. Had plenty of food on plate. drink staff very helpful. Very busy place.
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    vibrant bar scene
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  • great bourbon spot, good food.
    FoodieRD
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Great food and service but limited food menu. Had the baked oysters trio, bacon wrapped duck poppers and alligator boudin small plates during happy hour. Ordered the paneed veal and crab crusted fish- either would be excellent choices. Extensive bourbon list, small domestic and local beer list. It is a bourbon house though so that's to be expected. Sign up for the bourbon society and receive a free taste of the bourbon of the month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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  • Excllent experience!
    Herbie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    From the minute we made the reservation to the on-time seating, to the outstanding service, it was an incredible experience. There was nothing we asked for that they did not accommodate. The oysters were large and delicious. Although they do not normally serve them with an onion/red wine vinegar as a sauce for the oysters, when I requested it came out promptly and perfect. An absolutely pleasurable experience. The best dining experience we had in New Orleans!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELECTABLE
    WeLiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    So much flavor! Great staff - great time! A definite monthly thing for my family!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Strive for Excellence
    Pph108
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A gem that can get better. Entree came out too early. Delicate fish taken back and put in warmer for 15 minutes. Came back hard and overdone. They should have never brought this back. Had to wait for another new plate. I should not have had to ask for a new dish. This is restaurant 101.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 4th
    Ace01
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Wait staff were great and attentive to our wants and needs. Food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    LatoniaNYC
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is my second trip to New Orleans and knew my trip would not be complete unless I visited Bourbon House. The crab fingers bordelaise are beyond amazing. The staff is so courteous and friendly. You can't beat Leo, Perry, Daniel or Sandi - yes, I remembered all their names - they were that good at what they do. They make any visit a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • So nice - we ate here twice
    WeLiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Had a remarkable dinner here on Monday - then rebooked, and had an identical experience on Tuesday! Sensational!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining experience!
    WeLiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Oysters Bienville - to kill and die for!!!!! Service staff - incomparable!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans staple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Extremely loud and busy, bourbon house is an icon and staple of the tourist scene. Nothing is particularly good, and if you're going for Cajun goodies like gumbo (a grey, oatmeal like mush) or barbecue shrimp I'd look elsewhere. The oysters were great, they source from the same location as Acme. Not the worst place to get stuck, but in a city full of great food, why?
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    hot spot
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  • Memorable meal in New Orleans
    Ljcara
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everyone knows it's a gamble when you go out to eat on vacation . My husband stumbled across The Bourbon House while taking a stroll down Bourbon Street. The menu looked good do we booked a reservation through open table . We got right in that night . Service was amazing ! My cocktail was never empty, when we were finished with every course the dishes were promptly whisked away followed by another delicious course . The food was outstanding ! We has the crab fingers , BBQ shrimp and my husband and I both got the paneed veal with crab . This was one of the best meals I have had in New Orleans my husband and I strongly recommend dining here. The cost is worth it !
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Fred
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I was seated right away and service was excellent. I ordered a house salad, glass of wine, red fish on the half-shell and then finished up with bread pudding and coffee. Absolutely perfect meal. The food could not have been better.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Nice place and good food the the service is very poor. We were at a business dinner and the team serving us was unresponsive, slow and spoke above a whisper in a very noisy atmosphere. The service team was not proactive and did not read the table. When we asked for them to give us more time they dissapeared for a very long time and when we asked for anything it seemed like we were bugging them. We ordered wine long before dinner and the dinner was served and the chilled wine as in our waiter's hands while he attended to the other tables so the wine was poured long after the food hit the table. This my 3rd time to Bourbon House and the service is getting worse over time. Will not go back.
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  • Great New orleans find
    yummy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had some authentic New Orleans food here. BBQ shrimp, alligator, red fish, everything was very tasty. Don't forget to try the bourbon milk punch, delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    jschkade
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    preface this by saying, I love the Bourbon House and have been on several occasions, usually with groups, and it's been fantastic. This time however, I was disappointed with the service as it was not what I'd come to expect. We had reservations, but had to wait almost 20 minutes to be seated, not much different than if we'd walked in off the street. We seldom saw our waiter, completely inattentive once we ordered. Our appetizers were cool (not good for calamari) and I had to get up and refill my own wine. He just never came around. Probably won't go back for dinner, lunch seems to be the best time to go to get the service you'd expect from a restaurant with this kind of reputation.
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    good for groups, romantic
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  • Well worth it.
    nolarookie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was excellent, but what makes this a place to dine is extensive bourbon selection. Separate wait person for drink menu who was very knowledgeable. Will definitely go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bourbon House Brunch
    NorthshoreFoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We started our lunch off with well made cocktails as my search for the best Sazerac continues. As we sipped on the drinks we received our order of an oyster trio. Well made Oyster Rockefeller, Bienville and Fonseca. Once again I asked the waitress to choose my entree and was amazed at the Redfish on the Half Shell. It was moist and well flavored and served with amazing new potatoes, balsamic glazed red onions, and a lemon beurre blanc. If I were not trying to exercise food discipline, I would have gladly eaten a second. But then I would have missed the Chocolate Pecan Crunch a dark chocolate mousse served with pecan brittle crunch and salted caramel. No wonder this was the recipeint of a recent award for best dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans At Its Best!
    Fredrick
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We had a large group 8-10, but service was timely, accurate and polite. The food was off the charts good! MUST experience when in New Orleans!
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    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Finish to a long day
    FamilyMan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Me & my wife along with my mother, grandmother, and son (2yrs old) went to bourbon house after a very long and busy day. The staff was extremely friendly and made you feel at home. The atmosphere was very formal but the staff made it feel like home. At no point did I feel pressured to order a certain dish but the waitress did a fantastic job of explaining what the dishes where and making suggestions.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    AFmom
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were in NOLA to celebrate my mothers 80th birthday! The Bourbon House was a nice choice because it is located on famed "Bourbon Street" but close enough to Canal St that getting to it was easy. Food was outstanding and prices were about average for the area. Great raw oyster bar and one of the few places that we could also get them baked. Most restaurant only offered them fried if you did not want to eat your oysters raw. The only disappointment was that they do not offer the traditional Bread Pudding that makes NOLA famous. There is a "Chocolate Bread Pudding" on the menu and even though it was delicious , it did not resemble anything close to being bread pudding. Will return here on our next visit!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.