Criollo at Hotel Monteleone
Criollo at Hotel Monteleone

Criollo at Hotel Monteleone

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://criollonola.com/
  • Phone: 5046814444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm - until
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Maynard
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Tennessee Williams Room
    Capacity: Sitting 16
    Tennessee Williams room can seat 16 people with normal seating arrangement or 20 people at 2 tables of 10 for large parties.

    William Faulkner Room
    Capacity: Sitting 12
    William Faulkner room can seat 12 people with normal seating arrangement or can seat 12 people at 1 table of 12.

  • Private Party Contact: Criollo Restaurant 5046814444x
  • Entertainment: Entertainment schedule available at http://hotelmonteleone.com/carouselbarentertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Royal Street between Bienville and Iberville
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Discount parking available with validation for Criollo Restaurant diners at the Monteleone and Solaris parking garages.

A word from Criollo at Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans in its soul is a true blending of many cultures. The European influences, namely Spanish, Italian & French, coupled with prominent contributions of Caribbean & African heritage, have produced one of America's greatest indigenous cuisines, Creole.


Criollo, the Spanish word for Creole and the name chosen for the new restaurant, represents the amalgam of cultures reflected in our cooking and the unique tastes that comprise Louisiana cuisine.


Fashioned with Louisiana & the Gulf South region's abundant bounty of fresh, home grown products from the land & sea, Criollo's ingredient-driven seasonal menu is designed to offer creative dishes inspired by culinary traditions & an appreciation of today's contemporary tastes.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
Criollo at Hotel Monteleone reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)fit for foodies (34)romantic (33)vibrant bar scene (19)great for lunch (16)good for groups (14)great for brunch (12)notable wine list (11)neighborhood gem (10)scenic view (7)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very nice upscale place
    ChristopheD
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Located in a hotel, but very good food, European size dishes, pretty good wine list, very good service. The waiter saw that the 4 of us were having a good conversation over diner and he didn't disturb us by checking every 4 mins if everything was fine, but quietly jumped in whenever necessary. Would defenitely recommend this!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice hotel restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    one of the few open reservations last minute. The place was half empty but still felt lively with the nearby bar scene. Service was great. Had the pork chop amazing. Soft she'll crab off menu special not so great. Everything else off the menu was fantastic including the bread pudding. Good wine selection, we ordered drinks from the bar. Service was fantastic. Waiters knew the menu well and made great recommendations. Would recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our waiter, James was warm, friendly and outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food was amazing.fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • Great Place
    JD87
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent and the staff was superb. We were made to feel as if we were old friends. I definitely recommend Criollo's as a wonderful restaurant not to miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ups & downs
    nueve
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was excellent. The wait staff service was attentive. Hostess did not pay attention to detail (Open Table check-in) and did not even attempt to satisfy request for window seating which was available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    winerdiner
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Beautiful restaurant although a tad bit expensive. The service was very friendly and professional. The staff made you feel welcomed and was very attentive. The food was good, but not truly memorable. I guess when I read so many rave reviews my expectations were a mile high and what I actually experience wasn't at that level. However, it's an excellent dining experience and a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday/ Girlfriends monthly meet
    Et84aka
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved the food (the grouper and crab and avacodo appetizer) and the martinis. The white chocolate creme brulee was very good and James, our waiter was very knowledgable and friendly. The music from the bar was alittle bit loud but we enjoyed it anyway. I plan to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nise
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This place is the newest, hottest restaurant in town.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch treat!
    nolagirl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We celebrated a rare chance to lunch together and found the Criolla on the Coolinary list for August - the tomato/mozzarella appetizer was fresh and tasty as well as artfully presented... the chicken dish was probably the best chicken I've EVER had! and the sheephead fish had a wonderful supporting cast on the plate that included fresh greens with a delicious citrus dressing. Very attentive service and a relaxing outing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch Experience
    Beverly
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a great lunch at Criollo's! The Coolinary options were great, as is the rest of the menu! Loved our waiter and the manager took the time to come over and ask how everything was. Will defineltey be back and suggest to friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • localopinion
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our meal was great and service was excellent. We took advantage of the Coolinary menu and it was better than expected. Portions were generous and all was delicious. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Hotel Restaurant
    HoustonFoodies
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Good restaurant in a great hotel in the middle of the French Quarter. Food and service were great. Decent wine list. A nice option if you want to avoid the more tourist-popular restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time as great as the first!
    nola504VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went there for dinner on a very busy Saturday night. There were 2 big events in the city, and one particularly taking place on Royal Street. The scene was very vibrant, but we got a nice cozy booth and didn't seem to notice. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. Our waiter was excellent and seems to really enjoy his job. Service was great! The gumbo and the sweet potato soups were delicious. Our entrees were good (I got swordfish for the first time) and the best part was dessert! It was a white chocolate creme brulee in puff pastry, and it was to die for! I love Criollo and I enjoy having a drink (or two) at the adjacent Carousel Bar. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food and great service
    smiles
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was wonderful. (I hated to take the last bite.) Service couldn't have been better.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Criollo
    Cash
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Great food and service. We will definitely be dining here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious dinner
    Lynn
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Really delicious dinner in the restaurant next to a lively bar scene. Great service too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coolinary-stop number 1
    WeLiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed the Coolinary Menu at Criollo. Our son had never been, and he was delighted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just ok
    softshell
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Soft shell crab was drenched in roumalade unfortunately too rich to enjoy got filled after a couple bites. Gumbo was good. We ate here bc we were staying at hotel.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible experience
    jcegryns
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have loved this hotel all my life, but on this occasion the service was poor, such as no spoons for the gumbo, no bread, etc. the muffulettas were an insult to that name. When the bill came and I took out a credit card, then I was told one could not use credit cards that day! I was not told beforehand mI used up all my cash as I never carry checks, and had no t left for the garage. I shall never return, although this was my third time here. There were only two other persons I. The restaurant. Janice Donaldson
    • Food
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  • Outstanding
    Trisister
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Exceptional and friendly staff. Excellent food great value.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loveeatingout
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    There were several functions at the hotel that evening and the Carousel Bar was packed and extremely noisy. Thank goodness all that noise didn't quite make it into the restaurant. The food was good and the staff jovial and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food
    WeLiveToEatVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is our second time at Criollo - first was for Revillion. The food was delicious! The waiter started off really good - however, once our order was taken - he disappeared until it was time for the check.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Orleans Dining Experience
    Mimi7
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have lived in New Orleans all my life and I find Criollo an old New Orleans dining experience. Very comfortable, great service, great food. This is the second time I have eaten here and look forward to going again. The drum with shrimp was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Will and Nolan took special care to make sure we had a fun, memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magnificent Food Experience
    ksaut54
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The Criollo is a wonderful restaurant! My husband and I enjoyed each course from the appetizer to the desert. The staff was very attentive and willing to make any changes if we requested. The food was absolutely marvelous - changes needed! I asked if the chef would tell me how to make the salad! He came to the table to tell me how he created the dressing! Amazing! New Orleans is a magnificent food experience - Criollo being the Best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fantastic Find
    Hadley
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I'm a Chef who took 14 out to dinner- all Chefs or those that work in the food industry. we all agreed that Criollo was fantastic for both food and service. I've eaten at many of the best restaurants in New Orleans, of which there are many, and this ranks in my top five favorites.Enough said!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and great food
    fancyfoodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We loved this restaurant. We started our evening at the Carousel Bar with fantastic cocktails and then stepped next door to the restaurant. The decor was very nice. The service was excellent and our waiter was wonderful and made some awesome recommendations. Our food was cooked perfectly. Overall a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    TexasLorie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We made a reservation at the Criollo because we were staying at The Hotel Monteleone (which we enjoyed immensely). The waiter warned us off the snapper and we should have listened. It was barely edible (my husband didn't eat his). No flavor. Chewy, not crispy. My mother had the duck and it was good. Grouper also not great but better than snapper. Turtle soup was vey good. Gumbo so-so. Very disappointing for a restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter. Way too expensive for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perfect Saturday Lunch
    Belle22
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A relaxed, upscale atmosphere with delicious food and excellent service - it was the perfect choice for our Saturday family gathering. The menu had something for everyone and conversation was easy as the noise level was low. We will definitely return to Criollo.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Strong Start, Sad Ending
    Foodiefood
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had high expectations for Criollo, and we left feeling "meh." Our server started off very energetic and then started disappearing for long periods of time. My duck, which had been ordered medium, came out very well done and dry. My husband's steak was good. We were looking to order after dinner drinks and desserts, but after waiting 30 minutes to see our server, we just decided to leave. To be fair to our server, the restaurant appeared to be extremely understaffed, which would account for the lack of service we received. And I will say that the cocktails were very well made and tasty.
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  • Lovely Breakfast
    WeLuvBrunch
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The breakfast menu selection is great. Several Benedict dishes to choose from with local flavor. The blueberry scones with lemon curd delicious. They do stop serving breakfast at 11:00 to close, then reopen at 11:30 for lunch. Would be perfect if only they had jazz music.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Drinks. Poor food.
    Steve
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The drinks were great. However, I had the duck entree and it was very over cooked, the sauce was not the best, and the rice was flavorless. I had the dobash cake for dessert. it was slightly dry and there was no chocolate ganache on it. Appetizers were ok but small and not worth the price. The service was very good though.
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  • Pleasant meal
    Knitgalah
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I had a good shrimp and crawfish gumbo. Entree of red snapper that was ample and delicious. I was able to get a pisco sour drink which is not available at most bars.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 321 reviews are from the Criollo at Hotel Monteleone reviews archive.
  • yummymummy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday brunch. I was a little disappointed there was no jazz music. The fresh fruit and juice were wonderful, especially the pineapple. Also, the selection of breads was magnificent. Had asked the waitress for orange juice which we didn't get until we asked again. She acted as though that was the first she had heard of the order. Great food though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Execution
    MartinVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was a really enjoyable meal. It was our first time at this restaurant. The service was great. I had a duck dish and my wife had the lamb dish. Both were very good entrees. The menu is not extensive but what they do, they do very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couples birthday dinner for visitor
    ErinGVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner as visitors to the city of New Orleans. It was fun to enter through the Carousel bar, but have a nice table tucked away from the busy hotel entrance. The seafood was delicious. Wasn't a huge fan of the Turtle Soup though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in lovely venue
    Babette
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    I dined here with a group of five. I probably enjoyed my food the least - although it was still good; all the others raved about their choices. It's comfortable, a good place to talk, and there's a fine bar next door for a pre- or post-dinner drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    pjs1
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Outstanding attention to the needs of a diner with some allergies. Service was friendly and impeccable. Food was perfectly prepared and soooo tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner
    Dinnerout
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Limited menu, but very appealing choices. Nice wines by the glass and great service. The special butters were a nice touch.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.