Dakota Restaurant
Dakota Restaurant

Dakota Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedakotarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9858923712
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Tuesday – Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm


    Dinner:

    Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, Contemporary American, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Kim Kringlie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering for both elegant and casual events in any location desired. Our event planning and catering branch, Grand Events and Dakota Catered, has designed and catered parties of 2 to 1200 in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, and New York.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our dining rooms allow for dinner parties of up to 120, and cocktail receptions up to 400 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott Vagnier 9858923712

Getting there

  • Cross Street: One-quarter mile north of I-12
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Restaurant parking lot located next to The Dakota.
A word from Dakota Restaurant
Open since October of 1990, The Dakota has been a pioneer in the culinary industry on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Their cuisine is influenced by the flavorful Creole cuisine, with Contemporary Louisiana. Other influences include the Southwest, California, and Asia using fresh local and seasonal ingredients. The carefully selected wines pay tribute to the well crafted wines of California and Oregon while offering a few of the traditional styles of Europe and Australia. Rich mahogany millwork and earth tone colors set the stage for a comfortably elegant dining experience. The Dakota continues to set the mark for what people look for when they dine – well crafted food, detail-oriented service, plush surroundings, and genuine hospitality.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Dakota Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (32)romantic (30)notable wine list (21)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Food, Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We were celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. Once the servers knew that, they brought us some complimentary wine--which was a very generous touch. We also got to meet the Chef who was eager to meet us (since he has a residence in Canada). Our main server for the night knew the menu so well and was very good at selling the dishes to us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Impressive
    Shorttripfromhammond
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    the food was amazing but I was blown away by the service. Our waiter was fantastic and we were met by the manager two times. It was a great way to spend our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oldiebutgoodie
    PERSNICKITY
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were there on a Saturday night and were glad to see a rather full restaurant, once again. Tried a new fish entrée, which was excellent. Service also was better. The coconut cake remains steadfast {that is yum,yum}. Wish they would find better cocktail glasses, with their prices, why be stingy with the booze?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    RoadWarriorAZVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My companion and I were in Covington for business meetings and every local we spoke with said that we must go to Dakota for the crab and brie soup. Not only was the soup absolutely wonderful (our server, Mark, said, "Angels come down to make that soup" and we believe him!), we also enjoyed the broiled oysters (the truffled parmesan was amazing), the soft shell crab and the seafood mix grill. The cocktails and wine list were spot on, and the service was exceptional. Even though it was a quiet night by the time we were there, we never felt rushed and Mark and Blaine did a great job making us feel welcome. I will definitely return if I get the chance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best yet!!
    notthemomma
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Everything at Dakota was amazing!!! Highly recommend it and the wine list is outstanding. Mark was our server and we loved him!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    MsMonique1987
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Worth every penny
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    monkeyjb56
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Everything was perfect from the moment we walked in.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    jt8357
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Dakota's. Family went for my birthday (group of 6). It wasn't crowded at all that night. The service was impeccable and everything we ordered was delicious. The filet was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE
    LIVE2EAT
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    You NEVER go wrong eating at the Dakota! From drinks to entrees/deserts--WONDERFUL! THANKS for making our special days have special memories.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bam
    Jbam
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very nice place to dine.The wine was good ,the people were great,My Husband and I will be returning We celebrated our 53 wedding anniversary on this evening, Everything was perfect. Thank you Dakotas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing flavor
    supernova22
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    To start the waitstaff was amazing. Presentation of the dishes was well thought out. The flavors are second to none. Everything was prepared perfectly. Looking forward to our return visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience...!!!
    inluvwithwine
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This was my first dining experience at the Dakota and it was absolutely amazing. The customer service was awesome, the food was superb and the setting was romantic. This restaurant was a great choice to celebrate my husband's birthday. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    nflrick
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was great, as was the service. I have dined here several times over the past few years and each time it has been a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved the lamb nachos, crab and Brie soup and veal with 3 sauces. Wish we had room for dessert. Our waiter Mark was outstanding. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Outstanding!
    LeftyMHVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Always a pleasurable experience to dine at Dakota. The food has a variety of entrees and other items that are atypical of most other fine dining restaurants. The wait staff is extraordinary; they are proficient, friendly, and work well as a team. Food is served by enough staff members so that all at the table get their food at the same time. Ambiance is better than most fine dining restaurants in the New Orleans area with nice decor and not too noisy. The wine lists are very extensive but should offer more good wines in lower price ranges. Final bill can be expensive with higher than average wine prices and entree prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    Luvsteak
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This place was amazing! Lobster BLT salad was outstanding. Soft shell crab and Seafood mixed grill were delicious! We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Delicious food, beautiful presentation, great service, a must dine destination!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mike was awesome!
    Jrod
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Request the server named Mike. He was fantastic! This was our first experience with Dakotas and we were celebrating our engagement. We basically went off his recommendations and everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 180 reviews are from the Dakota Restaurant reviews archive.
  • The Dakota always excellent.
    Excellinfood
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The staff and food at the Dakota are excellent. All the staff pay close attention to you. The menu choices have some regular items and always include new or special items. Try their wine tasting and beer tasting nights and you will appreciate the chef and the Dakota even more.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dinning Experience
    Bubbles86
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had the chefs tasting menu with the wine paring as well. It was a totally exquisite dinning experience from start to finish. It is a must for any foodie out there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    WeAreTheWs
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The food, wait staff and overall experience was great. Food was incredible! Wait staff didn't miss a beat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience as always!
    Markkajohnson
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Celebrated my birthday at this gem of a restaurant ... Awesome food with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My wife and I have dined here for our anniversaries and enjoy the ambiance, food and excellent service. I rate the service as comparable to the top New Orleans restaurants and the food is excellent. The wine list is quite extensive. We look forward to returning soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    Foridian
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was our 5th time here for dinner. It has a lovely dining room. When we arrived for our 8PM reservation we were told we would be in the bar/lounge. One table was set up with a white cloth and the China used in the dining room. The other tables were bare. The restaurant was empty except for a man who came in for a drink at the bar. There appeared to be a small party in a back room or at least two people left. The food as usual was delicious. The service was fine with two wait persons taking care of us. Ambiance is an importance part of a nice dinner. Sitting in an empty bar was disappointing. I think the restaurant should have informed us in advance instead of pointing to the bar and saying our table is there, no apology or explanation.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow start but 5 star finish!
    FoodFanVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This was our first time to dine at Dakota and the service began on a low note as it took 15 minutes for our server to arrive to tell us the nightly specials. However, once he arrived it was all perfect from that point on. The food was as good as you would find on the other shore (New Orleans) and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. We will definitely plan to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • after 14 years still the best
    eagleVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food start to finish mark,great server,go there you can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hold the hushpuppies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    My husband and I had an early dinner. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. My meal was very good. My husband had the almondine redfish. Hushpuppies made with sweet potato and Andouille accompanied the dish but they were fried too dark and did not make too much of an appeal on the plate. The taste was not good either.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Lunch
    Tiggerly2002
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went to The Dakota for Mother's Day lunch. The food was excellent. The service, though, was not quite up to par. The kids' menu had chicken strips with French fries on it. We tried to order the kids' menu petite filet with French fries instead of mashed potatoes, and the waiter insisted they were not cooking French fries. Maybe the chef changed his mind. We had to ask several times for water. I also ordered an iced tea and had to ask twice for it. The kids' menu had an ice cream sundae with chocolate sprinkles, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and cherry on it. My son just wanted a scoop of ice cream with the chocolate sprinkles, and the waiter brought out the ice cream with chocolate sauce and said they didn't have sprinkles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    meme
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not the best waiter
    Devotee
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I have eaten at Dakota's many many times and have been impressed with the food and the wait staff. This waiter this last time was not the best, however. He started by interrupting our conversation - a pet peeve of mine with waiters. Then I asked that my soup be brought with my entree. Apparently this was just not possible, although he apologized for it (interrupting again). This was an anomaly for this usually great all the way around restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nolafoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food was fantastic. Waiters attentive but not intrusive. Wonderful surprise of a delicious banana split for our anniversary. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • while in Covington,La
    dakotaboyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Saturday night dinner...we had a very enjoyable dinner ... service was a bit slow, but made up for with friendly overall effort , ambiance+ quality of food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Arrived on time, restaurant empty other than 2 people. Waiter very nice, informed bus staff had left. Ordered drinks, waiter came back and took order. Drinks arrived same time as salad/ appt. entrees served before salad finished. Obvious they wanted to get out of there. We were so rushed we asked that the remainder of entrees be boxed with desert to go. Salmon was not good and beef over done. Has been our fav restaurant in past.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dakotas for Easter 2014
    Bren
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food the absolutely fantastic, and Mark the waiter, could not have been more friendly and attentive with his services.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sad Easter Bunny
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We looked forward to a relaxing atmosphere - great food for Easter Brunch. Food was well presented but slow coming. We understand Easter is a special occasion (and would be busy) but we were not treated special at all. The service was the problem. Totally inattentive and we had to beg for drink refills, more bread to keep us from feeling like we would wait for our entrees forever, etc. Our wait person must have been new to the job because he was nervous and confused and did not ask if we needed anything or how everything was when the food did arrive. We expected a 4 star restaurant with great service. We received a 3 star meal with a 1 star server. The restaurant is upscale but needs the staff to match. Very expensive $$$$$ lesson I guess.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dakota
    Kpcmjc
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The service was outstanding, coordination for the flow of food was perfect. My family has had both good and bad experiences here, this was most certainly the best so far!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining at its Best
    HarlieMom
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Took my son and his fiancé to Dakota's for his birthday dinner. He had never been and chose the restaurant based on reviews. Robert was our waiter and service was excellent. Chargrilled oysters and lamb nachos were delicious. Son's fiancé had the tuna and thought it was delicious. We had a very leisurely dinner, were not rushed and thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dakota is a bit expensive
    Leo2
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Dakota is a bit expensive but well worth it. We went their for our anniversary and as usual were delighted. It is our go to place for special occassions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our night out was good
    4Mom
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    It's a good place. Everything was great except, for some reason there was an akwardly long time between our starter and entree. Quick turn on everyting else including dessert was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Taste of the Town
    Bubbles86
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Neither my wife nor I are picky eaters, so we always have the chef's tasting whenever possible. It's not on the menu, but the chef's tasting is worth every penny and your palate will be excited with every course and every bite. It was absolutely a fantastic tasting/dining experience from start to finish. We even asked to speak to the chef so we could personally thank him for such an exquisite experience. This isn't the first time we have had the chef's tasting at this restaurant and everytime it has left us wanting to experience it again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.