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Dante's Kitchen
Dante's Kitchen

Dante's Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.danteskitchen.com
  • Phone: (504) 861-3121
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 6:00pm - Close; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm (NO RESERVATIONS @ BRUNCH)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eman Louiber
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have rooms for parties from 8 to 14 guests, or the entire restaurant for parties between 50 - 100.
  • Private Party Contact: Neil McClure (504) 861-3121

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leake Avenue
  • Public Transit: 2 Blocks from the St. Charles streetcar line where it meets Carrollton. Get off at the very next stop (at Maple Street & Carrollton) and walk two blocks down Maple Street towards the river until it intersects with Dante Street. We are at the end of the street where Dante meets Leake Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are lots of street spaces available directly in front of the restaurant.
A word from Dante's Kitchen
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "It's hard to find anything bad to say about this restaurant. From the moment you sit down they make you feel like you're a regular."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The meal here was a little uneven. My husband's chicken was done perfectly, very tender and moist. the Muscovy duck, which I ordered medium rare came out VERY rare and needed to be recooked. An eggplant appetizer was more like a dip with a strange consistency. Overall, not a bad meal, but there are better places for your money"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Beautiful and cozy! Duck breast was out of this world. Crazy good."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Dante's Kitchen is a NOLA find - a gracious and comfortable dining environment in the Riverbend area. Service was exceptional as the server was knowledgable and offered dining information in a conversational manner. The bartender was a true artisan offering unique blends of cocktails - well described by menu and server. A lovely array of selections with focus on local ingredients - pace of courses, presentation, and portions were masterfully created. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food was great, the wine was great, and the service was great. Expectations were met and then exceeded. We will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Inside of the restaurant was really unique. Loved the bar decor. Our server was pleasant and good with suggestions. The manager was well versed with his wines and was able to point us to a delicious rose. The pork belly app was fantastic. Only thing that could have been improved was the lamb neck entree. The flavor of the meat was great but there wasn't much meat on the bone."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was my first time here. The server was very attentive and the food was awesome. Looking forward to going back. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We came here without reservations. Hostess said it would be at least an hour+. I went on Open Table and there was an opening, so I reserved right there and was seated in 15 minutes. While we were waiting we ordered a drink at the bar. The bartender seemed annoyed. When we were seated, it took a while for the waiter to come. Our questions were answered in a condescending tone, and the food did not come out at the same time. Drinks also took a while to get. But, although the service left much to be desired from a restaurant with a good reputation, the food was excellent and did not disappoint."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Really interesting tastes to the food and the cocktails. My teenage daughter got a Frog in the Fog non-alcoholic cocktail that was awesome and made her feel very "adult". The Trois Mignon was a fabulous dish. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Being sit by the kitchen door when other tables were available was the first indication that this dining experience was doomed. The Dante's staff, thankfully, did accommodate our request to be moved, but when our drinks arrived my father's pour of bourbon on the rocks left something to be desired. When he asked the server about it the server indicated that its a 2.5 ounce pour, outing the fact that they measure their pours- a no-no in New Orleans. Our salads, duck and escargot were great, but the shrimp and grits were over seasoned completely losing the shrimp flavor. The pork belly was so-so with its spicy green beans from a jar doubling as their green bean Kimchi. Lastly, I had to get my wine from the bar when our server went MIA."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for here birthday during a week of moving and final exams. Dante's kitchen was exactly what I needed. The wine was good, every dish was amazing, and the chicken was probably the best I have ever had. It's a little pricy but you quickly forget about the bill as soon as your food arrives."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This was our third time at Dante's and we won't be going back. The food is good, but not good enough to justify a $40 cab ride and the hour it takes to get an entree. It took almost an hour between apps and entrees with no apology or explanation. Food comes out randomly and we were lucky we even got their spoon bread. There is also one man that works there who was so rude I almost said something. Don't know if he's a server or what but his attitude alone made me never want to come back again. Really sad, because it used to be one of my absolute favorites in New Orleans. Changes need to be made here with more consistent food, service and attitude."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Remarkable deviled eggs piled high with crab meat aside greens wilted with warm tasso dressing; shrimp and grits with red-eye gravy; and the pork belly with the vegetable kim chee [though lacked usual heat]. Dessert of chocolate pudding and remarkable cookies, and side of skillet cornbread with honey butter: there's a serious baker in the house. But in some dishes seasoning does not get cooked in so much as laid on, and the cauliflower was such a dish. The trois mignons was disappointing, largely because little flavor and meat, while tender and alright, lacked that aged deliciousness. The wompa-wompa in the back room needs to be drowned out with music. Still quite worth going to, just need to order very carefully."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This restaurant came highly recommended from local strangers with who I had to interact with during my first stay in New Orleans. With some dietary issues that I have, the chef Eman Loubier came out to discuss them. Needless to say everything came out perfect and delicious! If I ever get back to New Orleans, you can believe I will be back there!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I love sampling what a kitchen can do, and prefer to order several small plates/appetizers rather than an entree. We ordered three, and all were unique & delicious. But the Escargot with bordelaise sauce, & roasted marrow bone was just Killer! If you're a foodie, don't miss this one - it's lip-smacking. The service was fine for a busy night during JazzFest - an energetic and pleasant staff who even brought out an extra spoonbread dish for us to enjoy. We'll definitely add Dante's to our favorite NOLA restaurants list."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Charming place just a hop off the Streetcar. We ate on the patio. Service was very attentive. Great cocktails! Menu was diverse and the food was tasty. The Brussels sprouts were unbelievable and an order can easily be shared. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Let me start by saying, I have been here before and it was great! But tonight was not like that. Patio was loud (should have assumed given the location, my bad) and service was insanely slow. 34 minutes for cocktails. There were only 4 of us and we were literally the only people in the place when we were first seated. I watched people get wine, apps, and an entree before we got our cocktails. And when I asked about the drinks after 20 minutes I was met with a rude "they're coming!" Then we were pushed to order our dinners. Not impressed. I was entertaining an interviewee and it was not ideal. I will go back because the food is fantastic, but definitely never with a time constraint. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "When visiting our daughter and her husband she insisted on taking us here. Her favorite restaurant in the city. The pork confit and the half chicken were both unbelievable!! Best meal we had in New Orleans! And we've had some great meals! We will be back! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Service was very good. We were seated outside as requested. Our server knew the menu well and was attentive. My friend and I both agreed that our food was overly-spicy, and that's saying a lot since we are accustomed to spicy food here. I ordered the pork served over greens and could hardly eat it. She had grilled fish with crabmeat and when it was time for dessert, we were both dying for something cool and refreshing. The sorbet trio did the trick! Location and service are good, but not crazy about menu offerings."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "First impression was very promising - outdoor patio seating on a beautiful New Orleans evening! Turned into a mosquito nightmare! Asked to be reseated inside, and we were denied. It was too late to leave because we started our appetizers and already had ordered dinner. Lamb prosciutto was disappointing small scraps of badly sliced lamb, but the smoked lamb ribs were descent. Charred garlic bread was missing the garlic; Lamb neck - sounded different, but was very disappointing; brick chicken much too spicy; and the vegetarian plate was good. Did not stay for dessert - mosquitos already had us for dessert! With so many great restaurants in NOLA, don't bother with Dante's Kitchen!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "My server, who has "only been here 10 months" needs to be properly trained. You might ask for Jen if you want good service. I had a problem with the wine selection. One Pinot noir I had was $18 and not at all worth it. The other was $8 and barely drinkable. What don't you guys get something around $12 or $14 that's decent? La Crema? The food was pretty good-- especially the vegetarian selection. The courtyard is beautiful and there is absolutely no reason to sit in one of the claustrophobic dining rooms. Make a reservation! I did have a problem with this restaurant's lack of dress code. A sweaty guy came in with a sleeveless u neck on and they seated him. I don't care to view anyone's underarm hair while I dine."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "All dishes were cooked as if blackened... Heavy seasoning and very salty. Very, very slow service. Waiter did not check in while we waited either. At end, waiter brought our correct check then charged wrong check to our credit card... Twice before getting it correct."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived, we felt we were imposing on their party. Unwelcoming maitre'd who seem offend to be asked for an outside table, a bartender who was doing paperwork and didn't want to be interrupted to make drinks, and waiter who made us feel our menu questions were impositions. Food was solid, but certainly not exceptional. Had hoped for a unique and special NO experience, and were very disappointed."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A perfect evening. It was lovely on the terrace, even if there isn't a view. The food was interesting and delicious with some unique items, but the restaurant remains relaxing and unpretentious. The waitress managed to be knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. "
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Dante's is one of our favorite places, however Sunday was a beautiful day and they opened their patio and it was popular. The printer broke down in the kitchen, at least that was the excuse. We waited 45 minutes for bread and then another lot of bread came out almost immediately. The Shrimp and Grits- wonderful. The Gulf fish great if you like a slight blackened aspect. The roasted Brussels sprouts excellent. The food was fantastic just super super slow that night."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Dante's is one of our go-to brunch places when visiting NOLA but we had never tried it for dinner until this weekend: glad we did! The house-made herbal infusions sparkled on the innovative cocktails menu. Since I'm now eating gluten-free/dairy-free, it's often a bit challenging in NOLA but Dante's menu made it easy. The Thit Kho pork belly small plate was tender and delicious and the bricked chicken was flavorful and juicy. Husband enjoyed the strawberry salad and the trio medallions. He said the molasses spoon bread (which I had to pass on due to gluten and butter) was pretty amazing. We were too full (and it had gotten late because the service was a little slow) so we didn't stay for dessert. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I took a group of 6 for dinner. Overall the meal and service was good. The cheese and Salumi boards were great, the small plates were also tasty. Our entrees were hit or miss. The Crispy Confit of Pork Shoulder was dry and had a strong spice taste that overpowered the entire dish. One of my guests ordered the Lamb Neck Pasta dish. His dish contained many bone fragments and bursa (thick cartilage) pieces. He didn't finish it out of frustration, but did say it had good flavor. The hit dishes of the night were the Brick Pressed Chicken and Fish Filet. The Chocolate Pudding Pot at the end was outstanding. With all the outstanding dinning opportunities in New Orleans, I wouldn't come back, I would go to another location."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "excellent food. Understated wine list. very personable service"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by our hotel and I must say we were not steered wrong. The food was exceptional, from the complimentary spoonbread to the cauliflower arrabiata. The only quibble my wife had was that she wanted the Brussels sprouts cooked slightly longer. They were just too hard. Her shrimp and grits and trois mignons were just delicious and perfectly cooked along with my boudin rouge and confit of pork steak. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The escargot is unbelievably good – the best anywhere. They have a great bartender who is extremely talented, and pleasant. The food is always first class, but we could use a little change in the menu (providing the escargot remains)."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Menu was way too wordy...needed a thesaurus to it figure out. Had been here before for brunch and enjoyed it, but dinner was very disappointing"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "As always, the food was great. However, now that were are not permitted to park across the street (Dante Village? parking lot) I will be reluctant to come here when it means I am going to spend (often frustrating) time trying to find a place to park."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Our favorite NOLA restaurant. We never miss eating here and we come to NO 2-3 times a year. Wonderful good!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This was my favorite restaurant 2-3 years ago but haven't been there in a few years. We tried to alter a entree on the menu in order to accommodate a child the restaurant was not flexible to our request. The food was not as good as I remembered. Shrimp and grits was too spicy Collie flower side item too spicy to eat. Whoever was in the kitchen that night way too heavy-handed on the spice rack. Remember I've eaten at this restaurant before and ordered the same items in the past except the Collie flower side dish. This is a great neighborhood gem and I hope they get back on track soon."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Steak is great. Get the Brussels sprouts. The chicken under a brick is a speciality. It's awesome. Cocktails at Dante's use their own house made tinctures, and are yummy."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The evening was mild and I had requested courtyard seating so was surprised that there was no outdoor seating that night. The dining experience is borderline at this restaurant but sitting in the courtyard puts in the positive category. In other words, dine in the courtyard or wait until you can."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The mussels were amazing. Spicy, clear broth with sweet potatoes."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "We always dine at Dant'e when we are visiting our child at Tulane or in New Orleans for any other reason, and we have never been disappointed. Great food, nice ambiance, great service, its a wonderful Locavore sort of place. infusing locally sourced food into the menu. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "While my friends rave about Dante's for brunch, I found it a bit disappointing for my anniversary dinner. I found the limited dinner menu a bit difficult for my husband who is not big into the more ethnic flavors and doesn't like to order special. I did enjoy that my fish was light and I did not feel overfed. However, the wine list was extremely expensive for bottles and the bar specials frankly turned my stomach a bit and I KNOW they were special infusions of potions and notions but at $9.50 to start, tequilas and juices when I want to have more than one bev, nah. It was very loud and even though I clearly put that it was our anniversary, there was no mention - which is always a test of a restaurants attention to detail."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "After we had the escargots with roasted bone marrow (fabulous) we barely remember the Crispy Confit Pork Steak or the half-shell redfish, both of which were excellent. Great wine by the glass selection. Service also outstanding. Pretty good cab ride from the Royal Sonesta, but well worht it."
    Dined on 1/4/2014