Dante's Kitchen
Dante's Kitchen

Dante's Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.danteskitchen.com/
  • Phone: 5048613121
  • 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 5048613121

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
Click on the menu button below to visit our website and understand who we are and what we are all about. Don't worry it's easy to make an opentable reservation right from our website also. We let our customers be our biggest P.R. department so check out the review page to see what actual people just like you have to say about us.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
Dante's Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (22)romantic (21)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (13)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (6)good for groups (6)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Good Experience
    Mccut
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our meal and experience was good. The mahi mahi special had way too much sauce to enjoy the flavor of the fish, but the rest of the meal was really good. Great atmosphere. This "local gem" is a nice change from a typical tourist spots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Good This time
    Mike953
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I love Dante's Kitchen as it is quaint but trendy, the sommelier/bartender is very knowledgable about wines and spirits and knows how to explain the differences if terms you can understand. The food is always interesting. The Corn/Crab Bisque was delicious. The Escargot was great. Chicken under A Brick was very good. The Lamb neck was tasty but the presentation was mooshy (?) looking. My RedFish with crab and Herbs was not to my liking. Somehow the tastes didn't blend for me and I could finish it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place!
    Meemse
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Always enjoy a meal here and guests are always pleased. Food is usually locally produced as well as seasonal, lovely presentation and inventive menus that change often. Chicken under a brick is a favorite but, that said, we've really snjoyed every entree we've ever tried here. We appreciate that they go against trend and are open Mondays (closed Tuesdays) so we are assured of a great option on Mondays when so many places are closed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Marm
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Hard to say anymore, but great food, good wine, and teriffic service made for a wonderful evening in a charming place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total disappointment.
    Nolawoman430
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Prior to this experience, Dante's Kitchen had been one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans. But my last visit was one of the worst meals I have ever eaten anywhere. Something has happened to the chef, management, or ownership since I had last enjoyed Dante's Kitchen. "A bad day" cannot explain the poor food quality and lackluster dishes. I was terribly embarrassed since was treating a friend to dinner and had so greatly touted the restaurant. I will never return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food long wait
    Mathgal
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The wait between courses was very long. But they comped dessert for that reason. Food was excellent - I recommend the gulf fish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Dante's Kitchen
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Outstanding in every aspect-food, service, ambiance, menu! Dante's Kitchen has it all! I'll definitely return next time I'm in NOLA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspiring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great service. Great ambiance. Water logged andouille in the mussels with invisible mushrooms. Soggy fig salad. Local tofu promised loads of flavor but didn't deliver.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • service, waiter, chef were great.
    Funluv24
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food and service A+. Everyone pleased with choices. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a great find!
    EZ2Pleaz
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything about this place, from the service to the unique dishes, just "works"! Four of is ordered different entres for dinner, and they we all spectacular. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/26/2014
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well-executed meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Great service. Great food. Every room is adorable. I had the chicken under a brick while my mom had the trois mignons. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Gem!
    MetairieAlan
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solidly OK
    DamayVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1027 reviews are from the Dante's Kitchen reviews archive.
  • so delicious!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Beautiful and cozy! Duck breast was out of this world. Crazy good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Gem
    Glitter
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was great, the wine was great, and the service was great. Expectations were met and then exceeded. We will definitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Apro7
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This was my first time here. The server was very attentive and the food was awesome. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service matters
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love that Frog in the Fog
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall a disappointing experience
    AmateurFoody
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely fantastic.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Time Not A Charm
    dacashvt
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OaktownieVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!!
    JerseyGirl
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small plates!
    Livingwell
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice find!
    ASWJVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud & Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful dinner
    NancyNYC1
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nolacathie
    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.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mosquitos were not on the menu!
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Server Needs to be Trained
    CalWVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what t used to be
    Moflt
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surly Service, not worth drive
    trojanVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
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  • beautiful dinner on the terrace
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place just not last Sunda
    TeafreeVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner, even for gluten free
    chicindyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Dinner
    OutoftownfoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food. Understated
    dinger
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    excellent food. Understated wine list. very personable service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate