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Domenica Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.domenicarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@chefjohnbesh.com
  • Phone: (504) 648-6020
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alon Shaya
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Canal Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Domenica
Domenica is a contemporary and inviting Italian restaurant that creates regional Italian dishes with southern and middle eastern influences. The cuisine combines Chef Alon Shaya's Israeli heritage and love of local ingredients with a menu that reflects his time spent cooking and living in the small towns of northern Italy. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Loved the Roosevelt Hotel, however I ordered the wrong dish. Have decided I will never again even try any kind of fried chicken. It sounded good with rice flour ( gluten free was good for me). It did not seem crispy and I will never eat fried chicken again - I can not get into the skin. The mix of orange rind, sweet,with rosemary just did not work for me. Pizza looked good, however no gluten free crust. Service was good, not spectacular."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I went here twice over the weekend - Saturday for happy hour with friends, and Sunday for lunch with my family. Happy hour had half-off prices on their pizzas and wine/beer/certain cocktails. My three friends and I shared the proscuitto pizza, roasted cauliflower, and pork pastry appetizer (name?). All were delicious! The service was great - drinks kept coming and we didn't wait long for our food. On Sunday, I had lunch with my husband and 2 teens. We were starving - we had the white pizza and the Quattro fromagio pizza, and the roasted cauliflower for appetizer. I was surprised that my kids liked the cauliflower! The goat cheese sauce was perfect dip for it. Everything was great - nice change from the typical NOLA cuisine"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "This was my second trip to NOLA and my second visit to Domenico! The wine and beer selection is satisfactory and affordable. The menu offerings are unique and every dish my family and I have tried have been excellent. Try any one of the pizzas ... crispy crust and creative topping combinations make Domenico pizza the best! Service is excellent and friendly."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "my wife and i went for happy hour and we couldn't have been happier. such great food. we loved the garlic knot appetizer we ordered it twice! great pizza selection, cocktails, and beer. such a good choice!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Domenica is and has alway been one of our favorite places. I love the risotto (not on the menu but sometimes they will make it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Best Happy Hour in NOLA. Make a reservation and enjoy a late afternoon treat or two! Our typical bill is around $32-36 and that is for a pizza, couple glasses of wine, couple beers, and we usually splurge on a dessert because it is soooo worth it!!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Am a local- This is one of those restaurants that' always on the local food forums, we just never got around to it - thought we would give it a try before the Opera. We were certainly surprised. It's all one large dining room/bar, completely open. Large, ugly room. When we went (6:15), it was filled with 30-35 y.o. crowd; extremely loud and boisterous. Place smelled like burnt pizza from the time you walked in until left. We were completely over dressed and stood out; the majority of patrons were in jeans or shorts. On line looks upscale, in person, it's just a fancy pizza parlor. Wine list easily 25% more expensive than other restaurants. So - noisy, unattractive, limited menu, quite pricey for what it actually offers. Avoid."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "OMG that pizza is fantastic. That KALE is divine! Everything on the menu is just wonderful."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Great little find when looking for classic Italian food that has a little bit of a twist to it. Using unique ingredients that send your taste buds soaring and pizza's that are to die for."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Three of us arrived for drinks and pizza. Loved everything about the food, but the noise level is nuts. Be prepared to eat, not to chat."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great service - we loved our lunch and enjoyed meeting Chef Alon."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We always get the roasted cauliflower. Usually also enjoy one of the pizzas but this time we just have drinks and appetizer -- the cauliflower!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable lunch this past Thursday. I have eaten at Domenica several times in the past. Always a pleasant experience, although at times I do find the noise level a bit too much. Our waiter, Desmond, was excellent and made the visit very nice.."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "First of all, happy hour (seven days a week) is what makes it easy for us to frequent this place, with half off pizza, wine, beer. It's close proximity to the Smoothie King Arena makes it a choice spot for us before Pelicans games, and we enjoy the short walk. My advice to anyone is don't be afraid to try anything on the menu - they know what they're doing, and I haven't tasted anything yet that I didn't like."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Tremendous restaurant located in a very upscale hotel. Limited menu on the entrée side but a great mix of pizzas, pastas and sides. Had dinner there our first night at the hotel and ordered up pizzas our last night we were there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service. What more could you ask for. Pizza's are wonderful."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Who doesn't love carbs? We had the smoked pork pizza and small plates of the Tagliatelle with rabbit & porcini, and the Gnocchi. We were hungry but not crazy hungry and we managed to only have 2 slices of pizza left over. Honestly, this was the best place we ate at in New Orleans (better than Stella! but a different vibe too)."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our server was slower than a turtle! Never heard a word she said because she talked SO low. Always had to wait over 10-15 minutes for a drink..didn't even refill the bottle of water for our table. The food is always amazing!! One of my favorite places in NOLA!! But if your going for a romantic lunch/dinner..don't!! Super loud..and has been everytime we eat there. I only go back for the food.."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything John Besh touches turns to gold. We eat at a lot of restaurants in NOLA and this is one of our very favorites! We have been here a number of times and it is an absolute must. John's catering company catered our wedding and we have gone to many of his restaurants. We love everything he does, but this is an inventive standout."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I've been to Domenica many times, mostly in groups of 4 or 6. Every time the food is good, but usually the service is slow. The servers are stood around chatting or later at night getting ready to clear up, but not attending to the tables. Last night we waited so long for the check we went up to the bar ourselves! However, I wish I could remember the name of one girl that served us a few Fridays ago as she was very helpful and perfectly attentive to our table. Now to the food. Pizza is always great. Fried Tuscan Kale is so good that we always wish we had ordered one more than we did for the party. My friend recommended the Redfish on parsnip purée and last night it was fabulous. It's also great for late night dining."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We dined at Domenica's at 4PM. The hotel is magnificent and brings one back to the elegance of the 30's/40's. The restaurant was cleverly decorated to fit the city. The menu was outstanding and appealed to different palates. It was perhaps the best dining experience we had in New Orleans!"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I was in New Orleans for a business meeting and decided to take in Domenica for an early dinner. August is my favorite restaurant in NOLA so I wanted to see what Chef Besh and team had done with a more casual restaurant. The setting, Roosevelt Hotel is one of the best in town. The decor is terrific. The noise level is very comfortable. Adam was our waiter. He was terrific. Lot's of energy and great recommendations. The food---simply amazing. Had the Tempura Cauliflower and the Pickled Beet Brochette. Perfect appetizers. THen had a half-and half pizza. GREAT pizza. I don't know of many places you can have a very nice dinner in NOLA for $23+tip. Great job to the Chef Besh team!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Husband and I took our 2 kids and took advantage of Happy Hour, which includes 1/2 price drinks AND half price pizza. The food was fantastic for the price. The pizzas are huge and delicious. And the younger child was able to get plain spaghetti, which was an important option. Be sure to ask for a side order of the Burrata (biscuits). I was pleasantly surprised by how kid-friendly Domenica was. The atmosphere is upscale, but it is a loud, bustling restaurant, so I didn't feel pressure to make the kids be quiet as mice."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The menu and food preparation and ambience of Domenica is fine. Service often spoils Chef John Besh's wonderful restaurants. Server attitude and more caused problems this visit. Otherwise, the whole table loved the food and experience."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "went to domenica for a late lunch, the food was outstanding but the services was poor. restaurant nearly empty however we had to ask several times to have our water filled, drinks took nearly 20 minutes to arrive and when asked about items on the menu were told by server michael about items on the pizzas that he wasnt sure about the ingredient but the pizza was "pretty good" we should try it. 2 of the 5 at our table ordered soup for starters and it was luke warm at best. would have sent it back but was concerned about the time it would take to order another. salads, cauliflower and pizzas were very good.....not just pretty good. for a john besh restaurant we expected a higher caliber of service."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great service, really quick for lunch and of course delicious food! I have to come back to try the pizzas!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Get the Roasted Cauliflower, you won't be disappointed. The only reason I didn't give an overall of 5 stars is because the service can be a little slow. Very friendly and knowledgeable servers, but overall food got to the table a little slowly, especially since we were dining between lunch and dinner and were one of only a few eating people at the restaurant at the time. But would go back in a heartbeat, love it."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I was immediately greeted upon my arrival. The hostess was adorable and ready to guide myself and my mother to our reserved table. Our server was prompt and efficient. There were two servers which leads me to believe it is head and lead service. My mother is from out if town South Florida West Palm Beach and was excited to try new food items. The cauliflower was so delicious, the salad with the butter but squash was also very good, a bit bitter but over all very good and the wild mushroom pizza with the oe egg was totally amazing. The dinning experience over all was excellent and I will definitly dine here again. Thank you and your staff for a fantastic lunch, service, and overall awesome time. Tiffany Peacock"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This place is a great find in the downtown area!! Foods great, service is awesome and the atmosphere is very urbanized but yet sophisticated!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We didn't realize it was going to be so noisy. But we enjoyed the food experience. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The waiter suggested the goat. I was a little apprehensive but it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We were two senior couples visiting on a Friday night. We thoroughly enjoyed our food,the service,the decor and the location...the downside is the exceedingly high noise level.We are not hard of hearing but it was difficult to have a conversation at times.Otherwise I would rate this a 5/5...Some acoustical modifications would make this a great experience."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My wife and I came for happy hour and it was outstanding. All of the food was delicious and most impressive to look at."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great server named Annie. Also David Simon was there."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Went for dinner with friends, and while they loved their meals, my husband's and mine shared pizza crust was too dry. This place is busy, mostly young people, the noise level is high. Dinner off the bare table with place mats made of paper menu gave impression of a cafeteria, not a dinner establishment. I asked for a glass of red wine of the waitress' choice, she brought something tasting like Chianti, the receipt said Pinot Noir. Maybe LA has different grapes?"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Just tried to have too much of it. salad was very good, pizza great, but we should have left room for the pasta (oxtail/ chicken livers with spinach wide pasta). Will definitely recomend."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious, the server was lovely. She picked the perfect wine match for my squid ink pasta. (Which was surprisingly "warm" with spice--not hot, just delightfully warm). The small size of this rich dish suited me as I followed it with dessert and a latte. Very nice."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food was wonderful! Great appetizers, salads, and entrees."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Everything was amazing, as always. Reservations are definitely the way to go here though. We walked right past a ton of people waiting."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was sublime and the server was very accommodating in adding a special side (the fantastic Tuscan Kale) to my sandwich order. Because we went early at 11:30 am the noise level was lower than usual. (And the noise level is my only complaint against this wonderful restaurant) So I shall return (and often) and just go at the same early time."
    Dined on 3/7/2014