Domenica
Domenica

Domenica

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5046486020x
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Domenica reviews from OpenTable diners
297 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (198)good for groups (122)great for lunch (115)hot spot (112)special occasion (89)notable wine list (60)vibrant bar scene (55)neighborhood gem (55)romantic (50)kid-friendly (27)great for brunch (22)late-night find (19)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Excellent innovative
    antiquetravlerVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Being from New Haven, CT, the pizza capital of the world we had to try Dominica. It is fantastic we started with the cauliflower which is a must!! Out if this world. Eggplant !! Lasagna!! and the pizza. Wow NO has it going on. The waiter was excellent. Never made it to dessert way too full. Absolutely loved it highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Domenicas just ok
    LhpfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    With all the amazing restaurants in New Orleans this was not worth it. Menu was limited, atmosphere not all that comfortable, food just ok. I would not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    this is a great place for food and fun the waiters are great service is the same but overall its the food. A wonderful dining experience, the chef is magic with his flavors and style. a must try is the fried Kale and the carrot appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    ps139
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Dolmenica was great. Service was fantastic and food great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hungry grams
    HungryGrams
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Very noisy - service slow - food great especially fried kale - pasta portions small
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will come back!
    Brmd
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Service was really terrific and the food exceeded our high expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EateverywhereVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Small menu but what they do they do very well. Makes for a great evening when food and service come together. Dessert was equally impressive, hope that the Besh empire expands.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was not disappointed
    sharshon
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was dining alone, which often means I'm all but ignored by servers. My server at Domenica was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious. The roasted cauliflower with feta whip was amazing. The tagliatelle was perfectly cooked and the sauce, with rabbit and mushrooms, was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. terrible service
    borgne
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We usually love this place, but lately the service is terrible. I had to ask the server to remove plates, get us place settings, extra plates, and finally had to grab another server to get her attention as she was so busy chatting she couldn't see me from 5 feet away waving my arms to try and get her to bring our check. This place has nothing for kids other than a full adult pizza. I dont know any child under 10 :-) who could eat that much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Be amazed.
    Goldiefrocks
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was totally unprepared for how FABULOUS this meal would be. We had been eating our way through the city, and this one STILL was a hands down standout! We started with remarkable beer/wine and a mortadella and anchovie pizza. Profess your aversion to anchovies all you want, but HOLY MOLY that pizza was sublime! After the first bite we looked at each other and agreed this was the BEST PIZZA EVER! Everything was FANTASTIC, but we especially enjoyed the squid ink pasta with blue crab. Flavor and texture were just out of this world. Amanda was a delightful server. Value was excellent. Atmosphere is lively. Put it on your list, it's definitely on mine! Will drive the 3 hours just to eat there again...soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale pizza
    Chuck
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Restaurant tries to be more than it is. Some winners besides some failed attempts. Stick with the pizza and you won't be unhappy. Eggplant was excellent, but rosotto was mealy and a definite miss. Relatively loud and expensive if you order wine by the glass.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Domenica bad service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was good but service was cold and unfriendly. The waiter was a stocky white older fellow with a sour macho attitude. He rush us to order and never checked on us. The food was however really good and portions were big. The room was nicely decorate but the acoustics was terrible it needed some noise cancellation material because the noise level was at such a high decibel that you have to yell to talk to your party. We were celebrating a birthday and our first meal in nola and this place did not provide us with that famous southern hospitality. I would not go back as service was rude and unfriendly. They are plenty places in nola with good food and good services.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kale is decadent & addictive!
    Jimmy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Yummy. The best roasted cauliflower & whipped goat cheese and flash fried kale. Ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food & service!
    pizzaluvsVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went during happy hour with a group of 12 and everyone enjoyed their pizza and drinks (especially since it was all 1/2 off). Ordered almost every pizza on the menu and there were no complaints. Our server was also great. Very attentive, fun, and kind enough to split our bill as requested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On a gentle slope
    Quatsch
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Domenica has been great. Each successive visit is a reminder of that, though one has to work progressively harder to uncover an aspect or two which remain equal to earlier times. Surprises still can be discovered, but something new gets lost every visit. No mushroom soup (absolutely phenomenal when it existed), then no any soup; even the menu has shrunk. Pity. Real shame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic Lunch
    GeneBP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We found Dominica on our last trip to NOLA, and were very pleased. We returned and the service, food, and atmosphere was again wonderful. This is a "must" on our NOLA food tour from now on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another Great Dining Experience
    AbitaGuy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have been to Domenica several times, but this was the first visit for my lady friend. She and I enjoyed it very much. We started with a watermelon salad with arugula and goat cheese. We then split a pizza. I already knew how great the pizzas are from my previous visits, but my lady friend raved how good it was, saying "This is the best pizza that I have ever had!" We finished our meal with a wonderful dessert. The name escapes me, but it was a pastry stuffed with a sweet goat cheese and apples. Yummmm! We had a window seat overlooking the beautiful Jesuit Church and a very pleasant waitress. My only complaint about Domenica is that it tends to be noisy (the reason for 4 stars instead of 5). I highly recommend Domenica.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    XtineM
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Such an amazing meal here. Visited NOLA and went here for dinner. Service was awesome and food even better. Loved the modern feel of the restaurant. Would absolutely come here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always great
    Lacouple5
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Another great meal before the Saints game. Quick caring service, combined with delicious food and delightful drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely worth a visit
    Jsfoodie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went to domenica on a quiet weeknight (and early) with a picky teenager. We all loved our food. I had the watermelon salad which was really good. We had the following entrees: lasagna, risotto and tagliatelle. I got the small portion of risotto which was plenty, a bit rich and filling. My husband and son both cleaned their plates. The service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went here a few weeks ago and loved everything. This time the pizza crust was soggy and the service was awful. Our waiter seemed all about the table next to us and we were very much an afterthought. The shoddy service really affected our enjoyment of the meal. After our first vist I told a bunch of people how great the reastaurant was but I guess it depends on your server. I will probably go back but I will make sure I don't get that guy again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    ABottleofRed
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enjoyed dinner. The appetizers were great as was the pizza. Entrees were also excellent although one pasta was too salty. We would return next trip to NOLA
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum yum
    DLEqui
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed our 8th visit to Domenica. We tried the eggplant starter, which was outstanding. And as always, the pizza was delicious. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza worth your last meal!
    AnnAsproVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After having discussed what is the best pizza in the city, Domenica's special - squash blossom and goat cheese - won without contest. We ordered it on a curious whim, but were delighted and couldn't believe our taste buds. With the complex flavors and thin crust it took every ounce of strength to savor and not devour. The wait person who guided us was charming and not pushy at all but it might have been her compelling description that made our decision and we are happy about that.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great meal
    Katie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Domenica is loud, but the food and service are great. I've never had a bad meal there. Pizzas are good, of course, but the small plates, pastas, and entrees are noteworthy too. I love the meat and cheese board with the savory beignets. Good wine list. Our servers were very patient with my 5 year old son who was with me. They treated him like he was an important diner. My only complaint, besides the noise, is that the small plates and pastas seem overpriced. I suspect that's because Domenica is in a hotel and has a pretty significant tourist population of diners at dinner. Overall, though, it's a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST
    Jbush
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Dominica is absolutely my FAVORITE restaurant in the whole world!!!!! I could not imagine ever again coming to Nola and not eating here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizzas & Salad
    EnjoyNewOrleans
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The clam pizza remains a favorite. We have not been in a while and they added a couple of Chardonnays which my wife appreciated. The restaurant will inspire to learn more about Italian wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Really enjoyed the dining experience. Food was amazing. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Domenica Delightful
    cheekykali
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I loved every ounce of what I ate: octopus carpaccio, squid ink tagliolini, the fennel sausage and pork with salsa verde half-and-half pizza, and topped it off with peach cake with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream. It was all phenomenal! The drinks are small, but superb, and the awesome waiter we had was fantastic as well. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Domenica a hit!
    Grits
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Domenica. After an afternoon at Galatoire's on a fabulous Friday, we were far from famished, so the lighter fare at Domenica was perfect. It's John Besh's Italian effort in the Roosevelt, so the walk through the truly magnificent hotel lobby is a highlight. Our server was wonderful and guided us through the menu choices and helped us build a pizza for two that hit the spot. The watermelon salad was perfect and the pappardele was delicious. The Sazerac Bar next door looked inviting. We'll make that the first stop next time. Overall, one of our best meals in a weekend filled with great meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before game meal
    jmoore78
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Booked meal at Domenica prior to Saints game that evening. Extremely convenient inside The Roosevelt Hotel and our third or fourth dining experience with them. Service was prompt, helpful, professional and pleasant. Wine choices were excellent. Restaurant was busy, full and active. My wife and I shared an appetizer of the roasted eggplant, which was outstanding, and fennel sausage / carrot and beet pizza. Both were delicious and well prepared to order. Waitress was very responsive to questions about passing dishes and general conversation as desired.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!!
    Luv2EatWellVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Perfect spot for a foodie. Wish you guys were in the DC area. Your look and fell would work well in our region. I'd definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with besh
    NolaGirl
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Excellent seasonal offerings, great service and the fudge cookies at the end- to die for!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Keith
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good place to try if you're looking for something a little different than mainstream food. There are several "different" items on the menu that taste great, but a little different. I definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pizza is okay
    LinusVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went on a recommendation. The pizza is good but no better than other gourmet pizza restaurants in out neighborhood in CA. The panzanella salad croutons were soaked in oil and made the salad inefible. The pappardelle pasta with the pork meatballs was also inefible due too much oil and butter that congealed on the plate. The meatballs were extremely salty. I would not go back nor recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food; but too noisy
    Chuck
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have had lunch at Domenica several times and always had a great meal. Unusual selections with great appetizers. We are disappointed that Domenica has not addressed the noise level. The restaurant was still busy at 1pm and finally quieted down around 1:30. People must not be concerned with the noise....it was crowded! We ordered a pizza to take to our room for later and we were disappointed in the quality...almost no toppings, over-cooked (burned), and not enough cheese. This is a "pizza place" so why not make a great pizza for the high price. There are many other restaurants in New Orleans that are just as good (many better) that have a better ambiance ie Bayona.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best ever
    way2good
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The combination of flavors and flare of the food was incredible. Everything we ordered was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Domenica 2014
    vacay
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our server wasn't very friendly, and it was hard to get information from her (we asked about Happy Hour specials, but had to use our phone to look up the answers on the website because she wasn't very clear, it seemed like we made her angry, but that is why we came for pizza at that time of day); however, the Happy Hour pizzas (half off 4-7pm) was worth it. Cool beer selection too. We tried the Rebirth Pale Ale and LA 31. A few pieces of our pizza was burnt, and had no cheese on it, but the other pieces were still pretty tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lasagna = Amazing!!!
    IndaB
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was outstanding. I had the lasagna - AMAZING!!! We had a large group, and we were accommodated rather quickly!! Will return!! The noise level is a little high, but we adjusted and had a great evening!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sachathegourmand
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Basically excellent but sudden chute in crowded evenings. Avoid Friday and Saturday nights
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic