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
292 reviews since June 2, 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 (197)good for groups (125)hot spot (111)great for lunch (105)special occasion (86)notable wine list (60)neighborhood gem (57)vibrant bar scene (48)romantic (47)kid-friendly (32)great for brunch (21)late-night find (17)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • Something missing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was a little disappointed in the no. of entree selections. Mostly pizza and pasta. An Italian rest. should have veal. Fortunately the special of the day a seafood stew was a good entree selection and was very tasty. A good chicken roast would be good. Some good Italian veggie sides would be good. Broccolini for example.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My wife and I went for lunch. We had Crispy Veal Tongue for an appetizer. My wife had the pancetta pizza with fresh arugula. I had the dirty risotto. All the food was very good. We had a great waiter who was able to describe the different dishes. I have not had a great deal of success at other John Besh restaurants, but Domenica is worth going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pizza is fab!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The best thing about Domenica is the pizza -- I don't know if it's the greatest in the world, but it's certainly the best in New Orleans and the best I've ever had in the United States. The crust is so light and airy that it's weightless, and the toppings different from the usual pepperoni. I've tried several now, and have not had one I didn't like. We had a mushroom bruschetta as an appetizer (a special of the day), which was also a bit of heaven! Prices are extremely reasonable. I plan to make Domenica a dining habit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    sararachel
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We sampled several different items, including the watermelon feta salad, roasted cauliflower, roasted carrot pizza and butternut squash ravioli. For dessert we ordered the chocolate hazelnut pudding and shared a flight of their new "cellos"..we tried lemon cucumber, strawberry, orange fennel and mixed citrus. All fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great
    jake
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food and service. Resturant is noisy, but overall experience was worth the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great take on ital
    mojoetooVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Cauliflower is good as billed but beware it is a full head served along with a creamy dipping sauce so best as a shared appetizer for say a table of 4 or more. Pizza a must here. Slow cooked lamb shoulder really shined as did the duck liver pate. Reasonably priced chiefly italian wine list offers nice range of wines within most regions. On the return to list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edith
    Edith
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It was our first time to dine at Domenica, we enjoyed the food, excellent octopus carpaccio. Service was fast and wait staff was friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not that impressed
    AH24traveler
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I ate here with a group of friends on a recent visit to New Orleans because it had decent reviews and came recommended by a family member. We tried the kale upon other recommendations and it was wonderful. The pizza had a great crust - but I must say I wasn't impressed with the toppings. I'm Italian and I like a lot of flavor...the sausage, etc...just was really mild and bland. Not a bad meal...but definitely not my favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good pizza
    BrooklynBobVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This restaurant tries to be upscale but fails. Service is average. Tables are chipped and worn. Silverware comes wrapped in your napkin like a diner. It is very loud. But the pizza and pasta are very good. Food combinations are unusual but they work. In a town of Gumbo and Crayfish, a casual Italian restaurant is nice for a change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite places in Nola..
    snnATXVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I am very happy to have finally been able to eat at Domenica while visiting New Orleans. The food was excellent and the service was as well. We really enjoyed our meal and will have to make this a must on our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One thing to say:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Please order the roasted cauliflower, you won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Domenica at Domenicas
    Mangiamo
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and our server, Nicole, was nice, knowledgable and friendly. The place fills up quickly and gets loud from the din of conversation. It is very convenient and tasty for guests of the Roosevelt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    lovenola0217
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very good carrot / veggie pizza! So interesting Side salad also light and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza and Kale
    frequenttourist
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You have to try the fried Kale. All else is good, lasagna really good but kale is great. Always fun for people watching and a wine list with good variety (at least within Italy)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum
    JchaitVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This was a great restaurant. Itvwas our first meal in NOLA. No complaints. It might be too loud for some people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lamb shoulder melted in my mouth!
    JuneI
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Beautiful place, easy to find. Fantastic food, yum. Go to Domenica!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised.
    GreyWarden90
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was easy to find, good atmosphere to boot. We went at 5:15 and it was steady but not too busy; We went for my boyfriends birthday. Our service was spotty but decent but the food was good! I got the duck pasta, needed a little more flavor to it. My boyfriend got the traditional style lasagne and devoured it. His was a large portion and mine was decent sized. This was our first stop in New Orleans, I would say it was a good start off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible pies
    BlueDogMan
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The pizzas here are incredibly good. They use the freshest of ingredients and the flavor combinations blend together in perfect harmony. Be sure to stop in for their happy hour for half price pizzas and beer. A must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Service
    Becky
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was a "lunch hour lunch" so it was important to be able to make it back to the office within the hour. Not only did I receive the prompt seating & service I requested, via open table, but I also received a courteous & non intrusive server to which I was thankful. Service was given timely, courteously & professionally. My guest & myself were able to have a wonderful conversation & not feel rushed, even though we were in one. Excellent service! Where this restaurant is usually full at the time I went, it was not that day, which added to the pleasant experience even more since it was not as vibrant as it normally is. The food is always delicious, but that particular day, the service stood out to me more than the food. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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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    • 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
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.