209 Bourbon St.
New Orleans, LA 70130Neighborhood:
Creole / Cajun / SouthernPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.galatoires.com/
- Phone: 5045252021
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday; 12:00pm - 10:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, French
- Executive Chef: Michael Sichel
- Dress Code: Jacket Required
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
A word from Galatoire's Restaurant
The grand dame of New Orleans' old-line restaurants, Galatoire’s has remained committed to culinary excellence for more than a century. Under the guidance of the fourth generation of family ownership, it is her time-honored customs that still bind this renowned restaurant. Above all others, her rich tradition of serving authentic French Creole cuisine at a level that raises consistency to an art form. It is often said that the beauty of Galatoire’s is that things never change. Even after 100 years, ageless New Orleans favorites grace her menu just as they did in 1905.Continued
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Galatoire's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 28, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelEnergetic
special occasion (6)romantic (4)notable wine list (3)hot spot (3)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- It is the best restaurant in USADonMcNayVIPDined on 10/21/2014It is considered the best restaurant in the United States for good reason. A perfect experience for my wife's birthday. Jimmy, who runs the place, was at our table often and Ferrell our waiter, was part of the small army of people who took care of us. Prices were very good for a white cloth table of that caliber. I've written about it in national publications and will again. One of the best meals of my life. Don McNaySpecial Features:
- disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/19/2014We went to NOLA for our honeymoon. A friend recommended Galatoire's. First of all the service was excellent! Our server, Enio, was great. However, the food did not blow me away. We ordered a side of Au Gratin potatoes and they were a bit cold, but I'm sure tasted fantastic if they had been hot. We also had the Escargot appetizer and it was very tasty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Old New Orleans StandardttommyVIPDined on 10/15/2014A wonderful experience -- impeccable service; reasonable and wide ranging wine selection; fabulous food.Special Features:
- French Quarter GemRushVIPDined on 10/14/2014Galatoire's has an electric atmosphere ... old southern charm ... great service ... dreamy "hot" french bread ... and a fun place to spend time in the French Quarter. My food was 50% and I must have ordered incorrectly. Will try again ...Special Features:
- Tradition doesn't hold upWe8L8VIPDined on 10/11/2014Indifferent service to our table set the tone for the evening including the server "not understanding" one of our party as he mispronounced a french word and then correcting him. Service seemed like it might have been better for other tables. Food was average. While we were seated in the quiet upstairs, it was still so loud that we were shouting to talk to each other, drowned out by a bachelorette party and other loud adult parties in the large upstairs room. Even talking to the person seated next to me was difficult. Would not recommend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/4/2014One of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Beautiful old building and great food.Special Features:
- The following 130 reviews are from the Galatoire's Restaurant reviews archive.
- For the name, not that serious.OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/3/2012This is a place you take a group, because romance is not the scene here. For all the positive talk AND dress requirements about this place the food and atmosphere were only so - so.Special Features:
- I had not been back here inOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/14/2012I had not been back here in about 10 years (in New Orleans there are too many restaurants to pick from). The last time here I thought it was perhaps the best meal I had ever had. I cannot waver too far from that after this meal. If you want outstanding, melt in your mouth seafood, and extremely high-end service, give it a try. One notable distinguishing characteristic is that when you arrive they ask if you have a choice of waiter. Maybe I don't get around enough but I cannot recall another restaurant that has done that. I do not think it matters much because all the waiters are extremely professional. Overall, the best service we have had in quite some time. The restaurant is very expensive, however it is undeniably worth it!Special Features:
- Absolutely perfect but didn'tHawkeyeVIPDined on 10/12/2012Absolutely perfect but didn't know reservations were ONLY for the upstairs. Also the dress code, dating back to 1860, should be noted in the reservation. It is different than any NY or Paris restaurant.Special Features:
- Super service! Excellent food(escarOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/24/2012Super service! Excellent food(escargots, fois gras, delicious desserts). This New Orleans landmark restaurant hosts a wild and crazy lunch business on Friday! We had a quieter table upstairs which was perfect. Make reservations for this NOLA treasure.Special Features:
- Old New Orleans style! PutOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/19/2012Old New Orleans style! Put on your fancy hats and seersucker for a brunch to remember. Portions were generous and delicious.Special Features:
- Excellent service, menu limitedOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/18/2012Excellent service, menu limited but food good, loud and atmosphere not what I expected for the price.
- Don't bother with Galatoire'sOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/17/2012We were a party of 4 celebrating an anniversary. We had a 9 pm reservation, but had to wait until 9:20 to be seated. Then had to wait another 10 minutes before our very indifferent server appeared. She took our drink order and left. We were given a loaf of scorched bread I would never have served. There were no bread plates and when I asked for one the server told me Galatoire's doesn't use them but she supposed she could find one for me. She never did. The waiters went around filling water jugs in the middle of the table with water from other tables which hadn't been drunk. The lace curtains on the windows were dirty. The light fixture in the entryway is moldy and full of dead bugs. Food is boring, service poor, noise extreme
- My water glass was never empty,OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/12/2012My water glass was never empty, and I drink fast, and the place was packed! Our server was very attentive to our wants/needs, especially considering how busy it was. Food was great, and in pretty decent sized portions too, bigger than I expected considering how little most plates are at up-scale restaurants in the quarter.Special Features:
- Food is always wonderful,OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/1/2012Food is always wonderful, service was poor and uncaring. We prefer to sit upstairs where we can hear each other and have a conversation. Downstairs is just too loud.Special Features:
- This place is famous and historicOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 6/17/2012This place is famous and historic in its own right which automatically makes it a tourist trap I suppose. However, I really enjoyed Galatoire's. Mentioned in A Streetcar Named Desire, and a favorite haunt of the author, Tennessee Williams, this restaurant is filled with history. The service was excellent, everyone in the South is super friendly, helpful and sweet. I ordered the Seafood au Gratin. All I can say is that I was blown away. This dish was unbelievable. Rich and full of flavor, I loved it. For dessert, we ordered a black bottom pecan pie with caramel. OMG.
- The food was good and theOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/18/2012The food was good and the location was memorable. I would only recommend this restaurant for its historic value only. Way overpriced.
- NO native visiting from outMonkeyManDined on 5/4/2012NO native visiting from out of town these days. I ALWAYS go to Galatoire's when I visit if I can. My personal favorite in New Orleans for years. Service is over the top if you want it, low key if you want it.. Food is always exceptional. I've been here many times over a 20 year period. Don't see something you like on the menu? They will make you literally anything you want.. and they serve warm Leidenheimer french bread with every meal.. displaced New Orleans folk know what I'm talking about.. One of the few place in the quarter that locals always go.. Reliable, incredible experience every single time. Can't wait till my next visit.Special Features:
- Always a favorite place topopeyes74Dined on 5/2/2012Always a favorite place to dine in New Orleans. Beautiful setting, great food, and terrific wait staff.Special Features:
- Only classy restaurant leftOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/28/2012Best restaurant in New O hands down. Class. Seems to be all that is left sad but at least galatoire's is still there:)Special Features:
- Old school New Orleans. TheOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 3/31/2012Old school New Orleans. The downstairs dining room is a throw-back. You must wear a jacket to dine on the first floor. The trout is amazing.Special Features:
- As good as ever but the noisePickydixieVIPDined on 3/24/2012As good as ever but the noise is deafening. Not a relaxing meal but a very good one and fun for people watching.Special Features:
- What can you say about Galatoire's?OpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 2/4/2012What can you say about Galatoire's? It's been their forever ... has a large clientele of NON-tourists as well as the tourists trying to get in. It's noisy ... and a little expensive ... but a must do on your list. Food was fabulous ... waiters very attentive.Special Features:
- Galatoire's lives up to itsnorthernvirginiadinerDined on 1/5/2012Galatoire's lives up to its reputation as a classic New Orleans restaurant. The fish was superbly prepared; everything was good.Special Features:
- We were really looking forwardBarryDined on 11/15/2011We were really looking forward to our meal. It did not live up to our expectations.Beautiful and historic place.
- Do it NowRegularsFromPhillyVIPDined on 11/13/2011This is one of the old war horses of the New Orleans French Quarter restaurant scene, which is saying quite a lot. I've eaten here many times over a 40 year period whenever I visit the city, and it is a getting a bit tired, a bit "typical," a bit over-touristed. But, hey, if they changed it it would ruin it. Everything about Galatoire's must remain frozen in time, even the waiters. Galatoire's does excellent food, service is obsequious, be prepared to pay and then just enjoy yourself. If you've never eaten this level of New Orleans cuisine, do so while you have the chance. This can't last forever.Special Features:
- We thought the food was fine.RushedDined on 10/8/2011We thought the food was fine. We were there on a Saturday night. They sang happy birthday, happy anniversary, happy upcoming marriage, happy whatever to almost every table. Once in an evening one can excuse to bad manners. Twelve times during one dinner is like a place for tour busses. No fun!
- Was there for Friday lunch...whatpenelopeVIPDined on 9/30/2011Was there for Friday lunch...what a great scene! Not a seat empty, the food was very good as was the service...but the fun was being part of a years long NOLA tradition.Special Features:
- Great restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/17/2011The crab salad apetizer was absolutely awesome!!!!!Special Features:
- Well, I guess it's a classic,OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/25/2011Well, I guess it's a classic, but compared to some of today's restaurants it should be out of business by now. The waiter was slow, the place was loud, but what we went there for was the food; and it was not worth it. I guess traditional New Orleans cuisine is food with a ton of sloppy sauce on it. The flavor was the flovor of the sauce, the consistency was the consistency of the sauce. Nothing memorable, nothing I would go back for. If you're reading this review, take your money to a modern New Orleans restaurant. I still remember the shrimp I got at one of Emeril's. No pleasant memories at Galitore's.Special Features:
- If you arrive a bit early,OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/24/2011If you arrive a bit early, you may find yourself waiting in the tight foyer since they will not serve you early. My guests were late but the waitor was kind and keep checking on me to make sure I wasn't in need of anything. I'll return!Special Features:
- Ambiance, attentive service,OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 5/3/2011Ambiance, attentive service, historical gem, great food - an all together wonderful place for a "dress up" lunch in New Orleans.Special Features:
- It was definitely deliciousNickm19VIPDined on 3/16/2011It was definitely delicious and the service was amazing. But it was not as memorable as I was hoping. For all the hype and the price of this place I was really hoping for something different. The steak was good and cooked perfectly, but that was expected... I was hoping for something over the top.Special Features:
- Landmark in Need of Updated MenuLoveVinRougeDined on 2/18/2011It is a New Orleans landmark and the food was ok. It may be time to update the menu and quality of food as there are so many great restaurants in New Orleans that I would return to before trying this one again.
- Skip this Nola "fave"OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 1/4/2011Oh, goodness. Talk about a restaurant past its prime. The food was a mess. The waiter fished a fly out of our wine with a spoon and expected us still to drink it. It's an institution, but I'm not going back. Try Arnaud's for Nola flavor, but classier and excellent service.
- You go to Galatoire's forOpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 12/31/2010You go to Galatoire's for the experience (and the alcohol), NOT the food. Period. That's fine, because if--like most patrons there from certain ladies who lunch to seasoned priests to oiled politicians--you have 2+ martinis, you won't even remember the food. You will, remember, however that no experience in NOLA compares with Friday lunch at Galatoire's!
- this is the third time thatOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 12/29/2010this is the third time that we received the entree approximately 15 minutes before the sides. Also the waiter changed what we ordered to what he thought we should get. Have dined there at least fifteen times and the last four times were a disaster. Will not go back again. The historic good food good service of this establishment is gone.
- Galatoire's is always a greatOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/19/2010Galatoire's is always a great place to eat. I've never been disappointed in the food and enjoyed a day out with the girls.Special Features:
- Everyone must eat at Galatoire'sOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 12/2/2010Everyone must eat at Galatoire's at least once in his or her life, for they offer classic New Orleans cuisine and excellent service. The gumbo is to die for- so rich, and even the salads are delicious with giant lumps of crab. The food is not as fancy as one might expect, but it is simple, delicious, and fresh.Special Features:
- Wouldn't recommend leavingOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/11/2010Wouldn't recommend leaving NOLA without going here!