Galatoire's Restaurant
Galatoire's Restaurant

Galatoire's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.galatoires.com/
  • Phone: (504) 525-2021
  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Iberville
  • Parking: Public Lot
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.
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Galatoire's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (20)fit for foodies (12)notable wine list (10)good for groups (9)romantic (8)hot spot (8)neighborhood gem (8)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent service, impeccable food!
    IXLR8
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    It has been 20+ years since my last visit and I can attest the food and service are the best New Orleans has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A classic New Orleans restsurant
    EdieVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Very classy. Men have to wear jackets. Not fancy looking. Food very good quality. Had the duck. Was absolutely delicious. Mocha pan a cotta for dessert so yummy. Even my Brandy Alexander was delicious. Definitely reccomend this place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School New Orleans dining.
    JeffinTXVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    This is one of the well-known New Orleans "Old School" restaurants that should be on your list. Always busy, with years of great food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    gregxVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I've been to new Orleans dozens of times and somehow missed this place. Charming decor, professional and friendly staff combined with incredible food. Cocktails were also first class and well prepared.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Brave
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Galatoire's is New Orleans. It is the old south and the new south all rolled into one. A beautiful dining experience from the moment you walk in until you leave. The entire staff provides an atmosphere in which the patron feels as though he or she is appreciated and they sincerely care that you receive the best food and service possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful as usual!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Wonderful food, service, atmosphere!! A+ as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resting on it's Laurels
    LaneBVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This spot has been around for decades but is not delivering a dining experience worthy of that longevity. The food is average and the jacket requirement for men is the only thing that separates it from many tourist spots. It is extremely noisy and singing happy birthday three times during our dinner didn't help. We wouldn't go back when so many other great choices exist in NOLA.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic as always
    bamarph
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    After 2 meals in "Top 10" NOLA restaurants, Saturday lunch at always superb Galatoires was head and shoulders above these pretenders. Milk Punch started us off, before the Fried Eggplant sticks and Crabmeat Maison. Just preludes to our entrees, Fish Meunière Almondine but 3 of us each had a different fish. My choice was Speckled Trout, another chose Pompano, and the last was a Redfish version. Each felt their choice was the best. My wife opted for the Crab Au Gratin. Two sides were plenty for our foursome, Spinach Rockefeller and Potatoes Brabant were a match for the seafood. Our regular waiter had his usual reserved seat at the Alabama vs LSU football game, so we missed John. Though younger, Chris was outstanding. He served & entertained.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I was looking forward to a quiet evening with old friends in a highly rated New Orleans restaurant. What was encountered was an extremely loud atmosphere where nary a hint of conversation could be had among our small group. If I would have wanted such an experience I could just have easily gone into a nearby bar or frat house. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cindy
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    One of the best meals we had in New Orleans! People were super friendly and the food was simply scrumptious! Definitely will recommend this to friends who travel to the Big Easy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic
    foodguyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Food is very good but not exciting. You go here for the old New Orleans ambiance.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good experience
    Nadia82
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been coming to this restaurant since I was 9 years old. It never disappoints and I come back every time I visit the Big Easy. Great food, good memories, friendly staff... Good times
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, really snobby service
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Hadn't been here in years, and the food was better than ever. However, we went for Sunday lunch and it was obvious that they pandered to their regular customers to the exclusion of visitors. We were totally ignored and unacknowledged for at least 15 minutes with no water, silverware, or napkins on our table while the "regulars" were quickly attended to and had drinks. We had to flag down the maitre de to ask for water and service. This is clearly a place where the regulars dominate. I understand the hometown favoritism, but don't ignore outside diners when you have accepted a reservation for them. Once we were served, however, the food was outstanding. Do not miss the bread pudding or the soft shell crabs if they are in season.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but
    tracy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was very wwell prepared if not, in the end, hugely interesting. Additionnally, I should think that the bouillabaisse (very nice broth) should have the rouille and toasted bread served separately (as it was the bread is soggy by the time it gets to you) and that the bowls must be heated (broth is lukewarm). Pointed this out and got a non-committal grunt from the waiter.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It is the best restaurant in USA
    DonMcNayVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It 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 McNay
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We 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:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Old New Orleans Standard
    ttommyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A wonderful experience -- impeccable service; reasonable and wide ranging wine selection; fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Quarter Gem
    RushVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Galatoire'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:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tradition doesn't hold up
    We8L8VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Indifferent 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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the best restaurants in New Orleans. Beautiful old building and great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 130 reviews are from the Galatoire's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • For the name, not that serious.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    This 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:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had not been back here in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2012
    I 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:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely perfect but didn't
    HawkeyeVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Absolutely 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super service! Excellent food(escar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Super 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:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old New Orleans style! Put
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2012
    Old New Orleans style! Put on your fancy hats and seersucker for a brunch to remember. Portions were generous and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service, menu limited
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Excellent service, menu limited but food good, loud and atmosphere not what I expected for the price.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't bother with Galatoire's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    We 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My water glass was never empty,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is always wonderful,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2012
    Food 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:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is famous and historic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    This 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    The food was good and the location was memorable. I would only recommend this restaurant for its historic value only. Way overpriced.
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  • NO native visiting from out
    MonkeyMan
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    NO 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a favorite place to
    popeyes74
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    Always a favorite place to dine in New Orleans. Beautiful setting, great food, and terrific wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only classy restaurant left
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/28/2012
    Best 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:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old school New Orleans. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    Old 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:
    vibrant bar scene, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as ever but the noise
    PickydixieVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    As good as ever but the noise is deafening. Not a relaxing meal but a very good one and fun for people watching.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What can you say about Galatoire's?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    What 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Galatoire's lives up to its
    northernvirginiadiner
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    Galatoire's lives up to its reputation as a classic New Orleans restaurant. The fish was superbly prepared; everything was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were really looking forward
    Barry
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    We were really looking forward to our meal. It did not live up to our expectations.Beautiful and historic place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do it Now
    RegularsFromPhillyVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2011
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate