Galvez Restaurant
Galvez Restaurant

Galvez Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://galvezrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (504) 595-3400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 3pm. Daily Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm.

    Special Events Anytime!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Chef Laura Cedillo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Dancing, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have three beautiful rooms, each with its distinct ambiance. The Atrium Ballroom can hold up to 100 Guests. The Casa Roja can seat up to 140 Guests, and the Galvez Room can seat up to 30. For parties of 125-275, the entire venue can be booked out for your event. Contact us today for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call or email events@galvezrestaurant.com for more information
  • Private Party Contact: Tara K. Cartner 504-595-3400x
  • Special Events: Tango Night is every third Sunday of the month

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dumaine and Decatur
  • Public Transit: #3 Dumaine Street stop on the Riverfront Streetcar Line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking Validated for 2 hours with Purchase of $50 or more
A word from Galvez Restaurant
Amazing River Front View with delicious Spanish and Creole Cuisine and Tapas!

Perched above Dutch Alley along the river, what you will find at Galvez is an infusion of traditional Spanish and Creole cooking techniques. Chef Laura Cedillo's unique menu showcases the freshest and highest quality of local ingredients, beautifully orchestrated in simple, yet elegant dishes with flavors that compliment each other.

Our view of the New Orleans waterfront is incomparable, and is the perfect setting to a leisurely dinner, happy hour with friends, or any special event. Our Atrium Ballroom is well known and loved throughout the city, spanning 50 years of New Orleans memories. It is the perfect setting for Wedding Receptions, Company Receptions and Holiday events.

Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner along the moon lit river, or a special event with your nearest and dearest, Galvez Restaurant is that special place in the French Quarter to visit.
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Galvez Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (55)romantic (40)special occasion (31)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (20)neighborhood gem (16)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Best food we had in New Orleans
    drcoyote
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We were in New Orleans for 4 nights, and this was easily our favorite place (our last night there). We ordered off the tapas and soup menu only and everything we had was great. The food was a good blend of Spanish and southern cuisine, and wasn't salty like the Cajun/creole/southern cuisine at the other restaurants we tried. Also the dining area is all on the 2nd floor, and a view of the river is right outside. Next time we visit New Orleans again we will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gigi
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Fabulous food and the view of the river is stunning !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous view, great paella
    lbairn
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This location, the original home of Bella Luna, sits on the Mississippi River and has a gorgeous view, especially at sundown. Most tables have a nice view, too, but the table in the corner in the back is especially romantic. I was not expecting to be impressed by the food, but the paella was stellar...some of the best I've ever had. The paella de carne is probably not traditional, but the ham, chicken, and chorizo combination was superb. The service was OK, but not up to New Orleans standards...probably a little understaffed. Wine list is limited. Two decent Cavas. Sangria may be a little too sweet. The avocado and salsa fresca salad is simple and remarkably good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great tapas
    KPorterVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    After a week of eating typical NO food we were ready for a change and something light. We 4 enjoyed crab and corn bisque which was seasoned to perfection; shrimp ceviche, chicken empanadas with jalapeño sauce, albondigas, and crab cakes. All were wonderful. Crab cakes could be a little crisper. Flamenco guitar music played by a young man set the ambiance. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A peaceful respite in New Orleans
    LasTuristas
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Although this restaurant is very close to the heart of the French Quarter, on a Friday night it was a peaceful respite with great food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chris was efficient and very kind.
    Arduini
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The appetizers were fantastic but I didn't like the Marisco Paella.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Paella
    LoveNewFood
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant with a fantastic view of the river and the Mississippi River Bridge. The sangria was delicious and the paella outstanding. I will definitely plan to eaat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    Charlene
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I were very disappointed with the food and service. The restaurant was less than half full but it still took forever to get our food. Our meat was over cooked and dry. The waiter didn't bring items we ordered (still waiting on a glass of wine). The view of the river was our only enjoyment
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great find!
    Juderfly
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a nice view of the Mississippi River & enjoyed the 3 course meal special that included a glass of sangria. Lots of appetizer choices - I got the crab cakes which were great. I got the seafood paella for my entree & it was also excellent. For desert I had the bread pudding which I would also recommend. The waiter was very attentive and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jhack
    Jhack
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Place is becoming a dump, food below average. Not like it used to be. Roaches in the bathroom.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Fun & Scenic View!
    Dinger76
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife was looking for some paella and came across Galvez's "Live to Eat" menu for NOLA Restaurant Week. We were pleasantly surprised when we found that their location provided a scenic view above the river. The food and drink was excellent, from the sangria to empanadas, paella, fish, and dessert. Somehow my wife received a soup though she had asked for salad, but the waiter did right by bringing her a salad and letting us keep the soup. We were lucky enough to see fireworks over the river (which they said happens from time to time) for a wedding. Our waiter, Lonnie, even moved the table so my wife could see the fireworks better. He then showed us their outdoor balcony. We'll definitely return, especially when we can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food Nice View
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food was great. The waiter was fun and very attentive. The restaurant was very under staffed so it took forever to get the food. Will go back to try again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • River View during a Great Dinner
    NOLAVeg
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We enjoyed Galvez during NOLA Coolinary this year, partly because Galvez is one of the only participating restaurants with vegetarian options on the Coolinary menu. We both loved all three of our courses. There were many traditional Spanish options to choose from, and the paella in particular was perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spanish Specialty!
    Liv2eat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Galvez has a phenomenal view and wonderful service! The menu was quite extensive during Coolinary. We really enjoyed our dinner including crabcakes, halibut, salmon, and the porkchop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, with a view
    NOLAlocal
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This is the first time we have visited Galvez, and will be going back, for sure. The wait staff was extremely helpful and cordial. Everyone at the table truly enjoyed their food, from appetizer to dessert! The view from this restaurant is by far, the best in the city. A lovely dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner!!!
    Joey
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Made last minute reservations and had an awesome time!! View of the river is great and menu selection is great. Love the tapas style and appetizers. The ceviche is a must-have, it was delicious!! Will definitely be back here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Nice view
    jrgr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food we had at Galvez was good. The avocado and tomatillo gazpacho was tasty. The paella (sp?) was good. The halibut was ok. The salsa on the halibut and the corn tamale was tasty. Unfortunately good is not great. There are so many places around with great food that good food suffers by comparison. I can't say that Galvez is a great restaurant. It is a good one. I can say that the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great View
    apeescape
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant has a wonderful view of the Mississippi River. The salmon and crab cakes I had were very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a great time
    Hvacpro
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If Spanish food is what you're looking for, this is probably the best place in New Orleans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite NOLA Dining Experience
    Malachite
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had been looking forward to this restaurant on my family trip to NOLA for a long time and was not disappointed. Food was delicious, I had the Manchego bombas with quince sauce to start and the pairing of flavours was exquisite. Everyone in my party adored their food and the Sangria is especially delicious (made with a subtle hint of cinnamon - yum!). Servers were friendly & efficient - it seemed that every staff member stopped by to make sure we were happy and the hostess is absolutely charming. The restaurant is a bit out of the way, you have to go through an archway and to the second floor of a building (there is an elevator) but the view is worth it. Wall to wall windows opening on to the Mississippi, this is not a restaurant to miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OMmadameVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Galvez was very disappointing. We were sent to the bar upon arrival even thought numerous tables were open. We had to almost tackle the bartender to put in a drink order which did not come before we were setted. The same bartender came to our table to take a food order. We requested out cocktails while we looked at the menu. He returned to the table a few minutes later to find out what we'd ordered. It went down from there. I ordered salmon which was greatly undercooked. Other food was bland & unexciting. We will not return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    mperson
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    3rd time visiting Galvez. The food is always great. Unfortunately with it being so crowded this time, service was a little off, but waiter tried to make up for his miscues. We will be going back, but might want to find a less busy time, if there such a time. Apparently many people love this this too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful meal and experience
    NOLAeater
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was the worst meal I've been to in New Orleans. We went for Coolinary and it was an absolute waste of money. Every course (including the drinks!) was either inedible or just enormously underwhelming for the price we were paying. The service wasn't good either. I would highly advise against this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice view
    cfhnolaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were both very good. The Paella Valenciana was the best paella we've ever had. The scenic view of the Mississippi River makes this restaurant even more attractive. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Friday Evening Dinner
    JoelC
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent service, great food, best view in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish by the River
    BergyinGS
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We picked Galvez because it was the only restaurant on the COOLINARY List that had paella, and a wide variety of menu items available for the $35 fixed price. We enjoyed the sangria that came with the COOLINARY menu. I ordered albondigas for an appetizer and they were very good. My wife had the mixed green salad. My entrée was paella vallenciana, but I realized there was no seafood. Since I had already started to eat, the hostess and serving staff assured me that they would fix it by bringing a bowl of freshly steamed mussels and a couple of shrimp to go with the paella. My wife had the salmon with asparagus and spinach which she found very good. Dessert included delicious slivered almond topped bread pudding and fruit sorbet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Enjoyed the New Orleans culinary dinning experience as outsiders... Wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • THE VIEW
    mrm1915
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had reservations on a "Super Moon" evening; this was the perfect place to be that night. The service was outstanding. The noise level was perfect, however if was a Sunday night and not crowded. The food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful Restaurant, Ok Food
    Scooter1056VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have heard great things about Galvez. Went there with friends on Dirty Linen night. The room is beautiful, overlooking the MS river. The staff were friendly and accommodating. All opted for the 3-course Coolinary Menu. The food was ok. Everything I tasted on my plate and others' plates was a little under-seasoned. The red sangria had too many fruitcake spices in it -- not a fan. The others enjoyed i, tho, so maybe it was me. I will go back to order off the regular menu. Wish it had more small plates since this is supposed to be a tapas restaurant. I didn't think there were enough, and nothing really different or unique. Bottom line -- absolutely nothing wrong with it, but nothing to get all that excited about either.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Coolinary Delight
    MEARL
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    ...by far the most expansive Coolinary Menu choices this season! Everyone in our group (4) had a favorite, so we all got to taste a nice variety. Though seating was a bit unorganized the wait staff was very attentive. I'm so happy this venue has been revived.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night Find
    BirthdayDinner2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were looking for a place to eat while on vacation and can across this location. great location and food. staff were amazing and friendly. the food was fabulous, we did the coolinary menu for august...but the sangria could have been better. otherwise a great location, beautiful view and great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLA Coolinary
    Jeffo
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I went to galvez for the coolinary menu. There was live spanish guitar being played which contributed well to the ambiance. The limited menu offered a diverse selection. The food was pretty good not amazing though. I felt it did capture the Spanish style of cooking well. I enjoyed the paella and the bread pudding was fantastic. Would return for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for a Date Night
    Steve
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The atmosphere, food, service and View make this the perfect place for a date night. The view of the Mississippi River is fantastic. The food was some of the best we have eaten. A great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food with a view
    mgp1981VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Upon entering, we were placed by the window overlookin the Mississippi. It was gorgeous. We ordered the three course menu which came with sangria. It was nice. The food was outstanding,fresh, and excellent portion size. The service was great! The apps took a little long but the waiter comped our drinks without me asking. I would recommend this lovely gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 394 reviews are from the Galvez Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Classy and reasonable
    Foodgirl27
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The restaurant was very accommodating, especially for a Fourth of July holiday. We were early for our reservation, but they seated us anyway--by a window with a terrific view of the fireworks. Given the holiday, the menu was price set but affordable. Each course was impeccable and timed perfectly. We had Peruvian ceviche, cheese stuffed potato croquettes with quince sauce, fresh halibut not overcooked, a scrumptious pork chop, bread pudding with black currants and caramel brandy sauce, flourless chocolate cake with real whipped cream and berries, and several glasses of life changing white sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place in New Orleans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were referred to the restaurant by the concierge at the hotel. The ambiance and the view was breathtaking. The food was good and the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Definitely a place to dine while in New Orleans!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food & location
    Donna
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food is excellent as always. Service is always great! I've been here many times and never been dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star Restaurant
    MrTee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of the top avant restaurants in New Orleans. All seats provide a Great view of the river. Top food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Law
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Enjoyable & beautiful restaurant, Hard to find, Hidden but worth the find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sophisticated and classy
    pghosh
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We tried Galvez for my boyfriends surprise birthday dinner. Poor dear wore shorts to the place which I do not recommend for anyone, especially since this is a classy, upscale eatery. Food was reasonably priced and served with etiquette and finesse. Though we quickly discovered that paella isnt in our palette, quality and portion was very impressive. You cant beat the view of the rising moon over the Mississippi. The desserts are to die for too! Try the Chocolate decadence. Its the best thing ever!! Dinner for two ran us about $80, starters, entree, dessert and drinks included. Definitely recommend for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate