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Galvez Restaurant
Galvez Restaurant

Galvez Restaurant Details

  • 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: Spanish, Creole / Cajun / Southern, 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) 595-3400
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Food is excellent as always. Service is always great! I've been here many times and never been dissappointed."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "One of the top avant restaurants in New Orleans. All seats provide a Great view of the river. Top food and service!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Enjoyable & beautiful restaurant, Hard to find, Hidden but worth the find."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I choose Galvez for a business brunch meeting. It was perfect. I highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The quinoa salad was amazing! The waiter took great care of us and the bloody mary bar was so much fun and I loved it! Can't wait to be back in NOLA and go here again!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Meal was outstanding! Excellent sangria, ceviche and paella! However we walked in and there is no one stationed to seat you. We walked into an open room with a bar on the left, not knowing what to do really. We asked at the bar and then a waiter was called over . We said we had a 6:45 reservation and they did not acknowledge that or even seem to care. They asked us to wait and we stood and watched while they set up the table...meal was good, hats off to the chef! Finally went to the restroom before we left and it was nice, but trash overflowed the container and surrounded the container on the floor. A little surprising...Hope they can improve the management because we really liked the food! Gracias!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wonderful view that's not to be missed. Very warm staff and tapas galore. Be sure to get the sangria! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Wonderful Spanish restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River. The food was well prepared and tasty. The tapas selection was excellent. Great choice for Spanish food in New Orleans ."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Nice change of pace from Cajun food, Galves has interesting choices, great Sangria, lovely river view. My salmon was cooked just right, and the gazpacho was so fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We must have gone on an odd night for the restaurant. Everything was delicious, and the scenery was beautiful. There was just no one in there. I assumed Tuesday night would be slow, but it was just odd that so few people were in such a great restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Best thing about this restaurant is the view of the Missippii. Waiting staff were clueless and cleared up plates and drinks before they were finished. Overpriced. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Hidden away in plain sight in French Market is a terrific restaurant with a wonderful view. New Orleanians owe it to themselves to go enjoy it."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed this restaurant before so decided to return... perhaps we picked a bad night. the service was very slow and spotty and things were forgotten ( water, extra bread for our large table... water again) but I felt bad for them - there was a large birthday party going on in the private room and so we had the bartender and one server working the entire rest of the restaurant - on a Saturday night - In Nola - during JazzFest. Poor planning on the mgmt's part. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Had 24th anniversary dinner there and it was the best experience ever. Simply awesome."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We came here for lunch on Easter and it was delicious! I'm sure the river view is beautiful on any day, but since the weather was so nice, they had windows and doors open to let in the light and cool air. The staff and service were both very good. The empanadas (crawfish that day) and the albondigas are definitely worth trying as well as the paella. They also have a nice rendition of shrimp and grits with the sofrito and chorizo. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The tapas here are varied and very tasty. The staff was helpful and friendly (though the restaurant was not crowded the night we were there). The view out over the river is fantastic. What's not to like?"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Excellent choice Perfect location Food delicious "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Are here on a whim because few places which had an opening for French Quarter Fest. Service started out okay but went downhill quickly Bartender was a waiter for a table not a seat at the bar and that was the issue. He even said. I really quick with drink orders. That should have been a forewarning. Any time we asked for something we had to ask twice. When we got the dessert menu, it took him 45 minutes for him to return and that was also after us waving at him and multiple waiters to come. He then took our credit cards and then came back twice to ask each time how we wanted the bill split. Hostess had to do it because he just couldn't do the math. Food was good not great. Service ruined the night"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Over priced The Over Hyped food fair The service unctuous & aggressively fawning Ambience that of a cafeteria Coffee cold and burnt Overall horrible experience Came away as if I was just mugged"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Perfect place for a night out with the girls or a romantic date spot. Great Spanish tapas and entrees! Everyone was hospitable and they had a guitarist playing in the background. A must if you enjoy great food, music, and a view of the Mississippi River."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Galvez is a lovely spot with beautiful river views. It's a block or two set back from the insanity of the French Quarter and has a lively but peaceful vibe. The service was great when my friends and I went. The food was not special but fine. I'd go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "If you like food on the blander side, this is the place for you. Very low salt, very poorly seasoned. We ordered the BBQ prawns, vegetarian paella, and the seafood paella. Along with the patatas bravas and salads. Everything was underseasoned -- everything. BUT, if you're on a low sodium diet and enjoy bland food, this is the place for you. The service is great, the wine list is average and the actual building is quite nice. Very old person friendly kind of place."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "In the middle of the French Market buildings, along the riverfront, up an elevator lies a gem of a spanish style restaurant. My wife and I like tapas, and enjoy sharing small portions of good and interesting dishes. That plus a table with a view of the river attracted us to Galvez. When we got off the elevator we were greeted by the owner and hostess. This is a family operation and it is easy to observe the love and effort made by mothers and daughters, to feed and please their patrons. The food was great, and the service was even better. Try everything, but leave a little room for the chef's special bread pudding for dessert."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "A must stop when visiting New Orleans. Not the typical, but certainly the best!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant with wonderful food. What an excellent establishment. It is one of a handful of places in New Orleans with a view of the water."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Great Paella, tapas, wonderful view of the river and great service. Can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Attentive service, excellent food. A bit hard to find (alley entrance, second story), but certainly worth it."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I arrived at Galvez, we saw that there were about 9 other couples standing by the door still waiting to be seated. I checked in with the hostess and she said that they were running behind. We had a 9pm reservation, and at 9:45pm, as we still waited for a table, a random stranger came and told me that she and her husband had been seated for an hour and a half and still hadn't received there appetizers. When the time go to be 10:30pm, an hour and a half after our reservation, and we still did not have a table, we decided to leave and give up on eating. The following Monday, I emailed the restaurant to make them aware of how the night transpired, and they didn't respond at all. Beware of this poorly run restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was Valentines night and my wife and I had reservations for 9:15 p.m. Apparently, there was a wreck that caused a number of patrons to miss their earlier reservations and the restaurant was thoughtful enough to allow those individuals to check in later. However, this delayed those of us who had later reservations. Once again I commend the restaurant for honoring the earlier reservations. The problem with honoring those reservations was there was only one hostess who ran around like a chicken with her cut off trying to accommodate everyone. She did a fantastic job. However, the restaurant should consider having an additional hostess."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A quality family owned restaurant with delicious Spanish (not mexican) food with a New Orleans flair. Highly recommend. The service was fantastic even on a busy Valentines Day night! Will send my friends and family. Great for a romantic night or with friends."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant was an extreme disappointment. Food was ok at best, service was totally non-exist. Took over an hour between each course, had to beg for service, left very thirsty because we could not get anyone to order a drink. Just a total disaster. Never again. Don't waste your time; and it will be a lot of your time for a less than average meal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Galvez, and it was on Valentine's Day. Galvez is a nice restaurant with good food. The view is ridiculously good at night, as compared to other French Quarter restaurants. Very romantic. Quiet. Good service, but slow. Food good, not inspired. But here's the problem. When the restaurant called to confirm our Open Table res, I was informed that the Valentine's Day menu was prix fixe. Fine. We don't like prix fixe menus, so I asked if we could order a la carte. Had the caller said "No", we would have politely declined our Valentine's reservation and moved on, possibly reserving later in the weekend (we wanted to dine at Galvez). She said "yes". And when we showed up, they said "no". We walked out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A beautiful romantic setting with excellent food. Is nice and quiet with an outstanding view of the river. It's European style dining is unhurried and relaxed. For their Valentine's Special Dinner all of that was true. However our waiter seemed to be dealing with quite a few errors coming from the kitched and magified the problems by his method of handling them. While we had no problems with our food. we had to request our second course after waiting 30 minutes after our appetizer plates were picked up. Again it took another 35 minutes from the time we requested our check until we were finally able to leave. in both instances it seems our waiter simply forgot about us while dealing with other issues."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The restaurant was too open and too bright. They seemed understaffed when the bartender and server took turns waiting on us. The food was good, but the portions were on the small side. The server was friendly but def. inexperienced in the fine dining industry. Staff members could be heard laughing and cutting up right next to the customers. While the view of the river was nice, I'm not sure I will be back. For $25-30 entrees, there are far too many wonderful places I would go to before returning. When you're going up against some of the best restaurants in the country, you have to be on your A game."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "If you can get a window seat you can watch the river change colors at sunset while you drink the best white wine sangria I have ever had. Attentive and truly helpful service. It's hard to find a tapas restaurant where 8 of 8 dishes were superb, but this one missed only by a hair. Definitely a come back to place."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Although they were slammed and short-staffed the evening we went, the hostess and server/bartender went out of their way to give us a lovely evening and more than made up for any delays. One of the members in our party has a service dog and they immediately brought over a bowl of water for our extra guest!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We got last minute reservations for a late Christmas dinner and the food was awesome! The view is stunning, the place is beautiful and romatic. The Chef/owner came out and spoke with us and she was so sweet"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time for New Years Eve here. Food was great and the view is perfect for the fireworks from the barge. The staff is very accommodating and the owner goes out of her way to make sure everyone is taken care of."
    Dined on 12/31/2013