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Kingfish - New Orleans
Kingfish - New Orleans

Kingfish - New Orleans Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kingfishneworleans.com
  • Email: kingfish@creolecuisine.com
  • Phone: (504) 598-5005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Greg Sonnier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Conti
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Parking is recommended at the Premier Parking lot on the corner of Chartres and Toulouse a block and a half away or In the Jax Lot on N.Peters and Conti 2 blocks away.
A word from Kingfish - New Orleans
Kingfish features New Louisiana Cuisine from beloved New Orleans Chef Greg Sonnier. The menu reflects Greg’s Louisiana-centric approach to food. At the bar enjoy both traditional New Orleans style cocktails, such as the Sazerac or the Pimm's Cup, as well as modern cocktails created by New Orleans famous mixologist Chris McMillian.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole / Cajun / Southern
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I had a delicous salad for lunch...rare to come by in the French Quarter. My son had a disappointing BBQ sandwich with very greasy fries. The rest of our food was great. We returned to the bar several times during our visit to NOLA to enjoy the extensive drink menu and comfortable atmosphere. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Every restaurant can have an "off day" here and there but our lunch at Kingfish was a complete disaster. Took clients, too, so it was even more embarrassing. Every bit of food ordered, save for the french fries, was bland and tasteless. No flavor whatsoever...school cafeteria food has more zing than either the rotisserie chicken or the fish tacos. Today's lobster bisque ended up coming out as some blob so thick you could eat it with a fork. One person in our party sent his back, while the other didn't. The waiter was entirely too "personal" for my taste, too. Each time he came over, he jumped into our conversation as if he was dining with us. Not cool. Overall, big fail."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "First impressions are everything to me. So I have high expectations for my first visit to a restaurant. I had heard great things about the food at Kingfish but otherwise did not know much about the restaurant. I had made a reservation so when we arrived we were greeted and seated almost immediately. The server, Chris, was entertaining and full of knowledge about the food. My guest and I both had cocktails; and they were amazing (French 75 and Bramble). From the appetizer to the main courses, we were grinning from ear to ear. The menu provided us with many options to try things we had never eaten before and our meals came out cooked to perfection. Very impressed with my first visit meaning I will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "1st Day Waitress, 2 hours from searing to meal. Please don't use those stars, you could tell it is a great restaurant, we just struck out. They comped our food and gave us a round on the house, but still..."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Another terrific time! It is a great place to wine, dine, and meet interesting folks, local and tourists!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Service was attentive, prompt, and friendly, and drinks were spectacular. Though praised by a friend, the food was just okay. The cracklin's were good, though a little cold and more chewy than cracklin' (the best piece was at the very bottom of the dish). I expected this app to be on the greasy side (it is fried skin after all), but hoped it would be a bit crisper. Instead of smoky, the Alligator Wings Confit were simply too sweet, consisting mostly of breading and bone. The Pickled Mirliton & Corn Bread Dressing had very little of the squash (and I couldn't detect any of the pickling). It was tasty, but I hoped for more balance between vegetable and bread."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "5 of us made a 9:15 reservation. We arrived a bit early and they had a spot for is so we sat right away. Our waiter was knowledgable and really enthusiastic about the food. He anticipated a few questions and gave us his favorites as well. The cocktail list gave us lots to choose from. It is inventive and everything was delicious. I had a bourbon/champagne with muddled jalepeño. We ordered apps and mains to share. Fried green tomatoes were especially delicious as was a pork belly confit. The mains: pork shank, boursette (little pasta purses) with cheese and crab, grilled flounder over crawfish risotto, and scallops were excellent. The service was perfect - attentive but never rushing and we closed out the restaurant a little after 11."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Nothing compared to the Kingfish in San Mateo California."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner, sand although menu seemed limited, there were good choices. My companion's pot pie looked great, and my fish was cooked to perfection. Our server was knowledgable and gave us good guidance. Sweet potato waffle shrimp appetizer - wow! Good time and good food for all!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Everything on the menu looks great. Between two of us we shared 4 'lil plates' and could hardly finish the entree we shared. Although could have something to do with the enormous pimms cup one of us had first. Dishes were flavorful and presented well and staff was friendly and informed from the hostess to the servers. Ambience was nice."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Made last-minute reservations for lunch while in town with friends. Great food and service. Best strawberry cobbler I've ever tasted!!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We waited a around 25 minutes for our table (reservation was at 9:45) but the bar & bartender made the wait worthwhile. Opentable made it easy to make the reservation online & we were fortunate to find a reservation at short notice (we made the reservation at 6:30). Location was easy to find and there are several parking garages nearby. The hostess was very friendly and knew where we were at the bar when it came time for our table (didn't have to say our name).We would definitely come again when back in New orleans. A lovely place and would highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The first time I went to Kingfish--about 10 months ago--it was outstanding from top to bottom. A return visit this past week was less than stellar. Spotty service, sloppy plating, a dish missing components, and a few other things really soured me on returning again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I love the food here in NOLA, and I understand there may have been a Chef change, but.... The Gumbo was without flavor. I've never been tempted to put salt and pepper in Gumbo, but I was here... Taste your food before sending it out. The Cedar Plank Drum was ok, and Drinks good. Final opinion, not worth the money."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had heard Kingfish was famous for their cocktails. Our drinks were dissapointing as they lacked flavor and pizazz!. We had the 2 entrees that were recommended by other reviewers - the Gulf Fish on Himalayan Rock Salt which was good and the duck with ramen noodles. The duck meat itself was tasty but got lost in the very oily and salty mess of the ramen noodles. The noodles were overcooked and had too much soy sauce and duck grease. Too bad! The bartenders were both very friendly but the waitstaff, although nice, seemed awfully rushed. Would not return to Kingfish as there are other better restaurants around. Location is very convenient in the Quarter."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Lived up to the other reviews. Cocktails were excellent - thanks Brigston - meal was also very good. Crab Chop actually had tons of crabmeat and can see why its a favorite - butternut squash-lobster bisque - man-0-man; drum was good - a tad mushy but very flavorful - many return visits planned - especially happy hour 2 - 7 with $8 small plated and 1/2 off wine & beers"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our first visit to Kingfish. Notable was the blackened Pompano served on a salt brick! And outstanding scallops. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Looke forward to the same kind of welcome and ambience as Gabrielle. The place seemed to be hoppin'. Loud. wanted to relax and get out of the hubbub but the waiter couldn't get the hint. Order drink and he hovered asking repeatedly if we wished to order our mains. Not even if we'd like to order and appetizer. Wish we had more time to sit and enjoy the view and conversation with our guests"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Eight people in my party. I'd say that everyone was satisfied but no one was "wowed." We're a tough group to please however. I had the rabbit which had a very nice reduction. Somewhat salty and others in the group said their dish was also too salty. We ordered one of each desert and got an extra one which we did not order which I thought might have been complimentary. However it was on our bill. We ate it of course and I just paid for the extra desert but it should never have made it to the bill. Service was professional."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Kingfish was OK. After a long day, all I wanted was a drink and some time to relax and peruse the menu. Before we could get a word out, the waiter proceeded to take 15 minutes to explain every dish on the menu. Had I had a drink in my hand, this might have been tolerable. Thirsty, it was unbearable. Also, despite there being several open tables in nicer spots, we were given a table near the wait stand and by a sliding glass door. I am beginning to wonder if Open Table clients are steered to these tables. The food was good, the appetizers, especially the jalapenos were excellent. Service could have been quicker. With all of the excellent places in New Orleans, I would probably seek those places out first."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "No flaws here. Beautiful dining room and bar. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable at both the bar and the table and we were glad we stayed for dinner. Just sorry that we had only two days to spend in N.O. before heading down the coast. Looking forward to our next visit to KingFish and New Orleans."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "If you're looking for old school cocktails hit this bar. Best Pimm's Cup in Nola."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I were in NewOrleans for one night (Valentine's Day) and met our daughters for an early dinner at Kingfish. We were thrilled to get a reservation and happy with the overall experience. Good service, decent food and aNew Orleans ambiance. Not great, but good enough for folks from a Chicago suburb. Specialty cocktails were a hit with the girls."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The chef, Greg Sonnier, has always been known for his slow roasted, melt in your mouth Duck. Here it is again. This time with Ramen Noodles instead of house made shoestring potatoes. Either way, it's fantastic. The Pompano cooked and served on a block of Himalayan salt will knock your socks off too. Chris Rose, well known and very talented local journalist is waiting tables there. Someone needs to give him a writing job. He's missed. Parking is an issue, but despite that, this place rocks! Get there as quickly as you can."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Great location, good service (our waitress was really friendly and helpful!), food was amazing and price is very reasonable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food was unique and had great flavors. The food portions were just the right size so that we didn't feel too stuffed to have dessert. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and bar and their standing in the restaurant community. She had not been in New Orleans long but she already knows a lot of facts about the area and people. We sat by the street and enjoyed watching the scenery go by. Go to the Kingfish website to make sure you have the most recent menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our first night ever in New Orleans we could not have picked a more perfect spot! Celebrating Valentines Day with my husband, everything was just perfect!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We had an awesome experience dinning at Kingfish! The atmosphere and service was energetic! Cocktails and dinner was exceptional!! We will return with friends!!! Huey P. Long would be proud !!!!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I had the rib eye steak, the one with no bone and it was tough, had little flavor, and tasted distinctly like a cheap cut of sirloin. Not good. The brussels sprouts were tasteless, and the french fries weren't crisp...and this was on a Wednesday night. I was completely disappointed. The bar scene seemed lively and looked quite pleasant."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Before we finished our cocktails, our gumbo arrived, as soon as gumbo cup was removed our entrees arrived. I could understand the rushed service if there were no open tables, but there were many tables of varied sizes and we were still hurried through what should have been a nice outing. I wouldn't have expected this from a fine dining restaurant. The rabbit gumbo was extremely salty and my scallops were extremely undercooked."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The Cocktail List was notable. The service was outstanding. Food portions were interesting - some plates very large and some tiny....."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this restaurant. Have read about it and heard about it from friends, but it wasn't until I was walking around using OpenTable Mobile that I booked. Good call. Amazing fresh fish, a smoky rabbit gumbo that was very different than anything I've had, and AMAZING service. Overall, a definite one to try."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A great location for anyone staying in the quarter offering casual dining. Unique dishes with a cajun influence. Great drink menu."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Like many other reviews, I showed up with a reservation. The hostess was flustered because another, larger party had come in at the same time. I suggested we could wait at the bar a few minutes till the other party was seated. Half the tables were empty, and despite asking a few other staff what was going on with the service, our hostess had forgotten about us, and we were need seated until 30 minutes past our reservation. The bar was fine, the food was good, but if I was in a hurry I would have been upset and it's obvious the place does not have it''s act together."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our visit. We were celebrating a milestone anniversary with friends and decided to make our first trip to Kingfish. Food was really great and our server (lovely young lady whose name I have completely forgotten and apologize for but she had gorgeous curly long hair!) was also great. It started with a great bartender and just continued through our entire time there. Perfect casual fun place to go and we will definitelly be back. Thanks for a terrific evening."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My second visit to this Kingfish was a waste of time and money. It feels like one of those restaurants that has been around the quarter for years and does a mediocre job because they no longer have to try. Our server was so over enthusiastic, and clearly unfamiliar with the food, but coached with a script. Although she clearly meant well, she was saccharine and irritating. I am a local, and with all of the amazing restaurants to choose from, regret that I paid for this meal. Lobster bisque was thick, cold, brown, and way overlooked; shrimp wrapped in ham was overlooked and hard; stuffed mirliton served with the same brown goo that was in my soup bowl. We didn't dare stay for desert lol!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Loved the food! Especially the slow cooked duck with noodles. One of our party ordered and loved the rabbit. The bbq shrimp on a corn "waffle" was outstanding! Specialty drinks were exceptional."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Enjoyed it so much for dinner that we went back another day for Happy hour. The cocktails were great."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We have followed this chef on all his ventures and this restaurant is another winner!!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We ate at Kingfish on a beautiful sunny sunday in New Orleans . The minute we walked in we felt welcome .Everyone was friendly , the manager our waiter and the bartender . The menu was authentic and interesting and our server was very informative and helped us choose two fantastic dishes. We enjoyed everything at Kingfish the atmosphere , the food and the staff. Well Done !!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014