Le Citron Bistro
Le Citron Bistro

Le Citron Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://le-citronbistro.com/
  • Phone: 5045669051
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:00am- 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Creole
  • Executive Chef: David Baird
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater up to 300 and set up at an off site location.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two rooms that can be exclusively used upon reservation of 10 or more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Orange
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available all around this location.
A word from Le Citron Bistro
Le Citron Bistro features mouth-watering Creole and Italian favorites in an intriguing historic dining atmosphere. Experience the lush outdoor courtyard or cozy indoor dining.

Le Citron Bistro is located in the quaint, oldest building in Uptown New Orleans and part of the Old Jesuit Plantation. Built prior to 1790 in French Colonial era.
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Le Citron Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)romantic (5)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (3)fit for foodies (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Historic Gem w/great food & service
    QuarteriteVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The place: it's like visiting a museum or historic house. Stunning renovation of Uptown's oldest standing building. The service: we happened to be there early on a Sunday when all the staff did not make it in to work. The owner was our host, bartender, and chef and did an exceptional job at all. It was like having a gourmet meal at the mansion of a close friend. The food: everything we had was delicious and perfectly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveG
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was our first experience at Le Citron. We went at the end of the Sunday Brunch. The staff was especially accommodating and friendly. The food was freshly prepared and delicious. The atmosphere of the building is most interesting. I would highly recommend Le Citron to anyone and plan to return myself - often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    rockhead
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great atmosphere in the oldest building above canal street. Was quite as it was a slow night, food was great, large servings. Will return next time we are in New Orleans.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An awesome experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband and I tidally eat put on Thursday nights for our weekly "DATE NIGHT". We try and pick a different restaurant each week. Choosing Le Citron Bistro is by far one of our best choices yet. The good, staff and ambiance was superb!!! I would recommend to anyone loving a good creole quiet meal. Very impressed....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Hidden Gem Worth Finding
    DrFood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Le Citron Bistro is one of those finds you write in your planner as a "MUST RETURN" location. Yes it is off the beaten path a bit, but well worth the exploration to find. No it is not in the FQ nor the CBD or even the Garden District. It's about 5 minutes from the convention center. Driving past you would never know it was a food jewel. But trust us it is. Order anything from the menu....we had the Red Beans & Rice Egg Rolls. I had the fried Shrimp and Catfish. My partner had the Drum. All were the best food we've ever had in NOLA. Yes, even better than Restaurant August and that is a feat in itself. The bread pudding was AMAZING. We will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for N-orleans comfort food
    Bert
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The food isnt refined but very comforting. The waitress was very Nice. The place was quiet And we got a lot of attention. The bread pudding is delicious! We will be back to try brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New found fav
    Discriminatingpalate
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This was my first visit but won't be my last. Great ambiance and service in historic building. Homemade hot bread and sea bass. What is there not to love?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Le Citron Bistro reviews archive.
  • a hidden treasure
    Mike
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    LeCitron is a hidden treasure. It's rare that they are busy. The food is good. The owner is the chef and he does a good job of pleasing the palate. I wonder why more people don't go there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish Warehouse District find
    NOLAblonde
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Wooonderful food, all locally caught, very fresh. Soft shell crab was exquisite and the chicken and gator sausage jambalaya that came with it--soo flavorful. Yum yum yum
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So worth it!
    santarosatouristsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Le Citron Bistro is a place an out-of-towner would probably not stop in without a recommend or a little research. Very unassuming exterior. Very old building. Super atmosphere. We got a warm greeting when we entered, and from that moment on, we really felt welcome and special. The food was (so far as a Californian can tell) genuine Creole. I have a feeling that the menu changes all the time depending on availability of fresh ingredients. I had soft-shell crabs, and wife had Drum, a wonderful white local fish. I can't recommend Le Citron Bistro enough. Definitely off the tourist track, but still only a few blocks from the French Quarter. We highly recommend them as a New Orleans dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Movie Set
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This place was so old, so cool, and so delicious! We were there when the film crew was blocking off access to your facility. Everyone was genuine, gracious and unecessarily apologetic. The food was perfect, uncomplicated, and the servers, beverages and bill were a great part of the experience for my first visit to NOLA!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jellybean
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had family in from out of town and it was delightful because it was quiet! We avoided all the crowds in the French Quarter and had the courtyard to ourselves. The food and service was fantastique!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    BamaJoe
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    I really enjoyed the food and level of attention they gave us. With a party of 7, things can get hectic, but our server was outstanding and the food was delish! Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • great food reasonable price
    love2dine
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The food at Le Citron Bistro was top quality and the price was very reasonable, especially for New Orleans where eating out can be pricey. I highly recommend Le Citron Bistro. It is located in a historic building (1810), so the setting has old world charm and character. The food, however, is modern day delicious. It is worth the trip to the Lower Garden district to eat at this hidden gem. Your taste buds will thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homemade bread outstanding. Drum
    local70115
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Homemade bread outstanding. Drum filet would have been very good, but was too salty. Ask for no or light salt! They graciously took my entree off the bill.
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  • Last minute 9 person reservation
    FoodieVacationer
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Fantastic and memorable evening! Tremendous service and accommodation for our 9 person group. We were staying in the French Quarter but didn't have a restaurant reserved within a couple hours of dinner time. We found this restaurant on Opentable but it required a taxi ride. It was well worth it. Tucked away in an industrial neighborhood is this gem of a restaurant in a historic building. The ambiance, friendliness of the staff and quality of the food made it a very special evening. Even though its a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend Le Citron Bistro for any special occasion or even just a memorable meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little uneven
    Al4Food
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Nice owner and server, good ambience, easy to access and park, so, overall, an acceptable outing. I found the food, overall, a little uneven. The gumbo and appetizer was good, not great, and the fish entree was salty for my taste. Not saying I wouldn't return, just not on my short list.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas dinner
    KerenVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We went as they were open. Oldest building outside the Quarter. Menu for Christmas included a dish with duck turkey and chicken. Had very good dressing as side. Also lamb leg and beef tenderloin were enjoyed. The local fresh fish nice too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Holiday Dinner
    Nick
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Went with the family after reading overall very good reviews of the restaurant. The building is very old and unique and the courtyard is very nice as well. The food was good, but nothing outstanding. The salads were made in advance, and every one at our table got frozen salads. The service was definitely not used to a full house ( I think the waitress was also cooking in the kitchen half the night. Overall, I would give it three stars, but it could possibly score higher on a non holiday night.
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  • Welcoming, good food, low key
    ChandlerVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Despite small staff, our party of nine had no problem getting served. Owner/chef Devid also helped with serving. His bread pudding from a family recipe is not to be missed. Neighborhood looks sort of industrial and building is non-descript and inside unpretentious bare brick, but good and service were great and the experience satisfying..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    jenola
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    I'm so glad we found this place. It's on the edge of the Garden a District next to the Arts district - not that far from the Quarter - either by a good walk or streetcar. We ate here on Thanksgiving day - a special menu - and it was delicious. The chef is excellent and the wait staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the old building and neighborhood. The bread pudding was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A true neighborhood gem
    GreznerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We were visiting New Orleans and were looking for a nice place to have dinner. We choose Le Citron based upon the OpenTable reviews are were not disappointed. We could not believe there were so few parties there on a Saturday night. The food was excellent, the wine list while short was outstanding and the service was perfect. We will come here any time we are in town!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Goin to Le Citron Bistro is
    Crobbins
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Goin to Le Citron Bistro is an experience. Don't expect an efficient restaurant experience, things can dawdle a bit here. It is very much like any little, family owned bistro you would find on the winding roads along the Cote D'azur in France. The food is amazing and the building is the oldest one in NOLA (so they say). They don't mind if you wander to the kitchen to watch or get up to get your own second cup of coffee. With a full bar and a nice wine list, plan on having a relaxed leisurely dinner experience...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food in quiet restaurant
    tonyVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Very good red fish with mango salsa. Also good fried chicken and fried chicken livers. A real find. Beautiful old building.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • secret gem
    elbow
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    we were the only people there which was unusual but it was great. The food was really good and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • True New Orleans Experience
    1visitingnative
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    This was our first time at Le Citron Bistro but will not be our last. Located in one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans, the surroundings give a sense of history you will find no where else. Your treat is having Deborah serving your table. The food is typical New Orleans fare and delicious. Not too fancy and all good. The dishes are all prepared individually and making changes to your order was not a problem. We were totally surprised that more people were not there but don't let that keep you from enjoying a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quirky charm...
    DesignergirlVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    in this great little restaurant! The interior ambience is total NOLA. From the exposed brick walls to the charming decorations, the restaurant feels much more like an old home turned into a jazz club. The owner/chef was very friendly and attentive and eager top please. The food did not disappoint- every bite was yummy. Our server was a very cool woman with a unique style and charm of her own. We went there on a Saturday night at 7 pm and were only one of two parties in the place. I really do not know why it wasn't filled to capacity- maybe still a secret waiting to be spread! All in all, we loved our experience there and will add it to our list of favs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our worst mealin New Orleans.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Our worst mealin New Orleans. Don't bother. Bread tasted like it had been frozen, then thawed and baked. Dinner was in edible. Catfish was tasteless. Server was nice, though. Cleaning supplies stored on the patio. Peeling paint. Etc. We were the only diners in the place. Should have gotten the hint.
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  • What a delight! Went for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    What a delight! Went for our anniversary. Sorry I waited so long to go. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Awful, stay away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I don't generally write bad reviews, but this restaurant was truly dreadful. The soup seemed from a can. The vegetables were both overcooked and cold. Lamb chops came two on a plate, one cooked correctly and one overcooked and dry. The bread pudding was cold and the sauce was grainy. There was nothing about this meal that I can recommend, and I can't imagine how this restaurant stays in business.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hmmmm.. different? Historical
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/4/2013
    Hmmmm.. different? Historical building - very cool. Looked closed. Went on a Friday night and there was only one other patron there until we left and another couple came in. Food was not exactly available as on menu. Friendly service - got interesting info about the history of the property. It's in a pretty barren area - no other places to eat and a bit dilapidated around the block, but lots of very new apartments close by. All the food was pretty ok, very home-style. Bread was tasty. Hubby got catfish, and I got fried chicken (a bit out of norm for what I usually eat and quite good). Not sure how they get much business here. Read other reviews and a pretty mixed bag - I can see why.
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  • The food was fine but not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The food was fine but not great and the service was a joke or an afterthought not sure, the experience was just odd. There are so many great restaurants in NOLA we won't bother going back to this one.
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  • Great food, great staff, (little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Great food, great staff, (little understaffed for this event, building is very historic. A great hidden neighboor gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice Neighborhood Find!
    tonilyn
    Dined on 6/26/2012
    This place has a VERY interesting history behind it. The lady who seated us had many stories about this building and the owner is the fixer-upper, the owner, and the chef. I thought the main courses could have used more seasonings but our appetizer (fried green tomatoes) and the salad with the house dressing couldn't be beat! Overall great experience and very quiet find!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Father's Day Keeper
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    My wife brought me here for Father's Day...what a find. Small quaint spot with very few families there on this day. Probably a pretty busy spot for lunch during the week as it is not far from the CBD
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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  • Nice but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/1/2012
    Almost empty restaurant. Seems to be run by the chef and a part-time hostess/waitress. Very small place. Food was good, but not excellent.
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  • This is my third time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    This is my third time there and without fail another excellent dinner for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Offthe beaten path, but worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    Offthe beaten path, but worth a visit. Great service, beautiful courtyard. Limited menu due to jazzfest, but softshells were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, good drinks. a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    good food, good drinks. a bit cavernous but thus can be a pro or a con. I especially want to go back foor cocktails at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Disappointing..food bland...service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    Disappointing..food bland...service ok...cocktails ok...nice people...mediocre product
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