Lilette
Lilette

Lilette

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.liletterestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5048951636x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Harris
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Lilette will cater your cocktail party with passed hors d'ouves or cater your seated dinner. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant buyouts available for your private function.
  • Private Party Contact: Peter Dymond 5048951636x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Antonine
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Neighborhood street parking available
A word from Lilette
Occupying a late 1800's corner drugstore in the heart of the Magazine Street Antique & shopping district, Lilette balances bistro & fine dining with contemporary French & Italian fare. Beautiful banquettes & blood-red walls create a romantic ambience for you to enjoy the culinary styles of Food & Wine's 'Best New Chef', John Harris
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Lilette reviews from OpenTable diners
129 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)neighborhood gem (75)special occasion (73)romantic (56)notable wine list (43)great for lunch (30)hot spot (20)great for brunch (13)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (9)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Great Menu
    jdjdan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We loved the daily specials available!! Staff was very knowledgeable about all the menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Did not fulfill its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    After reading such positive reviews, and despite the hearing from many friends that it was just alright, I tried it. I am sorry to say for a foodie New Orleanian that it is not spectacular . High points cheese board, beet salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never Disappoints
    BinnolaVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Reserved a table but the bar was open so we preferred to sit there and the friendly hostess accommodated us. Ended up with all appetizers and no entrees. All excellent with very good pairing wines. Heather at the bar was delightful. Noise level can get pretty loud but tonight it was fine. Great, relaxed evening .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    excellent service and food, tables are close but usually know that going in...asked for a booth and they were very accomodating
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • chefpmaVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Lilette appears to be a neighborhood gem. The service was professional. The food ranged from dished we liked very much to dishes we might not order again. Either way, all of the dishes were prepared properly. The escargot, white truffle toast with marrow and potato gnocchi appetizers were off-the-chart good. A chilled sweet corn broth soup with crab was delicious. The duck confit salad was very good. The duck entrée was very good (though I recommend adding a better/different reduction to it). The Kobe beef was prepared properly but served with potatoes that resembled home fries. Bad choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome, but really loud!
    LocalizedVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It is so loud with the tile floor. wood and glass But the food and service is awesome. But man is it loud in there!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good food, vibrant vibe in an historic corner building that once was a pharmacy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    marienkafer
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had one of the best dishes ever -- braised beef cheeks, gnocchi, red wine, cream! Excellent service from Nicholas and Zach as well. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    FinedinersVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our experience at Lilette was great. It has an extremely inviting decor. The specials are always wonderful. I had 6 raw oysters, fish crudo and beef cheeks in red wine sauce. My husband had sweatbreads and drum. All was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is my second time dining at Lilette and it was even better than the first time. The service is good- attentive but not obtrusive. Everyone is so very gracious. The food is just flawless! I cannot say enough great things about the meal- in a town of excellent food to have such a standout really is special. This is now on a regular rotating in my dining list (which is so hard to do in New Orleans as there are too many places to try). I honestly wanted to clap after my meal...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Consistently good foodwise and service wise; never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Corifey
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    All the reviews said pretty much uniformly "order anything at will from the menu, nothing will disappoint". We ordered three dishes - ravioli was excellent, shrimp had a pungent fishy smell and duck was simply undercooked, even after we asked to put it back on the grill.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnificent!
    Sybarite25VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our first experience at Lilette and we cannot wait to visit again. We were comfy in the intimate confines of this Magazine St. gem Our service was fantastic, warm, and attentive. Every dish we four ordered was perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Of particular note were the sweetbreads which were sublime, rich and elegant. My husband's short ribs and gnocchi were especially decadent. You will want to be certain to order dessert because they were the perfect ending to an incredible experience. Unpretentious and delightful dining that will thrill those who take their food very seriously.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic classically prepared food
    Jknola
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A delicious and perfectly prepared meal. Thanks also to the chef for the complimentary birthday dessert - delicious poached pears with honey and goat cheese quenelles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superior
    garyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As good as the hangar steak is I had the salmon entree and it was superb. The sizzling shrimp is a wonderful appetizer. Can't get there enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beaubar
    beaubar
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good time, really good dinner as usual for Lilette. Really good appetizer specials. Try the raw fish. Wife got a specialty cocktail which she did not care for but they offered/suggested a different one which was very good. The first was taken off the bill after I asked about it. Knowledgeable, professional service staff, there when you need them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delish
    delish
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was superb. Cooked well, seasoned perfectly, beautiful presentation, and wonderful pairing of flavors. The truffle toast appetizer was my favorite dish, my only complaint is I wish there was more. Waitress was kind and prompt with service. The seating is crowded when it is busy, but still comfortable. I liked that each food had a drink recommendation but its difficult for those of us who are not educated in the way of drink. The wine list was taken before we ordered...which was not good at all. The hostess was down right nasty and rude even so much as making an audible comment about myself and my dinner guest. If she is working, I will not go back. I enjoyed my meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh & Fabulous
    FamilydinersVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We took advantage of specials to enjoy figs on a salad and fresh corn in a creamy cold bisque, plus the fish special. Despite the lack of a kids menu, the gnocchi appetizer made my grandson very happy as his entree. It was an enjoyable dinner in an intimate setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but felt rushed
    8cookateVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Arrived on time for our 7:00 reservation and expected we had 2 hours to dine. By 8:45 the hostess tried to remove our half finished dessert. Had the M duck. It was too tough to cut with the knife the gave me. The crab claw appetizer was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locked door
    Diner
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We arrived at 11:27 for our 11:30 reservation only to be met with a locked door. The hostess proceeded to crack the door to tell us "one more minute" and then relocked the door as we stood waiting on the steps next to the street corner. Once the hostess let us into the restaurant (at 11:32 and only after placing the open sign outside of the door), she immediately asked if we were walk-ins vs having a reservation. Service wasn't much better, where the server proceeded to describe what escarole was when I asked about the content of the salad. And the lobster on brioche was unseasoned.
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  • Lilette Scores
    Thyme2cook
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Service was good until a large table next to us filled. Otherwise, food was delicious, and ambiance was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mscrabtree
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I had eaten at Lilette on my own a few weeks ago. Had a first rate Caesar salad which was the special salad that night & then the braised short ribs & a lovely glass of Sancerre. All excellent. I went back with my husband the other night. The chick pea/fennel soup was very good as was a warm beet salad but then I ordered the short ribs again & was disappointed. The meat tasted like it had been re-heated & was tough. The polenta was thin & soupy. I was so disappointed because the first time it was outstanding. However, I would go back again & taste some other dishes as it is a lovely restaurant with good service, nice ambiance and a well thought out menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YES YES LILETTE !
    PrizedPoetandPalVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Charming neighborhood spot that was once a corner drug store, I was told. Crowded and when the tables fill up the noise has no where to go but still a should do if you want to get out of the Quarter and dine without the hoopla. Started with a lovely cup of chicken soup with a soft poached egg and ended with a well conceived and presented cheese plate. Made a meal of two apps...the truffle toast and the CRAB CLAWS IN PASSION FRUIT BUTTER! Never got a picture to share because once the fragrance hit me the were history with only a few flakes of crab clinging to a drop of sauce! Do not miss this small gem and eat outside if weather permits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait staff
    Laplace
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great experience, our server was excellent and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, albeit a little pricey
    pcminer7
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Overall I thought it was a very good restaurant. I just feel as though I paid a lot for what I was given. My meal tastes go, but did not fill me up completely. Worth a trip, but not very often
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    queenb
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    One of my favorite in New Orleans. Can't go wrong. If you don't see what you want they willake it happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite
    KggfoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    With so many delicious restaurants in Nola , I keep going back to this one. I enjoy their seasonal specials. Food is great and they are always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lil' Lilette
    NOLAEpicure
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    WHITE TRUFFLE TOAST!!! Deftly crafted cocktails. Wine list is extensive and well-curated. Service was attentive-relaxed. There was an ebullient ambiance, which on a Friday night, feels just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovetolunch
    Lovetolunch
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Lilette is always consistently yummy. I usually order the same dishes time after time. The beets, marrow toast, raw fish plate. This time I had the special, yellowfin tuna over puréed white beans. Such a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to It's Reputation
    nolapearl
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Food and service were both excellent. Good energy! Perfect size portion. Fish was fresh and seasoned perfectly. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ontheroad
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had 5:30 reservations so Lilette was not crowded. Restaurant was quaint with a great vibe, delicious appetizer & entrees as well as outstanding service! Got to put this one on the list for NOLA!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't Go Back
    FrustratedCustomer
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our party of 4 arrived a couple minutes early for an 8:30pm reservation. There was an empty 4 top in front. Hostess told us table not ready and suggested we go to bar next door. I told her that we just came from next door, had a reservation, and pointed out the empty 4 top. She said there was a party of two waiting for a "long time" and again recommended that we go back next door. We went next door, ordered a round of drinks and two appetizers. It was late; we were hungry. 20 min later the hostess came back to say a table was ready. We were not finished appetizer; she promised to hold the table. We rushed through and went back to restaurant. SHE HAD NOT HELD THE TABLE! We were finally seated for a very mediocre meal at 9:15pm. :-(
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pappabear
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Lilette is a small, attractive, neighborhood restaurant serving fine, imaginative cuisine. Wine prices are exaggerated to the point of inducing peevishness. While the menu offerings are limited, the quality of dishes and presentation were high. However, the noise level from other patrons approached the point of disabling normal conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lilette review
    doc1968
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. The waitress was very friendly, attentive and made chef's suggestions. Food was outstanding - compliments to the chefs.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best dinner in NOLA!
    Foodiefood
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My husband and I went to New Orleans for our honeymoon, and Lilette served us our best dinner while we were in town. So yum and twee! They greeted us with champagne which was a nice touch. We started with the Sweetbreads and Short Ribs, which were delightful. several cocktails and then I had the Strip and my husband had the Beef Cheeks. We were really impressed with all the dishes. But dessert took the cake (ba-dum-ching!), with a Nutella Custard for me and a Ricotta Chocolate Cake for the hubbie. We were stuffed by the end, but very happy. The only review I would give that wasn't 100% outstanding was the cocktail list. They were good, but pretty stiff and all somewhat similar in taste... But still, it was out best night out!! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you want to feel unimportant...
    vegasguy
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Lilette is certainly not five-star dining, but I have never felt so unimportant as a customer ever. We had no trouble getting a table, but the server just couldn't be bothered to actually treat us like we mattered to her or the restaurant. The food was good, but not stellar. For the price, it was about right. But the server just continued to underwhelm for the entire evening, all 40 minutes of it because our server kept making us feel like she needed to get out of there even though she had other tables and the restaurant wasn't full. Sorry Lilette - get some servers with pleasant personalities and who smile and who care about the guests - perhaps other guests will choose to stay. As for us, well... we won't be back.
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  • Anniversary dinner
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good food, wish I would have been more adventurous with what I ordered but played it safe bc of cost and I was starving. Husband's meal sounded simple but it was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Unquestionably New Orleans Best"
    NolaDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our 8th time dining at Lilette and it keeps getting better. The best food, service & atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was phenomenal. Great service. We had a tight timeline and they accommodated us nicely while still not feeling rushed. All the Food was delicate and well balanced. Don't miss this NOLA gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 100% Delicious
    Trey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wow this was my second time here. The first time we were also blown away. Started with some homemade broth-Then the crab legs with passionfrut butter was to die for. Then we had sizzling shrimp again to die for. I then had the barramundi fish gluten and dairy free. I couldn't stop thinking about it & wanted it the next day. Friend had hanger steak which was cooked to perfection. This place is mind blowing as far as creativity with flavor. The Chef deserves major recognition and so does the hostess and waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.