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Little Gem Saloon
445 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
$30 and under
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Little Gem Saloon Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm;
Jazz Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch
Pay-to-Park lots are available at Poydras and Rampart Streets.
A word from Little Gem Saloon
Relive the sounds and sensations of New Orleans’ legendary jazz age – a time that witnessed the fusion of cultures which transformed ragtime and marching music into jazz and blended the savory spices that revolutionized and made famous New Orleans’ Creole cuisine. The Little Gem Saloon offers a new
century twist on a historic space that first introduced New Orleans’ jazz to the world, as well as the first tempting tastes of traditional Creole cuisine. Located in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon is just steps from the Superdome and streetcar line, and within blocks of the French Quarter.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
My family and I were in town this
past weekend and visited for brunch. The food, service, and live band were wonderful! I frequently go to brunch in the DC area and this New Orleans spot did not disappoint. You cannot beat good food paired with bottomless mimosas. This was a great find, but sadly it was empty, possibly due to the French Quarter Festival. "
Dined on 4/13/2014
I am very satisfied with Little
Gem and am a return diner! Good food, wine, ambiance and friendly staff! The Sunday evening Tango night is what drew me here to this "little gem" at first and I will come back. Highly recommend it!"
Dined on 4/6/2014
We were searching for some great
food. We saw an advertisement on TV in our hotel room and was hooked. We made the reservation and everything was excellent after that. We got there right at closing and they were very accommodating. You know how some places will give you that look when you arrive right at closing. Well, this place was just the opposite. They were very welcoming. We weren't rushed to make our orders. We ordered the fresh shucked oysters as well as the Oysters Little Gem....yum! We also ordered the wedge salad with shrimp added....yum! For our entrees we ordered the shrimp & grits and the Fish of the Day. Everything was absolutely fantabulous. Will definitely return to this GEM of a place and recommend to everyone."
Dined on 3/29/2014
Pricey, pricey, pricey. Our plates
were a mess and we just payed 50 dollars each for nothing. We were the only ones having dinner there a Saturday night at 10 pm. In New Orleans!"
Dined on 3/29/2014
We wanted to try something new and
this was great for our group of 7 Mardi Gras celebrators. The food was amazing especially the fried mac n' cheese balls and the jazz trio playing gave a great ambience. We had a lot of fun and a great time on our first night out during Mardi Gras."
Dined on 2/27/2014
Made a reservation for after the
Saints game. We thought "fabulous! We had found our after the game place!" There were tables available when we walked in but the hostess told us to wait and they would be with us shortly. We waited and all the tables filled up. Took forever to get a drink. The hostess avoided us. Turned out that the ability to book a table was a mistake but then it was too late to get a table. The manager offered us a free drink. No, thanks! We'll just go to Desi Vega's where the players go!"
Dined on 9/8/2013
Great reception for our
anniversary trip. So welcoming from the moment we stepped inside the door. Food and service was of an exceptionally high standard and the jazz superb. Make sure you go on a Wednesday for the sophisticated jazz piano of Joshua Paxton followed by the absolutely sensational Glen David Andrews Band. Wow!!!!"
Dined on 2/26/2014
NOT A GREAT NITE TO JUDGE IT WAS
THE FRIDAY NITE ELTON JOHN CONCERT. PLACE WAS PACKED AND LOUD. WE HAD RESERVATIONS FOR AN 8 TOP. WAITRESS FORGOT 2 ORDERS! THE ORDERS NEVER MADE IT INTO THE KITCHEN. WE HAD TO LEAVE FOR CONCERT AND THOSE 2 PEOPLE WERE HUNGRY ALL NITE! I HAVE BEEN THERE BEFORE AND ITS BEEN MUCH BETTER. PLACE MUST BE BETTER PREPARED FOR THOSE CONCERT NITES."
Dined on 3/21/2014
Went there before Elton John
concert and was really impressed by the food. The staff was friendly under very crowded situation. Would go there again when not so crowded."
Dined on 3/21/2014
saw kermit blowing his horn on
march 8, amazingly lucky for us"
Dined on 3/8/2014
Went to see Kermit Ruffins and we
were not dissapointed! The show was amazing! We reserved an hour before the show so that were were done with our mains before the show (and to get a good table). Show menu is small but varied. Good mix of southern fare and American options. Pricey but good value! Once the show starts service is a bit more difficult so I recommend going earlier to get your orders in before a show!"
Dined on 3/8/2014
We went on a dance instruction
night, which was a surprise but it was A fun night. Great food."
Dined on 3/9/2014
After cruising the French Quarter
and looking everywhere on-line: where were all the jazz/blues venues to roll into and listen with great food? All gone to Frenchmen Street. Good if you like college frat bars with sticky floors and dim lit bars. Instead. Little Gem Saloon is what you get when you want a fantastic upscale venue with superb tapas (that's the small plates) with knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. Oh the jazz. . Kermit and others rolling for three hour sets with that jazz you came to New Orleans for. The food. The great small plates with the owner stuffing his own sausages and smoking it out back and throwing it down on wood boards with spread whole grain mustard. This is what the French Quarter and Basin Street used to be."
Dined on 2/22/2014
Took my wife there for Valentines
Day. We got a table right next to the stage and they had an awesome musical act which wasn't too loud and very romantic. We brought our own champagne and it was a $15 cork fee for that which was fine. We shared the Chateaubriand and it was awesome. It came with potatoes that had melted gouda inside which my wife devoured. There was also a side of roasted corn over leeks which were very flavorful. We will definitely go back there."
Dined on 2/14/2014
We are 3 friends visiting New
Orleans last weekend. As for ambience there were few tables spread over large room, which did not make it cozy. The service was good. The menu was special for Valentines day and several things attracted me from online menu were absent. That was not updated or anyway noted on website. The food we ordered was average. It was a cold night and the large doors from the patio were constantly swinging open. When I asked a waiter to close these doors I was told that the keys are lost... However 5 min later the keys reappear... Overall food and experience are ok, but not to go there again."
Dined on 2/14/2014
The band and singer were very
good, the food was good, but the wait staff seemed overwhelmed by the crowd -- perhaps justifiably since it was mix of Valentine's Day and NBA All-Star crowd. Otherwise, would not hesitate to return."
Dined on 2/14/2014
What a night - my friends and I
will never forget the Little Gem. Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns were fantastic - worth the trip to NOLA alone. We got great service from Brian and our table was perfect. I HIGHLY recommend LGS to anyone traveling to New Orleans."
Dined on 2/8/2014
I really liked this space for
listening to music while you eat. The crab and mirliton bisque was outstanding, but the rest of our food was only bland and uninspiring. Desserts were the most disappointing; the chocolate satsuma pie tasted bitter and was runny and we sent it back after one bite. (We appreciated that the server took it off the bill.) The restaurant needs to be clearer about the music cover charge, i.e., if we are seated well before the set but still finishing our meal when the music starts, do we have to pay the cover charge even if we don't intend to stay past our meal?"
Dined on 1/31/2014
The cold weather in New Orleans
had shut down some businesses and schools. Although some restaurants closed, many did not After driving in from Atlanta for our anniversary, we made an Open Table reservation for Little Gem Saloon, and we walked 10 blocks to arrive there on time. The place was locked and empty with no sign or door note. This note is for users of Open Table: be sure you call ahead even if you are confirmed through Open Table, which does not five weather - related updates about its restaurants."
Dined on 1/28/2014
We went to Little Gem with a group
of 8 to close out a Bachelorette weekend in New Orleans. A lot of places do not take reservations for Sunday jazz brunch so I was thrilled to find one that had good reviews and was within a mile of our hotel on Bourbon Street. Everyone loved their food, oyster po'boy, brussel sprouts, fries, shrimp and grits, and the list goes on. A few of us partook in the bottomless mimosas which really took our send off to the next level, when in NOLA... right? Our waiter was very friendly and made sure to check on us often. The band was good and the restaurant is retro but with lots of light and modern touches. Perfect for jazz brunch! Thanks Little Gem Saloon!"
Dined on 1/12/2014
My husband and I had great food,
service and drinks at the Little Gem Saloon. We will definitely go there on our next trip to New Orleans."
Dined on 12/30/2013
This place should not attempt to
be a New Orleans restaurant. It is a jazz club and bar scene. The food was terrible, cold and done quick and cheaply(although not cheap). I work in downtown NO, there are plenty of other options to eat."
Dined on 1/2/2014
We had friends in for the Saints
game and decided to try little gem salon. While the food was good the extremely poor service makes this a place I don't believe we will return to or recommend to anyone. To start we gave our drink order to the waiter and after about 30 minutes everyone's drinks arrived but mine. I reminded our waiter and he said he would be back but never returned. Our group ordered a second round of drinks and I still don't have a drink. The funny thing is I was only waiting on an iced tea. The food was good but the service was just awful. You might think well it was a saints game and they were busy but that was not the case. We were up stairs and not every table had guest."
Dined on 12/29/2013
If you want a night of good food
and good music and good entertainment....book a table upstairs at the Little Gem on a Saturday night to hear Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers. I've made this one of my regular stops every time I come to NOLA...a perfect evening!"
Dined on 12/28/2013
Go for the music, it's great. Food
very average, wouldn't go again for dinner. Have not had brunch there but heard it is good."
Dined on 12/13/2013
The location on the corner Poydras
and Rampart makes it perfect for pregame dining for both Saints and Pels games. Reservations are accepted so you don't have to wait. There is live music upstairs, when we went it was a jazz pianist...excellent background music. Also many large hd tv's for keeping up with other games. The bar menu is extensive, with several excellent unusual beers on tap. The food menu is relatively small...I think we ordered one of everything, it was all good! The Oysters Gem were baked with artichokes and andouille...delicious. Also fried frog legs, crab cakes, barbq shrimp with grits, fried chicken with a biscuit as big as a small cake...and raw oysters!"
Dined on 11/17/2013
We took out of town guests here to
listen to one of our favorite people, Kermit Ruffins. We sat upstairs and had a great table up front. We ate dinner as well. Our waitress was awful. I ate after everyone else at the table because she forgot my order. She would only take one drink order at a time, and rarely came by to check on us. The topper was she put herself a tip on the bill for 4 people."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Two colleagues and I had lunch
here during a conference at the Hyatt. Trip Advisor reviews were very favorable so we gave it a try. We were seated promptly and order taken. The food came in a timely fashion for a business lunch, but after that service degraded as the main lunch crowd arrived. We had to ask for the bill after waiting 10 minutes after the last plates were cleared. The food was OK. Not great by New Orleans standards, but good and fresh. The lunch menu was somewhat limited in options compared to other restuarants, but acceptable."
Dined on 11/11/2013
Went before the Saints game and it
was a fun spot for good food!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
This wonderful place was deserted
- not sure how it has been kept a secret. Generous portions, delicious food. You will really do yourself an injustice if you don't go!"
Dined on 10/9/2013
We loved the ambiance, and the
food. We had the most amazing and knowledgeable waitress ever, and made great tourist recommendations. I would recommend this place to everybody!!!"
Dined on 10/7/2013
This place is so energetic. We
have visited before every Saints game and sometimes after. Good food, good drinks, and fantastic music. It's so close to the Superdome that you can spend your pre-game time sitting down listening to live music and great food. A true New Orleans "gem"!"
Dined on 9/30/2013
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