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Little Gem Saloon
Little Gem Saloon
  • Address:
    445 S Rampart St
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    French Quarter
  • Cuisine:
    Creole / Cajun / Southern
    Price: $30 and under

Little Gem Saloon Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://littlegemsaloon.com
  • Phone: (504) 267-4863
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "I went with a friend to lunch at the Little Gem for the first time last week. I had the fish and chips which were outstanding and my friend went "off-the-menu" for a veggie platter. The chef was more than willing to accomodate her request (that is the sign of a real chef - real chefs love to go "off-the-menu" and create specialty dishes). The service was also excellent. We were in and out in an hour."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I've really enjoyed the Sunday brunch with the Viper Mad Trio (great Buddy Bolden and other blues, jazz performances). The food is tasty (barbecue shrimp and the shrimp and grits are great) and, while the servers are friendly, they are always short-staffed, which makes service a bit hit or miss. It's special to be in a building that has historic roots as a venue for many of the New Orleans jazz and blues greats."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We went to see Kermit Ruffins, and it was a great time. The restaurant had a nice ambience, and is a great space for a sit-at-a-table type of music show. The food was't terrific, but not bad."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " Better food than expected at a music venue - also good acoustics and service"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food, service and entertainment at Sunday brunch were very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Service was great, live music was great, food was good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "It's nice to find wheat pasta anywhere and the lamb dish was excellent, as were the crawfish cakes. The big surprise was the spicy braised greens, a portion big enough to share with the table. The BBQ shrimp appetizer was outstanding! The wine list was more than adequate. We had an excellent Montrachet as wine for our table. Unfortunately, while I was off buying CD's, my wife ate my share of the pots du creme dessert we were going to split! Being able to see Dr Michael White without a drummer was pretty awesome, and the area history he added made dinner and a show a lovely, fun evening. Kudos to our server Christine!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Disappointing dining experience. Was looking forward to great fried chicken but found crisp skin but overly salted and tough. Went on a Thursday night and enjoyed Noya Jones and her band. Did like strawberry beer."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "As soon as we arrived, we were asked for a $10 cover charge each for the music. We had no idea this was expected. The charge was kindly cut in half. The $30 scallop entree was quite small - 3 smallish scallops. Shared appetizer, other entrees and wine were fine The noise from the live music was absolutely deafening - could NOT talk above it - so we were kindly moved to an open patio / smoking area. That was nice. All in all, menu items seemed a little pricey for what was served. Staff was lovely. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "You guys need to make sure restaurants are OPEN when you "accept" reservations. We had chips and chocolate from the local CVS for dinner instead. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My husband and I went with our four kids. It was wonderful. The steak and eggs was perfect, huge portions. Great fish and chips for kids. Wonderful oysters and fried green tomatoes. The only thing not good was the oreo cheesecake, my kids were disappointed in that. We loved the musicians too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "For those who seek fine jazz and cuisine add Little Gem Saloon to your must see list while in the Crescent City. It sits as a tribute to a once vibrant Black neighborhood in the heart of the early New Orleans jazz scene. Beautifully restored, it took me back to stories recounted by my parents about the jazz clubs in New York and Boston in the 1940s. I was prepared for good jazz. The Nayo Jones Quartet did not disappoint. But I was not expecting the amazing variety of oyster entrees on the menu. I was in bivalve heaven. That means a lot coming from a Cape Codder. Good wine list, generous portions of tasty food and another unexpected surprise - solo classical piano before the main act. I have my table picked out for a return visit."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Don't miss this gem when in New Orleans. The best fried chicken on the planet and jazz to match!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Go to see music in the Ramp Room but skip dinner. Felt like a cafeteria and the service was not good. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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
    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
  • "We went on a dance instruction night, which was a surprise but it was A fun night. Great food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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