Little Gem Saloon
Little Gem Saloon

Little Gem Saloon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://littlegemsaloon.com/
  • Phone: 5042674863x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Little Gem Saloon reviews from OpenTable diners
21 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.6
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)special occasion (4)romantic (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Outstanding!!!
    Lexie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Music, Good Food, Historic
    RickPVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to see music
    warehousefoodie1
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out
    Pongo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Better food than expected at a music venue - also good acoustics and service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dann
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food, service and entertainment at Sunday brunch were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    AuntL
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Service was great, live music was great, food was good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Food, Great Entertainment
    mikef
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 45 reviews are from the Little Gem Saloon reviews archive.
  • Salty Chicken
    EaterouterVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Won't Go Again
    Rich
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CLOSED!!!
    Hungry
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great mothers day brunch
    coll
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz & Oysters Alive & Well
    DrCodfish
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A True Gem!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Don't miss this gem when in New Orleans. The best fried chicken on the planet and jazz to match!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Music Not Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Go to see music in the Ramp Room but skip dinner. Felt like a cafeteria and the service was not good.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome brunch find
    KKing
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I am very satisfied with Little
    Ondina
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    JoeBuzz
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey, pricey, pricey. Our
    GourmandCMH
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT A GREAT NITE TO JUDGE
    lexxrex
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place
    Kaydee
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Orleans visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We went on a dance instruction night, which was a surprise but it was A fun night. Great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saw kermit blowing his horn
    ertha
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    saw kermit blowing his horn on march 8, amazingly lucky for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a show!
    Chris3412VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem is a gem
    Svenskaflicka
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great jazz and food
    rogerrum
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where the Jazz Went
    TheJazzishere
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great music, good food, poor servic
    Donemoved
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem is a Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Travel4fun
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience!
    damico
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The doors were locked
    BlueFace
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Jazz Brunch Rocks
    Cis4couture
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not good
    George
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was a little Gem
    dvi2480
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still waiting!
    LakeviewTigerVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kermit Ruffins at the Little Gem
    PcolaCat
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best for music, not food.
    Kbnola
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pregame dining spot
    Foodlovingsaintsfan
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Gem
    JoJo
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate