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Lüke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lukeneworleans.com
  • Email: lukeneworleans@chefjohnbesh.com
  • Phone: (504) 378-2840
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast:7:00am - 11:00am Mon - Fri, 7am-10am Sat - Sun; Lunch: Mon - Fri: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sat - Sun: 10:00am - 4:00pm; TAKE OUT 7am-11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Executive Chef: Matt Regan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Lüke offers a range of private dining options. There is semi-private dining in view of the kitchen which seats up to 24. For receptions or sit down dinners there are four ballrooms that accommodate 190 guests seated or 250 guests reception-style. If you already have an event location in mind, let us bring the tastes of Lüke to you. Our team will coordinate delivery, set up and preparation, providing full-service coordination of your event meal. We can accommodate a variety of menu options, creating a unique event that features Lüke’s fresh ingredients, Old World cuisine and New Orleans style.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Poydras
  • Public Transit: St. Charles Street Car Line
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Lüke
Old World New Orleans brasseries that offers warmth, comfort, great food and good cheer. This John Besh restaurant combines the best of French, German and Creole Cuisines. Lüke offers an extensive French, German, and Belgian beer selection, including two exclusive house brews [custom-made in Louisiana]. The cuisine is unaffectedly Old World, using slow and traditional cooking techniques. The wine list will feature reds and whites from the Loire, Alsace, and Savoie regions, as well as Badischerwiens of Germany. Located in the heart of the Central Business District, Lüke will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Luke is in a neighborhood without much in the way of modern bistro dining ... and they rest on that quite a bit. Service is on the slow side, portions are small, and prices are high. The dining room is lovely - if they don't march you back to the second room right next to a not-particularly-lovely glassed-in kitchen. Brunch was tasty, though the etouffee was oversalted (this coming from someone who asked for potato chips instead of a birthday cake). Poached eggs in a jar are cumbersome to eat, and while one was poached perfectly, the other came out poached hard. If you're on an expense account and are in a position to treat Luke as a tapas you'll likely be in good shape. Bring a sweater though - the AC is the one thing that's ample."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had stopped earlier in our trip and sat at the bar. We had a great time with the bartender and oyster "shucker". The chef came out and gave us a lesson in the various oysters and locations. We enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to come back from Sunday brunch. Sunday brunch was excellent. The food was well prepared and the flavors were incredible. I had the Louisiana BBQ Shrimp and Grits topped with poached eggs. The Fried Jalapeno and Cheese Grits with the BBQ shrimp provided a little spice and were delicious. This trip removed any fear I had with eggs & seafood together and this dish sealed the deal. Luke is now on our list for "must-visit" when we go back to NOLA. They provided one of our most favorite meals in NOLA."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We had reservations for table service. Luke's appears tohave a very good and extensive sea food raw bar. The food was quite good and the service good. We found the noise level to be very loud due to, we think, the raw bar being in the dining room. Was expectin for on a higher end than what Luke's actually is. Overall had a good time, but probably would not come again unless for the seafood raw bar."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Excellent take of French and New Orleans classics. Soups rich and salads were large and fresh with really nice french style dressing. Had a mixed group of tastes, including vegan. The vegan plate made up by the chef was truly exceptional with a blend of vegetables and "cranberry beans". Diverse group of meat eaters, seafood lovers, vegans of foodie and non-foodie all enjoyed themselves with an exceptional meal."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Since Luke has been booked for dinner each time we have tried to reserve we decided on an early lunch this trip ..and glad we did.. We were seated promptly, staff was friendly and informative and food was served quickly. We had the chicken liver/rabbit pate as an appetizer and enjoyed every bite..although the restaurant was filling up we did not feel rushed. My hubby chose the daily lunch special which obviously is a big hit for business lunches... Delicious and quickly served.. Will try again for dinner."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Awesome happy hour! Had 12 dozens of oysters with 8 people. Half price on oysters and cocktail between 3-6pm. Servers were very nice and attentive to our needs. Would totally recommend this place for anyone who wants fresh shucked oysters. The baked oysters were to die for!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ate here after eating at Luke San Antonio recently. NOLA location has lost a step. Still good but not "wonderful". Pain Perdu and pancakes are good but not "WOW". Frittata was very good, though."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been here many times for business, pre-game, and pleasure. Always perfect. Food is well prepared from fresh ingredients. Atmosphere is vibrant, and service is five star. If you are in NOLA you have to eat here."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was okay. I've been here twice, and I didn't like it. The staff is not friendly, food was okay. I ordered Hamburger which was nominated one of the best hamburger in the US. However, hamburger at the Walks-on restaurant is much better. We ordered seafood bouillon, special of the day, which was very salty. Cocktail drinks are okay. The only good was appertizers."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "A friend recommended Luke but said he had only had breakfast and lunch there. He stayed in the Hilton where it resides and enjoyed it. I took some colleagues there this week and we all loved it. We all go to the city 3 or 4 times a year and have good general knowledge. Luke was a pleasant surprise and deserves a spot in the "go to" column. This one could become a regular for you trust me."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Gumbo was outstanding. Steak and fries were not best choice on menu; did not care for their special steak sauce and fries were not hot. Originally we were seated in bar area, but it was very noisy and the table was wobbly. We asked to be moved and they seated us at a nice table in the back. Loved watching cooks through glass window."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Dined after the opera - in time for the great happy hour; half price specialty drinks and 50 cent oysters! Super food, terrific service, just a fun, all around great place, like all of John Besh's restaurants. Our third or fourth time at Luke. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The famed Luke brunch turned out to be a big dud. My wife and I visited Luke and left again after 40 minutes, our dining experience was really rushed. The server missed critical items that we ordered, then didn't seem to care that he ruined our brunch. He was disinterested and rude, which is rare in New Orleans. The food was good, but the portions were small, the shrimp and grits are $24 for 2 shrimp, a nugget of sausage and a small pile of grits. This restaurant came very highly recommended so I'm sure my experience was not the norm, but I left unhappy and hungry."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Needed a place for a group breakfast. Found Luke on Open Table. Everyone enjoyed their meal and all would return"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food always wins. While the service and our location to other tables seemed a bit to be desired the food was top notch. I would recommend."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We had a fantastic first trip to Luke and we'll definitely be going back! We were greeted warmly and the service was outstanding. Our server gave great advice on wine and let us try some options to pick the right one. The food was wonderful and perfectly portioned."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Exceptional food and service I will return. Excellent brunch menu to choose from. Had eggs in a jar and they were fantasic."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food is amazing, the service pretty good, and the joint is busy. It's a great lunch spot in downtown NOLA, just don't schedule a meeting for immediately after lunch; allow 1 hour 15 minutes minimum."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I'm not a huge fan of French food, partially because what is advertised as French in the US isn't really French. As a result, I've normally skipped eating here in my previous visits to New Orleans since it is advertised as French. For a variety of reasons, I met friends for dinner here on this trip, and it was excellent. The menu had a few traditional French dishes (Croque Madame, etc) but most of the offerings were classic Louisiana dishes. I had a fish and roasted vegetables dish that was great, friends had shrimp and jalapeno grits and were quite pleased. We shared a bread pudding for dessert that was a perfect end to a quite good meal."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We went to Luke's as part of a weekend Bachelorette party in NOLA and had a wonderful time. The service was excellent! We began the meal with a wonderful round of champagne for the group and was followed with an excellent meal. I highly recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just a wonderful night out. And the dessert was fabulous, especially the dark chocolate cake. Oh and did I mention the drinks were wonderful too."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had the daily special (cochon du lait jambalaya), oysters, and the charcuterie. Flavor wad wonderful. Had a late dinner and the noise level of the restaurant was very loud. Service was friendly but could stand to be a little more attentive."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Luke always comes through with a great meal and service. Love the mussels and fries. The pate is out of this world!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We've eaten at Luke at least 5 times now and I continue to be impressed with the food and the staff. It's a small space which is always filled for dinner and the staff continues to impress. Drinks are flowing, food is yummy, and on occassion you even get to see the Chef! The rabit with house made noodles is my favorite dish. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Yummy, yummy!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Great restaurant if you visit NOLA put it on the list. Next time I am in San Antonio I will visit Luke on the riverwalk."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Not onle are the oysters, shrimp and all of the seafood great, but they make the best burger in town. The service is too notch and the drinks are fantastic."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "While the menu had some great items on it and we were all happy with our dishes, we had to practically beg for the opportunity to order a drink or dessert after dinner. Also, our server awkwardly collected so many dishes that she was trying not to drop them, but left the butter and one knife on our table, not returning to clear them or offer dessert or coffee. We had heard August was great, but as we had some travelers who may not have met the dress code, we went with Luke. Maybe we should have skipped."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had higher expectations for a John Besh establishment. I did had the seafood gumbo, though it was not outstanding and some of the seafood was over cooked. My friends thought the bisque was very good. My fried oyster salad was ok, the oysters were soggy. The real miss was the service. When our food was brought by an alternate server, there were several requests that had not been honored by the kitchen and it took 10 minutes for our original server to check on us. We were seated in the very back room, even though we had made reservations, and I think it was an "out of sight out of mind" problem. I would give it another try but would need to be convinced that our mishaps were not the norm before I could recommend the restaurant to others."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We went during happy hour so it was pretty busy and I can understand there are were a lot of orders for oysters. I really enjoy Luke's oysters as always, but this time we also got fried oysters and they forgot our order initially so it took some time. Also the waiters weren't very attentive to the customers and distracted with something on tv. I would go again because I enjoy the food and location is great but the service can be improved."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "There was a charming waiter who introduced himself and his assistant; promised his attention. Bisque was spilled all over saucer, no bread, appetizers came at different times. Not what I expected. The crab extra on my shrimp and grits was great, but I was surprised at the cost. But food was wonderful. I would go back to try other dishes and maybe be a little more pointed if things seemed a little sloppy."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The menu is good, and there is a great raw bar. I was disappointed by the crabmeat maison, which is supposed to be a specialty. It was good, fresh crab, but the dish was too dry and a little bland. The wine list is nice, and I like the glass, 1/2 carafe, carafe options. Our service was not great. We had a team of 2 servers and there was a lot of redundancy and/or misses throughout the meal. We placed a dessert order and waited for over 30 minutes before we finally caught the waitress's attention (we ordered with her the other waiter). She was really nice, got the manager involved, and got us on our way with a comped dessert, but the overall swervice experience jsut seemed really off."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "I had tried some of John Besh's other restaurants before so I was really looking forward to eating at Lüke. The charcuiterie tray is a great option for trying a wide selection of the various cured meat options that are available. Theseasoning on the main courses was severely lacking. What a shame to present such a nice mix of ingredients together and then not allow them to taste. I think even the rustic cooking that the entrees are based on included salt and other enhancing flavors available at the time... The deserts? Skip them. We had a few and they were either overcooked with little flavor or undercooked with off-textures. Go here for a drink and the charcuiterie plate and then head off to another place for your main meal."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I set up a group dinner for 8 and choose Luke for it's location and eclectic menu. Everyone was pleased with their selection. We were given a choice to be seated immediately (about 15 minutes ahead of our reservation time) near the door or wait for a table that would be open closer to our 7:30 reservation. We chose immediate seating and never regretted it. What a great place to eat. When some friends in town for a meeting couldn't find a dinner reservation, I recommended Luke, and they loved it as well."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Really disappointed by our experience at Luke. I was there with a group of 10 for brunch and the food was very lackluster. It took forever to come out. Also, they sold the burger as one of the best in the country to come of the group and no one's was cooked correctly. The menu had 1 vegetarian option (plain buttermilk pancakes) and some of the brunch entrees on the menu were $25. Would not waste your money there. So disappointed, as we were very excited to dine at a John Besh restaurant."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Went to lunch with some friends who happened to be downtown for the day. 3 of us got the lamb meatball lunch special and the 4th got the cochon de lait sand. with fries. Everything was delicious and the service was timely. I would definitely recommend this to other folks."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "poor service waited 90 minutes for food. food was average"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I came to LUKE for my 23rd birthday ! I came with a group of twenty and our server Richie Rich sat us in our own private room which was exactly what we wanted. Richie Rich was beyond phenomenal. He went above and beyond for each one of us by catering to each and everyone of our needs. He even took the time to suggest foods that we all loved. Even as he was serving us Richie Rich found time to entertain us with jokes and showing us a good time (he even did a dance for us). He made the experience a great one so much that every restaurant we went to afterwards was subpar."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Happy hour 50 cent raw oysters, half priced cocktails, beer and wine. Court Bouillon special is out of this world. Tastiest gulf oysters - and largest - I've ever eaten. An absolute treat!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We live in Florida and frequently go to New Orleans. Discovered LUKE a year ago and enjoyed our meal very much. This time we were seated in the dining room near the glass walled kitchen - had a great time watching the chef and team prepare the dishes! There were 4 of us and all had a different item from the menu. Everything was well prepared and delicious. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Love the ambience and atmosphere of Luke. Excellent service. We felt like we were in an old Paris restaurant with great classic Paris and Louisiana food. The special (pork chops served over red beans and rice) was delicious and the portion was generous. The roast chicken was reminiscent of beautiful roast chicken served in Paris. But the ultimate was the bread pudding with ice cream and candied pecans for dessert. Perfect ending."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Love dinner so much!! Came back next day for lunch. Awsome food!!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014