MiLa
MiLa

MiLa

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://milaneworleans.com/
  • Phone: (504) 412-2580
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Sunday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Executive Chef: Allison Vines-Rushing, Slade Rushing
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baronne Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from MiLa
MiLa is the culmination of both the marriage of chefs Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing and their respective home states cuisines Mississippi and Louisiana. With a heavy emphasis on provisions sourced from regional farmers, MiLa fuses traditional Southern classics with fresh and surprising ingredients. Dine in an elegant yet relaxed dining room in downtown New Orleans.
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MiLa reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (21)romantic (15)special occasion (11)good for groups (9)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Disappearing Server
    FoodtimeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went to breakfast before the Saints game. MiLA is not usually open other Sunday mornings, I believe. Things started out fine but after we ordered our server completely disappeared. We were way too patient (nearly 40 minutes), finally had to get up and chase down another server. She came back and told us the typical, "your order is almost ready". It appeared that the orders must have never been placed. When the meal came out, the eggs benedict yolks were hard! Then our original server popped up out of nowhere and asks us how everything was!! She took 15% off the bill but I would suggest going somewhere else before a Saints game.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    AudreyDJ
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    While doing quite a bit of research leading up to our trip, we came across a few reviews of MiLa in magazines that were extremely complimentary. When we looked up the menu on the restaurant's website, it looked amazing and we decided we couldn't pass it up. Unfortunately, we were left disappointed. We expected a creatively delicious menu with so many offerings we would have trouble choosing. Instead we found a fairly boring menu with two paninis and a burger and a few other boring choices and tried to pick between two options that seemed alright, hoping they would be extraordinary. They weren't. The food was alright, but we were expecting much much more and longed for the pan roasted sweetbreads, bbq lobster, squash blossom tempura, scallops, monkfish, and lamb loin we were hoping to get. Sorry to say I wish we had gone somewhere different that would have provided a more memorable experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meh...
    unimpressed
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is good restaurant, but in a city with so much to offer foodies, it simply does not stand out. It is very pretty on the inside, but the food was merely adequate. My wife and I have had surprising success at other nice restaurants in working around her food allergies (wheat, dairy and soy). At other restaurants the wait-staff and kitchen seem keen to accommodate. Here the waitress, while very friendly, did not seem very knowledgeable about the menu from an allergen perspective (and did not speak to the chef). She brought a salad with cheese on it despite our discussion of the dairy allergy. I had the bbq shrimp appetizer and the pork chop. They were fine. Bread pudding dessert did not wow me.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • another hotel restaurant
    CreekerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The chefs' description sounded like a farm-to-table place with a distinct personality, updated regional family recipes, and so on. What I found was a slightly better-than-average hotel restaurant. I had a porkchop that was very large and very pretty, but with an unremarkable texture and flavor---overly-lean modern pork. The pureed sweet potatoes were fine, the sauteed squash overcooked. Visiting From Virginia, I thought I should try a Sazerac. It was watery and did not come close to one I had recently in a little restaurant in downtown Columbus. In short, I could have been eating dinner at a Hyatt anywhere in the U.S. The mission statement by the chefs set high expectations that the restaurant did not meet, at least on this visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time a big disappointment
    Pedalpusher
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My meal here two years ago was fabulous. Second time was a big disappointment. The dinner menu was nothing like the online menu. We may have been given the bar menu -- though we were seated in the dining room. The organic salad was tasty. The short rib panini was bland and was served with potato chips. We did not see our server until we needed the check. No one checked to see if we were enjoying the food. The reviews about inconsistent food and service are spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but very quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    It was a Wednesday night and that might have been the reason, but the restaurant was not very busy and therefore the atmosphere was a little mute. The food was excellent though! For food I'd go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food
    preferNOLA
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    MiLa has great food. We had the luncheon pork chop and sweet potatoes with the gumbo as a starter. The restaurant has a lot of construction around the location, and it is slightly "off the beaten path," but worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a disappointment!
    Luvgoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We expect good things from New Orleans and had such a poor experience at MiLa. The wait was long despite a mostly empty restaurant and reservations. From the time we were eventually seated to food presentation was over 1 1/2 hours. My husbands porkchop was raw inside so we had another wait while it was cooked. Yet we still paid full price for the subpar meal.
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  • tasty but limited
    toeknee
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went to MiLa with a party of 4. All was delicious. Ambiance is a little stark but attractive - I'd say the only soft items in the entire place are the napkins. They take the approach of only cooking a few things but coming them very well. Only five appetizers and maybe six or seven mains. Only one seafood dish that night, for instance. While it's nice to know everything is excellent a little more choice would help.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service in New Orleans
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We just went to MiLA for a friends Bach party. We spent three hours there. We were served water. Never asked again for drink orders. An hour later ordered dinner. An hour later received cold dinner. Had checks waiting to pay for 47 minutes before we Went to the bar to pay.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • hotel restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This appears to be a daytime venue, we were the only people in the restaurant at 8:30 PM The food was very good but menu limited and mostly sandwiches and salads. I had thought from a review that this was a local food to table venue and it was not. But as I said, food was very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    nolagirl
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went for breakfast and although the food was good, it took 30 minutes to get a mimosa & mu husband's bloody mary was pretty bad. The breakfast buffet looked really awful. This place caters more to hotel guests who want a quick breakfast before they check out. If you go, order food & skip the buffet because the breakfast was pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well kept secret
    Mattingly516
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    MiLa was outstanding. Not many patrons because of street maintenance. The food was top Mitch and the service was the absolute best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CCCB
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Our food was exceptional. Everything we had was delicious and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the food was great, waiter wasn't
    traveljunkie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The greatness of the food could not compensate for what our waiter lacked. The restaurant wasn't busy- I could only see three other tables of people, yet our waiter seemed aloof and distracted. Among a few things, he spilled my soup on me, and didn't know what to do, I had to ask him to please get me something to clean it up with... If you get any other waiter, I'm sure your experience will be great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • How soon can I go back?
    artloverVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Easily the best meal I had in New Orleans. We booked this because it was close to our hotel on Canal St. & the reviews looked reasonably good. The service was attentive without being overbearing. The food was amazing. I'm still trying to copy the cream cheese polenta. The skirt steak was tender & perfectly cooked. The banana creme brulee for dessert was to die for. Even sharing with my husband, the portion was generous. The music was was restaurant music should be - subtle background ambiance. I would definitely go back if I ever find myself in New Orleans again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was pretty let down. Was there on business, and we did have some amazing soup. Everything else lacked severely. The waiter was abysmal. He kept refilling my glass with the wrong thing. I was given 3 different beverages over the course of lunch. Plus, our waiter went MIA for a while. Service was slow and the place had at least a 1:1 ratio of waiters to tables (it was empty). Worst of all, I ordered the lamb burger. It was supposed to be medium. It was raw on the inside...like raw raw. Took forever to get another one. That one, of course, was over cooked...but at least it was edible. No comp on the bill. When you're paying between $15-20 for lunch entrees and $9 for soup (even amazing soup), the lunch should be much better.
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  • Food & Service
    NOLAdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    When we viewed the menu we were a little apprehensive due to the limited choices. Wow! It didn't matter. Two appetizers & entree's later we were amazed. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Service was very good & unobtrusive. Go & treat yourself.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOLA Favorite never disappoints
    Jderekreese
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything is always as it should be at Mila. Service staff is attentive and food is always perfectly prepared - presentation on plates is appetizing. Missed foie gras from menu but plenty of yummy choices to pick from. We will usually stop by on our NOLA trips as we are confident of a good meal and experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    JD2cMM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was amazing and the drinks were wonderful! The service was fantastic as well. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Confused
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant is consistently rated as one of the top dining destinations in the city. I do not understand why. We had dinner on a Saturday night, the place was empty. We made a last second reservation and other places were booked, so I know it was not the summer time doldrums. I was not sure if the waiter was drunk or stoned. It took approximately 15 minutes to get our drinks. Food arrived with no silverware. He waited for us to hand him our plates. We ordered several apps to share. The oyster salad had minuscule oysters, so small the batter was falling off of them - other restaurants seem to not have a problem with oyster size this time of year. There were problems with the other dishes too. The highlight of the meal was the dessert.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 799 reviews are from the MiLa reviews archive.
  • Oustanding. Diverse menu.
    ChillPill
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Superb food and ambiance. The sweetbreads were amazing, as was the lobster salad. The tuna was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, elegant, quiet
    Roseanne
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at MiLa on a weeknight, perhaps that was why it was quiet. We could have a conversation with our guests and relax the elegant dining room. The waiter's attention to our group was perfect, not too much the, not too little. We ordered the saucteed Atlantic Salmon, Vadouvan Spiced Monkfish, and the terrific Crispy Baby French Chicken. The portions were generous especially the chicken. We passed on ordering the most popular Pan-Seared Sweetbreads to save room for dessert; sorbet, ice cream, and the Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding (Wow!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in quiet setting
    thepopsterVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    MiLa continues to serve outstanding food thoughtfully prepared in a space where you can have a conversation with friends. If one were to rate food quality, service and noise level, MiLa would certainly be in the top three of New Orleans restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • was there for breakfast
    fishccyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    decent breakfast like in most hotels, was hoping to see some special items from the lunch/dinner menu though.
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    romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    Ladyluck
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Our meals were amazing. Good portion size. Should try to make the restaurant more visible from baronne street.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    pamelaida
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Mila. They have some of the best salads I have eaten. The Crabmeat Chef salad is excellent and the Fried oyster salad was simple but excellent. For the first time ever I ate the Sunchoke soup. This rare vegetable made for an excellent and unque soup.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavidatlantaVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    In a great city for dining, this one is just not up to the competition. Very unenthusiastic staff and boring ambience. The food was good but not memorable.
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  • Go somewhere else...
    Celebr8foodVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Started out with 3 requests to get one Bloody Mary at brunch. Then another person at our table asked for a drink....again, it took three requests including trips to the bar asking the bartender directly for the drinks. I asked if it was a problem since we had to ask 6 times for 2 drinks. Very lackluster response from the hostess, too busy folding napkins to apologize, get the drink right away.....the server was totally out of it, and the restaurant was not that busy. Wow, with such a foodie town I don't know how this place stays in business. Probably since it is in the hotel it gets the too lazy to step outside guests to eat there. Take my advice - don't go here.
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  • Outstanding food!
    Sprecks
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Foodie friends visiting from CO. This was our 3rd restaurant in 3 nights. Each course blew us away. OUTSTANDING!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Every morsel was wonderful!
    lotsatravelVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went to Mila early before going to the Saenger Theatre. It is a great spot to dine before going to the show because you can walk there. But what we loved most was each course was wonderful! We shared the soup and the delicious corn and crab salad. They were both excellent! Both of our fish entrees were equally delicious, with very interesting ingredients surrounding them. For dessert, we had the root beer float, which is not what you think. If you are adventurous, you should try it. We would order all of these again, for our dinner was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed experience
    Italiangirl
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Very romantic and atmospheric, with great appetizers and some lovely food. Unfortunately, the steaks we ordered, although well-prepared, were tough. Given the price, that was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food and wine for lunch were divine. All the choices seemed good. Service was great.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal
    FoodieEck
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The sweetbreads appetizer and the lobster appetizer are both exceptional. All other food items we tried were also great! Would love to go again, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had a great meal and excellent service! Oyster salad was outstanding, duck was tender and halibut tasty.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MiLa
    2foodies
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We were looking for a place that offered a selection of Southern food, so this was perfect. The tuna was excellent. Cooked perfectly and seasoned perfectly. We were both very happy with our meals. They even had a vegetarian option on the menu. The service was great. We arrived early, they seated us early. They were very attentive. Our waiter seemed to always appear right when we needed him.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MEH
    SECppl
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We ate here on a double date and I chose it because I read that they were able to accommodate gluten free. The options were very limited for gluten free, and subject to the server's discretion for whether or not he thought it could be done. I wish they'd just have the chef come out. Our server warned us that the bread they brought out was terrible...and according to the others in my party, it was! Our appetizers were the SMALLEST plates I have ever seen. I would expect those portions to be for one! Our food was so-so..tuna and steaks were pretty good, and the chicken had a great flavor but a too tough. The duck came out looking like a mound of tar, especially in the LOW lighting. This place is nothing to rave about. Just another pricey spot
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  • Best meal in New Orleans!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    The food we had a MiLa was the best we had in New Orleans. That includes eating at Nola and 2 of John Besh's resturants. I would strongly advise eating there.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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  • Very good service and food.
    Chip
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Awesome location for getting back in touch with friends and taking time to relax.
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    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good deal
    RoyT
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Mila was a dinning gem. The chief sent out a delightful dish for us to try and it was simply delicious. The service was great. Our waiter was attentive and responsive. The food was well prepared and tasty, not too much, just enough, great flavors. The desert, wish I could have taken back to my room so I could use my hands to eat it. It was wonderful. Price, a little on the pricey side but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.