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The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum
The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum

The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector/
  • Email: AmericanSector@chefjohnbesh.com
  • Phone: (504) 528-1940
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday : 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Friday - Saturday : 11:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern
  • Executive Chef: Todd Pulsinelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room
  • Entertainment: The American Sector also features live entertainment in the Stage Door Canteen. To make reservations for the shows in the Stage Door Canteen please call (504) 528-1943.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The American Sector offers free parking after 3pm, 7 days a week, on the corner lot across the street on Magazine.
A word from The American Sector @ The National WWII Museum
American Sector restaurant serves nostalgic favorites in the World War II Museum. If you were eating in America in the 1940s, then acclaimed chef John Besh’s restaurant, American Sector located in the National World War II Museum of New Orleans, will surely pique the nostalgia. Just reading the menu will send you down memory lane, and when you finally decide and the food arrives, you may well find its better than you remember.
That’s because Besh is a gifted chef with a playful touch, dedicated to preserving the food ways and traditions that are our culinary heritage. His nostalgic menu of all-American favorites, lovingly refined and honoring World War II-era America, is delectably southern bent.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "Made reservations so we would be assured a table, and were seated promptly upon arriving on time. The menu is varied, from salads to sandwiches to entrees. The burgers are 10 ounces each, which were too big for us, so the server suggested that they split one for us. You don't find that often - the suggestion and willingness to split an entrée. The burger was well worth it, cooked perfectly and very juicy. Comes with house-made fries. Nice beer list and wines by the glass, along with all the typical beverages. Relaxed service. Cupcakes for dessert - what is not to like. We ordered two (hey, we split the burger) - vanilla bean and red velvet. Both were great. An enjoyable lunch."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We were excited to be able to eat at American Sector but was very let down. The food was ok and the service was a little lacking. Once was good enough. We had the duck wings that was good but the lamb ribs were a little to fatty for me. Also the Japaleno grits were very bland and the oyster salad was probably the worst I've ever had!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Previously here at lunch and loved the food, the atmosphere, the service, etc. This occasion, the dissatisfaction may have all revolved around poor service - a large semi-formal gala event elsewhere on property and an extremely large party in the restaurant. Order was not taken promptly; appetizers were served without plates and had to wait quite some time when this was pointed out; water glasses were not refilled; food was not served in a timely manner; the hot food was nearly room temperature, which may affected its "quality; despite a large amount of food remaining, server did not ask if a to-go box was needed; server did not ask if dessert and/or coffee was desired to conclude. Probably this was an exception, but unlikely to return."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "On recent trip to New Orleans, was looking forward to dining at American Sector restaurant. Thought having John Besh as the chef would elevate the food at the WWII museum to New Orleans "level" of dining. Very disappointing. While the menu looked/sounded great, the execution from the kitchen fell way short. There were four of us. Hamburger, OK. Chicken, dry. Althought the couscous was good. Lamb balls with ravioli was below average. Meatballs were way overcooked. No lamb flavor at all. Small and hard. Ravioli was very dense. Sauce was very good though. Finally my wife had braised pork belly in ramen. Terrible. Came out at room tepid. Then, NO flavor to broth. Have had pork belly before, but no meat, just fat. Wife said "worst meal ever"."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Our server was fabulous, the décor was great so were the cocktails, however we expected better food from a "John Besh" restaurant!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What a wonderful lunch we had sitting outside. The service was 5 star and the food even better."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Took some friends from out of town to this restaurant for lunch. Have been here before so knew it was good. The service was great as expected. The place was a lot busier and boisterous than I remember and the tables a little too close to each other. This made having a private conversation a little hard. But the food was good and the weather made for great outdoor dining for many people. I remain a fan of this restaurant and will be back"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The ambience is warming. Chef john besh has an outstanding menu. They have a nice beer list with some home micro brews on the list. Its has an out side patio, an indoor table setting plus 2 private dinning rooms which are available for a small nominal fee, ($100 for the waiter). You also have the choice of going in for a dinner and a show. I highly recommend stopping by and taking your taste buds on a ride on the highway they have never been down!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We all found the food to be OK but no big deal. Salad was overdressed and too salty. The shortribs were overspiced, mac and cheese, greasy. The pulled pork sandwhich was dry. I asked about the meatloaf. Our waiter acted like I was being picky because I can't eat peppers. "Are you allergic or you just don't like them?" he asked. I was not going to get into my specific dietary problem with raw or under-cooked onions and peppers and then he said in a kind of smart-alek -way. "Oh...you just don't like them." All-in-all......way over-priced. On the other hand, the hostess was lovely and the chocolate malt was very good. We went to John Besh's other place, Domenica and really enjoyed the meal completely."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "On my last night in Nola I decided to to give the american sector a try as it was just a couple blocks my hotel. I started with the Italian cheese fries which were actually delicious. However 5 minutes into my app my main course arrives. So as im finishing my app my main course is sitting there getting cold. I ordered the braised beef ribs and let me tell you what a mistake that was. It was the driest piece of beef I have ever tasted. At one point I had to stick my finger in my mouth to dislodge pieces from my cheeks due to it clinging for life on the moisture in my mouth. Although the wait staff did apologize for the courses coming out on top of each other not once did they comes back to check how it was. Horrible experience"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had reservations for 6:30 but decided to go early for Happy Hour. They accommodated us, we sat and had drinks and then around 6 we ate. The waitress was extremely friendly and the food was great. It was during the week so they were not quite as busy. The bar area was full though. It was a good way to relax and talk after seeing some of the exhibits that were quite emotional."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Our expectations of a John Besh establishment were not met and we cannot recommend this place to anyone. The crab cake sandwich was tasteless if crab and loaded with bread as a filler. One large hockey puck! Reminded me if a frozen TV dinner. Really John? Also ordered the pork, a better selection. Tender and flavorful. We were nickeled and dimed as French fries were an upcharge as well as sauce to put on the crab cake. Service was slow and unattentive. A disappointing start to a wonderful afternoon at the. WWII exhibit."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Gumbo was way too salty to eat. Sliders were overcooked and boring. A little suspicious that the food came out two minutes after we ordered... Make a reservation to Cochon down the street and go there instead. Sorry John Besh - not your best."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I feel I made a poor selection when I chose my entrée. It was less than I expected from a John Besh restaurant. However, I will return because there were several other choices I could have made. The others in my party thought their lunches were excellent"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had the French Dip. The beef was VERY fatty and tough. The roll waa stale. The au jus waa tasty however."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "American Sector has one of the best happy hour deals in town. $4 cocktails that are fantastic, 75 cent sliders and meat pies that are outstanding, as well as beer and wine specials. Their dinner is also wonderful, if a bit pricey. John Besh always impresses."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We were seeing the museum and decided to eat on site rather than trying to find another place. We were glad we did. This classy little place was just the thing. Not so upscale that casual museum visitors will feel out of place, but will make you look around and say "very nice". I enjoyed the food and our server was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Valentines Day 2014 was in the middle of NBA All Star Weekend in NOLA and accordingly there were many visitors in the city to attend the game and related events. We live in the neighborhood and have always considered The Americsn Sector to be an overlooked gem by many. Being located in the National WWII Museum, the restaurant has always been busy during at lunch and dueling museum hours. The dinner menu was recently expanded and now includes entrees like; paneed rabbit, duck breast, and root beer marinated short ribs. For Valentines Day the restaurant offered a three course prix fixe menu featuring lobster mac n cheese and a choice of either beef Wellington or grouper, topped off by a choice of two special desserts. Another very nice meal!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food, good service, great atmosphere, and great for a lunch meeting."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The food and service were wonderful. It was our first time in New Orleans and the waiter helped us to make decisions on what we wanted to order. He was also nice enough to split the dishes for us, and cleared the table as we were done with a dish. I only wish I had enough time to try more dishes off the menu, so much of it looked delicious."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I had lunch at American Sector while visiting the WWII museum. We choose to share some appetizers. We had the mini burgers, duck wings, and fries. It was more than enough food. Each having a unique flavor. And very reasonably priced. Highly recommend. We will be back to try other things on the menu. We didn't try any mixed drinks or milkshakes. They looked delicious. Unfortunately, it was one of the coldest days in Louisiana history. It was just too cold to try these specialty items. Again, we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Could not have been happier. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The entire experience was incredible I would recommend this place to everyone."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "We loved our visit to American Sector. The food was delicious. Food was a little on the upscale side, but nothing too outside of the box to be enjoyed by most. Quality and flavor were outstanding. I loved that the vegetables in my dish were from their own garden. My sons kids meal came in a metal lunch box and included a plastic soldier with his cookie (restaurant is attached to the WWII museum)."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "American Sector does it right! The food is done with perfection. There are twists and turns, fall off the bone meat, mouth-watering flavors and unique ways of preparing the food. Chef Jeff Mattia has got something special. Our dining experience was superb!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "If you are going to The WWII museum this us a great option. It is better than most restaurants associated with museums but it is really pedestrian in its offerings so I would not go for a dinner not associated with the museum visit. I find that in General John Besh, who I have eaten at his restaurants since the first, has become too interested in being a star and not a restranteur."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "We took the family for a late lunch, and the place was hopping. We arrived about 30 minutes early for our reservation, but the manager made special accomodations for us. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and served quickly, so it made my family very happy!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "I was skeptical about eating at a museum restaurant, but this was a great meal. Relaxed, great for kids, in a cool, modern setting."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Too much to cover in this space I was limited out because it was too long. I plan to send directly to the company/chef."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "I am glad you asked. We were VERY pleased with the food (delicious, well-prepared, well-presented) and especially with the service. Your wait staff are professionally trained and dressed, personable and very appropriate. My sister said "best service in New Orleans. We thoroughly enjoyed the lunch and the experience."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Have been there several times but not in a while. Menu changed and for the worst. Would not go back"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I have gone there a couple times and each time we had bugs flying around our plates."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Love John. My duck was so so. We had a reservation. It took forever to be seated. Apparently we ordered dinner 8 minutes before the dinner menu started so we were told we'd have to wait. We were disappointed."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Great new dinner menu. The rabbit, duck and short ribs are fabulous additions to the menu."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "I am a member of the museum and have eaten at The American Sector three times in the last month. Overall, it is just OK. As a local, I would not go there if it were not for the fact that I bring guests to the museum. The food is OK, but the service is poor. They promote the alliance with local chef John Besh, but it is kind of like Air France promoting their inflight menus as being created by Guy Martin of le Grand Véfour. At the end of the day, they are still serving Sloppy Joe's & Meatloaf, so the rest of the experience relies on the service and atmosphere. A good improvement would be to train the wait and bar staff to say "Thank you for joining us" or "Enjoy the rest of your day" instead of "Please pay at your earliest convenience.""
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Had dinner at Besh's Luke which was one of my all time best meals, all in the party agreed. So, were at the Museum and couldn't wait to eat here and see what he did with this theme. Restaurant was fun (the WWII museum is a must!!!) No one there for dinner which we asked about and were told it was just a slow night. UM, no! Mediocre food is the reason. Might be nice for lunch but skip it for dinner"
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "Good spot for lunch while viewing the extensive museum. Wonderful to find a nice and fairly quiet sit down restaurant to take a break while visiting the museum."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We had a team dinner at this location when we were attending a show at the Morial Convention Center. It was a fantastic venue and we were seated in a separate area from the main dining area - so that helped provide a semi-private feel for our dinner. The menu is simple and comfort food based, but dressed up in an upscale manner. The bar provided signature and standard drinks. The service was impeccable and quick considering our group size (20+). The ambiance was great with the WWII Museum in the background and old vintage Hollywood and WWII images surrounding our dining area. Would highly recommend this if you have a group dinner need that you want to have in a fun environment."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We have since heard that happy hour is good. I wouldn't waste a New Orleans meal on this place. Epic fail!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Comfort food with a New Orleans twist. If spending the day at the museum a stop here is a convenient idea. Food is good. Ambiance ok and staff is great"
    Dined on 11/22/2013