Ye Olde College Inn
Ye Olde College Inn

Ye Olde College Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.collegeinn1933.com/
  • Phone: 5048663683x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Southern, Creole
  • Executive Chef: Bradley McGehee
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: Please call the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Ye Olde College Inn has an upper deck space that looks over the entire restaurant. The dining area absorbs the ambiance of the restaurant. It is not walled off but nestled above the restaurant, yet removed enough to be your own. The space holds a maximum of 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Bradley McGehee 5048663683x
  • Entertainment: Next door and across our parking lot is the World Famous Rock’n'Bowl. The Rock'n'Bowl has live music Tuesday through Saturday. With a purchase from the entree section of the Ye Olde College Inn menu you may request a $5 off voucher towards admission.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fig Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We own our own lot that is shared between Ye Olde College Inn guests and Rock’n'Bowl guests. There is also ample surface street parking on Carrollton Avenue.
A word from Ye Olde College Inn
Since 1933 Ye Olde College Inn has served generations of New Orleanians. Come join us at a true New Orleans farm to table landmark. Our menu features our latest Creole specials and plenty of twists on traditional New Orleans standards. We have a farm located adjacent to the restaurant where we get a variety of fresh produce. Next door is another New Orleans landmark, the Rock’n'Bowl. Ask for a $5 off voucher when you dine from the entree section of our menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCreole
Ye Olde College Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (61)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (33)special occasion (23)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (18)romantic (10)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Server Josh had a cute butt;)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was outstanding, service was great. Loved the peanut butter pie dessert. Onions are famous and amazing. Josh had a cute butt and a great mustache;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    MenuMaster
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I have been to College Inn frequently since the reopening after Katrina. The Staff, ambience, food selection and consistency of presentation and temperature of the food items cannot be beat! The menu allows one to choose items from casual to fancy, one being more delicious than the next. The prices are fair; Waitress was well versed in the specials and was able to answer all questions about the tastes of the foods (ie. Spicy, sweet, etc). Overall, a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing find in new Orleans
    Rocky
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The entire experience is one to be enjoyed. Casual elegant. Some of the best food ever I had in the final is five star restaurants. All the vegetables were so fresh direct from their garden right next door. chickens with their own eggs out back. And a mus have is the oyster appetizer .. Perfectly cooked with a sprinkle of blue cheese on lettuce. Best onion rings ever, lightly battered and cooked to perfection. All of our entries were over the top. And u don't break the bank to rate here. Not cheap but definitely moderately priced considering the quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful time
    Dino
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Calling to make a reservation was hassle free, follow up call to reminde of the reservation was a good idea. When we arrived the tale was ready, our server Jimmie was professional and very pleasant. The food was rich and tasteful. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good local restaurant
    Agaion
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ye Olde College Inn has been around a very long time - and the quality of the food and scope of selection has never been better. The bar area is great with a Tulane and other local sports orientated theme. Attractive murals on the walls of the restaurant depict scenes from New Orleans circa the 1930's. Service is prompt, casual and friendly. If this restaurant were in Tampa or Birmingham or Memphis or any number of other cities, I would have given the food a strong 4 stars. However, given the standards of New Orleans and its local competitions, I decided to go with 3 on this rating - although 4 could certainly be justified.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Foodie4life
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Simply the best! Food was fresh and amazing! The server was speedy an excellent! The oyster blue was a flavor explosion!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    FinedinersVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Every time we have eaten at college Inn it has been great. They have a garden where they grow their own fresh ingredients. I had the lamb shank and it was fabulous. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    RedbeardVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was not expecting the experience I had here! I started with the BBQ Shrimp, and I was impressed. The shrimp were cooked well, the bread was great, and the sauce would make a shoe taste good. It was creamy and Worcestershirey and delicious. I ordered a mint julip and although it wasn't served in the traditional julip cup it was a damn fine drink. It wasn't too sweet or watered down, you could actually tast the bourbon. I could've been satisfied at this point and recommended the restaurant but I ordered the special, the stuffed soft shell crab. It is one of the best things I have ever eaten. The shrimp and grits was the best version I have ever had. I absolutely loved my meal and will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great every time
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    College Inn has become very consistent. The food is always good. Great bar, salads with lots of fresh vegetables, and specials that are always good. Foie gras is excellent appetizer. Veal was also very good as was the lamb. We really enjoyed the fig dessert. This is a small place that gets crowded so make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love going to this fun restaurant because it is casual yet delicious dining. The staff is friendly but very capable, the bar is fun and the food is wonderful. will be back soon!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Gem
    Vespagirl
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    You cant go wrong here the food and service is GREAT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was okay, and felt overpriced for the portion. My husband had a 28.00 rib entree that tasted like roast which consisted mainly of mashed potatoes and veggies. Another member of our party had shrimp and grits that came in a small cereal size bowl. This is a place you need to know what to order. The atmosphere is fun, though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Able to help immediately!
    RayA
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a dinner meeting scheduled but had forgotten to make a reservation somewhere. The day before the event I was able to get a table for 10 without any problems, and they have a great loft room available to accommodate. Very happy with the way it all went. Thanks for great service on short notice!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NLBP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was very good. Fresh ingredients. However hectic atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME!
    Karohlynn
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This place is adorable and has GREAT food! Definitely recommend the foie gras!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Frenchie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I remember the Ye Olde College Inn of a while back, gumbo, sandwiches, a casual eatery open for lunch. What a difference a few years and a new owner makes. I couldn't believe when we walked in the door how pretty it is, the food was amazing! I had lamb shank with gravy and roasted gouda grits, my husband the braised short ribs. Everything was fresh, with a simple presentation. We will be back and fyi, make reservations so you don't wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm a regular
    MissKitty53VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    4th generation regular - what more can i say - the specials are always creative and yummy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late evening meal
    Cinzia
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We arrived late in the evening and were served very quickly and efficiently.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of improvements!
    RayA
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I've always liked College Inn, even in its prior incarnation in the old building. There's a charm that it has that a lot of other places try to achieve, but fall short. Maybe its the family-restaurant vibe, maybe its that you either see someone there you know, or maybe its that everyone there is so nice. It is one of the few places where I've found it possible (and permissible) to chat with the table next door and leave having made new friends. Who knows. Anyway, the food has continually progressed since they've opened the new restaurant post-K, and our most recent was as good as any we could remember. My wife and I split the Oyster-Bacon-Havarti and Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Remoulade poboys and had a few drinks. It was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    What a great menu with a neighborhood feel! The menu is eclectic and the food is of a high quality. The vegetables from the neighborhood garden add to the quality of the food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    localnoladiners2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We just love Ye Olde College Inn! Truly a very nice dining experience. Our server was terrific and the food was outstanding! I am a former restaurant manager for local casual fine dining restaurants and a party planner and I could not find a single thing to complain about. We had an out of town guest that is a food scientist and he loved it! Truly a favorite place of ours!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    Krae47
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It's always tasty and fun. Great place to take out of town guests for a real New Orleans experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TOUROST
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We loved it,as it is next door to ROCK n BOWL .We ate great seafood, plus children's menu .Then went to ZYDECO night With the children. Cloth tablecloth, cloth napkins. Good quality drinks. Attentive service. A waiter,who was professional And personable,without being a programmed "robot".
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    MelP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    What a pleasant dining experience! The ingredients were fresh--from my blackberry mojito all the way through our entrees and to dessert. Well done! Our waiter, Jimmy (?), was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • totts
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was very good, waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about menu. Food tasty, excellent. Would definitely recommend restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • beyond compare
    yeolecollegeinn
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Knew it was was popular for awesome food but hadn't tried it before. Food more than exceeded our expectations so we were very pleased with the choice. Will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • College Inn upscale homey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Brought my high school grad and his girlfriend along with family members to celebrate his graduation. We had ages 17 to 92 and everyone enjoyed themselves. Service was excellent and food arrived quickly. When a mistake was made for something I special ordered, it was swiftly resolved. Professional, nouvelle and old school combined. Rock'n'bowl next door. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Love the fact that eatery has its own garden, chickens across the street. Food tastes freshly made. Care goes into presentation. Waitress was lovely, tireless young worker.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 228 reviews are from the Ye Olde College Inn reviews archive.
  • Always good. Fresh fresh fresh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Fantastic staff, incredible food. Beer selection is disappointing but New Orleans just isn't a hotbed of craft brewing...yet. Go figure?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome as always!
    smiley
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Terrific service, exceptional food, and pleasant surroundings…..The College Inn delivers all of these. Plus, it's great to find such a restaurant with free parking, and plenty of it. We've been dining here for years and plan to continue doing so for many more, it's great to have the opportunity to make reservations now!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenly shrimp and grits
    Seriousdiner
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Delicious, they must cook them in heavy cream and then add the Gouda, they were excellent. The shrimp came piled on top in a shallow bowl, whole and not shelled and it was a big question how to eat them, so we just picked them up as there was no plate to cut them on. But who cares? I didn't see any food police. You can see there are many repeat customer locals mostly with families of all ages. Nice busy, bustling place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Good food and money off for rock n Bowl venue next door.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Dinner at Ye Olde College Inn combined with a great band next door at the Rock n Bowl makes for a fun night out!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Localsphilic
    AaronVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This truly is a hidden gem and we locals hope to keep it that way. The crowd is vibrant. The servers are engaging. The food is outstanding from upscale to comfort dishes. A recent friend from out of town wanted to know if this chef was getting recognition, and my reply was, "I hope not." We want to keep the chef for ourselves.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood dining
    seafoodaddict2
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    great atmosphere with a great bowling alley and music nearby for entertainment afterwards.service was great as was the food.wine was so so and chintzy on the pour.but rest was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old school neighborhood restaurant
    Mason
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Took our entire family there for dinner. We had a really nice time and a great meal. Terrific for a family dinner.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearty food, well served!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Had a great first time here. Great menu, enjoyed the lamb shanks, braised short ribs and broiled fish of the day. Had the onion rings and crawfish mac and cheese, great starters. Friendly, prompt service. Our first time- finished at the rock and bowl next door.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frieswiththatVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I like this place because it is consistent, with very good service. Also, the kitchen is open till 11 which is a rarity around here. New menu this trip emphasizing garden-to-table, and large garden belonging to the restaurant is right across the street.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jazzfest
    bbarnezz
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Even on Jazzfest weekend, they got us seated slightly ahead of our reservation. Bartender provided an excellent Sazerac during the wait. Dinner was perfectly prepared and served, with the waiter attentive but not hovering, just as we like. We try to visit this restaurant every visit to New Orleans because the food is always well thought out, unpretentious, but excellent and fresh ingredients. And they make you welcome whether you are gritty from the festival or well dressed.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Christmas gift
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My friends daughter gave us gift cards for Christmas and we have both had illness and just found the time to come use them and as always we enjoyed our meal very much.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • needs improvement
    rlleen
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Small portions. Loud dining room and very chilly. Service has been disappointing - the time between appetizers and entrees was excessive and on a previous occasion the server forgot to bring the wine I ordered.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.