Cafe Degas

4.7
1205 reviews
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French
Voted "Most Romantic Restaurant in New Orleans", this Faubourg St. John Bistro offers simple, yet artfully executed, classic French cuisine featuring seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy a fine dining experience in a casual outdoor cafe atmosphere on the beautiful and historic Oak-lined Esplanade Avenue.
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New Orleans
83 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This neighborhood spot never disappoints. Anyone traveling to New Orleans should stop here to get a little France with a slice of New Orleans thrown on top.
I trave in France extensively and can testify that you feel you are both in France and in New Orleans eveytime you dine here! The staff is impeccable and the restaurant is kooky and tres chic.
Bon Appetite!

a
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food enhanced by incredible service and a super cute atmosphere. Would definitely return.

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci Beaucoup.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing my girl was so impressed we had a great time

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci.

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JP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Meal over cooked. Bread so tough & hard —inedible. Asked for replacement & was told they had no other bread.

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. We hate to hear we didn't impress you more.

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DP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and atmospheric. Brought friends from the UK last year and they are still raving about it.
One of my favorite places in New Orleans

Darry Peploe

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci Beaucoup, Darry. We love hearing you brought your friends and that we made them happy.

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C
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. Had the Softshell crab special, which was fried to perfection. The crawfish ravioli with mushrooms was delicious and light. The pasta of the ravioli was hand made and paper thin. The crabmeat cheesecake appetizer was delicate, rich and delicious. We had to dip up the sauce with bread because it was too good to waste. For dessert we had the crepes Suzette, which was outstanding as always. Truly a wonderful meal and service was top notch. Looking forward to next time.

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci, Cory, for the lovely review. We look forward to your next visit.

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AO
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

De gosh it was good!!!!

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci Beaucoup!

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J
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The bread provided was cold and the butter was served in packets. Kind of cheap. Coolinary menu was good.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, James. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Coolinary menu.

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WH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe. Went with friends. There was no rush which was nice. I've been here countless times and anticipate many more memories and meals here.

Cafe Degas
Responded 4 days ago

Merci for your lovely review, Whitney. We look forward to serving you many more meals to come.

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every time I go to that restaurant I feel like I’m in a treehouse. There is a tree in the middle of the dining room. The main dining area has wooden floors that look like a deck, there are windows all around enclosing the restaurant. There are large great oak trees are covering the area. Yet somehow with the fresh flowers, candle light on every table with white tablecloth’s there is an air of elegance. The food is exquisite with a French style cuisine. It is a interesting and unique experience that I would recommend to anybody. The dessert menu is also amazing.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 12, 2019

It's so lovely how you describe us. Merci Beaucoup. Reviens bientôt.

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TB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place. So casual and welcoming, but the service is on par with the finest restaurants. My softshell crab was a little overcooked, and the escargot a little different (did they switch to a lesser grade of butter?) and for the life of me I don't understand why they don't serve decent bread (like Mr. B's for example). After your greeting and beverage, the bread is your first taste of the restaurant (and it's a bad one) I'm older, so I don't particularly care for staff with green hair and piercings, but I guess that's just the style today. (Only a couple of staff this way). Overall, I always come back here because it's such a convivial place to enjoy with family and friends, and you always leave feeling well fed and well treated.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 12, 2019

Merci for your feedback, Timothy. We are happy to hear we keep you coming back.

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PT
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m never disappointed. The food is imaginative and served piping hot. I love the cozy atmosphere.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 12, 2019

Merci Beaucoup. We are so happy you enjoyed.

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KV
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing yet relaxed at every level. Great place for any reason... We had the kids with us and were pleasantly surprised how mud they enjoyed it too. Sara, our super attentive and friendly waitress made us feel like an honored guest in her home. We won't ever miss the opportunity to return when in New Orleans. Another plus? It's in a beautiful peaceful New Orleans neighborhood. Uber back to the fun chaos of Bourbon St after an exquisite meal at Cafe Degas!

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 10, 2019

Merci, Kevin. We are so happy you and your family had such a great time with us. We look forward to your next visit.

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e
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to dine and enjoy f=the company of family and friends.
Gus is always such a pleasure to have as our server when we dine at Cafe Degas.
Thank you

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 12, 2019

Merci, Eppie. There is nothing we love more than to hear we made you happy.

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BM
Mississippi
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming French restaurant with lots of delicious choices.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 10, 2019

Merci Beaucoup, Betsy.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters birthday lunch. Everything was outstanding. Will definitely go back.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

We are so happy to hear it. Merci for celebrating your daughter's birthday with us.

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CT
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch with a friend. Everything was lovely.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

Merci Beaucoup!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

1. The COOLINARY menu was very limited. and not worth the $20 charged.
2.The Vichysoisse was EXTREMELY salty and what looked like olive oil was added to it before or at serving. I was not able to eat the V. and told the server that it was too salty. She said that they would bring me the other choice for Culinary appetizer (Melon with Ham), which was not brought until the second course was served.
3.Ambiance was "strange" in that the wait staff were all dressed in "latest style" - pie and green hair and body piercings on just about everyone.
4. We had eaten at Cafe Degas in the past and it has changed for the worse. I will not go back to Cafe Degas.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 10, 2019

Hi Jules, we're surprised by your review. If you look at the Coolinary menus at most restaurants in town they offer the same number of choices as ours do, so we are disappointed to hear you felt it was limited. As far as ambiance, we've always taken great pride in offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

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TU
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have enjoyed Café Dega since the 80's my experience yesterday was average which is not why I go there. Company in town so we went for Brunch. Upon seating we had to request the heavy metal music be changed several times. I guess they forget from cleaning up the night before? Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's were ordered and after our toast we all took sips and then looked at each other. Bloody Mary's were funky tasting so we went to the bar and asked for some ingredients to fix them. Typical stuff like horseradish, Lea n Perrins, celery salt, other. Turns out they had no ingredients because they are made from a premade product out of a plastic jug; nothing any of us had even hear of...Assumed the orange juice was the same off brand quality and just left things alone. They offered the bloody marys at no cost which was nice but we didn't really finish any of the drinks...Sorry, I did order another cocktail which was OK. Three of the 4 plates were amazing. The eggs with corned beef very sad...Sweet Potatoes were undercooked, corned beef chunks were overcooked and chewy, and kale was so bitter it ruined the whole meal, water or liquid at bottom of plate was flavorless and not needed. Ate what I could and didn't mention after the fiasco concerning the drinks. Not sure what's going on but hoping it gets better...Tim

r
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the negatives is that they ran out of soft shell crab. We managed quite well otherwise, but how do you run out that item? Other than that, great place, great food, great drinks.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

Merci. We're happy to hear you enjoyed. We apologize for running out of crab. Our dishes are made from fresh locally sourced ingredients and therefor we do sometimes run out. We do hope to see you again soon so we can get everything perfect next time.

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J
London
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved every part of our brunch, service, food, atmosphere. We will be back!

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

We are already looking forward to your next visit. Merci.

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KF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fav restaurant in the city!!

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

Merci, Kelsey!

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LT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in the city! Amazing food, service and ambiance!

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

Merci for your very kind words.

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NO
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early to meet a friend for lunch yesterday so I sat at the bar near the entrance. What a charming place, small and comfortable for sitting alone while waiting. I had a martini and didn't finish before my friend arrived so bartender delivered it to our table. Our pace was leisurely as we took our time ordering light fare there was no rush and the waiter was engaging, never rushing us. The meal was perfect! The service was perfect! I advise you to see for yourself.

Cafe Degas
Responded on August 9, 2019

Merci Beaucoup for your many kind words. We are so happy we made you happy.

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CH
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon special was absolutely delicious

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 31, 2019

So glad you enjoyed it, Claire. Merci!

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N
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance was very good. French Onion soup was excellent as was the Hanger Steak. Veal dish was mediocre. Wine selection was very good as were the prices. Desserts (Chocolate Decadence cake and French Breast pastry) were excellent. Disappointed that the only coffee was chicory. Would have expected a French restaurant to have a good French Roast (dark roast) pure coffee.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 31, 2019

Merci, for your kind words and your thoughtful feedback. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic!

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 31, 2019

Merci Beaucoup!

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LC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite for brunch - the atmosphere is outstanding

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 28, 2019

Such kind words. Merci, Lorelei.

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BD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were very good! I would recommend Cafe Degas to anyone.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 28, 2019

Merci Beaucoup, Bryan.

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always. I always recommend ordering the specials.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 28, 2019

Merci!

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n
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Café Degas is one of those restaurants that just feel good. The food is consistently good, the atmosphere is its own and the service is always good. There are so many classics on their menu.... mussels, floating island/île flottante for dessert.... it's all excellent!

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 28, 2019

We love how you describe us. Merci. Reviens bientôt.

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BN
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Really love the atmosphere as well. I had heard it was loud, but, by New Orleans standards, I found it quite reasonable! It was packed and I could hear my dining companions just fine.
The French Onion Soup is PERFECT! My veal was yummy and the Salmon special my companions ordered was spectacular!!! We also tried the lemon pie and loved it. Make your reservation immediately!

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 28, 2019

Merci for all your kind words and a great review. We look forward to your next visit.

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n
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I think my experience was just the luck of the draw. We got the table next to the tree table; it's quite hidden from the servers' view from most of the tables in the restaurant. I suggest if you get this table you do not purchase a bottle of wine that'd be stored on ice as you may end up drinking it after your meal, despite being somewhat parched during (I lack suggestions dealing with the slow pace of water refills). I'll return but maybe wait until I get a party of more than 2 together to avoid that table.

t
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gustavo was very attentive! The staff worked together very well!

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 22, 2019

Merci Beaucoup. We are so happy to hear it.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gustav is the best waiter ever!

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 22, 2019

Merci Beaucoup!

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OT
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great, as always. The service was lacking. Orders late, incorrect orders delivered, items not ordered delivered, entrees delivered before first course dishes were removed. They ran out of the duck. We had a good time but these service gaps made things a little less enjoyable.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 22, 2019

Merci for letting us know. We do sometimes run out of items, as the ingredients we use are fresh and often local, but there is no excuse for the lacking service and we apologize. We hope you will return soon and we can get everything perfect next time.

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c
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I had a lovely meal there - the kitchen is always on point.
The only issue was a nervous, speedy waiter who seemed in a hurry to get us to order
then brought the bill with dessert rather than after and certainly before asking
if we'd like anything else. Quite odd and unpleasant, no one likes to feel rushed after a nice dinner - high contrast to the delicious meal.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 15, 2019

We love hearing that you enjoy dining with us. We do apologize for the service. I will message you to see if we can find out more and address the situation. Merci.

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DL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food but we received poor service. Every single meal we ordered was outstanding. We enjoyed the place and the atmosphere. We also loved the $35 special on Wednesday dinner. Great value for what we got. However we were very disappointed about the service. We were not greeted. The waiter did not introduce himself and was VERY short and cold even though the place was not busy. Our bill did not come out the right way which is ok but the way the waiter handled it was not acceptable. We clearly came for the 35$ special but were charged separately for an entree and dessert. Again no big deal but the waiter tried to argue with us on it. He went to fix it but still did not come out the right away. We got up to find him to get it fixed again and the waiter did not hide his frustration and fixed it but we could tell he was very annoyed. At the end of the day he should have apologized and fix it instead of giving us attitude.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 15, 2019

Thank you for your feedback, Dimitri. We're so happy you enjoyed the food, but we're sorry to hear your service was lacking. We apologize for that. I will message you privately to get more information so we can try to address this situation.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to dine. The atmosphere is pleasantly convivial. The menu is sophisticated and has retained my favorites over the years.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 9, 2019

Merci Beaucoup!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything (food, service, ambiance) was excellent.

Cafe Degas
Responded on July 11, 2019

So happy you enjoyed. Merci Beaucoup!

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