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Cafe Degas

4.7
4.7
2757 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, European, Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 945-5635
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Joe Turley
  • Private party facilities
    We are available for private events either by buying out the restaurant or using the space on a closed day or time. Please contact info@cafedegas.com with any inquiries.
  • Neighborhood
    Mid-City / City Park
  • Cross street
    Ponce De Leon St.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,757 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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2,757 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Usually we have great experiences at Cafe Degas. Today 3 of us ordered crab salad . There was literally 3 pieces of crabmeat on our $20.00 plates. We ordered mussels for the table that never came . I ordered a glass of wine that finally after 25 minutes, I got up and went to ask about it. It took them another 5 minutes to bring the wine out. The server did bring a small saucer of crabmeat to the table after I got up to seek out the wine and told her there was only 3 small pieces of crab on each crab salad entree. They then brought out 2 more small saucers with 5 pieces of crab. All in all we had crabmeat for what had been in the past one salad . My wine was in the house in the end. I must say we brought out of town guests to eat here as we generally love the restaurant. It was really embarrassing, terrible service and value. So disappointed!

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  2. RobinG

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful Sunday brunch celebrating a friend’s birthday!

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  3. Nola4luv

    New Orleans

    135 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    135 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasure to go to Cafe Degas. The food is consistently great as is the service. The staff is always attentive and they make great suggestions if asked. We had another delightful experience this time too.

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  4. Nolayankee

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful time at Degas , they never disappoint

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  5. Gourmand

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful lunch and fun place to bring friends.

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  6. NolaB

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good meal and wonderful ambiance at Cafe Degas

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  7. DaveK

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was slow and inattentive. Escargot were bland- not much of the traditional garlic flavors. Frog legs - batter fried were OK. Have had much better

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  8. Lizabeth

    New Orleans

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything as usual was great and our server Emma was outstanding

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  9. eamangubat

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very Nice experience. We would return to this place.

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  10. DaleD

    Philadelphia

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is EXCEPTIONAL! We were here for brunch- and expected the straightforward offering…pleasantly surprised by how delicious everything was! Highly recommend- would definitely come here again-

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  11. stephene

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This has always been one of my favorite restaurants however I'm really disappointed with the last three meals. It seems like it has been declining for a while. I used to go for lunch with a group of guys at least once, sometimes twice a week. A few years ago it started to get inconsistent. This past visit, I ordered the swordfish and it had a nice flavor except it was literally raw in the middle. I had to rush home after my meal as my stomach was upset (no further details necessary). My wife ordered the hanger steak (medium) and it was charred and overcooked. Two of the four in our group got fries and they were cold. Both my friend and wife got hanger steak and it was cold. Since it took so long to get served we decided to just go ahead and eat it. Now I hear that Jacque and Angel are no longer managing the place so this explains a lot. New chef, new waiters, same lovely ambience but the food is not up to par. I don't know if or when I will ever go back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful romantic dinner. This is one of our favorite restaurants as it gives you the feel of being in France! merci.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. Gregory

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanks. All 6 Of us enjoyed dinner. We will Be back.

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  14. CattMyst

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    SUCH a groovy, intimate brunch!!! The food was sublime, service excellent!!! Can't wait to revisit!

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  15. LauraH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Eveuthing perfect! I will apprecite a wifi connection for customers!

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  16. LoriM

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistent delicious food great service and atmosphere

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  17. CharlesM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best meal I’ve had after a week in New Orleans. Every dish was outstanding. Can’t go wrong here. Cozy atmosphere.

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  18. ShawnW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unique open-air restaurant in quaint neighborhood, totally New Orleans, food is always consistent and fabulous. The mussels are top on my list. A place to impress your guests for sure!

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  19. RBrownstone

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was uneven. Salad as great. Crawfish pasta very good. Omelette mediocre. Service was perfect.

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  20. BARBARAM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went there on a Friday night on Mardi Gras weekend for an 8:00 o'clock sitting, to celebrate Donald's birthday. There was just the two of us. They were very crowded but we were seated immediately at 8:01. Our waitress Brittany, was fantastic and so were all the support staff. We both had the rack of lamb, onion and carrot soups, mixed, grilled vegetables and dessert. We had red wine and then, tea. The lamb came with a phyllo dough pastry stuffed with capers and it was fantastic but cold, and would be even better, -warmed. The deserts ran from vanilla ice-cream to chocolate decadence cake and the key lime ice box pie was terrific. The bill was reasonable for the excellent food and service. The customers around us seemed happy and satisfied. Driving there and parking can be a challenge, so we Ubered. The atmosphere was quirky and fairy like with white lights, part open air in the front and trees growing through the ceiling, halfway in and in the back. It was my first time and Donald had been there several times over 30 years. We will be back with friends.

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  21. MidCitizen

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have enjoyed eating here in the past but this time disappointed me on the food quality. The service was good and the ambiance was pleasant.

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  22. PatriciaO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice. Only complaint is that the tables are very dark so hard to see the food you’re eating.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience. Great food and excellent service.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So so good! Great to find the perfect Niçoise salad and glass of wine dinner. Have loved this place for years as they never disappoint! Great ambience.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and drinks with great seating and service. Looking forward to going back again!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was pouring down raining and we had a leaky ceiling table. Tree room. We were fortunate that we were able to move when a table opened up.

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  27. PatrickM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We live in the neighborhood and love this restaurant. The food is always exceptional and the atmosphere can't be beat. It was pouring down rain and we were dry and comfortable. The salmon was amazing.

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  28. ArthurC

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding lunch menu with a good variety of selections. The service was excellent. Portions are large. The boudin noir appetizer, which is rarely found at local restaurants, was a full sausage on a bed of various greens. The escargot appetizer were outstanding. I had the crawfish quiche which was rich and creamy. My friend had the salade nicoise which was enormous with a large piece of rare tuna.

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  29. SusanM

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will definitely be back Loved the laid back atmosphere and the great food

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  30. Snad

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived for our reservation, exactly on time and discovered a sign on the door, saying that the restaurant was closed for technical reasons. We received a confirmation, but we were never contacted to say that there was a problem. It was very inconvenient, and I tried calling the restaurant, but got an answering machine. I left a message, but no one ever bothered to return my call. I have been eating there for decades. Nothing like this is ever happened before.

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  31. TravelingDiner

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It is hard to rate this restaurant. After we got our cheeseboard, a very nice and embarrassed waitress informed us that the entire kitchen staff had just walked out and they could no longer serve food. We learned that they walked out because they were tired of having the owner constantly hitting them up for money. A very strange lunch experience.

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  32. Stimpy

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly but omitted ordered items and delivered food out of sync- reserved table too small for party

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  33. JohnC

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated upon entry, service on the spot, Food great as expected and anticipated, Bloody Mary's are wonderful.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite restaurant for my birthday dinner. Food is always cooked and seasoned perfectly (especially the mussels), service is professional and prompt, wine selection is lovely and ambience is a delight.

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  35. JessiW

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    great food, attentive service and a honest brunch atmosphere!

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  36. PattiD

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and delicious food in a friendly environment.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was incredible. From service to wine to food. Will definitely return.

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  38. ChicagoJayne

    St. Louis

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Charming, intimate, great staff & great food!

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  39. SusanK

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all hade quite different things and everyone was satisfied. Our guests loved the casual, tropical atmosphere.

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  40. SandraT

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is consistent. Have never been disappointed. Always a lovely dining experience. Highly recommended.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cafe Degas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 945-5635.

Cafe Degas is rated 4.7 stars by 2757 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Degas does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Ponce De Leon St.
  • Neighborhood
    Mid-City / City Park
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, European, Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    LGBTQ+, Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Joe Turley
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (504) 945-5635
  • Private party facilities
    We are available for private events either by buying out the restaurant or using the space on a closed day or time. Please contact info@cafedegas.com with any inquiries.
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