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Cafe Degas

4.7
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1498 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Special menus

  • COOLinary Encore 2020, Weeks 1 and 2

    Oct 21 - Nov 1, 2020
    CAFÉ DEGAS COOLinary Encore 2020 Weeks 1 and 2 ,October 21 through November 1 $37 per person plus tax and gratuity Crawfish Ravioli House made ravioli stuffed with crawfish, sauteed mushroom duxelle and spinach Topped with lemon beurre blanc, parmesan and chives Fresh Gulf Fish du Jour Basmati rice, fresh asparagus, lemon beurre blanc sauce Floating Island Meringue in a Creme Anglaise drizzled with caramel

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1498 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bblnola
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

mussels not as good as I recall; frites not crisp enough.

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vipOlgaS
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great romantic place to eat with exceptional food!

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Janisg
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hadn't been in years. The ambiance and atmosphere is a main reason why I choose this spot. The food has always been consistently good. However, this time I was disappointed in the french onion soup, which I always order. It wasn't as good as I remember. Everything else was great, especially the creme brulee', which I have always said is the best anywhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal, great service and wonderful atmosphere. Thank you!

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Madame
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed. My reservation was for noon and I did not receive the message on voice mail until the evening. So we went to the restaurant and found it closed

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vipJfornad
New Orleans
43 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great meal!

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CarlosR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside, listening to the live music. Our entrees were delicious and served at the right temperature. We shared a bottle of wine, priced appropriately, some cocktails, desserts and after dinner drinks, all were great. The creme brûlée was excellent.
Our server Sarah was fabulous

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LisaM
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious brunch items; service was good & we did not wait very long for our order.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place never disappoints. Was great

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JohnK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places in town.
The early seating at 5:30 let us enjoy the foot traffic on Esplanade, a nice dusk, and get on to a great Ricky Graham play at Rivertown.

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vipJoelC
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Degas is one the best in New Orleans and one of our favorite. Food always great and service is always spot on.

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KristinB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect open-room dining to celebrate during COVID. We felt safe and enjoyed everything so much.

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Bess
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Food is delicious, but service is spotty. We had to wait on everything we ordered. We went for restaurant week but were not offered the special. We had to ask for it. We waited for refill on wine at least 15 minutes. The escargot was brought without bread. We had to ask for bread twice. By the time it got there, the escargot was cold. I never saw a manager checking on tables or service. We probably will not return. There are too many other great places with much better service. When I pay $144 for 2 people before tip, I expect good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here routinely, but not frequently. Over the years the experience is always fantastic and each time, we wonder why we don't go more often!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Their menu is now more limited than pre-Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Server seemed very out of his depth, perhaps very new to his position. He was polite, but whomever his superiors are ought to refresh his training as far as steps of service, ordering, and general demeanor. While I understand that service is very hard when you are wearing a mask, some major issues made my birthday dinner very awkward and sometimes even unpleasant. Dishes were not coursed properly, silverware was not replaced between courses, waters rarely refilled, and when it came time to present my birthday cake, he had absolutely no idea that there even was one. The kitchen did not cut or plate the cake for us, candles were never used. Entree dishes weren’t cleared from the table when the server brought the entire cake out, in its box, and asked if we “wanted to cut it ourselves or...?” Just an incredibly disappointing experience for my 30th birthday.

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vipflor
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch at Cafe Degas on Sunday. We all had Eggs Benedict with appetizers. Delicious. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Felt safe!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

I absolutely love this place, but I’m not sure what was up with the waiter today. There were very few tables due to restrictions and still we had to go get him a few times and get our own salt/pepper and would have ordered more drinks but he was nowhere to be found or was always with his back towards us. Other tables in the restaurant actually made comments to us also when we had to get up to get our own things about how awful the waiter was. I split the bill with someone who refused to leave more than 15% but I come here all the time so I wound up leaving the difference of my 20% plus theirs. I’ve had this waiter before and he was bad but never this bad. Hopefully he just had a rough night but he’s honestly never great. The food was still good though I don’t find anywhere is the same as it was before COVID. BUt as always the ambiance of this restaurant wins me over and whisks me away to a little tucked away cafe in France. Unless something really egregious happens, this will always be my go to weekend lunch spot.

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NancyL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Degas is one of our favorite places! It has superb food and lovely ambiance. It’s like a little trip to Paris. The quiche is always delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had to wait 20 minutes, but at least there were benches outside for the elderly people in the party.
Bloody Mary -AMAZING. French Onion Soup-fabulous! Hangar steak-not all pieces were cooked medium-some overcooked, and veggies were underdone & underseasoned, such as the big chunks of carrots. Entrees were not hot whatsoever, and became cool quickly- not fun for the Eggs Benedict.
Crem Brûlée- stupendous! Overall lovely experience though, and server was great!

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sailneworleans
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ongoing hurricane weather has led to shrinkage. Everything was great as usual but two dishes were about half of their usual volume. Otherwise, staff and taste were up to the standards degas have made for themselves.

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vipJenJen
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very nice and helpful. The vichyssoise was amazing as always and both lobster and crab salads was nice and light. My mom’s English muffins did come out burnt initially (not a little to scrape off but totally blackened). We informed the waiter, and a new plate was quickly brought to replace it. We always enjoy dining with Cafe Degas and will return again soon.

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JamesA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Very good!

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vipChelsea
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Degas is one of our absolute favorites! It’s delicious and consistent quality!

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vipdinger
New Orleans
43 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

nice breeze flowing through the restaurant and a relaxing, enjoyable dinner ensued.

the bayou st. john and martini began the small plate dominated fare crisply. the always sublime escargots and vichyssoise along with the french onion soup were perfect choices for the reduced menu offerings. something i hadn't seen before at CD was the poached lobster tail. frankly the best example of this relatively bland effort was the nicely shaved asparagus and carrot garnishings. the larger preparation was the veal dish paneed with a delicious sauce and greens. the shrimp and mushroom ravioli were done in a wonton paper wrapping and were the top dish this night. we finished with one of the better lemon ice box pies around.

the beauty of cafe degas is that each experience there reminds you of the reasons that you love to go out to dinner

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vipDavidM
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a comfortable place to go for high quality French cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Subpar service. Decent food but nothing stunning. Comfortable outdoor tables. Crab cheesecake was best thing in the meal. French onion soup was worst part.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We absolutely love Cafe Degas.. one of our go - to places for special occasions or „just because“. This was the first time we were deeply disappointed with the service we received. Albeit pleasant, our waiter was not attentive in the least. The food was awesome ( as always) but the awful service made us forgo a second drink and desert.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

My daughter and I walked in, were seen and ignored for maybe five minutes. People were helped who came in after us first, still not greeted sitting on the chairs in the front. Finally get a waiters attention and am taken to a table and left for a good amount of time without taking a drink order. The waitress was short and disappeared for good bits of time. Our appetizers were placed in front of us and she left immediately although we were ready to order. The French onion soup was scalding the entire meal and was watery. The quiche was bland and the hangar steak was just ok ... the mojito was good. $78 wasn’t worth the meal or service. Cute restaurant but never brunch again.

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vipNolagirl
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid classic French bistro fare

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jodyh
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, food is delicious and the ambiance is relaxing. Very reasonable.

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MiriamS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great for a date night, we had a very nice time as always!

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EugenieF
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight. Consistent quality. I would recommend certainly.

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ReneeK
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time fan of Cafe Degas I was concerned about what we would find mid-pandemic. Other than a reduced menu (no skimping on deserts though!) It had variety and many of the old stand bys and favorites. Our waiter was most enjoyable, the food delicious and a good time was had by all.

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RobbieB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server & food was on par with the excellent service

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vipJeanneC
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated my birthday with my little family. Such a perfect evening!

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KarenM
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Beautiful ambiance & delicious food!

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a very pleasant dinner. Social distancing was adhered to.

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DannyP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t believe it took me this long to finally get to this jewel. Wonderful total experience. Food was uniquely delicious . Great date night venue. Will be back soon.

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 1498 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Degas does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://cafedegas.com/gift-shop/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.