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Cafe Degas

4.6
1512 Reviews
$30 and under
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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1512 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LARK
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, cooked perfectly and plated nicely. Romantic atmosphere.

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vipScooter1056
New Orleans
119 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I have been patronizing Cafe Degas since the 1980s and I love it. It has had its ups and downs over the years depending on the chef in the kitchen but I am very loyal to the restaurant through thick and thin. Our recent meal there, however, was the most disappointing I have ever had there. I hadn't been there since COVID, but was craving it and went last week. The French Onion soup was not rich, as it usually is. The onions were al dente. It was almost like they opened a carton of Swanson's chicken broth and put some onions in it and a crouton and cheese on top. The bread was different, not the French baguette that we are used to. The food lacked seasoning, particularly, salt. We loved out waiter, but didn't buy his explanation that because the clientele consists of a lot of older people, they don't put any salt or seasoning in the food. This is New Orleans, after all. I am hoping this meal was an anomaly.

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Marty
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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RomanianRex
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Four of us went for brunch. Food was outstanding, love the setting but... We had reservations and had to wait 45 minutes for our table. Once we were seated the service was very friendly, and slow. We’ve been to Degas many times and the wait/service problems are unusual. Definitely going back, but maybe for dinner instead of brunch.

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JeanneV
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous lunch with 2 clients who come in town from Monroe, La.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Never disappoints!

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JaredT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, food and service were spot on... can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice meal and service.

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JamesL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary and it was simply wonderful. Outdoor dining atmosphere was quaint and felt European. Staff very friendly and accommodating. Highly recommended

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SamanthaL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambiance! Would highly recommend!

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Waiwai
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service always good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Good was horrible there are out of everything even fries! When we ask they said we limited the menu bec of covid meanwhile the whole place is packed. The menu is downgraded and doesn’t have quality food anymore

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DarrinM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, sat outside due to weather being so nice and a full moon. Beautiful ambiance and waitress was wonderful and food was great as always. We live in the neighborhood and frequent cafe degas often and never had a bad experience .

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vip70119
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Degas since the pandemic started. The food was excellent as always and I liked how the restaurant was completely open. I’m glad the weather was nice the day I had lunch there.

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Bblnola
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
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
3 reviews
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
44 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

FAQs

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

Cafe Degas is rated 4.6 stars by 1512 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.