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Cafe Degas

4.7
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1476 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 $37/3 Course Dinner

    Aug 1 - Oct 4, 2020
    COOLinary 3 Course Prix Fixe $37 1st - Savory Crab and Andouille Cheesecake 2nd- Gulf Fish Lemon Beurre Blanc 3rd- Floating Island

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 1476 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NancyL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Very good!

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vipChelsea
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipdinger
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
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
25 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
5 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.

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Emily
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was just so-so despite high Mark's from Frommers. I had the flash fried oysters and it wasnt tasty. My husband had the amberjack and while it was not bad, it wasnt spectacular. Not what we are expecting at this price point.

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MarybethM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and yummy fish and wine

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TeresaE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our visit to Cafe Degas was outstanding, the food was superb, the staff was friendly and helpful. This is definitely the place to go for a lovely meal.

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vipHalW
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful service and tables were spaced properly apart.

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MrRyan
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Degas came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Not only is the French Creole food impeccable, this is hands down the most romantic restaurant I have ever visited in New Orleans. Date night central, peeps. When in NOLA and seeking to score points with the SO, TAKE THEM HERE. (mike drop)

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HollyE
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and fantastic food. I would highly reccomend to friends.

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vippopsnola
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So hard to decide what to order. Everything so well prepared. Thought we were in Paris!

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Vabelle
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Eperience! All of the staff was respectful of COVID-19 mandates. Excellent social distancing yet no compromise of service!!!

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CarolM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was terrific and the outdoor table was perfect. The food as always delicious.

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SusanS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Some items don’t seem to be as good is they once were. Is that me or the chef? I’m unsure. Still overall a pleasant meal.

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JonathanL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambience and service were all excellent! This will be a regular stop.

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ColleenB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything!

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sailneworleans
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In spite of covid issues, nothing is compromised here.

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vipBillyBurk
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, as it always is. Our server (tall redheaded guy, related to the bartender I believe) was exceptional, particularly paying attention to the little normally unnoticeables that elevate an experience from great to truly special. His humble passion for the industry is evident, and very much appreciated. C'est bon! Merci. Thank you. Billy & GiGi.

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StevenK
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the finest meals I’ve had in New Orleans. Quiet and out of the way, a gem in mid city.

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TheTonyest
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our Coolinary meal even though they had to replace the appetizer. Very delicious and we look forward to our next visit there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Worst I’ve ever had there. Usually love this place. Food was just not up to par today.

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MelissaD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a little bummed to have to wait 15 min, despite our reservation. But, we were able to have a drink while we waited. Food was great, except the oyster entre, which was nothing more than a fried oyster salad. The veal was fabulous. Our server was wonderful.

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vipSheriD
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Specifically went for soft shelll crab special. Called restaurant 45 minutes before arrival to confirm they had it, and was told yes. Got to restaurant and they did not have it. Became apparent that they are instructed to lie to customers when they call about this special, to get them in the door. The usual poor service here

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 1476 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.