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About Compère Lapin

Compère Lapin - noun - kom-pare la-pan - 1. anthropomorphic rabbit character who served as the mischievous protagonist in Creole and Caribbean folk tales; 2. Chef Nina Compton's restaurant at the Old No 77 Hotel & Chandlery in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans.
Meals aren’t about trends, shock value, or opulence.
Meals are about moments, memories and those who surround you at your table.
We believe in the complexity of simplicity, and the power of pure flavors. Our histories, vast and varied, deserve to be memorialized and romanticized by dishes that at once remind us of home and transport us to somewhere new.
We don’t make food for everyone else, we make food for you.

535 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Caribbean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
10:30a-2p Saturday and Sunday (Brunch)

11:30a- 2:30p Monday- Friday (Lunch)

5:30p-10p Sunday-Saturday (Dinner)

Cross Street:
Lafayette St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 599-2119

Website:
http://www.comperelapin.com/

Parking Details:
$5 valet parking

Executive Chef:
Nina Compton

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Compère Lapin Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (98)
Creative Cuisine (92)
Special Occasion (86)
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Good for a Date (80)
Handcrafted Cocktails (71)
Hot Spot (59)
Good for Anniversaries (54)
Romantic (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (49)
Fun (47)
Local Ingredients (44)
Authentic (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Bar Seating (35)
Casual (33)
Good for Groups (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
People Watching (27)
Business Meals (26)
Great for Brunch (25)
Notable Wine List (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
Cozy (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Happy Hour (19)
Spicy (19)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Seasonal (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Tasting Menu (10)
Healthy (9)
Tapas (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Organic (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Scenic View (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Fancy Cajun Caribbean fusion. Very tasty but in my opinion a bit too fancy and creative dishes. Same with dessert menu.

Atmosphere is great. Short distance from New Orleans Riverwalk. Located inside hotel loby.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic experience. Great food and cocktails with service and ambience to match.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific, inventive menu: too many attractive choices the only problem. The execution is superb, and the service attentive but not intrusive. The noise level will be a problem for anyone with hearing problems.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 5 days ago

Oh my. What can I possibly say about this evening other than “awesome.” Harrison and Nina are so professional. Thank you for a great evening.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent in both creative, delicious food and attentive service! We will most definitely recommend and return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, People Watching, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Memphis)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was awesome

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was incredible and the servers were super friendly and professional. My one critique would be the menu is a bit over-priced compared to other New Orleans fine dining spots and the service was a bit slow. That being said, this is a must-try in the city and I will definitely be going back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Naples)·Dined 6 days ago

We had lunch on February 15, 2018. I had the Waygu burger and my wife had the radicchio salad. Both were very tasty and large helpings. The hand-cut fries were excellent. It's a little pricey but typical of New Orleans. There is pay parking across the street, also a little pricey, but again typical of New Orleans.
Don't miss the fabulous artwork (from local artists) in the hallway leading to the restrooms. FABULOUS !

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I loved visiting Nina’s restaurant! The service from the moment we walked in was fantastic, the cuisine was beyond amazing, and I loved the final touch of giving everyone a recipe card/postcard to take home! The restaurant is so beautiful too!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

A very popular venue in a good location.

My experience was a little disappointing however. Menu was very limited and very few options for one of our party who is lactose intolerant. Quality of food varied - very good starters including a curried ceviche style dish and a seafood soup (fabulous); indifferent main courses including a very dry red fish and a pasta dish that didn't have enough of interest in it. Sickly rich scones served (with choices of butter!) in place of bread. Our party shared a (very small) portion of sorbet after which I would say banana sorbet doesn't work!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 12, 2018

Absolutely delicious! Unique options that were perfect for an out of town foodie to try something new! Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent and inventive food. Every dish was imaginative and delicious.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on February 12, 2018

One of the best meals I have ever had. Extremely creative and an excellent use of ingredients.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great dinner and watching the parade go by, so what more can you ask for.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Can't say anything negative about this restaurant. It has literally the best, most creative and original menus I have ever seen anywhere in the world. Thoughtful, knowledgeable service. If I were going to improve anything, I would ask for more comfortable chairs and some extra noise buffering on the ceiling. But certain times of day when it's less crowded, well that's different. My companion REALLY hated the paintings of flesh-colored cows on the wall, and he mentioned them repeatedly, LOL, but I was fine. Avert your eyes, wear your earplugs, and bring your own seating pad (don't really do any of that). If you love good eatin' you'll be happy as can be. Excellent marvelous food. Every bite. I was ecstatic over the food. Just incredibly delicious. Good wine pairings. Very good bar. The service was hoppin'. Also a good place to people-watch the sidewalk on Tchoupitoulas if you get a window seat. We'll be back for sure.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Tapas, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was crowed and the bar was busy had to wait a long time-to get first drink and then another for our main dish.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing experience. One of the best restaurants in New Orleans.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service is always spot on and friendly. Food is great and the cocktail menu is very creative.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The goat curry lived up to its hype, absolutely delicious. Loved the conch fritters too. Outstanding attentive service. Great for Mardi Gras parade viewing too!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, People Watching, Spicy, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Been wanting to go and finally picked a night. Food was everything I hoped for with the mention that I find food in New Orleans way too salty. Creative, delicious and different combos with a nod to the chef's Caribbean roots. Staff delightful and attentive but not overly so. The decor in most restaurants these days makes for very noisy atmosphere, lots of hard surfaces but at least my date and I could hear other across the table.
Will definitely return as there are so many things I want to try!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Great atmosphere but a little loud. Drum dish was excellent, chicken dish was excellent and tuna tartar was great. The only part of the meal we didn’t enjoy was the gnocchi - extremely over salted 👎. Service was good. I would definitely come here again.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic service and food.

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 (London)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Second time here and Chef Nina Compton delights again. From the biscuits to the cocktails and with every single entree we tried, we were hooked, surprised, nourished. Thank you!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The cocktails were so o good, also interesting wines. Fresh gulf oysters were plump and salty sweet. The pork three was pig perfection. Even the goat curry was a hit.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Not only was the server attentive and fun, the food was fabulous!! All that being said, I forgot a shopping purchase at the table and the restaurant quickly saved it for me until I could return. Above and beyond!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Outstanding start to finish! Very thoughtful and authentic style in decor, drinks and food menus. Special touches from recipe cards to coasters: very well done.
Drinks and food delightful. Everything we consumed was prepared perfectly with a great attention to subtle flavors. Both Tartare dishes,conch fritters, jerk fish fantastic.
Service so friendly and professional. Very memorable we will be back next time in town. Very reasonably priced as well: great time!!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I cannot rave enough about this place! I was in town for a conference and I was able to get a seat at the cold bar since I was dining alone. Best seat I could've asked for. The chef was great and managed to strike a conversation with myself and the other patrons sitting around him despite the fact that he was a cold appetizer making machine! Everything I had was absolutely delicious. I started off with the amazing tuna tartare and had the curried goat and sweet potato gnocchi as an entree. The complimentary buttermilk biscuits with bacon infused butter and chive and sea salt butter were notable as well. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Compère Lapin was great! The staff was amazing, Kevin the bar tender was superb. A people person and knows good drinks. Nina is a Native of St. Lucia and as a fellow St. Lucian I wanted to go show support. I’m so happy I did. I’m very proud of her and what she has done down in NOLA. The food was tasty, the ambiance is inviting and warming, the staff very friendly. Every St. Lucian who visits NOLA should go show some love. Nina you rock and keep it up!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We arrived at 6 and our hostess greeted us warmly and we were promptly sat next to the only other table (2 top) in the whole restaurant. A bit awkward, but not a big deal. Low lighting and yes, Edison lights created a soft glow, but made reading the menu somewhat difficult. A wonderful amuse bouche came and we started with the Crispy Dirty Rice Arancini (quite good). The Hamachi in guava curry, though monochromatic, was delicious. Flavor over form is just fine. We don't really need to Instagram all of our food, do we? We shared the curried goat and found the flavors and texture spot on. Service here is definitely strong; professional and efficient but also warm & friendly. Our server made a great suggestion on the off menu special; oxtail croquette that we ranked as the best dish of the night. Oxtails are not easy to cook to a desired texture and the flavor(s)...A+ The only real miss of the night was the dessert, a Soursop Semifreddo. The sour flavors of the soursop were almost nonexistent and though technique in its construction was evident, it lacked cohesion as well as the cucumber garnish was cut too big for our tastes. Yes, I've nitpicked and I can say I definitely enjoyed the experience and next time I'm in town, despite the myriad of great dining options, I would come back to try more. Bonus: Most of our servers, food runners and server assistants were female and did a great job.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a wonderful meal, food was excellent and unique, service was outstanding

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Innovative and interesting food and drink that was all delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Had an amazing meal. Our server Claire was super knowledgable about the menu and provided outstanding service. the food was fantastic. I highly recommend the Jerk Drum and the scallop appetizer. I will deffinately be back

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food with a flair! Every did was complex with good flavor and texture.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Food was good. Blackened drum was better than the curried goat and sweet potatoes; however, this is a Caribbean place so just go for it!!! You can't go wrong.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Amazing atmosphere followed by food on another level. We enjoyed everything we ate at this restaurant even though somethings were out of my initial comfort level it was so, so worth the experience. I cannot rate this place high eneough on every aspect of their operation. Well done for smashing my already super high expectations!!!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Flawless dining - gracious service - specials that really are special. Also bunnies. The food here is sublime - the biscuits with bacon butter are the opening to a flavor and texture adventure - from goat to gâteaux this Caribbean influenced masterpiece is not to be missed

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was my first visit to Compere Lapin and I had been looking forward to the visit. The food and service were both outstanding, the menu is not long (that is good), but it is creative and there were several choices that I was interested in. I ordered the night's special, an oxtail lasagne topped at my table with shaved black truffle. This was very good and I appreciated my server's (Claire, a great server) description and recommendation of the dish.

As a starter I had the Travel Papers cocktail ( a well balanced combination of tequila, mescal, grapefruit, apricot, and bitters) and I ordered the hamachi fish with guava curry and papaya, this was excellent. There is a nice selection of wine by the glass, and I enjoyed a nice Cotes du Rhone with my entree.

I live in north Louisiana and visit New Orleans several times a year and always look forward to trying a new restaurant. I was very happy and satisfied with a great meal and dining experience at Compere Lapin.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our server Claire was amazing- we ordered a large cross section of the menu for the entire table to share. She guided our group of 7 explaining every drink and food item...she really tailored the experience for us. We were really pleased with our entire experience, and would highly recommend.

The drinks were incredible, thoughtfully crafted, and different the expected or usual....

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Those warm, fresh and delicious biscuits made it clear from the get-go that we were in for a treat. And we were! Delicious, creative dishes, superb service, a warm and congenial ambiance.....im ready to go back and sample some other things on the menu. What a find!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

2nd time. It is very amazing both times! They start you with biscuits that were amazing. We had a large group so we had almost everything on the menu. The curry was so interestingly good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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