Compère Lapin

4.7
1713 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Caribbean, Italian
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Hours of operation
10:30a-2p Saturday and Sunday (Brunch)

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

5:30p-10p Sunday-Saturday (Dinner)
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Phone number
(504) 599-2119
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nina Compton
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Cross street
Lafayette St.
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Parking details
$5 valet parking
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
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Booked a last minute Sunday night reservation for five and shared plates between us. Favorites were the oysters (with a tiny bottle dropper of hot sauce) and the pork tenderloin.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went for brunch, was absolutely fantastic. From the cocktails, to the last course, was quirky, sophisticated, comfortable, and delicious all at the same time. A complete experience, Kim waited on us and was perfectly tuned in to our needs and wants; a pro. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was absolutely delicious. Chicken was cooked perfectly. Sciatelli was wonderful. Service was good. Just a little loud but not unusually loud for a NOLA restaurant.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Maybe one of my favorite spots....
Will go back and stay at the Old 77 Hotel as well!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We asked our nephew who lives in New Orleans to recommend a great place for dinner when we were in town from NYC for his sisters wedding. His recommendation was spot on, and we loved everything we had. We had a large group and were able to sample a lot of the items in the menu, as well as the specialty drinks. Everything was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Amazing service, best food I’ve had in New Orleans, & all around fabulous experience!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We had a wonderful night, and it was perfect for our last dinner in NOLA. The biscuits were divine. The cocktails were also very delicious (and well priced). We enjoyed every single dish that we ordered. The food was executed very well, and had some unexpected combinations which always worked. I really enjoyed the barbecued shrimp with jalapeno jus, and frankly the smoked tuna tartare paired with the banana chips sounded weird, but was sensational. We had the famous goat curry, and it was incredible. The depth and complexity in the curry was magnificent and worked well with the sweet potato gnocchi (just don't tell the purists OK).

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Compere Lapin was a highlight of our recent trip to New Orleans. Food and service were extraordinary and the bar has one of the most well-trained and professional staffs in the city. Will definitely return when we get back to New Orleans.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Awesome food. Incredible service. Really great cocktails. Best dining experience I’ve had in a while.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Thank you for another delicious and beautiful dinner. And for being the reason we come to New Orleans. I had the whipped ricotta with house made ciabatta bread and marinated heirlooms. For the second course I ordered the semolina gnocchi with corn and poblanos. They sent a complimentary entree of an eggplant ravioli. It was the most delicate ravioli and one of the most delicious pastas I’ve ever had. Joey had the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi. Per usual. And it was delicious. Per usual. We enjoyed a great Sancerre on the recommendation of @mythopoeticmoose. For dessert something a little different. But so refreshing after a huge day of dining in Nola. We ordered a soursop semifreddo with yogurt sauce, coconut snow, shaved cucumber and celery. Innovative and delightful. The complimentary mignardises of nougat, lemon meringue tartlets and praline were a fantastic end to the evening. Our server Nicole was stellar! If I had not met Larry and Nina on our last trip, I would have to say that this was our best experience ever! But it was a close second! Can’t wait to plan our next get away! @ Compere Lapin

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Would not recommend. Food very bland. Fish was steamed with no flavor, and roast chicken was also not what was expected. Dessert was OK

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

This was my third time dining at Compere, overall some great dishes but also a few flops- most notably my main course which was black drum fish dish. We sampled all the small bites which were excellent. Appetizers were good overall, in particular a dish with whipped ricotta, but the hamachi crudo left a little to be desired as the fish was not melt in your mouth and accompanying flavors pretty flat. As far as the main courses, someone else in my party got the goat which was excellent. I got the fish (black drum) which was unfortunately the major let down of the night. Extremely bland, with the "sauce" basically being water broth, and the fish was a bit overcooked. It was reminiscent of a bland boiled fish you would see at an early bird special. Given this is New Orleans and should be a venue to showcase some of the best seafood dishes in the world, that dish was a big disappoint and should probably not make its way back to the menu again. However, I would still recommend Compere to visitors and will give it another chance down the road.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Fabulous service & food!!! Get the curried goat! Only wish we had gotten to meet Nina Compton.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

High quality ingredients across the menu. Presentation is very well executed and service is great.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Corey was a wonderful server! Food was very good! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Delicious, flavorful, beautiful food! The staff is charming and very attentive. The lighting is low and soothing and the restaurant is spacious and inviting. I'll definitely be visiting again.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Consistently creative and welcoming. We have eaten here for brunch and for dinner now. The interiors are well done and hip. The service is attentive and chill. The food is quite creative. The desert was a combination that should NOT have tasted good but was KILLER!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Everything was exceptional from start to finish. Incredible creativity and execution from the kitchen. My new favorite spot in New Orleans. The hamachi is not to be missed but you can't go wrong throughout the menu and specials!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Great food and service from the restaurant, but the bar program is outstanding. Craft cocktails, carefully designed by true professionals.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Place was great. Food outstanding. Black Drum sublime and all small bites very nice.

Great craft cocktails (get the copper bunny) and an extensive wine list.

Service was spot on. Not too intrusive but on point.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

A bit overpriced and our server was not the friendliest person. The French toast was excellent, aside from that, I can’t say anything else positive.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The dining room was very nice and we were seated right away at a window table. The small plates were delicious! We had the oysters, conch fritters and the corn. The biscuits and flavored butters were very good, too. Wish we had stopped there or ordered a few more. The entrees were bland and over salted. No one in our party enjoyed what they ordered. Very disappointing end to what promised to be a memorable dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We made a reservation while staying in the hotel for my birthday weekend. Our server was Claire. The staff and kitchen went above and beyond to make it special for me. The food is great. I’d highly recommend! Get a spicy mule so you can have a drink of the rabbit.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Couldn’t have asked for a better meal, or better service. We loved Compere Lapin and will return every time we are in New Orleans.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

I went for my birthday celebration on Saturday brunch and I was very impressed. The restaurant is beuatiful, the food was amazing and the service was perfect. Thank you Brandy!

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Too noisy and too hipster. Food was just good. Not good enough to overcome the lack of ambiance. Being in a cheesy, fad, Hotel lobby doesn’t help

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

My second time in two weeks. One of my favorite dinner options.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The experience lived up to the hype. The cocktails were expertly poured. The service was on point. We ordered the jalapeño shrimp, the tuna, the sweet potato gnocchi and the black drum. All were beautifully plated and absolutely delicious. The sauces stood out for me. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Delicious meal. Everything we had was great. It was a little more on the expensive side, but I would eat here again as I imagine the menu is ever changing. Good cocktails, lots of choices, friendly bartenders, knowledgeable servers.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I went in for Brunch as I had read good reviews and boy did it live up to expectations. The smoked hamachi doughnut was mind-blowing and I accompanied it with the just as tasty tuna bagel tartar. The cocktails are tiki style and inventive and there is only one desert in my mind which was the Roasted Banana Zeppoles and rum caramel dipping sauce. The service was sublime and faultless and it is a must for brunch goes and foodies alike.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Fabulous. Goat bolognese was delicious. Waiter was delightful. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We decided to eat here as it was located at our hotel and we had heard the great reviews. Out of everywhere we've enjoyed dinners in New Orleans (after years of visiting) this was our favorite meal. The staff was pleasant and on point. We order a little all over the menu and shared several plates. The timing of each course was perfect and well spaced. The food was cooked perfectly and the dishes were creative and surprising. Would recommend to anyone visiting. We came back the next night for drinks and sat at the bar.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Between the food and service, plus a fantastic atmosphere, one can’t go wrong with this jewel! Our meals were creative, delish! It’s on the list when we return to NOLA. Dessert is a must!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

As always CL delivers. Impeccable service, outstanding food that tickles the palette! A real New Orleans gem!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The space is really very nice! It’s definitely a different kinda menu! The pigs ear was a bit tough and the oysters we good and salty (from Alabama) but really small ( size of little neck clams) and too expensive like $36.00 a dozen! Local oysters (even in summer) here are usually around $16.00 -$18.00 a dozen! I have no problem peeling shrimp and theirs we large and delicious! Soup could have been spicier, but we kept the hot pepper sauce with the eye dropper from other appetizers and doctored it up! It was a fun place but don’t think I will add it to my list of “go to often” restaurants! But I’d go back if other friends wanted to try it or better yet try her other place in da Bywater!

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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Did the James Beard Award (South) go to their heads? Food was quite good, but the standards are higher in NOLA. Server let us know the rules about what wouldn't be done, and I can't say that the overall experience made us feel welcomed.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Excellent interpretation of elevated Caribbean with classic nods to the Italian and French while still staying true to that creole NOLA flavor! How? Brilliantly done and worth all the accolades. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly as well.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

The tomatoes with ricotta were a liitle bland--my mistake, but the free biscuits, the curried goat, and the black-eyed peas were as outstanding as ever. Gary's service was also characteristically friendly, prompt, and knowledgeable--his recommendation of the Cotes de Rhone to go with the goat in place of the lamented Petalos was spot on. The rest of the staff was also helpful. CL continues its high quality and good value.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Beautiful first restaurant to visit the night we flew in from San Diego. Great service. Changing our silverware, filling up our water, our server was sweet, amazing and gave good information. What an amazing pork belly/tenderloin. So succulent, tasted straight like butter. Initially served a corn bread with bacon butter and honey butter, what a treat. Tried the pig ears, sounds weird but OMG. Also had the corn which was a treat and very tasteful delight. I had the cold tom soup with fresh crab. It was deliciously spicy and super fine. Overall a great experience. We ended with this appellee, delicious, with hazelnut and caramel. Thank you for a great experience on our first trip to Nola.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Hanging out and catching up with friends was great and totally enhanced by the atmosphere, service, and amazing food at Compere Lapin. The four of us ordered different entrees so we could share. Each dish was incredible! My favorite was the goat curry with sweet potato gnocchi. Outstanding!!

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