Compère Lapin

4.7
1800 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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
What 1800 People Are Saying
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SI
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sat at the bar. Interesting food and people

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CR
Mississippi
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our experience was just okay. We had a reservation and were seated promptly, but it was downhill from there. Our order — a curried goat dish, butternut ravioli and a wagyu burger and fries — took nearly 45 minutes to arrive. This was during lunch and the restaurant wasn’t crowded. Had our waitress checked in with us periodically we wouldn’t have been as annoyed, but she wouldn’t even make eye contact. Our waters were refilled promptly and often by other waitstaff, but our own server completely ignored us until we flagged her down to ask about the extended wait time and she responded that our food was about to be plated. No explanation, no apology. The food itself was just alright, nothing special. The goat dish was probably the tastiest. This restaurant came highly recommended by multiple people, so we’re a bit disappointed. Perhaps we just visited on an off day.

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S
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I loved it. The food was delicious. I had adobo pork tenderloin. It was beautifully served with thick slices of meat, cooked perfectly with just a hint of pink, carefully laid over bed of plantanos crema and okra. My wife had a goat curry, very bright and flavorful. We will definitely go again

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AS
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I dined here for our Anniversary. We started at the bar with Cocktails & Apps. We were impressed by the professionalism and talent of the bartenders. The Conch Croquettes were the best Conch dish I’ve ever tasted! We moved on to the main dining room, where they arranged for us to have a Corner table for the special occasion. The Murder point oysters were presented chilled with several inventive sauces including their Homemade hot sauce in a medicine dropper. The Curried goat was a very different flavor for my American palate, but I loved it and the dish opened my eyes to new flavors! Bravo to the team there! All around 5 stars.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it. We are only in NOLA once a year. We eat at Lapin. We talk about the meal all year till the next time. We're usually a 4 top. We eat like an 8 top. We love everything about our meals here from pull up to pull out. Thank you Compere Lapin, you killed it once again.

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DS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best restaurants I've ever enjoyed. The service was excellent--the waitress was intimately familiar with every item on the menu--responsive, but not a pest. Nina Compton and her staff have created a masterpiece in New Orleans with her creative blend of indigenous ingredients, the rich culinary heritage of New Orleans, and those of her Caribbean roots. I highly recommend Compere Lapin.

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Slow slow slow service, even to just get water and beverages.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place for brunch and to celebrate a special occasion. great service

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D
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food not good value or as well conceived as last year
Very noisy

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CT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good. Ambiance rustic. Tuna had a lot of onion and covered the flavor of the tuna. Spicy and I had asked for no spice. Due to a good allergy.
The goat with sweet potato was delicious.
The pasta with cauliflower and shrimp was good as well. The biscuits with bacon butter were yummy!

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DZ
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

This was our first time at Compere Lapin, and probably our last. The food was superb, especially the curried goat, conch fritters, and tuna tartare. The service seemed disinterested at best. But the biggest problem was the noise level. This is one of the noisiest -- if not THE noisiest -- restaurants we've ever been to.

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OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything Bout this place was awesome . The ambiance was great, the building was awesome inside, and the food and service was superior. We had the pig ears, conch fritters for apps and both were great , we loved the pigs ears as they were well seasoned and crunch. The dipping sauce was amazing. I would highly recommend any of the main courses we got: snapper, curried goat, pork tenderloin. I would say the curried goat was the best. We also has the broccoli rhab and buttnut squash jerk. I would recommend both but push the broccoli rhab. The price was really affordable considering how awesome this place was and how tasty the food was. It was under $60 a person for three people , three apps , two sides, three main dishes! I couldn't believe it.

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TE
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, gracious service, and an unbelievable value. Don't pass it up.

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SN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table service was top notch but we found the greeters unhelpful and a little rude. There wasn't much of an attempt to seat us when our table was ready. We had to remind them we had a reservation.

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s
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Way too noisy. Impossible for conversation. One of the entree orders was not placed and arrived 15 minutes after the others. Waitress was great but the place is understaffed. For what they sell/charge, they need to upgrade service and staff. Unless you want to shout across the table at dinner, this is not the place to go.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in NOLA

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C
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gotta get the carribean pepper pot. And the goat. And the pig ear. You get the idea

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M
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal here! Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was creative, interesting, and delicious. Portions are average, prices a little high, but worth it!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive cocktails and excellent service! Dinner date during a business trip with my SO led us to our second visit at Compere Lapin and we were not disappointed. We arrived early for our reservation so found a spot at the bar to enjoy a very inventive cocktail prepared by a knowledgeable and skilled bartender. Dinner was tasty and generous, with excellent service (refilling water, clearing plates, new flatware for new courses).

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost, it was an absolutely delicious meal. A great experience blending Caribbean and Creol flavors. Save room.for the Banana Zeppoles!

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KD
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing from start to finish. drinks were thoughtfully prepared & delicious. Each dish (and we went from Starts to Dessert) was fantastic. Highly recommend the Curry Goat (main) and Potato & Brussels Sprouts (side) but really..EVERYTHING was great!

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DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service and wine were amazing. But 2 of 3 dishes I ate were mediocre. The conch croquettes could have been filled with anything. They tasted like they had a ton of filler and had a very off-putting texture. The snapper dish I had was split. The carrot purée base was amazing. But the fish was beyond over cooked. A huge disappointment.

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d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all around. Delish, clever dishes. Lovely staff that took such good care of us at the bar. Amazing drinks! Would go back again and again.

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UB
Birmingham
82 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our first visit to this "acclaimed" restaurant. Went for brunch when visiting New Orleans. I enjoyed the food much more than my wife, but we thought the selections a bit limited in scope. I was hoping for spicier food, but found the food a bit bland. Even the bloody Mary, "hand crafted" was NOT spicy. The Hostesses were very friendly, but our waiter seemed overworked and tired at 11;30 am. I would recommenced only to those who like "Caribbean" food, which in general, I find a bit bland.

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B
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far my favorite meal during our recent visit. Everyone in our party of 7 ordered something different from the brunch menu and it was so fun sharing bites from each plate. I very much enjoyed the chicken hash with poached eggs. My picky eater practically licked her French toast plate clean. They even accommodated our other child with a plate of plain scrambled eggs. The Copper Bunny on the cocktail menu is worth waiting for and would be perfect at Easter, during Mardi Gras, at Christmas or heck, every weekend.

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H
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was really subpar for this type of restaurant. Our server forgot our bar snacks, we had to ask where entrees where and waited about 10 minutes for a second drink. Food was delicious however.

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SI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Meals were delicious. Mix of ingredients was unique. Waiter was also great, good service and friendly. However we waited one hour and 10 minutes for our meal after ordering. It magically appeared when we inquired about it. Not sure who to blame but that’s too long a wait. I’d go again but would rather sit at the bar.

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C
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A party in your mouth! Amazing and flavorful dishes. Share everything, so you can try as many things as possible. We asked our waiter to choose four apps for us. That was perfect. Biscuits are yummy too!

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t
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So wonderful I had to come back three nights in a row! I had the waitress order for me the first night, what a delight! Every course was perfect!!! And sitting at the bar watching the artists work is truely magical!

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SK
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Fun menu. Great service. Can see why Chef is a James Beard award winner. Definitely worth a visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice resultant and food

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J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was innovative. It was all exceptionally prepared. Service was outstanding. I would highly recommend. It has a well earned reputation as the best restaurant in New Orleans. The Chef's history is very interesting also.

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PV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal at a great restaurant. Would eat here anytime.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it. Will go back.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and ambiance were fantastic. A little loud but overall delightful. I highly recommend the Curried Goat with Sweet Potato Gnocchi and a Copper Bunny Cocktail.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The manager Mike, and our servers made sure that our dinning experiences was taylor made to our liking. The food was exceptional. The flavors were untouchable. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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MG
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots. Compare Lapin never disappoints!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A superior dining experience with wonderfully innovative options. New Orleans needed a restaurant like this and finally got one! Staff was excellent!

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SB
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience! The menu was great and dessert was lovely!

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DL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular! I never miss when in New Orleans

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