Criollo at Hotel Monteleone

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
New Orleans in its soul is a true blending of many cultures. The European influences, namely Spanish, Italian & French, coupled with prominent contributions of Caribbean & African heritage, have produced one of America's greatest indigenous cuisines, Creole.


Criollo, the Spanish word for Creole and the name chosen for the new restaurant, represents the amalgam of cultures reflected in our cooking and the unique tastes that comprise Louisiana cuisine.


Fashioned with Louisiana & the Gulf South region's abundant bounty of fresh, home grown products from the land & sea, Criollo's ingredient-driven seasonal menu is designed to offer creative dishes inspired by culinary traditions & an appreciation of today's contemporary tastes.
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Waiter was great. Really enjoyed my drink. The bar attached was too loud.

J
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caro y con excesivo ruido por el bar contiguo,la cómoda muy buena y el servicio de primera

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L
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with a wonderful sampling of dishes NOLA is known for. Beautiful classic dining room. Comfortable and warm hospitality.

C
Mississippi
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was disappointed from the start because I learned when we arrived that the “lunch” menu had changed to a brunch menu. Part of the reason I picked Criollo was the advertised lunch menu that was online. Had I known this when I made the reservation, I likely would have chosen a different place for this lunch.

RC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant wonderful staff and the food was delicious.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about our dining experience The food was some of the best I’ve ever had. Everything since has paled in comparison. Scheduled dinner for another night during our stay. Yum!

RL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

most things on Open table menu where not available--out of season--new menu coming soon-- cesar salad was very small and in a stale parmesan cup--not worthy of a high class New Orleans restuarant on Royal-after all-don't come to N. O. for the climate or the beaches so you expect 5 star at every dinner, so many other options. Manager said he was having a hard time dealing with the chef.

H
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great but I wished that it was a little more lively.

G
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an overall very enjoyable dining experience. The food and beverages were excellent and prepared to the cost point.
The ambiance is very sophisticated, but the noise level does interfere with a quiet romantic dining. Their is an excellent very unique Carousel Bar adjacent to the restaurant. The speciality drinks Fkeur de Lu’s abs Pimms Cup are a must try. But it’s New Orleans everything is loud and fun.
We were seated by the window and were able to see a 2nd line which our visitors had never experienced.
I will continue to come back each time with out of town guests.

AE
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food but a bit loud for as nice of a restaurant as it is - probably should close off the open doors leading in to neighboring bar

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The hostess who seated us seemed a little irritable, but everyone has moods. The waiters were extremely polite. Food was amazing - best swordfish I’ve ever had - but light on vegetables. Excellent live music drifted over from the adjacent (packed!) Carousel Bar.

D
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're un NOLA and want the best beignets available anywhere you have to go to Criollo at the Hotel Monteleone. The beignets with praline sauce is to die for! They put Cafe du Monde to shame.

M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was okay, but Fred (the “bus boy”) was amazing!!! Our drinks were never empty, he was on top if it all! We wanted Fred to get the tip - not our waiter.

The noise was waaaay too loud from the hotel bar that was adjacent. Food was expensive (as expected), but it was pretty good. The breads were delicious!

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

James was the best server- attentive, skilled, ind, and funny! Thank you for the excellent service! And the food was incredible too ;)

VO
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We looked at both Open Table reviews and TripAdvisor before choosing this as our first New Orleans dinner. Reading other reviews, there is a delineation between the rave for breakfast and the ok reviews for other meals. Our dinner was good but it was the plating that was spectacular, not the taste. Portions were nicely sized. Service was quite nice, friendly and prompt. Dress is polo and jeans or nicer, but not fancy. Overall, we found it to be a nice restaurant but quite puzzled at how it maintains its status as 13th best in New Orleans.

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place for photos especially around carousel bar and good cocktails but that’s about it. Food was very bland went with servers suggestion. It just didn’t seem home made like from frozen. Least flavorful food I had in NOLA.

CL
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is right next to the Carousel Bar which was a little bit noisy but the restaurant is far enough away where the dinner environment is still pretty quiet. The chairs were super comfortable and the dining environment as a whole was extremely nice. The food was superb and service was great. Would highly recommend.

JF
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific and restaurant is very nice , birthday celebration was good

j
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jade and Taylor amazing

MC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Their beignets were way better than Cafe Du Monde and the service was great. Highly recommend the "Benedict of the Day".

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect fine dining experience at excellent prices. Food was outstanding!!!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Noise level in the restaurant was a lot louder than anticipated. There was a live band a singer belting away on the other end of the space. Thankfully we were able to be seated on the other end.

P
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Beautiful hotel. Ordered a veggie omelette was a huge pile of veggies with an egg white on top. Fruit tasted canned. Coffee wasn’t memorable along with service.

A
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Great service impeded by mediocre food with so many great options everywhere in town

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was awful. Caesar salad was straight from refrigerator and wilted. Parmesan crust was also cold from refrigerator and .hard and inedible. Crab and fried green tomato redfish was horrible. Where was the crab? Or the fried green tomato? The pasta and fish was extremely sweet. Couldn’t eat this either. Very strange taste experience. Hostess came to table after we sent salad back and claimed the salad was made to order. No way! I’m so disappointed, we had only one night to dine and made a terrible choice in this city of fine dining choices. Never again

AS
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with excellent food and innovative cocktails! We loved the atmosphere, and our server Fernando was incredibly attentive and friendly!

AS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and Fernando was an impeccable waiter. He made wonderful suggestions for our meal that added to our dining experience.

RP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, but the Coolinaire menu was not available without any statement in website or in visible signs.

PR
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best dining experience during our New Orleans trip! We were disappointed that they did not offer the Coolinary dinner as advertised because they “ran out of ingredients”, but it was a great meal otherwise.

CV
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A feast for the soul. One of the most satisfying dining experiences I’ve ever been fortunate enough to enjoy.

C
Detroit
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s retirement. We had outstanding service! We will return whenever we’re in town

ED
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just perfect. It was my 20 year anniversary and everything was perfect.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. We loved everything!

A
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was HIGHLY impressed with this restaurant! The food, ambiance, the staff. Everything was superb! My husband and I were in New Orleans to celebrate our anniversary. I don't know why we picked this restaurant, but I am so glad we did.

CT
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in New Orleans, perfect service and delicious food.

CK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Three of the four of us were happy with our food. My husband ordered lamb chops, medium. They came out medium rare. After the waiter brought them back from the kitchen to cook them “a little more”, they were so over cooked they were charred black. My husband was so insulted and irritated that he sent them back uneaten. Everyone else was well into their meal and he didn’t want us to have to wait for the kitchen to prepare another dish for him. He left still hungry.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was average.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

We have being there at the carousel bar for drinks and bar food and everything was outstanding so we decided to go there for dinner and the food wasn’t up to standards. It was very disappointing wish I had went to Mr. B’s instead!

LP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations for my birthday; food was delicious, service was good. Will go back.

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