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About Criollo at Hotel Monteleone

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.

214 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm - until

Cross Street:
Royal Street between Bienville and Iberville

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(504) 681-4444

Website:
http://criollonola.com/

Entertainment:
Entertainment schedule available at http://hotelmonteleone.com/carouselbarentertainment

Parking Details:
Discount parking available with validation for Criollo Restaurant diners at the Monteleone and Solaris parking garages.

Executive Chef:
Joseph Maynard

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Criollo at Hotel Monteleone Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
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Romantic (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Music (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Seasonal (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

An excellent experience. Perfectly cooked and displayed. Lots of shellfish of course, but plenty of other options. Bar is very lively.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabian and Ina made our event memorable, and considering the food, that was a tough bar to rise above!

Tags: Vegan, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

Dined with friends from England and Ireland and wanted them to have a unique NOLA food experience. They later told me this meal was the highlight of their trip!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was good, setting lovely and service extremely good. Wine was great too

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our server, Colin, and his teammate, ensured our meal was spectacular. Colin offered plenty of recommendations and suggestions and was attentive to our needs all night long.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was the perfect place to have a light but delicious gumbo and seafood dinner. From the perfect old time and more recent cocktails (side car and Fluer de Lis) to the wonderful local seafood, Criollo is a gem in the hustle bustle French Quarter. So often restaurants in hotels have a bad rap Criollo this is THE exception.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We simply cannot visit NOLA without having breakfast at Criollo. The food is wonderful, as is the staff and love the Art Deco beauty of the room, reminiscent of a classy era.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great beignets, and service from Kathy was perfect! We will only go here for breakfast from now on when beignets are in our minds.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Came here for brunch and had the most amazing brunch in NOLA, the experience was enhanced by Charmaine who took such good care of us and just put the whole experience over the top! The shrimps and grits were not on the menu but they made it for us anyway and it was exquisite. We also had the best biscuits and gravy ever which was a perfect balance of fluffy biscuits and gravy that knocked it out of the ballpark. And for the finale... the benignets, I think the best in town! Definitely will be back soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Hot Spot, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our server, Ms. Kathy, was wonderful!!! The food was excellent. Will definitely come back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a very confident and great waiter named James. We loved everything we ordered - and the food came out FAST! Great atmosphere

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our experience at Criollo was a little disappointing. We started off with the soup of the day which was chicken noodle soup. The soup was very tasty, but we wished they would've used a thicker noodle instead of the vermicelli. For my meal I had the shrimp, crab, and avocado appetizer. The shrimp had a very strong grill flavor, which was unappealing to me. The remainder of the meal was decent. My guest had the grilled fish open faced sandwich with the gluten free Brazilian cheese bread. The fish that was used was puppy drum. Her fish was undercooked in the center, but she was able to eat around it. Our meal was mediocre but the service staff was very attentive and very kind.

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The many decades we have been to New Orleans we have not eaten at the restaurant. It was fabulous! Great servers and chefs. We were seated by the cooking bar which some might think negatively upon. We loved it. We were able to observe in the preparation of the plates including salads, appetizers and main dishes. The care and artistic presentations were notable. We had a blast just observing the care taken to make each plate a piece of art. It was even better to eat and enjoy!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We enjoyed this restaurant once again, they were very attentive and worked to give a seafood allergic person a great experience. This is one of those special places when you come to New Orleans.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Shrimp tasted like it was frozen

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Service was very good will be back

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Service was good. Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the food. The food was terrible there is nothing criollo/creole about it. I can only compare the taste to hospital food. They need a someone checking the food that is being sent out to the customers. Price was high compare to what they offer.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 7, 2017

My first time visiting this particular restaurant in New Orleans let alone first in this state. I loved everything about the restaurant. The food, oh my heavens, EXCELLENT!
The service, yes, you won't regret it.
This restaurant is the the example of a restaurant that every other restaurant should follow.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fair food. Excellent service.

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good Service, very good food . We had the Coolinary Special meal, and it was great with nice size portions as well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Seasonal, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

As always, Criollo at the Hotel Monteleone is second to none! From the moment that we walked in until the moment that we left we felt that everybody that was working ensured that we had a wonderful dining experience. As always, Chef Diego made sure that I had a vegetarian appetizer and entrée and that they were full of flavor and not as boring as vegetarian food can be. Of course, James was very attentive to our needs and made us all feel special. One of my guests could not believe how delicious the duck entrée was. Thank you all for another great dinner!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Celebrated our anniversary here as we did four years earlier. Like the earlier experience, the Criollo makes for a special night-- from the warm reception we got on entering from Trnka,to our excellent waitress Jade, and to our busboy (so much more than that--and he took some excellent photos of us) as well as to the kitchen staffer who delivered our dinner-- all were exceptionally attentive and pleasant. The appetizer, a flight of small soup options was outstanding as was my main course, a duck breast. The Criollo offered us two creme brulees decorated with "Happy Anniversary" to finish off the really memorable evening. It would be hard to overemphasize how pleasant the staff is. We'll be back, and highly recommend trying one of the best kitchens in New Orleans!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Lovely meal

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Service is fair. Food with not that great of a taste.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service was impeccable. Made our anniversary so special.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. James, our server was very warm and friendly. Fernando was charming and attentive. The hostess who greeted us at the door (sorry didn't get her name) had a very nice, welcoming smile.

The food was excellent! Everything was plated nicely and the service was fast.

Overall experience was very good. We will be back when we are in town and highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Crillo is amazing, from the wait staff to the food, they can do no wrong in my opinion. Every time I visit New Orleans, I make it a point to stop by. Each time Joseph is our server which speaks volumes about the restaurant and the service they provide. Joseph is attentive and thoughtful, definitely an amazing server. And the food. OH GOODNESS! It is delicious. Everything on the menu is outstanding. I had the shrimp bienville with risotto. The shrimp were good but the risotto was the star. My boyfriend enjoyed their Coolinary menu, a prix fixe menu for their restaurant week, which was also amazing! It was his birthday so Joseph surprised him with a gelato Napoleon, which was also amazing. I cannot say enough good things about Crillo. It is amazing!

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 (Naples)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Not staying at this hotel but Went for Sunday breakfast because reviews were good. We sat near the open kitchen so it was much too noisy, especially for breakfast, with the staff yelling at each other. Service was poor and food was just ok. I would only eat at this restaurant if staying in the hotel.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Excelent choice. Great meal and service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Superior service and exquisite cuisine!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Had our anniversary brunch here. Ordered the beignets our server recommended though we are locals and weren't expecting much difference. Wow best beignets we've ever had! Great service, casual atmosphere in a beautiful hotel. Sit by the windows if you can. Would highly recommend for breakfast/brunch.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Criollo was not as good this time as we have experienced in the past, on which occasions, I would have given an unequivocal five stars in all categories. The menu selections were not as varied and the preparation was just good, not spectacular. I am sure I will be back and I will update this report to let visitors know if this was simply an aberration.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food was delicious and service was excellent! Server Della made it a great overall experience.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Had breakfast here while we're staying at the hotel.
Michael our waiter was very helpful. I enjoyed the fried green tomatoes with my eggs and biscuit. They have a nice variety of Cajun inspired choices for breakfast.
Atmosphere was styled after a french brasserie.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We had just driven in from Dallas and was not looking to wander to far from the hotel great choice in the hotel love the carousel bar also

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great food. My wife had the duck which was awesome. I had the reddish with pasta. All were awesome. Definitely recommend.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Good food and service
Food is a la carte which means on the expensive side

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The grilled gulf fish sandwich was excellent and Deanna provided outstanding service! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

A special treat. Benedict was remarkable. Memorable.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Fabulous, well presented food, helpful waiter, pricey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual
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