Emeril's Restaurant

4.6
9610 reviews
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Emeril’s Restaurant is chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s famed flagship restaurant housed in a renovated pharmacy warehouse in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. Since opening in 1990, Emeril’s has been a definitive force in contemporary New Orleans cuisine and has earned rave reviews and accolades for over 25 years, including Esquire magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” and Wine Spectator’s “Grand Award” for 14 consecutive years. At the helm is chef de cuisine David Slater, who works closely with Chef Emeril to push culinary boundaries and deliver bold and diverse flavors for a one-of-a-kind dining experience with unparalleled service and a festive unpretentious setting.

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New England
32 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Basically, this is stories restaurant and not better than many restaurants.

The standards for service are low here. Inadequate attention. Small things like bread doesn't come out fresh. Food delivery timing is uneven.

These are basic things, but critical things.

Then, there's the food. Nothing bad. Some things better than average. Nothing exceptional. The BBQ shrimp should be outstanding and it was tasty but the shrimp were overcooked and small and the BBQ sauce was overly syrupy, and simplistic sweet. Tasty, but not that special.

The only other thing that we had that was "interesting" was the duck entree. Again, a little more complexity of flavor mixture, very sweet, pretty good, but not wow.

We were looking for some wow tastes from some classic dishes. That didn't happen and we were disappointed. Otherwise, it was OK. Frankly the prices are not particularly high, which was surprising.

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W
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Delicious food - thank you to the Chefs! Did not love all the “upselling” the waitress was doing. Especially did not love the extra $80 bottle of wine the waitress brought that no one ordered. Check out was so confusing to be laughable. There were 12 of us and their credit card system was so confusing. Why some of us paid different amounts when we asked to split the check evenly is a mystery. The worst $1000 restaurant experience I’ve ever had!

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SL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had bbq shrimp for appetizer, gulf drum and sweet bbq salmon. All very delicious

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BG
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was attending the Keller Williams Family Reunion event.

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D
Raleigh
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were fine. Nothing, however, was exceptional. Something is usually lost when a restaurant becomes a chain. There is a loss of creativity and spark. So, Emeril's was fine, but was missing the "BAM" that the progenitor intended.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat! We treated my wife’s mother and father to a special evening at Emeril’s. It was a bucket list for her mom and more than she had expected. The service is above and beyond what you can imagine and they work to make sure everyone enjoys the experience. My youngest had a special request and they found a way to ensure his meal was wonderful. The setting is pleasant and the noise never gets it of control. If you are looking for a special meal and happen to be in New Orleans the only place to go is Emeril’s.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fantastic experience! The service is impeccable - we can’t wait to dine there again.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to NO and this was a highlight.

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ZB
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We reserved for Valentines Day and were extremely pleased with the food and service. The menu was rich and varied and each item we ordered was beautifully prepared and delivered. There seemed to be no “Valentines” crowding or price inflation, just another fantastic evening of great restaurant experience. We enjoyed the Andouille and Boudin sausage and barbecued shrimp for appetizers and a cup of gumbo (my standard quality check at Cajun/Louisiana restaurants), and the Shrimp and Grits and beef tenderloin for our mains. We found a delicious Novy Zinfandel (Russian River) to complement the meal. Waitstaff was plentiful, attentive without ever pushing or rushing our evening. A chocolate soufflé lava cake sweetened the deal.

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CT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We went with high expectations, as it has been recommended by magazines and even the bus tour in the morning recommended it, but the food was terrible. I ordered a main course of duck and we wife ordered fish. First, presentation was terrible. The food was a little mountain, with the duck completely covered in some potato/veg pieces. The duck was way over cooked. Texture and taste was like duck leg noble soup in a Hong Kong noodle shop, and that is better as it is a 5th of the price. And it came with a piece of what tasted like hash brown ? My wife’s fish was better but nothing special. Both dishes were huge. How can it even be 70th or so on tripadvisor places to eat in New Orleans ?

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Overrated!!!!
Was probably good 20 years ago.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waiter!

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W
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Put this on your bucket list and enjoy patronizing this exceptional restaurant!!

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GB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was super excited to come here and it did not completely meet up to my expectation. The ambiance was superb. However we had several people coming to our table at all times which was a bit much because it lacked intimacy and seemed rushed, considering our later dinner reservation. The food was phenomenal but the menu was not what I expected. Nearly everything had red meat and we could not adjust anything on the menu. The drinks were delicious but did not seem like there was any alcohol in them. Overall we had a great time but unfortunately would not go back.

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MC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The biggest problem was that we ate at GWFins on Monday night...therefor I’m not sure it’s fair to judge you, but we did. You were found “not worthy” of our time, money or enjoyment. Of the five days we spent in NO, your meal was the LOW point.
The service (Nick) was marginally ok, but certainly not attentive or memorable. I sent the duck back because it was disgusting...I cook duck breast myself and love it; this had black slimy skin and the duck was dry, even the croquett was dry and tasteless. (And I was still charged for it!!!!). And on my birthday celebration!!!
In addition, even though we repeatedly told everyone that my sister was allergic to spinach, they still did not know what was in her salad, and I requested no blue cheese and had to send mine back too! The steaks were ok though the vegetables were unappetizing and mushy.
We went directly back over to Fin’s for after dinner drinks and dessert so the evening would not be a complete disappointment.
Need I say more? It was Wednesday night (13th). Nothing could entice me to return.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Went there a month ago and was great. This month it was not, food was very over seasoned and not up to Emeril's standards. I have worked with Emeril before and I know he creates great food. He needs to visit his kitchens and make sure his recipes are being followed. Staff was as always excellent but we were very disappointed in the food. this trip.

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DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service one would expect at a high end restaurant. Food was amazingly good, but the service was over the top. Highly recommend it.

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JP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

When I first got there I was by myself and they put me in a corner right behind the hostess station. There was a big commotion about getting the other three settings of the table and then the waitress came back and took away the charger from my seat I'm not sure why but I guess I didn't need it was just for decoration it was just weird that they empty the table and everything. The fish courses were recommended by a different waiter sounded good so I got them I have the pan-seared halibut and a blue crab soup. The soup was creamy and delicious but it only had two tiny little pieces of crab meat in it. The bread was okay but it wasn't warm it was a little stale. The pan-seared halibut was extremely tough it did not flake it all I had to put a lot of force on the side of my fork to get through it and it was extremely salty. The sauce that was on top of was pretty good but kind of grainy. How mini carrots were raw. I had the chocolate king cake for dessert it was hot to the point it felt like it came right out of the microwave and it was only okay it wasn't fantastic it wasn't bad it was just okay.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First Birthday for our daughter. Excellent service. Everyone was on point and very attentive. Thank you.

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

Excellently prepared food phenomenal service immaculate facility free valet parking

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TW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely experience! Great food, loved sitting at the kitchen counter and watching the chefs. Would definitely return.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience from, start to finish, was exceptional. This restaurant is a must for anyone visiting New Orleans.

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G
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a treat to dine here. Never disappointing. Very consistent when it comes to food. I look forward to coming back again (and again)!

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BP
Houston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a business dinner for 5 . The waitstaff did a great job. The food was very good.

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SD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible and the service from the 3 guys who were taking care of us was phenomenal. Would highly recommend this place for the service alone.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luke the host was awesome. Service and food great and reliable...

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CC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had in a very long time! The team of Mike, Tyler and Bianca were fabulous in EVERY WAY and we had so much fun! The food was exquisite and we just can't say enough wonderful things about our time at Emeril's in New Orleans! We definitely will go back when we return to NOLA very soon!

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C
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Our server Jordan was great as were all of the other waiters who catered to us. All of the food was “to die for “ as were the drinks. The banana cream pie was fabulous and the expresso martini was heavenly. Will definitely return to this jewel.

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t
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Emeril's many times before, but this will be our last time. It was by far the worst meal we have ever had in New Orleans and there are way too many excellent restaurants to have to justify the food that was served. The gumbo was so peppery it was almost inedible. The beef entree, that 4 of us ordered, was flavorless and the vegetables were a soggy mess of something that was indescribable. The mashed potatoes were soupy and I swear they tasted like box potato flakes. The deserts were bizarre, how is it possible to mess up bread pudding?, and were mostly left uneaten. The only good things were the drinks and the service and the french press coffee. After our incredibly disappointing experience, we went to Cafe du Monde and got beignets.

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SR
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Top notch. 40th birthday dinner with 10 friends. Zero complaints.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great space. The food was wonderful. Try the Truffle Roasted & Fried Chicken. We enjoyed the Sticky Toffee Bread Pudding with bacon (seriously the bacon is on the desert)

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DW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Considering that most celebrity chef restaurants are usually disappointing, Emeril’s stands in marked contrast.
Excellent service and food , lives up to it’s reputation!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter threw away our leftovers!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic and the food over the top!

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J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had reservations at 8:00 but when we arrived we were told that service was running 15-20 minutes behind. We ended up sitting at a table off the bar and ordered drinks while we waited to be seated. After the third server/staff member came by asking us if we wanted to order food and we still hadn’t been seated or updated on our status, we decided to go ahead and just stay where we were for dinner. It was very busy and noisy with lots of foot traffic but our server was friendly and we were well past our reservation time and ready to eat. The food was good as hoped. My only complaint is that our reservations were never honored and we were the only ones who seemed to care. Although they walked past us many many time non of the hostesses ever acknowledged us or updated our status. If we ever decide to go back I’ll know that just showing up is as effective as having reservations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service staff was friendly and helpful

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Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and great staff. I sat by the kitchen at the counter and they put on a great show. My salmon meal was perfect.

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our reservation wait was ok. We had to wait for people to leave our table before we were seated about 30 minutes, it was very busy and we understood. The service was great, though our main server seamed somewhat irritated we were there. We had a long wait time for our food but understood because of how busy it was. The food was fantastic though we never got our potato sides. I reminded our server not to add them to our bill. We enjoyed the food and would go back.

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