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.
The food was excellent! Highly recommend EVERYTHING!
The first thing that hits you - THE SERVICE AND THE PEOPLE. The food is going to knock your socks off, but the people will seduce you into believing you ARE THE ONLY VIP in the house, no matter who you are or where you came from. EVERY SINGLE Emeril's restaurant - NOLA, Orlando (BOTH restaurants), Vegas... The North Pole and soon on Mars. Doesn't matter! Consistency is key.
So you walk into Emerils NO and are IMMEDIATELY greeted by the happiest people and a gorgeous bar. When you are waltzed to your table, the ballet of service with karma start swarming. I swear I could hear "Be our guest, be our guest..." ringing in the air! The wine bible comes out. Drink menu. Napkins. Never a dry water glass. A beautiful glass of Rose for me. Amuse bouche? Umami ladled oyster toast, and you drool over the menu. My business associate went with the house-made boudin and andouille plate with the most sinful collards. I, the tuna with Nori chips... yea. THAT. YEAH. Stupid simple. STUPID delicious. Fried chicken and roasted chicken combo with collard mac for my companion who said: "this dish redefined my faith in God and country". Chicken so moist, it should have been covered with a curtain for indecent exposure.... I was in a fish mode, so I went with the Drum crusted with Andouille. Please. I had a moment, out of body straight to the doors of heaven, but then fell into the underworld because simple decadence is a mortal sin... Especially during Mardi Gras.
Lastly... we shared... IT. IT. THE Emeril's famous banana cream pie. YES, we did. Piled high in deliciousness, dreamy, perfect bananas, cream filling that was firm and not runny, delicate little cookie crust, whalloped with fresh whip
With so many wonderful restaurants in New Orleans stay away from this one! Not the experience we expected having been here several years ago. There were 6 of us and we placed our order at the same time we ordered our appetizers. They came promptly but it was all downhill from there. We waited and waited for our entrees and after about 45 minutes we asked our server if our food was coming. He said he would ask the chef. The manager came over and said they were waiting on one thing and it would be another minute. In the meantime I was watching as diners who came in well after us were being given dessert menus as they’d had their meal. Another 5-8 minutes went by and we finally got our food. Neither the server (#10204-D-204) nor the manger came back to check on us nor apologize for the wait. We decided to order dessert and coffee and told them we were wanting it quickly since we’d waited so long. We got our desserts but the coffee came after we were finished our dessert, and it was cold! Overall the food was mediocre, the service was sub par, and even worse the staff was totally disinterested. As we were leaving I spoke to another manager and he listened but didn’t even bother to get up off the bar stool he was sitting on. Rude!!! Do yourself a favor and spend $405.00 elsewhere.
My husband and I Anniversary and it was perfect!! The service was amazing and the food was incredible! Those duck wings were a hit!
This was a dining experience not just a meal at a restuarant. I sat at the counter which I thought would be a second rate seat but instead it was the best seat in the house. I was facing the kitchen and could watch the food preparations and talk with the chefs. It was an amazing experience that I will repeat.
Great time. Great food. Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.
I must say - I have been here before and I can’t stop saying is great our meal was. Our service was impeccable as well. Our waitress Jordan and the full team including the managers were a perfect well oiled machine.
Keep up the great work
Was so happy to get a reservation. We we're visiting for a convention for Keller Williams. I am from Michigan and I was hoping to actually meet Emeril that evening. I had always looked up to him as a chef and watched him on TV. Maybe some day I will get that opportunity to meet him. Thanks for a great evening and awesome banana cream pie!
Was eager to try this one since we tried and loved Orlando restaurant. Was kind of disappointing. Mike the waiter was a control freak and convinced us to switch to lousy dessert- very obnoxious. Bianca our bus server was actually awesome- how I wish she were the waitress. Lobster bisque had NO lobster. Salmon was ok. Cheese board had 2 teeny triangles of cheese. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.
Emeril's remains as modern as ever and a must if you are visiting NOLA -- and the competition has never been greater. The food is both classic and creative, but most of all, impressive! The wine list is legendary and the service always professional. Emeril's is the very definition of FINE dining.
I have eaten at this restaurant 4 times over the years. It has always been a favorite. My most recent visit was not as memorable. We ordered lobster bisque soup and they brought us different soup. I wish they had told us when we ordered instead of waiting until it was brought to the table to let us know they chose to bring us something different. My dinner was pretty good though.
As always ...superb......Waitress #10202-D-202 the best..The GM was super...I had guests that had never been ....we went to NOLA the next night as a guest and Emeril's is still the place to go...Thanks
My entree was a fish dish which was not to my liking. I had to send it back
We waited over an hour between the appetizer and entre course. The entres arrived at room temp and tasted like they have been sitting for a while. The bread on the beef po boy sandwich was soggy. My baked clams were chewy and dry. We were very disappointed at the quality of the food. The manager did como our appetizers but we still had to pay for overall bad food. We will not return or recommend this restaurant.
Great Service and my favorite was the banana cream pie
We arrived at 845pm and were immediately seated even though our reservation was for 915pm on a very busy night. As other reviewers have said, the noise was deafening. When 2 tables of 8 left our area, the noise level was much better. We shared 2 appetizers - the Meatballs and Stuffed Clams. Best ever! My choice of salad was the small greens with apple, pecan & bacon. It was very fresh with just the right amount of vinaigrette. For the main course, I ordered the Pork Chop with sweet potatoes. Excellent! The side of small breads with the meal were good too. Cornbread was very light and not to sweet---perfect! To top off the dinner we shared Banana Cream Pie. It was absolutely the best thing I have ever eaten! Big chunks of bananas within a very light cream...just perfect! The outstanding service and food justified the pricey evening. I just wish they could do something about the noise. But I will return!
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.
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!
Great time...our group was so impressed with the attention to detail they provided...my second time there and would go back again...outstanding food
Service was great staff was kind friendly and quick. Loved the food. Great wine selection as well
Emeril's never disappoints! The shrimp and grits are always a favorite.
Emeril's restaurant was by far one of the best we have eaten at. The atmosphere, restaurant decor and service was above excellent. I ordered the barbecue salmon and I will say it was the best I have ever eaten. That said, I'm a salmon eater my fav
I would recommend Emeril's and know you will enjoy every bite!!
Greatly enjoyed our entire experience. Service was outstanding! Our three appetizers, salads, five entrees and five deserts were amazingly delicious!
Everything was amazing. We sat at the counter facing the kitchen which was so much fun. The chefs were friendly and interactive. Food was perfect, service was perfect, the whole experience was perfect!
I was very excited to try The restaurant. Food took way too long. My appetizer came out almost immediately and then entrees took almost an hour. Watched my entree sit under a heat lamp for 30 minutes while the other dishes were being prepared. Sauces were heavy, service was too relaxed. All while 2 tables of women sitting on either side of us were competing to see who could cackle the loudest. Never returning. Extremely disappointed.
Everything was amazing
We had bbq shrimp for appetizer, gulf drum and sweet bbq salmon. All very delicious
The food was outstanding! The service was fabulous! We got a spot by the kitchen and it was like a show watching the cooks and staff synchronizing to push out excellent dishes. Highly recommend this spot!! Everything melted in your mouth!
We had a wonderful dining experience. Anniversary dinner and everything was absolutely fabulous. Loved the Barbecue Shrimp! Would definitely come again on our next visit.
I was attending the Keller Williams Family Reunion event.
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.
Frankly, we were disappointed. We had heard great things about Emeril's from different sources. So, I chose the restaurant to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary. The service was excellent but we expected food that was exceptional in a "fine dining" atmosphere. Instead the food was mediocre and the atmosphere more like that of a sports bar. The table next to us was so loud and boisterous that my wife and I had a hard time having any sort of conversation.
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.
Such a fantastic experience! The service is impeccable - we can’t wait to dine there again.
This was our first visit to NO and this was a highlight.
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.
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 ?
Was probably good 20 years ago.
Put this on your bucket list and enjoy patronizing this exceptional restaurant!!