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About Ernest's Orleans Restaurant

Ernest’s Orleans Restaurant in keeping with tradition of it’s “Old World Charm” has been serving it’s own unique style and flavors of “The Finest” US Prime Beef, Seafood, and Italian cuisine for over 60 years. It will be the pleasure of our formally trained wait staff to vocalize the exquisite “Chef Features” that are available throughout the week. Our wait staff is also knowledgeable in pairing wines that will accommodate your dining experience. Many accolades, movie stars, and dignitaries are presented in the foyer that tells the tales of many years of it’s very unique and historical “Old World Charm” in serving “The Finest” New Orleans style cuisine.

1601 Spring Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 4:30 pm-10:30 pm

Cross Street:
LA 1

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(318) 226-1325

Website:
http://www.ernestsorleans.com/

Catering:
Bring the Finest to you! We can host most any catering events on or off premises with full bar service and private staffing.We have an event planner on staff assist you with details.

Parking Details:
Our courteous and quick valet allows diners to avoid any weather, pulling directly in front of the restaurant walking in the lobby and promptly being seated. After dining the vehicle will be waiting. Self parking facility also available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We have a full time Event & Meeting Planner on staff to help coordinate your special event. Our In-House Florist can take care of the most intimate to the elaborately elegant fine floral arrangements for you. Great place for Meetings,Associations,Organizations,Rehearsal Dinners,Wedding Receptions,Private Birthday Parties,Corporate Private functions,Fundraiser Parties,etc. . Audio/Visual available. Free WIFI. Call (318) 226-1325

Private Dining

We can host your business & corporate meetings. We have a meeting planner on staff that will be happy to assist you

We have 2 completely private dining areas and 1 semi private.
(30 pp minimum)

Ernest's Orleans Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.3

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
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Good for a Date (7)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Authentic (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Cozy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Music (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent service ! Our waiter was great, very attentive and knowledgeable! I ordered a dish that wasn't on the menu and was delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Marinated crab claws are always a must have. Special was soft shell crab and was delicious.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner with an outstanding server, Sedrick. The fish was delicious and perfectly cooked. The filet was of good size and delightful to eat. Of course, the marinated crab legs were a special treat. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

They have a great mix where anyone will find something to eat! From Italian to the freshest seafood, and great steaks. This place is a must go for everyone!

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, People Watching
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Waiter Patrick was excellent. He quickly learned all of our names and he called us by name. Wait staff was very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Great food and service! You can have a wide variety of choices. Steak, seafood Cajun , lamb and Italian. Excellent food no matter what you order. And the attentiveness of the entire staff is second to none. Highly, highly recommend eating here!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Shannon and I were at Table #21, and do not recall the name of our Waiter, but he was incredible. So much so that I tipped him $100! I want to know his name so I can request him each time we come over from Texas!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We always enjoy the marinated crab claws and pair of fried shrimp appetizers and of course the flaming bananas foster. Our waiter, Collin, was excellent. We had a very Happy Birthday celebration.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The food was very tastefully flavorful. The service was outstanding. It's a bit pricey, but for a special occasion such as an anniversary, it is a great place to celebrate. We will definitely go again. Only two downsides ... parking is not good as the lot is not paved and there is a giant hole you have to navigate around just to get into the parking lot, and the dessert we chose (pecan pie) was not up to the standard of the rest of the meal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

I was extremely disappointed in the prices of the food for the amount you got. The online menu is very deceiving, the prices on the online menu is one of the reasons we tried Earnests. The prices on the menu at the restaurant was almost double what was online menu. My daughter ordered a snapper dish that came with a baked potato which was so undercooked that you couldn't even cut into it with a fork, it was not edible. Her plate consisted of a small piece of fish with a baked potato, no salad, nothing else and it was 40.00. I had the small limestone salad which was maybe a half cup of lettuce with a little crab meat for 14 dollars. we both drank water and had small crab claws for appetizers for $20.00 maybe 8-10 crab claws. The best food was the bread they brought out before the meal. Service was good but there were only 3 tables in restaurant. I feel like the menu online should be updated so that you are not shocked by prices when you do go especially if on a budget and going for a special occasion. I will not be going back here again, I can have 3 meals in a nice restaurant for what I paid for 1 meal here.

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We love Ernest's. We try to visit every time we are in Shreveport. The food is great and the service is awesome. Ask for Dan. He's the best.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We traveled to Shreveport for a special occasion and chose Ernest's Orleans because of all the 5-star reviews. The place is cheap; from the ambiance, the outdated decor, and especially the table settings. However, the cost of this place is out of sight. When you spend $200+ for a special dinner, you have the right to expect a $200 + value. The service was terrible, the wine we selected form their white wine list was out of stock (the waiter did not even know it was out of stock) and the food was marginal, at best! If you want to spend a lot of money for terrible service, shabby decor, and over-rated cuisine, then Ernest's Orleans is your kind of place. It was a terribly disappointing restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

First the positive - the valet was super sweet as was the wait staff. Also, the entertainment was really good and the bread was tasty. Now for the negative - the building is very dated and the food is pricey given the portion size. My fish was overcooked and the crab topping had little flavor. Our dessert tasted like store-bought pound cake. I've eaten at much better restaurants in the Shreveport area for a 1/3 the cost!

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on August 13, 2017

One of the best dining experiences we've had in a long time! The atmosphere and live music were wonderful and the service and food was second to none!! The owner checked on us personally and was one of the nicest people we've ever met. Everyone there went over and beyond and it did not go unnoticed, we can can't wait to go back! The turtle soup was amazing, definitely the best I've ever had!
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Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I'm not a complainer but I was very disappointed with my meal. I won't be back. This marked 2 bad experiences in a row. I'm done.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Ernest is a wonderful restaurant. We just loved it. He truly has a remarkable staff who provide remarkable service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Yummy, Yummy! We love the marinated crab claws and drive from far away to get them.
The Snapper Shreve and Ernest's Club Steak were delicious, too! The flaming desserts are so fun to watch and taste even better! The service is amazing! We love Ernest's! :)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Disappointed with food quality. Server was great, but seemed overwhelmed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Never had a bad meal here

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our visit to Ernests was long over due as we frequented this restaurant many time in the past and decided to go again. Our reservation was ready and the receptionist seated us quickly.

The decor has not changed since Ernest moved into the building from downtown riverfront area. Perhaps this is nostalgia. The menu has expanded and also has the original favorites. Our server, Patrick was an energizer but properly allowed our party time to look over the menu even though we knew what we wanted when we walked in the door.

Hot bread and water were served immediately with a brief respite before we ordered our dinner beverages. The food was as always-outstanding and delicious along with being hearty in portions. Our steaks were prepared to order along with a custom addition of lump crab and hot shrimp. Our baked potatoes were actually baked and prepared table-side -again prepared to order. A flaming dessert was served at another table but we just did not have room for an additional course. It looked delicious-will plan for it next time.

We enjoyed our meal and our to go package the next day- We are glad Ernest is still on the hill and will dine here again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Very disappointing to say the least. Was expecting a nice, older restaurant with some style and class. Not even close. For starters, there was no computer so the online reservation was a bit of a joke. Arrived ten minutes early for reservation and seated 20 minutes late despite the more formal side of the restaurant being wide open the entire time. Maitre' de tried to have us eat at the bar! We declined, so he made us wait and then seated us in the noisy cramped bar side of the restaurant anyway at a small table. Of course, he seated those who arrived after us (many of whom had no reservations) in the more formal area. His attitude wasn't the worst part of the evening but should have been a harbinger to what was to come. Wine was way over priced - $60 for a $8 Robert Mondavi bottle (three or four times store prices is usual, not over 7 times). Fish special was unspectacular as was the specialty of the house. I would question their definition of fresh. The restaurant has been there for 60 years which is the last time any updates were done to the exterior or interior. Cheapest forks and knifes you can imagine. Watch out for the pothole bunkers in the parking lot, such as it is. Did I mention the lovely surrounding area? Waiter did his best, I'll give him that. A lousy experience to say the least.

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·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our server was not good at all. He told us it was his first night, but that is no excuse for poor service when going to an establishment such as Ernest's Orleans. We were not told what the specials for the evening were, we had to wait for our server to check on us for drink orders (which were sent back for being incorrect), and my steak was not cooked the way I ordered it. We received more attention from the bus staff than our waiter. I believe the experience would have been better with an experienced waiter. We were very disappointed, but the food was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great food although servers seemed to be overwhelmed. We had a 4:30 reservation and at 6:30 we had to flag down a waiter (not our waiter) to get our check. Maybe they weren't prepared for the crowd that arrived but it was a Saturday and the website recommends reservations so you should have some idea of what to expect and plan ahead. First time here but probably won't go back especially on a weekend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We went to Ernest's to celebrate my wife's birthday. Patrick our server, was awesome! We had an outstanding meal. The filet was tender and moist, cooked to a perfect medium rare. The bread pudding was amazing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The marinated crab claws were awesome, I would've tried more but the menu was on the pricy side.

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great place to take your friends and special person for a special night out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had a great time. The service was what you expect, over the top, and the music too!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Our Experience at Ernest is Always Amazing.... Cedric took very good care of us!

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food, service and atmosphere. Reservations made through Open Table and got in at time needed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This is old school nice! Great food very fresh and wonderful sauces. Everything is alacarte so it makes it a bit pricey. The service was wonderful. Steve our waiter was the best! It was our first visit. I can see us coming again when we visit Shreveport.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Shreveport)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great service and the best food in town

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Service was absolutely terrific, and so was the food. Chef was able to accommodate some dietary restrictions, and still make the food fabulous. Their wine list is a bit limited.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Not impressed. The best thing we had was the complimentary bread. The spaghetti was way too sweet, the steak was covered in syrup, crab claws were ok. It's a good place to go if you want to spend a lot of money on mediocre food. Not sure how this place survives. It must be the reputation that it has for being expensive that makes people feel special for being there. I probably won't go back.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Actually thought it would have been better than it was? Had high expectations ! Marinated Crab claws are good! Shrimp appetizer excellent but very expensive? Snapper was not to my liking, fish was ok but sauce was not good! Spaghetti and meat balls not good! We would certainly go back but would order different main dishes!

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Service started off very well. However as restaurant filled up, it became clear that there were not enough servers or bus-people to handle the reservations. Service got slower and slower. We finished our salads and sat for at least 15 minutes before they even removed the empty plates. It is dark inside the restaurant (even for our lunchtime meal) but we noticed that, a short time later, a cart with what looked like entrees came out of the kitchen and got parked a few tables away. Some dishes were served to neighboring tables but a few dishes were left on the bottom shelf of the cart. We did not realize those were our entrees until they were delivered to us more than 10 minutes after coming out of the kitchen. While they were still warm, they were not as fresh as they should have been. While the steak was good, and the sauce very good, my partner's broiled fish was baked, rather than broiled, which she had ordered. The fish wasn't flakey. Overall, a disappointing event. Not worth the $55/person (incl. tip) that we paid.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I took my mother out for Mother's Day. The food and service was excellent !

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 (Shreveport)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The parking lot was a disaster, I'd recommend valet parking. The place was not attractive on the exterior whatsoever, but inside it was okay. It was quiet, the service was good. The food was good/great...... I wouldn't say it was fantastic.

Personally, I am not interested in going back. I am not a wealthy person and to pay that kind of money for a meal, the place had better look nice and the food fantastic.
The food-- it really was very good. No complaints there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Was here 9 years ago-- restaurant has declined greatly. Service bad-- food mediocre but very expensive! The restaurant smelled musty-- the drinking water was awful so we had to buy bottled water. We were very disappointed!!!! Will NOT return or recommend.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We were looking forward to a fine dining experience. It did not happen. While the service was great the food was not. We each had a different seafood dish, but surprisingly they all tasted the same. The worst of the three was the crabmeat au gratin. It was served on a plate and was served without any sauce. It did have quite a bit of crabmeat, but not lump crabmeat, and the dish was almost totally devoid of any flavor. The other dishes were not any better. All in all it was very disappointing.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We went to celebrate our 15th Anniversary
Mr Patrick our waiter was the best we have ever had

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