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Ernest's Orleans Restaurant

3.9
599 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday: 4:30 pm-10:30 pm
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Phone number
(318) 226-1325
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
LA 1
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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.
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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
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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

Private Dining

We can host your business & corporate meetings. We have a meeting planner on staff that will be happy to assist you<br><br> We have 2 completely private dining areas and 1 semi private.<br>(30 pp minimum)

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What 599 People Are Saying
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3.5
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very nice, excellent host and wait staff. Food was perfect. Best veal I have ever had, extremely large portions and very tasty. Wine selection limited but nice options. We will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent. My favorite fine dining restaurant in this area.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Loved the live entertainment

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I never do reviews but the food wasn't worth the price. Our ticket was $135 and after we left the restaurant we went and got tacos. Never going again

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

They need to replace odorous carpet and get rid of bathroom deodorizer smell that knocks you down at front door

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was my second time dining at Earnest. My husband and I came to celebrate our 48th wedding anniversary. It had been a very busy week and dining at Earnest was so relaxing, quiet and cozy. The service, from the valet parking to being seated, the waitress, our table attendant (our glasses were never empty), to the food, was such a wonderful experience that we will return.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Looks far worse on the outside than on the inside. Staff was good and food was good, but overpriced in our opinion. We were there at a strange time but I bet that place is hopping in the evening!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was great but the place needs serious updating.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food was fantastic. Marinated crab claws, Kentucky Limestone salad & Red Snapper en Papillote. Could not ask for better service. Expensive, but quality of food is exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Me and my wife celebrating our 10th anniversary. We had a wonderful evening with great service, amazing meals & live music.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

BEWARE!
I took my wife for her birthday. Parking was horrible! Parking was in a dirt field, with lots of low areas. When we arrived, Sam the door man advised they had a party of 50 and that they were running 15-20 behind. He mafe it right with a complimentary glass of wine for my wife and I. We were eventually seated. The waitress was nice and attentive, initially. We were served our food. I ordered the shrimp meal. I received 5 shrimp, half a peach and a small over cooked baked potato, which cost me $31.00...that is $6.00 per shrimp. My wife had shrimp dish that contained shrimp, a few more than mine and it was $40...the food was not worth the money. When we were ready to take care of our overpriced meal, we had to wait for awhile because the food for the party of 50 was being served.

Walking out a guy was complaining he was charged $15 for a baked potato.

The building is old and dingy. I would not recommend this place to a homeless man seeking a free meal.

Someone said you get what you pay for...in this case they lied!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our dining experience was very enjoyable. The food was outstanding and our waiter was excellent. We never wanted for anything.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have always gone to Ernest's for our Anniversary this year I was disappointed! I couldnt wait for the marinated crab claws only to my disappointment they were out! I got a crab dish as my entre and it wasnt good at all. I was so excited for this night and was let down!

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We made an 8 o’clock reservation arrived on time and they where just seating 6 o’clock people! After serval people came out saying they were sat at 6 and still did not even have their appetizers need less to say we left went to another upscale restraint and where sat immediately! I would not recommend this place to anyone!

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have really enjoyed Ernest's Orleans in the past when we visited the Shreveport/Bossier area. Not this time. My wife loves the crab claws which influenced my decision to reserve a table for our anniversary dinner. We arrived on time, checked in, and were told they were running a little behind, so we decided to wait in the bar and have a cocktail. The bar is packed and they only have one bartender. He was really good and really fast but he was still overwhelmed. More than 1 1/2 hours later we still have not been seated. While in the bar we met another couple, who also had a 7:00 pm reservation. Some time after 8:30 but before 9:00 the maitre'd came into the bar calling a name and party of four. I said, we're a party of four, not the four you called, but he seated us. Ernest's was featuring a special menu, featuring a crab claw appetizer, and of course, they were out of crab claws. After waiting some more, I told our server to bring our entrees in to go boxes and the check. We were not happy.

In short, they way overbooked their restaurant, ignored their reservation customers as near as I could tell, and were short on staff. Ruined what was intended to be our romantic anniversary dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We were very disappointed. They were very busy and our food took forever. Our waiter would not even check on us. We would have ordered more drinks while we waited. We had a price fixe menu and he tried to skip our salad and acted irritated when we asked for it. Also, they ran out of the coffee dessert drink and so brought us a frozen pecan liquor something at the end. We will not go back.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food is good, but over-priced. The service is prompt and courteous, but not professional. There is nothing bad about Ernest’s, but it is priced in line with Emeril’s and Commander’s and cannot deliver what those establishments can.

Ernest’s does have some unique dishes that you cannot get anywhere else. It is worth your while to go for the marinated crab claws and hot shrimp.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I used this site to get a reservation early only to find out they didn’t receive it, as a result we had to settle for waiting for a seat in the loud bar area instead of the romantic quiet dining area, me and my wife go there once a year for our anniversary, we will NOT be back

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Brought complimentary dessert for birthday.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Had a great time. Sat in the bar area, singer was awesome. Food was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We had reservations for dinner and when we showed up on time, the man at the front told us they were busy and short on staff and the waiters were getting mad for over seating customers. At first I thought, how is that our problem, we made reservations 2 weeks ago, but waited patiently and were seated about 15 minutes later. I can say the ambiance was beautiful, but the best part about our meal was the fact that the young man who keeps the water filled was on point. The complimentary bread was unique in taste, slightly nutty, but pleasant. We started with fried mozzarella that was bland and tasted like it was frozen and was served with a marinara soup that was more water than anything. Then my spinach salad was nothing more than raw spinach leaves, a small amount of chopped up egg, and some gelatinous substance I couldn't put my finger on, dressed in an odd raspberry vinegarette. I ordered their spaghetti and meatballs in their famous homemade marinara sauce and my husband ordered fettuccine alfredo. The portions were huge, but missed the mark on taste. The fettuccine alfredo was bland, but otherwise just your basic dish. Nothing special. The spaghetti and meatballs was a disaster. I've had better at other places in town, some even chain restaurants. They leave parts of bayleaves mixed in with the sauce, which is undetectable in the dim lighting, making it an extremely unpleasant surprise when you bite into it. The meatballs were dry and the dish was basically sitting in a ton of water. To top it off, we waited 30 minutes for our check and our waitress only had two more tables which were parties of 3 or less. The prices are quite unreasonable for the quality of food you receive. It's definitely somewhere we won't go again.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Restaurant was recommended by my son. We ordered crab claws for appetizer they showed up after meal arrived. Our waitress never came back to table to bring condiments for our very very small bake potato. In the mean time three other waitresses came by to take our order. Crab claws were great, main dish was excellent. I was not impressed with the bourbon pecan pie or the bread pudding. Bread was excellent. Meal with drinks was 200 dollars for a sub standard experience.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My friend and I sat down at Ernest at 5:20 and did not leave until 8:00. The food and service took forever. When we did see our waiter, he acted like we were putting him out. It took 30 minutes just to get our check. The food was ok but definitely not worth the price. We asked to split a pasta dinner and he said no problem. When we got home, we noticed he charged us $10 to split our meal.

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Very old building. Dining area had a terrible odor. Waitress was very scattered. The fried crawfish tails were so salty we could barely eat. The steak was ok. I had the snapper Earnest the crabmeat was good but the fish was awful. The texture/flavor was just horrible. The only side offered was a potato all of which had some form of onions involved. Will never go back!

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fried shrimp appetizer was two shrimp and were frozen and not fresh. Trout Allemondine didn’t come out with almonds and I’m not sure the fish was actually trout. The dish was covered in Worcestershire sauce . Very poor food quality.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We had an incredible experience here. The service was absolutely remarkable! The food was some of the best I've ever had! Five stars!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I was very impressed by the service and attentiveness of the staff. We were seated by Ernest and served by his nephew. All of the staff including Ernest checked on us frequently and made the night very special as we were there for a belated valentines date. The food was excellant and portions were generous. It was not nearly expensive as i thought it would be. It waa a wonderful experience and will definately be a repeat.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Enjoyed the dining area in the bar. A little Nee Orleans.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

I have always loved this restaurant, but I had not been there in a while. It was perfect for a late Valentine's Day. The food was excellent. The service was excellent, and we had a fabulous time.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great experience. Love the old charm of the place. Good food, music. They were extremely busy with it being Valentine's day....even with reservations. But the power gave us free wine while we waited. 🍷

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Outstanding attention to detail service. Food was just good for the price. Presentation was very nice.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We had a reservation that was lost and Ernest himself come out and seated my wife and I. It was our anniversary and he didn't want us waiting. The staff was amazing and the food was extraordinary. My wife and I had a great time. Highly recommend you try it.

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

A New Orleans feel restaurant with live band food was good , special occasions restaurant $$

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1.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Absolute worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant. Our dinner reservation was for 7:00 and we did not leave the restaurant until 10:00. The only time we saw our waiter during the entire 3-hour experience was when he took our order. My husband had to physically flag down our waiter just to get our check (which took an additional 30 min before it was brought to us)! The food was decent, but way overpriced for the quality. We were overcharged on our bill for something we did not order, and our waiter said there was "nothing he could do about it." When I asked to speak to the owner "Ernest", he would not even come to our table to acknowledge us. As a business owner, one would think that the satisfaction of your customers would be a top priority...apparently not! The table across from us also had a reservation for 7:00 and never even received their food!! It is obvious that the negative, apathetic attitude of the owner has trickled down to his employees. Leadership starts at the top, and this place is clearly in need of good management. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless you want to waste your time, money, and leave feeling aggravated.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

this Shreveport landmark needs a much-needed renovation! Starting with the heating system. We almost froze, and they had one small "heater" in the room that only provided heat for the 4 people sitting closest to it. The lighting was non-existent, needed a flashlight to see my food. Had to swap chairs for my mother because hers was about to fall over. So old!! We all pay a lot for this food so I know they have to have the money for new chairs and heating unit!! All of this put a big thumbs down on going back.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Fettuccine melton was great!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

While service was good, it took a very long time to get our entrees. Also, I felt it was a bit overpriced.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Thought the food was not worth the price. I’ve spent $200 on a meal for two and did not regret it. Tonight I did.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

I love this restaurant. My family and I loved everything, and we even talked to Mr. Earnest. He was a very down to earth person.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Amazing food, huge portion!

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