Galatoire's Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
The grand dame of New Orleans' old-line restaurants, Galatoire’s has remained committed to culinary excellence for more than a century. Under the guidance of the fourth generation of family ownership, it is her time-honored customs that still bind this renowned restaurant. Above all others, her rich tradition of serving authentic French Creole cuisine at a level that raises consistency to an art form. It is often said that the beauty of Galatoire’s is that things never change. Even after 100 years, ageless New Orleans favorites grace her menu just as they did in 1905.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Expensive and the food was mediocre at best - highly overpriced. The staff were friendly, but it's definitely a restaurant that remains open due to it's name, not it's food. I strongly recommend going somewhere else.

AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Worst meal we had in New Orleans. My children ordered a bottle of wine for my husbands birthday. Never a mention or presentation about it. Turtle soup was the only good part of the meal. I will say Sonny our waiter was great. He realized that we were completely forgotten about after being seated. 20 minutes and still no menus. Sony tried to make up for it but it was t possible. Red lobster would have tasted better.

CG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Orleans's finest! The service is impeccable and the food is delicious!

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Galatoire’s never disappoints! This old school joint is just too delicious to miss whenever we are in New Orleans. A jacket is required for gentlemen for dinner but they offer an assortment of jackets for you to borrow if you forget to bring one. Any fish dish is a good choice! My personal favorites are duck crepe, foie gras, Shrimp or crawfish etouffee. They make a great filet mignon if you are bringing someone that doesn’t like seafood.

DC
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First of all, there is a dress code - men must wear a jacket. They have some you can borrow if you didn't pack one. Fun, old-fashioned environment. What I really liked was that they do not rush you. You can order drinks. After they come, they ask if you're ready to order a starter, and when you'd like to order your mains, etc. Our server, Amber, was fantastic, but the entire team was lovely. She recommended a fish and sauce that paired well, as well as a side. Excellent drinks and food. Hard to choose among the desserts - I wanted to try them all.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected the service and food was exceptional. This is my 7th visit and I always look forward to returning.

OT
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food.

BF
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have wanted to dine at Galatoire’s for a long time. My birthday dinner met my expectations.

BG
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, classic, fun, and extraordinary!

e
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Old style N.O. fare assisted by attentive service.

C
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to this classic New Orleans spot and I was not disappointed. I know "old favorites" sometimes rest on their reputation but I was very pleased with my experience. The elegant dining room of french blue and many windows sets an ambiance of style and grace mirrored by the expert service of the staff. With more locals than tourists dining there, I felt a part of the real New Orleans. The food was great. Seafood gumbo with a light roux was delicate but flavorful and full of crab, oysters and shrimp; sauteed soft shell crab was delectably perfect and the red fish was very good. My companion enjoyed a crab and artichoke dish that he really enjoyed. A special place.

VW
Memphis
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Brittney was on her game, every recommendation was spot on. Elegant but comfortable, formal and beautiful. Everyone was on point tonight. Try it all, the appetizer sampler was worth every tasty calorie.

SL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Galatoire’s is always top of the line! I always look forward to eating there. Every phase of the experience was wonderful.

SF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After all these years, they’ve still got it. Not quite as perfect as my rosy colored memory but still fantastic.

AB
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family went for my daughter's birthday and made a reservation on Open Table. The restaurant was crowded and they took us right away. The food and experience was fantastic and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday to my daughter. She had a fantastic birthday. Thanks Galatoire's restaurant.

GS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always. Staff very attentive. One of the few places left where quality and service are still provided each and every time.

K
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We have a sentimentality around this place, but each time we return, we notice that the food is losing it’s staying power. The boulliabaise was thin and lacked flavor, the pompano amandine overcooked and dry and the green salad was droopy and overdressed. The mainstay appetizers are still fair and the gumbo and drinks were great. We brought our 89 year old dad and son who has moved to NOLA for work. Dad really noticed the slide since the good old days. Sadly, this may have been our last visit. 😢

TT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We were in celebration of our brother, who’s since passed , who absolutely loved Galatoires!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It has been nearly 40 years since I had eaten at Galatoire’s and I could not wait to have their trout meunière—I was not disappointed. Regrettably, we were seated near the service are and the noise and activity were a distraction. Evidently, the restaurant had expanded since my last visit and the increased size has come with a side of noise that was not part of the more intimate space in the ‘80s. I will return some day and request a table away from the back of the house.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Fantastic. Skip the waiter was stellar.

JR

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good. But not as good as last time I dined there. The service was fine. With so many other top notch restaurants to choose from, I wouldn't say this was a stand out. The highlight of our meal was the dessert. The pecan bourbon pie.

S
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I travel for food. We research far in advance.... We read several books and cookbooks on the history and recipes of this restaurant.
Upon arrival of our reservation the gentleman attending the door looked us up and down and said “we have a strict dress code and sir, your shorts are not acceptable”. Completely caught off guard I replied “I was not aware of your dress code when making reservations online.” The lady assisting him tried to take over as I could tell she was not pleased with his reaction either...he then commented “you cannot eat here but let me try to make sure you get points online for coming in.” I told him do not worry about it and we left. I am seven months pregnant and was in a very appropriate dress. My husband was in a collared shirt and shorts as we had been site seeing in the heat all day.
I hope they take this comment as constructive criticism of how not treat potential customers that may not be aware of your “strict dress code.”
We dine at the finest restaurants all over the world and have never been treated with such disrespect.

TR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED his place! If you don’t want to wait for downstairs definitely come around 2:45. Still a scene!

l
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so delighted with our lunch spent at Galatoire's!!!! Sonny and the other wait staff was so attentive and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The food was phenomenal especially my soft shell crab that covered the entire plate. Can't wait until another occasion to book again.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Maybe was once great, but now past its prime. Living off its past glory.Got there at 9:30 for last seating and there were few occupied tables, so maybe that had something to do with it.
Food was good, by not amazing. Service was OK, but not fantastic. Overall an OK place but certainly not what it once might have been.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was cold. Service was good. Nice Ambiance.

SB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had less than an excellent meal here. Always on the visit to New Orleans.

J
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super Fresh, Super Delicious! Many people were there celebrating Birthdays and the restaurant had the whole restaurant sing “Happy Birthday” which I thought was very kind. They made you feel like family. Definitely will be back!

j
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

We were grateful to be able to add 2 more to our party the week of the reservation when we contacted the manager that was kind enough to do so. The food was delicious and we could not complain. Everyone had a good experience with their meals. The menu has some create options. Unfortunately our service was below what would be expected. Our server was not attentive and unfriendly. Not the typical experience we received at other restaurants especially at this price point. I would not recommend this restaurant. It is good food, but at this price point I believe there are other dining options in NOLA.

DF
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

30th wedding anniversary. Food and service was spot on. We will be returning next trip to New Orleans whether it's a special occasion or not!

s
Jackson Hole
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch and dinner in the downstairs dining room. I have been coming to Galatoires for years and it never disappoints. The gumbo is outstanding and the red fish is terrific. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. I also appreciate that they maintain a dress code. The service was also fantastic.

r
Wales
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb lunch with excellent recommendations from the knowledgeable and very helpful Dom. We were in the upstairs restaurant which suited us as the downstairs was more for groups who were animated. We loved the goute share dish of crab and shrimp washed down with a delightful bottle of Chablis. A perfect afternoon with family and friends. Would love to do it all over again.

RH
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was awesome! Worth every penny. Best meal and best drink all week!!

DW
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Will definitely come back.

TB
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

After making a reservation 60 days in advance and being told we would be seated in the 2nd floor dining room, we were instead shown to the first floor table right by the kitchen door. We started one of us with Oysters Rockefeller and one of us with a salad with garlic puree and mustard vinaigrette. The oysters came looking like six lumps of charcoal and the salad was woefully under-dressed. The wine we selected tasted like unsweetened grape KoolAid. We ended up asking for the check before they fired the entree course.

Two days after this disaster, we had a wonderful experience at Antoine's, including a private tour of the dining rooms and a glimpse of their deservedly fabled wine cellar. MUCH better us of anyone's dining dollars.

Although our review will mean literally nothing to Galatoire's, we will not be coming back and will caution everyone we know to go elsewhere.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends 45 birthday. She had never been to New Orleans! Shelby was amazing and made every recommendation was terrific!

F
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shelley etait notre serveur. Il etait merveilleux et tres attentif.
Merci!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very engaging and our server volunteered options we did not consider (e.g. mix and match combinations of dishes). Very impressed.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience, the food was unreal, the service great and having the band come through with everyone twirling serviettes was absolutely fantastic!! Thank you very much for an experience not like any other.

LK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was good, but the service was not. I would not go back because of this. When you are prepared to spend a good bit of money on lunch, exceptional service should accompany the food. Sadly, it did not.

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