Josephine Estelle

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1195 reviews
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Contemporary Italian
Josephine Estelle is an osteria from James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, and showcases their signature culinary style of combining the craft-centric philosophy of Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Our seasonal menu--available daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch--offers a wide range of farm-fresh, regional ingredients, with a special emphasis on house-made pastas. Other popular dishes include our meatballs, Gulf fish, steak, chicken biscuit, beef tartare, and the famed John T Burger.

Complementing the menu is a choice selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Our wine list emphasizes Italian and American wines.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" lists.

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Sun - Fri 5:00PM - 6:45PM

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Indiana
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Eclectic menu, small portions & expensive

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Our waitress was super helpful with suggestions and very sweet.

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San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal; one of our best in NOLA.

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

Birthday dinner for my husband

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior, wonderful service and delicious food. Definitely worth a visit.

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Austin
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Visiting New Orleans, staying at the Loews. Nice walk to the restaurant. First course came out quickly and the oysters were some of the best broiled oysters I’ve had. My husband enjoyed his calamari—grilled not fried. Second course took a little longer to come out, but was also good. I was a little surprised we spent nearly $100 with no alcohol for just the two of us, but the food was excellent and the service attentive and friendly.

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

Very nice ambiance and food was delicious. Even the herbal tea was good (from Palais des thés). The room is big and has high ceilings and it gives a southern/colonial feel.

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

One of the worse dining experiences we’ve ever had. My waiter was terrible. Not accomidating at all to our food preferences. In top of that, He was literally hitting on my girlfriend in front of my face.
If I could undo going there I absolutely would.

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Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a late lunch. The food was wonderful. Their Quick Fixe Lunch was an excellent value. Dessert was an “everything” cookie—delicious! I ordered a second one! We loved the ambiance and enjoyed the music—full albums, vinyl on a turntable. The other dining opportunities in the Ave Hotel looked very nice, too, and we’ve since recommended the hotel to friends.

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RD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

As we ate towards the end of an apparent happy hour and were sat near the bar, the noise level was a bit high. The food was nevertheless excellent as was the service.

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Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highly recommend! The beautiful high ceiling space and lighting set the mood for the beautiful and interesting food that followed. I found the Italian wine list (broken down by region) a joy to study and picked a wine from Puglia. The menu was full of Appetizer, pasta and entry choices I wanted. I noticed the chef had incorporated ramps in several dishes and knowing ramps are fresh right now I went “all ramp”, choosing oysters in ramp butter and Parmesan, followed by black drum and prawns in a ramp and tomato base. It must have been the wine because I somehow then needed the fig tart with hazelnut gelato, hazelnuts, blackberries and aged basaltic! To say I enjoyed the food would be a major understatement, and the service and atmosphere heightened the experience.

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London
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We made a selection of Baby Calamar with peas and the Angolotti to share for a starter which were both exquisite and perfectly seasoned and portioned to enjoy without spoiling our appetite for the main course. We both had the Striped Bas with Cauliflower: again perfectly cooked and delicious. To complete a lovely evening, our server Jessica provided excellent service with information on the dishes and perfect serving of the wine without having to look up once for topups. All in all a very enjoyable experience.

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New Orleans
48 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great. Compliments for all

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was below expectations. Nice atmosphere and service.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was excellent. We ordered a few appetizers and pastas and shared everything. The pasta was very good but smaller portions. We also shared the strawberry shortcake dessert which was so good and refreshing.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late for our reservation after an Uber wrong turn and the staff was SO gracious. The food was wonderful (house made pasta!). They were wonderful with the kids. Just a great dining experience.

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CD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch options - Danielle was an amazing server. Typically get things I would not make at home, and the short rib Benedict hit the spot. Great brunch cocktails as well.

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JV
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic place to enjoy an intimate night with friends. We had a leisurely three hour dinner with cocktails, delicious appetizers and a much anticipated meal. Good music and great service. Can't wait to go back.

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SS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Each item was tasty food wise and a bit unique. We ordered Virgin drinks, a cosmopolitan and mojito that were served out of context, wrong glasses and underwhelming in presentation. Decor was nice and we would return.

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J
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was super. I was afraid that it would be dmall plate neuvo cuisine but was impressed with the qualty and portion size
Our server was exceptional. We had the cherse plate to start andtwo appetizers - nettle toasr with burrato and a salad of brussel sprouts, broccoli and other bitter veggies. The taste of both were great. Very inventive nice restaurant.

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CD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service - one of our favorite places to go for a date night!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant experience in New Orleans so far!

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New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food is wonderful and so is the service and atmosphere

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JH
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I have been here many times, it was not as good as normal this trip.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Josephine Estelle served exquisite food and cocktails. The highlight was definitely the cacio e pepe- a simple pasta dish with olive oil and parmesean cheese done to PERFECTION. So decedent and every bite was better than the last.

We also tried the fried asparagus (really good with the cream sauce and mushrooms) and calamari (not my favorite but an interesting flavor combo with whole peas in the sauce). My main dish was the scallops and they were amazing. Great crisp on each side and they were clearly fresh and high quality. Served with some roasted veggies and mushrooms the flavors were simple but really highlighted the ingredients.

For cocktails I got a season gin drink that included both olive oil and egg whites and it was perfectly refreshing and delicious. Would recommend!!

The service was decent but I would have liked our server to checkin more often. My water was empty for 10 mins or so and I never saw him. He was very nice and helpful otherwise.

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SH
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the most delicious homemade pasta I have ever eaten!

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GB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Delicious food, but service left a lot to be desired. We were seated right next to the wait staff computer, so maybe that played into it. But we had heard that service was very personalized and thoughtful. We didn’t get that staff member I guess. Still have high ratings because food was delicious and ambiance was on-point.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch with my partner after a weekend of wedding festivities. Loved the diversity, friendliness, and courtesy of the staff (and their super cool pins). Ambiance and decor are beautiful, food was delicious and promptly served.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Everything else was average.

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MR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently impressive. Love coming here for cocktails or to entertain out of town friends for a fancy night out.

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JG
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quite simply a fantastic experience. The food is extraordinary and the service super professional and helpful

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Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was pretty quiet when we went for brunch. We had a larger group and only about 50% enjoyed their food. The chicken biscuit was the standout and the short rib benedict. Service was slow though. Friends did not enjoy the biscuits & gravy or the shrimp and grits

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j
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best pancakes ever! Beautiful decor and building.

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New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean has a great and delicious menu. It’s very fulfilling and enjoyable. Our server today was one of the best we have had. Very pleasant, professional, and efficient.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a date! Our waiter provided excellent wine pairing suggestions for our meal and was great about our dietary restrictions!

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They took Brussels sprouts off the menu but tried to accommodate us and brought some out. They were greasy and not what we remembered when they were in the menu. The food was just ok- not as good as the last time. The dinner room is beautiful and it has a nice bar.

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DR
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our server was very, very good, but service was very slow with long gaps between visits. I believe he was covering way too many tables, but from what I could tell he wasn’t rushed.

No busboys, either. Used empty dishes/glasses remained on the table well after being replaced with a new drink.

The food was delicious, the staff friendly and the surroundings warm and inviting. The only blemish was service.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. They were able to accommodate my large group for brunch last minute and I'm really glad we discovered this restaurant! I'd definitely come back again.

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LN
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. Very good. Shrimp & grits were excellent! Loved the turntable & vinyls. Nice touch. Beautiful building.

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Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and ambiance wonderful, although noise level high. Our waiter (sorry, can't remember name) also made the evening memorable. He was attentive and funny, answered any questions we had. The sommelier also stopped by to ask about our experience. Southern hospitality at it's best. Oh, great Negroni too!

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