Kingfish - New Orleans

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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Kingfish is a popular casual restaurant and cocktail bar in New Orleans that salutes the Huey P. Long Era. The Kingfish menu embodies new Louisiana cuisine. That along with our talented bartenders' skill & expertise combine to create a unique Louisiana-centric dining experience. So whether you are a visitor to our wonderful city or one of our regulars, Kingfish is a perfect place to meet up with friends for an evening in the New Orleans' French Quarter.
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St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at kingfish when we visited NOLA the weekend. My ten-year-old daughter asked for a kiddie cocktail, she was served a beautiful mocktail with strawberries and blackberries.

AD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was the worst. Waited over an our for food and almost 40 minutes for drinks which were horrible.

KH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent meal, great service, great atmosphere at Kingfish.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on October 9, 2019

Kevin, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us an excellent review. We are happy you had another excellent experience with us. We hope you come back in soon! Thank you, Maddy Baldwin Service Manager

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

The food and drinks were really delicious and our server was very nice, but the service was unacceptably slow on the night we visited. The waitress apologized several times and it didn’t seem to be her fault, we guessed something must have been happening in the kitchen.

JE
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food & drinks! Loud, but fun atmosphere

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on October 9, 2019

Jodie, We are so happy to see that you enjoyed our food and cocktails. Thank you for leaving us a great review and letting us know how your experience was. We hope you come back in soon! Thank you, Maddy Baldwin Service Manager

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BF
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Our waiter was rude. The table next to us ruined our experience because they were ridiculously loud. Told waiter they were obscenely loud and his short response was “nothing I can do about it”. One of the meals wasn’t good and the waiter was quite ambivalent about it. Don’t go.

RA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

After I became a senior citizen we learned to arrive early, and enjoy the Happy Hours. Our Happy Hour time at the bar was a hoot ...great conversation with the Bar Manager, and other patrons. There was a shift change, We paid our Bar Bill (delicious Sazeracs by the way) and moved into the dining room....there after we felt rushed. WE were halfway into our delicious and unique Nachos appetizer and our Salad arrived????? WTF there is never a need for this, we have felt this in other New Orleans establishments and never returned. We fell in love with The Kingfish Bar back in 1998 when The Piano Bar existed, you introduced me to the Sazerac and Bitters and all ....so the jury is out on the Dining Room. The Kingfish Bar is one of my favourites, and we will be back. The finest Cheff's in New Orleans never ever rush Patrons...that is why Emeril Legasse and others won the battle.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on October 3, 2019

Rona, We are very glad that you had a great time at the bar during happy hour, but saddened that your experience wasn't the same in the dining room. We try to step up the service when our guests move from the bar to a table, so this is unacceptable. We would never want to rush one of our guests and proper coursing and never rushing guests is a huge part of our philosophy. We will address immediately. Thank you for your feedback, David Moore General Manager

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RV
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, upscale ambiance but pretty noisy (not atypical of a Saturday night on the Quarter)

LR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 9 for brunch. The service was exceptional and the food was extraordinary! The eggs Benedict was delicious as well as the French toast and risotto. Every dish was enjoyed thoroughly. Will be back next time we are in NOLA!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on October 3, 2019

Laurie, Thank you so much for your awesome 5 star review!! We can't tell you how much we appreciate you taking the time to say such nice things about your brunch food and service! We are very proud of our jambalaya risotto and think it is one of the best dishes you can find anywhere. Please let us know the next time you come in town so we can thank you in person. Thanks and have a great day,

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C
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good looking establishment with excellent food and a New Orleans style menu.

AD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food at Kingfish is excellent. Innovative combinations and well prepared. The menu could offer a few more choices and they're a little inflexible on swapping out sides but okay. Their drinks and desserts are terrific. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. At our most recent visit we were meeting another group. They arrived first and checked in. We arrived very soon afterward and specified that we were meeting another party through an Open Table reservation. Despite giving the name on the reservation, we were seated in a totally different area and didn't see our friends for over 20 minutes. Other than that, great visit.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on October 3, 2019

Thank you so much for the good review! We really appreciate your compliments. We are a little disappointed that we were not flexible with our sides however, because it is our policy to always meet our guest's needs. We are also sad to hear that you did not immediately link up with your friends. We should have made sure this happened. Thanks again and have a wonderful day, David Moore General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with friends, were able to accommodate a large group with ease. Would go back.

t
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food and service was good. I had the wrong impression about the new Orleans dining week and happy hour. we chose to stay in main dining room for lunch, but wish it didn't matter where you sat

MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very disappointed. Ate there a few years ago and it was good. This time the food was underwhelming. The service was poor - and there were only three tables occupied. Prices were high.

D
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is always my ‘go to’ restaurant in New Orleans. Always great food & service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First night in New Orleans, and it was a great choice. Food and cocktails were memorable, very good flavor. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Would recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 2

Service was great, however while eating I was greeting with a mouse running through the restaurant, which made me sick to my stomach. And you would think because of that the manager would have colored something on our tab and they did not. I was so grossed out.

FL
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went solely for Happy Hour. Food and drinks on the HH menu were great!!

D
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very bad customer service

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on September 26, 2019

Dineinla, We are so sorry you had bad service at Kingfish. That is totally unacceptable. Please reach out to me at 901-238-8181 or email me at david.moore@creolecuisine so that I might find out what happened and make it up to you. Thanks, David Moore General Manager

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LK
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My husband and I are New Orleans locals for 30+ years. We have dined at Kingfish many times since it opened in the French Quarter. It was a favorite for us, providing fine dining great food and atmosphere. Our most recent visit will be our last. It seems to have changed ownership, or chefs, or both. The live piano was replaced with rock music on the speakers. The service and food was terrible. The servers never checked on us to add more water when needed, or even to ask if we wanted more wine. We waited about 45 minutes between the appetizer and the main course. Someone brought bread to our table to hold us over until the entree arrived, and still not asking if we wanted more wine or water. I ordered the tasso and oyster linguine pasta. There was ONE TINY oyster on the plate, and a few tiny pieces of tasso. My husbands pork shoulder was tough and dry. The bread pudding desert was cold on one side and room temperature on the other side. We noticed other diners waiting very impatiently for extended periods of time between appetizers and entrees. This place has gone way downhill. We will not be back. Sad because it used to be a fantastic French Quarter dining experience. Now it's a tourist trap. Not recommended.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on September 26, 2019

Laura, We are so very disappointed that you had such a terrible experience at Kingfish. I want to first and foremost let you know that aside from the piano, nothing has changed. We very clearly did not have a good night and that is completely unacceptable. We have so many passionate employees who work so hard every day to make Kingfish great. Please call me at 901-238-8181 or email me at david.moore@creolecuisine so that I can treat you to the experience you deserved the first time.

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F
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Gumbo was excellent. Other food was ok.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

LB
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

Not prepared for restaurant week. The experience was disappointing. This is an atypical experience and the restaurant did their best to make up for the multitude of issues.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 16, 2019

Laura, We are very disappointed that you had such a poor experience in our restaurant. I am glad that you appreciated our attempts to make it up to you, but that is not enough. Please reach out to me at (901)238-8181 or email me at david.moore@reolecuisine so that I might hear more about your experience and try to correct the issues. Thank you for your feedback, David Moore General Manager

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service was amazing. However while hubby and I finishing last glass of wine. A tiny mouse made an appearance. While food was great the mouse killed it for me!!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

We are glad that everything was amazing, however very disappointed that you saw a mouse on your visit. We work very hard every single day to ensure that this never happens and it is unacceptable that it did. We would love to make it up to you. Email me at david.moore@creolecuisine. Thanks for still giving such a great review, David Moore General Manager

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MW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

MarlenyW, We are very proud of your awesome review! We can't thank you enough for taking your time to come back and give us a solid recommendation. Have an amazing week, David Moore General Manager

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b
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

Bishop, Thank you so much for your great five star review. We can't tell you how overjoyed we are when our guests leave here satisfied and excited about their experience. Have a wonderful day, David Moore General Manager

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kingfish exceeded my expectations by far. I went to a late dinner alone in hopes of celebrating my birthday while in town for business, and every single staff who saw me wished me well. Bartender Tim was so lovely and made recommendations for other places to visit. The gator grillades was also absolutely amazing! Thank you for such a pleasant experience!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

Misti, We are so honored you joined us for your birthday! We are even more excited that every single one of our employees wished you well. We are very proud of Tim and love his commitment to hospitality. We are big fans of that gator grillaides ourselves and glad you tried them. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day, David Moore General Manager

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and wanted a very nice restaurant for our last night in New Orleans. The website makes it appear to be a fine dining, white tablecloth place. As it was across the street from our hotel, it seemed the ideal choice. So we got all dressed up for a night of fine dining in a romantic atmosphere. No white tablecloths, no dressy attire. Most people were in shorts. It truly is an upscale bar that serves food. But more importantly, the service was amazingly slow and the restaurant wasn't even busy for a Saturday night. The drinks were terrible and the food was mediocre. Very disappointed with this restaurant. We would not recommend

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

Angela, We are very disappointed that you had a bad experience here at Kingfish. It is completely unacceptable that your drinks would be terrible, as we have worked for years to earn a reputation as a bar with outstanding cocktails. For the service to be slow when not even busy and the food to be average is equally upsetting. Please reach out to me so that I can try in some way to make this bad experience up to you. Call me at 901-238-8181 David Moore General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I went with a group of 8 for dinner. Server was doing a good job, drinks took forever to come out. Manager apologized, admitted they were not meeting their “standards”. The server assured us it was just the bar ( which was not that crowded). Then the food came out finally (it took awhile) and 3 of the dishes were cold. We had a reservation for 730 , by time were finishing our meal they were turning out lights and the manager even left right in front of us. The food tasted ok, but I hope they get their service and management issues sorted. Based on my experience I would not recommend

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

We are extremely disappointed that you had a bad experience at Kingfish. Our food should obviously never come out cold and our drinks should be much more prompt. We are also very sorry that while turning down the lights you were given the impression we were turning lights off. We never close early here at Kingfish and your perception is extremely important to us. Please email me at david.moore@creolecuisine so that we might try and make it up to you. David Moore General Manager 901-238-8181

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TW
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were visiting for our 20 yr Anniversary and the service was excellent. The decor, the atmosphere and the food was delicious. I'd recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a taste of New Orleans!!!!!!!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

TorrieW, First of all, thank you so much for joining us here at Kingfish for such a special occasion. Furthermore, thank you for taking the time to leave us such an amazing review. We can't tell you how much we appreciate it. Have an amazing day and come see us again soon, David Moore General Manager

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

AT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I found the food a bit salty for my taste, but hubby says that typical for food in New Orleans. Flavors were otherwise great and food was prepared well and promptly

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

AllisonT, Thank you so much for giving us a good review even after your food was too salty. We try to have flavorful food but we want it to be properly seasoned, not salty. We hope that you come back again soon and give us another try. Thanks so much, David Moore General Manager

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. We waited for our drinks for about 45 mins. The food was good though.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

Thank you so much for giving us a five star review even after having to wait so long for drinks. This is completely unacceptable and we will absolutely look into what happened so it doesnt happen again. Thanks so much for the feedback, David Moore General Manager

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Ate at many high end restaurants while in town, this by far was the best food and best value. Shrimp and grits were amazing and our server Katie was so sweet and kept the drinks flowing during the brunch. Would recommend this to anyone!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

We cannot thank you enough for your awesome review and high praise!! We love tons of restaurants here in New Orleans and to hear that we were "by far the best" is beyond rewarding. We are also excited that you had such great service and hope you join us again soon. Thanks and have a great day, David Moore General Manager

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c
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The beet salad and the spicy fish soup (a special) were both excellent and made for a fine contrast. Good wine selection by the glass. LaDonna's service was friendly and attentive, especially in getting me my wine promptly. Due to the storm, the restaurant was quieter than usual, but as always nicely informal.

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

CraigM, We are huge fans of our beet salad and so glad you got to try it. As far as our soups go, our chef is a master at making delicious soups and he never ceases to amaze us. We are proud of LaDonna and glad you took the time to say some kind words about her. Thanks for giving us a shot during the storm, we truly appreciate it. David Moore General Manager

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very quiet probably due to the storm coming in but the crew and food were well worth trying. Waitress did a great job with all our questions and had good recommendations. Well worth trying!

Kingfish - New Orleans
Responded on August 12, 2019

JohnB, Thank you for braving the storm to come pay us a visit! We truly appreciate you giving us a good review and glad you enjoyed the food and service. Have a great day, David Moore General Manager

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t
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We visit New Orleans twice a year for a long weekend. Kingfish is always one of our stops- either lunch or dinner. This is the first time we were disappointed. It was a Sunday night and the restaurant was quiet.Service was on point; the food was not.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Worst service, very slow. When the apps came, our mains came quickly after. I sent them back so we could enjoy our appetizers

k
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited from Houston to celebrate July 4th. Excellent food

k
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this place. Always awesome place to go to for really eclitic food and spirits.

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