Kingfish - New Orleans

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$30 and under
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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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M
Austin
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Restaurant smelled pretty bad. Food was high priced and not great. Cocktails and server were god!

SE
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Wonderful service and delicious food!!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner when New Orlean

OT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. $12 bottomless mimosas was a brunch winner. Food was great, enjoyed it very much!

JL
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here the Saturday of Mardis Gras for brunch and it was perfect. We were able to make a reservation the day of and their menu was perfect for the day. We also got the bottomless Rose and our glass was almost never empty - service was great and would definitely come back.

LH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Pimms Cup in the quarter! Try the boudin balls you will not regret it!

C
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow. Food was average. There are a lot better in New Orleans

Y
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic! Loads of Gluten Free options. Had a lovely time- will recommend and visit again!

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Hope that this experience was an anomaly. Underwhelming all around.

We've been there tons of times before and always had top notch food, service, etc. Willing to give it another shot down the line.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Just okay. Menu seemed dated.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The menu is pretty limited but the food we ordered was so good! And all the staff was friendly and quick. Kudos!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for our Valentines Day dinner after having such a wonderful experience last year. They didn’t have the prix fixe menu this year, but the food is absolutely worth the price. We started with their boudin balls as an appetizer and ordered the molasses cured duck breast (which was amazing) and the pepper crusted 16oz ribeye. Everything was cooked exactly how we wanted. They were busy that night so it took a while to get our dinner, but it was really fine. It gave us time to digest our appetizer and get ready for more food. Our drinks were awesome as well. Will definitely be back!

AP
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was very slow. Drinks were not as ordered. Our food apparently sat in the kitchen for quite some time before it was brought to the table. The food would have been good if it had been served hot and freshly prepared.

RY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived a few minutes early and sat at the bar as there were several seats available. We notified the hostess when we were ready to be seated and were taken to our table immediately. Waitress was very knowlegeable on the specials and even provided us with her "first time customer" meal selections. Service was great. Food was awesome! Had a great Valentine's dinner.

L
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Kingfish is a nice cafe in the French quarter. We were seated and sat for a good fifteen minutes while servers all around us didn’t notice. I had to make direct eye contact with a server to get anyone’s attention. We finally ordered and were served fairly quickly. The food was delicious and the coffee was very good. I did have to get up and approach my server for more coffee. Even with the poor service I would go back in hopes that was just a one off experience. The cochon Benedict was very good but the eggs were over poached.

PC
London
32 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We've made a point to eat at Kingfish each Lundi Gras as we enjoy the gumbo and food. Always a great experience given with the Mardi Gras crowds. This visit was a complete miss. The corchon sandwich was tasteless, the waitress messed up a soup and salad order (ok, it happens - but it took 15 minutes to get her a salad after correcting it?) food was served without needed utensils, and the hot dishes were warm but not hot. We had to ask for everything that was missing and didn't feel anyone cared if we were happy. They weren't that busy and there were a good number of help working. And we are nice people. I'll probably give them another shot, but it was a big blow to our image of the restaurant. I hope it's not a trend.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time with my friends. Food was excellent only thing was that the bar could have been a bit faster but it was really busy.

JB
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dry pleasant server
Delicious fish dish - whole fish!

GS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Bartender was fabulous! Food was good. Food server - not so good.

GG
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

i would not recommend for happy hour. bartender is supposed to handle food orders and food service during happy hour in bar area, which is ridiculous. there are tables in the area and no reason not to have table service. you have to go to the bar to order your drinks and food during happy hour. and the bartender is not interested in doing food. not a good way to win customers!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Took a very long time to get our food.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely amazing time. David went above and beyond to help my wife and I celebrate our baby moon, setting up a space in the private dining room to make sure everything was perfect. LaDonna was an amazing server, and the food was perfect. Could not have asked for a better night or better food.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bottomless mimosas on a Monday! One of my girlfriends in my party had to take care of business for an hour just as our entrees were served. The waitress took her food and promised hot food when she got back. Awesome customer service!

SB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in the French Quarter on a Saturday evening with the kids and looking for a place to eat that was good and didn't have a long wait. We had tried the more tourist driven but consistently solid places near us and had not heard of King Fish. The ratings were good on open table and they had availability right away. It was a little confusing that you check in at the bar area. In fact, we went right past the bar dining area and the nice gentleman up front followed us and helped orient us to check in for our reservation. Our server, Joseph, was fabulous. He talked about all his favorites and when we mentioned our dietary restrictions he steered us towards compatible choices. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food - we were all members of the clean plate club. We live in the DC area now and so appreciate warm French Bread to open our meals in NOLA. We had the garlic crab claws and crawfish dip as starters - we especially savored the crab claws. I had the swordfish special, my daughter had alfredo pasta from the kids menu, my teen son had the shrimp and grits, and my husband had the scallops and pasta. We skipped dessert as we had plans to head to Café Du Monde while we were in town but I bet dessert would be awesome as well.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelsey was amazing. He made our experience so much better! Great recommendations, service and personality! Thank you!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great ! The food, the service, the atmosphere great time at Kingfish

L
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our meals and drinks were absolutely delicious! Service was a tad slow, but our server was delightful. Great location and vibe.

OT
Orlando
28 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience2

Kingfish had high reviews on line, however I do not agree. The hostess could not find my reservation, but she kindly seated us within a few minutes. The strange part was most of the tables were empty. Ryan, our server, was delightful and prompt. The food was the biggest disappointment. The poboy had very few shrimp and they were not New Orleans bbq or fried. They were a greasy mess on a large piece of french bread. The highlight was the ceasar salad with kale and creole caesar dressing!

CM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time coming to Kingfish from out of town and both times everyone in the group has said this was the best shrimp and grits they have ever had! The food is amazing, service is great and bottomless mimosas are the icing on the cake!

T
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was loud, but there was a parade, so we were expecting it to be loud. The last time I ate there, a few years ago, the food was exquisite, and the tables were covered with fine white linens. Not so now. The food arrived cold, but I was mansplained that mine was cold because there was a "slaw" on the oyster tacos. No, the oysters themselves were cold, as was my husband's gumbo. They heated it up, but shorted me an oyster since I'd already taken a bite. After the apps, we waited, and THEN the server brought out the bread, which would have been great with my husband's gumbo. When I asked for the check, he brought it to my husband. I reminded him that I asked for the check, not him, and he said he always likes to give it to the male. As nice and personable as he was, done and done.

EH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Our dinner was amazing, service was incredible, we were happy with the table that was reserved. The only problem we had was the kitchen was flooding so there was water seeping from the door right by our table. I 100% know they were taking care of it, and the manager even comped appetizers for us due to the inconvenience. But, due to the issue we saw employee behaviors through the swinging door that were a little questionable. But, I would definitely go back, because I know in the restaurant industry these things happen and they took care of their guests through a crisis.

D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Have been to this restaurant many times before and always had a great experience all round. However, on this occasion we were all utterly appalled at the terrible service. We were sat at a table in ‘No man’s land’ where we were totally ignored by various servers for 15 mins until we started to walk out and the Manager intervened at the door. He promised to make sure we were taken care of and even gave us a free drink. Beyond the free drink, he was invisible. However, when eventually the food came, it was cold. We duly walked out and the manager didn’t pick up on it whatsoever. It will be a long time until we go back there, if ever! The place is perhaps going downhill...

s
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You have got to be kidding??? Nobody addressed us when we walked in for our reservation at 530... and the restaurant was maybe 1/5 filled... if that. Such a poor design plan....there is no front desk/hostess stand so you just walk in from the corner street into the bar for the restaurant... so you immediately feel like your are intruding/ imposing. There is no where to stand except blocking the entrance/ exit. Both of the bartenders (2) mind you and not slammed or full...just grumpily said the hostess was occupied... embarrassingly waited for 6 minutes! She eventually arrived ... again after 6 minutes to take us to our reserved table. It then took our waitress 11 minutes to come by for drink orders... again not even 1/5 filled tables and then disappeared for another 13 minutes...yes by now I am timing everything!!! Our only appetizer order for the table, a crab-leg skillet cake, came out barely warm.... drenched in barely warm hollandaise served in a non warm skillet... what’s the point of the skillet if not to be piping hot???? It took 8 minutes to find our waitress, in an non busy restaurant, to complain...her response was she could take it back to the kitchen to warm up but our entrees were ready for service... we told her skip the reheat and to please make sure our entrees were hot.... not. 2 steaks were warm not hot, swordfish was divine and very hot and the jambalaya was barely warm. No accountability in the kitchen... the manager himself was found eating dinner all by himself at a dinner table and presumably paying bills bc paperwork was scattered all over his dinner table. Hmmm I think there is a better time to process your business paperwork then at a restaurant’s dinner service!!!! Really really lame, unprofessional, and sloppy service. Never ever.

JC
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is really a great spot. Some had an amazing swordfish special which was very good. Others had pasta dish and shrimp and grits. Great service. Would do again!

CS
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Top notch food and excellent wine list. Would highly recommend!

EC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Good variety on menu. Food was delicious.

z
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We are a family of four with two teen boys. We headed to Kingfish for dinner after a day of touring the city. We used Open Table to get our reservation, but on a Sunday night is was full but didn't have a line. We started with the Boudin Balls and the Garlic Crab claws. We went on a food tour (by Destination Kitchen) the day prior and they had the Boudin Balls as one of the highlighted food items that we tasted and they ordered more. I preferred the Garlic Crab Claws - dipped in a sauce that was excellent. I had the Blackened "Hook and Line" Louisiana Gulf Fish which was lightly blackened which was perfect for me. Great taste. One of our teens ordered New Orleans BBQ Scallop Fettuccine - which was definitely one of our two favorites (we all tried all of the dishes). The sauce was unique and the scallops (and you can add shrimp) were excellent. The second teen ordered the prime rib served peppered crusted with a side of corn, which was everyone's favorite. My teen said it's the best meal he had all vacation. The other teen loved the corn side. My other half had the fish special which was also excellent. Overall, we had a great experience. Service was very friendly. This was a place that was casual - meaning we wore jeans. The noise level was vibrant, but we were able to hear each other fine to carry on a conversation.

OT
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the service, the atmosphere and the food was incredible. Some of the best gumbo I’ve had.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Dreadful. Christmas dinner and the redfish was overcooked!! It’s a place we had enjoyed a couple years ago but has gone downhill since then.

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