About Little Gem Saloon

We host Live Music at every Dinner service, and at Brunch, in our dining room. Please note that in addition to your table reservation you may also need a ticket for the music on certain evenings. Please visit our music calendar at www.littlegemsaloon.com or call us to confirm if there is a music charge for the evening of your visit.

Relive the sounds and sensations of New Orleans’ legendary jazz age – a time that witnessed the fusion of cultures which transformed ragtime and marching music into jazz and blended the savory spices that revolutionized and made famous New Orleans’ Creole cuisine. The Little Gem Saloon offers a new century twist on a historic space that first introduced New Orleans’ jazz to the world, as well as the first tempting tastes of traditional Creole cuisine. Located in the historic 400 block of South Rampart Street, the Little Gem Saloon is just steps from the Superdome and streetcar line, and within blocks of the French Quarter.

445 S Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70112
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern

Hours of Operation:
Monday: Lunch 11am-2pm
Tuesday: Lunch 11am-2pm|Dinner 5pm-10pm
Wednesday: Lunch 11am-2pm|Dinner 5pm-10pm
Thursday: Lunch 11am-2pm|Dinner 5pm-10pm
Friday: Lunch 11am-2pm|Dinner 5pm-10pm
Saturday: Dinner 6pm-11pm
Sunday: Brunch 10:30am-2pm|


Cross Street:
Poydras Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 267-4863

Website:
http://littlegemsaloon.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music Six Days a Week!
Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday 5pm-6:30pm
Lunch Buffet | Monday through Friday 11am-2pm
Dinner Shows | Tuesday through Friday 5pm-10pm & Saturday 6pm-11pm
Jazz Brunch | Sunday 11am-2pm

Check our website for music calendar!

Parking Details:
Pay-to-Park lots are available at Poydras and Rampart Streets. Little Gem Saloon does not own or operate these lots and payment must be made at the lot kiosk to avoid booting or ticketing.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Little Gem Saloon Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (7)
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Authentic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Casual (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Hostesses was very condescending, the waiter over extended. Owner tried to apologize for the kitchen mishaps but it was terrible. Food cold not even fresh. We ate in shifts and quality of food was poor.

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We made a reservation at this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend. I called and confirmed the reservation 3 days ahead of time and received my reminder emails from Open Table the day before. When we arrived, the place was a mad house. The Saints were in the playoffs and the restaurant was hosting a private party upstairs with so many people I am surprised the roof didn't cave in. The bottom floor (dining room) was also jammed to capacity. I asked the hostess if she had our reservation (she did) and would she be able to seat us at our reservation time. She said she thought so. We were 20+ minutes early so she had us stand in a crowded doorway with cold air blowing in on us from the outside. We waited, and waited, and waited. Finally, we overheard our name being said at the hostess stand and prepared to be called. They proceeded to seat another group at our 4-top. When we asked them about it, they apologized for the mistake and said they would give us the next available table. That is not acceptable. While we continued to wait, we asked the people at the table near the door how long they had been sitting there waiting for their food because they were there when we arrived. They had been waiting for over 40 minutes. We just told the waitress to cancel our reservation. Because it was game day, we ended up eating at a sandwich shop down the street

Now I understand the chaos of game days. But it was no secret that the Saints would be playing that day. When I called 3 days before to confirm, they should have told me that my experience might be sub-par because of the crowd, private party, etc. They also had a "game day" menu which was quite abbreviated from the menu they post online with items our friend had told us to try.

With any luck at all, in the interest of the 200+ people on the 2nd floor, I hope that someone alerted the fire marshal before something terrible happened. I can't speak to the food, drinks, etc because we never made it that far.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We went prior to the Saints game and it was great!!’

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to the Gem on new years eve... Wow, we had a great time and experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a large group and they were very accommodating. They reserved high-chair table which were comfortable. The music was great! Our server was very helpful in making recommendations. I ordered a meat plate with chimichurri sauce and it was delicious. We would definitively love to go back to Little Gem.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Live Music
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Guaranteed a great time. Good section of cheese and salami with a well stocked bar and wine. Love the jam session styled music.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Live Music, People Watching, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went primarily to hear who was playing there that night. Deacon John. Great service. Great music. Incredible sound in this space. Proximity to musicians.

Food was not so great.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Took my twin 6-year-old nieces to see Deacon John and have dinner. Was a little concerned about the noise level but for no reason! They loved it and the food was surprisingly fantastic! I thought it would be so-so but everything we had (especially the fried chicken and collared greens) were outstanding! Highly recommend this place!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 28, 2017

A true GEM...wonderful meal and lovely jazz music. Would absolutely recommend.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Don't bother using Open Table to make a reservation at Little Gem Saloon because they ignore those reservations. The rude woman at the desk (Cat or Kat?) said that it was Open Table's fault that our reservation was wrong and that "they always screw it up". Every other reservation I made using Open Table in New Orleans was fine -- Little Gem just doesn't care and doesn't take responsibility when they drop the ball. Cat/Kat was really disrespectful and disinterested -- ran off to the kitchen and when I asked another server to get her so we could figure out what to do about our table, she wouldn't come back out. The 5 of us squeezed into a high top 4-top table (we had reserved a standard table for 5). Food was also mediocre at best. The only reason to go there is to listen to Kermit -- my advice is to eat before you go.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Good venue if you're interested in seeing a great local musician with a 7-8 p.m. start (vs the more typical 10 p.m.). Fried chicken among the best in the city. I always bring out of town guests here

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is THE jazz club you wanted to find when you visit New Orleans. Good food, fair prices and the best stream of performers you are going to see someone great!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Quick Bite, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Authentic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The building was awesome, Kermit and the BBQ Swingers are wonderful. Our food was terrible for the price, none of us finished our meal. Our server left halfway through dinner without telling us he was leaving. The server who replaced him never informed us he left OR that she was our new server.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

fried oysters were great. chairs were very uncomfortable.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We visited the Saloon on our short stay in New Orleans and really enjoyed the music. If you're looking for something different to Bourbon then this is a good place to check out.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were in NOLA from Mexico for a convention. Looked for a local restaurant with live music and accesible dining for a group of +30, and weren't disappointed. We arranged directly with the manager (who contacted us) for seating and meal plans. He offered tasting menus that were delicious and notably local. Music and service were great. And many of the waiters speak spanish, which helped for some of us. Overall excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Live Music, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great place to see a jazz show, just the right size, not a bad seat in the house. Ambience was great, friendly staff, and good food as well.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great place for good food and great jazz. Come early and stay late.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Perfect. Little Freddie King. Bloody Marys. , delicious food+ service. Big Poppa and I are very happy 😀

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a dinner here with co-workers and customers, it was our second time doing this and the staff is so friendly and helpful. Next time in the Big Easy we will be back !

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Had a group meet there, everyone enjoyed the live music and food. Would go back again with a group. Thank you Nick for setting everything up. Staff was wonderful!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We ate light after a food tour earlier in the French Quarter. Cobb & Watermelon Wedge salads. Delicious. Ceryl Neville was playing Armstrong that night! Fabulous.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Dinner... absolutely wonderful, music (Cyril, Irvin, etc) lovely place!!! Carlos, great service! Love your place..... thank you all!

Tags: Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Everyone there is nice as could be. The music
and food were good and the music was
excellent. A good time at a affordable price

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Unfortunately, our experience was terrible. We had reservations before the U2 concert. They did have a table available for us at the time if our reservation, but both hostesses at the hostess station were unfriendly. Our waiter was nice, and so was a gentleman that I think was a manager. Our orders were taken quickly, and the food came out quickly as well. Two in our party ordered the crawfish etoufee, which was awful. The sauce resembled a bland, tomato-paste Luke sludge, and the crawfish were sparse, tiny and tough. Another ordered the special of leg of lamb stew over grits. Another miss. Although the sauce was flavorful, the gray and surprisingly fatty lamb pieces were not, and the grits were hard and lumpy. The person in our party who ordered the harvest salad had no complaints. Other than the salad, we left most of the food on our plates.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Perfect New Orleans restaurants suitable for all ages and most occasions! Amazing live jazz music with wildly talented artists. My family loved every minute and enjoyed every part of our experience from the drinks to the food to the entertainment! I strongly recommend making little gems saloon a must go every time you're in New Orleans!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Authentic, Hot Spot, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We were there to preview wedding band. Food was pretty good.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Unfortunately our Visit to this restaurant / bar was not a good one.
We planned on eating there, but they were not ready with our table, which was fine, we went to the bar to have a drink first... the bartender was not very nice. We asked him for some ideas on drinks and he looked at us like we were crazy and proceeded to go wait on someone else. He did not explain to me at all what the drink menu question I had. He looked very annoyed so I decided to just get something simple instead of a house specialty drink.
The Vibe was so bad we left.
Unfortunately people that have a bad attitude can ruin your business, I would look into your bartenders attitude. (The One with the Pretty Blonde Hair)
We were looking forward to trying a new place.
Oh well

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always a great place to have dinner, a drink and listen to music. Robert makes the best Sazeracs in town!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice little place downtown. Just the right size to see the live performance on the stage . Good acoustic for music. Excellent service and friendly bartender.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Waterfront, People Watching, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I had high hopes for this restaurant. It had great reviews so 9 of us arrived. We had a nice table. There was a good jazz band playing. We ordered drinks and got some yummy bread. We arrived at 6:30. We placed our order at 7pm. By 8pm we still did not have our food and we had to leave by 8:15pm to get to a conference at the stadium.
Some food came out. Three people ordered The shrimp and sausage grits but there was no sausage in it. None. One ordered a salad add chicken and when it finally came out last, the chicken was ice cold just out of the fridge. :(
I ordered a grilled fish with a side of their. Asked mac n cheese and all I got after waiting over an hour for our food was the mac n cheese. Never did get the fish and the mac n cheese wasn't very good.
They did comp a round of drinks and several food items but I left hungry and didn't have time to go anywhere else. Very disappointing. I won't be back. The restaurant wasn't even full.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 9, 2017

This restaurant/ bar has a fabulous Sunday brunch. The Glen David Andrews band was the show we saw on our most recent visit to Little Gem. When Mr. Andrews asked the audience where they were from, 75% said they were locals. That should tell you something about the fine quality of the food and the all star music line up. It's a rvery nice venue for great shows at what the locals call "senior hours". The Sunday brunch was under 21/teen friendly for families and they take reservations.

We saw Kermit Ruffins at a Little Gem dinner show a couple months ago. That too was a fabulous show.

If the reservation time, set times, ticket cost and what's included are confusing, call the restaurant, they are very helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Fun, Live Music, Sunday Lunch
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Very nice brunch buffet with endless mimosas. Music was outstanding.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 7, 2017

First Time visiting New Orleans for an annual Girls Trip, this restaurant was recommended by the narrator of the Hop On Hop Off City Tour. Loved Detroit Brooks and company's live jazz performance. Great music, atmosphere and food, really good combination.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great music! Highly recommend.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great place to bring my husband and his daughter and her husband for their Father's Day brunch. Kermit Ruffin was as entertaining as always and we enjoyed him as much as we enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is always fabulous and the service is exceptional. Can't wait to go again and hear some great live local music!

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2017

GREAT music!!!

excellent venue for outstanding live music

Tags: Live Music
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent acoustics, great music, delicious food, lovely atmosphere!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Live Music, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Small fun atmosphere, the food was good, and the live music was great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The music is good. And the food is great. And it's a good place for appreciating Jazz.

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