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Little Gem Saloon

4.2
328 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Live Music
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(504) 267-4863
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Poydras Street
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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.
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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!
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
What 328 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
3.8
food
4.0
service
4.4
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Good selection of vegan choices, great spices
Fantastic Deacon John show in an intimate setting
Great, enthusiastic crowd who resoected the music

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2.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Cook too much fat and not really creative
Big plates but not a very fine cuisine
I would say « basic »
However, good music and good musicians
But... people standing up were very noisy and speaking loudly ... without seeming interested by the music ,,, not very cool

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1.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This place is horrible we arrived at 6:30pm for a live show that started at 7:00pm. It took over 40 min to order and receive a drink the show was due to end at 8:30pm we placed a food ordered well with our drinks THE GOOD NEVER CAME AND THE SHOW WAS ENDING. I SPOKE WITH THE OWNER AND HE COULDN'T OFFER AN EXPLANATION OF WHY DOES IT TAKE OVER 2 AND HALF HOURS TO RECEIVE A FOOD ORDER. The waitress and staff seems like they are accustomed to this behavior. I'm from nola and was embarrassed if this is how the restaurant treats tourist ....DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE KERMIT RUFFIN PLAY MUSIC YOU CAN SEE HIM AT HIS CLUB YOU WILL BE TREATED MUCH BETTER.
When the owner treats you like you're not important NO ONE SHOULD GO TO THIS RESTAURANT

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent wait staff!!! Great jazz! Food excellent.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Our food was good, what we received of it. They were overbooked and had some issues with the staff that had walked out. Our waiter was so nice and apologetic. I will give it another try as the food we got was very good.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was my first time here. The waitress was amazing but the food took a very long time to come out and getting drinks took a while. We were there for the Bayou Country Music festival which caused them to stay open later than their normal hours. It was crowded but the entire time we were there only four tables including ours received food. My friend ordered the burger which came out first but it was very burnt. He still ate it because we were all so hungry. The rest of the food did not come out until after he finished his whole plate. The remainder of the food was good. The waitress had discounted our meal without us saying anything because of how long it was taking. I hope to return for brunch during their normal hours.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We really couldn’t wait to have brunch here and listen to little Freddy, I booked a table on OpenTable for a seated table and we were set at a hightop instead. We ordered the bloody Mary bar which was substandard and only offered a few slim pickings for your bloody Mary. My husband and I ordered off the breakfast menu and after an hour and 20 minutes of waiting and having to hunt down our waitress to see why it was taking so long we gave up and left without getting our food. Nobody Could explain to us why the kitchen was taking so long , the music was superb and the only reason we stayed for so long, the management needs to overhaul their kitchen service and customer service !!!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Went to listen to Little Freddie King over brunch time.
Spent a fantastic three hours 11-2pm and a good breakfast
Service was 100%

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great music and people.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Loved the Kermit Ruffin show!

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We dined there on 2 successive nights. The live music was great especially the second night which included a lot of audience involvement. Food was good, choices were limited. Service was slow. Wait staff served food but forgot silverware. These issues were minor compared to great ambience and entertainment and shouldn't deter anyone from enjoying this real "gem".

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Near N.O. Superdome and Arena so convenient prior to attending concerts,games,etc. Band good but way too loud for such a small venue while people trying to converse during happy hour. Need more bar happy hour options: all offered were $5 martinis as far as beverages.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had the Sunday brunch listening to Little Freddie King-it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. The Little Gem has been beautifully restored, it has a great ambiance.

Only issue was when one of us ordered the okra, waitress came back and told us she didn’t want to serve it because it “had gone bad.” Ewwwww. We appreciated the honesty but it has us wondering about the overall food handling in the place... do they really keep their dishes beyond a reasonable expiration date? Not to mention, it was quite an unappetizing revelation.

Despite that the food we did receive was quite good.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We had a great time! Food was excellent! Little Freddie King was playing and it was a great show. Our server, EB, made it a really great experience! We’ll definitely be back!

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day Brunch 2018 was AWFUL...
The A/C is was BROKEN....☹️😐😡👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Impeccable service and good food right nar our hotel.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Everything was top notch, great music great food...the cocktails however were terrible. Three of us sent them back. Like bad. I’d love to go back, they need to get someone who knows what their doing behind that bar though.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were fortunate enough to see Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers at the Little Gem Saloon. The show was fantastic, the food was good, and the atmosphere was fun!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Date night for my wife and I great music, good food, great service

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great venue to see Kermit Ruffins. Some service problems, though I liked our server's personality and service in general. Got my beer order wrong. Took a while to get a fork.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We came here because we wanted some music, good food and drinks and to relax as the first stop on a night out. The food was excellent and although our server was the bartender, he did his best to give us as much attention as he could while also taking care of the drinks for everyone. The band that played that night was great as well.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We went for a show. When they came on stage (late which would be fine) the actual show only lasted 45 minutes which is ridiculous for the cover charge.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My brother and I each ordered burgers and ordered them medium well. The first time they came out, both burgers were rare. We sent them back, and we understand that mistakes happen. The second time they brought the burgers, they were both medium rare. So we waited for our waitress to come by so we could let her know they still weren't done. She avoided us, and we didn't see our waitress for 20 minutes. The manager finally came over to take our plates, assuming we were done. We told him the dilemma, he apologized, but only took 1 of the 2 burgers off the bill. The music was fantastic, and the ambiance is very good. The service and the food ruined our experience.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We have been charged $10/pers to listen mediocre music and for 2 songs. The lady at the desk wasn’t friendly. Food was good but in very small plates. We were 2 people and 20% tip was automatically added. I don’t recommend that place

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Good Food, wonderful venue and Kermit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

A good meal and fun times with friends. Kermit Ruffins and his band were the entertainment and put on their usual great show.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great music with Kermit Ruffins and band. Best night in NO yet!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great live music. Amazing service. Loved the bottomless mimosas! While the food was good, it was not inspired. Will definitely go back for the music and atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent bar, gumbo is great, service is always stellar, and the live music is very high calibre. Plus the space is beautiful and parking is a breeze.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were fortunate enough to get reservations the night Deacon John and his band were playing. The atmosphere, the music, the food were all very pleasing. We agreed that $25 to hear a great live band perform non-stop for 2 hours was a great value. The food was above average - I just gave it 4 stars because they ran out of what I ordered. Our server was very busy but also very friendly and accommodating.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great place for dinner and music. What nice people are in their staff. From the top down.

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3.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Our group went for the music, which was fabulous. However, we also had dinner there, and the food was lacking. By 7:00, when we placed our orders, the kitchen had already run out of oysters, which affected 5 of the 7 entrees ordered by our table. They substituted shrimp, but they were small and over fried. Waitstaff were very pleasant and tried hard, but more staff were needed for the size crowd in the restaurant. Overall, we had a very good time, and I'd go back for music and drinks, but not dinner.

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1.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Worst dining experience of my life! Actually, I suppose it cannot actually be called a “dining experience,” considering we were overlooked and never served...
On a special trip to Nola from AZ with my handicapped Mother, I returned to Little Gem for a 9pm Kermit Ruffins show on 3/17/2018, which included an 8:45pm dinner reservation. I was assured way in advance via phone that our table would be on the floor, close to the stage, and not a high-top table. We arrived via pedal taxi and the line outside was super long. The kitchen was super slow, so patrons from the 7pm show were still seated and dining when the 9pm show started. They drug out an extra table for Mom and me, only a high-top had come available at that point, but then seated us behind that high-top from which we could hardly see. They gave us menus, but after asking two different employees on two separate occasions to please send over our server to take our order, no one ever did. The owner did give us free wine as an apology, which we had to drink on empty stomachs, because the kitchen had closed by the time they realized what happened. We left hungry and frustrated, 2 hrs later. We would have got up and left sooner, except we’d been anxiously awaiting to see Kermit (I had paid for tickets) and he did not disappoint. Advice? Catch the early show if you also plan on dining, and get there super early at that if you have made any special requests. Otherwise, might not happen. Very disappointed and will not go back.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We have been to Little Gem Saloon on a few occasions and it is so much fun! The entertainment is always a hit!!!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Bien para oír Jazz en vivo y beber unos tragos

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fantastic music spot. Saw a clarinet jazz performance. Very enjoyable venue with good southern food.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great music venue. Cold eggs benedict. Small portions. Bottomless Mimosas took forever for refills. Good build your own Bloody Mary's. Go for the music if you like the genre otherwise, you're in New Orleans... Eat elsewhere...

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fabulous food and amazing music!!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Kermit killed it!!!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was my first visit to the Little Gem Saloon, and it was nothing short of amazing. The ability to reserve seats online was perfect, and allowed us to sit right next to the stage. Kermit Ruffins and his band put on a great show, and the food and atmosphere was perfect.

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