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Date
Thu, 4/19
Time
9:00 PM
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Little Gem Saloon

4.3
310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Live Music
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date
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 310 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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food
4.1
service
4.5
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4.0
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

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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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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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

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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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service, food and entertainment was superb. Really enjoyed everything. Parking right next door was only $5.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fabulous. Great live music. Loved the Billie holiday songs❤️❤️🥃🍷

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1.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I usually don't leave reviews, especially not negative ones but this experience was nothing short from poor. I came in with 4 friends for Sunday brunch. We were excited to come here for the live jazz music but the service was horrible. The waitress took a while to greet us, no big deal. But then when it came to our order, she took it and came back 10 mins later saying that they didn't have burgers that day. I replied and said "I just saw someone get one." she replied, "that was the last one, apparently they didn't keep count." I was not only upset that they didn't have what I wanted but I was more upset that it took her TEN minutes to come back and tell us, at this point our food should've been coming out. I ordered something else and it took another 40 mins for our food to come out, we all ordered the classic breakfast. It should only take about 10 mins to make....And to top everything off, we ordered bottomless mimosas that were almost always empty. At no point did anyone apologize to us for anything. This was the worst dining experience I've ever had. I would not recommend this place. The music was great but this place just needs to work on their service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We loved the band!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The service and atmosphere were fun, and the food was incredible! If you order the shrimp and grits you will not be disappointed!

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3.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was awfully salty. If I were to go back it would be to watch the performance and not order any food at all. The computer was down reportedly so it took 30 minutes before we could get our bill. I saw only two servers and one bartender catering to a crowd of maybe 100 people. I was always trying to get the server's attention to ask for stuff. The mAle waiter was more attentive than the female server that night. Definitely do not order the country fried chicken😒

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch. We enjoyed the food and hearing Little Freddie King perform.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a wonderful evening we had here! Our waiter, Justin, was just so friendly and helpful - loved him! Drinks were delicious as was the food. But then, add Kermit Ruffins and his band - took this evening to another level. A night I will not soon forget and I can not wait to get back into town and go to the Little Gem Saloon!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Enjoyed the crab and corn soup which was delicious. Also, enjoyed Lilli Lewis and her band which provided an awesome performance. A pleasant Friday night crowd allowing us the opportunity to enjoy the live music

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The music and the atmosphere is fantastic. The food and wait staff were good but not quite to NOLA level. Would highly recommend going.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Great Sunday Brunch menu with live blues from the legend Little Freddie King.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Whst a great evening. World class jazz and wonderful food in a place full of fun and excitement. I cannot think of a better spot to eat and drink if you love jazz by the best musicians. Make a reservation as it fills up fast.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Grits should be creamy. Enjoyed other food. Band was great.

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1.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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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1.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 30, 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.

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