Date night for my wife and I great music, good food, great service
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Good Food, wonderful venue and Kermit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A good meal and fun times with friends. Kermit Ruffins and his band were the entertainment and put on their usual great show.
Great music with Kermit Ruffins and band. Best night in NO yet!
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.
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!
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.
Great place for dinner and music. What nice people are in their staff. From the top down.
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.
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.
We have been to Little Gem Saloon on a few occasions and it is so much fun! The entertainment is always a hit!!!
Bien para oír Jazz en vivo y beber unos tragos
Fantastic music spot. Saw a clarinet jazz performance. Very enjoyable venue with good southern food.
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...
Fabulous food and amazing music!!
Kermit killed it!!!
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.
Service, food and entertainment was superb. Really enjoyed everything. Parking right next door was only $5.
Fabulous. Great live music. Loved the Billie holiday songs❤️❤️🥃🍷
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.
We loved the band!
The service and atmosphere were fun, and the food was incredible! If you order the shrimp and grits you will not be disappointed!
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😒
We went for Sunday brunch. We enjoyed the food and hearing Little Freddie King perform.
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!
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
The music and the atmosphere is fantastic. The food and wait staff were good but not quite to NOLA level. Would highly recommend going.
Great Sunday Brunch menu with live blues from the legend Little Freddie King.
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.
Grits should be creamy. Enjoyed other food. Band was great.
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.
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.
We went prior to the Saints game and it was great!!’
We went to the Gem on new years eve... Wow, we had a great time and experience!
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.