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Little Gem Saloon

278 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Top Tags:
  • Live Music
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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 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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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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|

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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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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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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!
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 278 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cassius (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Mississippi)
1.0  Dined 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.

Weatherwife (Mississippi)
1.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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

vipfoodcritic (Austin)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 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!

OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Dude (Orlando)
1.0  Dined on December 23, 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.

Elles (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 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!

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
3.0  Dined on December 2, 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.

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

fried oysters were great. chairs were very uncomfortable.

OpenTable Diner (Oxford)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 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.

JorgeF (Mexico City)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 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.