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.
Guaranteed a great time. Good section of cheese and salami with a well stocked bar and wine. Love the jam session styled music.
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.
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!
A true GEM...wonderful meal and lovely jazz music. Would absolutely recommend.
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.
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
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!
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.
fried oysters were great. chairs were very uncomfortable.
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.
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.