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About Little Gem Saloon
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.
New Orleans, LA 70112
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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|
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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!
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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Little Gem Saloon Ratings and Reviews
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, our experience was terrible. We had reservations before the U2 concert. They did have a table available for us at the time if our reservation, but both hostesses at the hostess station were unfriendly. Our waiter was nice, and so was a gentleman that I think was a manager. Our orders were taken quickly, and the food came out quickly as well. Two in our party ordered the crawfish etoufee, which was awful. The sauce resembled a bland, tomato-paste Luke sludge, and the crawfish were sparse, tiny and tough. Another ordered the special of leg of lamb stew over grits. Another miss. Although the sauce was flavorful, the gray and surprisingly fatty lamb pieces were not, and the grits were hard and lumpy. The person in our party who ordered the harvest salad had no complaints. Other than the salad, we left most of the food on our plates.
Perfect New Orleans restaurants suitable for all ages and most occasions! Amazing live jazz music with wildly talented artists. My family loved every minute and enjoyed every part of our experience from the drinks to the food to the entertainment! I strongly recommend making little gems saloon a must go every time you're in New Orleans!
Unfortunately our Visit to this restaurant / bar was not a good one.
We planned on eating there, but they were not ready with our table, which was fine, we went to the bar to have a drink first... the bartender was not very nice. We asked him for some ideas on drinks and he looked at us like we were crazy and proceeded to go wait on someone else. He did not explain to me at all what the drink menu question I had. He looked very annoyed so I decided to just get something simple instead of a house specialty drink.
The Vibe was so bad we left.
Unfortunately people that have a bad attitude can ruin your business, I would look into your bartenders attitude. (The One with the Pretty Blonde Hair)
We were looking forward to trying a new place.
I had high hopes for this restaurant. It had great reviews so 9 of us arrived. We had a nice table. There was a good jazz band playing. We ordered drinks and got some yummy bread. We arrived at 6:30. We placed our order at 7pm. By 8pm we still did not have our food and we had to leave by 8:15pm to get to a conference at the stadium.
Some food came out. Three people ordered The shrimp and sausage grits but there was no sausage in it. None. One ordered a salad add chicken and when it finally came out last, the chicken was ice cold just out of the fridge. :(
I ordered a grilled fish with a side of their. Asked mac n cheese and all I got after waiting over an hour for our food was the mac n cheese. Never did get the fish and the mac n cheese wasn't very good.
They did comp a round of drinks and several food items but I left hungry and didn't have time to go anywhere else. Very disappointing. I won't be back. The restaurant wasn't even full.
This restaurant/ bar has a fabulous Sunday brunch. The Glen David Andrews band was the show we saw on our most recent visit to Little Gem. When Mr. Andrews asked the audience where they were from, 75% said they were locals. That should tell you something about the fine quality of the food and the all star music line up. It's a rvery nice venue for great shows at what the locals call "senior hours". The Sunday brunch was under 21/teen friendly for families and they take reservations.
We saw Kermit Ruffins at a Little Gem dinner show a couple months ago. That too was a fabulous show.
If the reservation time, set times, ticket cost and what's included are confusing, call the restaurant, they are very helpful.
Great place to bring my husband and his daughter and her husband for their Father's Day brunch. Kermit Ruffin was as entertaining as always and we enjoyed him as much as we enjoyed the food. The atmosphere is always fabulous and the service is exceptional. Can't wait to go again and hear some great live local music!
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