Permanently Closed - Altamura

4.1
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59 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
This restaurant is permanently closed. Highly acclaimed new restaurant serving classic Italian cuisine located beneath the Magnolia Mansion in the heart of the lower garden district.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon & Wed - Fri: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sat: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sun: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 265-8101
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Coleman Jernigan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jackson
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My co-workers and I had a wonderful time! We sat on the patio, and although it was a hot night, there was a nice breeze. The server had a good recommendation for wine and our entrees were delicious. The chef even made a special meal for one coworker who wanted a seafood appetizer, but without the fried food. So good! We even got a history of the home and learned that it was haunted. So cool!

R
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Altamura was 95% empty while we were there. Service, contrary to other reviews, was excellent. The ambiance WAS affected by the empty basement environment. The food was only good, with nothing to set it apart, nothing to draw one to it. If you're there, you will eat well enough.

LC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved the quiet, peaceful setting that made conversation easy and relaxing. The food--veal picata, salad, tomato bisque and desserts--was scrumptious. Portions were just right. We recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

F
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely a wonderful place to dine. Everything from the beginning through dessert was perfect. Our server, Jamie went above and beyond to make our experience one of the best we've had New Orleans.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere , knowledgeable waitress, generous portions, we'll be back!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! The staff could not have been nicer, very knowledgeable and willing to explain. Authentic Italian dishes with modern flair. Charbroiled Oysters were AMAZING. Live piano was a great.

D
Austin
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ate here the Monday after Jazz Fest. Monday's can be iffy, but the kitchen was on. We had a great experience. Amazing artichoke appetizer. We were sharing our entrees because they were both so good. We do not think Italian when we think NOLA and this was a delightful surprise. A really unique location. We will go back, hopefully soon.

V
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very fresh and absolutely delicious. It came out hot and in a timely manner. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and professional. The atmosphere was perfect to talk to friends and we didnt feel rushed.

AO
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friends and I ate here for a birthday dinner. The food was excellent! I had the osso bucco and it was phenomenal. There was nothing left on my plate. One of my friend's had the gnocchi and I joked that it was pillows from heaven. A few of us shared the tiramisu and it was very good as well. The only negative was that the coffee was a tad bitter.

MC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu With lots of enticing choices. Food was great-- sublime veal piccata. And best meatballs ever, per my husband. Lovely atmosphere, perfect for quiet conversations.

DB
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here but we found the service attentive and the food great. The peach bellinis were different from the usual but refreshing. My husband had the meatballs--very good, and I had the veal piccata--delicious. They have valet parking, which is nice, and a very modern decor. We would definitely return.

L
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food! Loved the ambiance and the service was awesome. GM was very attentive and chef sent out an appetizer that will be part of a new tasting menu. Was a lovely evening with friends in their beautiful courtyard.

GS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Seafood appetizer fair -very salty and scallops very fishy tasting. Entrees: shrimp linguine good, spaghetti fair,
Veal dishes good and halibut good but nothing that I isn't better somewhere else. Salad drowning in dressing and lettuce in such large chunks required s knife. Server

E
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Took over 2 hours to receive food. Staff did not seem to be concerned about it. Other tables around us were complaining as well. Food was decent, but the wait and accompanying service left us with a thumbs down.

SE
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was very good but they have BIG kitchen problems. We waited 1 1/2 hours for our dinners (as did all of the other tables around us). I do not know why they cannot feed everyone in the restaurant (staff issues?) but until they get them worked out, steer clear.

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our 4th time visiting. The first was very good the next two were ok. But now this one was mediocre. The service was pleasant but very slow. The food was good but not exceptional. The wine list needs work. A refrain we heard at other tables. They seem to be cutting the usual corners, like no bread unless you ask for it then there is a charge. There are lots of great places to dine in this City. This should be one of them. I hope they step their game up

2
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were outstanding. Calamari, garlic scampi & Caesar salad were wonderful. Veal Marsala superb. Large portions. Valet parking a plus. Will return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not your typical Italian American restaurant. Each dish was vibrant and flavorful. From the house made bread (loaded with garlic butter with just the right chew) to the tira-misu. A wonderful dining experience. I'll be back.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Meal was great. Monday Night, so things were slow.
Staffing was thin...understandable as there were only 9 people eating in the restaurant that night.
Anxious to see more people here and how things develop

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great final meal for my collegues and me to wrap up a week long business trip in NOLA. Being that we didn't really plan ahead and found Altamura through Open Table a few hours before, we were pleasantly surprised with everything - ambience, service, and food. All of our meals were delicious (the Spaghetti and Meatballs is their sepeciality) and wine was good for those who had it. We ended with some yummy desserts - the Chocolate, Chocolate cake is huge and tasty. We would recommend to anyone looking for a cozy Italian dinner in the Garden district.

n
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great food, great service

h
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

ambience is fine considering its a raised basement, food/service just ok considering the price

n
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has become one of our favorites. Has great food and great service in a lovely environment.

R
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a really nice Sunday afternoon early dinner. The waiter was very knowledgeable both about the food and wine. The food and bread were excellent. We enjoyed the entire experience.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

great restaurant w/good food, service and piano music!

LE
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant offers good Italian food with a little bit of seafood mixed in. If you don't mind waiting, it's worth going!

A
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Horrible... We will never go back and you shouldn't either...... It took 2.5 hours to get our food and once mine arrived it was cold and chewy like it had been sitting out for the last hour. We sent the food back, talked to the manager and asked for our check... they refused to take off my UNEATEN main that was sent back....

The entire 2.5 hours we were waiting for our food not once did a single hot item come out of the kitchen for any guests... almost like they didn't have anyone cooking.

...Altamura ruined valentines our valentines dinner. Were never going back.

MM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Horrible experience for Valentine's night. It took over 2 hours for food. Every table in the restaurant had the same experience- manager was walking around apologizing but never offered a complimentary drink or appetizer. Once the food came out- it was decent but nothing amazing. Overpriced and bad service.

S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed two special dinner occasions at this Garden District gem. Wonderful dinner menu, wine and dessert options with excellent service. Wonderful dining atmosphere along the backdrop of a piano player in the bar area without being too loud. Enjoy dinner in the elegant modern dining room or on the comfortable modern patio in the beautiful historic district.
My new favorite in the neighborhood.

M
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The atmosphere is ok but you can tell you are in the basement of a home which I did not like very much but I did like the decor. The food was very good but a little pricey on some items. Market price should never be a option on Italian food. Overall the food was good and the staff was attentive.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and fresh. The server was attentive, but not intrusive. Will return often.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In Big Easy for the weekend from Philadelphia for Rock and Roll from Marathon. Picked this place as one to "carb-up" the evening before. Did not expect to find such excellent Italian food in New Orleans. It was outstanding. Can honestly say I have never had better Spaghetti and Meatballs. Will return next time I am in town.

MI
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good place. Need to update decor but food was absolutely incredible.

NG
New Orleans
48 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love this place! I've visited several times now, anytime I have enjoyed it. The prices are not out of reach and the food is excellent. I do wish the garlic bread was served as a complimentary item rather than having to be purchased separately, but it is super yummy. I look forward to my next chance to visit.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We were looking forward to this for a few weeks and what a let down. The ambiance inside is underwhelming given the beautiful exterior. The food was good and well made. Our server seemed annoyed that we were there. She did not sell the food at all and did not give us any tips on what to choose. We were her only table at 8:30pm. Definitely do not recommend.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Bummer experience here. The restaurant was dead (even for a Monday). Food was okay, service was not good. Ambience sucks. I don't know how this place plans to stay open.

NS
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just wish they had some sort of signage on the road because if you have never been there before, it just looks like somebody's house. Otherwise, AWESOME!

FA
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Be prepared to wait an hour plus for your food on a Saturday night

G
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time having dinner at Altamura--once, when it had just opened and about 4-6 weeks after that, and as the previous two times, this dinner did not disappoint. The ambiance, service, and cuisine are seriously first-class. The portions are more than ample in size and authentic Italian fare. If you have not tried Altamura yet, you need to. I know I'll be back!

LA
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, however it took a while to get our food. The kitchen is extremely slow.