Cafe Minh

4.8
274 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vietnamese
Café Minh melds the culinary experience of chefs Minh Bui and Cynthia Vu Tran of their native Vietnam with that of their adopted New Orleans home. Their French-Vietnamese Fusion offers the best of both worlds for locals and visitors alike.

The menu is a reflection of both the French and Vietnamese palate, focused on fresh seafood like Speckled Trout with Lump Crabmeat, BBQ Local Catfish and Bouillabaisse with fresh shellfish and hunks of drum. Traditional Vietnamese dishes include Pho and Spring Rolls, alongside specialties such as Chef Minh’s Charcoal Pork Soup with egg noodles and bok choy.

Come experience Café Minh’s exceptional hospitality, nestled in a traditional mid-city home. Established in 2007 and followed by a loyal local clientele, Cafe Mihn is a refreshing get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Zagat rated Cafe Minh a 5-star Top Rated Restaurant in New Orleans in 2016.
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a party of 12 couples and had to separate our own checks at the end of the meal. Wouldn't reccomend for groups.

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RG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They have an extensive wine list. I’d be interested in other spirits being highlighted as they have a decent whisky list. I ordered an Old Fashioned cocktail. I’d prefer it in an Old Fashioned glass and without the cherry muddled. Dress up the cocktail as much as you do the food.

The Divers Scallops were amazing! It was the best appetizer beside Chargrilled Oysters we have had in NOLA.

We got the Minh Seafood Bouillabaisse and the Braised Short Rib. Both were absolutely amazing! We will return here many times!

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AO
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful wine that was half price

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T
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful experience good food and service.

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T
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very fresh and excellently prepared. The night we went they had a crabmeat appetizer which they combined watermelon and crabmeat, it was very delicious.

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NF
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating at Cafe Minh! The food is always delicious and you can't beat 1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!!!

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h
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A combination of Asian-fusion, plus great Louisiana seafood make for an unbeatable menu. The appetizers are plentiful and make for difficult choices. There are always off-menu specials as appetizers and entrees which is a testament to Chef Minh's daily creativity and range. This restaurant is a Mid-City Joy and has been since its earliest days as Lemon Grass.

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OT
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all of the flavors.

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E
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food

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E
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful evening and got many different meals. The drum fish in a light vegetable broth with fried oysters on top was excellent, the appetizer summer rolls were excellent as was the crabmeat avocado and tomato dish served in a martini glass. Service was a little slow at times but other than that very pleasant and positive

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P
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been going to Cafe Minh for at least 15 years and it has gotten progressively better. Quality of food has been outstanding. Initial food service was on table tops with paper place mats and now has very nice table cloths and napkins. Array of food on menu is remarkable and wine list is excellent! Quality is consistent. One of New Orleans' best!

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NO
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! Every dish we tried was wonderful, we’ll be back soon!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous! Seafood spring roll appetizer was very good. We had the 2 evening specials for entrees, lobster tortellini and osso bucco. The lobster tortellini was delicious and the fried lobster tails were cooked to perfection. The osso bucco was tender and perfectly seasoned. The dessert was a bit of a miss, mango mousse cheesecake, as the mousse’s texture was a bit off. Will definitely add Cafe Minh to our list of favorites.

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l
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Orleans is a fascinating blend of cultures from around the world, and Cafe Minh is a special gem, a Vietnamese restaurant with a French influence, turning a bowl of pho into a true delicacy. Experience their friend oyster appetizer and their glass noodles.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I recommend Café Minh for anyone who seeks creative, delicious cuisine and a very pleasant atmosphere conducive to good conversations.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Would have given it 5 stars but our initial server acted like she would rather be anywhere else. We didn’t see her again past her taking our orders, so maybe she wasn’t feeling well and left early ??

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DC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Big portions.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8 on a busy evening, and they accommodated well. Great suggestions, great food, and great service.

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SH
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh is one of our favorite. Never disappoints. Great food, flavors, and always excellent service. We recommend this restaurant often.

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GB
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large party of 22 guests. The owner and staff were all very accommodating. The food was excellent, good portions, and everything came out hot despite our large party. I plan on returning!

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N
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Salmon salad is the best I’ve ever had. They make it perfectly. Spring rolls are delicious. Food is always outstanding.

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W
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Menu was varied and the selection covers all categories. Some of the serving sizes were large and could easily feed 2; makes it nice since you can try varied options. Service was fine and waitress was knowledgeable and personable.

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w
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Awesome food with amazing flavors.

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TR
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was fantastic

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PJ
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Minh can be a bit exoctic but tastes great. I had lunch there yesterday with my wife and a friend. I had the special appetizer of the day-Octopus Ceviche. The octopus was parboiled for safety and so some of the slices were a little more mushy than I would have preferred. But overall it was quite good. For my main course I had a sliced garlic beef banh mi. Their take on a banh mi is a bit more New Orleans po-boy than most I have had. The sandwich had a ton of flavor. But it reminded me a of roast beef po-boy with all the garbage gravy you could fit between two sides of a sandwich and then some. This was NOT a pick-up- in-your-hands-and-eat-it type of banh mi. It was messy and super tasty. The waiter was great and the ambience a bit upscale for what I am used to for Vietnamese- but not so much as to be an issue . and would be fine for a dinner The one thing to prepare for is the cost. Three of us had one app, two, one had second app and I had the lunch also two had tea and one had water. The bill was about $120 before tip. Not outrageous but somewhat higher for lunch than other Vietnamese Restaurants with equally good food that I have be to in New Orleans. I think I'll save Cage Minh for date night.

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RN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is worth the price. Elegant dishes that are so beautiful and delicious.

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S
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as usual

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was surprised how little trace of vietnam seemed to be in the fusion, tho it seemed like a wise choice given the clientele. my own meal, the drum w fried oysters on top and vegetables below, was outstanding! the crabtini too meaty for my taste, which made the flavors out of balance—for my palate. excellent wine choice rcommnded by chef.

I’d definitely go back. Another thing that was lovely was hat it was far far from th craziness or pretension that can attend downtown and “traditional” restaurants.

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EF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Cafe Minh! The food is consistently outstanding.

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BR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy this place. Good entrees, good appetizers and good wine

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R
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is without a doubt very top of our list as a consist most enjoyable restaurant with delicious food and service. It is a restaurant we look forward to returning to over and over again over the years.

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NT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Banana CREME brûlée was out of this world. Elevated Vietnamese dining experience. Choices to please any palate and extensive menu.

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MJ
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, had a great meal with great service! It was a little loud in there at first, but improved with time. The seafood pasta is fantastic!! Café Minh is definitely one of our faves!

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P
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

i would have to tell my friend to avoid the desserts or be prepared for possible disappointment. the bread pudding is very unappetizing looking, pasty and blandly congealed in a featureless cube. the sauce had a bad flavor. the banana creme brulee was just boring. my cohort found the 'cobbler' to be highly unremarkable and deficient in variety of texture. i have had good desserts sometimes but in general they are not up to the standard of fare that we expect and usually enjoy at cafe minh. the food can be sublime! and the staff is truly wonderful. i hope they get a real pastry chef and upgrade!

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch at my favorite restaurant, Cafe Mihn. As always, the service, the food, and the presentation far exceeded what you would expect. I wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant for a not to be forgotten dining experience!

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WB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh is the best restaurant I've been to in New Orleans and I live here. The location and the layout inside "ambiance" is very cheery, open and lit properly. The wait staff is awesome and almost hovered too much, lol. The proof is in the pudding though. The food was what sets Minh apart. The portions are bigger than you would expect from a high end restaurant. All the food is fresh, the veggies are always perfect, cooked just right. The seafood is amazing and even the Tofu my wife has was awesome and I'm not a tofu guy. The seasoning and flavors just kick man. The quality of the food is just perfection. I wish I could afford to go these once a week. It's not overpriced at all for what you get, but it's more expensive than a pho place to be sure, but worth every red penny.

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OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was attentive and polite. Garrett was fabulous.

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L
New Orleans
68 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh was fabulous as usual. Great food and great service at a reasonable price.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had reservations at 6pm on a Friday with plans to go to a concert at 8:00 down the street. The place was virtually empty when we arrived but filled up FAST. The server was overwhelmed and our service took way too long. Our singe shared desert serving, which too over a half hour, was mediocre - we were told it was blueberry cobbler, but there was nothing but warm plumbs, berries and ice cream. They comped us the dessert because they knew it took WAY too long to get dessert and to pay. By the time we got to our concert, 15 minutes before it started, they were already sold out- we missed our show

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BF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special, lobster tortalini, was delicious. The grilled shrimp on a corn fawn was also delicious. This is a casual, white tablecloth restaurant. The food is amazing.

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