Cafe Minh

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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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L
New Orleans
74 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Minh is a favorite restaurant of ours. Its choice of Asian/French/American food can't be beat.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh is consistently fantastic year after year! The short ribs make my heart sing!!

N
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food offered with imagination and superb preparation! Very friendly staff was attentive and efficient. This is a great place to enjoy a meal!

s
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Bad waiter. Good food.

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food & service!

KJ
Mobile
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food!! Fantastic service. But very expensive.

L
New Orleans
74 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh remains one of our favorite restaurants. It combination menu of local French favorites and oriental specialties makes for dining to suit everyone's taste.

b
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Minh is always a favorite of ours for birthday lunches, as well as dinner. Never been disappointed with anything on the menu. The menu is diverse and can appeal to many. Especially love the gulf fish preparation. The soft shell crab salad was outstanding

NL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!

KK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food very good as always. Service very good. Overall experience diminished by lacking customer service; when escorted to poorly located table was denied request for larger, better located table because “they were reserved”-all four of them! Apparently our open table confirmation of a reserved table was limited to cafe minh’s choice. Oh, by the way, two of the four empty tables which were “reserved” and unavailable to us remained EMPTY, even as we completed dining and prepared to depart, some TWO PLUS HOURS AFTER OUR ON TIME ARRIVAL!

LS
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was overpriced and not very good. The service was good.

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We’re usually very impressed with the food here, but it was not up to standards this time.

h
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stunning combination of Asian Fusion with Louisiana foods. Has been excellent for many years and continues its superb trend line. Great lunch spot.

DG
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, good service and overall a great dining experience. We highly recommend the food.

T
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. A little out of the way but never disappoints.

B
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Minh has been simply outstanding in all aspects for many years.

t
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A big favorite for us. A value leader. Of 10 or so visits, we've only experienced one that was below par. The menu is imaginative and unique. I had the drum filet that was delicious.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I’ve had good food here in the past but it isn’t consistently good. This time I ordered stir fry and it was way too salty. Couldn’t hardly eat it. My colleague ordered a chicken tempura sandwich and it had way too heavy of batter. The appetizer special was pretty good but the meals are overpriced and I won’t be returning.

CL
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice decor and service. The waitress’s two suggestions were excellent: oysters Rockefeller and soft shell crab salad. Prior to dining, she also suggested the lychee coconut martini which was refreshing and slightly sweet. I would definitely return with confidence for another wonderful dining experience! Oh! And bottled wines were half price!

M
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
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.

n
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

My husband and i decided to go back to celebrate our anniversary. We had gone several years ago and had a wonderful experience. While we still had a nice time out, it was not as enjoyable as our last visit. We were seated at a table that had a lot of activity around it (setting up of other tables for large party) and it was rather distracting. The waitstaff was also not as attentive as on our previous visit and everyone seemed very preoccupied and flustered. While the food was good, the overall experience just did not live up to our previous one. I would give the restaurant another try and hope they were just having an off night.

OT
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of those little restaurants the tourists don't ever find. The food is so well prepared. Balance is everywhere with ingredients and presentation. One "Don't Miss" dish is the Nutty Crusted Louisiana Oysters. Very generous portion and they were large!

RG
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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!

AO
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful wine that was half price

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

Wonderful experience good food and service.

T
New Orleans
2 reviews
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.

NF
New Orleans
17 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!!!

h
New Orleans
19 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.

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

Loved all of the flavors.

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

Excellent food

E
New Orleans
8 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

P
Charleston
7 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!

NO
Louisville
3 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!

OT
New Orleans
5 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.

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.

M
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.

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
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 ??

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

Great food. Big portions.

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.

SH
New Orleans
9 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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