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Cafe Normandie at The Higgins, New Orleans, LA

Cafe Normandie at The Higgins

4.1
4.1
29 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
Indulge in sophisticated French-influenced casual fare in the Higgins Hotel's full-service restaurant.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French American, Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 528-1941 ext. 6727

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Virgile Brandel

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Normandie offers private events, please contact the restaurant directly for more details.

  • Neighborhood

    Warehouse District

  • Cross street

    Andrew Higgins Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Self Parking is available in The National World War II Museum Parking Garage for a fee. Valet Parking is available in front of The Higgins Hotel on Magazine Street for a fee. There are also multiple on street and local lot options nearby.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 29 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Snapper Almondine best in city. Incredible setting. Going back with more friends very soon.
  2. A

    Allan

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great dining experience and we will definitely be back. The entire hotel, including Café Normandie, is designed in actual period detail. We will return again and again.
  3. BA

    BobAndFran

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My wife and I live in New Orleans and we had lunch at Cafe Normandie with another couple. We were all taking a badly needed break from viewing exhibits of man's inhumanity at the World War II Museum. (The museum is terrific and easily merits 5 stars!) Prices were a bit too high but I suppose that's to be expected at a hotel restaurant associated with a museum. At least the restaurant is very conveniently located less than a 5 minute walk from the exhibits. My wife ordered a starter of onion soup and it was delicious. I ordered a hamburger medium and it came well done but the fries were crispy, as I prefer. Service was mediocre to poor. My salad had the wrong dressing, food was delivered to the wrong people at our table, and we had to ask for refills on our water. All in all, I'd say 3 stars is a reasonable rating (2 1/2 would be more accurate but not an option) given that this is New Orleans, a town famous for very good to outstanding restaurants.
  4. KW

    KarenW

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Service and courtesy was excellent. Cuisine had some high points like the crab beignets, but on the whole I had difficulty finding a simple soup or pasta dish. Perhaps some modest size sandwiches and a soup would have been what would have appealed to me.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Valentines dinner
  6. LT

    LovesToTryNewPlaces

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Average food, higher than average prices, poor service. We had to wait 45 minutes for a turkey sandwich with a cup of gumbo..the food was good when it came. The Italian flatbread was average
  7. KW

    KarenW

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    The staff was warm, welcoming and knowledgeable. The physical ambiance and decor are very attractive and fitting for an hotel adjacent to this museum. While the cuisine offerings were described in a compelling manner, the food itself was not as tasty or lush. The onion soup was too sweet without much depth or concentration of beefy flavor. The bread was not twisted sufficiently to not turn soggy immediately and there was little gruyère cheese to make it crisp and chewy. The salads were beautifully made with a variety of nice fresh vegetables and tasty dressings. There were plenty added proteins.(chucken or shrimp). The brownie was very attractive but had a strong almost grainy chocolate flavor that was not sweet. The coffee was excellent, dark and hot and full of flavor.
  8. T

    Trep

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a wonderful birthday celebration!!!
  9. NO

    NOLAeater

    New Orleans

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful new hotel and restaurant. Our table of 4 ordered different items from the lunch menu and all were good. I’ll go back!
  10. J

    Jeff

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The duck and seafood fricasse were both very good. The staff were very attentive.
  11. SC

    SueChef

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    After waiting for this place to open, I was massively disappointed. The hotel is beautiful but the service everywhere is lacking. The front desk crew was talking and never looked up to see guests entering the hotel. The restaurant host was pleasant and attentive but the wait staff were completely inept. It's as if they had zero training in hospitality and it was their first day. Crazy slow service. The food was lukewarm and very small portions. My duck was overcooked with 3 fingerling potatoes, nothing else. My husbands dish had 1 scallop, 1 shrimp, a 2oz piece of fish....for $33. No bread or side. All the cocktails were $14 and up. This was the saddest meal I've had in a decade. I cook for a living and always accentuate the positive....it was hard to find much nice to say here. Rosie's the rooftop bar had 4 bartenders but no cocktail servers. It wasnt busy yet they were involved in side work and never made eye contact. Frustrated, we left. This place could be a goldmine if they had good service. The ambiance is amazing, no expense spared. I fear that this will become another generic tourist hotel restaurant.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was expecting better. It took a long time -about 30 minutes - before appetizers were being served. Main dishes were not brought to the table at the same time and there was a misunderstanding about one of them. This being said, the room and the decor are very nice.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Birthday dinner. Outstanding experience, ambiance, decor and physical aspects were in line with the WWII museum. The drinks were very pleasing to drink, once again keeping with the restaurants thyme. Service was very good, attentive, everything one would hope for while dining in this environment. We ordered the local baked fish for two. It was beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. My only comment would be to serve this dish table side, filet the fish and plate it rather than leaving it to the patron. I would think it would enhance the overall experience. This being a relatively new establishment I understand the growing pains, training on table side service would allow additional choices to the menu. We were not able to enjoy the after dinner treats as we had another appointment, perhaps next time. Looking forward to our next visit.
  14. DD

    DeeDee

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    All good. Great bar and cocktails. Relatively newly trained wait staff very very attentive.
  15. BC

    BrianC

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had breakfast here. Great tasting food. Service was very friendly. A little pricey but you pay for convenience.
  16. CB

    ChristineB

    New Orleans

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    We dined for my birthday and enjoyed the beautiful restaurant setting. If they work out the kinks, this could be a can’t miss restaurant!
  17. S

    Settledowntx

    Houston

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was extremely impressed with every aspect of the newly-opened Higgins Hotel, including the restaurant and bar. Staff is top notch. The menu is creative and robust, with unexpected pairings to delight the foodies, as well as traditional favorites for those who aren't so adventurous. The wine list is equally diverse, as are the cocktails. Again, for a brand new hotel, the staff impressed me the most - everyone clearly loves what they do and is very good at it. While enjoying Cafe Normandie, be sure to visit the rooftop bar with a Rosie the Riveter theme. Great views and creative cocktails, along with the normal fare. And visit the WWII Museum if at all possible - it's right next door!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. The breakfast was good.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will be back
  20. H

    Hutch

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Has promise, but suffering early missteps. Despite small crowd, the service was slow, particularly from the bar. Food wss relatively good, but overpriced. The restaurant and kitchen are well designed and attractive, but all need more seasoning.
  21. KS

    KristineS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    While the menu online offered a lot of French dishes, the actual menu had modest, standard offerings. The one dish on the menu that we wanted, sea bass almandine, was not available. We opted for so-so flatbread pizzas. Nothing inspired about the pizza. The food took close to an hour. While the restaurant was not busy, our server was flummoxed though trying. She spent a lot of time getting help with the computer. Very underwhelming experience. The Art Deco decor is beautiful and the dining room spacious.
  22. JS

    JayS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Hopefully it is new opening problems. Limited menu and waiter came back (after we had ordered) to tell us they were out of those selections. My stuffed portebello entree was burned. Looked like they tried to hide it with greens on top, instead of under it. Asked for some bread and got dry white sliced toast -no butter provided.
  23. LA

    LloydA

    New Orleans

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was good, the service was very slow. Restuarant was not crowded, there was a long gap between appetizers and entrees.
  24. T

    Thomas

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience with a great menu expertly cooked and supported by a professional Walt staff. The hotel was also excellent as well
  25. RA

    RobertA

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Oysters were very bad Food prep very slow. Steak came out 1 hour after ordering.
  26. A

    Alexa

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I treated my parents to a dinner at Cafe Normandie a week or two after it opened. Food service was a bit slow, but the dishes were amazingly executed and worth the wait. I highly recommend the stuffed portobello mushroom and NY Strip. I think that the speed of food service probably improved in coming weeks as the new restaurant worked out its kinks. That said, the wait staff was very attentive, accommodating, and professional. We were very pleased by their service. Finally, the restaurant (and hotel) are very classy. I loved the art deco decor, innovative use of WWII posters and artifacts for decoration and furnishings. Can't wait to have another meal at Cafe Normandie in the future.
  27. DA

    DonnaA

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hotel decor is spectacular! The Rosie the Riveter bar outside has great view and is comfortable. Unfortunately the interior is not comfortable. The music at the bar was raucous and too loud. We left because it started raining. The restaurant is very nice and the wait staff excellent. Food was tasty especially the snapper almandine. Also liked very much the crispy Brussels sprouts... Happy to have this beautiful Art Deco hotel. It is a must-see.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant was empty, including a host or servers. Not sure how a restaurant in New Orleans will survive with Zero service.
  29. S

    Suz2

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    The staff were very nice, but we never received our food over an hour after ordering it. We were shown to a different dining area with a small hot buffet and offered the buffet free. The food was good but we would have preferred our original order.

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Cafe Normandie at The Higgins is rated 4.1 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Andrew Higgins Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Warehouse District

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Self Parking is available in The National World War II Museum Parking Garage for a fee. Valet Parking is available in front of The Higgins Hotel on Magazine Street for a fee. There are also multiple on street and local lot options nearby.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Virgile Brandel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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