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Cafe Normandie - Cafe Normandie at The Higgins, New Orleans, LA

Cafe Normandie at The Higgins

4.8
4.8
47 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French American, Creole, Creole / Cajun / Southern
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 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 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

47 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hotel is beautiful, staff friendly. Enjoyed everything.

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  2. S484

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place to have breakfast if you’re staying at the hotel. Nice options if you are gluten free too!

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  3. Gillslits

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We made our reservations for Revillion. According to their website, they were serving Revillion all through December. When we got there, we were told that they were not serving Revillion but they ended up serving it to one of us.

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  4. SallyR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My nieces and nephew had a great time having a “fancy” meal during our staycation. Breakfast was good, service great!

    1 person found this helpful

  5. MaryG

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I live in Louisiana which is known for delicious food and this place over delivered. Lovely waitress, the best meal I had in New Orleans this trip. I will definitely be back. Yummy!

    1 person found this helpful

  6. JeanneK

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We we’re celebrating my Dad’s 87th Birthday and was searching for a private dining room for a party of 14. The room is perfect! We were there for Sunday Brunch and it was lovely! Maria our server was very attentive and did a great job! We will definitely be back! Thanks to Ann Fairchild too!

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was very friendly. She greeted us and when she sat us down at the table she wished us a Happy Anniversary. The food was quick and tasted wonderfully. It was quiet and elegant I don’t believe that anything could be improved. It was perfect

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    TJ, our waiter, was awesome. He made great recommendations and took good care of us all through breakfast. The food was also amazing - avocado toast, loaded grits, sausage biscuits with chicken. Yum! It was so great, we ate there the next day too.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Notagain

    Central Texas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was bland, overpriced and the service was terrible. We ate there 4 times. Each time the waitress would go around to get each tables orders and put them all in at once. We had numerous people late for our conference in the hotel because of the hour and a half wait time to get food. It was not very busy, just poorly managed. It's worth going out to get better food and better service.

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  11. PenelopeB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We spent 5 days in NOLA. This was in our top 3 of restaurants. The food was great. Probably the best grits I have had. The stuffed tomato was perfect. Service was impeccable. I am blanking out but I think our waitress was Anna. She went above and beyond to make sure we were happy. I was surproses it was basically slow on a Sunday morning.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. Bingo

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! We attended the culinary and quite the bang for the buck. The ambience is fantastic, service exceptional. Management needs to make sure there is enough staff at the start of the lunch, as I believe there was staffing issues. Our server was fantastic and exceptional! The cuisine was delicious!

    1 person found this helpful

  13. DD16

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant place to have brunch.. Food & service were very good..

    1 person found this helpful

  14. Lynn

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely stellar service, the food exceeded expectations!

    1 person found this helpful

  15. DjSan2

    New Orleans

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great New Orleans food in a modern setting. Near the WWII Museum, so very convenient for a visit there.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. MarcoR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good, although a bit salty. The restaurant was nice and quiet for conversation. The wait staff were very attentive.

    2 people found this helpful

  17. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the food to the service. Everything was heavenly.

    1 person found this helpful

  18. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Limited menu. Two main items were not available for brunch/ breakfast on Mother’s Day. Quiche and Fried Green Tomatoes BLT Very ordinary!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Snapper Almondine best in city. Incredible setting. Going back with more friends very soon.

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  20. Allan

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  21. BobAndFran

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  22. KarenW

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Valentines dinner

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  24. LovesToTryNewPlaces

    New Orleans

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    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

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  25. KarenW

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  26. Trep

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a wonderful birthday celebration!!!

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  27. NOLAeater

    New Orleans

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful new hotel and restaurant. Our table of 4 ordered different items from the lunch menu and all were good. I’ll go back!

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  28. Jeff

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The duck and seafood fricasse were both very good. The staff were very attentive.

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  29. SueChef

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  32. DeeDee

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All good. Great bar and cocktails. Relatively newly trained wait staff very very attentive.

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  33. BrianC

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had breakfast here. Great tasting food. Service was very friendly. A little pricey but you pay for convenience.

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  34. ChristineB

    New Orleans

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  35. Settledowntx

    Houston

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. The breakfast was good.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Will be back

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  38. Hutch

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  39. KristineS

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  40. JayS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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FAQs

Cafe Normandie at The Higgins is rated 4.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Cafe Normandie at The Higgins

1000 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Andrew Higgins Blvd.
  • Neighborhood
    Warehouse District
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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