About Cavan

Cavan is a neighborhood restaurant located on Magazine Street in the Garden District, with a foundation rooted in lively camaraderie. Inspired by the flavors of the American coast, our menu features rustic and hearty dishes that highlight quality fish and fowl, both indigenous and imported. Our accessibly-priced, extensive wine list encourages sharing bottles and lingering over meals with friends and family. Located in a restored historic home on Magazine Street, diners can experience Cavan either upstairs or downstairs, at one of our two full-service bars, in our private dining room, or out on our porch and patio.

3607 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5pm- 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm-12am
Brunch: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm
Bar opens at 4pm daily, with happy hour specials weekdays from 4-6pm

Cross Street:
Foucher St. and Antonine St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 509-7655

Website:
http://www.cavannola.com/

Parking Details:
Cavan has 22 designated parking spaces for our dinner guests, from 5pm-2am nightly, located in the parking lot directly across the street from our front gate. Free street parking can also be found along Magazine Street and on surrounding streets including Constance, Antonine, Camp & Amelia. We politely request that guests not park in Harry's ACE Hardware parking spaces.

Public Transit:
Magazine Street bus at Louisiana Avenue & St. Charles Streetcar

Executive Chef:
Ben Thibodeaux

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Thu 5:00PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 9:45PM

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Private Dining

Thank you for your interest in Cavan Restaurant for your upcoming event. We offer private bookings of the entire restaurant or of any of the three rooms listed. Private bookings are available for both day time and night time events.

Cavan Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Special Occasion (23)
Romantic (20)
Local Ingredients (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fun (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Casual (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 17 hours ago

Sunday brunch and ate on porch. Nice. Service was fine. Tasty Bloody Mary. The corn fritter was good and enough for two to share. Wife had the chicken salad croissant sandwich on home made bread. Very good. Only downside was the special duck hash with egg. Duck was way undercooked and needed to go back. Overall, good place if you're in the area but probably not worth a special trip considering all the options for Sunday brunch.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service and food was outstanding. Go to restaurant in the Uptown area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Unfortunately our meal was simply mediocre. The food was underwhelming at best, though quite salty and everything kind of tasted the same; the service was friendly enough, but we were often forgotten; the timing was poor - it took over an hour for food to arrive; and the staff seemed completely oblivious to their wrongdoings. The only blessing was the lovely front yard and pleasant weather. Sadly, we will not be going back.

On the other hand, Cavan’s sister restaurant Meauxbar is outstanding!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service and ambiance were great, it's a really cute place. Hopefully our experience was a fluke, but the food was just ok. Ordered the roast beef debris Benedict for brunch and it took 40 minutes to come out....cold. Asked for a hot one and they sent out another that was also cold. They were really nice about it and comped it, but after that experience I wouldn't recommend this place for brunch. Good happy hour though!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Dinner at Cavan was a fantastic experience in every way!

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Cozy, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving. Several of us had items from the regular menu which all had New Orleanian touches. Even the turkey dinner was a combination of "traditional" and "local" (such as the shrimp sauce on the stuffing). I'm definitely going back to try more of the menu. In addition, the decor was interesting (like eating in a mansion from the 1800's) and they have convenient parking!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent food, creative and the use local ingredients. Service was friendly and attentive without being too much. Great setting and ambience in amazing building.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The sunflower seed "risotto" was superb. One of the most unique appetizers I have ever had, a must have!! Also the turtle carbonaro was rich and delicious, with the turtle meat coming off with and osso buco texture and non gamey at all. Go for it!! Unless your starving, you have some left over and it's just as wonderful the next day. Bravo Chef!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

What a wonderful spot! The food and service were excellent, and the house and patio were just beautiful! I highly recommend coming here. Our server recommended the satsuma dessert to my mom and me - it was soooooooo delicious!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 21, 2017

We love the atmosphere of Cavan. It was nice to feel relaxed and not rushed almost like it was a home meal. The food was outstanding. I don't normally enjoy dessert because it is so sugary but the Smore's dessert shocked me by being creamy and decedent without being especially sweet. Everything we ate was wonderful and the team was extremely friendly and welcoming. It is expensive but you get what you pay for with the food quality. However the service was what was a bit lacking. There was only two servers in the room and that was fine overall but they seemed to be really hustling and there wasn't a "back waiter" to just refill water, bring silverware, and other small things that keep a guest from having to wait and flag someone down. The manager did come by and check on us several times and was very kind, it just seems like it's a place that is "so close" to be awesome but just has a few tweaks to make.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Arrived early and had wonderful cocktails -- definitely recommended! The food was wonderful and reasonably priced. Service was rather slow, though we were a large group on a Sunday evening, so this is understandable. Setting was beautiful.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Cavan is a uniquely decorated, large Home converted to a casual yet upscale restaurant. Vibrant, fun interior with excellent service and even better food. Reservations would be smart for dinner or Brunch. I had the Roast Beef Benedict on this visit and it was savory and delicious! Great cocktails and the best key lime pie I’ve ever tasted in my life! The prices are a little higher than some because the food is a lot better than most! Definitely worth your time! Great patio for people watching and two bars inside!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Comfort Food, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything was amazing. The food, the service, the ambiance...EVERYTHING!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was great..and when a dish did not arrive as it should, it was promptly handled. If the weather is good. Outdoor dining is wonderful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I had a lovely dinner with a friend in town. While the food was excellent, I find the prices were overly extravagant for what it was. We enjoyed ourselves, but it looks like I owe him brunch at Commander's Palace soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Loved it! So so beautiful inside, I plan to return and try more of what cavan has to offer!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The best brunch I’ve had in ages; I don’t normally get excited about brunch but this is one I am excited to return to!

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Cavan. Note: I marked the service low due to the fact that our waiter was not up to par. He spoke really quietly in a loud restaurant and misheard our entree selections. He took inordinately long to fill water and checking in at the table. In New Orleans I rarely am in a hurry or worry about "quick" service. In this case, I had to look for someone to assist with a question, get an item or wonder where a dish or drink was. They may have been short staffed that night as it was very busy.
Everything else was top notch as I would expect from the Meauxbar/Sylvain family of restaurants. We enjoyed the boudin tater tots (really intriguing to have potato and boudin) and the Tacos to start and the whole fish and pork chop were stupendous!! The spices on the outside of both were enticing and sutble at the same time!
I would be lax if I did not mention that the cocktail menu was also full of well considered and flavorful creations!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and amazing service. We loved it!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The restaurant service and atmosphere was very nice but I thought the food given the cost was not up to it I would expect for some upper End New Orleans dining places

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing foodie experience! Simply wonderful. The host was so charming as was our waiter, Nathaniel... Cavan is not to be missed!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful food at reasonable prices, very thoughtful service, unbearable noise level. Impossible to carry on conversation without yelling. Great if you want to remember eating at a frat party or you don’t like your dining companion.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been there several times and it was always nice. Friday the downstairs sound system was way too loud. And upstairs was a group of about 15 people who felt like that area was just for them. The restaurant has changed to accommodate a younger crowd and is not the neighborhood gem it once was. So sad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We might have ordered the wrong thing (fixed price menu) but the food was so so.. the place it is gorgeous and the service attentive.. I would give it another chance..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The setting, service and food were all superb. We loved everything we had and our server was attentive, friendly and efficient. We hail from the San Francisco area, so are very serious about our food. This restaurant is a "must do" for anyone who lives in NOLA or is visiting there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

A lovely place. Our waitress Annie was excellent and the food was great

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great meal and dessert again at Cavan with family and friends

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The ambiance and service were top notch as well as the food. The old Victorian home is the perfect setting for a romantic evening. Robert keep up the great work!!!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were a party of 4 and we go out about every two weeks, had spoken to one of the staff members and she told me about it. With that I picked that as I will try, all four of us liked it.
That is not normal for us somebody always said I did not care for what ever. But every one in our party of 4 liked what they got. The drinks were good didn't get desert but should have.
Great place I will go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

So good. Like from beginning to end, great for a cozy, intimate date. Such nice service, beautiful food presentation. Great upstairs bar to head after dinner.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The menu had too many fru-fru dishes on it and not enough food that we wanted to eat. The dishes were over designed. You would be better off to stick to some basic entrees.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Friend in town

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Have been a few times for brunch but this was first time for dinner. Food was solid but nothing special (and a bit salty) though the variety of selection was impressive. Service was on point and the atmosphere is always lovely. Overall, a pleasant experience and we'll be back at some point...

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been several times. It is a very cool place. I drinks at the upstairs bar and then went downstairs for our reservation. Everything was great but it took a while to get our food. I am in the industry so I now how things can get backed up in the kitchen.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 5, 2017

My second time to Cavan and it did not disappoint. The Duck breast was excellent but by far the best bite I had was from my wife's Key Lime Pie. OMG! Not too sweet and definitely not too tart lime most are. It was sublime! (see what I did there?!). Go by all means!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Great food & excellent service in a nice ambience. We enjoyed the experience very much!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great service great food and wonderful atmosphere.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Waited 1 hr 45 min for our entrees. Servers were apologetic, but something was obviously going wrong in the kitchen.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went for dinner at 6.30, table was ready inside, all outside tables were taken. Food was innovative and tasty, I had the rabbit, others the fish dishes. All were excellent and so was the service. It is a little noisy, some of the other customers were very rowdy but overall it was a great experience and I will be going again soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fried oysters were great, attentive service, great atmosphere, would definitely go back

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