Cavan

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$30 and under
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American
Cavan is a fun and inspired coastal American restaurant and neighborhood bar. Set in decadent mansion on Magazine Street, Cavan is a Garden District restaurant and bar with a downtown edge. We are storytellers with a modern take on a traditional southern menu and creative cocktails. Established February 2016, Cavan is led with a palpable joie de vivre by Executive Chef Eric Vollono and General Manager Amanda Branagan.
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I’ve had at Cavan. New chef is obviously solid, and it shows. Attentive service.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice,

T
Houston
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

There was so much hype surrounding this restaurant that I couldn’t wait to go. I had a business associate in town for a dinner meeting with a customer. At first glance we were charmed. We were seated right in center of dining room and promptly given our menus. We were thrilled to learn that it was Restaurant week! After ordering a cocktail, we were asked to move to another table so they could fit more tables in dining room. We obliged and immediately realized that it was a significantly warmer in the new location and they had a floor fan blowing at our feet and legs all evening. We ordered the skate special from the restaurant week menu. The entree looked like it had been sitting under a heat lamp, along with my guests meals, for quite some time. And it was horribly dried out and chewy. The portion sizes were extremely small, I guess due to the restaurant week special, but the overall experience was such a disappointment.

Forgot to mention the super loud hard rock music playing in the dining room. I had to ask them to turn it down but it barely helped. Bad choice.
There are way too many brilliant restaurant options in NOLA for me to waste my time and money here again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They went above and beyond to make our dinner special!

OT
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!!! My date and I enjoyed everything about our dinner at Cavan’s!!! The food was delicious, especially the fish special, Skate!!! The ambiance and setting were just wonderful!!! We will definitely return for more!!!

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

This was our way to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We were told it was an up scale brunch. There were very few items to choose from. Our wait staff did not check on us often. (Our plates were cleared by a different staff member) the building was beautiful but the food didnt compare to it. Overall it wasnt what we were expecting.

BL
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavan is delicious! The best buttermilk pancake I think I've ever had. And Rita and Ashton provide the best service!

T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with my wife for our anniversary and the place was great! The house it’s in is beautiful and really sets the mood for the restaurant. Perfectly crafted cocktails and wine, followed by wonderful food pairings. They were out of the dessert we wanted and comped is a delicious key lime pie for our special occasion. The staff was quite pleasant all around.

P
Washington DC
201 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant is very pretty. The server was not enthusiastic. The food was not exceptional.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere is so charming and historic

NO
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had an impromptu lunch with my daughter (4yo) and hubs. It was a very “grown up” experience! The food was delicious and the staff very accommodating!

DP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was very nice. Food was okay. Enjoyed the experience and would go back.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful small plate menu. We loaded up on the antipasti, corn fritters and biscuits and gravy. All were very good. Maybe the best antipasti in town.

r
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
and our server was perfect!

MR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience during Coolinary at Cavan!
We arrived a bit early to have a cocktail at the bar. The dining room is gorgeous and historic - definitely has that authentic New Orleans charm. All of our servers were so sweet. We had to wait a little while for our table, which we didn't mind one bit, but they were very apologetic and even offered complimentary sparkling wine. The food was top notch. We had the three course Coolinary menu with the wine pairing, and each course was perfect. All my husband and I could talk about the next day was how good the food was.:)

m
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved every part of it and a great experience overall!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was not as good as I had hoped. The portion was fairly small and the food came out lukewarm. The service was great.

S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner in historic home. Nice atmosphere and great food!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and cocktails were impeccable but the coolinary menu left much to be desired in terms of flavor. The ambiance is gorgeous and given the reputation we will be back to try again, hoping we just caught them on an off night.

j
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was lovely to my very ~particular~ Aunt and Uncle. Every bite was great. We did the Coolinary menu, plus a few other things. The key lime pie was maybe the best I've ever had.

MT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday brunch. Service was laid back. Food was great as always. Great ambiance - love the small bar.

J
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch options in a very cool environment. We have also enjoyed dinner here in the past, but I think brunch was even better.

RO
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good the waiter was very attentive without being intrusive. The second floor was very warm even after 8PM. Both the first floor and second floor was very loud. The chimichurri sauce was excellent.

GG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience! Would highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavan is always amazing. Tonight was no exception. The service was fantastic and the food perfect.

FQ
New Orleans
89 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our first visit to Cavan - brunch for 3 of us. The wait staff was superb and the food was very good. Nice casual atmosphere that was good brunch

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Celebrating a new job

D
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the relaxed feel and overall ambiance. Food was delicious. Gumbo was to die for. Shrimp and Cauliflower grits great as well. My husband and I will most definatly be back.

CW
Little Rock
250 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Coolinary menu is a real bargain and just the right amount of food for me. The house is exquisite and Nick was a great server. The huge drawback is the noise level— everyone had to be heard over the other screamers.

RD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The General manager amanda is really nice and accommodating. Bartenders do a great job of explaining things. The shrimp toast was delicious and the gumbo is unbeatable.

h
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Horrible service, mediocre food, overall very disappointing.

DM
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lunch and cocktails with friends on a Friday. Lovely experience.

HH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Will be back for sure. Food was awesome.

RC
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely historic home with friendly service and great food. Had the shrimp and grits for brunch, peach cake for dessert. Highly recommend!!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made my sisters birthday brunch so special! so thankful!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

House is an amazing piece of New Orleans history and very beautiful. Cocktails at the upstairs bar were delicious. Food was fantastic. Waiter was very knowledgeable and excited about the restaurant. Overall great experience

KW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg! Our waitress Kris was fabulous - she made sure to talk to the chef about everything we ordered cuz I have a fish/seafood allergy!
The chef was great - he came out and offered to make me a special soup cuz the gumbo had Worcestershire sauce in it - I did not take him up on that offer but I did get a dinner salad that he made a special dressing and it was delicious!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary brunch. Yum!

m
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food. Wine exceptionally expensive for the quality.. ambiance a little shabby but staff and service great.

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