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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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to get a reservation sane day right after the Bacchus Parade and we even were sat a little early! The ambience is intriguing, the food was wonderful and our server was attentive. I did not find the food over priced as sometimes these spots can be. We were quite happy and I would defiantly eat here again when in NOLA!

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is great. Service, wonderful. Food, terrific.

M
New Orleans
90 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavan does not fail. The burger is one of the best in the city. I normally get it, but I didn't this time. However, this was my friend's first time at Cavan and she ordered and independently said it was the best she has had in the city. I had the fish of the day, which was snapper. It was also great. I'm looking forward to going back!

GW
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Take a trip away from the French Quarter to the charming house. Great food and a very different vibe. You won't be disappointed. Limited menu but we managed to feed a very happy family of 5 with a variety of well-prepared dishes. Great service and atmosphere.

JM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the house very much. So charming, so much ambience. Glad we discovered it.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Cavan. The service, food and drinks were first class. We’ll definitely be back.

B
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The salmon tartare was so good that I wanted to order it again for dessert. The eggs Benedict was very good but the grits need a little more salt in the cooking water and the whiff of sugar needs to be abandoned. We were at first seated in a very sunny window and the waiter moved us immediately to a table in a shadier part of the room. We all want to go again the next time we are in NO.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic wait staff. Very kind and let me sit while my party arrive. Had a large group but everything flowed extremely well. Wonderful ambience.

MM
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very disappointing that so many things on the menu they were out of.Avocado toast, sorry, grilled cheese, out of that too. How is a restaurant out of bread and cheese? The potatoes were fantastic, I’ll give them that, and the charcuterie plate.

JH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! Excellent service and we had the perfect table on the porch on a gorgeous day. We had the shrimp and grits and the pancakes with a bacon butter that was so good we asked for me. The French 75 was the perfect cocktail to wash it all down.

CI
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The service was a little slow because there was a marathon race in the area and several servers couldn’t get to work because the streets were blocked. It took a full 10 to 15 more minutes after we finished eating to get our check

L
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have diner here several times. Nicholas was our server and he was great as was the ambiance and food as always.

GW
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We reserved a table for 4 at 7:00 on a Saturday night. We were celebrating a girl's weekend. One of our party had a broken foot and was on crutches and the staff was very kind and accommodating. We had a perfect table in the main dining room. The noise level was "festive" but tolerable. The waitress was patient and gave super recommendations for all of our choices. We really enjoyed every bite- the beet salad was to die for and the cocktails on point! We were relieved to get out of the hustle and bustle of the french quarter and Cavan felt a world away. We loved this charming gem and highly recommend it!

IC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

beautiful restaurant! feels like a special event just being there.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibe.

CS
Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Shrimp dish was cooked perfectly. Chicken was brined so had alot of flavor, maybe a little salty. Beet salad was delicious as well as the charcuterie platter.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely and the service was exceptional. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time.

NA
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We went for brunch and were disappointed. Food was mediocre - my wife's eggs were under-cooked and the other food was just OK. Service was incredibly slow, the server who finally came by to take our order disappeared and we never saw him again. Some else eventually brought our food and a different server eventually came by to check on us. The music was horrible - not sure who decided on it but it was definitely not music appropriate for a restaurant. We won't be back.

n
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a sublime experience at Cavan, this time for Sunday brunch on the porch. Great food, and the best service you can find just about anywhere. Cavan is my go-to restaurant when entertaining out of town guests.....the location, the historic home and its stories, combined with great food and service are quintessentially New Orleans, my guests always love it.

RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience at Cavan. The food, drinks, service and overall experience were all great! I'd rate them a 10!

h
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch on a Sunday - great food and service - they did have some live music (a cello!) and it was lovely. Highly recommend the grilled cheese and the winter sangria.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (Gulf Shrimp were amazing). Great service (Carl describes the food in a way that I wanted to eat everything.

t
New Orleans
39 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely service, very good food. The room is splendid.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience - good service and waitress brought out a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate for us. Ambiance was so nice - love the inside of a house vibe. Try it!

JG
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant ever. From the food to the music selection. It’s the best

OT
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

GS
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There are lots and lots of fabulous restaurants in NOLA for sure. But this little gem is tucked away on Magazine St in an quaint old 2 storied house and I must say the food is EXCELLENT!!! Nothing too fancy or fusion but just enough!!! The gulf shrimp with cabbage in the curried coconut broth is to die for!!! I will go back next time I’m in New Orleans!!!

BR
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our party of six enjoyed that dinner we had at Cavan. We ordered a antipasta appetizer, along with the crabmeat dip. Both were ok...very salty dip (even for us salt-lovers), but we ate all of it. Then, we ordered the shrimp (which we were told was the chef's favorite), and the steak. The broth that the shrimp was served in was very sweet. Maybe it was the coconut milk, but it was just a little off-putting. It also had micro cilantro in it, which was disgusting for me. There are so many people who hate that herb, I just can't understand why restaurants don't make it optional in every dish they serve it in. And it was not mentioned at all in the description. The steak dish was good, but nothing special.
The atmosphere was lovely, and had it been a little more dry outside, we would have loved to have had our dinner out there. Our waiter seemed very busy, but attentive when needed.
We likely won't be back. There are way too many great restaurants in N.O. to choose from.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the vibez

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was expecting better. The venue is really special, but the service was slow and the food was average.

DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was lovely and helpful recommending drinks to start.
Food was yummy.
It was a lovely evening!

CH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience - Chris helped us and she was the best server ever

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cavan is set in a beautiful New Orleans mansion with period details mixed with eclectic art and photographs. It is a wonderful space to enjoy a refined and delicious meal. Our server was very engaging and helpful. Don’t miss this restaurant whether you are a local or tourist!

CW
Little Rock
267 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere , although one bathroom was out of order and one bathroom smelled horrible. Nick tried to remedy.
Beet salad was very good — nice portion and reasonable $
Curried shrimp had such a HIGH sodium content that I could not eat it. This is a problem in general for me at this restaurant. My profile says no or low salt. I constantly remind them when I order , yet the chef insists on seasoning to his taste. This is a shame because I’ve gone there at least a dozen times— hoping for more of a compromise. I’m afraid I must give up on Cavan.
If you love salt, then go. Ask for Nick and to be seated in main room. He’s great— the other servers are mediocre.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Said on open table that it was a birthday celebration but that was not recognized. Disappointing

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I ate here about 3 years ago and thought it was very good. Went on NYE and the menu said “New Year”s Eve December 31th 2019”. Hey there is a 50 dollar entree on the menu, maybe get the day/date right? The short ribs were insanely dry and the food was very mediocre over all. There service was good and attentive so that was a plus.

NH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cavan on New Year's Eve. Although they were extremely busy, we were seated right away. The manager stopped by to introduce himself and took our drink order as they were so busy. Our waitress appeared shortly after. This was a lovely evening, they planned well for the holiday night, the food was fabulous. Nice job. The location, in a restored mansion, was an added bonus.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The good was perfect! The beet salad was delightful the fish of the day was perfect! However the bar was really slow in getting out drinks, they lost our first order and comped us the round. My suggestion is don’t order a mixed drink instead order a bottle of wine and save yourself the wait. But I’ll be back for sure!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Hamburger was raw and small portion for the cost

IK
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, not too pricy, beautiful atmosphere. Very noisy when busy

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