Cavan

4.6
747 reviews
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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 Nathan Richard and General Manager Kayla Alaimo.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 5pm- 10pm
Friday & Saturday 5pm-12am

Brunch
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 10:30am-3:30pm

Happy Hour 4-7pm daily
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Phone number
(504) 509-7655
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nathan Richard
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Foucher St. and Antonine St.
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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.

ACE Hardware kindly lends their parking spaces to our guests after 6pm. (Located along the restaurant, on Foucher St.)
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Public transit
Magazine Street bus at Louisiana Avenue & St. Charles Streetcar
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 747 People Are Saying
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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and grear drinks menu

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expertly executed American coastal cuisine with a fun and elevated take on American classics. The host and wait staff were perfunctory, seamlessly handing the food delivery and comforting clients with banter. A welcoming space that invites exploration and that comes through in the food. We want to go back ASAP!

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G
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little gem provided an amazing dining experience. Annie was our server and she did an outstanding job guiding us through both the food and beverage menus while providing excellent recommendations married with a charming table side manner. The “risotto” was out of this world and all the items we tried hot the mark. Cavan leaps to the top of my list for a return dining experience.

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h
New Orleans
61 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great new appetizers that are very inventive! wonderful friendly staff! LOVE this place!!

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GF
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. My favorite burger in the city. Great cocktails

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and food. Excellent cocktails. Nice outdoor seating.

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CF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was very good but the food wasn't. We were there for brunch. I had the french toast with bourbon syrup. The bread was tough and didn't seem well cooked. And there was barely any syrup. My wife's food was tasteless. Very disappointed considering it was highly recommended from a friend.

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G
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, service and atmosphere were great!

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food with unique flavors in a novel space. Downside--freezing air conditioning had many waiting to eat outside and those who stayed in left shivering through dinner. The dessert menu options don't match the sophistication and caliber of the dinner menu. Though I was more than full from the delicious and generous-sized salad and entree, I was curious to see what they did with dessert. A little disappointed by the generic options.

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I brought my clients out to dinner for a special celebration. It's a good thing I really like them because dinner and service took 2.5 hours. The food was exceptional but I will certainly consider who I want to spend time with and not go hungry.

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v
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place, great service, excellent food. Would go here repeatedly.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing night celebrating a birthday and a wedding anniversary. This definitely was one of our favorite dining experiences we’ve ever had.

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was delicious and service was great! We went for a birthday brunch but would also be a nice spot for a date or dinner with friends.

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MM
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my daughter for brunch last Saturday. The cocktails were unique and imaginative, delicious start to the meal, and very refreshing. The duck prosciutto was very good, and a perfect appetizer that we had to share. The alligator soup was thick, creamy, very savory, and went beautifully with the duck. As did the grits and shrimp. The grits were very creamy, the shrimp were large, cooked to perfection, tender, and buttery. We ate on the porch of the old home right on Magazine that Cavan is located in. Great ambiance, delicious food, great service. Our server was Natasha, who brought excellent service, a great personality, a willing smile and engaging personality, and wonderful suggestions to us. Especially welcome to us, as it was our first visit to Cavan and her personable assistance was spot on!! Can't wait to go back!

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WD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not sure what all the fuss was about. Hostess/servers/bartenders weren't that great. Food was good but not spectacular. Got there at 7:30 for 8:30 reservation. Hostess said should only be a 15 minute wait. 45 minutes later I had to ask what the deal was. They said "oh we were just about to come get you." Empty tables everywhere throughout the night.

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New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fish dinner was fantastic

Recommend corn fritters

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun way to show off nola to a client.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Cavan, but certainly not our last. We decided to try someplace new for our daughter’s birthday. We were greeted as soon as we walked in and seated immediately. The service was outstanding and the food was absolutely delicious! We were all extremely pleased with our experience and cannot wait to come back!

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M
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious dinner.

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FD
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to eat here. The dining room is very comfortable, the food is always top notch, and service above and beyond. Thanks to Annie and the rest of the staff for taking such wonderful care of us.

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KK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lots of character and the food was fantastic. They accommodated an addition to a rather large group, and the service was fantastic. Definitely worth the trip off the beaten path and ask about Lucille the ghost! So cool!

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. Do not miss going here when visit or living in NOLA. looking forward to going back

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d
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Cavan was a fascinating stop as we were "touring" Magazine Street. With so many options, we chose Cavan due to the name (family history with it). It was as advertised, American food with a twist. The dish we had was delicious and unique. The chef has combined a number of tastes in his menu. The building is an old house with an interesting history, but it was too loud for my tastes as the tables were close together in the small room and the acoustics of an old house made for loud dinner. Overall, it was a fine dinner but as visitors to New Orleans, we would have been better suited to go more traditional Orleans cuisine.

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New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great dinner and place to sit outside, relaxing and great happy hour!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Place was beautiful at night. I feel like maybe our waitress could of been more nicer and welcoming but I just didn’t get that vibe, however she was attentive and the food was good. I would definitely come again

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DL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could have given a six star rating I would have. What a gem!!!

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T
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The turtle soup here is soooo good. The staff is great as well.

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t
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Certain aspects of our meal were good: the wine, the space, the friendliness of our server, and our squash and beet salad. Unfortunately, the entrees did not meet the standard set by the salad—my crispy chicken with crab fried rice was super breaded and oily, and the rice was also very heavy. An order of olive bread was an inexplicable $6 and came with no butter or oil of any kind—just slices of toasted bread. My two companions got steak with broccolini, which was fine but similarly unadorned, just slabs of meat and plain steamed broccolini on a big plate (for $48!). Our server was very kind in marking up a menu to help my gluten-free friend, which we appreciated. But the food (except the salad) was just not very good, and certainly not up to the level of the prices charged.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go! ‘Nough said.
If you need more convincing, read my review. The place is great, the food and pricing are commensurate. Pleasant and attentive wait staff. Thanks for the memories, Cavan; we will be back!

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service could have been quicker but could not have been nicer or more knowledgeable. Food was possibly the best brunch we have had.

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a last-minute reservation at Cavan as I wanted a restaurant that offered delicious food in a beautiful and authentic setting. I could not have been more pleased. We were seated on the second floor near the bar, but I found all of the staff, service, food and ambiance to be outstanding. Everything was savory, every bite delicious and the prices very reasonable. I highly recommend Cavan and will definitely be back next time I am in town.

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S
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very creative menu and cocktails. Good for people with adventurous pallets. Restaurant has a great vibe and look of an old New Orleans Home. Good happy hour with half price options. Will be back

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JE
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for happy hour with a friend. We were there for hours, ate and drank like beasts and they never rushed or made us feel anything other than welcome to work through the menu and visit.

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavan was our last dinner for our first trip to New Orleans. The food was delicious and the staff is incredibly attentive.

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N
New Orleans
30 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Whole fish was fabulous. Appetizers were delicious. Olive bread was good.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would love to see Turtle soup taken off the menu!

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MB
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

service was awful. Food tasted like someone spilled an entire container of salt in it. The bill was incorrect. Will NEVER be back.

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j
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food, breathtaking building.

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CF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After our convention, we were looking for a restaurant open at 11pm. They seated us at 11:30, kitchen closes at 12am. Our waiter never rushed us. He was friendly. Food was amazing! We were happy to find such a gem. The general Lu's chicken was described by my friend one of the best fried chicken she ever had. highly recommend!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice, great servers. Great evening!

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