CellarDoor

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CellarDoor is a multi-award winning restaurant and bar located in the beautifully restored Historic Swoop-Duggins House in the Central Business District of New Orleans, LA. Chef Tommy Finch spent a decade in the kitchen at world renowned Commander's Palace, before taking over at CellarDoor in Sept. 2016. Our cuisine can best be described as southern contemporary, and our cocktail menu focuses on reinterpreting the classics. We have a special event space on the 2nd floor with a private balcony that can comfortably accommodate roughly 85 guests. Our wine menu is curated with our cuisine in mind and we have a large beer selection, focusing mostly on Louisiana craft.



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EH
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Brunch seating on gameday. Very limited menu. Would give them another try for a full menu dinner service.

CG
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Air conditioning not working so we almost left. Sat beneath a ceiling fan which helped. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant had only a few tables filled. It is a shame as it is an interesting old home/ brothel with great food. But no air did not make for a long, leisurely dinner. Would have loved to stay for dessert and the homemade limoncello, but no air made for a short dining experience.

b
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, food and service. Will definitely be back!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

No functioning A/C. Very hot. Kitchen closed at 9pm. Weren’t told this and waitress suggested we get dessert somewhere else.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious. It was very hot inside the restaurant but the food was worth it.

LE
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always try to discover a great new spot along with our favorites when we come over from Pensacola, which we do frequently. We tried Cellar Door before we went to the Queen concert based on reviews, being on Open Table, and location for easy walking distance from our hotel and Concert venue. Loved our experience here! Food was great, cocktails were awesome and the service was very attentive and engaging. I have a feeling this one is going to be on our “list” of favorites to come back to, introduce our friends to, and recommend to others ! Thank you!

AM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They gave our table away

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual; fantastic food and drink with lovely service. Worth every penny every time

GD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was great. The cocktails were very good. The manager gave us a tour of the property. Absolutely wonderful.

EA
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food in an interesting historic building. Quite pricey, but the food was excellent. We will probably return to Cellar Door on our next visit to NOLA.

B
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful building and atmosphere. Excellent food quality and presentation. Did not have to wait long for food. Great drinks and service.

BT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails, service and food!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food was so incredibly salty. Scallops dish was inedible.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Th drinks were wonderful, the same as we had experienced in the past.

The food was not what we had experienced in the past. The burger and fries used to be presented in a different way and the fries used to be AMAZING but they were completely different this time. The menu is seasonal, so maybe it was just a bad menu, but it was very limited. The scallops and pork belly were good but tiny portion for the high price. There weren’t many options for shareable apps, what happened to the cracklins and that hummus?! It was disappointing that these weren’t on the menu.

We will be back for drinks, not food.

t
Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

At first we seemed like we were being set up for disappointment since the menu on their website is quite different than what they have right now. It is more limited and the website also said they had a tasting menu which is what we really wanted to try. Our waitress who said she only worked there for a week said the website is "way off" from their menu. We had cocktails and they were delicious!

We had the Caesar Salad with crawfish and it was fantastic! Our waitress sort of disappeared after we ordered our entrees and when we finally flagged her down to get water refills she said she forgot to put in our order. From that point forward she was very attentive and she expedited our order and we both had the seared scallops and pork belly. They were cooked to perfection and the smokiness of the bacon paired extremely well. It also went perfectly with the California Chardonnay we ordered. The food more than made up for a bit of a hiccup with service.


They do need to update their web menu as that is pretty misleading when you view that menu to decide if you want to eat there or not.

d
London
18 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails, really good food, lovely place, excellent service, deserves a lot of customers! We would happily visit again

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Limited food menu. Pricy for small portions that were just okay. Ambiance and drinks were the best part if that is what you are looking for.

I
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was very good. Recently the menu changes and we did not feel
It was the same quality as before. In addition all of the dishes we extremely salty. Overall not the best food experience. Really the only good dish was the Brussel sprouts .
They used to have the best French fries before but I hey changed that also, these almost seems that were brought frozen.

OT
New Orleans
57 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brussel sprouts were amazing. The new gnocchi entree was also excellent. We topped this off with a nice happy hour red wine. This is always a great place with great service.

SN
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, creative drinks, gorgeous brick building. Friendly service very attentive but not hovering. Will definitely return!

OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Way too loud. Impossible to hear my companions.

Food overpriced for the quality and quantity.

B
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner. The scallops are amazing at Cellar Door. I appreciate the knowledgeable input from our server and the wine choices! We will definitely be back.

RL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Adorable old building. Food and service were lacking. Duck was undercooked. Chardonnay by the glass was not good. Disappointed with quality of food and service.

DV
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

We chose CellarDoor for Valentine's Day dinner, and while we've been around long enough to know that a restaurant is frequently not at its best on that date..... CellarDoor more than missed the mark. The prix fixe menu (which was wholly unnecessary given the 10 diners there) and service were lousy. It was a damp night, and I attempted to order a coffee while I perused the cocktail menu (which is impressive, btw-- this place is worth checking out if you're not hungry), but the server rudely told me they don't have coffee (??!). Our meal continued on the same downhill track from there on out-- the citrus salad consisted of oversized romaine with a few canned mandarin oranges and a tasteless dressing. The duck entree ate like rubber off the buffet at my grandma's assisted living facility, and the desserts lacked romance and presentation-- choices were banana bread with a smear of vanilla ice cream or beignets- neither was worth finishing.
The restaurant is housed in a beautiful old building, away from the tourist traps, but that's about all it had going for it according to our experience.

J
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

I was so excited to eat at the Cellar Door prior to my arrival. The restaurant is beautiful and has a lot of character. Unfortunately, the food does not match the ambiance. My snapper was extremely unseasoned and the sauce that came with it, was very salty. Not only did it lack flavor, the fish was also very rubbery and seemed to be old.

Another ding, was the slow service. We were one of the few people inside of the restuarant, yet our food took forever to arrive.

This place could be wonderful, if it gets a new menu and some better staff.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great but food menu limited. Drinks were good.

JB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is the only restaurant in NOLA I've ever been to that doesn't serve coffee. It was strange to eat a signature dessert with no coffee on a very cold night. It's quaint but loud, portions are conservative and pricey considering you can get a lot of food for the same price at lots of places.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 5

Great for a girls night

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Enjoyable. A little disappointed in the menu and choices. Not a problem paying for my beautiful piece of snapper prepared so well. However, that was it. We used the Appetizers as our sides! One dessert item. Beignets..... imagine that!

D
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We dined on New Year’s Eve 2019 and the service was non-existent. After being seated and greeted by the manager, our server took our drink order. After waiting 30 minutes and still not receiving our drinks we looked from the manager who couldn’t be found. We left after receiving no service for over 35 minutes. While we understand that it was New Year’s Eve, the crowd was moderate and the menu was pre-fixe so we don’t understand the lack of service.

CZ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We went for the NYE dinner special. They only had a pre-fixed menu for $95 (menu didn't list the price). Not only was it far too expensive for what it was, but the food was unimpressive. Multiple dishes were dry, lacking flavor. My friend requested a vegetarian meal which was also disappointing.

SK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance. Service was great went there for New Year’s Eve on a price fix menu. Expected better tasting food and food that should have been hot plated. Unfortunately they also did not have any coffee option with dessert

K
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had reservations and they called 3hrs before and stated the kitchen was closed

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food tasted really good. Atmosphere is nice. Service was terrible - even with the manager on the floor at the time. Water was not refilled automatically, even after being asked multiple times. Poured our own wine most of the night. Long delays between courses. Sat at the table with empty glasses and no food for over 30 mins with servers passing by and not offering anything. Even when shared desserts were served to our table of four, no plates were given. I eventually got up and got the plates myself which seemed to confuse our server. All four of us did not enjoy the experience and definitely would not recommend.

L
New Orleans
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Limited menu and they were out of a couple of entrees. Cocktails were good. Overall average at best for the price

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made reservations due to my party going to a concert at the Smoothie King Center that night. However, when my party arrived at the restaurant for our reservation, I was shocked that there was a sign on the door saying that the venue was closed for a private event (especially since opentable had confirmed my reservation). So, when I contacted the restaurant they indicated that they were not sure why opentable confirmed a reservation because it was their understanding that it blocked reservations. As such, my party had to go to various other places that night to try and find a place to eat before the concert, which we ended up being late for :(

r
New Orleans
134 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute little spot. We went before a concert and it seemed lots of people were doing the same which was fun. We enjoyed some Happy Hour red wine (tempernillo) and the mussels and fries which were very good. We also tried the crab gnocchi which was good but the mussels were much more to our liking.
Service was slow but it seemed a manager or someone else was helping our server move things along so that was helpful.
Overall it was a good experience for drinks and apps before a show.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Unnecessarily expensive for what you get

KM
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place had a cool vibe and a great happy hour. Both cocktails I had were excellent and our server was absolutely lovely. The oreo beignets were the best I've had!

M
Mississippi
22 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was a little salty, otherwise everything was wonderful!

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