Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

4.1
90 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole
Clesi’s is a traditional family run New Orleans Restaurant and Catering company designed to make you feel at home while enjoying the taste and experience of New Orleans Culture.
Come for the food, Enjoy the experience!

***Due to recent city mandates our restaurant will be outdoor dining only until further notice ***

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 90 people are saying
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vipPETERC
New Orleans
76 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good old reliable Clesi's, making comfort affordable and easy to come by.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for the renewed extended hours after the pandemic had imposed its will on Clesi's, love the new hours! So much more sensible feel to it. I enjoyed Taco Tuesday with three oysters and three fried shrimp tacos followed by a freshly made order of crawfish rangoons, superb!

MG
MichelleG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood boil was excellent- great area and vibe. Loved the neighborhood. A must go.

TN
TheresaN
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clesi’s is one of my favorite restaurants! From the hostess to the waitress and to the chefs are too awesome and the best services! Thank you making it such a great experiences every time I come here!!! The food and drinks are so good I can sit and eat here all day if I can. Just a great place to hangout and eat with fam and friends here. The atmosphere is so relaxing and so spacious! The outdoor seating are too cool over look the neighborhoods. Thank you Clesi’s!!!

CT
vipCharleneT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family place. Great fried seafood and gumbo. Loved the pastas also.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remember, you have to do your part during this pandemic, overtip your servers so they don't quit & leave you with no place to go.

D
Dela
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Despite a confirmed reservation by Open Table (link on Clesi's website), when we arrived at Clesi's with our out of town guests, it was closed.
A rude employee came out and sent us away, saying Open Table shouldn't have made the reservation. It was hugely embarrassing.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was quiet in there, too quiet. Not enough customers to keep the business open. I know they've cut their hours but they need the publics' support. Please keep Clesi's alive1

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overtip your server to thank them for coming in so that Clesi's can stay open.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Notice there are plenty of open tables? If you want the place to stay open, make and keep your reservation. and tip as much as you can so that your server can afford to work there.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

tip your server, be pleasant to the other staff, they trying as hard as possible to make your dining stay a great one,

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

tip your servers generously. try to be pleasant, and allow some extra time for our order to be ready.

SB
SusanB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

It was ridiculously noisy, the food was super salty, we were not given any utensils for the crabs or paper towels until we asked for them, my drink order was wrong, service was so so.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Helpful, caring staff. Serving good food and drinks

JA
JAMESG
Shreveport
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We had to sit at the bar, though we had reservations. It turned out OK, though.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got a new server, Bree, she attentive, thoughtful , and kind.

KD
KennethD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a good vibe

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is the best, ultra caring and helpful, food is exceptional

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the other half of the Restaurant Week selections, the Gulf Balls & Catfish Thibodaux. Once again the appetizer shined, would like to see them on the regular menu.

EM
EstherM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Good food. It was our first visit to clesis. There were 4 people in the party. The food was good. Service was just okay. Price was a little steep
I was the only one at the table who ordered the restaurant week deal, The others ordered fried shrimp of sorts. They enjoyed the way it was battered and cooked.
Overall a pleasant experience

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu was a success, Boudin Stuffed Shrimp should be on the permanent menu, spectacular.

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viplvno
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

On Father's Day, we were shown to a table, given menus, and then we waited around for 25 minutes (with two wiggly and hungry kids). We saw lots of servers with "staff" shirts helping other tables, but no one came to us, not even for a drink order. We approached two different servers for assistance, and we were promised someone would come help us. The host who seated us walked by several times -- completely ignored us and avoided eye contact. No one ever came, so we left. It was really strange and disappointing, especially on Father's Day. We won't be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, waitress, and food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

This was my third meal there in the last year. The first meal of boiled crawfish with shrimp were perfect.

The second time eating there the shrimp were overcooked and impossible to eat. Thinking that was a one off kind of night, I took my parents there this evening. Sadly, it was a repeat if the second time there- the crawfish were so overcooked that they were difficult to peel. For those prices, there are better and more consistent places out there.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably good, comfort food served by a pleasant helpful staff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

an old reliable, trustworthy place. Staff & food are the best.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service, reliable food, easily handicap available seating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The boil pot was a bit over cooked and the crawfish and shrimp were difficult to peal. Additionally, I loved the outdoor dining ambiance but the bugs were difficult to deal with. For about the first 30 minutes we spent the entire time swatting bugs. We loved the outdoor option, but something should be done to address this issue.

JM
JimM
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Many of the tables are outdoors - an almost restaurant at the beach feeling. We were able to have a table indoors near the bar. Food was terrific. Prices very reasonable.

MS
MaureenS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Great place. Great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, good music, a must do if you want crawfish.

PE
PaulE
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great other than extremely small greens in their shrimp and crawfish salad. Great grilled oysters!

NL
NicoleL
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, very flavorful and huge crawfish! Everything was outstanding

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Crayfish in the city

RN
RoseN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to come here, the best we’ve had in NOLA so far!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood boil

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Your staff is terrific, always helpful and friendly.

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is consistent, excellent service, great food, and a friendly atmosphere, what more could Clesi's provide?

PE
vipPETERC
New Orleans
77 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambrosio was excellent server, Jess is a masterful bartender, your entire staff is helpful.

FAQs

Clesi's Restaurant & Catering offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 909-0108.

Clesi's Restaurant & Catering is rated 4.1 stars by 90 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.