Curio

4.2
313 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
In the late 1800’s, Royal Street was home to a famous “curio” shop, a place where curiosities from all over the world could be had for a dollar or two. Today, the shop is no more, but the feeling of excitement and wonder still exists on Royal Street today. And so in the heart of the most premier art district in New Orleans, we’re bringing back the curiosity – reintroducing New Orleans to a circus of flavor so vibrant it makes other restaurants nearby pale in comparison.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–10:00 pm
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(504) 717-4198
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Brody LeBlanc
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Thanksgiving with our $35 three-course prix fixe menu!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 313 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the appetizers are awesome, especially the grits that look like rather tots, and the pecan-crusted fish was delicious too. Really fun dessert—brownie and marshmallow s’more. Would be a fun place for a family if you brought well-behaved kids used to decent restaurant behavior. But great for couples as well. Upscale enough, but not stuffy. Loved it.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sent redfish back twice for being cold, returned on a scolding hot plate but same cold food both times. Son's burger was over cooked and served with no condiments other than ketchup. Was a birthday dinner for my pregnant girlfriend, we were all severely disappointed. Spend your money elsewhere.

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JP
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were great, but our service was severely lacking. Tables around us appeared to be getting great service though, so I think our particular waiter was having an off-day. Overall, I would definitely recommend this spot based on the quality of the food and its location!

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MT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Had seen good reviews so was a little disappointed in the food and service. Not bad. Just average. Lots of better places for brunch.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

From what I read, they would be gluten free-friendly but I found the complete opposite.

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KK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

We sat outside and the street noise is very noisy. Also food very bland. Really nothing special to say about it.

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

Amazing food. Great service and great drinks. Portions a little small but still great food

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h
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place is Ok, but there are so many other notable places in the Quarter.

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t
Western NC
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The vegetable yellow curry was fantastic - rich depths of flavor were accented perfectly by just the right level of spicy heat.

The fruit cobbler was meh - too dense, a bit dry, and not nearly enough fruit.

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BR
Tampa
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We attended for lunch. They seated us upstairs on the balcony at our request. It is in a great location on the corner of Bienville and Royal. The lunch we had was superb. I had a shrimp greek salad and my husband had a fried shrimp po-boy. Both meals were fantastic and full of flavor.

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M
Key West
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had brunch last Sunday and everything was very good. The pulled pork benidect was excellent as well as the Creme brûlée.
They have tables on the baloncy that give you an awesome view of the street below.
We highly recommend it and can’t wait to go back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Appetizers were great. Ribs and Grit tots. Entree sandwiches were fair. Burger not cooked to specifications. Fries were slightly over cooked. Shrimp Ruben had great flavor but not that of a Ruben and very small .

Host at door was excellent.
Manager was visible and nice.
Server just did a fair/ok job.

We were celebrating a very very special occasion that was important to us and this was our 1st time at Curio. Should have chose another of the many restaurants in the area. Would Maybe go back but Not in a rush to get back.

Steve

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K
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do not miss this neighborhood gem, a must!

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F
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my return visit to New Orleans I had to take my friend to Curio. It was as good as I remember. She had the salmon and I had the gulf fish. Both were good choices. The food was creative New Orleans style. The sights and sounds from our table on the gallery is always a great people watching location. I will return on my next visit!

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R
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service here is so consistently terrible we have made today our last visit. The food quality has sadly declined since our first visit. We are locals, and there are too many good restaurants in Nola to patronize this one. Will leave it for the tourists.

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JM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good. Liked the raw seafood carpaccio & I had a curry dish that I added shrimp to. Those were very good but friends had fish that was overdone. Service very accomadating.

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SE
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The restuarant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but the website only stated hours for lunch. We arrived at 4:30 pm and found out the upstairs and dinner is not until after 5. We had a drink downstairs waiting until 5 to finally eat dinner.
The wait was worth it as the meal blackened redfish with excellent wine was delicious. We would definitely recommend this place but remember if you want dinner make reservations for after 5.

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DD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We had the best waitress, extremely attentive and knowledgeable. My fried oysters were perfect, nicely seasoned and crispy. The pasta was cold, however. I would have sent it back but we were on a time crunch. The ambiance and service were fantastic!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow service. Food was really talked up and very underwhelming. Charged $3 for tea that was only refilled once throughout our entire slow 2 hour dining process. I had to legit drink my friends drink because I was so parched. Our used dishes stayed on the table, so busing isn’t a real priority there. We are residents here and would never speak ill of any establishment, but this is sadly the truth of our experience. Won’t be back.

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C
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cute place, and great service for a party of 15. Appetizers were delicious. My short rib was over cooked and the risotto was cold, otherwise would have given 5. Most of our party raved and my husbands burger was great.

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M
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious dinner at French Quarter, LA.

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MC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Cocktails were great, service was great. Food was ok, our fish and crab cakes were over the top salty. There was also a mouse, but it's NOLA, so I don't think you can really hold that against anyone :D

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Kitchen lost our ticket. So we waited one hour for our food after appetizers but manager took care of us in the end. We were about to walk out without eating.

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l
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Very disappointed... Have heard many good things about Curio so decided to give it a try for Restaurant Week/Coolinary. My friend ordered the Crispy Fried Gulf Fish (per menu - tomato jalapeno relish) and I ordered the grilled boneless pork chop. The appetizers were nothing great and when the entree's came out the fish had what appeared to be like a red sauce (not even close to a relish) atop of the fish. The menu said "jalapeno relish" not covered in red sauce. We ended up switching because my friend could not eat the red sauce with the fish. The taste of jalapeno's was not present. We sat out on the balcony which by the way was a beautiful view, the balcony wasn't full by any means but we were not the only ones sitting on the balcony. The service was HORRIBLE, we had to wait to order, for our drinks, our food, our plates to be picked up and again for our bill. I noticed today that neither of these dishes are part of their regular menu which says a lot. Restaurant Week/Coolinary is a time (at least for me) to try new places during the slow summer months. If you are going to serve something that isn't even on your regular menu it should be over the top great and this meal was NOT a good meal whatsoever. Again, very disappointed, but the view was great...

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place! Will definitely be back

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BG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

great place! love going here!! probably visit a few times a month and this was the first time that i actually had to ask them to fix my dish. This is a great restaurant, they just messed up this one. They also took my entire meal off the bill which i did not ask for, it just shows that they care about their customers and what they think.

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SG
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent!!!!! Food was unbelievable... drinks amazing...service was great. Would highly recommend

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good and service was very friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to have a fancier meal in the French Quarter

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was spectacular from the hostess to the one bussing the table. The most delicious crab meat watermelon gazpacho. I could’ve eaten all of it. All. Of. It. Great Caesar and charcuterie board. They also made me a fresh mocktail- try their fourth ward with or without alcohol and you’ll be satisfied in the heat. We’d def go back.

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MH
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was just "okay", not great but not terrible. We waited 35 minutes for our dessert though, not sure why...? And when our waitress, Ashley, brought it to the table she said, "here it is but you don't have to eat it."

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It would have been much more pleasant but there happened to be a large party of women by us who were extremely loud the entire time. The restaurant itself was lovely, and the food was excellent. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive as well.

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S
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Cool atmosphere, ducked in for lunch to avoid the rain. Has patio seating available upstairs. Jambalaya was delicious. Would have stayed longer for another cocktail but the AC was SO cold it was unbearable. Bring a sweater and you’ll be fine :)

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D
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hip little spot in French Quarter. We dined upstairs on the porch overlooking street side activity. Great food, ambiance. Had breakfast as well. Fantastic! Will be back in October !

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RW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was inexperienced
They didn't have a record of my reservation

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m
New Orleans
229 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very lovely. I just wish had more lunch options on Saturday brunch menu. Everything was tasty! Highly recommend crab claws!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Overall ok food and clean venue, but service was really bad. The waitress didn't know what was not available on the venue until after she put the order in. She did not take full drink orders and assume them for us. She kept on interrupting our order to do other things. We asked for butter and she brought it to another table. Terrible experience.

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CN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The balcony seating alone is worth five stars. Dined here on a Wednesday night with a friend so we had the balcony to ourselves. Even caught a second line rolling through the Quarter (gotta love NOLA for a random second line). We took advantage of the Coolinary menu. My fried Brussel Sprouts were AMAZING. I asked to have my fish blackened instead of fried and it was equally delicious. The disappointment was the monkey bread dessert. It wasn't warm and was too hard to eat. All in all, a great ambiance, service was good, app and entree were good. A little bit more careful should be taken with the dessert though.

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G
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Fried grits & cheese balls were tasteless; duck dish had like 1lb of tasteless pasta, dry tasteless roasted duck & andouille. A friend had told me she found it bland but I wanted to give it a shot as I trust my yelpers on 4+ star restaurants - not this one, sorry!

*staff was really nice though!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Curio was an amazing place for a girlfriend lunch!! The food was spectacular and the service on point!! Get the Kale and Shrimp salad and the Salmon entree!! Yum!! Love it!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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M
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food way to oily could not eat it

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