Curio

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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.
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Tulsa
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Entree was good, but the desert and wine list were not

PR
Miami
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The fish was overcooked. The short ribs were so sweet that they we couldn’t eat the dish. Wish we hadn’t eaten there. Will never make that mistake again.

OT
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was actually very good and the restaurant was very accommodating to our larger group, which was great. The service was the biggest turnoff. We ordered a bottle of wine three times without it ever being brought out than of course it was still on the bill at the end of night, which did get corrected. Dessert took 25 minutes to come out and I asked for the bill several times before I finally received it. Even though the food was great you almost forgot all of that because of the frustration of the service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Not impressed; took 15 minutes to have someone come to our table and serve water.

Curio
Responded on October 6, 2019

I am sorry to read about your service. I would like to learn more about your time with us. Please contact me at 504.717.4198 Jacquelyn

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Choose loud and fun downstairs or quiet and romantic upstairs on the patio. The salmon was particularly good!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor seating!

Curio
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you for dinning with us! The balcony is the place to be! We hope we will see you again soon!

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b
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little restaurant with tasty cuisine. Easy to find. Great for any time. We came following Preservation Hall and enjoyed it thoroughly.

Curio
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you for joining us, we hope you will be back again soon!

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Unacceptable service. Waiter kept apologizing for “miscommunication” on their end and it took over 2 hours to get our food, when the restaurant was empty. After complaining, the manager came to our table and apologized and said they thought they already brought us our food ages ago and deleted our order.. once the food came, it was very good but will not be going back because of the service. Sat on the balcony, enjoyed the view but they need serious improvements if they want to stay in business!

AM
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love this place—-great food and what a perfect location on royal street ❤️❤️❤️

Curio
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for joining us. We hope you will be back for another visit soon.

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OT
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Started out with reservation at hightop table.. waited 15 min and nobody even came by. Not even crowded.. hostess acted like she didn’t want to be there. We moved to the bar and had outstanding service from there on our.. sit at the bar for good service. Food was above average. Biscuits and gravy was 4.5 stars.. curio breakfast-4 star. Would have given 5 star if not for hostess and no server for 15 min

Curio
Responded on September 17, 2019

We strive to provide excellent service to all of our guest. We apologize that we missed the mark at the table but are so pleased to hear that our bar team took great care of you. Please stop in on your next New Orleans visit!

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good but the service was very spotty. Our waiter seemed to disappear and it was difficult to even get the first refill on our bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys. Not the best experience in New Orleans. There are better places.

Curio
Responded on September 17, 2019

Mark, Thank you for your feed back. We are always looking for ways to improve. I would like to learn more about your visit to Curio. If you have a moment please reach out at jacquelyn.montreuil@creolecuisine Jacquelyn Montreuil General Manager

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EW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We really wanted to love this place. It was a very busy Saturday night and they seemed a bit overwhelmed. Our server was very nice. Everything was slow. Drinks took forever. Food took forever (server admitted he forgot to ring it in - so he comped us a cocktail). And the food would have been really delicious if it all hadn’t been way too salty.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Situated on a great corner, and beautifully decorated, we were really excited when we got an easy reservation for Curio on a Saturday night. I should have known... The service was TERRIBLE! It took over an hour for the waitress to even take our order. When the food finally came out, it was cold. Not to mention that the wait staff was just plain rude. I understand this restaurant is fairly new, but it has a lot of work to do if it is going to last. I would not recommend this place to parties over 4 people. They obviously can't handle it.

JC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

No wait, attentive service, a little warm with the doors open. Food was good, Caesar salad with grilled shrimp.

Curio
Responded on September 17, 2019

Thank you for your review!

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KB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I was a wonderful blackened reddish topped with crab on a bed of greens. Hubby had the oyster poboy but it didn’t come with any sauce on the bun, though it was supposed to. When asked for more of the sauce, it took a very long time and someone from the kitchen brought up a red marinara sauce- for a poboy? Had some good fried shrimp balls for an appetizer. Sit upstairs outside for a lovely ambiance!

Curio
Responded on September 17, 2019

Karen, Thank you joining us at Curio. We hope you will be back soon!

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CD
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Visited Curio on a date night in August. We sat in the downstairs dining room near the shutter doors. There wasn’t much of a date night ambiance but it was entertaining enough to watch people pass on the sidewalk. Server was very sweet and friendly and the service was good, however the entrees we ordered were not. Both the pasta and the fish were extremely over salted and the rice on my boyfriend’s plate was so undercooked it was crunchy. With all the great food in New Orleans, I don’t think I’d eat here again.

EB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so friendly, knowledgeable and helpful . We had a great Sunday brunch ! Our waitress was so pleasant and polite ! Thanks !

Curio
Responded on August 14, 2019

Eileen, Thank you for joining us for brunch. We hope you will be back to see us again soon! Jacquelyn Montreuil General Manager

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C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Liked the food, atmosphere and overall experience

Curio
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you for choosing Curio. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us!

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KB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfect place for my birthday brunch! Everyone was so nice especially our waitress Tae (I hope I am spelling her name right)! She was pleasant from beginning to end even with us being such a large group! Food was amazing and good portions our favorite part was the mimosas!!

Curio
Responded on August 4, 2019

Khadijah, Thank you for choosing Curio for your birthday brunch. We are so glad that we could be a part of such a special day! We hope to see you again soon for more bottomless mimosas! Jacquelyn

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WT
Kansas City
96 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best French toast in the French Quarter - the local cane syrup is perfect!

Curio
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you WoldTraveler!! The Cane Syrup is perfection!

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B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome bottomless mimosas brunch! Glass was never empty and for a great price. We also really enjoyed the balcony for dining but was quickly moved to a table inside when it started to rain.

Curio
Responded on August 4, 2019

Brandi, Thank you for joining us for brunch! We hope that you will be back for more balcony dining when the weather is a bit nicer!

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AB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Terrific food. Among the best we had on our trip to New Orleans and in the French Quarter. The Gumbo, Jambalya and Bread Pudding were outstanding. Great views from the second floor

Curio
Responded on August 4, 2019

Thank you Andrew. We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at Curio. We hope to see you on your next visit to New Orleans!

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AT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff, great service and tasty selection.

Curio
Responded on July 2, 2019

Thank you for choosing Curio. We hope that you will be back soon!

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here four times. Our experience has always been very good, if not better than that. In that area of the French Quarter, Curio would be our first choice. They have a nice range of food choices.

Curio
Responded on July 2, 2019

Christopher, Thank you for your loyalty to Curio and repeat visits! We receive no higher compliment then a return guest in a city full of great restaurants. Please be sure to say hi on your next visit. Jacquelyn Montreuil General Manager

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, reasonable price, friendly server. We had good time
We could see the brass band pass through from the second floor. 👍

Curio
Responded on July 2, 2019

Watching a Second Line from our balcony always makes me smile! I am so glad you were able to experiance this! We hope you will join us again soon.

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PS
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

great food, great atmosphere and a wonderful server (Sam)

we will go back again!!

PC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was good . Service and ambiace were horrible. Someone who lives in New Orleans recommended this place. Its a bar on a corner in the French Quarter. I think there was dining upstairs but no one there mentioned it so I sat downstairs. If you like really noisy drunk people around you, then you'll like this place. But when I'm spending $28 for a piece of redfish, i like a nice atmosphere. Redfish was great. Service was poor to nonexistent. Waitstaff too busy chitchatting with other staff to refill drink or ask how everything is. Paid cash they did not give me my change and i had to argue to get it. Menus dirty. You can get just as good food anyplace in New Orleans . Go elsewhere.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious and the staff were attentive. Great spot!

Curio
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thank you, we hope you will join us again soon!

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B
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The chef was wearing his purple food prep gloves. He touch his pants, his hair then returned downstairs carrying a bag of frozen chicken. We left without ordering food.
The drinks and bartender were terrific.

Curio
Responded on June 12, 2019

I am sorry to read about your experience. I assure you that we take food safety as a highest priority at Curio. Please contact me at your earliest connivance so that I can learn the details of your observations and take correct actions. Jacquelyn Montreuil General manager

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RV
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed ourselves at Curio. This is a charming bistro in the heart of the French Quarter. Nothing fancy, but cute. My husband and I thought our food was very good (and reasonably priced) and our sever was delightful and pleasant. I would recommend.

CS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender was really good on service and explaining the menu and what was in certain dishes. He also was accommodating on certain dishes where certain ingredients were not allowed as part my diet.

Curio
Responded on June 6, 2019

Charles, We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at Curio. Thank you for your kind words. Jacquelyn

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! We had a large party of 18 and they were amazingly accommodating to us! Cannot recommend more.

Curio
Responded on June 14, 2019

Thank you for joining us. We love hosting large groups and are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit!

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PC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, took 20 minutes just to get glasses of water and the restaurant was not full! Food was cold and dried out when it finally arrived.

A
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I had been wanting to try Curio for a while now as the location and menu looked excellent, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to expectations.

None of the food was very good - not “bad” but just not good. The service was extremely lacking as well. The restaurant has a nice theme / ambiance but ultimately I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.

EL
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Curio’s food is ALWAYS great, as is the service. Being an open corner, however, makes it a little loud with sidewalk and street noise, but that doesn’t preclude us from dining there. Come join the fun.

Curio
Responded on October 6, 2019

Thank you for your kind words and repeat business! We look forward to your next visit!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Also the restaurant went above and beyond for us. The OpenTable reservation had not gone through but the manager found us a table quickly.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Nothing good to say. Service was scattered and slow. Food was sub par for New Orleans.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy and friendly won’t break the bank in the French Quarter

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 had a lovely dinner at Curio recently. Jessica was our server and did an outstanding job including making suggestions that were very helpful! Food was very tasty. We sat upstairs on balcony which made our evening even more enjoyable. To make up for a very minor issue with lighting, the manager provided a special treat. Will definitely go back next time we are in Nola!

F
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had high hopes for Curio based on the reviews we had read but were sorely disappointed. We were able to sit on the balcony which had a pretty good ambience, so that was a plus. However, it took forever to order and to get our food. I asked for a glass of sparkling water, and the waiter brought a bottle and promised to bring a glass. After 2 reminders and 15 minutes, I received the glass. We had to ask about our food twice and received it close to an hour after we ordered it. Both of us had the redfish which I had to cut with a knife. I’ve eaten a fair amount of redfish outside of New Orleans and always found it fork tender and flaky. Not this fish. And at $28 per it was not a good value. With all the phenomenal places to eat in the French Quarter, I was very sorry I wasted one of my two dinners at Curio.

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