Dick & Jenny's

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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Dick & Jenny’s embodies the historic, welcoming ambience that makes New Orleans special in our 120 years old creole cottage. Our Contemporary Southern cuisine uses our trusted local food providers and seasonal ingredients. Our venue is perfect for special events-both reception style and seated dinners.
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1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I don't believe the quality of food and the portion size was worth price. I think I could have eaten the same quality of dish at a number of other restaurants. I did like the calmer atmosphere and smaller, intimate setting.

G
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!! Service was even more amazing!!! Will go back many more times!!!

T
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was outstanding and plentiful. The menu is small but there were a number if specials from which the three of us selected.
The website is far out of date which makes it somewhat misleading. The wine selection is awful. It is strongly recommended that you bring your own wine.

EI
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!! We will be back!

LG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Chef Merlin is truly a great chef. Everything he prepared for us was delicious. The calamari, shrimp pasta with eggplant, and the duck confit were beyond compare.

RR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very friendly staff and chef

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were fantastic. The waitstaff was so attentive and courteous. They really made me feel welcome and at home. I would (and will) definitely come back again.

C
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Merlin as a master...Dick and Jenny’s is incomparable!!!!

r
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Recommended by a Michigan friend. Haute cuisine with a bayou flavor. Very creative dishes. A tad expensive but we have no regrets at making the dining visit.

R
Memphis
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed in our experience at Dick & Jenny’s. Shrimp Étoufée was spiceless. We were charged a much higher price when the selected wine wasn’t available. When the vegan in our midst was served truffle fries with cheese after notifying the server that she didn’t want cheese, we were charged for the original order plus the new order. Also, another member of our party had to return her $50 filet twice to get it prepared all right. This restaurant was rated well, but we were extremely disappointed. For a $340+ dinner, the experience was extremely poor. Definitely won’t go back!

j
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the owner was very polite.

GK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was very romantic. Our server was polite and very helpful. The crab 3 ways with the Felet was one of best dinners in the city. I’ll still talking about. Very convenient location with an old New Orleans feel

GR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Wife and I had been talking about Dick and Jenny’s for years. I had never been and she hadn’t been in 10 plus years. Sad to see it was a total disappointment. The place is very nice and staff was friendly, but I guess we should have known when you walk into a place at 7pm in a Saturday and there are only 3 other tables dining. While the waitstaff was friendly they were very unprofessional and didn’t seem to know much about food service of the menu. We ordered the fri d green tomato app, blackened fish, and BBQ shrimp and It was mediocre at best. Very disappointing. There are too many great restaurants in NOLA to waste your time here. We sure won’t be back.

B
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

The food was very bland

OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I used to go to Dick & Jenny's fairly regularly when I lived in New Orleans about a decade ago, and when I was in town for work I thought it would be the perfect place to take a couple of people who weren't super familiar with the city. I made a reservation for a Monday night, but when we arrived there were only two other tables there. I hadn't realized they weren't usually open on Mondays, but luckily for us that just meant we got extra attention and personal service from the owners themselves! This place still embodies everything I love about New Orleans - super hospitable, friendly people, and absolutely delicious food. Can't recommend highly enough.

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

M
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My wife and I decided on Dick & Jenny’s for a pre-Tipitina’s-show dinner, as we have several times in the past. It’s been a while, so we had no idea that D&J’s had changed hands yet again, about 14 months ago. It has taken a decided turn for the worse. The waitstaff, bartenders, and host(s) were as friendly as ever and the place looks largely the same as ever, but when the food comes out, be ready for a surprise and not a good one.
We ordered two tomato medley salads with burrata, some “truffled” eggplant sticks, blackened redfish (my wife’s entreé) and shrimp etouffeé (my entreé). The eggplant sticks came out first. They were terrible. Couldn’t taste the eggplant and bits of the flavorless eggplant were tough and stringy inside the battleship hull armor batter and breading, which was gritty and completely unappealing. The “black truffle” was clearly truffle oil. I don’t know how the chef could have thought this was edible. I sent it back. The tomato medley salads were edible, but barely. The mixed greens were hothouse grown, supermarket mesclun, with about as much flavor as rice paper. The tomatoes were basically flavorless as well, a mix of cheap supermarket tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. The balsamic dressing was overly sweet, like they used some cheap, out-of-the-bottle brand.
The entreés were disastrous. My shrimp etouffeé was so salty that one small mouthful was enough to “salt burn” my mouth. I sent it back and did not replace it with something else, choosing to have some of my wife’s blackened redfish. The redfish was edible, but only just. The fish was poorly spiced, somewhat overcooked, and not very fresh. It wasn’t going bad, but it wasn’t as super-fresh as anyone should reasonably expect at a fine dining restaurant. It was swimming in a creole tomato sauce more suited to a hospital cafeteria or school lunchroom than to a fine dining restaurant. Even the rice seemed cheap and slightly overcooked. We reluctantly ate it and left. Never again.

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I am loving taking my friends to Dick and Jenny’s, and having them rediscover the restaurant; it’s at its peak. Fantastic, fresh, seafood

N
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service was fantastic. The Oyster soup was delicious and Fish of the Day was as well. I would highly recommend for a true New Orleans dining experience..you won't be disappointed.

JR
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always fantastic

DP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The owner called 2 months in advance of the reservation and asked for 400 dollars up front to secure our spot for graduation. In exchange for that we received poor quality food , substandard service and an attitude to match. Maybe this would be a good place to recommend to my worst enemy.

JH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, the service was friendly. Just a bit slow. We met Chef Merlin, who was very nice. Would recommend to anyone.

MH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

After 45 minutes, all we got was water and bread. They could have at least served our salads by then.

MD
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Fried Chicken and red beans and rice was a stunner! Great food and a fun place.

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

waiter seemed overwhelmed and not attentive --agree with another review about the bus staff would remove the plates, glasses and dishes rapidly --- we had to get our replacement silverware /plates ourselves from a set table because we had none when the food came---- as well as refills on water/tea...no one appeared to notice !!!
a very limited menu .... had to ask about dessert / coffee as it was not offered ...

and the crab cake had no lump crab--all filler and too much dill ...

disappointing experience.

may be better on a week day night.

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

First time back since the change in ownership, and the new team exceeded expectations. Excellent food and friendly, attentive service in a comfortable atmosphere.

DE
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

When I called to make my reservation I told them that there would be a vegan in the party. They said that would be no problem. The entrée they served me was a plate of under cooked green beans. They tasted as if they had been microwaved from the freezer. I told the server that I was displeased with my meal. No one ever Came to the table to say anything about this and charge me for a full entrée priced meal.

JB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual ambiance - excellent food and service. Loved the Crab Three Way.

GM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dick and Jenny's is a must go, every time I visit New Orleans. Their menu is fresh and delicious, and staff is so kind that I feel like part of the neighborhood family. Their cocktails are delicious, too.

j
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service from Ace
Food was good and would go back

N
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Overall a disappointing dining experience that does not live up to the press they receive. The ambiance is nice if you are seated in the front room but the backroom is a very plain, dark and cold area. The service is good. We had a very nice, attentive waiter. We ordered the Boudin Balls which were flavorful and good and the Shrimp Etoufee and Barbecue Shrimp which were mediocre compared to other meals we had during our three day stay in New Orleans. And on a negative ending note the host notified OpenTable that we skipped our reservation when we did indeed make the reservation.

SB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband & I love this little neighborhood gem! The food is excellent. The ambiance is vibrant & festive- just as a New Orleans restaurant should be. The service is outstanding- so good, that we returned the very next evening for dinner & cocktails (during Jazz Fest weekend & without a reservation) and were welcomed in like old friends! We can’t wait to return & enjoy another Rose’ French 75!

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

We had a wonderful meal! The portions were large, choices great, wait staff interactive and attentive, ambiance perfect! Our crab dish of soft shell crab over a crab cake, topped with crab meat was excellent and fun!

H
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, great space, relaxing unhurried service.

OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was so bad we left after appetizers came and 1.5 hours later no main course. So we left. The owner, Merlin, was nasty and called the police. If anyone had come and attended to our table we would have asked for bill for what we had eaten, but we were totally ignored, so we left. Bartender was also nasty and slow. They were slammed and overbooked, unable to handle the big numbers. We were not the only table complaining. This was Jazz Fest weekend and we understand the pressures on a restaurant but they compromised everything to take large numbers.
As a resident of New Orleans, who has eaten there several times before the current owner, I will tell everyone in NOLA not to go there; at least while Merlin owns it.

3
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

This is obviously a popular place to go during Jazz Fest. We didn’t realize that-just wanted to have a nice dinner. Food was great but we over-stayed our welcome and weren’t even offered a dessert menu, which was uncomfortable. We went elsewhere for that. Loved our waiter and always love this place. Just won’t return during special events. Also, a note: the steak is exceptional. Just don’t expect anything else to come on the plate! That was unexpected but again, it was delicious.

SA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I used open table to make a reservation for 6 at 9:15.
I got a call from the restaurant requesting a $300 deposit. Jazz fest weekend, I get it.
But we were seated around 11:00 and the food was not good. Total disappointment. This outfit needs to rethink their approach to operating a once-stellar experience.

b
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We love Dick &Jenny’s. This time was messy. Our reservation was delayed because of parties that were there drinking and not leaving. There were two of us, multiple parties of four were seated before us although some had later reservations. The manager had asked if we wanted drinks while waiting, we asked if we could have them later and he agreed. When we were seated it was next to large tables of drunk people. Because of this our service was choppy and our complimentary drinks forgotten. Our food was great as always. When the drunks went to pay their bills, an argument ensued and it continued outside with the manager running after them. When he returned, he relived the episode with a table of diners. It was unpleasant and we didn’t need to live through it several times. Our waitress, Norma, was involved in the scene but kept her cool and walked away.

This was an unpleasant experience for us, and has soured us on Dick & Jenny’s. We love the food and until that night had lived the ambiance. The staff is lovely. The management let this situation get out of control and the other patrons suffered as a result.

MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

These people have no idea how to run a restaurant. They were understaffed and overwhelmed. We were seated 30 niutes later than our reservation after 15 minutes of being ignored, I got up and got the menus for our table myself! The table next to us complained that they had been waiting 30 minutes for there check. No wonder they couldn't seat anybody!
Such a shame as the it has a nice homey New Orleans feel and being two minutes from Tipitinas it's a great spot if you are going to see a show there.
The food is o.k. but pricey for what it is and to be honest we ended getting to our show over an hour and a half after it started because of their incredible inefficiency which kinda ruined the place for us.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Where to even begin with this...

Arrived to the restaurant 15 minutes before our reservation only to sit and wait for nearly an hour before we were seated.

We show up, order food and drinks and then literally wait almost 30 minutes before we get a thing put on our table. Restaurant was clearly understaffed and the chef was easily one of the most rude people I’ve ever met. Excuse after excuse, we then proceeded to sit there for two hours and basically get treated like trash until we finally are able to get out of there.

Going back to the head chef, literally argues with us when we ask him what’s going on to the point where he ends up cursing at us while smoking cigarettes outside.

New Orleans has a ton of food options, not to mention some of the most welcoming people in the world. This place is not that and to be completely honest I’m not sure why anyone would even come here. I made a mistake bringing my group here and would highly suggest anyone who is thinking of going here find literally anywhere else to go to eat...should of just went to Taco Bell or just ate trash off the street, it would of been a much more enjoyable experience.

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