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Gumbo Ya-Ya New Orleans

3.2
3.2
57 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern

Gumbo is a New Orleans staple and here at Gumbo YaYa we’ve taken gumbo to an art form. Our location in the historic Jax Brewery building serves the very best of this Louisiana concoction along with a host of other culinary delights sure to please every palette.



Let’s start at the very beginning – our crafted Gumbos. Our namesake Gumbo YaYa is a mixture of gulf shrimp, oyster blue crab, chicken and andouille sausage. Choose from other scrumptious recipes like our Chicken and Sausage and Seafood and Okra gumbo or, if you’re not in the mood for gumbo (and there may be a time) we have several other stick to your ribs entrees, fried seafood platters, AMAZING sandwiches and Po’ Boys for your pleasure. Add in amazing cocktails, a robust kids menu and desserts, desserts and more desserts and this will be the ONLY place you’ll want to stop

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Fri–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–7:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 291-8600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

Menu

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What 57 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.2
3.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.3Food
  • 3.1Service
  • 2.9Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Orleans

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. DF

    DanF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Made a reservation - showed up to find a note posted on the door that the restaurant was closed "until further notcie"

  2. D

    Dutch

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    The restaurant was not open Leaving us stranded on new years day with no place to eat brunch as everything else was booked.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They were closed! They didn’t bother to notify me that they weren’t going to be open on New Year’s Day. They even sent out a confirmation email. It left me scrambling to feed my family in New Orleans. There were literally no other tables at any restaurant in the French Quarter. Very disappointed.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    No longer in business

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    They closed the restaurant and didn’t notify us. We walked there and saw a sign on the door.

  6. D

    Dani

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I made a reservation for brunch. When we showed up, it was closed until further notice. No one ever contacted us about this.

  7. RT

    RandyT

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    New Year’s Eve in town for the Sugar Bowl. Was disappointed with the food. Gumbo was decent but most everything else seemed to be thrown together like a chain restaurant. Good location in Jax Brewery. Overall it was ok but disappointed in the food.

  8. LD

    LintonD

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Gumbo Ya-Ya had reasonably priced and decent meals. The service was outstanding and the food was good; not great based on NOLA standards. The restaurant was very flexible in accommodating last second changes to our reservations which we appreciated.

  9. A

    Aubrey

    Memphis/West TN

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience2

    We came in for an early evening meal. They were not super packed or busy but I think they were short staffed. Our server was super sweet. But it was very slow service. The food is very very good!!! Worth the money.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    We had reservations for New Year’s Eve lunch at 11:00 am and received a call from the restaurant a half-hour before stating that they were not staffed to be able to open by our reservation time and asked if we could push our time out to noon. That worked with our schedule so we did. We were seated just after noon and the staff was hustling to get everyone seated and served. The food was really good, but seemed a bit rushed with the final touches. Had to go find a server to get our ticket after waiting for 10-15 minutes. I look forward to trying this location again on out next visit. Hopefully by then we’ll see improvement in staffing across the industry as a whole. (Disclaimer - I have been in the hospitality business for 30+ years and understand the current challenges).

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I booked outdoor seating but was seated inside. The restaurant was understaffed and I felt that the workers were overwhelmed. The wait staff that were present were polite and accommodating, though. Perhaps I would come back after the pandemic and after working conditions have improved.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Arrived early for reservation and 45 minutes later still not seated.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Was really looking forward trying the menu items. Alas, I had a 7:30 dinner reservation but wasn’t sat until 8:10. And then 20 mins passed before anyone acknowledged us, so we left.

  14. JS

    JesseS

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Among the worst restaurants I've been to. Long wait for a table even when almost all the tables are empty. Half-asleep waitress brought the wrong drinks, never refilled any of our drinks, brought us an empty cup when we asked for water, never came back once our food was served. I was served maybe 3 iced-cream-sized scoops of mostly rice. Food took forever to come out and was served cold. The food was extremely bland and had almost no taste. The prices we were charged did not match up to what was on the menu. Overcharged us by around 20% based on the menu prices.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I made a reservation at Gumbo ya ya for Christmas Day night. Upon arriving for my reservation, I was turned away at the hostess stand and told the restaurant doesn’t seat OpenTable reservations. We then we’re forced to walk for hours trying to find seats at one of the very few restaurants open on the holiday. The most annoying part was that I could not book another reservation in the app during this time because my reservation was “active” at Gumbo Ya Ya.. the restaurant that does not seat OpenTable reservations. 0/10, will never be back

  16. K

    Keli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks was a MUST. If you have the chance please do make a reservation and dine.

  17. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a long wait, but it was Christmas day and they had a kitchen employee quit. Our server and the manager apologized and that goes a long way in the service industry. The food was good and we would consider visiting again.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    It took 45 to be seated, even with a reservation. Once seated, I had to flag down a server after sitting for 30 mins without any service. Staff was oblivious, slow, and unconcerned about helping anyone. Food was bland and cold, once it finally arrived 45 mins later. Do NOT waste your time!

  19. FS

    FormerSFDiner

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Nice food, great location and open on christmas Day! I'd go again!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Food was sub-par

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great place! Byron was an outstanding server. He was attentive, informative and very entertaining. We sat outside and ordered breakfast meals, cheese grits with shrimp, and bottomless mimosas. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for our Saturday lunch/brunch.

    Gumbo Ya-Ya New OrleansResponded on November 21, 2021

    Thank you for dining with us and we are tickled that you enjoyed our offerings. Byron is a great server and we are happy to have him. So happy are we your experience was positive and that you kindly shared your thoughts. Come join us next time you're in the neighborhood.

  22. E

    Eanubian

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    We were the only diners in the house. The editor who was supposed to serve us was asleep at a back table so the bartender stepped up to do double duty. She was great! Drinks were good, food was fairly good - the small sampler plate was a great choice; red beans & rice, shrimp & grits & etoufee

    Gumbo Ya-Ya New OrleansResponded on October 24, 2021

    Thank you for your time and review. We strive to be better than the experience provided.

  23. e

    elainev

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very quiet please stop by these place is very cute Food was amazing!!!! Service was nice and quick Friendly server

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very loud in the dining area. Our server got both our meals wrong and the food runner ended up correcting it. While the items were corrected everything came out cold. The only good thing about our brunch was the bottomless mimosas. Our food was served and the server took a very long time to come back and check on us to give us ketchup hot sauce and jelly. The gumbo and jambalaya was pretty bland compared to others in the area. Overall I wouldn’t recommend and won’t be coming back.

    Gumbo Ya-Ya New OrleansResponded on August 12, 2021

    We are terribly sorry to hear about your experience with us. We are truly embarrassed to hear about the quality of your experience. If you’re ever in the area again, we would love the opportunity to earn your trust back as our guest. Please reach out to us at the restaurant at your earliest convenience.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Experience was lovely! I loved everything the food the people just everything! Highly recommend! Anddddd no wait on a Saturday!

    Gumbo Ya-Ya New OrleansResponded on August 12, 2021

    Thank you for taking time to let us know about your experience! We are truly excited to have you dine in with us again soon!

  26. KR

    KRob

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great service. Not many people were there as We went for an 830 breakfast. I don’t know if this is a hidden gem or if it was just too early for most. Will definitely visit again!

    Gumbo Ya-Ya New OrleansResponded on August 12, 2021

    Thank you for taking time to let us know about your experience! We are truly excited to have you dine in with us again soon!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Said it was open but it was closed when we arrived on time. Since it was closed nobody could cancel the reservation and we couldnt book anywhere else. So we had to go get delivery. Thanks for that.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    We had a reservation at 7:30. We showed up at 7:40. They said they were closing and couldn’t seat us. Why offer seating at 7:30 and 8:00 if you close at 8???

  29. AB

    AmandaB

    Mobile

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Thought it would be cute for a wedding brunch spot, instead was more like a Waffle House that served alcohol in a mall...definitely not worth the money

  30. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Food was not served hot; waitress barely spoke to us other than taking order.

  31. R

    Rita

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible experience. They gave us a reservation for 7:45pm and since we arrived everyone was rushing us because they closed at 8pm. It only got worse as we sat down and immediately were asked for order,’again because “we close at 8pm”. We proceeded to quickly order and the rudeness continued . Not to mention that the food was mediocre at best. Very disappointed with the entire experience and the rudeness of our waiter and lack of support from management .

  32. NS

    NathalieS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    We waited to be seated in an half empty restaurant. The food was blend, the atmosphere even worst and the service was non existant. Maybe we had high expectations.

  33. M

    Mavis

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is a great place! We came back the next night too! They serve a breakfast all day in addition to NOLA classic dishes! Service was friendly and they have a nice outside eating area too. I could see this place getting packed and being a bit loud, but when we were there, it was half full and a lively noise level. We will be back on our next trip!

  34. SM

    SusanM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Nice sitting outside

  35. VW

    VirginiaW

    Memphis/West TN

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food in a very comfortable and clean new space. The red beans rice are phenomenal!

  36. AO

    AshleyO

    Nashville

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2019

    overall3food3service1ambience2

    The service was horrible. We sat for 13 minutes before anyone even looked at us. Finally the hostess (the best hostess and the only reason I didn't rate this a 1 over all) hunted down our server and ordered us our beverages. The Gumbo was so-so, lukewarm and the alligator was cold. The Crawfish Benedict was good and so were the mimosas. Our server never came to bus our table as our apps and meals piled up. Finally we moved outside to finish our drinks and that is when the chef came out to say hello, the hostess cheerfully chatted with us and we enjoyed people watching on the patio. That was the best part of the meal!

  37. ST

    STLCardsFan

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Great burgers!

  38. M

    Moncheree

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the variety of gumbos

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Pleasant, casual ambiance. Hostess was welcoming and attentive. Meals were average, jambalaya lacked that Cajun flavor and chicken was rubbery.

  40. JD

    JadeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Food was great... restaurant seemed a bit understaffed so it took a while to be seated by hostess despite having a reservation, but our server was great and attentive. Overall, our group of 12 had a great experience! Thank you.

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Gumbo Ya-Ya New Orleans is rated 3.2 stars by 57 OpenTable diners.

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600 Decatur Street Jax Brewery New Orleans, LA 70130

  • Cross street

    Decatur Street

  • Neighborhood

    French Quarter

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Fri–Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri–Sun 4:00 pm–7:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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