Josephine Estelle

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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian
Josephine Estelle is an osteria from James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, and showcases their signature culinary style of combining the craft-centric philosophy of Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Our seasonal menu--available daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch--offers a wide range of farm-fresh, regional ingredients, with a special emphasis on house-made pastas. Other popular dishes include our meatballs, Gulf fish, steak, chicken biscuit, beef tartare, and the famed John T Burger.

Complementing the menu is a choice selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Our wine list emphasizes Italian and American wines.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" lists.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for an occasion or just a regular night out

b
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was absolutely amazing. I love that the portions were small enough to finish our food with no leftovers, but also large enough to fill us. The blueberry chess pie was absolutely to die for. We will definitely be back in the future.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super! And the Meat and Cheese Tray was fabulous!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food good. Service not

BC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Josephine Estelle for our anniversary celebration. Reservations were made on Open Table and I noted we were celebrating. We were seated immediately upon arrival, our server greeted us with a complimentary glass of Prosecco and the rest of the evening was equally fabulous. Oysters were truly special, scallops were perfect and the soft shell crab was wonderful! Exceptional evening!

LC
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This experience was excellent from start to finish. We arrived early and had classic cocktails at the bar. The cocktail menu had creative options and the bartender was extremely knowledgeable. He patiently explained ingredients and the history of various drinks. We ordered squash blossoms and chargrilled oysters to start, both were delicious and good for sharing. Our pasta was layered with texture and flavor; zucchini, eggplant, tomato and pistachios. We shared the buttermilk pie with blueberry sauce. Perfect crust! Will repeat this restaurant for certain. A bonus, great music played...vinyl on a turntable.

RG
Tampa
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Innovative menu- great new twist on many pasta favorites including a duck confit! Small plates, great for sharing as well as the tapas style appetizers. Terrific desserts too. Great bar energy, decent wine list. Service was excellent. Pasta came out a bit cold- server and manager jumped on it...brought fresh dishes out ASAP and offered a free dessert. SMART!

TF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian meal in the Ace Hotel. Our server, Stephen, was just fantastic! He was so kind and helpful and professional and charming. He made great recommendations and we all loved our meals. The ambiance is wonderful, the restaurant design is gorgeous, and there is even padding on the underside of the tables to keep the ambient noise to a minimum, which we really appreciated. We had a table of 8 and we could all hear each other speak. Highly recommend for a special night out or a casual get together with friends. Would definitely go back

B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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L
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff. There were two gluten-free people in our party and he was very knowledgable about what our options were. The food was amazing!

k
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Incredible restaurant. We never eat in the CBD but that will be changing. Beautiful setting. manager came by to talk to us and was very informative. highly recommend the pork and chicken. meatball appetizer was enough for an entree. Will be going back.

S
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a great restaurant. Our service was amazing as well

OT
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, AMAZING!

K
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the decor was beautiful!

GJ
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall good food and experience

KS
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always take great care of us at Josephine Estelle!

S
New Orleans
101 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a girls night out at Josephine Estelle. There were 5 of us. Only 2 of us had been there before. Our server was great and it is a really beautiful restaurant. Everything that I had was outstanding. I had a tuna bruschetta that was really delicious and was enough to share. One of our group had the watermelon salad and said that it was fantastic. The squash blossoms, however, left something to be desired. They are very delicate, but were overbattered and the batter was all that could be tasted. My pasta dish was really great. It was the octopus pasta. One person got the rigatoni and commented that it was very dry, not enough sauce. Another got a ravioli or tortellini dish that was also said to be too dry. The scallops were very good as were the desserts. We had a good time. The food, I would say, was somewhat inconsistent. These are minor issues and everyone said they would go back, but some said they would not order the same things. Not me, I was very pleased with mine.

OT
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Carbaloaded on the Canestri and learned that it’s probably best enjoyed shared but delicious none the less. Waiter wasn’t super attentive but when he did come around was always nice and polite. Always leave JE with a full belly and no regrets.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch on a Monday with a group of friends, and the food, service, and atmosphere were all great! They were out of iced coffee, but allowed us to bring it in from the coffee shop across the lobby.

m
New Orleans
261 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch was wonderful. My children found everything done well. We also loved the brunch special and wine list.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience overall!!

SM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and service was amazing! We had a pleasant evening and would definitely go back.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Food is unique and delicious. Ambiance is cool. They spin vinyl records. All good.

P
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during Coolinary and had a very enjoyable meal which was reasonably priced enough for us to add all the wine we cared to drink!

D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere in Ace hotel. Good service. Food was good but a little too salty.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was wonderful! Will be back..

G
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was very good but the server smelled TERRIBLE. Everyone enjoyed the evening but held our collective breath every time she was within a 2 mile radius.

WD
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food at Josephine Estelle is stellar. LPs played on the turn table is always a plus. Good stuff. This time our service was lacking. :(

MR
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is delicious every time we eat here.

LL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & very good service. The space is also beautiful!

C
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We came in on a Sunday after a pool party and were a group of locals with one of us being a wedding planner. For reasons we still do not understand, the waiter decided not to serve us the bottle of wine we ordered. That being said, the waiter still took our order of appetizers before notifying us we would not be served our wine. This is not okay because you should notify people as soon as they try to order drinks that you will not serve them...so they can make the decision to go else where before spending money. I believe the waiter took offense to the fact that we did not enjoy the tasting of the first bottle of wine presented, and at that stage it would appear the waiter decided not to serve any alcohol to our table. We were not treated fairly or appropriately and the service was reprehensible at best. We will not be going back to this establishment and will not be booking weddings either. The only reason the restaurant gets a fair rating instead of poor is that the appetizers we received were of good quality and taste. Hopefully your service gets better and that you make better judgement calls moving forward.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Food it’s delicious but the service it’s no so good

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

1) food flavors & Presentation were GREAT. The back of the house is ROCKING it. 2) Our server was severely challenged. We were positive she HAD to be brand new b/c she was very nice & polite, only incompetent. We were SHOCKED when the manager advised that she was NOT new. Other than her being slow several times, just a couple of her boo boos included: a) she had to return to the table after only a few minutes to ask again what wine I had ordered, and she was pointing to a red wine in the middle of the page of reds rather than the bottle of white wine at the top of the page which I had pointed to on ordering. b) she did not ask permission to serve the wine to us, and before I could stop her, she abruptly poured the still white wine from the bottle into my partner’s 1/2 full glass of sparkling wine 😱 3) the manager was GREAT. She presented us with a coupon for our next visit & comped both the sparkling wine & my martini. That one is on the bartender. 1st try was drowning in vermouth. Rather than risking it, I sent it back & said zero vermouth. Came back with no vermouth, but very watery. She just couldn’t make a proper martini.

SO
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josephine Estelle continues to be one of my favorite restaurants in NOLA. I've probably been 20 times and it never disappoints. This lunch was among the best meals I've had there, and the value was phenomenal - three courses for $20. Can't beat it! Can't wait to go back.

CC
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always dependable and excellent food. The service was excellent.

AH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat and drink in NOLA!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for breakfast! The chicken biscuit was soooooo good! We could actually talk which was nice.....

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

Always a treat!

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

Paige our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and helpful. The whole service staff was excellent. The food we all had was delicious and excellent

DW
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sweet 16 Birthday Dinner for granddaughter.

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