Josephine Estelle

4.3
1888 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Now offering take out and deliveries from Uber Eats and Grubhub.

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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

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vipHimaliK
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The beignets were out of this world!!

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Izzypippa
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The dining room was gorgeous. This is the perfect pre-Saints game venue! Robert Rizzuto, the food and beverage director came by our table to check on us, and was just a delight! He talked about the menu, the wine, and the history of the building. Can’t wait to return!

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the lovely words Izzypippa! We can't wait to have you back!

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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not outstanding. Solid meal and worth going back.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback!

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vipOldEnoughToKnow
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here for the weekend, already had enough creole. Looking for local and unique and we found it with this great restaurant. Our service with Melvin was amazing , Sean the manager came by several times to assure our satisfaction, my husband had the pasta and shrimp which was wonderful, and my dish of 48 hour roasted short ribs was exquisite! Such a gem that has yet to be discovered...the word needs to get out!

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you or the feedback, we are happy that you enjoyed your experience with us! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. The service was slow but it was clear they were just short handed. The waiter was great but it took a long time to get our courses and our check. Would still highly recommend.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback on your visit with us. We are working hard to give the best possible experience possible. Hope to serve you again soon. Cheers!

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vipWilliamO
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Highly recommend getting the Cacio e Pepe with Fettucini (instead of canestri). Duck was awesome too!

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Hey WilliamO! We appreciate the kind words, hope to see you again soon!

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SaraS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food and service were great! The portions are on the smaller side, husband was still hungry after ordering the scallops.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback SaraS! We use this feedback to continuously improve our service and products. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

We appreciate the kind words! Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Service and food were great, food came out pretty quick. Only disappointment was we were not able to order mimosas or bloody Mary’s with breakfast. Overall experience was good.

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MargaretD
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience with exquisite food. Beautiful atmosphere and loved the live jazz.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Hey MargaretD! Thank you for the kind words, we are so happy that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with us. Hope to have you back soon!

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MJ2Trip
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation for 4 for Thanksgiving. We were promptly seated and our waiter Steve was very attentive. One member of our party required gluten free options and was able to be accommodated. Everything was delicious and served in an elegant style. We enjoyed the live music which was not overpowering and appropriate for the occasion.
We would whole heartedly recommend Josephine Estelle.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! I was impressed with the depth of flavor in every dish. I also loved the vegan and none vegan options. The live music was also fantastic.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

We are so happy you enjoyed Thanksgiving with us this year! Hope you serve you again soon.

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Allen
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just walking in you get a feeling of warmth. The Thanksgiving fixed-price lunch was amazing. I had been looking for a great place to have turkey before the New Orleans Saints football game when I came across Josephine Estelle. The four course meal was very good. Started with chargrilled oysters and a nice salad. The turkey was very tender and the dressing was very tasty. And, finished with a delicious pumpkin cheesecake. I had never had one. I highly recommend Josephine Estelle. I look forward to returning for their Italian fare. And, to top it off, they had a lively trio playing good music.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thanks for the review Allen! We are happy that you were able to enjoy Thanksgiving with us and look forward to taking care of you again!

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RonaldB
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was amazing.

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frequentNOLAvisitor23785
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Pastas were very delicious, but large size orders were very small. In addition, the glass pours of wine were the smallest I have ever been served in a restaurant, estimated at 3-4 ounces.

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StevenB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I liked this less than I had hoped to like it. The scallops came out well for my partner. My chicken was pretty mundane and was presented poorly. Also it was too salty. The chicken dish was presented in a bowl with greens and cannelloni beans which was a bit soupy. The chicken was cooked to a pleasant doneness, but still required a knife to cut. Cutting down into the chicken pushed the chicken down into a fairly thick layer of beans and greens which... well... made the dining process more difficult than I would usually prefer. And the high sided bowl added to the complexity of this operation. All of that should be easy to correct (although it seems pretty obvious that no one who has been involved in crafting the presentation of this dish has tried to eat it like this). I cannot really say what the dish would taste like after quartering to halving the salt. The way it was presented I couldn't actually tell what the source of the saltiness was. I think it was the whole thing. Also we had dessert and the Apple Crostada was nice but not special.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Hi StevenB, we appreciate the feedback--We will use this to improve our dishes. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice ambiance, more of a bar/place to get a drink but nice.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback!

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JaniceB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was fantastic. It had a good vibe and the pasta was out of this world. We had bucatini and the fettuccini ragu. Can’t say enough about the food. Waiter was a little pushy in terms of riding our table for orders. A little too attentive for what it’s worth but everything else he did made up for that.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Excessive use of olive oil in squash appetizer. Also doused focaccia bread in olive oil to the point it was not edible. Wahoo fish filet was served rare - fine for tuna, not good for wahoo.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very very dim lighting. Staff very friendly but menu just ok.

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tfieldsno
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Incredible room. A little slow going at first but picked up and had a great meal. Rooftop bar was a great ending!

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vipmike
Baton Rouge
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent Sunday brunch before saints game.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A bit pricey, but food is decent.

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vipAmandaW
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Came for a bachelorette brunch, the decor ambience and vibes of the restaurant were absolutely perfect everybody loved it. Our server assistant was delightful, friendly, helpful, etc. our actual server is much slower didn’t provide as warm of service. Everyone loved their food and drinks it was delicious and so fun. I’m not a big eater so it wasn’t an issue for me, but the salmon potato pancake was a really small dish to be considered an entrée

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vipLISAS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall, was wonderful. Each of or pasta dishes were delicious and perfect .I wish we could have sat a little longer, but we felt that we were a little rushed to order. There were two of us

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vipWilliamH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gathered with family before a concert. Food was delicious. Service was great. Made sure we had our meal in enough time to make it to the concert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
44 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue and authentic Italian food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Very clean and loved the atmosphere

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OlgaM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was good but few menu options and a bit pricey. Appetizers and dessert portions too small for the price.
Ambiance and setting is what I think draws the crowds.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you OlgaM for your feedback on your visit. Hope to see you again! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our experience was magnificent with one exception . Our only complaint is that around 7:30, they turned up the music so loud that everyone in the restaurant began speaking louder. We prefer a quieter atmosphere and had not encountered this issue on previous visits.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback on your experience with us. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and will be sure to monitor the noise levels between music and voice.

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vipDavidM
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh pasta dishes

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for the feedback DavidM! We thank you for visiting us and hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food experience, the staff is very attentive!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 19, 2021

Thanks for taking time to provide feedback on your visit! We are glad you enjoyed everything. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews