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Josephine Estelle

4.5
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1600 Reviews
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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.

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" lists.

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Experiences

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Special menus

  • Thanksgiving 4-Course Prix Fixe Meal

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     $65.00 per person
    Nov 26, 2020 only
    $65 4-course Prix Fixe Menu for Thanksgiving. Choices in each course. This year we will have a Seaworthy Pop-Up with Raw Oysters and Chilled Seafood options. Meat and Cheese Boards will also be available. $30 Prix Fixe for kids 12 years old and younger.
  • Coolinary Encore Prix Fixe Menu - $39

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     $39.00 per person
    Oct 19 - Nov 22, 2020
    1st Course Insalata Tricolore 2nd Course Mushroom Toast *or* JE Meatballs Substitute an order of duck, lamb, or veal meatballs for $3 3rd Course Bucatini Add crispy pancetta for $3 *or* Canestri Add truffled mushrooms for $5 Add a Pork Milanese for the table for $20 Complete your meal with a 4th course of gelato for $5

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1600 people are saying
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leilanie
Key West
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a reservation but arrived early and was still able to be seated. My server was excellent. Very attentive and friendly. The food was amazing. I ordered the BBQ shrimp and grits. I'll be stopping in again on my next trip to New Orleans.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Great
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Venece
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food. Outside, street cars can be noisy.

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vipWindycitygal
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The red fish was delicious. Our service was very disappointing. We were trying to ask server about menu because we had dietary restrictions. The information he gave us was wrong & we were unable to figure out what we could eat.

We were also presented the wrong wine. When I said it was invoice that the server said no. Later he came & told us it was the wrong wine. The food was good but it is not friendly if you have food restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and experience

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 18, 2020

Thanks so much! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipmomof4
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal - everything was excellent! Lamb Meatballs, also the Octopus with tempura cauliflower and the royal red shrimp pasta - amazing!!
We will be back for sure : )

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 18, 2020

Your comments spark joy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very polite and helpful.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thanks for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

I love my boyfriend

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JG504
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in for the restaurant week specials. Everything was delicious! Large portion size, great service. Our favorite was the brussel sprout salad.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 8, 2020

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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MayaM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We went in to Josephine Sunday night (October 4th) for dinner with my fiance's parents. The place is BEAUTIFUL... the food was AMAZING... The service was deplorable and kind of put a damper on our dinner. My future mother in law asked menu questions which were met with short discontented answers and when she asked his favorite PASTA he started telling us about appetizers, basically reading the menu to us. He took ages to even greet us and then took ages to bring our drinks. When my love ordered another beer (bottled) I watched him do seven other things including wiping down tables.. going to the host stand and having a 5 minute conversation... gteeting another table.. taking their drink order and then finally bringing his beer. He didn't ask how the food was until we were half way through with our entrees. He described the peanut butter desert as peanut butter pie and then bought out a beautiful parfait that definitely was not a pie.

All in all our experience was average due to the service. Amazing food though

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EllaJ
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, the best cacio e Pepe I’ve ever had in my life. I’d recommend this place to anyone and everyone

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 8, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! We love the cacio e pepe too!

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SusanS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was the reason we went, so we were Not disappointed. Service was good, never needed anything, but also was unforgettable.
Will be back to have some more amazing food. Hoping the city will be open so we can just sit at the bar.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 8, 2020

Blushing! Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Great ambiance. Delicious cocktails. Would definitely go back.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 2, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! We can't wait to have you join us again.

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vipDonaldK
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. I had scallops and they were divine my wife had steak that was done perfectly. Service was attentive and prompt. Overall great experience.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 3, 2020

Blushing! Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! I said great!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 2, 2020

We think you're great too!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great. Only “complaint” was that the drinks from the bar came out slooooooow. Took 20 minutes to get our drinks after we first ordered. First visit during COVID and imagine the vibe of the restaurant is way more “fun” when it’s packed! Will definitely go back!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thanks for the feedback. Trust us, we miss having our bar packed too! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipDanaL
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam, our server, was very friendly and unassuming. The tuna app was quite tasty. Loved the steak (perfectly cooked) and the delicious duck breast. Ended the evening with the lemon buttermilk ice cream. Wonderful evening, delicious food, and amazing service was enjoyed.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 24, 2020

I appreciate you taking the time to comment! I'll be sure to share your kind words with Adam. We hope to see you again soon!

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shanda1218
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Celebrated my anniversary here. I loved everything I had; lamb meatballs, scallops, duck breast, summer berry semifreddo, and pistachio layer cake.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 24, 2020

Thank you for the great feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to respond. Sounds like we made it nice for your Anniversary. Here's to many more for you and yours!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about dinner. Great place !!!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 19, 2020

Blushing! Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The bucatini was delicious! Just the right amount of heat/spice to give the sauce flavor without being over whelming. One of the servers was very kind and spoke with us about New Orleans and places he would recommend visiting. Definitely would love to visit again.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 19, 2020

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw the excellent rating for this restaurant, so I figured this place would be great for a first date. The service was outstanding and the food was amazing. Definitely would recommend this place to all my friends. Do get the Shrimp and Grits. The best I have ever had.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 19, 2020

We think you’re great too! Thanks for the kind words.

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vipPieInTheSky
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was lovely although the server oversold the truffles on the pasta. Quality of the home made pasta as well as the salami was top tier. Our server was definitely a newbie to F&B though and her service was a bit stilted and the server was challenged to find the words to describe the cuisine. More than anything I was a bit miffed that in a nearly empty restaurant she tried to seat me at what I lovingly refer to as “the bozo table”: those sad tables that sits in the path of the kitchen door or next to a bathroom. I asked for another table and she had to “check”. Which said to me that her desire to make my experience everything it could be was outweighed by a fear of either getting in trouble or concern that more important patrons might be coming in. Seating at the bozo table when the restaurant is empty is, to me, an automatic strike against a restaurant. Especially when my OT and Resy notes very clearly request NOT to be seated at the bozo table.
The food was otherwise very good- the duck meatballs were dreamy, the spice on the pasta with Maw Maws gravy was perfect/ just enough and not too much. The truffle pasta lacked that special and unique truffle essence but the pasta itself was cooked perfectly and the gravy had just the right amount of creamy dreamy. I would recommend this restaurant but hope that they revisit training their front of the house staff.

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vipNola31
New Orleans
40 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary brunch was wonderful. Josephine Estelle is a family favorite that never disappoints. It is a beautiful space too. Five stars!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 9, 2020

We think you’re great too! Thanks for the kind words.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming to Josephine Estelle, especially for breakfast/brunch. The menu is always fresh and the food thoughtful and delicious. We had the best boudin balls we’ve tasted this trip. We were also introduced to pickled caper berries, an incredible ingredient we’d never heard of. The cocktail menu is always kept fresh and never disappoints. Keep it up!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 9, 2020

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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Lilpeppr
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was on point.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 19, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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vipToptay
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was warm and friendly.
I had the coolinary menu option and it was great!
Loved the Brussels sprouts salad - had just a touch of sweetness.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 9, 2020

Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope to see you again soon.

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AlisonC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was so kind and attentive. Made our evening extra special

Josephine Estelle
Responded on September 2, 2020

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soooo much food for our coolinary experience! Had never eaten here before and the food exceeded our expectations. Love that a meat eater could dine with a vegetarian and both have a satisfying dining experience!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on August 29, 2020

We think you’re great too! Thanks for the kind words.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Did not acknowledge special occasion, service was slow, but food was delicious

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VeraB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Jamie made our Coolinary experience delightful. And the food was AWESOME. Everything we ordered was fantastic. I will definitely be back

Josephine Estelle
Responded on August 29, 2020

Blushing! Thank you for taking the time to let us know.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amid the COVID, JE is doing things right, taking necessary precautions to protect patrons and staff, while providing A#1 service and cuisine. Feels as close to normal as possible. Thank you Steven, Carolyn, Elliot, Jamie and everyone working!!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on August 29, 2020

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are staying at the hotel! This place is amazing even during the Covid. Waitress were perfect, cocktails were cold and delicious and food was amazing! Can’t wait to come back.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on August 21, 2020

We think you’re great too! Thanks for the kind words.

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Linda
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was fine. Not great, but fine. We ordered two of the "house specialty" pastas. They looked different from each other. One had a lot of black pepper, the other did not. The cookies were cold. I just assumed that they would be warm. Again, they were fine. Nothing too exciting or great, fine.

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vipSanDiegoReviewer
Denver
57 reviews