Josephine Estelle

4.6
1656 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

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was SO good - we had two pasta dishes, meatballs and fish. And the peanut butter budino was amazing

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JMat
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants, the food is consistently SPECTACULAR and the place itself is gorgeous. Highly recommended.

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Responded 3 days ago

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vipWilliamO
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Josephine Estelle. The best pasta in New Orleans and they also add new and interesting things to the menu. Full wine list with options at every price point. They even have an amaro menu and the wait staff know their stuff. Highly recommend. One of our favorite restaurants in New Orleans, a city not known for contemporary Italian cuisine. No Amer-Italiano here!

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

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vipFoodLuvvas
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussel Sprout salad was fabulous. All the pasta dishes are delicious. Great setting.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

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ClaytonO
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our server didnt introduce himself, not offer us the complimentary bread or
Tells us of the specials. Our appetizers were delicious. Drink service was slow, took almost 15 mins and the restaurant was not busy at all. Food runner was the saving grace as she was very friendly! Dinner was awful, my tortellini tasted like something out of bag, in a beef type broth with hard acorn squash squares. My friends dishes were very salty, but otherwise no flavor. We were not asked or offered coffee or dessert, then our server did offer to run one card so we could Venmo each other and finish more quickly. We left hungry!! After a nearly $350 bill. You could not pay me to go back to this restaurant. It’s a shame because the restaurant is gorgeous.

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vipAdreneM
New Orleans
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg I ❤️ this place— beautiful restaurant— the rigatoni with maw maws sauce brought me back to my grandmothers Sunday table when I was a kid—- can’t wait to come back— and we went to the upstairs bar at ace hotel—-alto for a drink and some nice rooftop views of the city

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 25, 2021

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We arrived for brunch at 1230pm on a Saturday, was literally one of two tables in the entire restaurant, and somehow managed to have the slowest service. Food was good!

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Taylor
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Took a long time for our food to arrive but the atmosphere was so nice, it was not a big deal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. One of the best meals I’ve had in a while.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 17, 2021

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We were so excited to eat here but unfortunately it did not live up to our expectations. I thought the pasta was just okay and not worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Valentines brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was extremely poor. Slow and then we ordered appetizer pastas but got charged for the entree portion and the waiter never told us or advised us that he was giving us the larger portion. Also we were seated against a wall basically and asked to move and they said no

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant host and waitress service here. We ordered the brussel sprouts salad, boudin balls, campanelle, and chicken sandwich which were all very good. We came at a quiet time and enjoyed our time here. Would definitely come back to try out the other items on the menu!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 17, 2021

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KazliS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Waited for ten minutes when we first sat down.
After that, service was more attentive.

We ordered smaller pasta but we were charged for larger order of the tortellini. It was delicious.

I was surprised the upholstery showed major wear and tear.

The black truffle pasta was incredible. The flat iron steak wasn’t memorable. The dark hearts drink - I would never recommend. The Slim Tuesday made up for how terrible the Dark hearts was . I would go back for the meatballs and the black truffle Campanelle. We took the Valentine’s dessert to go, and was incredible for breakfast.

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vipJeremyH
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josephine Estelle has best Italian food I have eaten since living in Italy. My wife and I had the tricolor salad followed by JE meatballs with amatriciana pasta and it was all delicious. The ambiance is fantastic with a nice balance of upscale and casual making it a great place for dressing up or dining casually..

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 17, 2021

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vipRobinC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Josephine Estelle and have a great experience every time I'm there. The bartender called out and our waiter was super accommodating with our drinks and helpful with our food selections. The ambience was nice (obviously quiet due to Covid). Can't wait to go back!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 13, 2021

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vipericlnc
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was recommended by a local as having great food and staff, and it definitely delivered on both. We went for Sunday brunch had the canestri, pancake and JE breakfast. All dishes were flavorful and cooked to perfection. Our server was very helpful. He helped us size the portions correctly and gave us great recommendations. Would highly recommend when in the Big Easy.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on February 13, 2021

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Our waiter was rude and because of it I will not be returning. Josephine Estelle is one of my favorite restaurants in New Orleans, yet I can no longer support them after my recent visit.

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vipTamaraL
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pure joy. From the amazing food to the warm and very accommodating staff. The breakfast hostess made each day, thank you. Can’t wait to return!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 27, 2021

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

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AngeliqueH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! Everything was great! Felt very safe with the social distancing.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 27, 2021

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vipTamaraL
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hosted working the weekend of 1/22 is PURE JOY. She made the start of every morning and the food is beyond delicious and made with love. Thank you team Josephine Estelle!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 27, 2021

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

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RedBeardNOLA
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our Sunday brunch. We both had the BBQ Shrimp and Grits. They were excellent! At least six prawn sizes shrimp in a delicious bed of grits with green onion, Tasso and other herbs - delicious! Our waiter was pleasant and helpful. The room itself is lovely and harkens back to earlier days. BTW - the Bloody Mary’s (not in the menu) were delicious too! Definitely an enjoyable experience and a place we will be visiting soon again.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 21, 2021

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vipNola31
New Orleans
42 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our good luck for the Saints tradition of eating at Josephine Estelle before home games sadly didn’t work this time, but the food and service were excellent as always. We’ll be back!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 21, 2021

We were so glad you enjoyed everything! We hope to see you before next football season. Who Dat FOREVER!

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TaylorG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED our date at Josephine Estelle! It was very intimate and we were able to take our time. The food was delicious and the staff was very professional.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 21, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words, we hope to see you again soon!

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dmoolina
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This isn't a place I would willingly go to again, but I am glad that I at least went once.

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OpenTable Diner
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. We had excellent service and felt very safe dining here with the hygiene measures in place at the restaurant.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 6, 2021

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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NathanT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely am in love with this place everything about it is perfect

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 6, 2021

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal tonight. Tagliatelli pasta with rabbit and the osso bucco pork special. Both were perfectly prepared. A nice Cabernet was recommended and was a good fit. Very nice service and ambiance. We've been here several times and will definitely be back!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 6, 2021

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Aderou4
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Steven (I think that was his name) couldn’t have been nicer and made our night! The food was amazing and the champagne was delicious. The prices were reasonable and we even were given an amuse bouche of caviar! Highly recommend.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 6, 2021

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

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant - even thought it was New Year's Eve, and one person in our party was 30 minutes late, they worked hard to hold our table for us. At no time did we feel rushed - the service was spectacular and the food was great. We will return!

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delish
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Most dishes good to very good, with a couple of misses scattered in. Very good service, great drinks.

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BrianW
1 review