Josephine Estelle

4.2
1922 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
What 1922 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding experience

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there and thank you so much! The experience wouldn't be the same without our many fabulous guests as yourself!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great time here for our bachelorette party! The bride to be got a free drink and then they provided shots for the entire group, it was so nice and made us feel very special! The staff was exceptionally friendly and so nice, we loved joking with them. The food was great 10/10 recommend the scallops!

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for the kind words! Who doesn't love a great bachelorette party? We wish the Bride-to-be an ocean of happiness!!

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Eclecticdiner1
Cincinnati
47 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch in NOLA was amazing!!! Food and drinks were top notch especially eggs and pastries, wow! Worth the wait! Glad we chose to have brunch at Josephine Estelle, thanks!!⚜️

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you Eclecticdiner1! The pastries are my morning mantra for sure :)

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vipjimbored
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant and very good Italian food. We had a lovely and attentive server.

Josephine Estelle
Responded 3 days ago

Hi jimbored, We LOVE the love <3 Can restaurants blush?

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The level of incompetence from a disinterested and disappearing waiter to running out of basic brunch necessities made this an unforgettable experience. Unforgettably bad. They should not have been open if that’s their best effort. Choose somewhere else in Nola for brunch.

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Kimmy
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food5service3ambience4

New Years Brunch

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi Kimmy, Oh no, so sorry to see that your experience with us was not as expected. We would love to hear details of your stay so that we may address the issues you had. You can reply back to us at enquire@josephineestelle.c o m Thanks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It our tradition to come to NOLA multiple times a year and always on New Years Eve! Josephine Estelle is the only place we consider going to for dinner NYE! Best food. Best staff. Best everything!! Love this place!
Thank you for always being spot on!!!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hello there, We are so happy to hear that!! :D Honestly, NYE dinner wouldn't be as fun without you either. Seriously. Your friends at Josephine Estelle

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SheaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dinner! Great service, delicious food, beautiful setting. We will be back!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Woweeee! What a beautiful compliment... Thank you so much and hopefully we will see you soon ;)

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vipDucktom
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our experience was not great! When we entered there was a strong sewage smell. The host was not a welcoming person. Nor very accommodating to our table request.
Our server was very friendly and helpful, not her fault my boyfriend received the wrong entree. She corrected this immediately.
Other notes, Prosecco served in wine glass?
Overall the food was good!
The restaurant needs a little more practice..

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Ciao Ducktom, We are so sorry about the odor and the negative staff experience. Thanks to all our amazing guests, such as yourself, we are already actively working on our faults that you had experienced. Hopefully we can welcome you in the near future with just the perfect spot in Josephine Estelle for the extra special night out! Cheers!

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prytaniat
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quick, delicious bite before the Saints game. My husband and I each ordered the meatballs and split a delicious green salad. The cute waitress got us our food quickly so we could leave on time for the game. So much better than overpriced pizza or hot dog at the Dome!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hello prytaniat, We love to hear the great compliments and believe you me - I am eating our meatballs before each Saints game from now on too. (Can we please also add the JE Fried Chicken to it? - sooooo good) Thanks so much and see you soon!!

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wareagleaa
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We know that staffing is an issue, however three people in our party never received their main course. We had to cancel those orders due to the fact that we had plans after dinner.
Thankfully, this was not our first visit. We will come back.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi wareagleaa, We are so sorry about that. Hopefully we can go back to 'wowing' you again on your next visit as things fall back to normal in the City. Cheers!

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annb71157
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of five celebrating the holidays! We absolutely loved Josephine Estelle. A few ordered the shrimp and grits which they loved. I had the friend oyster Rockefeller Benedict. So yummy. We shared a variety of desserts and they were all delicious! Kudos to the pastry chef! Service was good! Ambiance was perfect!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on January 8, 2022

Hi annb71157, We LOVE you too! (I think our Pastry Chef might be Wonder Woman)

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was great but food was mediocre

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JordeneH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Worst food in New Orleans. We eat out several times a week and have never had such a bad meal in New Orleans. The only seasoning was SALT and lots of it. We had the Christmas set-menu and the timing was all off. The main entree (gulf fish) was oily. The salad tasted like salt, the fish tasted like salt, the cold cauliflower tasted like salt. The beet salad had been plated hours before and was clearly pulled out the fridge.
We could see the kitchen from our table so we watched them eat, chat, and drink while we waited for our food. No one in the kitchen wore masks and the waitstaff kept running back and forth to see if the food was ready.
Our waitress was perfect and tried her best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was perfect. Service was very slow. Waited maybe fifteen minutes for a server. Was passed up multiple times by servers until a gentleman saw us waiting and got us water and looked for our server. Once she showed up she was friendly enough but very much a ghost during the entire experience. That being said, my date still had a great time. She loved the cocktails, food, and ambiance and we’ll probably be back again. Hopefully the service will be better though.

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WhitneyL
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Waited around 30 minutes for breakfast that came out cold. Server literally dropped the food on the table and walked away before asking if we needed anything. My husbands toast came out burned completely black on one side. The atmosphere was beautiful though.

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HanaF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I love Josephine so much! My boyfriend and I came for date night to celebrate a recent accomplishment. I couldn't stop talking about the bucatini and how it is my fav bowl of pasta in all of New Orleans. Unfortunately, it was way too overcooked. the pasta was mushy. I didn't want to complain/make it awkward, so I still ate it but it wasn't the usual perfection that comes out of the Josephine kitchen. The pickled shrimp was incredible though, and the dirty martinis were super tasty. I didn't quite fulfill my amatriciana craving, but the atmosphere is beautiful and waitstaff/host are so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Poor service, no knowledge of menu, rarely returned to table. Kitchen served salmon when three people at the table ordered the gulf fish at market price. Salmon doesn’t come from the gulf, but the kitchen assumed we wouldn’t know that I guess? Have come here for so many special occasions since the hotel opened years ago, but this will most likely be our last time. Very sad and disappointed.

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KenzieH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All of the food we had was DELICIOUS! The Canestri (cacio e pepe) is why I picked this restaurant. Ever since having it in Italy in 2019, I have been trying to find a place that makes it the same. I finally found it! This was the real deal! WOW! From the Delicate Squash and Burrata appetizers, to the main course, everything was amazing! I wish I lived in New Orleans so I could come here in a regular basis.

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vipVikki
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good italian food for sure.

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DonnaC
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The menu selections were minimal, the food was mediocre and the noise level was extreme. Great setting with lots of potential but too costly for a mediocre meal. The drinks however were great, kudos to the bar staff. In a party of 4 we only deviated in our selection of salad and desserts. (Desert was pretty good). Because of the lack of entree selections we all ordered a pasta shrimp dish but were all disappointed to find that we had to hunt for the shrimp and when found they had been cut in half. This was in all 4 entrees! This is absolutely not up to code for New Orleans. The rosemary bread was the highlight of our dinner. As the night went on the noise level became unbearable and we couldn’t hear each other speaking so we left. I hope this review helps to make some improvements bc this could be an awesome dinner spot but until that happens I will not be recommending or returning.

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Hairybaby
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Came in late for dinner. Decided on $60 pre fix and portions were tiny ( like whatever was left at end of night) and not hot. Had to send soup back literally cold. Server only checked on us once, empty water glasses and when we asked where she went the bar tender rolled his eyes and walked away to find her without verbally saying anything to us. No energy. Not great food and zero service.

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SeanF
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pretty good experience overall. We both went with the 4 course prix-fixe: a carrot soup, a pasta course, rabbit and fish for the entrees and dessert. Soup was nice, the mushroom pasta was a little bland but not a miss (one of us did gluten free pasta which is appreciated). Entrees were both solid. The desserts (panna cotta and a tart) were passable but nothing to write home about. Cocktails weren’t our favorite but nice wine by the glass selection. Service however was pretty frosty - our waitress seemed really annoyed for us for no particular reason. Probably wouldnt come back but a perfectly nice meal

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for the feedback SeanF, we are glad that overall you had a good experience. We are continuously working to improve our service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went for a dinner date, took two and a half hours from sit down until we got the check. 45 minute wait for the entree alone, restaurant was half full. Poor service

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

We are sorry to hear about your experience with us at Josephine Estelle. Fitting the right pace of service for your occasion is important to us. We will use this information to improve our service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Very disappointing. The food was extremely underwhelming & arrived warm not hot. We were told that the sommelier was too busy to assist with our wine selection. Overheard the service staff arguing. It was our anniversary, which was denoted on our reservation & not so much as a mention of it.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit with us. We will use this to improve our service going forward.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious and fun!!! Fantastic ambiance!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thanks for the feedback, happy that you enjoyed everything!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter didn’t appear to know what he’s doing. Service very slow. Meat and cheese plate was very plain. Waiter brought me the wrong main course. He asked if I wanted to eat it anyway. When the real main course appeared, it was not very good. I was surprised. I always enjoyed myself there, but I don’t think I’ll return

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit with us. We will use this to improve our service going forward.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was good. But they brought out our meals at very different times so one couple was done eating before the second got their entree.

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glitch
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great classic Italian with modern spin. Perfectly prepared pasta dishes. Beautiful room that can be loud, connected to a hipster hotel (the Ace). Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about food and wine. Support staff (food runners, hostesses, etc) were a little green but acceptable considering worker shortages. Very pleasant and satisfying dining experience.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful feedback about your visit with us glitch! We are glad you enjoyed your self and hope to serve you again soon! Cheers!

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SamF
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We truly enjoyed our entire meal...and got some nice wine paring
suggestions.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on December 8, 2021

Thanks SamF! We appreciate the feedback and kind words! Cheers!

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vipHimaliK
Memphis/West TN
9 reviews