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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Special Thanksgiving 4-course Prix Fixe Menu offered from 11am - 10pm. Choices in each course. $65 per person and $25 for kids 12 and under. Please contact us for large party reservations at at josephineestelle.com or at 504-930-3070. We look forward hosting you and yours for Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Christmas Eve! Normal hours of operation with our regular menu. Special holiday dishes and curated wine selections from our award winning wine list to make your spirits bright. For large parties please contact us at josephineestelle.com or at 504-930-3070.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Christmas Day! Normal hours of operation with our regular menu. Special holiday dishes and curated wine selections from our award winning wine list to make your spirits bright. For large parties please contact us at josephineestelle.com or at 504-930-3070.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Special New Years Eve Prix Fixe Menu offered for Dinner. Choices in each course. Optional wine pairing selected by our Sommelier. Please contact us for large party reservations at at josephineestelle.com or at 504-930-3070. Felice Anno Nuovo!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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What 1365 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so good

OT
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO MUCH PASTA!!!!! SO FREAKING GOOD. A quality lunch I’d repeat everyday.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and the food was amazing!!! Our server was a little cold and the food came out rapidfire, but otherwise it was a wonderful first night of our honeymoon.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My out of town business friends were completely impressed with the ambiance, wine selection and delicious food! Service was five star but they didn’t bother us too much or rush us through our dining experience!

JH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a beautiful setting, love music across the hall after we ate and an awesome roof top bar for drinks. Would highly recommend.

GC
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon arrival I thought the host was a bit snooty. We shuffled to the bar for a pre-dinner spirit and met a wonderful bartender. Her scratch old fashioned is unmatched. She was friendly and fun to talk to. The seating area ambiance was fantastic. Low lights and quiet enough to enjoy conversation. Our service was top notch including the sommelier and manager who worked well with us concerning a bottle of wine that had possibly turned. Scallops and pasta were flavorful and fresh and really showcased what the restaurant advertises. This place is a home run and a great change of pace to everyday Italian.

BG
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the pasta and the desserts are very good too. I have a hard time not ordering the pepper pasta because I love it that much. The peanut butter budino is a great dessert.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Booked as was one of only a few restaurants that catered for vegetarians, arrived early but was welcomed and shown to a table by windows, service was prompt and courteous, reasonable choice for most people. Can’t fault anything and would recommend.

RP
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service

CM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lackadaisical/non-existent greeting from the hostess when we walked in. When they finally found us a table (despite us having booked and the restaurant being nearly empty), the service from the waiter was better. However our mains were slow to arrive (until we asked if there had been a mixup, at which point they suddenly appeared). We all had pasta (bucatini with spicy meat sauce, agnolotti with zucchini and eggplant, duck confit) and found the food good but overly salty. The focaccia was definitely not fresh. Overall it was an OK experience but we won’t be rushing back.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at this restaurant several times and have always had a great experience. The atmosphere is great and the décor is fabulous. The bartenders are experts in their field and the chefs have the most innovative dishes. The pastas and the desserts are my absolute favorite. The meatballs are fantastic also.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 7, 2019

Sue- We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experiences at Josephine Estelle. We know that there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in New Orleans, and we are honored that you choose to dine with us. I will be sure to pass the kind words to the service and culinary teams that work hard to deliver the best experience possible. We'll see you next time!

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Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, tasty fresh homemade pastas, friendly waitress and GM

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words about your experience at Josephine Estelle. I have shared your wonderful feedback with our team. I appreciate you taking the time to comment! We hope to see you again soon!

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TE
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was really good and the staff is amazingly friendly!

OT
Galway
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal we have had in NOLA!

A
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service slow

WF
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was ok until the end of the meal they charged for a drink that was never delivered, then the server proceeded to argue the point and tell us we were wrong.

Have been several times to this place and service is always the low point, however, after this occurrence I will never return.

K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Atmosphere was lovely, especially enjoyed the music, lp records played on a turntable. Service was also very good. Was there for brunch, food was ok, not great.

DW
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always and love listening to the vinyl!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 7, 2019

Glad that you're digging our tunes! Cheers! Hope to see you again at Josephine Estelle!

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MM
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We stayed at The Ace Hotel and ate a breakfast and a dinner here. We enjoyed both. The soft shell crab at dinner was especially good.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on October 7, 2019

We appreciate you taking the time to give us a shout out. Hope to see you again soon at Josephine Estelle!

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P
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went to celebrate mine and my daughter's birthday - entrees and appetizers were good but nothing exceptional that would be recalled over any other restaurant in this class. Prices for wine and cocktails were high and these prices drove what were reasonable food prices into a higher price level than the $$ symbol we had seen. I'm sure we will one day.

NW
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We ate here on a weeknight when they were not busy.
They have a different menu, that needs a lot of explaining
Our waitperson didn’t do that, maybe because i
Of us not asking, but we ordered.
The food was slow getting there but when it came was just outstanding❗️
It’s expensive and slow for my taste, but I want to go back to try other dishes

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my birthday dinner. First time eating here and I will be coming back. The food was amazing, especially the Tuna Tartar and meatballs! Our waiter was exceptional, she explain to us the entire menu and suggested her favorites. Josephine went beyond my expectations!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for an occasion or just a regular night out

b
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
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.

MS
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Noise level was so live, we were unable to speak across small table.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super! And the Meat and Cheese Tray was fabulous!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food good. Service not

TE
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sicilian wine dinner

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BC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
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
26 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
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
49 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
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 on September 15, 2019
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
12 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!

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