Josephine Estelle

4.5
1771 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 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Wed - Thu 10:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 10:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Sat 10:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 11:00PM

What 1771 people are saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVincent
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best Italian in the city. The pastas are extraordinary.

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SarahD
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our waiter and the Americano were outstanding. The food was not. We found the menu to be limited. And why no bread at what appears to predominately be an Italian restaurant? The dishes we ate were okay but nothing to rave about. Based on the reviews, we expected more. The desserts were the most disappointing: the pistachio cake was passed dry with an off putting texture and the pavlova had so much lime it almost made you think the dessert had soured. Additionally, a restaurant of this caliber should not have worn through seating. It’s not chic; it’s just shabby.

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SusanB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were superb! I made a reservation based on other reviews and I was not disappointed.

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30alocal
Tallahassee
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Lovely knowledgeable servers. Drinks were wonderful, food was good....especially the delicious chicken sandwich and the avocado Benedict and shrimp and grits. The bucatini was not a favorite, not a lot of flavor to that one.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went there for Sunday brunch. Was alright. Nothing extraordinary, but with a high ticket price. Not impressed enough to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Martha our server gave wonderful choices and advice. The food was excellent!! Pasta to die for!! The drinks were very good. We will be returning soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentiveness was impeccable

Josephine Estelle
Responded 19 hours ago

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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MikeW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great but we were given a table that abutted the server station where the orders were inputted so I had at least one person standing an inch away from my shoulder almost the whole. I'm sure they had to spread the tables out because of covid but they should just eliminate that table for 2 if that's the only place it can go.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Always great service and very accommodating kitchen which was happy to provide vegan options for a member of our party.

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ToreyB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truly enjoyed my meal here. The cheese board and pasta were delightful!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 10, 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know! We hope to see you again soon!

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Wnnrwnnr
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great menu. Tasty cocktails. Service was on point.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 9, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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vipNWLAtravelers
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This is a place worth visiting...just to see the room. They were short handed when we were there on a Saturday for Brunch. And while the service wasn't fast...it was good. The food was okay...it was brunch so we didn't order anything fancy. We've been here several times and will return.

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HottyToddy
Mississippi
46 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lunch on 50th anniversary trip to NOLA. I wanted to be more impressed than I was. Food was quite good, but far from exceptional. We had the $25 lunch special. In retrospect I would have passed on that. The portions were quite small. We also opted for the $5 glass of wine. Which was just that. A $5 glass of wine.
My biggest complaint, however, was the noise. The piped in music was at a volume suitable for a dance club. Made conversation impossible. And while it’s all personal preference, I really didn’t care for music with a driving bass beat.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall I give it an eh. Food was OK, not knock your socks off. Portions were small. Not great, not horrible. Just eh

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Amber
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We got the lunch prix fixe, and they almost forgot our gelato, but thankfully we remembered. Would’ve been so sad to miss out on that!

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vipcocof
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice brunch with great breakfast sandwich and bagel plate. Service was wonderful.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 6, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

The hostess was extremely rude. The waitress was inattentive. The food was good. I’ll forget the meal but I will never forget how me and my guests were treated and spoken to.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your candid feedback. We have sent you a private message and look forward to speaking with you soon.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our steak and fish were both undercooked. The steak was ordered medium + and it was medium rare. I wasn't asked how I would like the fish cooked and it was too rare for my liking. Also, the benches need to be replaced. They are torn and peeling. It looks very tacky. Overall, we didn't enjoy our experience.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your candid feedback. We have sent you a private message and look forward to speaking with you soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service and delicious food.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We are huge Andrew & Michael fans and are visiting NOLA from Memphis. We enjoy several of their Memphis restaurants on a monthly basis so we were very excited to try Josephine Estelle. While the food was the same great quality with inventive twists on familiar recipes, the service was subpar. That has never been our experience at an AM restaurant. The service is usually a hallmark of the experience.
It took an hour between getting seated and the arrival of our pastry selection. To be fair, there was no need to cook our first course - it was simply two pastries and two spreads on a plate - simple enough. THAT TOOK AN HOUR. We were one of the very first arrivals of the day for Sunday brunch and had reservations. The restaurant was not busy. And it took an hour to get two pastries that were not baked that morning. While we waited, we did not have a single refill to our coffee or water. Other wait staff brought out our entrees and gave us water after us asking. We watched several other diners come, eat, and leave while we waited. A simple breakfast brunch that should have taken 1 hour from seating to close took nearly 2 and a half hours. The food was great and we are convinced that this is another excellent AM concept so long as the service significantly improves.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you for your candid feedback. We have sent you a private message and look forward to speaking with you soon.

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BradS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We started with fried chicken and roasted carrots appetizers, then had crawfish ravioli, followed by scallops. For dessert we had affogato and a delicious pistachio cake with cardamom.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Blushing! Thanks for taking the time to let us know.

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vipCWood3
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu, food and service were all wonderful!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thanks so much for the kind words!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 29, 2021

Thanks so much!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a great experience. The service could’ve been better since it wasn’t crowded. But aside from that, everything was great!

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trc713
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Josephine & Estelle...We were not disappointed. The service was great & the food was some of the best pasta I have ever had. I like that they offer both small & large portions of the pasta....the small plates were enough for me & my husband. Drinks & wine were reasonably priced & the pistachio/dark chocolate cake was outstanding. We will be sure to return to this gem.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 28, 2021

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

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vipwill
Atlanta
54 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

It’s not fair to give a accurate review. we were the last ones there, and they did everything they could to accommodate us

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djc83
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience. The service from Adam was first class. The food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 26, 2021

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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Malpal
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific choice in an convenient location. Our server, Jamie , was excellent snd very knowledgeable. Liked that they offered small plates of pasta dishes so it was easy to try multiple varieties. Pistachio chocolate cake was to die for! Elegant Art Deco decor. Highly recommend!!!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 26, 2021

Your comments spark joy. Thanks so much.

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vipAmyL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious and interesting food. Brussel
Sprout salad was just wonderful, and the ricotta sauce with green beans with my scallops was also so unusual and so delicious.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 26, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice set up for outside dining. Staff was very friendly but felt like forgotten about due to sitting outside or maybe impact due to COVID. Staff called to verify if wanted outside dinning due to warmer temps. Very nice gesture. Meals were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephen our server was top notch along with all of the other staff, including the host. They were fun, they were entertaining, we had an absolute blast. To complete the morning (which ended up being an afternoon) the food was amazing. Like, AMAZing. True story, we were meant to split the meatballs - but selfish people pull selfish acts and eat the delicious food until gone. Who‘a guilty - me!! Order the Brussel Sprout Salad, you’ll have zero guilt. Be kind - our world is in disarray and these “friends” worked as a team with zero hesitation the entire visit. Good job friends, we look forward to our next visit!

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 26, 2021

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

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

oh my god...i live in memphis and this was one of the best (if not the best) experiences i’ve had at any of the enjoyam restaurants and that’s saying a lot. also definitely my favorite meal in nola. everyone took amazing care of us (at least 3 staff members touched our table to check in) and our server elliott was so friendly and wonderful at guiding us through the menu. she helped us pick a beautiful bottle of sparkling and all her food recommendations were spot on. i love that they offer half and full portions of the pastas so you can try a few small portions and still order a full portion of some favorites like we did with the cacio e pepe. the menu blends classic italian with the perfect amount of creativity and a little new orleans flair. the ambiance was amazing as well—loved the old music playing on the record player, the lighting, and the restaurant itself is gorgeous. i only wish i’d been able to eat more!!! thank you so much for such a perfect evening. i can’t wait to come back.

Josephine Estelle
Responded on May 26, 2021

Blushing!! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know. We hope to see you again soon!