Josephine Estelle

4.5
1276 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.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" lists.

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Sun - Fri 5:00PM - 6:45PM

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Waitstaff-amazing. Facility-beautiful. Time for delivery lunch, and only 10 customers, was horribly long. The back of house has to pick up its game. Front of house rocked.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brunch menu with lots of options that aren’t solely egg dishes.

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CB
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very hip atmosphere w somewhat annoying soundtrack at times. Food was nicely done overall. My pork osso buco was tasty and moist. Pasta course was perfectly done. Wine list was OK. Our party enjoyed ourselves. Sort of a middle of the road place, but good for the price.

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New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in NOLa and have many options of where to dine. JE has become a relaxing,
Enjoyable get-away after a long day or week.
The staff knows me by name and knows my preferences, ie no salt, bottled water, Boyd & Blair Gimlet, black napkin if needed, Efficient service if before a show at the Saenger...

The food is another raving opportunity. If you want to actually ‘taste’ the individual Ingredients every dish is perfectly prepared!

Can’t wait to go back!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and excellent food. Every dish was a taste sensation. We were wowed from the start of the charcuterie platter through the salads, pastas and all the way to the affogato!

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V
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

This was a wonderful restaurant except for one thing- the music from the bar was SO intrusive.Ms. DJ needs to take it down several notches. What would have been a great evening was marred by the fact that we could not have a conversation. Unfortunate.

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m
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took local clients to a business dinner. They had never been to Josephine Estelle, some were skeptical and others looking forward to trying something new. Everyone left happy, and I suspect they will come back! I certainly will when I am in town! Service was impeccable! We tried many dishes and every bite was fantastic! Thank you for a successful evening.

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adams service was great. Food fantastic.

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! My favorite dish there was the agnolotti with green garlic, ricotta, and black truffle. The design was beautiful, a nice mix of modern and antique furniture. I loved everything there, but the orecchiette could use some work. It was kind of dry overall, and why was the pasta green? I still had a wonderful time though.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an exceptional experience. Thank you for making my birthday more fun and special.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent restaurant but way overpriced. Chef also got a bit overzealous with the rosemary in Maw Maw’s gravy. Couldn’t eat my $26 bowl of pasta with meat sauce.

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EM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my partner there to celebrate her 30th. Delicious. Amazing service. Thoughtful and delicious all in one. We will definitely be returning!

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TT
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with coworkers for a quiet evening. It was easy to have a conversation, and the waiters were diligent without being intrusive. Really good food at a fair value point. With meal, drink, dessert and tip it came out under $50 per seat.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from out of town!

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SB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time. Food was delicious. Waitress was very knowledgable about the menu and food

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TN
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pastry board is awesome and so was the breakfast sandwich and chicken biscuit.

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Mississippi
18 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was outstanding the menu is limited but very good

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Subtle dishes of the right (small) size. Spot on wine advice from manager/sommelier. Dining room where for once it is not freezing. Adequate service by non conventional staff. Good atmosphere. Pimped roof top bar had bad service (but seems unrelated to resto).

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DG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we step into the door, we knew this was a special place. The sky high ceilings and Art Deco interior created a space what was welcoming and inviting. We were immediately seated - ours was the first table for dinner since this was a pre-theater dinner for us - and greeted by our server Jaime. After chatting with Jaime a bit about the menu, we decided to share a few small plates (all recommendations from Jaime) and two pasta dishes. EVERYTHING was amazing! The bruschetta with nettles and burrata was my personal favorite. The grilled oysters were divine. We all enjoyed the tempura asparagus too. For pasta we had agnolotti with black truffles and orecchiette with crawfish. OMG! This meal was so delicious that I made a reservation to bring my husband next month when we are in New Orleans for The Rolling Stones concert. I am told the summer menu will have made its debut by then!

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GP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal here! Every bite was delicious, appetizers through dessert.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will have the scallops again. My date’s bucatini was delicious. We also ordered the duck which was cooked perfectly.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. Server was aloof. The rest of the staff were actually quite unfriendly toward families. This used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but the experience is gone dramatically downhill.

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L
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was adorable - and answered all questions easily. We had theater tickets & they got us out in plenty of time. Definitely a repeater!

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The pasta portions were very small. I ate lunch at 2, dinner was at 5, I’m 91 lbs., & was still hungry after my pasta. The dessert was wonderful.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was incredible especially the pasta. The service was on the slower side but the food defitely made up for it.

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the staff made our anniversary a special evening!! Have already recommended it to several friends.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best overall meal while in the NO area. From drink thru excellent dessert our visit was a great experience.

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New Orleans
101 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the minute we walked in everything was perfect. The hostess was friendly. Loved our waitress Elliot . She was very knowledgeable of the menu. Loved the way she praised the chef and the staff she worked with . We noticed all the other employees were smiling and seemed be be happy. The food was amazing. We had the oysters for appetizer. Delicious!! The rabbit ravioli were to die for. The pork Osso Buco was one of the best dishes ever. Thank you for making my Birthday a special day.

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YA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Living in New Orleans there are way to many delicious restaurants to go to. But I kept getting drawn back to their delicious pasta. There has not been one thing on the menu that I do not like. The portions of the pasta dishes are perfect that you dont end up over eating. This is defiantly a place to go if you want some freshly made delicious pasta dishes. the service is great repectfull but also attentitive so you not always sitting and waiting for one thing or another. My group bought 1 appetizer 3 pasta dishes and 2 cocktails for around $70. I will be returning to this restaurant very soon.

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AG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous well done dishes and adorable decor

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JN
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We had reservations for dinner at 6:15 bc we were attending the Paul McCartney concert at 8. Service was so bad that when we hadn’t received our food by 7:25, we left. Other people arrived after us, ate and left while we waited for dinner. We Paid for our drinks and ate at the smoothie king center. Very disappointing and we won’t be back.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service! We were in a hurry to catch a show at the Smoothie King center and Josephine Estelle’s was the perfect convenient location! The staff made sure we were out in plenty of time.

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JE
Mobile
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress, servers, and manager were very receptive and inviting. Food great and original. Will be back for sure. Great place before the theater or concerts!

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FW
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 8 went there before the Paul McCartney concert and had an outstanding experience. Other than the VERY delayed cocktail service (which the server warned us of), everything else was fantastic. The multiples of dishes that we ordered came out well presented and at proper temperature. The service was attentive and accommodating to our dining curfew and got us out of there on time. Can't wait to go back!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and ambiance!

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TJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best desserts in the city. Start with any of the pastas. Chicken biscuit. JT Burger with the burnt cheese cape. Yes to pretty much everything at Josephine Estelle.

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JD
Kansas City
40 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful decor, interesting menu, great tastes.

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j
Mississippi
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

cocktails and food were yum! service mediocre, but was busy at the time we were there. most disappointing was that we were not offered a dessert menu. we were there in celebration of our daughter's graduation and celebratory dessert would have been lovely!

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

Unfortunately the buratta starter was too salty, ciabatta quite laden with oil. The pasta entree was delicious. The service fast and attentive but the noise in the bar was a misfit to the ambience the restaurant suggests

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SC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Josephine Estelle. The ambiance and vibe are great, really consistent and high end. We always love the food, from the pasta to the cheese board. And the service is always great!

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