Louisiana Purchase SD

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$31 to $50
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Conveniently set on Louisiana Street in North Park, our design of this intimate cocktail restaurant was inspired by the charm &; character of New Orleans, with creative touches of personal effects giving guests the feeling of warmth, community & fun.

Architect Jeff Svitak helped create a modern interpretation of a classic French Quarter restaurant, introducing elements of wood, marble &; rich velvet. Our lush patio seating flows seamlessly into our indoor dining space, a nod to the courtyards found across the beautiful southern city.

Our rotating food menu will be dedicated to only the best seasonal ingredients, featuring big &; bold flavors from the region. Executive Chef Quinnton Austin recently relocated to San Diego from New Orleans, bringing with him an exciting wealth of knowledge &; experience in the culinary melting pot that defines southern cuisine.

Alligator Cheesecake, Andouille Fried Red Beans & Rice w/Chipotle Mousse, & Fried Redfish with Crawfish Etouffe.
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JH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative cocktails and inventive food menu/takeoff on traditional New Orleans "style" cuisine. The atmosphere is casual/relaxed, the service was good and the waiter was very well versed with the menu. It is a bit on the pricey side (for the amount of food), but everything was tasty. Service was quick (though it was not terribly crowded when we were there and it was a Sunday evening). We enjoyed our meal.

JB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in San Diego. Louisiana Purchase is a modern take on authentic Louisiana fare. The dishes are decadent, and amazingly delicious. Be sure to ask for the weekly neighborhood menu, where Chef puts his spin on some of his favorite dishes from restaurants back on in NO. On rare occasion, he treats us, and there are homemade beignets on the menu. (They should be on there every day!)
The craft cocktail selection is top notch as well. From happy hour, to anniversary celebrations, this is the place to go.

CA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I already have to family, friends and coworkers. The occasion was for my wife's birthday and one of the owners, the host, and waitress all sang a wished her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

JB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Sunday Brunch. The food was really good. Our waitress was very professional and nice and accommodating. We got a chance to talk with one for the owners and they were very nice. Would definitely recommend this place. We plan on going back to try out the dinner menu. If you are a New Orleans Saints Fan, this is the place to be to watch the games when they play.

S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

The best thing about our experience was our server, Joe! Thanks Joe for being a great server and being considerate, unlike the pregnant blonde lady.

C
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had wanted to try Louisiana Purchase for a while after driving by it many times. The ambiance is cool, food is decent, and service was great. Cocktails were a little strong but also too sweet? Not sure if this was from the bitters (had an old fashioned and a sazorac). I would go back here again just for a couple of fancy cocktails and the ambience alone.

M
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Sunday brunch, 9/29/19 which was a 90's R&B themed DJ Event. The ambiance was nice. The food portions are very generous. The value for brunch was good. Bottomless mimosas are always a plus. There were several different juice options to mix with the champagne, apple-celery, spicy cayenne OJ. I would go back for the dame theme. As a Vegan, options are non-existent, but I was there with friends, so I was able to enjoy fruit.

EC
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for my birthday, we had the chicken skins appetizer which was incredible a couple of drinks before we ordered from the neighborhood menu. I had the Ribeye special with Mac n cheese and cauliflower, my wife had the pork chop special with yams and collard greens and my daughter had the fish n shrimp PO Boy. All were fantastic but the rib eye and pork chop was exceptional.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

37th Birthday

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Took 35 minutes to get an old fashioned. 20 minutes to get my check. Had to go up to the host stand and ask the hostess to go grab it for me.

Then they still charged for the old fashioned.(gave me happy hour price) lol.

I love the place and someone told me before that they had terrible service. I said really I’ve had great experiences.

Tonight I saw what they were talking about.

Bummer. Really cool atmosphere.

Will not go again.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was way better the last time we went. And I heard the server describe several specials that she didn’t explain to us, which was a shame.

HT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ambiance was great. Service still had some kinks, to be expected with a new place I guess. Food was not my favorite, but I'm not a particular fan of New Orleans food. Definitely worth trying!

LT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had better service. We were tended to as if we were the only patrons in the restaurant.

CC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This was our second visit to Louisiana Purchase and it was not a fluke. Both time the food has been fantastic. Everything is thoughtfully planned out and very rich. It is a great spot to share plates and try as much as possible. We arrived about 15 minutes early and went to grab a drink at the bar, their only bartender was on the far side chatting with another patron and never acknowledged us. Finally, we gave up and went to the hostess to be seated. Our server was great and knowledgable and made up for us being snuffed off at the bar. Great ambience and perfect layout, great value for price.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Better than we expected. The Old Fashioned cocktails were amazing and a great value. We can’t stop talking about the grilled peaches and scallops. Looking forward to returning very soon.

PH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

very tasty and original food. good flavorw, snice decor and friendly service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect setting overall with delicious food.

AC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Love twist to cajun cuisine. Definitely will be back again.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Tried this place out on a Thursday night. I was surprised to only find a handful of people in the restaurant. I ordered the shrimp po boy and it did not disappoint. The only downer to this spot is the lack of ambiance. Maybe this place is better on the weeknights .

TC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

How bad does something have to be to taste WORSE with butter? Let me explain... I was stoked to go to a place that had such an awesome menu and the food pics had me sold! I took a day off from my diet and I was eager to ruin my waistline with delicious food. My waitress, who I dubbed "Hurry-up Heather", felt the need to remind us that the kitchen closed at 9pm, at least five times. I had an 8:30pm reservation. Because we felt rushed, we quickly ordered. We ordered from the Small plates, Entrees, and Desserts. EVERYTHNG CAME OUT AT ONCE. I just watched the ice cream melt on my dessert as I disappointingly picked at my meal. Here's what we ordered:

Crispy Cauliflower - very good
Crab Fingers - weird flavor, added butter to make it better. It did not.
Peaches and Scallops - the peaches were from a can and very bitter. The latkes had zero taste. The execution of this dish was lousy.
North Park Gumbo Yaya - idk where North Park is, but if that's how they do gumbo there, I'll never visit. Meatballs and fish DO NOT belong in gumbo! The gumbo had a gravy-like consistency and an unappealing taste.
The Dookey Chase - Mrs. Leah Chase would not have been pleased. The chicken had no detectable flavor and the greens had too much bite to them.
Ooey Gooey Dessert - the menu says it is "better than sex"... It is not! Think of your worst romantic experience and then imagine an even worse version of that. That's what the cake (with the melted ice cream) tasted like.

Hurry-up Heather took away plates that were barely touched and was aware of our dissatisfaction. She did nothing to improve the experience. $126 and 2 hours later, I found myself in another restaurant.

JH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

The ambiance was nice the music was too loud, the service and our server was great. The drinks were good, but overall the food was lacking in flavor. Ordered the gumbo, good shrimp, too greasy, little gumbo spicy flavor. FYI spicy hot is not a flavor. The collard greens were ok but too much vinegar and not enough flavor. The cornbread was too salty, came with no butter and was the only side to a shrimp dish which was flavorful with the bbq sauce. Sauce was great, but cost way too much for what it was. Overall too pricey for the neighborhood and the food was just not delicious enough to warrant the cost.Might go back once more when I am flush and try again. Might recommend with caution about cost.

SO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The food was horrible. The waitress was all over the place and flies were everywhere

CJ
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was good and the staff was kind. However, they were very busy and completely understaffed. We had a 12:45 reservation for 2 and we left there at 2:45. We sat for about 20 minutes before we were greeted by our server. We ordered and food took over 30 minutes to come out. Food was cold and our order was incomplete. It took our server another 20 or so minutes to come back to our table. Our drinks went dry and the refills and new drink orders arrived after our meals were finished.
The food was good despite it being cold upon arrival to our table.
We would like to try it again as we love NOLA cuisine but will try another time option next time

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The alligator cheesecake was delicious and a must order! We will be back.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My friends and I went here for my birthday dinner and I had a wonderful evening. Being from Louisiana, I can be a bit skeptical of southern inspired food anywhere west of Texas, however I was extremely impressed. We were able to try eight different dishes from the menu and every single one was delicious. My favorite however was the linguine with crawfish. Crawfish, REAL crawfish?! Are you kidding me?! I almost never see that out here, and when I do I am always disappointed. This dish was perfection. I definitely over ate and I will be getting that dish the next time I go. The drinks were creative and had a fun presentation. I tried to go into the night with no expectations (but really probably expected to be disappointed at some point) and I left with nothing but great things to say. Go to this restaurant! And if you’re from the south, I think you will be very pleasantly surprised.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delish! Service was great! Would recommend to friends.

MK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing and came out fast and hot. We actually got our food before our drinks. The alligator cheesecake is a much have.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was my first dining experience & I really enjoyed the alligator cheesecake it was unbelievably delicious! I couldn't get enough of it! The greens tasted like canned glory greens & need more work, as well as the fried chicken wings. Also, we had the lobster linguini which was very good & the season was on point. The only thing I would suggest is the lobster to be completely out of the shell because I don't like to fight to get my meat especially when you don't have the proper utensils to crack the shell. Overall it's a great place to eat & I'll definitely be going back!

AH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’m a NoLa-phile and the food stood up to my very high hopes for this spot. The boudin balls and blackened catfish were standouts!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Girls night out, the food was outstanding. Save room for dessert you will not be disappointed.

V
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! I love the fried chicken and cheese biscuit.

JR
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant dining experience. Friendly bartenders and great craft cocktails!!

MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!

AA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu was original and delicious. Can't wait to return and try other things!

R
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I really love Louisiana and I was excited to visit Louisiana Purchased. This place is beautiful. I really love the decor and the ambiance. The servers were so helpful and nice. We tried the acme oysters which were really tasty. I got one of the specials which was a burger with fried lobster, it was delicious. My fiancé got the gumbo, this was a little bland but he’d get it again. The drinks here are Amazing! The swizzle is a must try, it comes in a skull display, super cute presentation! Definitely recommend... I’ll be back!

n
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was refer by a coworker. I looked it up on the website and thought I would make a reservation just because I had never been and I glad I did it was busy when we got there. Food was great seating was nice too.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend to a friend to enjoy the delicious Cajun Ribeye. It was amazing with the crawfish crème sauce on top. The collard greens were well seasoned and paired nicely with the blackened steak. The combo transported me back home to SE Texas and my time living in NOLA. If not for the gumbo, I would have given this review 5-stars. However, the gumbo was not on target. For someone who has never enjoyed gumbo before, the taste could seem right; especially, with the generous portions of seafood. That said, I was looking for the gumbo taste from home and I did not find it at the Louisiana Purchase. The ambiance was relaxing and the wait staff friendly and efficient.

MZ
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trendy vibe in a hip neighborhood with legit New Orleans cuisine.

LR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been so excited to try Louisiana Purchase since it opened. It lived up to my expectations 100%. The food was amazing and the service was very fast. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and I loved all of the outdoor space. As the night got later, it got busier so ensure you make a reservation. The brunch looks great and I am making plans to come back for that. My one piece of advice would be to ask for the prices before ordering off of the neighborhood menu. We weren't given a menu for that and ended up ordering something very pricey. The waitstaff should provide at least one per table, that would be a huge help.

E
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Little bit of sticker shock on prices and disappointed to only see one Louisiana beer on tap. We split three starters, and they were all so good. The special, the charbroiled oysters, were easily our favorite. Service seemed to be stretched a bit thin, so seemed unattentive, but was otherwise friendly and helpful.

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