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Meril

4.6
4579 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in the Warehouse District, Meril is Chef Emeril Lagasse’s newest concept and fourth restaurant in New Orleans. Meril’s casual restaurant interior is marked by a signature open style kitchen and a large bar area, featuring a varied wine selection and craft cocktails. Named after his daughter, the restaurant showcases some of Lagasse’s favorite dishes that he loves to eat, featuring everything from Fish Tacos to Korean Chicken Wings to Fettuccine Nero. Lagasse brings his expertise and distinguished hospitality to Meril, creating a deliciously spirited dining experience.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4579 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as usual!! Staff and food were exceptional!! Coming back again this week for another birthday celebration!!

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JasonL
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Have eaten here many times not impressed with the food or this service during this visit . Do not think we will return.

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ChristianC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here and the food and service was great. 10/10 recommend

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DSchu
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Happening, fun, busy, easy spot for a glimpse into create fun food.

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talex
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always fun.

CS
vipColleenS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service. Well prepared food as is typical in an Emeril Lagasse restaurant. Wine list could use more aged wines (2019 in 2021 needs more time before serving).

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ROSSM
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Meril and we have been there many times. This time the food was extremely salty. This was especially true of the hamburger. We like really seasoned food but this was too much for both of us. I am going to mark this up as just a measuring error and we will definitely be back but just wanted to let the restaurant know.

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jensv
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and service - but you need to adress and do sometihning about the acustics. It was a nightmare even to talk across the table. Some sound reduction plates on the wall or like will make wonders.

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vipJerryj2
Austin
107 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

First - Don’t arrive early and if you do don’t expect to be seated at your reservation time - they’ll seat you when they are ready for you - no matter how many empty tables you see as you wait - expect - although well intended - just plain careless service missteps - especially from the back up crew / food runners - food was good not great but at least value priced…

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!! Service and food was excellent!!! Fun place to celebrate a birthday with the cotton candy and sparklers!!!

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vipcindi
Tampa
208 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delectable. A wide choice of different flavors. Superior service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious

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vipRick
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Celebrated a milestone birthday at the restaurant. The food was excellent! Our server was good, but failed to communicate some key things during our dining experience.

JB
JenniferB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Exceptional service! And a beautifully designed restaurant. It's everything you could want in a restaurant!

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vipEddy
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meril is one of the most popular restaurants in New Orleans for several reasons. There is a wide variety of flavors across the menu and every dish is expertly prepared. The service is smooth and the prices make it one of the best values in the city. But the key is the sharing concept that makes eating there so much fun. I went with three people and we had eleven different dishes all of which we shared. It is a wonderful way to connect and makes the meal a special one.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The service made you feel so welcome. Definitely a 5 star experience.

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HannahS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Our server was very friendly and attentive, but the wait was very long. My fries were cold when they came out and they brought all of our entrees out staggered. I ordered my burger medium and it came out well done. The ambiance was nice, but for the price I wouldn’t return. The food was more representative of a chain.

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Dude23498
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was overall overpriced, but quality. Dishes were original and the beet cured salmon was quite inventive. Nice work chef!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At a business conference in New Orleans. As a solo patron, I was given a counter seat facing the kitchen. Quite a show! The food was excellent. I opted for the daily Gumbo to start along with the upside down cornbread and the Thai spring rolls…. Great choices! I chose the Bulgarian shorts ribs as an entree and they were sweet and succulent. Unfortunately, I did not save room for the banana pudding layer cake which I was looking forward to. The guest next to me had one and it looked scrumptious.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allen and Kevin were so in tuned to our needs at the table. We didn’t have to ask for anything. Allen gave us excellent recommendations on the food and drinks. Food came out so fast and was delicious. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Mississippi
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for my wife’s birthday and we were not disappointed, the service and food was spectacular.

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vipstefanie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We sat outside, we’re very cold and service was very slow. She apologized often but that did not make up for poor experience -this was my 3rd time at Meril I loved it each other time

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nschafer
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipDavidlovesfood2
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience1

The food was underwhelming. In the past we’ve eaten at Emerils and enjoyed it every time. So we looked forward to trying Meril. We were seated in the bar area which doesn’t have a dedicated wait staff. So the bartenders pinch hit taking turns on the tables. Service was uneven and slow. Trued 4 small plates. All lacking flavor. Made the mistake of ordering the banana cream pie for desert. Delicious at Emerils, here it was a glob of a mess. So disappointed and disgusted spending so much money go a unsatisfying dinner.

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CPBAIA
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Multiple visits before and nothings changed here, thank goodness. Excellent food as always with interesting preparation and just plain delicious results. Service was a little slower than usual as is not uncommon these days, but all of the wait staff was friendly and competent, just a little overworked. Half chicken with lemon sauce and pineapple upside down cornbread were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 45th Anniversary. We enjoy Meril’s for being able to share multiple small plates. Tried the Cobie fish. It was fabulous! You gotta order it. A few tables were surprised with cotton candy with a small shooting sparkler that was a fabulous touch to the occasion of any age.

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vipPatM
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our bartender, Texas, made it a happy experience. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable.

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LibbyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Unfortunately, while the service was great the food was not. Both of our dishes primarily tasted of greasy butter, and my husband kept picking crab shells out of his pasta. Our drinks (which we ordered first) came after we’d finished all of our food. Through all this I will say the service was great and our waitress was good, but the experience was disappointing.

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vipTonya
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!! The food was incredible, the ambiance was great as well

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vipNarenG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great quality (as always) but they were out of several items at 7:30pm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

When we arrived we were informed they were out of 4 main dishes, no french fries, no biscuits. We were left with pizza & wings, which were mediocre.

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Mollie
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

There was a lot of items that were sold out. what made it more annoying is we were not told about all of them until after we ordered . For 1 item we ordered for appetizers we were not told they were sold out of it until after our dinner came and we asked where the food was.

I also had listed on my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and dinner the dinner there was no acknowledgement of that and we didnt get the celebratory cotton candy.

It took a lot longer than normal to get our drinks and food. We also got the appetizer well before our drink which i thought was a little weird. I was surprised by this since there were a ton of waitress walking around and our table had 2 but we barely saw them.

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RobertM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Main course portions tasted great but were appetizer size.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Server was inattentive, half the menu was out of stock. The food that we were actually able to get was just okay, nothing special.

RM
vipRickM
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Disappointed, brought a friend from out of state here and among several things that went wrong one of them was the order. Ordered the special flatbread for the day and another menu flatbread, they brought 2 of the special out and I asked that they bring the one that I ordered and the waiter said they couldnt do that and I said well I'll keep the 2nd (errant)one if you comp it because I didnt want that one and he said 'I can bring you some peppers to put on it' since the other one I ordered according to him was the same except it had peppers. I was shocked that a restaurant like Meril would attempt to do such a thing Not what is expected from this restaurant and my friend even commented that this isnt a place he would want to come back to.

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shazw
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was amazing!

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Dinner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Came out to spend time in city and to eat at Meril. Had enjoyable time eating and watching the Saints game.

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JU327
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Our server was absolutely horrendous. We were being rushed and obliged since we sat down later in the night. However, we kept having to track him down to get our drink orders and service in. He was very rude and did not want to be there. Chicken was very salty but the rest of the apps and entrees were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Prices were high for what you got. Server was rude and dismissive of one member of the group with celiac. Very few gluten free options. Probably will not return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal at Meril. Great service, great bar and truly excellent food. Anytime in New Orleans, this is a must visit

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You can order delivery directly from Meril using the Order Online button. Meril also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 526-3745.

Meril is rated 4.6 stars by 4579 OpenTable diners.

Meril does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://emerilstore.com.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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