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Meril

4.6
4590 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 4590 people are saying
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ToddT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item on the menu is as good as the next. Service is friendly and professional, love this place.

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Austin
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The service was okay. No complaints there, but the food wasn’t up to par. Not worth going to when there’s so many better restaurants in the area

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EmilyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

There are lots of other places to try in the neighborhood. Expected better for for sure.

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Mala
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Super friendly staff at hostess stand, bar and food servers. Food was great, noise level in the dining room though made it hard to even talk to people at your table and with food servers.

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LawrenceG
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was great and the food was very good, we will return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, servers were very busy but helpful. Very loud inside.

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AmyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We went to Meril's for a work group lunch. We were all excited since it is an Emeril's restaraunt. Emeril was even there, which ramped up our energy and probably our expectations. We had a reservation for 7 but one person dropped out, so then we were 6. We were put to wait for about 10 minutes while they "prepared for our changes." While I would expect this if we added people, I thought it was a stretch for removing one person from the party. Our table was lovely - right in front of the windows. Our servers, Zidiki and Cooper, were awesome and attentive. We never lacked anything we asked of them.
The noise level in the place was such that we had trouble hearing people, even those seated next to us. The music was not exactly "background" and did not add to the ambiance, but subtracted from our ability to socialize.
All of the above would've still been acceptable and I would not have submitted a bad review had the food been up to par. 4 people ordered the burger and all 4 agreed it was not good/not worth the price. All were overcooked and under dressed. It was basically an overcooked patty on a bun with a piece of lettuce. Not one person finished theirs completely. One person got a flatbread, which was underwhelming. One person got the chicken sandwich - which is how this review came to be. The chicken sandwich was comparable to a Mrs. Paul's frozen, breaded breast on a bun. It was also dressed with the one piece of lettuce. The whole thing fell apart after the first bite, chicken slipping out of greasy, unspiced, breading. These were $17/$18 sandwiches. They did not come with a side or even French fries. My bill included one drink, one (terrible) chicken sandwich, and one side of fries and was over $40, $50 after tip.
The entire party agreed they were disappointed.
I had reservations there later that evening with some friends from out of town. I called them and encouraged them to cancel. We cancelled and went to a different restaraunt that evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was very good. Good also good tho a little pricey

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NickB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A little loud and the food was good quality but a bit more mass-produced than what I had expected. Cocktails were fantastic.

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nolagirl22
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for pre-Saints game snacks and drinks and was surprised by how great the menu options and happy hour options were. Will definitely return!

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vipTheOriginalJLo
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful great experience

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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

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talex
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always fun.

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vipColleenS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
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 on November 26, 2021
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 on November 24, 2021
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
22 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

FAQs

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

Meril is rated 4.6 stars by 4590 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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