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About Meril

Located in the Warehouse District, Meril is Chef Emeril Lagasse’s newest concept and fourth restaurant in New Orleans. Named after his daughter, the restaurant showcases some of Lagasse’s favorite dishes that he loves to eat.

424 Girod St
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Magazine St and Tchoupitoulas St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 526-3745

Website:
http://www.emerilsrestaurants.com/

Executive Chef:
Wilfredo Avelar

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Meril Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (142)
Fit for Foodies (129)
Good for a Date (125)
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Good for Birthdays (124)
Fun (119)
Good for Groups (118)
Special Occasion (115)
Hot Spot (114)
Casual (109)
Tapas (98)
Bar Seating (93)
Vibrant Bar Scene (78)
Handcrafted Cocktails (73)
Good for Anniversaries (72)
Business Meals (66)
People Watching (65)
Local Ingredients (61)
Great for Lunch (60)
Neighborhood Gem (58)
Tasting Menu (58)
Happy Hour (56)
Worth the Drive (54)
Authentic (50)
Comfort Food (50)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Notable Wine List (40)
Romantic (30)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Late-night Find (24)
Great Beer (23)
Quick Bite (23)
Healthy (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (21)
Seasonal (19)
Kid-friendly (19)
Cozy (16)
Spicy (14)
Great for Brunch (10)
Live Sports (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Live Music (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Organic (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

We are locals and stopped in for my husband's bday. We loved it and cannot wait to return. My son says this is his new favorite! Loved the cotton candy bday surprise and we can't stop planning our bites for the next visit. Thank you!!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Spicy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Fun, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 3 days ago

Our group thought Meril s was interesting overall: food and decor. Nothing we ordered was Great or Outstanding though... So a little disappointed. We will probably skip coming back : to try another new restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was unbelievable and I was shocked at how relatively inexpensive it was. Wait staff was very helpful and accommodating for our young children.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

We choose Meril often. It is easy to get to and we love the small plates which means you can try several dishes. The food is inventive and always good. The staff is friendly and knows the menu. Even when it's crowded, you don't feel rushed. The noise level is quite high and tourist ALWAYS seem to think they should entertain the whole restaurant. That can be annoying.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful new local place to eat. The lightening was really good and the space was comfortable. Our servicer was attentive and there were so many options for me as a vegan. Lot of options could of been made dairy free too if you have a dairy allergy. I look forward to going back and trying more menu options. Well done Emeril!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

One of the most consistent and excellent spots in NOLA.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 3 days ago

The roasted oysters were very good. I had the spanish shrimp and it was spicy as expected. very good location, and service was dependable.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Casual
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 (San Antonio)·Dined 3 days ago

Very loud. Good music. Sub-par service by lead waiter...other wait staff SO much better...wish one of them could have been the lead. Pasta and calamari were delicious while Pork Belly dish was uneventful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Surprisingly Bad. I ordered a cheese board. A tiny little piece of cheese was smeared on one small piece of bread on a very artsy plate with some nuts and berries and more bread ... I sent it back. I ordered the cheese board for the cheese. I replaced it with the deviled eggs which were delicious. I then had the jumbo shrimp. They were okay but the bowl was filled with a bunch of crab wastes which made it rather unappetizing. Next, a bowl of mushrooms. Way too rich and greasy. I was truly disappointed by the whole ordeal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

This place is fun for groups. We had 9 people at a large round table and ordered have the tapas appetizers and all the vegetables (multiples of most). It was all great and being able to taste so many different things was fun.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

We were visiting in New Orleans, and had wanted to try one of Emeril’s restaurants. Meril really hit the spot! Our servers, Jared & Ryan, were wonderful. The food was wonderful. The cocktails were, well, you get the picture!
We are also happy to support someone who is supportive of his community and does so much for others. We will definitely be recomnending this place!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

I love Emeril restaurants but was disappointed in the overall experience. The Pho on the daily menu was very sad (although excellent broth) and difficult to eat without chop sticks. Some of the prices on the wines by the glass were confusing i.e. $10 for a 5oz. pour and $20 for an 8 oz pour. There was a large party not far from us and as soon as they were seated all attention was gone from our table although the restaurant was half full by that time. Long waits for clearing the table of dishes and after dinner drink/coffee orders.

I am going back tomorrow night and hope it is better. Meril is a very popular restaurant and I'm hoping it is not only for the ambiance and location.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Wonderful spot! Perfect fit for post-work cocktails yet high-quality tapas for dinner. Service and food were very well done, will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Cozy, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Everything we had was delicious! You can’t go wrong here!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 15, 2018

We dined their twice while at a trade show, this place blew me away for everything that they offer, I will be back for more, so much I did not try from the menu but will the next time.
The service we received was great, never wanted for anything and the waitstaff made excellent recommendations.

Great Job Meril, I will return:)

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I love Meril! Where else can you get Crispy Turkey necks and Lasagne in the same place? Great food and service and I enjoy the open kitchen. Planning my next visit!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fun happening spot. Yummy food. Interesting funky menu. Would def go again. Noise level high yet adds to the whole scene. Only negative is waiters were rushing our group to order food.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Casual, Business Meals, Live Sports
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 14, 2018

What a wonderful menu with choices for all tastes! We enjoyed sharing the small plates. Everything was perfectly cooked and simply delicious.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Pro: Great atmosphere, our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable.
Con: The food was very underwhelming. As a group we shared 5 different items and each seemed like it had great potential but wasn't executed properly (under seasoned, flimsy flatbread, pasta clumped and stuck together) For the price you can find excellent food elsewhere.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Lovely place excellent food!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The server was great - very professional and personable. The food was good. Bartenders didn’t speak or interact with bar guests / diners and the hostess is rude and hung up on me - she looks visibly stressed.
Overall I’ll be back as the food is decent and the server was great.

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Overall it was a good, fun, very energetic evening. Food was good but nothing to get super excited about. Service was very good. It was a crowded night and apparently half of the place was celebrating birthdays!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Delicious food, great variety of choices, a wonderful blend of different flavors. Staff is attententive and engaging, and provides excellent service. We also have some food sensitivities and they were accommodating. We had so much fun and can’t wait to return.
Generous drink pours, hot crispy fries, best brussel sprouts, and perfect brick chicken!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Nice and free spirit atmosphere. Food is creative and of good quality. Do not expect the usual. Fun play to people watching.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Mobile)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always fun and great service!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

the place was busy and loud. it definitely had a fun and vibrant atmosphere.
the service was good but not great. for this emeril's restaurant i can honestly
say for the first time i was not crazy about the food. for an 8 oclock reservation
with 3 items out of stock already--big downer. also the food we did order was
fair at best. nothing really stood out. prices were a little high but not crazy expensive.
if you want the best emeril has to offer, try the other 3 restaurants in new orleans.
especially delmonicos and especially for happy hour. great service! great food!
and of course great drinks!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great food, exceptional service!

Made special trip into the city to coordinate our schedules with available reservation times. Well worth the drive and the extra effort on our part.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We love Meril! Been there four times!
Our daughter just started a tulane. Meril is our fav restaurant to recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

I used to love Meril, but the last two times I’ve been there (in the past month ) I’ve been disappointed. Food isn’t as good as it used to be and service is terribly slow. We ordered the meatball and it was cold. We sent it back and received another that was hot, but dry. I’m very sad as this used to be one of my favorite restaurants.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Service and food was excellent. Owner Emeril Lagasse was there making sure everything was done perfectly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Pre Saints Game

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great dining experience!!! Loved everything!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Everything was spectacular as per usual!

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 (Mississippi)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I had friends and family in town for my baby shower and had booked a table for 10 people. I had two extra people in our party that I hadn’t planned on but Meril just rolled with it and got us all seated. Thank you for the accommodation! Then Emeril was there and indulged our requests to come visit with us. We essentially closed the restaurant down so everyone had the best time. It’s just the most fun atmosphere and the food is always on point. Thanks again!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We have been to Meril twice and both times the food was fabulous and the service amazing! Two waiters assigned to the tables and they were full of great suggestions! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, People Watching
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Love this place,the variety of food you can get is great.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent. Emeril asked us personally if we needed anything. So did the manager. Had a wonderful experience. Waiters were amazing, I only left a non-perfect rating because food came out a little slow because it was slammed. Lasagna is amazing!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had dinner with friends and were pleased that we could actually hear one another speak. On the other hand, a lady at the next table was so close that she was partially sitting between my dinner companion and myself. We all ordered different dishes so we could taste more menu items. The Spanish Style Croquettes are scrumptious, the Boudin Tamale not so much. The Baked Shells with Lobster and Chorizo was surprisingly bland, but the Lasagna was good. The King Cake Tres Leches was EXTREMELY sweet and I personally wouldn’t order that again, but I DEFINITELY would order the Deep Dish Pecan Pie. It was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. The atmosphere was great, service was good and overall the food was enjoyable. I will definitely dine at Meril again.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious! Certainly a sharing "tapas" type menu to enjoy with your fellow diners. And Emeril was gracious,as ever, in being photographed with my visiting Bay Stater friends on their visit to New Orleans.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went with group of girls for birthday!! Awesome!! Rock shrimp taco was yummy, deviled eggs, too!! Had some delicious truffle chips! Drinks were great and service was perfect!! Great surprise for the bday girls, too!!!!

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