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Pat's Rest Awhile, Mandeville, LA

Pat's Rest Awhile

4.6
4.6
347 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Casual, water front seafood restaurant and bar helmed by renowned chef Pat Gallagher. Enjoy local favorites such as Gulf Fish Almondine, Oysters Rockefeller and Gumbo alongside classics such as Grilled Steaks and burgers. Other seafood selections include Redfish, Tuna and Swordfish.
Outside dessert $3/person.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (985) 951-2173

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Pat Gallagher

  • Private party facilities

    Gerilyn Dallmann-event coordinator. E: restawhileevents@gmail.com.Private Hadden Room Rental Fee- $350/3hrs.Max Capacity- 32 guests.PRIVATE EVENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ORDER FOOD.As of now, we are solely offering SIT DOWN, COURSED OUT meals.We are not able to provide buffets or passed appetizers.Outside dessert fee is $3/person.

  • Neighborhood

    Mandeville

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 347 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Great for Lunch

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Outdoor Dining

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Scenic View

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Seafood

  • Northshore

    Most Booked

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  1. BM

    BeverlyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Add a few more choices to salads and add Roast beef Sandwich.
  2. JA

    JoAnnA

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing dining experience! We drove from Baton Rouge and will be returning. The food & service as well as atmosphere were exactly what we were looking for. We frequently go to the Northshore to check out different restaurants. This will be on rotation. The shrimp & grits exceeded my most favorite in Fairhope, Alabama.
  3. PH

    PaigeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere is amazing. The restaurant has so much history and they did a great job preserving the look of the past with a modern and energetic feel. The food! Do not start a diet on your way to Pat’s! You will want to finish every last bit of your meal.
  4. S

    Scott

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chargrilled oysters were outstanding, as was the beat salad. Great service. A little loud.
  5. LR

    LeahR

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Speciality cocktails were watered down. Husband and I got the fish almondine, which was grouper. Definitely not worth the money - a piece of bland fish on top of green beans. Such a disappointment because grouper is my favorite. In-laws enjoyed their fried catfish though. Not only did a fly hover around us the whole time we ate but we watched it land on the food being served next to us. I would expect seeing that if we were eating outside but not inside. This was our second time trying this place and it’s now scratched off the list unless we just want to have a glass of wine/beer on the lake.
  7. JP

    JoeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were given a table near the bar the noise was loud and traffic was heavy. We ask for a window table as requested but we’re told someone else had just walked in and requested them. It was 45 minutes before they were occupied and the real question is why was a walk-in give the tables over our request from the day before when we made the reservations.
  8. WT

    WayneT

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    This wasn’t our first time at Pats rest a while but may be our last time in the dining room. I do love the outside bar for drinks and oysters but the food in the dining room was terrible. I expected much more, especially since we have been before. We ordered the chargrilled oysters which were good- sticky wings- which were cold, the crab cake and the onion rings- the crab cake was ok but the onion rings left more to be desired.
  9. NB

    NilesB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner! Drinks, food and service were excellent.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful outdoor dining experience. Our waitress, Michaela was so accommodating.! Great drinks and even better food. I’ve recommended this place to all of my friends on the North Shore.
  11. m

    mikemis

    New Orleans

    102 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    Rest a While used to be a less expensive clone of Gallagher's 527, but the menu is more limited now, and the quality is not what it once was. The gumbo was warm, not hot (I'd guess it had been reheated with a microwave, but not long enough), and the grilled oysters were very good. We both had the gulf fish almondine, which was pompano, and both dishes were warm, not hot, and rather undistinguished. What used to be a really excellent presentation amounted to some green beans topped with the fish topped with crabmeat all in some butter - the overall effect was a lukewarm bland dish. Finally, the noise level was overwhelming - a group at another table was so loud we couldn't carry on a conversation. We're scratching this off our list.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Tables jammed together, very loud party of women, listed birthday in reservation but no mention or question of plans when we arrived Entrees were lukewarm and no presentation value for the price. Stuffed mushroom was so “smoky” the guest could not eat it. The plastic condiment cup of cole slaw lessens the appeal of the fish platter and is “cheap” for a Pat Ghallager experience. Casual yes, but not fast food please. Menu definitely needs to be broadened from French fries and green beans - add a few more options for non-seafood lovers. I’m looking for the eggplant seafood casserole or shrimp stuffed merliton gourmet offerings of yesteryear. This was 3rd visit and probably the last. $100 for chicken wings, poboy, stuffed mushroom and catfish is not worth the gorgeous rocking chair view. Service has been above par each time, but food is limited and disappointing
  13. M

    Mike

    New Orleans

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Cedar planked trout was delicious. Cesar salad average Wii go again
  14. DW

    DrWhoNu

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the crabcake app, the salmon w/lump crab and avocado, and the macadamian crust key lime pie. Every bite was superb! No heavy sauces or breading. Just excellent flavor from start to finish.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Had reservation, arrived early and were seated promptly. But, we were seated right next to the only other occupied table in the entire restaurant. Our server was attentive and very accommodating. Another staff member took time to explain the layout of the buildings and various venues. We enjoyed the gardens, especially the butterfly gardens. Felt very comfortable touring the property and enjoying the view.
  16. KB

    KeithB

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well we’re regulars there at this point but like always the food and service were both fantastic will be back again soon!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great! Fantastic food and service.
  18. GJ

    GlennJ

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter very attentive with both my grandchildren. He was quick and courteous. The entire dining experience was excellent.
  19. DK

    DianeK

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience is wonderful. Love the addition of rocking chairs on the front balcony. It the perfect place to sit and talk with your friends and enjoy the lakefront while waiting on your table. In fact, we went early for our reservation to sit and enjoy this time together. The ceiling fans and the breeze made for a comfortable evening. The food was fresh and excellent. And we look forward to returning.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My son and I were there for dinner his last night at home before going back to college. The food was very good. I would definitely go again. My critique-The appetizers and dinner seemed to come out really fast and close together, so the pace seemed rushed. Also, the chairs and tables aren’t very comfortable. The view is beautiful if you’re near a window, and in the summer time it’s hard to cool the inside dining area.
  21. SH

    SusanH

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great place for any occasion. Food is great and the view is amazing.
  22. DC

    DianeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    I met 2 friends there for lunch. We all had poboy sandwiches. They were delicious.
  23. DT

    DavidT

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Saturday lunch on the water
  24. TP

    TobeyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places. Food always good. Great waitstaff. Phenomenal view
  25. T

    Tiff

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Just a bit of constructive feedback. Server made us feel rushed. Ordered a bottle of wine and appetizer to look over menu. At 5pm place wasn’t full. Please allow customers time to enjoy a glass of wine and app without asking if they are ready to order 3 times. Also, if person is still eating main course, please don’t start asking them if they are ready for desert. Again, 3 times while finishing main. “Have you thought about dessert”. The answer would be no while I still have 3/4 of food left on my plate. Felt a bit rushed and pressured when just wanting to enjoy a nice dinner at a nice place having a nice discussion with my husband.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good times and good food at a late dinner There was a loud obviously over enthusiastic party of middle aged men that were somewhat partied out, but in response to the reactions of other patrons there these fine gentlemen offered up bottles of wine for guests that were bothered by their shenanigans. I obliged their offer kindly and enjoyed my wine.
  27. KC

    KarenC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had to change the number in our party and they were very accommodating. This was the second time to have eaten there and it was as delicious as we remembered. The fish amandine, cedar plank gulf fish and was the andouille white bean soup was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!
  28. NO

    NOLAfoodie

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Made reservations to take mom out for Mother’s Day and couldn’t be more pleased. The food was fantastic and the plenty of seating made getting reservations easy. When we arrived we found plenty of parking in the back and walked up to the hostess stand. We were seated promptly and greeted quickly by our host. The food was really good and portions were a decent size for the most part. The view our table to the lake was really nice and relaxing. We can’t wait to return.
  29. l

    luzana

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Easy, relaxed atmosphere. The food is good and reasonably priced. I love the Mac and cheese side dish. It’s not hard to serve it hot. I should have sent it back however the speckled trout was so tasty and served hot 5hat I’m willing to forego this one indiscretion.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to have Mother’s Day lunch. This was our first time and it was wonderful! Great atmosphere and great food. We have some dietary restrictions and there was no problem accommodating. The hostess and wait staff were very welcoming and pleasant. Oysters were amazing raw and chargrilled! Fresh fish was perfect. My son in law had the burger and said it was delicious! Highly recommend Pats Rest Awhile!
  31. RJ

    RJBJR

    New Orleans

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Good was great, but noise level was almost unbearable. Not the place to go if looking for a quiet, relaxing evening.
  32. KB

    KelliB

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great gluten free options! Fabulous environment and location
  33. JD

    JDS777

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, excellent service and very good food/drinks!
  34. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy the food especially grilled oysters and fresh fish. My only criticism is when the server starts clearing the table when not everyone has finished, leaving some diners still eating while others waiting for them to finish. Just my pet peeve maybe, but it’s a nice restaurant not a cafeteria.
  35. MS

    MichaelS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was great but the service from the wait staff was not great. Sitting inside is way to loud if you are trying to have a private conversation. They really to to train the wait staff and the hostess stand on customer service. I will go back but this experience was not what I expected from this restaurant.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Isabella at the bar was amazing!! So sweet, funny, and attentive. Recommended the ribs which my sister loved! And the cedar plank redfish was delicious!! Will have to come back again!
  37. W

    Will

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    First, I ordered a "special of the day" sandwich and was told they ran out. Then I ordered a steak entree because it had rosemary shoestring potatoes as a side. When my entree was served, it came with regular French fries. I told the Waiter that I ordered the rosemary fries. He told me they haven't been available for some time. When my waitress finally cameo the table, I voiced my disappointment and she also stated they haven't been preparing them. I told her that since they were still listed on the menu, she should have informed me of that. She then asked if I wanted to change my order. Well no, since my two guests had already started eating their entrees. The real kicker was I only ordered the steak because of the rosemary fries. However, I have been eating at Pat Gallagher's restaurants for over 35 years, so I'll give him a pass on this one.
  38. RP

    RebeccaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere! Perfect place for a relaxing meal by the lake!
  39. DA

    DennisA

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our meal was very delicious. I had the sticky chicken wing appetizer and the Tuna two ways entree. Both were excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Food was all over cooked. Grilled oysters were cooked to long and lacked butter. Smoke ribs tasted reheated and advertised shoestring fries but was large frozen fries. Chicken wings overcooked. Gumbo was bland. This was our second try here to see if would be a better experience. $100 lunch for two and food was mediocre again. The Bellini daiquiri was good. Bottled domestic beer overpriced. Prices would be ok if food were better. We love other Gallagher restaurants but this one needs some attention.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Pat's Rest Awhile is rated 4.6 stars by 347 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Pat's Rest Awhile

2129 Lakeshore Dr Mandeville, LA 70448

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Mandeville

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–5:30 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Pat Gallagher

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (985) 951-2173

  • Private party facilities

    Gerilyn Dallmann-event coordinator. E: restawhileevents@gmail.com.Private Hadden Room Rental Fee- $350/3hrs.Max Capacity- 32 guests.PRIVATE EVENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ORDER FOOD.As of now, we are solely offering SIT DOWN, COURSED OUT meals.We are not able to provide buffets or passed appetizers.Outside dessert fee is $3/person.

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