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Petit Lion - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
68 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
Helmed by Chef Phillip Lopez, a New Orleans native and Executive Chef, Petit Lion will offer casual bistro fare in a cozy and inviting atmosphere. As a true neighborhood dining destination, guests can enjoy the restaurant’s approachable breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Southern, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; LUNCH: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Nibbles: Monday- Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; DINNER: Sunday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

  • Phone number

    (504) 518-5500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ben McCauley

  • Private party facilities

    Please call us at (504) 577-2708 to book your event.

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Cross street

    Gravier & S. Rampart

  • Parking details

    0-3 hours - $15

  • Public transit

    Canal Streetcar (47 Cemeteries, 48 City Park & 49 Loyola Uptown to Canal & Rampart)<br />RTA Bus (91, 101, 102, 106, 114 & 115 to Rampart & Gravier)

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 68 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2017

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    We were the only table in the restaurant and could not get service. 12 of us drinking either bottles of wine or straight liquor and waited 20 minutes for each round. Every time the bottle came out no glasses were delivered. When trying to pay the bill the waitress was mia for ten minutes. Brought cards to the bar and they just told us to wait. Food was immaculate which was a plus. There is a complete disconnect between back of house and all (the only) front of house staff.
  2. m

    mwiggins

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My family and I ate at Petit Lion before going to the Orpheum Theater for a concert. The menu is simple but the food was well prepared. I enjoyed the roasted chicken with the greens and grits.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Came here before a U2 concert at the dome, very convenient location. My meal was not that great but the everyone else liked there's. The staff seemed over not prepared or staffed for the demand that night but nothing terrible just a little slow. Not t sure about couch seating as part of the table.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at petit lions great atmosphere and great food as well
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've eaten here several times, and have always had great service and exceptional food and drinks. I usually sit at the bar, where the staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. As a seasoned veteran of the food and beverage industry, I can recognize good value when I see it - and Petit Lion offers truly great value, with high-quality, beautifully executed dishes at very reasonable prices. Shout out to Kyle, our lovely bartender for the evening, and the amazing kitchen staff members who took the time to speak to me about my dietary needs and even held onto their last order of sweetbreads for me as I waited for my friend to arrive! (Those sweetbreads were heavenly, by the way.) Thanks, y'all. I'll be seeing you soon.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baton Rouge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Although it was suggested that a reservation was needed, there was only one table in use, so I would not have had to make my way there at a specific time. The food was rather on the expensive side and the portions were very small. It was not very tasty. But the waitress took very good care of me.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2017

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food was disappointing Service was very good and drinks was excellent Little noisy for a date as it is inside the hotel lobby
  8. GR

    GregR

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and the service was great. We definitely look forward to going back
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and outstanding service in a modern, upscale casual setting
  10. N

    Nena

    Los Angeles

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    we loved the look of the place and the friendly staff, but found food to salty!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2017

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    It's very small, almost like a hotel coffee shop. There's only a dozen items on the menu, nothing drool worthy. The staff was lovely tjoug
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Great food and service! Lower the lighting a tad in the evenings.
  13. B

    Brooklyn18

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    The place was ok. I had high hopes because of the chef.... The steak with pepper sauce was a perfect medium rare and very tender but the pepper sauce wasn't my favorite, maybe because I had just eaten one of my friends mussels which were made with coconut milk and curry. The mussels were not for me. I usually love mussels but these had too much curry! The wine was delicious and the service was sweet and very attentive. But there were only 3 other tables on a Friday night. The hotel has a beautiful roof top that isn't affiliated with the restaurant. Overall, I can't imagine going back any time soon.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Only complaint was that I informed them in my reservation that it was my fiancé birthday, which the maitre d confirmed upon arrival. Nothing was done
  15. T

    Terri

    New Orleans

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    I had high expectations since I heard this was a Phillip Lopez restaurant. For a Sat. night the restaurant was almost empty. The menu was very limited and the decor was too casual. I felt like we were in a lower end hotel chain restaurant. Very disappointing.
  16. FA

    FoodApprecianado

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Petit Lion is a wonderful blend of modern and traditional sensibilities tucked in the heart of the CBD. Chef Lopez' menu is grounded in classic French concepts, while showcasing the flavors and ingredients native to New Orleans cuisine. I loved everything we tried and cannot wait to return.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was fine but the price point did not match the quality. I thought this would be a lively/happening place on a Saturday night but was completely shocked as it was empty at 7:30pm and we were the only people there... Overall, the service was great but not 5*, they were very accommodating and welcoming. Food choices were few but what we did order came out on time and as ordered as one should expect. From my local's perspective, they may want to rethink the menu and cost. Everything was $3-$5 more than what it should have been besides the drinks. Unless they change something, I'm probably not coming back, it's not worth the extra money and there are plenty more options in this city.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, will visit often.
  19. J

    Jmfh

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Philip Lopez never disappoints. The foie gras app, the always amazing caviar topped deviled eggs, and the sound vide steak!! I mean, the steak was maybe the best ever! Outstanding! And you can't go wrong with a root beer float. Thanks y'all. We'll be back soon!!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2017

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    We are locals and were excited to try a new brunch spot, but we were greatly disappointed. Out of Bloody Mary mix, didn't know how to make a Paloma, out of omelets, out of crabmeat - which was half the small menu. Out of bagels. We ordered crabmeat deviled eggs...no one told us they were out of crabmeat. Eggs came back runny, undercooked, and sour. Croque monsieur had soggy, stale bread, runny sauce, and curdled cheese. It was terrible, the only place that we have ever walked out on. The only saving grace was the lovely and very patient waitress.
  21. I

    Irene

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was fantastic. There were five of us and everyone loved their meal. My daughter is a vegetarian and they made something special for her. The restaurant looks great too.
  22. KB

    KBHR

    New Orleans

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We are locals, headed for a night at the symphony & this was a nearby choice. Maybe our most unremarkable dining experience in New Orleans. This looks and feels like a hotel restaurant. Service staff ill-dressed, too casual & very slow to appear at our table. A competent woman saved the day by recognizing this & comping our cocktail order, so kudos to her. She helped expedite the order after that. Food was acceptable for anywhere but NOLA.
  23. S

    Scooter1056

    New Orleans

    137 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Went to Petit Lion for dinner on a Wednesday night. The place is very nicely decorated -- sofas, big pillows on the banquette. The menu is small. We started with specialty cocktails which were well crafted. We then had the pickled shrimp and the smoked trout rilette. The shrimp were large and fresh, but could have used more flavor -- more acid, more heat, more seasoning. Also, they were head on, which was rather messy. The trout rillette was a smoked trout spread with a sweet tomato relish on top. The rilette was very good, but I would have preferred not to have the sweet element. I had the redfish as my entree and my dinner companion had the steak au poivre. Both were excellent. The steak au poivre was made with hangar steak. We were skeptical, but it was tender and flavorful. Service was another story. The waitress didn't seem to know much about the food and couldn't pronounce the names of the dishes. The staff were dressed like they were going to hang out at the Fly. The restaurant is very nice and the staff should be dressed accordingly. Some dishes had sauces made with cognac or Calvados and after dinner we asked to see an after dinner drink menu. They don't have one, but the waitress didn't know that. She asked the bartender and came back and said they could make us an Irish coffee, which is not what we had in mind. My companion went to talk directly to the bartender. They do have Calvados, armagnac and brandy, but he had no idea how much it cost. Also, the kind of music they were playing didn't seem to fit the theme of the restaurant and it was too loud. It's supposed to be a French restaurant. The music should evoke the place. At 9:00, live music started in the upstairs bar and you could hear it in the restaurant. It was also too loud and not at all evocative of France, but the band was so good that we went up after to listen and were glad we did. The rooftop is great, too. Bottom line - very good food, service needs polishing.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Petit Lion was a great experience. From our great server, through a great pickled shrimp stater to the mussels cooked in a light curry entree, topped off by great cocktails, this was well worth the 15 minute walk from our hotel in the French Quarter. I can't recommend Petit Lion highly enough.
  25. TN

    TNOLA

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for an early morning business meeting. Great service and good coffee!
  26. S

    Stephanie

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I love this place. The menu is small, but all the food is fantastic and different without being weird. The wait staff wants you to have a good time. Gene's exuberance is charming. Hannah is warm and knows her stuff. Try the cocktails.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    So disappointed with the food as it was recommended to me so highly, just average not exactly worth the money
  28. 5

    504sherri

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was really wonderful. The cocktail were inspired. I will be back asap. 😘
  29. KC

    KittyCat

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2017

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    This is my first "meh" review. My fourth time here, and based on this reservation, I wouldn't recommend it. The service was not nearly as attentive as it should have been, and more than one request was forgotten. The food was good, when they finally brought it. We had to ask for things two or three times; we asked for our leftovers to be wrapped up, and only half of them were (which I only found out the next day). So, meh.
  30. M

    Michael

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a quaint neighborhood gem with a calming elegant décor. The menu is short but everything on it is amazingly good. We went for lunch and everyone came away satisfied.
  31. BB

    BrandiB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for the prefixed Valentine's Day dinner, but wanted to order a la carte. The menu was phenomenal, the service was a+++, and the food was delicious. Definitely coming back for the a la carte experience.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for Valentines Day dinner. There was a set price menu with a few options for the four courses. The food was beautifully presented, tasty and imaginive. The service was excellent.
  33. g

    gdfeats

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Valentines Day
  34. SB

    StephanieB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was absolutely amazed at the food and service at this fairly new restaurant. We will definitely be back. Great Happy Hour menu!!
  35. P

    Peggy

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite a fire alarm (which turned out to be s false alarm) that had us evacuate the building for 20-30 minutes, it was a delightful evening. The management rewarded us all will champagne when we were able to return to our table. Our waiter David was quite accommodating. The food was outstanding. I highly recommend the foie Gras appetizer. The steak au poivre and the sea bass were excellent as well. Kudos to Chef Ben and the kitchen staff. We look forward to returning soon.
  36. M

    Mimi

    New Orleans

    25 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointed.. ordered the moules frites. Frites came out cold, sent them back. Only 1/2 of the moules were open and edible. Was told the chef could redstream them and we could take them with us . We were on the way to a concert, and that certainly wasn't an option. Would have appreciated a sincere apology and reduction in price, since could only eat 1/2 of my meal and were on a tight time frame, which was stated at beginning of the meal.
  37. LN

    LuvNewOrleans

    New Orleans

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2017

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We chose to eat at Petit Lion because of its proximity to the Smoothie King Center. The menu choices were very limited. We both had a salad and the hamburger, and they were both delicious. Once the server decided to pay attention to us, the service was quite good. The restaurant is very noisy.
  38. M

    Moose

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A new restaurant with lots of potential. Very limited menu but the chicken salad was outstanding. Service was very attentive. Very few restaurants in the area so I hope it does well.
  39. R

    Rich

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was fine and we enjoyed the meal. The deviled eggs were great and the wine made the evening. Don't forget to go to the roof top bar for an after dinner drink.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Party of 4. Just order one of everything!

FAQs

Petit Lion - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Gravier & S. Rampart

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of operation

    BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00am - 10:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; LUNCH: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Nibbles: Monday- Sunday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; DINNER: Sunday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm;

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French / American, Southern, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    0-3 hours - $15

  • Public transit

    Canal Streetcar (47 Cemeteries, 48 City Park & 49 Loyola Uptown to Canal & Rampart)RTA Bus (91, 101, 102, 106, 114 & 115 to Rampart & Gravier)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben McCauley

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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