Revel Cafe and Bar

4.2
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$30 and under
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Gastro Lounge and Craft cocktails by famous bartender Chris McMillian. Gourmet sandwiches served on house made breads and boldly flavored small plates.

Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century. McMillian, a fourth generation bartender, has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks. McMillian has been mentioned in many magazines such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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3.9
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Austin
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bourbon selection

AM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this spot for Chris McMillian’s expertly made cocktails. Now that Chris DeBarr is cooking there, the menu is inventive & fun as well.

b
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The cocktails and peanut butter burger were amazing

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Bar service was very slow.

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris and Laura McMillian are the best. The gazpacho soup I eat tonight was the best dish that I have eaten all year.

T
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all I have one of the best cocktail bartenders in the history of New Orleans. So I went there and food wise and expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. The service is great and a crab pasta which my wife had and a black and drum fishWhere I had was superb

E
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The pasta was overcooked, the drinks took a long time to come, and the service seemed a little off. The restaurant has a ton of potential, but they need to do better.

N
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This family business offers delicious and unique dishes. The owners are extremely friendly. Lunches are priced very reasonably.

MS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious experience. Cocktails are amazing & food is delicious & creative

E
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their superb 4-course August “Coolinary” menu starts with a classic cocktail as the first course - very ingenious; we had the Old Fashioned and French 75. Proprietors Chris and Laura are cocktail aficionados, New Orleans historians, and they run a friendly bistro with excellent food and service. Highly recommended.

S
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not really good just OK.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious but there was a weird smell in the foyer of the restaurant. It took awhile to get service at our table even though we had a reservation, otherwise everything was very good.

a
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a party of 7 - made reservations well in advance. restaurant was not busy when we arrived or left drinks too extremely long to come out. food was lackluster, over spiced or the pairing of flavors (ex: peanut butter burger) not as interesting as it sounded. One of our party's order was completely wrong and she didn't get the remade order UNTIL AFTER DESSERT WAS SERVED.
Server was very unfriendly.

Y
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a friend’s birthday. Birthday girl was running late and I love that I was able to change the reservation time 30 minutes before!

I had put in a request in the “special request” box to have shots waiting for us, including a non-alcoholic version and thought “eh I’ll see if they do it, not a big deal if they don’t”. They totally did and the service was beyond phenomenal!!! The food was great, but truly the service itself made the whole night. Our server genuinely cared to make my friend feel special. Thank you!!!

JW
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A great visit with one of the best bartenders/mixologist you will ever meet - Chris McMillian! Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and hearing stories about NOLA and Louisiana from Chris.

N
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In a city full of neighborhood gems, this place will not disappoint.

MS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & phenomenal drinks! One of my favorite places.

e
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Too many small plates to decide, never had a chance to get to entrees!

BR
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was very good and helpings were just the right size-so that we felt comfortable but not stuffed. The service was excellent and enjoyed the owners!
The ambiance was perfect, comfortable and not pretentious. We will definitely go back often .

JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Revel had the welcoming feel of a meal at home, assuming you are lucky enough to have a great chef and great bartender in your family. The food was great, the drink menu was spectacular, the desserts were to die for, and the MacMillian family and staff couldn't have treated us with more warmth. Revel represents everything that is great about New Orleans, and Chris MacMillian's efforts to keep the mixed drinks of Prohibition era in New Orleans alive alone are worth the trip.

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

I very much enjoyed my drinks and my dinner. The restaurant is on the loud side, however. It was difficult to have a conversation. As with all restaurants where I make reservations, it would be nice to request seats at the bar!! Our waitress, Bree, was excellent and made our meal exponentially more enjoyable.

MC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Enjoyed very much. Eclectic menu. Great drinks and excellent service. Will be back

R
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Sat the bar and though they were a little busy, I wasn’t even greeted for over 5-10 min. Oyster chowder was good but only 1 small oyster in it. The fish looked wonderful but was undercooked in the thickest part of it. Wasn’t in the mood to send it back, so just ate the cooked part. The risotto and asparagus were good.

JD
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This place is great! A great neighborhood find, with a really cool menu, and a outstanding cocktail list. It’s really laid back, and it’s a great date spot.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Revel is outstanding, and the service is as well.

KS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a cute, cozy little place with very good and creative small plate offerings as well as a few entree. The brussel sprout special was delicious as was the unusual “corn dog” appetizer and boudin balls. I also enjoyed the cheese plate. Happy hour is every day until 7 with great wine and cocktails. The service is friendly and efficient. I really enjoy going to Revel. (The Bar is fun too! It has that neighborhood feel to it)

SG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! I had to come back after less than two weeks, and it won’t be the last time. Chris and Laura are wonderful, their cocktails to die for and the food is amazing.

FR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Fish tasted like liquid smoke. Mint julip had a sprig of mint, but did not appear muddled. Waitress kept squeezing between our tables to serve patrons on upper tier...having her rear end in my face got old.

SB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good local place, small and better suited to small tables. We were seated next to an extremely loud table but think it is atypical. Lots of cool cocktails and they know all the history behind them.

NO
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Culinary and drink menus are creative and delicious. Server was on the spot and helpful. Bar service is slow but it’s likely because they nurture each and every cocktail to perfection.

JB
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for a lovely New Year's dinner! From start to finish the attention to customer satisfaction was out of this world! The cocktails, food menu, and service were spectacular! If you're in New Orleans and looking for fabulous cuisine then head to Revel!

OT
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Prices were reasonable and portions appropriate. Cocktail list was expansive with plenty to choose from and were great drinks. Will definitely stop in again soon.

JU
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Revel was our last stop on a trip to NO that featured a little too much indulging in food. But this was by far the best place we checked out, hands down the best cocktails we’ve ever had a very fun dinner menu to boot. Must order the crawfish grilled cheese.

SH
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. The owners are masters of the cocktail that are welcoming and can hold a conversation on a wide variety of topics. Food is inventive and delicious. A neighborhood gem.

GG
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal & the cocktail list is the kicker. Chris is the tops.

E
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came for the craft cocktails, stayed for more as well as delicious small plates and wonderful conversation with husband and wife team knowledgeable fun bartenders! Don’t miss this place while in NOLA!

RV
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ,cocktails, food,cleanliness,
Great Place we will return.

a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to celebrate birthday in a restaurant with vegetarian options for friend. Menu was great with good options Food was fabulous and service was superb like a 5 star restaurant. Happy to have turned my friend who has lived here for 15 years to a new option. She will be back as will I

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a small restaurant and bar with great old fashions and great food. Featured cocktail is half price. Food is original, delicious, and beautifully plated. Food selection is somewhat limited but there is enough diversity to find something appealing, and we liked everything we tried. Drink menu is much larger with many original cocktails.
Noise level is high but we could still hear each other across the table.

RS
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specialty cocktails. Great personal service.

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