Revel Cafe and Bar

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$30 and under
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American
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris and Laura are always the perfect hosts. When Chris starts pontificating about the history of cocktails the bar almost comes to a stop and listens to his amazing tales. Highly recommended. Get the crawfish grilled cheese and a mint julep to win the day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with very good service. Revels is a great place to dine.

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vipSprouts9
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Wait person didn't offer a list of specials and I didn't know there were any until another staff member gave specials list to other guests. We both ordered salads and instead of bringing them out first, they were brought with the entrees and there was barely enough room on the table for four plates and two diners. The food was okay and way over-salted. I think this is more of a bar that serves food than a foodie destination that has a bar. Just wasn't impressed.

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unhappy
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Restaurant was mostly empty when all others in the area were booked to capacity. Had a strong musty smell like there was water damage in the floors, walls or ceiling. Food was ok, but presentation was poor.

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vipCorkyW
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We're so lucky to have one of the world's best bartenders and such an incredible chef working together in the same fun restaurant & bar!

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vipHlton
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am extremely impressed by everything at Revel. They exceeded my expectations with food service and beverage. You will not find a better bargain anywhere. The server was absolutely fun. We will return bedtime in New Orleans.

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MaryG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time for our first experience. Will definitely come back.

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TimM
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal and drinks

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vipPete
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve
T... and Stacy aka known as Stephanie 😂 were very pleasant. They helped with suggestions.
Food was delicious and drinks were , as usual, wonderful.
Good way to say good by to 2019.

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vipTinka
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent bourbon selection

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AnnM
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.

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vipbamabrad
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The cocktails and peanut butter burger were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding. Bar service was very slow.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTiguhz
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

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vipElizabeth
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.

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Nolarods
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.

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MSUCHEMENGINEER
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipEasyliving
New Orleans
28 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.

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

Food was not really good just OK.

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ChristineB
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.

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adens
Seattle
4 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.

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Yumyum1
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
vipJoeW
New York Area
31 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.

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

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

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

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

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vipewoo
New Orleans
12 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!

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BrookeR
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 .

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JohnD
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
JulieM
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.

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

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

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vipReviilliondiner
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
007JD
Milwaukee
17 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KatherineS
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)

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vipPaperina
New Orleans
3 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.

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FrankR
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.

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SteveB
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.

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NOLAnative
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
JenniferB
Western NC
6 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!

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Revel Cafe and Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 309-6122.

Revel Cafe and Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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