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Tempt

3.4
3.4
133 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Serving updated takes on Southern and New Orleans cooking, Tempt will offer a constantly changing seasonal menu focusing on local produce and products. The restaurant design juxtaposes modern and antique elements creating a sleek, sexy and altogether unique setting.


The walls of this comfortable upscale bistro are adorned by a seasonal rotation of original works of art by local artists.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Southern, Creole
  • Hours of operation
    Open Daily Breakfast: 7:00am - 12:00pm Lunch: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Phone number
    (504) 522-5400
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Dexter
  • Private party facilities
    We have seating capacity of 60 guests in the dining, there is a 20 seat common table that can be used for large parties, and there are also private hotel meeting rooms.
  • Private party contact
    Tiffany Haleamau: (504) 875-2605
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Cross street
    Burgundy St
  • Parking details
    Valet entrance on Burgundy St. ... Validated parking available for $5
  • Public transit
    Streetcar stop at Canal and Rampart<br /><br />Streetcar stop at Canal and Baronne
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 133 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.4
3.4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 0.1Value

NoiseModerate

133 Reviews
  1. lamademoiselle

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was not flavorful at all and I think we may have inadvertently offended the chef by asking for more sauce/glaze to help the short ribs. Very disappointed in the response or lack thereof. French fries were best thing on menu.

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  2. StephenW

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Had the snapper and it was microwaved and at $26 I would expect nothing but great food. Would not recommend for anyone.

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  3. Mandylyn

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2018

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Let me be clear that the young woman whose name tag read "Kenny" was not a problem. She was doing the best she could with what she had available. She presented us with both the lunch and dinner menus as "they were out" of many things on the dinner menu. I should have gotten up and left at that point, but we chose this restaurant due to its proximity to the Saenger Theatre. We came specifically to this restaurant because quail was on the offering on the menu online--and on the dinner menu presented to us. Kenny did not indicate the kitchen was out of quail until we tried to order. My husband switched to the lunch menu, mainly sandwiches, and again was told "we're unable to serve the alligator sausage." At that point I asked, somewhat lightly, "What's going on in your kitchen?" I was incredulous when I heard the chef hadn't been in for days. Someone should have been authorized to order food to stock the kitchen, or the restaurant should have been closed. When we arrived there was one pair of diners and when we left there was a different pair of diners, who, too, were struggling with what to order. Kenny said she could provide free dessert to us. We were presented with two options, something and "cheesecake." Cheesecake turned out to be a sampler of four mini cheesecakes that seemed somewhat aged based on their texture. Please.

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  4. Bevi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Honestly, we left as soon as we saw the menu and wine list. We didn't stay and eat. It was 8 o'clock on Friday night and we were the only people in the restaurant. It was not at all what we were expecting.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No one to greet us. One person there. She deleted our reservation on her screen when she saw our party and we were forced to go elsewhere.

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  6. NAICCattendee

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    No staff to greet us at restaurant, we actually had to go to hotel desk to be seated. Restaurant was small and deserted, we were the only patrons. Limited wine menu. Wait staff did not know menu well as menu indicated two sides with entrees but would only allow us to order one. Limited menu and did not have any softshell crab for one of the pastas. The entrees were well seasoned. Limited dessert menu and cheesecake was a no-bake that tasted like it was straight from JELL-O.

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  7. Nora

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We knew we'd be arriving late in New Orleans, with a short time window to have dinner before theatre at the Saengar. So, we made a reservation at the restaurant in our hotel(The Saint). Beautiful place, interesting menu, easy walk to show. What could go wrong? Everything! Despite telling our waitress we wanted to order quickly, we waited 40 minutes for barely-edible food, which I suspect was prepared offsite. Like banquet fare...far below New Orleans standards. Not tempting at all. Still love the hotel, but there's a mcDonalds across the street, I'd recommend.

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  8. ScoobaSteve

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was awful! We were the first table seated on a Saturday night, at 730 we left to make our show with no food!

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  9. Excellent

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was just ok. Fine for a bite before a show at the Saenger, but don't go with high expectations because they will be miserably crushed.

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  10. FoodLion

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    After a long day of sightseeing in NOLA, we just wanted to grab a bite to eat at our hotel. We were apprehensive because no one was there. We decided to give it a try anyway. Much to our surprise, we enjoyed a dinner that ranked with any we had throughout the area. We chose the dinner for two option ($50) with appetizer, 2 entrees, dessert & 2 glasses of wine. The oyster app. was fantastic !!! Our entrees were just as fabulous, double cut pork chop & catfish. Cheescake & cobbler for dessert. The staff was very attentive and the chef even came out to explain the menu and offer his suggestions. If you're looking for a quiet dinner place without all the tourist hype, give Tempt a try.

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  11. JoeDiner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    We were very disappointed in this restaurant. The menu was far from adventurous. My wife and I had a difficult time choosing something that sounded interesting. We started with the fried oysters and Brussels sprouts. The oysters were good but very small. The Brussels sprouts were burned. The outer leaves were charred and almost inedible. My wife had the Shrimp and red beans for an entree. The shrimp were over cooked and the beans were over spiced. I had the ribs with sweet potatoes. The ribs were ok. The sauce was sweeter than I like. The sweet potatoes were good. All in all the food was worse than anything that we cook at home.

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  12. Hungry

    Louisville

    47 reviews

    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2013

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This one is really tough. There are times that you walk into a restaurant and you can just see the incredible opportunities that aren't fully realized. The food was pretty good. The cherry tomato salad and duck confit were solid. The pork chop dish was a bit dry. The service was hit or miss. I'd love to see them pull this restaurant together. They have a neat vibe and ambiance but it's lacking in substance. Sort of an "all hat, no cattle" production. Kudos to the adjoining Burgundy Bar however. Great music on Thursday and Friday night.

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  13. Rita

    New Orleans

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay.... skirt steak was good,but luke warm.... Flounder was okay... Gumbo was NOT gumbo it had kale in it and tasted like a chili. The service was good but, we were the only people in the whole restaurant . It is a very pretty place nicely decorated. We went to the bar after and they had the "Yat Pack" playing and they were good , we enjoyed that.

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  14. NOLAdiner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Wait staff was slow. There was no one else in the restaurant on a Saturday night which should have been an indicator of how terrible their food was going to be. Out of 8 people, no one enjoyed their food. We had to send back our drinks because they were made wrong. The hostess attempted to also be the bar tender. Its a shame how bad this place was.

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  15. Nesia

    Mississippi

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been over a year since I'd eaten at Tempt and beign that it was so delicious the first time I decided to try it again. Even after a year the food, service, and atmosphere was still very impressive. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that enjoys great food that teases you palate. A wonderful dining experience.

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  16. NOLANative

    New Orleans

    27 reviews

    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most attractive new restaurants in NOLA in last several years but they are still trying to find a niche for their food. We were the only table from arrival to when we left so not developing a following yet. Menu a little too edgy for our tastes; we like trying different things but the unusual combinations of ingredients didn't appeal to us. Definitely review the menu before you go to be sure you see items you are willing to try. They really need to add some standard fare for guests who are not as adventurous.

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  17. WilliamS

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2013

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This was by far the worse resturant that I have ever been to in all of my domestic and international travels. The room was cold and harsh. The service was poor. And the food was terrible. The gumbo was soupy without texture and over cooked. When searching a place for an evening dinner in New Orleans. I sought out the rating on open table. I was very diSappointed.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressive menue, food preparation, and service. Absolute must see!

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  19. RaymondB

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Visit was not what we expected...food was not worth recomending to friends ans associates...we were offered a re-visit by the Chef and waiter. Still debating!!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Rather slow getting food out and when it did arrive, only slightly warm. Disappointed.

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  21. SJay

    New Orleans

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent duck, excellent 'gator, excellent food! Thoroughly impressed w/the cuisine.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you are looking for a menu with a gazillion choices or plates piled with enough food to feed neighborhood, you will be disappointed. The relatively small selection on the menu provided enough intriguing choices to satisfy all but the pickiest diner. The food was excellently prepared and served in reasonable portions. We were seated in a comfortable corner booth which for us was ideal. Our waiter was helpful, attentive, and efficient. We would definitely consider returning on a future visit to New Orleans.

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  23. DQ11

    Tampa

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Easily the best meal i had on this trip to NOLA. The menu had such a variety on it that I'm sure I'll go back.

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  24. ErinW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second time at Tempt and it was just as excellent as the first visit . The food was delicious! All of the people at my table had something different and everyone enjoyed. The gumbo was the best I've had. The only not so good part of our experience was the service. We went on NYE and while the restaurant didn't seem that crowded, our service was pretty slow. It took a while for us to get drinks and our server never came back to ask if we were ok or if we wanted another drink. This may have had something to do with it being NYE but it would have been nice to have been atleast asked about another drink. All in all, experience was good, atmosphere was wonderful, and food was superb!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was OK. here were only 2 servers and service was pretty slow. The first glass of red wine I was given was corked and tasted awful. The server promptly brought another unexpired wine. The food was ok and luke warm. Just an ok experience.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fried chicken was delicious. Were in a hurry to get to a play. Very accommodating and service was friendly and prompt .

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food choice was very unique- do not go expecting to get a burger. From appetizer to dessert- it was a food adventure, we started w/ the Fried Oysters & grilled Brussel Sprouts-rabbit & Fish entrees-ending with creme brûlée topped w/ peanut butter cream sauce & chocolate covered bacon( yes fried bacon coated with chocolate),,!!! All were delicious!

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  28. Foodie

    New Orleans

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were good. Staff very friendly. Beautiful surroundings The restaurant was empty except for 2 other tables. It is always more appealing to go into a restaurant that is abuzz with other diners. Maybe it has not yet been discovered.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2012

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Too loud, too loud, too loud...way too loud. Doubt we will ever go back.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We read the reviews and expected service to be slow. Our service was good and timely. The decor is contemporary and beautiful but the restaurant is small. There was a huge birthday party while we were there and it was kind of distracting. It ended with a marriage proposal which was very touching. The food also has a contemporary flair to old favorites. It was good and our visit enjoyable but nothing to make it stand out. For fine dining prices, I guess I expect more.

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  31. Nanco

    New York City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible, loud music throughout our meal.

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  32. cebrowndds

    New Orleans

    45 reviews

    2.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    the kitchen did a decent job at meeting the high standard for tasty cuisine that new orleans is known for. however, the poor service and noisy electronic bar music detracted from the dining experience. the table service seemed very new and inefficient at this business. though pleasant, this team could learn much by copying the team service at any of the brennan restaurants.and the constant pounding electronic noise coming from the bar/billard/lobby adjacent to my dining table (no wall here, just a shear curtain) was most distracting.

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  33. BobbyR

    Tallahassee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed the evening. We were the only couple in the place so we got a lot of attention from the waiter. The food was very good and yes we would return/

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  34. Jopapa

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    coupon we purchased was misleading. it read good for entrees up to $34 however the highest price entrée was $27. I added a side priced at $5 to an entrée priced at $19 and was charged for it. although the food was good I thought we were enticed by deceptive means to frequent this restaurant. the waiter even attempted to charge us for the wine we bought even though the wine was fully included in the coupon purchased from travelzoo.

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  35. coll

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful atmosphere. Food is imaganative, delicious..great portions!

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  36. LindaH

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2012

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were skeptical after reading some reviews, but had a great experience! We were stuck in traffic for a while and called to say we would be late for our reservation. They assured us our table would be ready when we arrived. The food was delicious! We had the boudin balls, mussels, pork chops, fish and rabbit; all were amazing!! Definitely worth the visit.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent but noise was clearly excessive...

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  38. BertK

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my 3rd visit. The food was okay, but portions were tiny compared to other diner's plates. That would have been fine if it was my husband and me but I as taking a friend out for her birthday. I was very happy to see the restaurant really busy, first time of all 3 times I've been there and it was a week night!Yeah. Waiter was not very attentive.

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  39. CassieR

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tempt was good, but their limited menu made it difficult to find something we would really like.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2012

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered steamed mussels, gulf fish, pork chop, and Elvis dessert. Mussels and broth were fantastic. Gulf fish entree was on the smallish side. The pork chop was cooked well, but the side dish was a little lacking. The Elvis dessert was delicious. Overall a great experience and will probably go back because of the constantly evolving menu.

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931 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Burgundy St
  • Neighborhood
    Central Business District
  • Hours of operation
    Open Daily Breakfast: 7:00am - 12:00pm Lunch: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, Southern, Creole
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet entrance on Burgundy St. ... Validated parking available for $5
  • Public transit
    Streetcar stop at Canal and RampartStreetcar stop at Canal and Baronne
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Andrea Dexter
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (504) 522-5400
  • Private party facilities
    We have seating capacity of 60 guests in the dining, there is a 20 seat common table that can be used for large parties, and there are also private hotel meeting rooms.
  • Private party contact
    Tiffany Haleamau: (504) 875-2605
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