The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
The Governor is a culinary salute to Louisiana heritage and culture. No matter which way you lean, we have something for everyone. Our frontrunners include inventive takes on regional specialties, oysters every-which-way, daily brunch, and strong, hand-crafted cocktails. Start your day the right way with $12 Bottomless Mimosas & Brunch (available every day from 8AM - 4PM)!
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
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3.8
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4.0
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Victoria
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette party brunch

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Had reservations for 4. Got there and ordered drinks. Those took 20 minutes to arrive. Ordered apps. Those did come out in a timely manner. They were okay.... Our waiter was non attentive and did not properly bus our table. After waiting over an hour for our enterees and going to the bar to order a second round of drinks; we decided to cancel our order and leave. And the restaurant was not busy at all. Overall, a really unpleasant experience..... and to top it off, no apology was given.....

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hallmd
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Dont even think about going here! MY DAUGHTER WANTED TO TRY Boudan so we went here. Fried shrimp a d oysters were so overcooked they were almost inedible. Service was ok but food was extremely poor, should not have even been 1 star , my impression is they are about to go out of business

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on March 6, 2020

We are all so sorry for letting you down during your visit to The Governor, your feedback really does matter to us! Please visit again and give us a chance to make it up to you, we really do care about your business!

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Greatdibe
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Customer service was horrible, wasn’t pleased with the wait or non consistency.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on March 6, 2020

We are all so sorry for what happened during your visit, please come see us again and let us know how we can make it up to you!

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HelenH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was great: funny, helpful and very very kind. The kitchen however, took very long to prepare our food. Despite the delay, it tasted great. We went on Mardi Gras.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 28, 2020

So sorry if things took a little longer than they should have Helen, so glad that your server was able to make it up to you! Please come visit us again soon, we really appreciate you dining with us here at The Governor!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Unsure if it was because it was Mardi Gras or if service is always lacking but I would not recommend this place is you're pressed for time. Our reservation was at 7:30, we arrived at 7:25 & were seated by then. The waitress who doubled as bartender took our order within 10 minutes but the orders did not arrive until 7:59. I put in a to go order at 8:10 and received the bill at 8:38 but did not get our food until 8:50. From 7:30 to 8:50 and all we ordered was a burger, a shrimp platter, and fried alligator! The dining area was not crowded but maybe there wasn't enough staff, I don't know. What I do know is the food was good, just not worth the wait. AND we were barely checked on.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 28, 2020

We are all so sorry for what happened during your visit to The Governor, there is absolutely no excuse for what occurred and I apologize for letting you down in such a big way! Your feedback really does matter to us, please visit again and give us a chance to make it up to you. We really do appreciate your business, thanks so much for choosing The Governor in the first place.

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Geo1
New England
31 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Granted it was Mardi Gras evening but it seemed like everything was in slow motion. The food was so so. The blackened fish was dry. Brussel sprouts were burnt not roasted. Definitely felt over priced for the quality and quantity

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 28, 2020

We are all so sorry for letting you down, we really do appreciate your feedback! Please visit again and give us a chance to make it up to you, thanks again for choosing The Governor in the first place!

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vipMelvinW
London
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Cold food. Poor service

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 26, 2020

Melvin, we are all so sorry for letting you down! Please visit us again and give us a chance to make it up to you, your feedback really does matter to us!

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waltb
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

6pm dinner on Fat Tuesday. Table ready. Fantastic friendly service. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Sure to go back

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 28, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us here at The Governor Walt, we all hope to serve you again real soon!

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BriaT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food was very good! However the interaction between the workers wasn't very pleasing to watch.

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SafariJim
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good and service very good considering it was Mardi Gras and places were getting hammered.

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David
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food took an hour to be served. My wife and I were ready to leave and find somewhere else to eat since it was taking so long, and I wish we did. The food was pretty gross and lukewarm at best. The shrimp po boy was sickening and I couldn’t even finish half the sandwich. Drinks were average at best. Will not be returning and I recommend you don’t stop in. I’m sad I wasted a meal in New Orleans on this restaurant, there are so many better options around the French quarter.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 23, 2020

David, we are so sorry for letting you down in such a big way during your visit to The Governor! Your feedback really does matter to us, please contact me at 225.270.6309 at your convenience and I guarantee I will do everything I can to make things right by you. We all really hope for the opportunity to serve you again soon and provide you with a much better experience, thanks again for choosing The Governor in the first place. Rob Irwin Area Director

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The redfish was great and the shrimp appetizers had the best garlic butter sauce! Food came out kind of slow, I think the kitchen was backed up but our server was awesome!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

So sorry if we took a little bit longer than we should have, we really appreciate your patience and kind words! Please come see us again soon, we can't wait!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunshine and Noelle are amazing!!
Bottomless mimosas we on point!!
Great go to spot for Brunch!!!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 23, 2020

We agree with everything, glad you enjoyed!

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vipFrequentdiner
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a group of 7 for lunch the Friday before Mardi Gras. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food and drinks. Everything was reasonably priced and very good. We are all local and none of us had ever heard of this restaurant before. Well kept secret. I will go back.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 23, 2020

Thanks for discovering our secret, we are all so glad you had such a great time! See you again real soon, thanks so much for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service with Isaac, food was delicious! Get the Brussels sprouts

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

We love Isaac too, so glad you enjoyed! Please come visit again soon!!

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ToddL
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We sat at the bar. Service was great. Food was OK, but I have had much better food at other places in the city. Ambiance was nothing special, but an OK place for a last minute business meeting.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us at The Governor Todd, we really appreciate your business!

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vipKimberly
Denver
50 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Shrimp Clemenceau. Great burgers and sandwiches. Wondeefully creative signature drinks.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 21, 2020

So glad that you enjoyed Kimberly, please come visit again the next time you are in town! Thanks so much for dining with us!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 21, 2020

Thanks so much for dining at The Governor!

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fredc
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Not sure where to even start but to day that restaurant is in major disorganization and malfunction. Service was horrid. Instead of writing a thesis let me say that they need to get with that tv show that helps businesses overhaul their operations from a toz

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

Fred, I am so sorry that we let you down during your visit to The Governor! Your feedback really does matter to us, please contact me at 225-270-6309 your convenience and I will do everything I can to earn your trust back as our guest. I hope to hear from you soon, thanks again for choosing The Governor in the first place. Robert Irwin Area Director

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner with friends. Loved the food and the service. Very nice upstairs dining area with balcony.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

So glad that you enjoyed, thanks so much for dining with us! Please come again soon!

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AZNative
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Fried oysters were heavily breaded and way over cooked.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

We are so sorry that you did not enjoy the oysters, please come see us again and give us another chance to get it right for you! Your feedback really does mean a lot to us, hope to serve you again soon!

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Kathleen3908
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service EXCELLENT!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

So glad you enjoyed Kathleen, hope to serve you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great!!!!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 16, 2020

So glad you enjoyed, we really appreciate it!

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vipMjtraveller
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly and attentive. They treated me and my family very kindly and had many great recommendations for the menu. Their drink menu also had some very creative and well made offerings.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 14, 2020

So glad that you had such a great time during your visit to The Governor, please come visit again real soon!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The food and service were okay, could have been much better. A rat ran inside the restaurant as we ate, and the workers pretended not to see it. I would not be dining at this restaurant anymore. It was a “one and done” for me.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on February 9, 2020

I am so sorry for what happened during your visit to The Governor, we really do appreciate your business and take your feedback seriously! Please give us another chance and I guarantee that we will take care of all of your concerns, thank you for choosing The Governor in the first place!

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KUC87
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was good. Server was friendly and fast. Restaurant was nearly empty at prime dinner time. Mixed drinks were terrible and very overpriced.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thank you so much for dining with us at The Governor, I am so sorry that your drinks were not great ! Please visit again and give us the chance to find something more to your liking, your feedback really does matter to us!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Went for brunch with a large group. Highly recommend the crab and shrimp omelette. Kay was our server and she was THE BEST!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 25, 2020

We are all so glad that you enjoyed everything so much, please come see us again soon!

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AmyC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food At a reasonable price! We had a large group and got in quickly. The service was wonderful.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 25, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us Amy, glad y'all had such a great time! See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A diner like atmosphere with a full bar and robust menu. We had brunch here complete with bottomless mimosas. Very friendly staff!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 17, 2020

So glad that you enjoyed your meal with us, hope to serve you again soon!

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ErnieC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great brunch at The Governor. The food was excellent as were the service (thanks to Bubbles!) and of course the bottomless mimosas. A fun place to start the day in New Orleans.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 17, 2020

So glad you had such a great time with us, come back soon and let's do it all over again!

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vipFoodlover
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food is mediocre.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 17, 2020

So sorry if you didn't enjoy your meal, please come back and give us a chance to find something more to your liking! We really do appreciate your choosing The Governor in the first place, hope to serve you again soon.

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KarenB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful breakfast! Stephen was our waiter and he was awesome! We didn't have to ask for a thing because he took such good care of us. The food was great too. We will be back!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 11, 2020

So glad you had such a great time Karen, we love Steven too! See you again real soon!

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vipDawgsfromAthens
Charleston
75 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried a new spot for brunch this morning. The Governor Seafood and Oyster Bar on Chartres St. has an interesting menu and very good Bloody Marys. We were greeted warmly and seated immediately upon arrival. It is a narrow little corner cafe/raw bar that one might walk right past, but I would strongly suggest giving it a try. Prices are reasonable and service pleasant and attentive. We were fortunate to have Steven for our table and had a nice conversation with him during our meal. The options are well described on the menu and all sounded good. Janice’s choice was the Vietcong Carre Benedict and mine the Eggs Ponchatrain. Mixtures of crab and shrimp and poached eggs with Hollandaise and Remolade toppings. Well prepared and delicious. Our compliments to the total staff from desk to cook for treating us to a most pleasant brunch. Thanks especially to Steven for the warm comraderi.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Sounds like a great time was had by all, we really appreciate the kind words! Please come see us again the next time you are in town, we can't wait!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was outstanding.
Food was too salty.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

So sorry if your meal was too salty, please come visit again and give us a chance to find something more to your liking!

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MelissaT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great a meal that was prepaid perfectly and really enjoyed the delicious desert also !! Loved it thank y’all for caring

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thank YOU Melissa, it was our pleasure to serve you! See you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Made reservation and as no wait. Noël was a great server and very attentive. Busy night so appreciated the great service.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks so much for dining with us here at The Governor, please come join us again soon for some more good times!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

When we arrived there was no table for our reservation, so we ate at the bar.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

So sorry if we did not have your table available, please come see us again soon and give us a chance to make it up to you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good bar tender while we waited. Appetizers were great and food was amazing for the price. Great location!

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

SO glad that you enjoyed your visit, please come see us again soon!

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DebraH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Oysters were ok but not great. Service good and food too. Prices were a bit much for what we got.

The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar
Responded on January 5, 2020

Thanks so much for visiting The Governor Debra, so sorry if you did not enjoy your oyster! Please come see us again and give us a chance to find something more to your liking, thanks again for your business!

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The Governor Seafood & Oyster Bar is rated 4.1 stars by 140 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.