Toups South

4.5
337 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Toups South is chef Isaac Toups" regional southern restaurant inside the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Chef Toups represents the new guard of Southern chefs for his updated and refined approach to rustic dishes.
Cooking food closest to his heart has earned him rave reviews including James Beard nominations in 2014, 2015 and a finalist in 2016.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We are only doing a prix fixed menu for this day at $65 per person. Our regular menu is not available.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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OT
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We love chef Isaac Toups. Great locally sourced meat and produce! Fun to sit at the counter and watch the food being prepared. Seemed short on waitstaff but the host made up for it by stepping in. Fun place to dine.

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t
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

With so much great food in NOLA I would choose a lot of other places to send a friend. While I enjoyed the ambiance I felt a few things brought the experience down to 3 starts. Starting with the food, the redfish was over seasoned, I really wish it had been less salty. Then there was the host who didn't even remotely try to make us feel welcomed. And our waiter who gave us the impression he didn't want to be there and offered zero guidance when we asked some questions about the menu. Contrast that with every other place we ate while in NOLA where everyone was so nice and helpful and the food blew us away.

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LH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This was our first visit to Toups South & it was wonderful. We had a party of 4 and we all shared multiple dishes, both small plates as well as a large entree. Everything was terrific. Looking forward to the next time!

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JW
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The gulf stew was great but skip the lobster lasagna. My husband called it cheesy peas. Service was good but the venue is very loud.

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MP
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Such well balanced flavor and texture.

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KB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktail was bountiful. Food was terrific. Really enjoyed the unusual preparation of Brussel Sprouts with Kimchi. The redfish over tasty, and slightly sweet greens was delicious - again, a bit surprising. Knowledgeable waitstaff. Looking forward to a return visit.

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OT
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a New Orleans favorite. The duck confit was amazing.

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SP
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true protein-packed delight, with the same creative applications and nose-to-tail style one expects from a Toups’ establishment. I had excellent service at the bar with John Michael, whose bar-craft was not only incredibly graceful but also amiable, even in the face of a table of twenty-five that were seated sometime after my arrival. The biscuits were delightful, the duck confit managed to be both delicate and hearty, but my god, the BBQ octopus. I would fight a duel over the honor of that octopus. Don’t skip it.

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CB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a real find! 3 of us at a meeting at the Convention Center wanted to get some "authentic" Cajun/Southern cooking at a non-touristy place that was casual and off the beaten track. We found it! The restaurant is in a very non-touristy part of town that looks a bit dicey and run down, but once you walk in the restaurant, you feel at home. The service was impeccable. The ambience is bright and colorful and inviting with an old cedar wood bar that had been rescued from the river during a flood! The menu is quite limited if you have dietary restrictions which we did: I don't eat pork, another is vegetarian with multiple food intolerances and none of us like heavily fried foods. However, we all managed to find delicious things on the small menu. The biscuits were amazing as were the brussels sprouts as starters. The red fish entree was delicious. Another person had a seafood gumbo that was not what he expected but he loved it. For dessert, we shared the "carrot cake" which was a small portion of moist nontraditional carrot cake with a fabulous scoop of ice cream with it. The wait staff were all friendly, helpful, and excellent. We highly recommend this place but probably not ideal for vegetarians or lots of food allergies. I think a vegan would go hungry....

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CR
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Staff was pretentious and rude. Food was fussy without being *really* good. Cocktails and wine list were great. Would go for happy hour but nothing else.

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RW
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cracklin's, solid boudin. My redfish with greens was delicious. My friend had the pastrami sandwich, it was pretty good. Will definitely go back!

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MG
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made my family eat brunch/lunch here on St. Patty's Day! I have wanted to visit this spot for a while when we come to town....so glad we did! The menu is exciting and fun to try. Even my middle-schoolers were happy with the selection. My husband, a former chef, really enjoyed the whole vibe there and is impressed with the artistic effort Chef puts into making the food. Pastrami Hash, cheese board, pommes frites, Bleu/pecan salad, and the awesome Easy Way cocktail were our food selections. Go to this place! Can't wait to try dinner soon

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S
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

all of our meals were excellent. no exaggeration!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Thought it beat Emeril's hands down! Definitely be back while we are still in town.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved Toups! The only issue was that we were looking forward to sitting at the counter but we were preempted by a 20 top party that took the entire area despite the fact that we were able to book seats there. We understood and had a great time at the bar. But maybe better attention to Open Table would have helped, or a call with an apology to give us a heads up. Regardless, get the octopus, it’s ridiculous!

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OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! I've had my eye on this spot for a while, and finally visited on Ash Wednesday when my parents came to visit and wanted to have brunch or lunch, but almost every nice restaurant in the city was closed until dinner. We were blown away! We ordered a ton of food for the table...several small plates, entrees, and dessert. Literally everything that came to the table was amazing! Each dish was so good, it's hard to pick a favorite, but the cracklins, red fish, and flourless chocolate cake were the stand outs. Go. Eat. Here.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Service friendly and fun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish our experience was top notch!

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and more that you would expect from Issac Toups.

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PH
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the counter for dinner tonight at South. The food was FABULOUS, and I loved watching the “show.” I highly recommend South and the Meatery. They are both WONDERFUL!!!

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OT
New Orleans
18 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The hamburger was one of the best I’ve had!!!

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L
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our group dinner. Everyone loved their food,especially the fried chicken. Our server was fantastic too!

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D
New Orleans
52 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Valentines! Service was slow and we were not crazy about the preset menu

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T
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 5

This is not my first time and it will not be my last time(it will be some time before I go again), but I was very disappointed that when I got there the menu was a Set Menu because of Valentines day. I do not like Set Menus and if I was told prior to getting there with my family, such as when I made the reservation or when I confirmed my reservation, I would have choosen another place. The food was mostly good, but some of the courses that were included on the Set Meny were not something I would pick. I am not sure why they decided to do that, as their normal menu is not extensive.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here. We will definitely come again.

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BB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uh-freaking-mazing! Go here. Just do it.

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DC
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For drinks and bar bites, go. If you happen to visit the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, definitely stop by after working up an appetite. The cracklings and crab fat butter was absolutely worth it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for a friends birthday. We had a party of 12. Everything was great!

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b
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was great. Diverse menu but not overreaching. Good drinks and service was spot on. The location is a little bit off the beaten path, but in an up and coming area.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent. The room is unique and beautiful. The service was adequate, I wouldn’t say the wait staff or hostess were overly friendly. Kind of lackluster as far as service, no smiles, no great greeting and a slight sense of arrogance almost. All said, I would dine there again and hope for a more welcoming staff next time.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful meal (brunch) and dining room. Friendly and professional staff. No bellini’s :-( but still a pretty good bar menu. Will definitely return soon.

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MB
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in to celebrate my mother's birthday and had an amazingly delicious brunch! The food was rich and satisfying. Everyone loved their meal! We will be back!

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JA
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sat at the bar prior to going to the Saints game. Food took a while to arrive, I think due to a function at the back counter. I got the burger and it was the best burger I've ever tasted. Definitely will go back!

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K
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fantastic NYE dinner. The menu was Prefix but everything was amazing and the portions were just right. Our server was great and they made our night out enjoyable.

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AR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the food. At first I thought our waiter was a little rude, but he warmed up. Everything was spectacular, and we even got to meet Isaac Toups! As major Top Chef fans this was a huge deal for us!

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Went in at 8.45pm, admittedly, a late sitting, on a Saturday evening. Ordered a small plate and a large plate, obviously as an appetiser and a main. They were however served at the same time, which was very weird because while I had my appetiser, the BBQ Octopus, my main, the Gulf Stew was sitting on my table getting cold. I wondered whether this was normal, but I've never had this experience at any other restaurant, whether in NOLA or otherwise. I sat at the counter so could see the kitchen and it was clear that I was amongst the last customers so the kitchen wanted to get everything served at once, instead of staggering the courses as is usual, to finish service, and this was clear because after preparing my food (and for one other table), the kitchen staff shut things down and were mainly horsing around for the rest of the time (they also made a Lobster Lasagna for the chef, which, from what I could hear, he enjoyed). Great to see good camaraderie in the kitchen, but maybe it shouldn't be at the expense of the diner.

Probably I would suggest not going to this restaurant too late, maybe service would be better at earlier sittings.

Maybe I'm biased because of the spoiled experience with the service, but the food was, at best, average. Here, the food was flavourful, but not exciting. I enjoyed eating at Donald Link's restaurants much more, where the food's always bold and and exhilarating. I came here on Chef Isaac Toups' reputation, but sadly it my experience did not live up to that.

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M
New England
32 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came ready to eat well and weren't disappointed. Great (and tall) fried pork chop stack, octopus with grits, and a hearty green salad, something you don't get to say about salads often. A friend recommended visiting and we'd return when back in NOLA again.

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RL
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I were in NOLA for some pre holiday celebration. Luckily, I picked Toups South for our last dinner. What a gem!

The location is a little off the beaten path which provided us with a great venue that was not packed. Our table was ready when we arrived.

Food was over the top good. Seafood Stew was enjoyed by 2 of our party. Scallops were great.

Take the time to stop by Toups South and enjoy a meal with a mostly local crowd.

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G
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a Saturday brunch still dragging from a late New Orleans night and were revived by a great meal to compliment our visit to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. A lot of fun to sit at the kitchen table and talk with the staff. Three words: crab fat biscuits. And, the "pork & applesauce" Old Fashioned was killer.

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JM
Dallas
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Larry our sever was wonderful! He was gracious and very accommodating!!! We had the best redfish ever. The boudin is killer good. We even saw Issac!! We will come again for dinner. Thanks Larry for a memorable lunch!

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