Willa Jean

4.7
1314 reviews
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Willa Jean is a southern bakery restaurant by Chef Kelly Fields that adds a modern and elegant touch to the iconic, southern food we all know and love. It's the perfect spot for a coffee and a breakfast pastry to-go as well as a relaxed meal with friends and family. Located in the Central Business District in downtown New Orleans. 
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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa jean. Loved! Our family ordered shrimp toast, pimento cheese apps, chicken sandwich and poutine. Cookies and milk topped off our evening. Every last bite was delish. Service extraordinary. Try it. You'll WiLLove it!

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TC
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. The service was awesome. The cocktails were awesome. Had dinner before the Micheal Buble concert. Can't wait to go back for brunch.

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New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here before The Rolling Stones concert. We had a late lunch so this was an early dinner. We had appetizers for dinner and both were delicious and kept us full throughout the concert. Second time dining there in a month, highly enjoyed both experiences.

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always! The cornbread is a must. The crab and corn chowder is delicious.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town for the 4th but made the reservation for a late breakfast several weeks ago after hearing about Kelly Fields recent James Beard award. We were not disappointed!! We had the Shrimp Toast which our waiter told us was his favorite dish on the menu...the cornbread snack is a must as well. We also had a croque Madam and we ordered the Mimosa bar for the table, Wow! We asked for a biscuit because we had heard they were the best! It was Beautifully laminated almost like puff pastry. Delicious...great experience all around. Looking forward to trying one of the other THREE menus...until next time Willa Jean...

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New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale take on down home southern cooking. Worth the visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Music is too loud

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m
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here since they opened and have consistently great food and service!

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New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The only concerns I had was the entree. Plating was subpar and the chips were plain old out of the bag chips. The dessert and poutine were both amazing.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was very tasty. The server was the only issue with this restaurant.

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T
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything excellent! Definitely going back! I was referred here by several people and I see why!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great biscuit and gravy

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Terrible server experience. He treated our table as an afterthought. Loved the food though.

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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good not great . Probably better for breakfast or lunch not really impressive for dinner . Cocktails were yummy .

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Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was a great place!!! Unfortunately our server seemed to just be a generally unhappy person who was curt, rushed, and somewhat absent. But the ambiance and food were definitely worth a repeat ❤️

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DL
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relle was wonderful with my son, we had a perfect mommy & son cookie date.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern. Trendy. Delicious. I loved the pinmento cheese and Cajun tomato soup. My husband went back while I was a conference for the hangover bowl! The frozen blackberry mint julep was 💯!

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Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our regular stops when we come to New Orleans. I had the Banana Bread, Croque Madame, and the Buttermilk Chess Pie. I’m pretty sure all of these were new since last visit. It was outstanding. And I got a fistful of WJ Cookies to go. I love coming to this place.

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PJ
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food never disappoints. The cornbread is beyond compare, and salads are fresh and tasty!

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Willa Jean's was great. Our server was extremely nice and helpful. She also brought a great mocktail for my son and the "red velvet cake" dessert was delicious.

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KG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Up until this point, I don’t think a host had even smiled at us in New Orleans. Coming from the Boston industry, thus far on the trip we hadn’t been deeply impressed by the level of service we had experienced. We were greeted warmly and seated at the bar (my preference). Our bartender Olivia was fab. She was super friendly, had great timing and a general good nature about her.

We each ordered a sandwich to split. Both were amazing. My friend ordered the fried chicken. Honestly, I was a little upset at her because back home I work at a fancy fried chicken joint. Fried chicken was the absolute last thing I wanted. I ended up totally envying her sandwich. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the slaw/mayo wasn’t over-powering. Some of the best I’ve ever had (don’t tell my chef).

Dessert was great, don’t skip it, this is what they’re known for.

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m
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice spot, creative menu, fair prices, great desserts

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New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our sever, Mary, was beyond excellent. She made great suggestions and was very attentive. She even went out of her way to let my partner try the soup before ordering it. All the food was excellent from the pimento cheese dip to the cookies! The BLTA hit the spot also!

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CD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time trying Willa Jean and it was an absolutely fabulous experience from drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We were so pleased with the experience. We will be back regularly to this one.

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Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean for dinner is a wonderful very casual experience. Creative well prepared meal (tomato soup off the charts) but it's still a sandwich type meal. Chocolate chip cookie to end is still the defining experience.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was excellent. Fast and attentive service with a nice upbeat atmosphere.

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the avocado and shrimp toasts, they were very tasty. One of the toasts was burnt on one end though. The strawberry-lemon-lavender as delicious! Overall a good experience; very interesting and tasty food. It's just a bit pricey.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a late dinner. Great atmosphere, Amy our server was very nice. Nothing was poisoned.

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San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a break from heavier New Orleans food & booked this on a whim. Door was a pain to find as it’s not on the street address ( go around corner).
Beautiful spacious vibe inside and friendly efficient service. Seated by a window for people watching. Also helpful she let us know we could order some half sizes when we were indecisive.
This was a treat for my mom who initially thought the prices were high- but was impressed with every single item & then understood why I chose this for dinner.
Favorites were the golden beet salad, oyster soup & banana pudding.
I wish we had the stomach space to have tried even more items. Excellent & will be back. Espresso bar & pastry counter also looked freaking amazing !

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m
Jackson Hole
43 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Astoundingly fabulous food. Such a friendly and lovely server. So love your restaurant.

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BM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and the service was courteous and attentive.

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service staff!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

The service at breakfast was terrible and non existent. Plus the food served was not totally correct and served cold. All in all the experience was very disappointing. Forget this place!

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DF
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Willa Jean's. The service is always great. The food is incredible. Tried the toasted beet salad. It was incredible. The fried chicken sandwich, off da chain. 😃 And the desserts are yummy yummy.

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IW
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The James Beard award has ensured that even as the NOLA “off season” approaches an early made reso is required to try this exceptional spot. We booked in for an earlier-than-desired 8:15am breakfast but I’m glad I opted not to hit the snooze button! The Bloody Mary was exceptional (as a Canadian nothing tops a Caesar but this was almost as good) and the food...wow. The Louisiana Crawfish Benny was simply exceptional. The signature biscuit provides the perfect platform for the generous portions of crawfish, eggs poached to perfection, and the slightly spicy hollandaise. Willa Jeans is a must.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent

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n
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

james beard awards well deserved.
beet salad delicious and crazy big – enjoyed the other half last night!
the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup was elevated to haute cuisine.
cookies and milk and banana pudding perfect closers to a marvelous experience pre-theater.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food !

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OC
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Visiting from California- 8:00 a.m. breakfast reservation. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. Our waiter was clearly eager to get us out- done by 8:30 and out the door. Was expecting a little more leisurely breakfast.

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KL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Came for an early Saturday breakfast making reservations in advance. No availability after 7:15 or before 3:45. Very misleading since they were not crowded while we were there. Loved the atmosphere, was a bit underwhelmed with the food, but will try again and order something different.

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