Willa Jean

4.7
1221 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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JK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was just ok- Nothing bad happened, the wait staff was nice but it came across as kind of a fast food type place that sold fairly fancy food. The food wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. Would I recommend it? I mean, if someone was out of options and needed a quick bite and great food wasn't the priority than yes but not when there are so many other great places in the area. We ate at a place the night before that had a similar vibe and the food was amazing- the menu at Willa Jean suggested gourmet but it wasn't- sorry to be harsh and I rarely write neg reviews but since they emailed me and asked I feel compelled.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant interior was very stylish and beautiful. Food was fine, but my chicken and rice not worth paying money for and didn’t look very appetizing (even my kids said so). Our server didn’t seem to care about us and we felt rushed. Maybe breakfast/brunch is better but didn’t try.

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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

I went there because a lot of friends recommended the food, but I didn't have a good experience. The food was not as I thought, so my experience was not the best one.
Maybe it was because I went during lunch time, and everyone loves brunch time at Willa Jean.

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KC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The server was very nice once he made his way to help us. I enjoyed my meal. It was delicious. My boyfriend however do not. He stated the grits were underwhelming for the price...

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun and different kind of breakfast place. Biscuits were out of this world.

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Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seated immediately at 9:30am (had reservation) and waited on professionally by Dallas! She could not have been nicer or more cheerful. 😁. The food was so good. Memorable visit!

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RE
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I liked Willa Jean so much I went twice during my NOLA business trip -- bkfst and lunch. Both delicious!

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S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this spot for breakfast. Food is always great and staff is friendly. They have great cappuccino too.

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s
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is absolutely outstandingly delicious. Service is a bit slow (as it is mostly in New Orleans), but it doesn't matter once the dishes arrive. We couldn't decide what was the most delicious thing, but the fried chicken drizzled with honey on a biscuit was stellar.

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l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu was outstanding. Don't miss out on picking up cookies on your way out from the front counter as well!

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CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It was disappointing to arrive 15 minutes early to a 6:45 reservation in a half empty restaurant and be given the worst table in the house. Thinking maybe maybe there was a high number of reservations still coming I did not say anything however the restaurant was still half empty when we left.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best cookies we've had in a long time. They were so good that we came back again during our short trip.

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in New Orleans for only two days and went here twice! I think that says it all...

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Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast spot and food was amazing!

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Personable staff, incredible food. We couldn’t decide so we ordered extra and everything was so good!

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AB
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought Willa Jean had a great fried chicken and I loved their dessert. Service was very good. The prices are a bit too high in my opinion.

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ST
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean was one of our favorite bistro experiences ever! Nothing left anything to be desired! Every morsel we put in our mouths melted with deliciousness. The cookies in milk was brilliant and has required a second visit for chocolate chip cookie takeaway.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wondefrful all the way around. Very unique and the food was amazing. Everyone except the guy at the take out register were excited and happy to serve the customers. Great music, just a pleasurable experience. Must have the cookies and vanilla milk.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great drinks. Great service.

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BR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Contemporary take on New Orleans food. Shrimp and grits were yummy and the corn bread was amazing (best cornbread I've ever had) but the surprise was that the golden beets salad was also fabulous. Oh, and biscuits were terrific, too. Can't go wrong in this place -- food is great and atmosphere open, airy and cheerful!

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D
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean is always fantastic. Great food, great service, and fun place to eat.

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and friendly. The atmosphere is hip and fun. But the food? Incredible. Unbelievable. Every single thing we ate was absolutely amazing.

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KG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch visit. Tough to get a reservation during NOWFE....remember when we didn’t need one? Artichoke dip never disappoints and neither does the avocado toast. Great waitstaff and a little something sweet to go always a good idea.

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ST
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If u don’t eat here- ur dumb lack of luck

50 characters needed to review?!
That’s just stupid.End of review.

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SM
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both impeccable.

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H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the avocado toast with poached egg, the pear(idise) cocktail and the olive oil cake. All were delicious. Service was great! I highly recommend this place. Will definitely return on a future visit to NOLA.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Delicious cocktails and pastries, but they inexplicably stop serving breakfast at 10:30. We were there at 10:45 - way too early for lunch, would have loved breakfast. Ended up leaving and going to Josephine Estelle instead.

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V
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was very good- the biscuits and cornbread were delicious! The cookies were also great! However, we had really terrible service- she was not attentive at all. We waited quite a while for her to come take our order. We had to ask multiple times for our drinks (and one was just a regular cup of coffee!) and eventually another girl brought the pot over. She even had to ask us our drink orders more than once. Our server did not bring out the food, and barely spoke to us. The atmosphere was just ok. I think if I go back, I will just get the cookies and biscuits to go.

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GV
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is an excellent restaurant. The BBQ Shrimp on Toast was by far the best entree I ate during my six days in New Orleans, and the cookies and milk dessert, while a little overwhelming, was delicious. Highly recommended!

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BG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing ambiance. Loved every minute there! Don't skip the cookies and milk!!

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baked goods are fantastic. Try the monkey bread and biscuits. Entrees were beautiful and delicious too.

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D
New Orleans
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hosting guests from out of town. Was wishing that it was normal breakfast and not just brunch menu. Just wanted a biscuit and a couple of scrambled eggs. I don’t think that it was advertised that way on the web.

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Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent crawfish Benedict

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute little southern kitchen style restaurant and menu with wonderful food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great.

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RO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best. Biscuits. Ever.

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MF
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch on our trip to NOLA. We had the boudin & collard biscuit and the fried chicken biscuit with cookies for dessert. Definitely can’t go wrong. There’s a reason there are James Beard plaques on the wall!

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JB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was fantastic - do NOT miss the cookies and milk!

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M
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was mediocre at best for a James Beard-nominated restaurant. Our server came by infrequently and was curt when we had to ask for basic things when she did finally make it by. Everything we ordered was delicious, though, which was the sole redemption. It was a special occasion meal nearly soiled by unkind, inattentive service.

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SF
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved Willa Jean. I was dining solo there for brunch. I had the cornbread, kale salad and crawfish Benedict. All were excellent. I will be back.

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