Willa Jean

4.6
1095 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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Mediocre at best. Food was ok; expensive coffee that should have been hot was lukewarm. Service was poor - had to flag down the wait staff for every little thing like refills, etc. I won’t be back - too many places in New Orleans to put up with this.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent artichoke dip. Their bread is delicious. Try a coffee cocktail

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quick to seat and serve had constant service through out the night and staff was very friendly! Would return and recommend. The food was good too! lol

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Would’ve given this 5 stars, without a second thought had there not been a hair (or two) in my food. Thoroughly disappointed because what I did eat, tasted wonderful.

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Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Love Love the Avocado Toast!!!

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PJ
Miami
102 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean is A go to place near the central business district. Reservations for breakfast or lunch or dinner essential. Separate menus for each meal service. Famous for its breads, rolls. Corn bread pastries not withstanding that. The menu selections are heavenly. Add good wait service. A nice bright modern room and you have a crowd chomping and buzzing. Nearly all the time!

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

Friendly fun atmosphere

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Didnt live up to the hype create by the difficulty of getting a table without a reservation

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Mobile
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My girlfriend has always wanted to eat here. A spur of the moment Saturday trip down to New Orleans allotted us just the chance to do so. I ordered a Tito's martini which wasn't bad, but certainly not the best I've had. My girlfriend however had a Bloody Mary. She's a hard critic when it comes to Bloody Marys and she loved hers. We started dinner with The WJ Cornbread and WJ Poutine. That cornbread was nothing short of scrumptious! I could eat it anytime of the day and the same could be said for the Poutine...such a savory dish! For our main course my girlfriend chose the Roasted Beets Salad and I ordered the Oyster Chowder. The salad was interesting...definitely not bad just interesting. My chowder was SMOKEY!!! Almost smelt like a pungent peaty scotch (not particularly a bad thing for me). It was absolutely delicious though! Look forward to going back soon and trying some of their other options.

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AM
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After we ate we bought a cookie from the counter. Paid with a card , but instead of giving me what I ordered right way he left to get change for the register and then came back and gave me what I asked and paid for. Not sure why getting change was more important than finishing up with me first.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Chomped down on a pretty big chicken bone and my husband's shrimp was way over cooked😳but the place was super cute! We loved the look of the place, but the food not so much...

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the CBD!

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New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Inventive breakfast menu in a spacious warehouse setting. Not your traditional biscuits; more like beautifully made square croissants.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch spot! My hubby and I ate here for lunch while on vacation in NOLA, and we weren’t disappointed. He was very happy with his shrimp toast and I enjoyed the roasted beet salad. Ambience was great and service impeccable.

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HC
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, Service and Ambiance was perfect for a business lunch or even a casual get together. The Shrimp toast was "to die for", but other intriguing menu items will be tried on my next visit!

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SL
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It just didn't have anything special. We had the pimento cheese and tomato soup and the chicken salad. Maybe didn't make a good menu choice.

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

I can’t remember our waiters name but my gosh the friendliest person ever! Best atmosphere and the whole staff was just super welcoming!! I’m obsessed with this place and I wish I lived closer than 1 hour and 30 mins. But we will make the drive more frequently. The cookies were out of this world and the frozen rosé was amazing!!

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast! Try the pimento cheese. The biscuits are great too

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New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was very good, not great. We had the poutine appetizer, beet salad and a fried chicken sandwich. A little disappointed in the overall experience. Everything was of average quality IMO.

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The worst service I've had in a while. Also, all the food was under seasoned.

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

Great food!

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CL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and loved the frose! We came with my two year old and she tore up her grilled cheese. It was a perfect early dinner before the Pelican's game. Thanks!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Willa Jean’s, we had an enjoyable experience tonight. The food was delicious especially the artichoke dip, and the service was terrific! Ariel was friendly and attentive. She over heard it was my birthday and brought out a St Germain cocktail for the table.
For dessert She suggested king cake and milk money lattes with vanilla bean-a delicious coffee with no sugar! She warmed the King cake and it was very good!!
We will be back for Brunch!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to come here. You never disappoint.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delish and service was good.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service started great, declined as meal went on. Salad contained brown kale and thick stems; kinda wilted. App was fantastic.

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RY
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food took a long time to come out. Very limited menu.

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l
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BBQ shrimp toast was amazing!!!!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed! We’ve been to WJ many times and this was the worst service we’ve ever had. Our food didn’t come out right and the waitress didn’t even return to our table until after we had already finished. Won’t be returning anymore

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B
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Brunch!! We were there to go to Saints game!

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My only issue was the limited menu available when we were there. A fraction of the menu that is available online.

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SF
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast I have ever had - anywhere. That good.

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

Ok ok ok ok

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BW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from California and LOVED this place! Food was exactly the right bit of southern and our waitress incredibly kind and helpful. Lots of locals here not touristy. It is a true find!

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F
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came as a big group, promptly seated. The food was great, big portions, notable dessert list and presentation. Good attentive service. Healthy options available.

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere. GREAT FOOD! Strong drinks. Wait staff very friendly

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was cold and not seasoned very well.

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Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was incredible! Always fresh and tasty! And our server made sure we alway had our drinks topped off. And gave us extra hot water for a second cup of tea.
Great food, great people and the oatmeal cookies we took for our ride home later were the best oatmeal cookies I’ve ever had!! Well done!

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1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great! I love breakfast and the food was delicious!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Was great meal to let the traffic die down after the Saints Playoff Win

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