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About Willa Jean

Besh Restaurant Group Executive Pastry Chef Kelly Fields and Pastry Chef Lisa White (of Domenica and PIZZA Domenica) are collaborators of Willa Jean, a southern bakery cafe that adds a modern and elegant touch to the iconic, southern food we all know and love.

Willa Jean is the perfect spot for a coffee and breakfast pastry to go as well as a relaxed meal with friends and family. The bakery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which allows the two pastry chefs to show their savory sides.

Willa Jean is seated on a first come, first serve basis.

Reservations may be accepted for parties of five or more. We strongly encourage reservations for large parties as we cannot guarantee spots for walk-ins consisting of large groups. To inquire about booking your party reservation, please email reservations@willajean.com or call 504.509.7334

611 O'Keefe Ave
New Orleans, LA 70113
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southern, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Daily 7:00 am–9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Girod St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(504) 509-7334

Website:
http://www.willajean.com/

Parking Details:
There is street parking available as well as many pay-to-park lots within walking distance.

Executive Chef:
Kelly Fields

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Willa Jean Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Casual (26)
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Comfort Food (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fun (18)
Hot Spot (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Healthy (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
People Watching (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Romantic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 6 days ago

Sure would like to see some oysters on the menu.
Salad w/ golden beets was outstanding.

Tags: Healthy
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·Dined 6 days ago

the food is always perfect - the service can be a little pretentious

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch while visiting from out of town. Glad we had a reservation- it was packed! Modern, airy, sun-filled space. Delicious drinks and great brunch menu. Everything we had was fantastic! Definitely heading back on our next visit to town.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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value3

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Absolutely Love Willa Jean! It definitely is my "go to."

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The service was awesome and so was the food! I highly recommend the biscuits & gravy and the pimento cheese appetizer!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Awesome bunch! Great service. Always a treat! Can’t wait to go back...I try to get a something new every time but the biscuits are so good it presents quite a challenge.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The artichoke dip was amazing......avocado toast was awesome and milk and cookies a great way to finish off - really really good

Tags: Casual, Fun, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I'm not sure why this restaurant is so popular for brunch. Overpriced, food is mediocre, drinks are nothing special. It was really disappointing. Maybe I've just gotten too used to NYC Brunch places? Nevertheless, I won't go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The best brunch we had in New Orleans!
Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The only complaint would be it was wayyy to hot! Everything else was wonderful!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Lovely restaurant! FANTASTIC brunch and coffee. I would highly recommend getting the mimosa bar!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Delicious but servers could be more attentive

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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food and drinks are always amazing when I’m there. I’ve had the same waitress the last three times, Dallas, and she is terrific. They are constantly busy but they do a great job tending to their tables and the kitchen is so efficient. GO EAT THERE NOW. You won’t regret it. Oh, and get a cocktail 🍹 or two 🍹🍹👍

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Best biscuits ever! Thoughtful, delicious food with amazing service!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful fun food with options for all sorts of diners from avocado toast to meatloaf sandwich. We also had great service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Fabulous desserts - we took home to share. Even one bite of the praline brownie was enough to satisfy.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Very nice breakfast sandwich. Perfectly fine coffee. Slightly annoying no wifi.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was very good, and the service was excellent. The noise level was pretty high, and several tables are in direct sunlight. Overall, it was well worth the visit, and I would definitely go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Willa jean is Not my lover, but she could be if her food was always this good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was amazing

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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We've heard nothing but good things about this spot so we had to try it ourselves. We had reservations so we sat down instantly. I do not recall our waitresses name, but she was great and made the experience that much better

Started off with the chocolate croissant. It was so good we got two to take home to our families. Will definitely get this again.

If you have had a long night on bourbon street then you need to get the hangover bowl. The lamb was perfectly cooked, great grits, and loved the charred spring onions. The portion size was huge for the price. The only change I would have is maybe another spring onion or two.

My wife had the Fried chicken biscuit with the Tabasco honey. The biscuit was light, but had a great bite and texture too it. The chicken was perfectly breaded without it being too much. Great crunch to mirror the juicy chicken. The Tabasco honey just set the whole thing off.

We will definitely be recommending Willa Jean's to all our friends and family.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

We had the cornbread appetizer, shrimp and grits, and the wo"Manwich and everything was DELISH! I can't wait to go back! l also want to get a pastry from the Bakery, as they look amazing too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great food, reasonably priced and a really cool decor. The fried chicken sandwich was amazing, and the kettle corn crime brûlée maybe the best I have ever had.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This place is amazing! I will definitely be back the next time we are in NOLA!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great place to get together with friends before a game, concert or a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Beautiful bakery counter. Lots of heavy, filling, warming options for brunch. Friendly and efficient service.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Best brunch ever - wanted to try everything!! Had the amazing pimento cheese appetizer, and the shrimp & grits and hangover bowls...all so yummy. Would return in a heartbeat!!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 15, 2017

This is a regular stop for us whenever we stay downtown. The food and service it amazing and the cornbread started is the best.

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·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was delicious, but our server soured our experience. I expected so much more at such a highly rated and prestigious restaurant. If I had to guess, our server was either very hungover or still a bit drunk from the night before. He dropped several things, and was very distracted and inattentive. With the head chef being interviewed at the next table, I'd expect service to be even better than usual!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Everything was delicious! Especially the cookies and milk! Great atmosphere!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Amy was fabulous with her recommendations, she split our meals as we wished to share them - thank you Amy!
The meal was delicious!! I would definitely return should I ever be in NOLA.
Thanks for a great experience.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Willa Jean's is my go to place in the CBD for business meals. There's an air about the Staff that's a bit pretentious but it's easy to overlook when you food arrives.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Read great reviews and certainly lived up to expectations. Friendly, personable service. Food was creative, fresh, healthy and delicious. Dessert, well, simply put "decadent. "
Will return and highly recommend.

Tags: Organic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

What a beautiful and modern restaurant! The baked goods looked so delicious. I need to go back to try them all! I loved the avocado toast. The frose and peaches for teaches were such delicious drinks! I highly recommend checking this place out!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great vibe. Service was really good. The food was amazing! I will definitely be back! I can't wait!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was impeccable, delicious elevated southern comfort food, fabulous coffee bar and bakery!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was fresh and well made, the monkey bread was great. Coffee was good and the service was friendly.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was great! The griddled banana bread is a must. We have been here once before and it's great because the menu changes so you have something new and delicious to look forward to!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Mobile)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I love this place sooooo much! The menu is innovative and there is something for everyone. The milk and cookies dessert is incredible. I love chocolate-chip cookies with a little salt. These are perfect.

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