Willa Jean

4.8
1668 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern
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Willa Jean is a southern bakery restaurant 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1668 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PMfan
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT for brunch - a cannot miss with friendly waitstaff and an open, airy feeling. Glass walls on two sides with diners at both the bar and the glass. Enjoyed the artichoke dip and a tobasco-honey chicken biscuit. Paired that with a frozen passion fruit and a Bloody Mary of WJ’s making. Really great experience.

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vipDaytonH
Central Texas
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for lunch, fried chicken sandwich was amazing. Great buns with amazing chicken.

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KelseyMN
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation and were quick to be seated. The food was excellent. Everything my group of 3 got was outstanding. Definitely will return next trip

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Forgot our drinks, biscuit and side order of bacon. Didn’t like the food we did receive

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vipAlyssaC
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing

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vipToddT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered every snack, a few meals and a drink. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience5

this was our first experience at willa jean and i had pretry high expectations for all i’ve heard. i loooved the banana bread, the flaky, buttery biscuit with egg, bacon, and pimento cheese, and the fresh avocado toast. our cocktails and coffee were amazing as well. i also the loved the bright and happy ambiance. i rarely say anything about service and i know how difficult things are right now for servers and the industry, but our server didn’t smile at us once and seemed annoyed and a little out of it to the point it made me uncomfortable, and we didn’t get silverware until our second course. it was very busy and other staff seemed super friendly and attentive. everything else made up for it, but i was a little disappointed in service. i would love to come back and try again!

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Amani
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a mishap in the beginning with our table waitlist reservation but after that was settled we enjoyed our food and the time at Willa Jean! Great food and drinks! Our server was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best meal this trip. Highly, highly, highly recommend!!!!

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andy0908
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing bad to say about Willa Jean ever. I have gotten delivery as well as eaten in multiple times and everything I have ever eaten is perfectly prepared and just delicious. You cant leave Willa Jean without a chocolate espresso crinkle cookie!

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NicolasD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town, this place was worth the visit in all aspects! Friendly service, amazing food and good value!

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vipnjoydiningout
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We celebrated a birthday brunch here. The staff was very accommodating to our needs. The food was delicious. The chicken sandwich is one of a kind. Don’t leave the restaurant without trying it!!

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vipEDUARDO
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great location , all the food is amazing

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AmyR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great as always!

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vipAnnP
Central Texas
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had reservations for 2 tables of 4. They wouldn’t move tables together. Service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting NOLA for the weekend and wanted a good brunch spot. Willa Jean’s was perfect. The monkey bread was delicious and the chicken and biscuit with the spicy honey was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food was fantastic, don’t forget the banana pudding! We will go back, best service I’ve had. For breakfast, this place is a must for all my trips into NOLA!

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2bulldogs
Richmond
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for out of the way breakfast. Bakery items are always wonderful. Fun atmosphere.

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elizabethb
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food as always. Friendly service , just a tad slow, but hey, we're in a pandemic.

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kbram
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Highly recommend the chai latte and griddled banana bread!

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vipfoodie924
Nashville
19 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous biscuit with sausage gravy. Great coffee and yummy monkey bread. Service was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch

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RandyR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the avocado toast, lots of flavor! The cornbread was amazing too! Kind server and great service!
A little overpriced!

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NJ2NOLA
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal!!!!!!! Some of the best we have had in NOLA

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Dallas had great recommendations, was very attentive, kept our coffee cups full!

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Willa Jean. Great coffee and the cornbread was incredible!! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Another fabulous visit to Willa Jean. The biscuits and gray are wonderful and the avocado toast is the best.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish! Great service and delicious food! We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Great atmosphere. Outstanding food.

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JayK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Big portion, love food, vibe, and service

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vipCagnesGourmand
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific service great casual food concept

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JayH
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

After making a reservation hostesses wanted me to sit at bar with a barstool with no back. This is a time when a solo diner feels slighted. Took over 10 minutes before server arrived to take cocktail order. Service was erratic. Chicken biscuit was delicious!

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Mariana
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just landed in NOLA and needed a spot for brunch after a morning of travel- Willa Jean’s staff was AMAZING, let us hold our luggage behind the counter for the 30 min wait till our table was ready, watched them sanitize and wear masks accordingly, and gave great service and good answers to any questions. Will be going back before our flight out that’s for sure!!

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vipnycmarathon
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What’s not to love about this restaurant? The ambiance is delightful, and the service is impeccable. Our server, Rosa, was corrupted and professional. The food is beyond amazing. The hangover bowl and chicken sandwich were outstanding, and the biscuits and gravy appetizer was heavenly. Do not leave without trying the blueberry -ginger muffins! We will definitely be back.

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vipEDUARDO
New Orleans
72 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it , great food , healthy options , great drinks , great service, great location

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MitchellV
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing chicken and biscuits. Staff and food are always on point.

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RickiM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All of the food was amazing. We had the griddled banana bread which I could live on. I had the fried chicken biscuit and my fiancé got the veggie farro bowl. Very cute spot!

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TamaraT
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and nice atmosphere
Will definitely come back for my next trip to NOLA.

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LillyInTheCity
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience3

Willa Jean was a bit of a disappointment as I had heard it was a great spot to grab brunch. I had the hangover dish and my friend had the fried chicken sandwich. Both lacked taste and seasoning. The hangover dish looked ok but the meat was over cooked and it was bland. For the cost of each entree, it is way overpriced. Service was awesome.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Willa Jean using the Order Online button. Willa Jean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 509-7334.

Willa Jean is rated 4.8 stars by 1668 OpenTable diners.

Willa Jean does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.shopwillajean.com/products/gift-card.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.