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Willa Jean

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1535 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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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. We are actively practicing social distancing to protect ourselves and others. Please wear your mask upon entering.
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM

What 1535 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will be back!

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CarlaB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and the avocado toast was delish as always. Started out with the bloody marys and they were spicy and delicious, but not too salty like some. Coffee is great, as well. Can't go wrong at Willa Jean.

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BenB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was quick and the food was delicious!

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Hunter
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server, Lauren, was attentive but also let me enjoy the meal at my pace. The food was excellent and Willa Jean has a fun and casual dining experience. I already made my reservation for next weekend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and great food at Willa Jeans.

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ChefHass
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was outstanding! The food was delicious and our server was such a pleasure to meet. She was amazing! This will definitely be a place we come back to again and again for that hangover bowl and griddled pumpkin bread! Yum!

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ArturoR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Pretty slow service. Uninspired food—biscuit was drier than it has been in the past

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DarlaV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Dallas really made the experience!

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D1nett54
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Loved everything we got! Highly recommend !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was great!!! Loved the food and the service:)

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had breakfast there on a Sunday morning 9:45. Food was good. Different. Avacado toast clearly stated cerrano on the menu but I was not prepared for the spice level. Very, very hot. Couldn’t finish it because of the heat. Biscuits and gravy were tasty. Cornbread was good. Coffee good and strong. Overall a neat place. Good friendly service. Reservations recommended. Should list spicy dishes with a little pepper beside them or something.I’ll know better next time not to order the toast.

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Colorado
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool downtown vibe, super service, great food! Grabbed additional bakery for home noshing, just as good!

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MichelleM
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow I think this place wins my award for favorite breakfast bowl ever!! The veggies and grain bowl has kale, sweet potatoes, farro, peppers, goat cheese, and a poached egg! Man was it delicious!! I’d give it 10 stars if I could!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Willa Jean was recommended to us by local friends as a casual bakery and coffee house located in the CBD of New Orleans. When we arrived the hostess was friendly and seated us immediately. However, when I asked for a cup of decaf coffee, I was told there was none ... in a bakery/coffeehouse. No offer was made to make a fresh pot. The remainder of our service was cool, efficient, but not friendly ... unusual for New Orleans. The food was very good, but not exceptional. Perhaps everyone was having an off day?

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic breakfast - best Bloody Mary ever

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vipZoeS
London
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly staff, great food and tasty coffee... yum!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent !!! Our best brunch on NOLA

DJ
DaphneJ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the ambiance. Food is yummy. Service great.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place so much we went twice in one trip! Buy the baking book!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken biscuit with Tabasco syrup was outstanding.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot for a brunch in New Orleans!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I feel like Willa Jean lost their “It” factor. This used to be my favorite spot in New Orleans, and still has many great things going for it, however some parts were a tad disappointing :( the drinks are still as good as ever (mind you, we ordered coffee drinks and not alcoholic drinks). The food, however, was quite lackluster. I got the fried chicken biscuit and it was inedible. I think it was rubber disguised as chicken. My boyfriend insisted we trade meals after I only got one bite of my sandwich down and couldn’t go any further (we don’t like to complain!!). He also hated it lol - the biscuit was also rubbery??? My boyfriends hangover bowl was good, but I remember it being to die for a year or so ago. We also got some cookies on the way out, and I just remember them being so much better. Maybe my taste buds have changed??? I do know the chicken was actually nasty, but the rest could just be that I had unrealistic expectations. Who knows, very sad to see my favorite spot take a turn for the worst though :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and beautiful plates. A major highlight to our New Orleans trio.

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PaigeD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, so good that we bought the cookbook! I would highly recommend eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely birthday brunch! Thank you!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but very over priced for what contents are available on the menu

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Tiwani
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice staff! Accommodated us very fast and because we were celebrating a birthday they gave us the best table :) 10/10 I would come again!

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vipEduardoY
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Lots of flavors to pick from!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Quick bite to eat for breakfast. Excellent quality. Care was made to ensure safe environment. Good drinks.

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vipCocoJ
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall a good experience as usual. Just a different energy because of the necessary table spacing and minimal amount of people.

EY
vipEduardoY
New Orleans
62 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot , yummy menu

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CrystalDSBR
Baton Rouge
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm from Louisiana and was in NOLA for a quick trip. I decided to stop at Willa Jean for lunch. At first, I was a little unimpresseed. I ordered the pork and grits, which were good, but not anything spectacular. However, I did not order any of the appetizers, and one passed me looked exceptionally delicious. It was the desert that sent this to a 5 star review. I would return again and again to try all the deserts. Highly recommend!

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Lauren
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Too loud and really annoying 80s music (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun) was playing over the speakers. Fried chicken was excellent.

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ShelleyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable (Thank you, Dallas).

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - will be back!

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MarieC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexa , our waitress, was on point. Very knowledgeable about menu and options. She was very attentive without being too close too often. The food was outstanding as always. Thank y’all for a wonderful breakfast.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Drinks on the online menu not available. Great food! Milk money latte didn’t disappoint.

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vipmgp1981
New Orleans
288 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the drink that I chose but hate that the menu online didn't match the menu there. I did love the avocado toast and would get again. I loved how they could accommodate allergies.

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LizT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single item was delicious. Super friendly and patient server. Would recommend strongly!

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GTraveler
Adelaide / SA
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good experience. My sons enjoyed it. Tabasco honey chicken biscuit was exceptional.
Nice place in safe business district. The cookies are great to go!

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 4.7 stars by 1535 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.