Willa Jean

4.8
1686 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 1686 people are saying
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aktvr
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. I’ll be returning here when I’m back in town.

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LadonnaR
Little Rock
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and friendly. The grilled banana bread was my FAVORITE!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

We live in Mid-City and love the biscuits. We were so looking forward to our meal here. However, at least when we visited, Willa Jean was not checking vax cards. We refuse to dine in any business that is not following the covid rules

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Yummy
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best biscuits ever! Honey Milk iced latte was wonderful too!

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cynthiaf
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We got in right away with our reservation, although many people were waiting for tables. The service was very good. We started with the monkey bread, Amazing!
Then we had the avocado toast, meh. Quite disappointing. I'd try it again.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice vibe and food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was so sweet. The food was delicious. The monkey bread- omg. The biscuits were out of this world!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE WILLA JEAN

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vipCatVo
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken biscuit is the best here!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THIS PLACE. BEST BRUNCH!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I put my name on the waitlist and was notified my table was ready but when I got to the host stand they said the only thing available was the bar and a table would be a 20 min wait. Not sure what was the point of being on the waitlist but regardless I enjoyed my brunch date at the bar

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Luvsteak
New Orleans
29 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is just okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food. Fired chicken biscuit was the highlight. Friendly and nice staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was good but portions were not as much as before.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed it! Biscuits were less fluffy, more flaky and crisper than expected. Weren’t my favorite biscuits, but everything else tasted great. Gravy was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We’re regulars here, but our most recent visit was different. Lots of lag time, food service was slow and disjointed. Drinks were weak and prices are little too high just for bacon, eggs & a biscuit. Will be finding a new breakfast spot.

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PMfan
Mississippi
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
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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SarahD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waitress was great. Very attentive but not intrusive. The drinks and food were okay but not great. This was our second time eating at Willa Jean’s. The food was much better the first time.

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Took about 15mins for a server to greet us after being seated but after perfectly fine

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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
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was amazing

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vipToddT
Denver
6 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
74 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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vip2bulldogs
Richmond
40 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!!

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 1686 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.