Willa Jean

4.6
1066 reviews
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$30 and under
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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. 
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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BBQ shrimp toast was amazing!!!!

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

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

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JB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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BW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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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SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was cold and not seasoned very well.

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Mississippi
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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A
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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LQ
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time but won't be our last, loved the food and service and atmosphere.

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V
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service with some the best culinary creations I have ever enjoyed. The Banana Pudding is a must have. This Chef will not be a James Beard Nominee much longer she will be an Award Winner!

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KR
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place!!!! The food was amazing and the service was on point. Next time I am in town I will definitely be coming back to this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience. The food was tasty, but my dish had shrimp that were extremely over cooked and hard to chew. Still enjoyed everything else, especially the vanilla bean cheesecake!

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AK
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for breakfast- healthy and very tasty food - we shared the avocado toast and the smoked salmon plate. Would happily eat there many times!

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EM
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bbq shrimp toast and biscuit w boudin & collards were both amazing! Great food, great coffee, great service!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Willa Jean! Always so good and consistent!

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New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wait staff helpful.
God choices delicious.

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

We went for breakfast our last day in New Orleans and it was a perfect choice. Great tasting and beautiful presentation and great service.

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O
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The personnel were very friendly and welcoming. I was just so unimpressed with the food. I had heard rave reviews, but I cannot imagine why. The beet salad was described as beets with citrus, arugula and a goat cheese dressing. What arrived was a plate full of yellow beets, very few orange slices and not one piece of goat cheese to be seen. The beets seemed like they were canned, but I have't sen canned golden beets before. When asked about the goat cheese, I was told it was in the dressing...but alas, no cheese. The avocado toast with the poached egg was very bland. My husband liked his burger and his wine.

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RH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A very nice surprise. I recommend ordering a few small items and share with the table - a great place to graze. Afterwards we had only a five-minute walk to the Superdome for the Sugar Bowl game. A much better place than all the old "named" restaurants.

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AJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food and a great experience. Highly recommend!

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

The food was terrible and the service even worse. We ate at so many amazing restaurants during our stay!!! So was happy to find Willa Jeans as an online recommendation. The food was cold, with no flavor, and tasted like it was mixed up from a box. If it was marketed as fast food, it woulda be OK. Worst spot we ate by far!! The server was not helpful, I asked her recommendations, her answer was "everything's good". Thanks for the thoughtful service. Worst place in Lousianna. They wouldn't even give me change for a 5 dollar bill to take the trolley home. Worst meal Worst service.

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F
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun! Delicious! Go there!

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BS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant for all occasions. Love this place

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably good food. Try everything.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting atmosphere
Loved the food

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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CN
Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willa Jean never disappoints. We have been here several times now, this time had the pimento cheese, hangover bowl and took some treats home. The biscuits are one of a kind. So delicious and a mix between a typical biscuit and a flaky layered croissant. The hangover bowl had the best grits and short ribs I have had and that is saying a lot. I could live on the vanilla milk latte...just saying.

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M
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excelente lugar para desayunar, el pan es lo mejor. Servicio bueno, aunque cómo está muy lleno tarda un poco.

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L
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls day out

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M
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, healthy and satisfying food in a upbeat environment. The grain bowl and avo toast were tasty and satisfying while the double chocolate peppermint pop tart was pastry heaven. Yum!

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HM
Atlanta
47 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not an extensive dinner menu, but enough tasty items to satisfy most.

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E
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic early dinner with crowning dessert of deconstructed red velvet cake. The best I’ve ever had.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food, great service, and quaint atmosphere.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff; delicious dinner; pretty restaurant. G0!

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K
New Orleans
59 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

First time at WJ after hearing about it for a few years. A change of pace from higher end N.O. places formerly associated with the name Besh. More like a home town cafe with a liquor and coffee bar thrown in. Lots of families with young children, very casual, comfortably noisy.
Food was good, not exceptional, but making a burger exceptional is tough. Pimento cheese toasted and spicy tomato soup were different but tasty.
Server was great, energetic, attentive.
We try to pick low key, relatively inexpensive places on our first night in the City, so this was perfect.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was very cold

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Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Willa Jean. We were pleasantly surprised and left with bellies full of poutine, shrimp and salad!

Highly recommend.

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