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About Willa Jean

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. 

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

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:
Chef Kelly Fields

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

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Willa Jean Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Good for a Date (4)
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Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Cozy (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The tomato soup is a must try! Awesome food, awesome service, and beautiful restaurant!

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Anniversary

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Lotta hype... not really a New Orleans experience- wish we had just gone to one of the many seafood joints in the French Quarter. This restaurant feels like they're trying too hard to be hip. My husband loves shrimp every way but the open faced sandwich was weird; my chicken sandwich wasn't even as good as a fast food place (dry & over priced).
This place looks great on television but you'll be disappointed.

Service was friendly!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My boyfriend and I are on vacation in New Orleans and wanted to eat at Willa Jean. Our server provided great service. We ordered the Cornbread, Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, Shrimp & Grits with a Poached Egg, & The Hangover Bowl (Braised Short Rib and Grits with a Poached Egg. The food was delicious and so flavorful. We had a great time there.

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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was bland and appetizers cold with very slow service

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We loved Willa Jean! The cookies and milk were our favorite! Great food, atmosphere, and service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy
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food4
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (New Orleans)·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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 (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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food5
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 (New Orleans)·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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 (Orlando)·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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 (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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 (New Orleans)·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 14, 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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