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Willa Jean

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1512 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 1512 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
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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PaigeD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely birthday brunch! Thank you!

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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
60 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
20 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.

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vipEduardoY
New Orleans
61 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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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
284 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!

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vipAvonna
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Very busy and had reservations but the wait time was short.
Food was fresh and appealing

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined from the Coolinary menu and everything was fantastic! Fun, relaxed atmosphere and great service. I definitely highly recommend Willa Jean!

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CodyM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious lunch!

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MiltonM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Parking close by was very affordable.

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vipcheers
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They are following all safety guidelines. The avocado toast was amazing!

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vipMichelleG
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious breakfast. The avacado toast is a beautiful presentation and tasted just as good. The biscuits are not to be missed! You can't go wrong with any choices

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JenniferB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious biscuits and coffee!

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GoodFood
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious breakfast in a neat area! We would definitely go back.

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EMA1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food and service. Felt safe dining there thanks to their safety measures.

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KelliP
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decided to check out the coolinary menu.. the fried oysters were so light & fresh and the aioli was the perfect compliment. Also, the fried pit hop sandwich was delicious!!!
Great service from start to finish. Masks worn and tables separated. Definitely recommend!!

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Muffy
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Great atmosphere. We will be back!

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Sean
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

The food was amazing. The service was not. Nick was our server and he was rushing us. He also took my food Without asking and I wasn’t even finished. I needed extra time to order since I’m vegetarian and my meal is the appetizer, he kept bothering us every 10 minutes.

He made sure I remembered his name by mentioning it twice, so here you go Nick.

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vip77dinechicago
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Willa Jean! Had the yummy banana bread with whipped butter. Short ribs with grits good choice for brunch.

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TracyK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impressive! Food was well seasoned and quite tasty. Will put this on our place to frequent on upcoming trips.

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vipseane
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was great, as always. Will come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing!! The bakery

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smyhill
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, awesome drinks, both beautiful and tasty. The only weird bit was that they had implemented a new system where you could pay via Qr come in the receipt and we did that- but then when we got up to leave they all ran over like we were dining and dashing which was kind annoying but id still come back

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!

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vipTNHawkeye
Birmingham
47 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Minutes after I confirmed our res on Open Table, I got a weird phone call bluntly informing me the restaurant was closing for a couple of days with no other explanation.

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vipMelissaS
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my goodness, that was some delicious food! We loved the cornbread and the chicken sandwich. We will definitely go back when we are in town.

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viplvtodine
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time will go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was to die. The portions were too big. I would happily eat there again. Biscuits were amazing.

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit hidden away in a residential street, but once you are in, it opens to a big garden with outside tables, a covered area in the garden and a bar and the rest of the restaurant inside. Attentive and helpful staff who fully knew the menu and daily specials, and were charming to boot! Food lovely - classic French country cooking. all beautifully executed. Extensive wine list with a good range form lower cost to high end (it has an extensive selection of Beaucastel of various vintages) as well as some unusual French regional wines ( such as from the Jura - too rarely seen) at fair prices. Can't recommend highly enough!

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BaileyM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! Highly recommend this little gem in NOLA.

FAQs

Willa Jean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 509-7334.

Willa Jean is rated 4.7 stars by 1512 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.