Restaurant des Familles

4.6
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268 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
Bayou des Familles, a lazy waterway home to many alligators, turtles, egrets and other wildlife, takes center stage as our restaurant’s design provides its diners with a natural picture show. It’s in this unique setting where friends and family unite to experience southern Louisiana charm and culture in its finest form. It’s an experience not to be soon forgotten.

The 15-mile drive from downtown New Orleans will take you through the Jean Lafitte National Park. You’ll arrive at Restaurant des Familles and park under moss-filled century-old oak trees. The restaurant’s Acadian-style architecture provides a glimpse of bayou life that once was.

Our menu features authentic representations of Cajun and Creole favorites such as Crawfish Etouffée, Seafood & Okra Gumbo, Seafood Platters and Turtle Soup. Our signature dish, Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant, will tempt even the most timid diner.

We look forward to your visit.
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BernardP
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always and service was superb. I have never had a bad experience here and this time I was truly impressed.

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vipLoveAGoodNiteOut
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner while celebrating a special occasion.

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vipkahluawatt
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had a large group so there was a good assortment of foods. We started out with drinks. Their specialty drinks were not very tasty. The crabmeat au gratin was VERY good. That was the high light of the evening. Two of our group had the Redfish Marcel. That was a mistake. The fish didn't have a "fresh" fish taste. They left the blood line in it (according to one in the group) so it had a very fishy taste--not in a good way. In fact, both did not even eat it. The jambalya was good. Overall not a "bad" experience but not the hype that we were given.

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vipScottB
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration. First time to eat here but will be back

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RonaldB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server and staff very attentive. Anticipated needs. Food was very good. Flavorful. Large portions as usual for Louisiana. Gumbo did include okra, but fairly subtle for those unfortunates who do not like okra. French fries were a little stale, but perhaps that's to their credit. They're not a fast food place.

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VickiB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. The restaurant strictly adhered to social distancing rules. Staff was excellent and the food was wonderful. To top it all off it was an excellent value. It was my sisters birthday dinner and was perfect.

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Asugar
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make sure to make reservations. This place has it all - scenery, great food, ambiance, and service. We ordered several appetizers to begin with: crab meat remick, turtle soup, crab cakes, and crabmeat au gratin. Everything was soooo good! Our main courses were 2 orders of soft shell crabs and an order of bar-b-q shrimp. The soft shell crabs were such a nice size and there were 2 of them on each order. Absolutely delicious!! They came with salads and a side also. The bar-b-q shrimp was more like shrimp and grits, but it was delicious too. The prices were extremely reasonable for all of the good food that we received. We love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Father’s Day supper. Always a very nice place to eat good food.

TJ
TheJTrain
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a very good restaurant. I have been 3 or 4 times now and I have never had a bad meal.
The menu is tempting on a lot of different levels and is diverse enough to satisfy most picky eaters. It is a seafood restaurant to be sure, but they also boast 2 steaks, a pork chop, boudin stuffed chicken, and baby back ribs. Of those I can only vouch for the Cajun Ribeye Steak which was flavored and cooked well. The Crabmeat Au Graten and the Redfish Marcel are great. One this most recent trip we had 4 adults and all raved about their meals.
Restaurant Des Familles is not an inexpensive restaurant but the prices are fair for the quality and the variety offered. The wine list is limited.
The dining room is open and has the potential to be noisy but I have never found it to be excessively so. The ambiance is very nice and with the large windows in the back there are no bad views. Looking out at the swamp is far more interesting than looking at a strange painting on the wall or the building next door that you might see in most other restaurants.
The staff is always friendly and unpretentious.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant NEVER fails to impress! We love the atmosphere, the staff, the service and most of all the FOOD and the owners, who pay attention to customers as if they are family! If you’ve never been, so yourself a favor and take some friends for a very special treat! You’ll keep going back - OFTEN!

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ToniC
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. The food was amazing. The service was great. We went for brunch with unlimited champagne, and my glass was never empty. Will definitely return.

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andreag
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great night out with family. the food was delicious as always.

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Chicago49
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! So glad they have reopened!!! We are long time patrons and always treat our out of town guests to dinner there and they all rave about the food and service and ambiance !

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BobA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good. We had a great time. We’ll definitely go back.

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RickW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant off the beaten path. We have dined here for many years and we never fail to enjoy it.

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vipBonnieB
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was there for our anniversary around 20 years ago and decided to go back. Was not disappointed. Food was great

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ANTHONYS
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable and relaxing experience, and the food was delicious.

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jasonr
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food in a cool swamp setting.
Had BBQ Shrimp which was great.
Redfish Marcel was great.
Give it a try.
Hidden restaurant with good Cajun food.

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CindyM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been eating there for years. It is hands down our favorite place to eat. It never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Seafood, service & the views of wild alligators from our table was a wonderful treat! Only in Louisiana South!

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PocheW
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service was friendly and superb. Can't wait to go back.

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HTEE3
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I booked this way in advance for my father’s 80th birthday. We had a party of 19 that was originally 10. We were accommodated with a short notice. But the service and food was ok. My Redfish with jambalaya was warm and not hot. We didn’t complain because we only had 1 server. I watched the expression of our server the entire time. She was frustrated but she did a great job! I made sure she was rewarded for her service. Other than that all of my family along with my dad enjoyed everything overall.

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DeneeneD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. We will be back.

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MeganL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I had very high expectations for this place. It definitely disappointed me and my family. We are locals, and I think this is steered more towards tourists, who don’t know what real cajun food tastes like. Maybe it was an off day? It’s possible, but me or my family will not be going back or recommending it to anyone. My food came out room temperature, and another’s shrimp didn’t seem to be cooked. My redfish was extremely fishy tasting. The atmosphere is absolutely gorgeous, I will give them that. Bummer

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RosalandG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was perfect for my Mother's birthday party. There is a nice view of the swamp and the food was absolutely amazing.

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vipIsabel
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. The view to the Bayou was beautiful. Definitely recommend visiting this restaurant and I will definitely return!

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Cecille
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. We will go back b

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it, great experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

This place was beautiful and the wait was not long! Customer service is amazing but I didn’t to much enjoy my meal, nither my bf

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TracyB
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall, a great deal for your money...service, price, ambiance are on point. The Sunday brunch (same menu as the Valentine dinner) is nice...used to be great! Seem to be going through a slight shift in dessert quality and the food portions (smaller and not quite as tasty dessert, some appetizers are smaller, some foods seem to have been prepared a little to early...cold)

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DoloresM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Our waitress was not very attentive and the food was not very hot.

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had reservations but arrived late and was still immediately seated. Our server was attentive though not overbearing. The food was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was amazing!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great..! The service was remarkable, they were on it! Will be back!

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josianef
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I have been going to the restaurant for years. It has been a while since I came to the restaurant.
The prize was very high but having been very pleased I did not think anything of it.
When we got there, the waiters was very nice. She gave us the menu.
We used to be able to get the regular lunch menu but not anymore.
We got the brunch menu, I got the stuffed mushrooms ( one !!!), the ceaser salad, the turtle soup and the red fish.
There was very few dishes not fried. I cannot eat fry food. So I choosed the red fish which was very dry.
I took the turtle soup home that I have not eaten yet. It used to be very good. We will see.
We used to have a choice of desert but we were limited to 3 choices.
For $44 , I could do a lot better with a lot more choices at any restaurant.
I am sorry but I will not come back and will tell my friends not to bother.
However I will miss the old Restaurant des familles.
The only positif thing, we saw 2 alligators in the water. I still love the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food, made a reservation for lunch prior to our swamp tour. Would recommend stopping in for lunch/dinner if your in the area.

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JoanG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Our only complaint is that it is so noisy that it is difficult to have a conversation.

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vipStarkman
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere was awesome, as well as the food. Try the Brunch menu. All items on the Brunch menu looked so good it was hard to choose. Great cajun and southern fare!

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