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Josephine Estelle

4.1
4.1
2019 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Josephine Estelle is an osteria from James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, and showcases their signature culinary style of combining the craft-centric philosophy of Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Our seasonal menu--available daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch--offers a wide range of farm-fresh, regional ingredients, with a special emphasis on house-made pastas. Other popular dishes include our meatballs, Gulf fish, steak, chicken biscuit, beef tartare, and the famed John T Burger.

Complementing the menu is a choice selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Our wine list emphasizes Italian and American wines.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.

Now offering take out and deliveries from Uber Eats.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" li

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Southern, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 930-3070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Cross street

    Lafayette St.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,019 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. TM

    TracyM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was incredible. Maw Maw's gravy was the best dish at our table with the meatballs a close second. Everything else was still exceptional.
  2. CP

    CharlesP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wine list and menu. Friendly and very helpful wait staff. A very enjoyable experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food was good, but service was inattentive at best. We were greeted with not a "hello" or name but, "do you want a drink? Waited 15 minutes for a cocktail that another server brought to us. We were not offered any insights to the menu and the one question I asked was answered with, "I like the chicken." We had ordered three small plates one of which we had questions about a garnish but no one ever checked on us until it was time to clear for entrees. Same thing with entrees, no quality check until I stopped the server too ask for a box. We sat next to a dirty table the entire meal, despite being one of just 5 tables in the restaurant. After our meal we were looking forward to dessert and cappuccinos, but when the menu was dropped in the middle of the table unceremoniously we decided we had had enough. We paid and left. We spent $100 a head and were treated with borderline disdain. This is one that will be crossed off the list.
  4. s

    sarahm

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The manager was awesome
  5. JB

    JoanB

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You walk into a world of relaxing dining. It’s beautifully designed from the enormous ceiling to the beautiful floor. The service was outstanding. Our dishes were fabulous.
  6. PC

    PaigeC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Most of the food was just ok. Service was poor despite a small crowd.
  7. IS

    IsavaneS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and gorgeous restaurant. Attentive service with the exception that my pasta arrived while I was still busy with my salad. Diverse wine selection and beautiful cocktails
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great brunch menu and good cocktails. Our server, Evangeline, was wonderful. Would recommend, and can’t wait to go back and try out the dinner menu.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Arrived early for my reservation but was seated quickly anyway. Loved that! The restaurant is very pretty lots of great seating areas. Service was wonderful. I didn’t like the first cocktail that I ordered so the waitress recommended a new one and brought it quickly with no extra charge. Waitress did an excellent job answering all of questions about the menu. Appetizer was brought quickly. Our entrees were all served together. The food was very good and the portions were a good size. I will recommend this restaurant to others

    Josephine EstelleResponded on June 5, 2022Hey there, And thank you for the review!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attended Van Gogh art exhibit across the street. Had dinner following.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    24 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    I rarely, and I mean RARELY, leave a poor review. But our experience was terrible. I’ve been here before in a large group and had absolutely no complaints. I took my friend for a belated birthday brunch. It started off with a cheery greeting at the hostess desk and sadly went downhill from there. I don’t know if they were having trouble with finding servers that day, but our server was clearly not wanting to be there. I had read an article that stated this was a great place for gluten-free options, but when we asked our server she only offered one dish after a few trips to the kitchen to inquire. Our mimosas didn’t get to us until we reminded her a second time just before our food arrived. The whole experience was just dismal. Disappointed does not begin to cover it. I will think twice before returning, if I do.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on June 5, 2022Hello there, Sorry to see that everything went wrong during your stay. Could you please share more details with us? Also, we do offer a limited amount of gluten-free options throughout all menus, but some dishes are more restrained than others in terms of possibilities. I am sorry that this was lost in translation.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was a birthday dinner while out in New Orleans. The food was great, service was really good, and the value was as expected. As your dining, you can hear the soothing strings of jazz, and you get to enjoy this really deep/brooding/romantic ambience. Overall, it was an exceptional evening, and I would definitely recommend.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on June 5, 2022Wowza! Thank you so much for your wonderful and insightful review! Yours truly, BFF

  13. N

    Nico

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server Marcia was very friendly and accommodating.
  14. T

    Terri

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Extremely small quantities for the price. $36 for 4 smallish scallops atop two spoonfuls of half-cooked black eye peas.
  15. MT

    MicheleT

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and drinks. He went beyond what was expected. Great asset and he should be rewarded!!

    Josephine EstelleResponded on June 5, 2022Hello MicheleT, We love compliments as much as anyone else. Rest assured that the praises and rewards are commencing soon!

  16. K

    Kyle

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, but small portions for price. Service was less than mediocre. Dessert was most impressive.
  17. FL

    Foodie4Life

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This place did not disappoint these FQ veterans. Bucket list item checked. Will be back sooner than later.
  18. VP

    ValerieP

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Wine pour was reserved. Food was good but not a great value. Main dish needed more sides.
  19. SP

    SheldonP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    It was great, food was delish and staff was super friendly. Went for brunch, not a huge selection - would have enjoyed more options but definitely get the beignets!
  20. CP

    CPBAIA

    New Orleans

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Quick brunch while visiting the Degas attraction right across the street. Food was OK, service slow and disorganized. Might be that brunch is not the right meal to judge this one on.
  21. C

    Celeste

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was good, your staff needs a little more training in hospitality. There was no hostess at the stand when we arrived. A bartender, and two waiters passed the stand and not of them acknowledge us, not a smile, not a wave, not even a good morning, just walked by with blinders on. We were about to leave when the hostess finally appeared, grumpy, no apology, just a grunt and a dirty look. The sad part of this experience, while we were waiting at the stand, the hostess was in the restaurant, we made eye contact with her while we were standing there, she never made an attempt to make her way to the hostess stand, she continued to meander around the restaurant holding a napkin and a spray bottle for several minutes, not quite sure what she was doing, I thought she was a bus person, busing tables. Our Waiter was very attentive once we were seated. A little disappointed that our shared appetizer/first course was brought to us along with our entree's.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Nothin special, server could care less if we were there or not. Did not ask if we wanted another round of drinks or check on the food once we got it. Cool place, but not worth a $50 brunch
  23. DW

    DafneW

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was delicious but the service was just not great. I hate to complain about service because I’ve worked food service and I know there’s a lack of help right now. We were sat and not brought waters or silverware for about 25 min. Our food took almost an hour to be brought out. We had no spoons for stirring coffee or sugar offered, no water refills, it was not a busy day but it looked like there was only 4 people in the front of the house. I believe they add gratuity so I don’t think anyone is trying to work very hard.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bignets are wonderful ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022Hello! Thanks for the 💕's!! We would even say that they are the best in town, but that would seem opinionated.

  25. D

    Donatello

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a local diner, and regular at Josephine Estelle, I can attest to the excellent food and service. A recent Monday evening found us having one of the best outings in a while, seated at a table by the windows. The arancini are done just right- I've had them in Sicily, so I know, and a pecorino custard appetizer was notable for its freshness with snap peas, and herbs. My husband enjoyed scallops with salmon roe, mussels, and local legumes, and they were also featuring wines from the Naples area. Nice gem.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022Hey Donatello, Huzzah! What a good-looking review! We are immensely proud of our local ingredients and the flavor profiles they pack.

  26. CV

    CatVo

    Houston

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Josephine Estelle used to be my favorite Italian restaurant in New Orleans. Sad to say this is not the case anymore. Service was terrible, and the restaurant did not have half of the items on the menu. The rigatoni was raw unable to absorb the sauce and lacked flavor. My drink had dying mint in it.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022Hi CatVo, So sorry to hear that several things went wrong with your stay, but we do appreciate your feedback and would love to hear from you. You can submit a message to enquire@josephineestelle.c o m (Sorry, OpenTable does not allow domains to be spelled out) with all insights from your visit.

  27. AH

    AllenH

    New Orleans

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable and made the dinner seem very special. Enjoyed the Paned Gulf Fish was immensely enjoyable along with a wonderful bottle of wine.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022AllenH, You are making us blush! Thank you so much for all your kind words!

  28. MG

    MarcG

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We did Mother's Day Brunch which was a Prix Fix $55. I must say we had 3 great diners in a row so in comparison, this was mediocre. To start, crab claws and a crudo followed by wagyu steak and a my wife had a piece of fish (bland not adventurous). Dessert was included which was fine. Service ok . At least faux pas-brought the entree before clearing the appetizer and then I hadn't quite finished and the waiter whisked away my plate and my wife was still eating. Then before she was finished, he brought over the dessert. She screamed "Please. Hold that for at least 10 minutes!"

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022MarcG, Ooof. We are so sorry for that. As always, we appreciate all feedback so that we can make adjustments.

  29. TS

    ThomasS

    Austin

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was great as always. The service (both pre and post pandemic) has always seemed minimal. They take our order, deliver our food and drop off the check but that's about it.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Service was impeccable.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022😍😎

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    The food was not up to par

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 14, 2022Hello, Sorry to read that. We would love to read from you some details so that I may forward your concerns to our kitchen. You can directly reach us at enquire@josephineestelle.c o m (Sorry, OpenTable does not allow domains to be spelled out)

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a random meal with friends
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Service was poor and very disorganized. Entrees and main plates arrived at same time. Wine was warm and bottled brought out when we were close to finishing our main plates.
  34. AZ

    AZULION

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined @Josephine Estelle many times though this recent visit was perhaps the best - host (Jamie) and server (don’t recall his name) ensured we had a wonderful evening
  35. AM

    AmyM

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good brunch. We loved the shrimp and grits and eggs in purgatory!
  36. BB

    BelindaB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Wonderful food and beautiful dining room! Service wasn’t awful, but it didn't stand out either. Prices are a little high.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on April 27, 2022Hi BelindaB, Sorry to read that you had issues with our service. We value all feedback and greatly appreciate your time getting back to us!

  37. H

    Hood

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Staff incompetent and not friendly. Took forever to get a drink, put an order in, get silver ware, and when the food finally arrived, it was cold and not good. Avoid this restaurant!!

    Josephine EstelleResponded on April 27, 2022Hello Hood, Sorry to hear that you had so many things go wrong during your visit. We do appreciate your feedback and value all reviews as means to improve our staff.

  38. BG

    BrandiG

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I ordered a benedict, and my eggs were essentially hard boiled. The others at my table had poached eggs too, and theirs were cooked appropriately. If my eggs had been prepared appropriately, I would give a better rating. But benedict with bad eggs makes for a bad benedict.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    Drinks were amazing and we really love them but food was nothing special. Baby octopus was nice and tender and then the wait. By the time we got our pastas, we were kind of done with the place. Bucatini needed more flavor and the crawfish campanelle was subpar. The restaurant was not busy with many open tables, however, it took forever to get our food. A nice ambience, and hope they can get it right.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on April 27, 2022Thank you very much for the review! We work hard on getting things right and sadly - sometimes things don't go as planned. We appreciate your feedback and will share the information provided by you to all departments.

  40. DG

    DarnellG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fantastic experience! Love the Art Deco decor! The steak was fabulous! Brothy pasta dish was good also. Craft drinks sooo good!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Josephine Estelle does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Josephine Estelle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 930-3070.

Josephine Estelle is rated 4.1 stars by 2019 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lafayette St.

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Southern, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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