Revel Cafe and Bar

4.5
25 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Gastro Lounge and Craft cocktails by famous bartender Chris McMillian. Gourmet sandwiches served on house made breads and boldly flavored small plates.

Chris McMillian is a New Orleans bartender and a co-founder of The Museum of the American Cocktail. Imbibe Magazine mentioned McMillian as one of the top 25 most influential cocktail personalities of the last century. McMillian, a fourth generation bartender, has been the chief bartender at several New Orleans bars, including the Library Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton and Bar UnCommon. As a cocktail historian, McMillian is known for telling stories or reciting drink-themed poetry while making drinks. McMillian has been mentioned in many magazines such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and has been a public speaker at institutions such as the Smithsonian.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Dining Bar, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Tue–Thur 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri-Sat 11:00 am-11: pm (Dining)
Fri-Sat 11:00 am-1: am (Cocktails)
Happy Hour Until 7pm Daily
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Phone number
(504) 309-6122
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Chris DeBarr
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Cross street
N. Carrollton and Canal Blvd.
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Public transit
Transit stop: Canal and Carrollton
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a small restaurant and bar with great old fashions and great food. Featured cocktail is half price. Food is original, delicious, and beautifully plated. Food selection is somewhat limited but there is enough diversity to find something appealing, and we liked everything we tried. Drink menu is much larger with many original cocktails.
Noise level is high but we could still hear each other across the table.

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RS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specialty cocktails. Great personal service.

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CC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When ever I an in New Orleans U try to get to Revel I am a fan of Chris's and love his storytelling about cocktails. The staff is always friendly and fantastic. it's the perfect place to catch up with friends. It's a great little mid-city spot if you haven't made it here yet...Go!

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R
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best cocktails in New Orleans, period. Very reasonable price on both drinks and food. And they just took on a chef who is putting out some excellent fare. Everything from Bar Bites to entrees. Been coming here for 2 years and it never fails to impress

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RD
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Dined at Revel for the first time to celebrate my wife's birthday. Revel is not very large and as such, you are seated near the bar in an small open room. Needless to say, the noise level was extremely loud. We were forced to shout to each other the entire meal. Our server had to describe the specials twice on each side of our table in order to be heard by the entire party. Service was somewhat slow and uneven. It took about 20 minutes for our cocktails to be served. We ordered four appetizers for our group of five. Three of the four came out together, but the fourth wasn't delivered until after the others had been consumed. Subsequently, three of the entrees came out together and were served. The last two entrees weren't served for another 15 minutes. Fortunately, we're into sharing so no one had to wait without eating. They were out of two of the items on their menu. The food was good (Peanut Butter Burger, Steak Frites) to outstanding (Shrimp Crackers, Smoked Pork Nachos, Garlic Wings, Drum Tacos). The steak was flavorful but cooked medium instead of medium-rare. The burger was cooked medium-well instead of medium. Prices are reasonable. We spoke with the owner about the uneven service and she was very attentive and took our concerns seriously. We will probably go back at some point and attribute the visit to an off night.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The pungent, stale smell of cleaning supplies and being seated next to a wait station lined with brooms and dustpans was repulsive. We barely sat for 2 minutes before leaving.

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RC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious. Course delivery rate was slow at first but picked up towards the end of the night. Staff was friendly

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TL
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and cocktails. Atmosphere, just okay.

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SN
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food selected from what we appreciate is a newly-expanded menu was terrific, the staff was friendly and attentive, and the value was superb. Terrific wine selection, including alternative chef-selected special wines. We met the chef – a real gentleman!

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PF
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Revel is a true gem. Proprietors have a personal approach and make you welcome. Dishes are extraordinary and unlike many New Orleans restaurants, they do not spice things beyond recognition, but truly achieve the coordination of flavors that is the essence of good French/Cajun cooking. Though it is easy to let the first one or two dishes become your favorites, step out of the box and try other dishes on each visit. Come once. You will come back.

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SC
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Revel's menu has recently expanded with the new chef. There are so many options we found it difficult to choose! We all enjoyed the food and cocktails, and we are happy to see that this restaurant is growing and thriving.

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RM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktail master, Chris MacMillan, is an amazing mixmaster. The menu is small, intriguing and everything we ordered was phenominal. Don't miss Revel.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is a gem and serves great food until 11pm in Mid-City. Needless to say, the cocktails are perfection and it is a family affair!

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M
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here on a Thursday just before the end of Happy Hour and there weren't too many people there. Ordered the Crawfish grilled cheese sandwich and it was great. Staff was extremely friendly and it was a great eating experience. My friend ordered the oysters and the hamburger and enjoyed them as well.

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KC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - and quick! We were in a hurry, and they got us in and out, but others were lingering both at the bar and at tables. I’d like to linger next time. Good relaxing atmosphere.

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n
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Drinks were good. Fries and sandwich good. The appetizers , house made cheese and cold meats were boring. Dessert was okay. Too many other places compete for my attention. Atmosphere is cute but they were completely void of customers. Menu very limited. Good for sandwiches and cocktails.

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B
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very casual.

This is great for friends to get together. may not be the best for ea business lunch

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic drinks, food, music, everything. Will definitely be back!

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J
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Our server was good. Place was quiet. The dinner and drink menus weren’t updated. A lot of drinks and food we requested we not available.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcomed liked family very interesting info on food and drink

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b
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! It was family owned and operated, and they have great passion for their dishes and cocktails! Very unique, quiet, and romantic on the inside. Perfect for a date or get together with friends! I had the crawfish grilled cheese and it was amazing. Did I mention it was on homemade bread? You should go :)

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LS
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amanda was great! Food is delicious!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I where here for happy hour and gotten a delicious mojito right off the back. We checked out the menu and saw a crawfish grilled cheese and had to get it. It was flaaaaaames! Cant go wrong. Although we love Laura and Chris very much they were quick fast and attentive. To see them handel the happy hour makes me proud to be there. Please go relax and enjoy. Watch them dine you into a New Orleans bliss.

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G
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a hot day and with the front door open the cafe was warm

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J
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my all time favorite go to easy restaurants. The owners are so kind and are there working to make sure all is perfect.

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