The Franklin

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28 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern

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The Franklin is located in the Marigny neighborhood, reviving the spirit of the restaurant’s previous iteration, the warm & inviting gastrobar celebrates the city’s food & drink culture & love for art & design. The Franklin features a casual culinary & bar program, thoughtful art collection & spirited staff. The Franklin’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Dane Harris, who taps into the rich diversity of New Orleans cuisine through exploration of the city’s culinary techniques & traditions. Seasonally inspired menu items highlight ingredients from the surrounding region with items such as Beef Tartare with Pho Garnishes; Red Fish Rillettes with Caper Aioli & Grilled Bread; Pork Schnitzel Pariser with Creole Mustard-Lemon Pan Sauce, & the signature Franklin Burger with Tomato Relish & Farmhouse Cheddar. Much of the menu is dedicated to the Martini & its variants, including the Vesper & Martinez. A robust wine list with an emphasis on natur
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Gastro Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(504) 267-0640
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dane Harris
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top notch, everything we order we devoured. The duck liver mousse, beef tartare, pork terrine, lamb ribs, spatzle, hanger steak, salads and squash, on top of two desserts the chocolate cake was the clear winner but the goat milk custard was intriguing. Orange wine was delicious. Will be back frequently.

NJ
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at Franklin with our squad. 6 of us, lots of conversation, cocktails, shared plates and good selection on the menu for particular folks like myself.

SK
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and reasonable prices. Good wait staff.

r
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Franklin...won't be the last. Great food, great ambiance, great service. From BBQ pecans, to beef tartare to snapper in a cilantro & okra chilled broth...whoa, damned fine.

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanks. Dinner was wonderful

TG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a very cool vibe. Food was amazing and the happy hour choices were great! The BBQ Pecans were delicious.

r
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food! We arrived early enough to get the happy hour drink and apps. The raw oysters were served with a mignonette sauce. My trout was cooked to perfection.

CK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! Great food, great service in a pleasant atmosphere. Such a nice change from the tourist trap of the Bourbon St. area.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were regulars until now. Service was awful. Pretty sure the waiter forgot to punch in the order. Food took forever. Cold dishes (raw tuna/beef tartare) came out hot, and hot dishes came out cold. Manager was so snarky and didn’t come help the situation for 30 minutes. Waiter tried to avoid us the entire time after we complained.

SC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, from the margaritas, to the appetizers to the salads to the entrees.

JC
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So glad they reopened! And we had Charmaine as our waitress again too. We’ll be back many more times I’m sure.

LT
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly atmosphere, good staff, terrific food and loved looking at the art on the walls.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Horrible food and service. We waited about half an hour to be seated for a reservation done a day before even if tables were empty. Then there were no fries to accompany the burger as they had run out of fries. They had run out of red wines too and snidzel . Food arrived an hour and fifteen minutes later . By then no one was hungry and to top it off my roasted chicken was raw ... so unhappy

PN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is outstanding, the pork 6 ways with greens were the best I have eaten.
Nice atmosphere. Cool little place but the food. Mmmmm, mmmmm good. Dats all can say.

JB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious food! Be sure to get there in time for the Happy Hour.

N
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting and experience in a cool upcoming neighborhood!

A
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The service ruined the experience. If I were the chefs, I'd be pretty upset that the solid meal I delivered was so very tainted by horrible service from start to finish. The hostess might as well have closed the door in our face. She was totally unwelcoming and dour. Then we went to the bar for a drink. Bartender #1 was surly. It was as if we'd done something to offend him by sitting down. Bartender #2 was much friendlier and proceeded to gouge us by offering a choice of liquor for a mixed drink without telling us the upcharge would be 2x any other cocktail on the menu. $50 for two cocktails?! From there we went to the table where service was unattentive. We left having dropped $300+ and feeling totally taken. With all the great options in NOLA, skip The Franklin.

s
Miami
56 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Speakeasy feel. Complete but somewhat limited menu. All small bites great, especially the tuna carpaccio. Imaginative cocktail menu.

DH
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around experience. Already made reservations to dine there again.

KB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the most underrated restaurant in all of New Orleans.

The Brussels sprouts and octopus are two of the best dishes I have ever had.

SS
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We got our appetizers and the crudo and oyster dishes were fresh and good. The bad part is when we went without food for AN HOUR because we were waiting for the entree to come out. I think they should have told us in advance that the short rib dish would take a long time. We were starving and we could have ordered something else. Now, when we finally got the short rib dish, we were excited. It tasted good BUT half the dish was 100% fat!!! So we threw half of it away :( ... we were also charged for a drink that I did not like based on the waiter’s recommendation, he took it with him AND charged me for it... :( oh and I sliced my thumb with one of their forks really bad and made me bleed quite a bit but I was already horrified with the wait time and the short rib dish that I didn’t think much of it. I think this restaurant has potential but I definitely saw many loose ends that they could fix up.

KE
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They worked 6 of us in early vs 4 of us late which we appreciated. Struggled a little bit with speed of service - they were slammed. The food wasn’t the absolute best New Orleans, or the Bywater has to offer, but we liked the vibe and enjoyed the neighborhood.

PS
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed in food. I had chicken with French fries. Chicken ok, fries terrible, soggy strings of potato. My husband had trout. A piece of fish in middle of plate, nothing else on plate, not even a garnish. Black on one side and quite dry. He had yams for a side, they had vinegar of some sort on them, an odd thing on a veg liked for its natural sweetness.
We shared octopus as an app. Overlooked and dotted with hunks of potato, a very visually unappealing dish.

BW
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great dinner at The Franklin, sharing several small plates from the happy hour and regular menu as well as a fantastic bottle of Orange wine and some house cocktails. I will definitely be back to try more from the menu! Our server was great and it is sure to become a part of our regular neighborhood dining rotation!

LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Excellent service, delicious meal. A pleasant change from traditional New Orleans, but straight in the Marigny. Highly recommend. And get the smoked martini!

SK
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been back several times since reopening and each has been better than the previous. The menu selections are to our taste to a tee. The food is perfectly prepared and so absolutely flavorful. We highly recommend making this one of your regular dining spots.

a
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very warm, receptive, informed and professional service. The Chicken is delicious. A welcome addition to the Marigny.

D
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The texture of the chicken was rubbery and odd

The reviews below were submitted before March 18th 2019, when this restaurant changed management.
OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Wish they were not closing.

RK
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on the recommendation of our daughter - Our server, Charmaine (sp) was very attentive and personable. My husband and daughter grazed the appetizers and our entrees were fabulous. (I can't say enough good things about the chicken). Will definitely be back.

A
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

food delicious, music way too loud but promptly turned down at our request. Love this place

CR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always hesitate to write reviews about restaurants I love- so I don’t steer tourists toward my haunts...! We love the cocktails here, the fun art on the walls, the eclectic menu and POMMES FRITES! Yum. Service is extraordinary and the ambiance is refined but super-friendly. Food is consistently delish. :) This is our go-to for catching supper before a show at the MOH— 2 blocks away !

B
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food (including specials) was great as always. Going on a weekday evening we had the additional pleasure of the restaurant not being too full so noise levels were much lower than, say, on a weekend night.

We did a bunch of appetizers, all delicious. and I had the gulf fish which was yummy as was the flourless chocolate cake.

Look forward to going again!

BT
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful from beginning to end. Egg plant was incredible and an unexpected home run. Pork tenderloins was tender and savory. This is a great space. Put it on your “foodie” list for your next trip. Journeys outside the quarter and important!

MM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about The Franklin was excellent! Friendly, knowledgeable service, relaxed atmosphere, amazing food ... the Tuna Tostada is superb! There are a lot of small plates and we sampled 4 of them, all excellent. There are only 4 entrees so we each ordered a different one. All were very good. You can’t go wrong here!

AZ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find & great food all around. Worth the slightly further distance from the quarter.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was Delicious. A very unique flavors. Love the crafted cocktails.

j
New Orleans
26 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An interesting place. Good service, some promising menu options. I had the eggplant, which was excellent. The flourless chocolate cake was definitely calorie-worthy.

k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

J is a great chef! Everything was beautifully prepared and served. The tri color beet salad is amazing, and the chilled avocado and crab soup is worth a visit all by itself. The mussels are just crazy good. Our waiter, Adam, was just great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant for foodies. The menu is smart and inventive. Each dish is distinctly different and delicious, made with fresh ingredients and beautifully presented. A number of the dishes feature local fish. Last night's Jerk Gulf Fish was drum served over forbidden rice with tiny bits of pineapple and charred lemon. Yum. It was perfect with my glass of Albarino.

EllaLouise behind the bar is a wonderful mixologist and all the staff is helpful and knowledgeable. The people complete the vibe, which manages to be casual and welcoming, yet hip and elegant at the same time.

Even the wine by the glass program offers interesting and well-priced selections (I am in the wine education biz) and it evolves throughout the year so you can keep making new discoveries.

If you're thinking that we love this restaurant, you're right. My husband slid into the bar solo last week while I was out of town. And we thoroughly enjoyed our evening there last night.

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