The Franklin

4.3
13 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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 natural wines & a diverse beer selection.
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique setting and experience in a cool upcoming neighborhood!

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New England
16 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.

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s
Miami
54 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.

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

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

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OT
San Francisco
3 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.

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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.

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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.

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PS
New Orleans
1 review
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.

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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!

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LH
New York Area
3 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!

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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.

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a
New Orleans
3 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.

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

The texture of the chicken was rubbery and odd

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 !

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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MA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The ambience was good, the waiter pleasant and helpful, and we did not have to wait long for our orders to be served. But our main course, the steak au poivre,that both my wife and I ordered, was something of a disappointment. The meat was not particularly tender, and the au poivre sauce needed to be much more flavorful. We shall no doubt return, but this particular visit did not fully meet our expectations.

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OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I’ve enjoyed previous experiences at The Franklin, always looking for another opportunity to make the trip. A dish I’ve looked forward to eating, the paneed eggplant, was tough and bitter. The waitress did not question our abandonment of three-quarters of the serving. I’ll be back, but it will take a little time. There are many other dishes and drinks to return for.

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n
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and service!

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FQ
New Orleans
67 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is always good here, but we had some big problems with service. I'm sure we will return, but it will be a while......

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VB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Delicious food and great ambiance. New favorite spot.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perhaps my favorite restaurant in New Orleans. Great vibe. Classic cocktails.

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New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was outstanding. The table was a little small and crowded.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were all n holiday. And this was one of our favorites. Service was good, he got nicer when I asked about him. Sometimes that helps when waitstaff is having a bad day. Food was outstanding! Funky paintings on the walls of this small quaint unexpected cozy bar that turns out awesome food cooked to perfection with flavors that meld together perfectly.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was pretty good. Had fried oyster appetizer, jerk fish & flan. The flan was outstanding but the real highlight was our bartender EllaLouise. She was super hospitable, knew the menu & made great suggestions & made some excellent cocktails. We’ll be back!

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EF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The oysters were excellent everything else was pretty mediocre. An eggplant dish was served cold. One of us had to wait 15 minutes for an entree after all the others had already arrived. Server seemed like she had better things to do even tho the place was half empty. Pork belly was fat drenched in sauce over soggy noodles. Jumbo shrimp were hardly that and swimming in butter and oil. Fries were probably the highlight.

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s
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date had never been to The Franklin - she loved it! I always enjoy dining here - she will tell all of her friends!

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CR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious and the ambience was fine. The waitress forgot about us and it wasn’t that busy.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always try to visit the Franklin whenever we are in Nola.
Friendly courteous staff! great food! And a well-stocked bar to top it off.

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f
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant but it can be very loud. Very difficult to carry on conversation. Service is not always reliable

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Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An upscale restaurant in a downscale neighborhood. An eclectic and well-curated wine list. Wonderful food, great service.

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