The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant

3.6
44 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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Established in 1894, The Old Coffee Pot has been known to serve the best breakfast in New Orleans. Our lunch offers a variety of options to hold our patrons over to dinner. Our evening menu offers a reasonably priced selection of creole, Cajun and signature cuisines to satisfy any appetite. We also offer a wide selection of spirits, beverages, and wine to complement any dish.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Café, Cajun
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Hours of operation
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 3:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00am-11:00pm
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Phone number
(504) 524-3500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Royal St.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The worst!

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SJ
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Food was good. A good place to go to get away from the tourist spots.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Orleans has lots of great restaurants - our daughter wants to eat here every visit. We know what we are going to have next June! Buerre Blanc - yumm

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V
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, historic ambience in the French quarter

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2017
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible.

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MP
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We visit New Orleans and this restaurant once a year. This year the quality here has slipped greatly. It took nearly an hour to get our breakfast after ordering even though there was only one other table in the restaurant occupied. The food was overdone, and bland. The cala cakes for which the place is known were tough to the point of hard to cut. And someone needs to wipe off the railing to the upstairs restrooms -- that thing is sticky. All and all, very disappointing after many years of not being disappointing at all.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It took a long time to be seated, even though there were plenty of tables, because there were only 2 servers. When I finally was acknowledged I was told they don't take reservations. The food was OK, but nothing special. The server was very sweet.

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were fine nothing special but fine. The atmosphere really destroyed the meal however. In a city know for its music the dining space was absolutely silent and made for a very awkward time.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great jambalaya

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We had made reservations but they didn't have them when we got there. I made them 2 weeks ahead of time (because there was 10 of us). I showed them all of my email confirmations so they sat us but only if we went fast because they had another big party coming in. Our Waitor was awesome but they rushed everything and were really rude about it.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The building was gorgeous. The food and service was bad. I expected more with such good reviews.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a reservation for 5 people and we showed up a few minutes early. The line was out the door. It looked like a very long wait. There wasn't anyone to greet guests. We told the waitress, the only person around, that we had a reservation and she said they were not honoring reservations. She claimed that when it's busy they do not honor reservations. She said we would have to get on the back of the line. We left and went elsewhere. I would not recommend making a reservation at this restaurant. It's pointless. We will never go back. The experience was awful.

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LV
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So delicious we actually got up early on our last day in New Orleans just so we could go there for breakfast again

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DD
Dallas
33 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had made a lunch reservation for 12:30PM, and when we arrived at The Old Coffee Pot and stated that we had a reservation the personnel seemed not to be interested in finding out our name in order to check us off their list. Of course, there was no need to do so since the restaurant was virtually deserted with only one table occupied, but it still seemed very strange.
This restaurant was recommended by a friend, who told me that it is a reliable "hole in the wall"
type of establishment, which is fine. However, the mediocre food was overpriced--perhaps the norm in the French Quarter, because we encountered the same elsewhere as well.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Even though I made a reservation and the sign on the door indicated that it SHOULD be open, the restaurant was closed when we arrived. No one answered the phone. And, when I phoned a couple of days later, the person I spoke was very nonchalant that we had been inconvenienced. Basically, "yeah, you had a reservation, but we decided not to open that day."

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RG
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Breakfast is awesome ! Ambiance not so much but food is awesome

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OT
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible! We felt like we were an inconvenience.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant run by beautiful people. Love this place! We are sure to go each time we visit New Orleans.

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Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The sampler of jambalaya, red beans & gumbo was fabulous; as were the crab balls with remulade! The bbq shrimp lacked flavor, the sauce was too thick & not enough. Water was not refilled until we were about to leave, & no one was to be found to correct it, on a hot day.

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Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They were out of white wine,

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Miami
292 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Old Coffee Pot is a long time favorite for causal but good food, comfort food with that twist that comes with New Orleans. Oyster po boy were great as was the breakfast of fluffy pancakes. Our waitress also sang a wonderful version of I Will Always Love You when one of the customers said she had sang the previous time. Her voice was wonderful. And everyone in the restaurant gave her a standing ovation. Lunch and a show!

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San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open table let us make a res., however the place was closed.

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Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is ok and prices Also
Very nice people attending

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Early morning breakfast. Not sure why we needed a reservation since place was empty.
Could have been cleaner.
Good thing we were a cash customer since "their credit card machine broke", but it waited till after we and three customers had been served to announce that little news.

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a
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Shrimp with grits was not at all authentic, tasted like barbecue sauce. Gumbo was disappointing, lacked real flavor.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a table(s) for 15 via Open Table. I called the restaurant a day to confirm they can accommodate a group of this size. We show up at 8 pm on the day of the booking and the restaurant is closed. There is literally a lock on a chain on the entrance gate. The schedule on the door says it should be open, but it's not. As we're trying to book another restaurant, a guy shows up, unlocks the gate ... we ask about our reservation and he says we need to talk to his boss who's not there. He says it was a slow day so they decided to close early. We ended up going to another restaurant.

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SM
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

If you like the French Quarter ambiance, you will enjoy the Old Coffee Pot. As far as the food, it was so-so. It could be what I ordered, two eggs poached with sausage and grits. Lots of grits and 1 skimpy sausage patty. What I enjoyed was the staff and the ambiance of the old Quarter building. The staff were very attentive and called me sweetie. Looking at their lunch board, that was probably the meal I should have had.

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H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NOLA at its best. Great find and tasty food. Service was wonderful. Nice ambiance.

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J
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Server was polite but not super attentive, considering how sparsely filled the place was. Finished a meal for four and received the bill (about $130) and only then we're told the credit card machine wasn't working. Their ATM has a $120 max! Fortunately I had some cash.

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HA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome time at the Old Coffee pot. Had the BBQ Shrimp & Grits and it was just delicious.

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r
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great. All NoLa.

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k
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

only went here to try their callas cakes for dessert after dinner at another restaurant. unfortunately, they only serve their callas cakes with grits (as a breakfast item). we were full from dinner but decided to try them anyway. the callas cakes were not light like beignets. they are deep fried rice balls covered with powdered sugar. beignets are deep fried dough pillows covered with powdered sugar. the grits were okay...would have enjoyed them if we weren't so full already. the place has a nice menu and ambiance so we may return to try something else.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific! Breakfast was so good we went back the next morning to try something different on the menu. Service was great in classic New Orleans style. Highly recommended

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JP
Jacksonville
76 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We stopped for dinner at the Old Coffee Pot and were seated immediately at the curb side of the dining room. The restaurant was undergoing repairs in the courtyard but we'd heard good things about the food, and that they'd been featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. But we found the Old Coffee Pot to be more than a diner, not a drive-in, and not really a dive. Just cozy and just off Bourbon Street. Those things we heard about the food were right. We started with the crab and corn chowder, so thick the spoon could stand up in it...and the seafood gumbo, which had great flavor. Note that the bar selection is extremely limited, so if you're looking for special cocktails and whisk(e)ys, this is not your place. But the service was fast and the food kept us happy. We had the Triple D special, Jambalaya, green bean casserole, and fleur de lis chicken; and the blackened redfish Louisiana with Jambalaya and asparagus. Both were on point, and both were as good as we had heard!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was prepared well and nobody in my party had leftovers. We all imbibed in a proprietary drink (made with rum) which is their answer to "The Hurricane" you find in most restaurants. This proprietary drink definitely had a kick that all of us felt. I would go back again.

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LM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We dined at the Old Coffee Pot Restaurant for the 1st time last Friday before a concert at the Le Petit theatre. The food was good and the service was excellent. It is a small restaurant very near Pat O'Brien's and very convenient for dining prior the concert at the Le Petit Theatre. Not overcrowded and not noisy.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. Although the staff was trying their hardest, they were hopelessly understaffed. We had a reservation from Open Table but they did not have a table ready for us. There was an hour wait u til we could even get drinks. Our order was placed incorrectly and the food quality was not good. We went there because this place was featured on Diners Driveins and Dives. It must not be the same as when they were on the show because this place was not of that caliber.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We actually walked out before ordering. We were told to seat ourselves and no one ever came back. No menus (I retrieved them), no water, no drinks, etc. when I looked at the food on our neighbor's table, it did not look appetizing so we left. Nobody seemed to care.

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FI
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Just off of Bourbon Street, loved having a table to myself just next to the open doors. Having a cool breeze come in and being able to watch the people going by gave me something to do.

I ate a simple ceasar salad and the corn and crab bisque - delish! I only drank water so I never tried anything from the bar, but the bartender was my waiter and he was very attentive. He ensured everyone knew his name, Rock, and was very pleasant! Enjoyed my food.

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KT
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On a recent trip to New Orleans a group of us ate at the Old Coffee Pot for Breakfast and another time for dinner. Both meals were excellent! The service was friendly, courteous and prompt. Our servers offered great suggestions when asked. Great French Quarter find. Will definitely eat there again!

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