Ye Olde College Inn

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$30 and under
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Creole
Since 1933 Ye Olde College Inn has served generations of New Orleanians. Come join us at a true New Orleans farm to table landmark. Our menu features our latest Creole specials and plenty of twists on traditional New Orleans standards. We have a farm located adjacent to the restaurant where we get a variety of fresh produce. Next door is another New Orleans landmark, the Rock’n'Bowl. Ask for a $5 off voucher when you dine from the entree section of our menu.
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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING! They had fresh watermelon & mint so I enjoyed their Watermelon Mint Mojitos! We are 3 things that weren’t on the menu & all three were AmAzInG! Shrimp balls, seafood gumbo & a crawfish dish with fried Drumm. Johnny our server gave the recommendations & they did not disappoint! Bet Johhny was hands down amazing too! We will be back!

M
New Orleans
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was terrific. Wait staff very accommodating and efficient. A great time was had by all of my guests.

JB
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch....as always!

EB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a frequent diner at College Inn, it never disappoints. The food is always delicious!!!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had reservations at Ye Olde College Inn for my father's 50th birthday. I was not sure what to expect, but he had been there before and loved it. I am was very pleased with the service. I was able to drop his cake off early and it was held in the back for us. When we arrived, I received a text from a staff member who sat us (Joe) to check that the had the correct cake for us - he did so to be discreet because my dad did not know we had the cake. I have never been anywhere that has done this! Service was wonderful and the food was delicious!

F
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun ambiance, service and staff top notch. Food very good. Must have crawfish Mac and cheese

BS
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the soft shell crab. It was excellent. Jimmy was our server. What a wonderful man he is!

r
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This established restaurant continues to amaze with its menu options. The entree of the day was penne pasta with an artichoke cream sauce, artichoke hearts and shrimp, topped with a fried soft shell crab with lump crab meat on top. The entire dish was then sprinkled with toasted parmesan and drizzled with a balsamic vinegarette sauce. Extremely flavorful and very filling.

Kudos are to be given to the chef on this creation. It was the perfect combination of seafood, pasta and cream sauce. Very well done.

m
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

exactly what our group of 12 was looking for…quality food, fair prices, fun atmosphere .

c
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

good house champagne, the shrimp in the shrimp and grits was a bit rubbery to me but all good in general

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Very consistent, delicious and fresh food. I’ve yet to be disappointed. The redfish special currently on the menu was amazing. Covered with crab meat and shrimp; over eggplant and pasta with a light creamy sauce....mmm!

n
New Orleans
452 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic as well as the service. Jimmy knows the menu and will not steer you wrong. He is a fantastic waiter. great bar. wonderful appetizers like oysters blue. Many great dishes, but we love crawfish Delacroix with a pan fired piece of puppy drum, fantastic sauce. It is the best. Sticky toffee dessert is also great. we have been many times. this is a place locals love, and visitors do not know what they are missing, if the want a classic New Orleans meal. Good parking. well worth the trip

n
New Orleans
19 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

College Inn is a dependable restaurant. There's a mix of families, couples, locals and visitors. The food is excellent, not flashy or too trendy. It is one of the louder restaurants I've been to lately which is problematic.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience we will be definitely return.

F
New Orleans
109 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always fresh and delish. I tend to eat the Fit Fish which has green beans and tomatoes right out of their garden. The place is charming and service top notch. You know it’s good since I am a local and could go anywhere in town.

DV
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, although it did take a little bit of time for the entrees to come to the table. Great atmosphere, parking right outside the restaurant. Friendly wait staff, clean.

J
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my wife and I’s favorite places! We made it tradition to go every time we’re home in New Orleans

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim,our server was very nice, polite and Professional.
He went the extra mile, to tell my husband ,
the history
of one of your beers on Tap.
We LOVE your Restaurant!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Braised brisket was dry and tough. Chicken breast was undercooked. Bread pudding very good.

r
New Orleans
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as always, jimmy made a great experience even better!

LS
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place holds a special place in my heart as my great grandfather started it in 1933. The owners who took over in 2005 have kept the neighborhood feel and elevated the food. My family loves to dine at the College Inn. We will be back!

HA
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. The wait was just a little long but they were extremely crowded which also is a sign of the excellent food and value they provide.

JB
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...as always! Food was hot and delicious and plentiful. It was a busy Friday night but Waitress was very attentive.

RG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance is always good here.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to eat at Ye Olde College Inn! Best food, best value, best of everything and i get to see my friends there. My favorite dish is the Crawfish Delacroix and it never disappoints me. Best servers! Great all around experience whether a local or a tourist!

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

They served food too fast, we had all our appetizers & entree at same time!! Very rushed

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always great seafood and onion rings fun place and great bar. Like to go about once a month. Real neighborhood restaurant

CA
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place feels like home, great New Orleans atmosphere. Love the service, staff, & of course the food!!!

JM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was yummy. Jimmy was an excellent waiter. It was a very nice evening out

KA
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very fresh. Local ingredients

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat right away even with a large party! Staff was excellent and food came out extremely fast! Everyone enjoyed dinner and cocktails.

FH
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food and wait staff at Ye Olde College Inn. We had reservations for 2 tables (8 / table) and when we arrived, our table was ready and waiting for us. Food was excellent, as always. Tim, our waiter, was very attentive to our table and got food / drinks out promptly.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite local restaurant with the best dishes and great chef.

CD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We needed a place that would take a reservation after 9pm, and Ye Olde College Inn did! Food was decent and service outstanding. On a Saturday night, however, the noise level was high. We are a family of five, so not a problem for us, but would not recommend for an intimate or romantic outing. Overall good experience!

J
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about it! Our go-to place for visitors and local friends!

C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ye Olde College Inn is like a college friend you have not seen for a long time; Once you get there, it is great
to remember how nice life can be. Our waiter Jimmy is the best; he has been there a long time and always remembers us; his suggestions are always out of the park; the owner John B can be found most evenings enjoying his dinner at the bar and greeting old friends who drop by for dinner. Home grown vegetables and herbs add so much to each dish and the award winning bread pudding finishes the meal in great fashion.
Great memorabilia and great fun every time I go.

NA
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends who haven’t been to Ye Old College Inn. We had a great time. Jimmy, our server, is absolutely without a question, the BEST!!!!
Pat & Tony met Jimmy. Jimmy met their expectations.
Food is delicious: lamb shank is generous; I love the crawfish Mac n cheese, so had the Ceaser Salad with shrimp—excellent.
Desert was their bread pudding—-yummy.
Thanks to this great staff. Love your place.
Btw: there is a fresh garden where veggies come from.

DD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Considering the large crowd, our 6 pm table was ready at 6:20, so Open Table was certainly the way to rsvp. Others waited much longer

NF
Baton Rouge
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was great really enjoyed that oyster poboy

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday, Jul 18 th we had Monica or Melissa, I believe.
She wAs so calm and wAs EXCELLENT!
1st booth on right at 6 pm.
. My daughter, Jessica Joyce booked for 5 of us.
The booth was too crowded for 5 people , especially 3 men and I was hanging off booth and left handed.
The chicken dish was delicious!
The BBQ brisket was not BBQ.
Misrepresented that dish!
I am from Texas and that WAS NOT BBQ.
My son said it was a pot roast and took it to a friend.
The lemon orzo pasta was why I ordered chicken.
My husband loved the hamburger steak and ordered it again in Tuesday 23rd at 4 pm.
My daughter had the filet and ordered it again on Tues .
I never order chicken when I go out.
Friend had Oyster poorboy and loved it!
We liked it sooo much ,
we were going to come back on Monday for lunch, but not open.
I had your great gumbo on Tues.
it was A perfect roux,
Not too salty and an exactly correct thickness, for my taste!
I ordered the Red fish special with noodles on Tuesday.
I loved that it was served in a broth ,
not a heavy butter or cream sauce.
Very creative Asian flare! Excellent!
My husband and kids had not been in years .
They were all born and raised in NOLA
and it is DEFINITELY one of our new FAVORITES!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST , JOHNNY IS
OUR
NEW “ALL TIME”FAVORITE Waiter
OF ALL THE PLACES WE DINE!
WE will return very soon!
Thanks for the fabulous meals!

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