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Antoine's Restaurant

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Creole & Cajun Restaurants, American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities

713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130

504-581-4422

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Today: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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Lgrang

02/16/09

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Elegant dinning, excellent food

Wonderful Valentine dinner !!! The ambience, the service, the food, the history...all perfection. Don't miss the Oysters Rockefeller, Creole Gumbo...never had any as good as this. Ship the salad..very ordinary. Filet Marchand de Vin...no steak knife here....butter knife cuts it with ease. Tout Pontchartrain....moist fresh with enough crabmeat to make another course. The wine list, one of the best we have seen anywhere and we are well traveled. The waitstaff are all polished and experts in their field...our waiter Tim , was personable, attentive and very knowlegable. After dinner we were treated to a tour of the restaurant...not to be missed. Each dinning room..all 14 is full of history and beautiful artifacts of New Orleans. The price is no more than any other restaurant of it's class but no price can be put on the such an experience. We can't wait for our next trip to New Orleans to be able to enjoy such an outstanding dinning treat.

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beaumarc

12/16/08

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Overpriced Tourist Trap

Our initial impression was wow, a restaurant that had been in business for 168 years! The food would have to be good to stand that test of time!

Boy were we wrong! The food was more like a Denny's or possibly even a McDonalds.

First off, we didn't have reservations so we were seated in the front room which could truly stand a make over. The ambiance was boring and cheap looking. Their was no music to create ambiance.

The waiter was professional and prompt. That really was the only thing that was truly good about the experience. We ordered off their ""December Revellion Special"". We both had the Oyster 1-1-1 which was most likely frozen before it was prepared. The tiny oysters were smothered in some sort of sauce that was obviouly frozen before it was prepared. The Salad was pretty much romaine lettuce and some sort of dressing. The main course of meat and fish was also prepared on some other day. The food was not fresh. The fish was overcooked and tasteless. It was so bad that we didn't finish it. A true testament to a bad restaurant. The desert choice that we selected was the Pecan Bread Pudding which used Hershey's syrup and the Chocolate Mousse which was so cold and hard (from being in the refrigerator so long) that it was esstially tasteless.

Our misery was quite possible due to the fact that we ordered off the ""Revellion"" menu but, please, you would of had to work really hard to make a meal that bad!

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amosbrown

09/26/08

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VERY DISSAPOINTED

I lived in NOLA for awhile, so I've been to most of the restaurants and had some amazing meals. I ordered the oysters rockefeller (for which they are known for inventing) and the pampano pontchartrain. I've had much better oysters in new orleans and they were over cooked and not good at all. The fish was over cooked, cold and bland. The service was also horribly slow even though the restaurant was empty. Maybe people have figured out this place is certainly not worth the price and stopped coming. If you want a fancy meal go anywhere but here. Lastly, there were plenty of tourists there in jean shorts and sandals.

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djdiva

08/06/08

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PLEASE DONT EAT HERE!!

THIS WAS A JOKE! Went to New Orleans for a romantic get-away and Sat night (8/2/2008) was sapposed to be our romantic dinner at a famous place. We made reservations for 8:00 pm and arrived on time. We where seated in the second room that looked like a huge ball room with loads of pictures on the walls. I was very excited to be here seeing that Anthony Bordain suggested this place on ""No Reservations""
It took us 15 mins to get someone to get us water, bread anything!! We had to flag down the manger to ask him for our waiter.. He was truly sorry and offered dessert but that really didnt do much for the rest of the experiance...
The waiter finally got to the table and wasnt the best in my book.. We orderd wine on which he didnt offer any suggestions, didnt offer any specials for the eve, and left or table to tend to another table with more people. We got our apps (oysters rock & escargot) the ROCK was OK>>> and my B-F was not too happy with the snails.. He has had better in other places and other countries.... We ordered fish and mine was good his was BLAND AND SOMEWHAT TOUGH. I asked for a sauce with mushrooms and butter and came back with mushroom caps. The ving. dressing was beyond bland!! And the waiter didnt really take care of us. The back waitress was great she deserves the tip. getting the Cherries Jub. that was ok if you like cherries and a gallon of brandy and ice cream..
ALL in ALL dont waste your time and MONEY this was a big ol fat JOKE!! REALLY! If you wanna pay 30 bux for a piece of fish then go somewhere where you can get more for that!
Shame on you Antoines you need to close your doors already there should be enough bad reviews for you to shape up or SHIP OUT!!

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samsigphi

05/19/08

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The place time forgot, and you will forget too until you look in your wallet

While steeped in history, the food was bland, overpriced, and about as interesting as watching insects eat it for you. My friends and I were in New Orleans for my birthday, and 28 of us ate in a private dining room. Service was good, but nothing special when you're dropping $4k at a restaurant. Most of the entrees lacked any sort of spices. Better ingredients could be found at any grocery store including Piggly Wiggly. Even if we dropped $10 dollars a person, as opposed to the $120, I still would have thought everything to be subpar, but ok. Taking into consideration the cost, I would call it a rip off. Grab some po' boys for 7 bucks and you've got yourself a better meal.

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mjc11

03/19/08

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You can't eat History

Once upon a time, a long time ago, this was the place to stand in line for (reservations or not), but not any more. Antoine?s has enjoyed its time of fame and now should close its door because now it's a shame. It was $$$$$ down the drain, the seafood was forgettable and the service secondary. The One and only high light was the Alaskan cream pie (and I needed it to cleanse my palate).

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tavs211

01/25/08

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On My BEST MEALS EVER List!

My boyfriend and I went in February '07 and now, nearly February '08, when I'm getting around to the review, I still remember the deliciousness of the Chateaubriand and the delightful Omelette Alaska Antoine (Baked Alaska)! We are big fans of chateaubriand (who wouldn't be?) and it was amazing here! The dessert for two was more like dessert for four or five and we couldn't finish it (although we sure tried) but we were still incredibly satisfied with the whole meal. Antoine's Restaurant has been around so long for obvious reasons! The food was delightfully memorable and the staff was fine dining New Orleans charm. Being able to dine there more frequently is on our list of considerations for making a move down to the Big Easy!!

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susanhiller

12/22/07

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Memorably terrible.

We were three well-dressed middle-aged people accustomed to good food and good restaurants around the world; we booked a table in advance and were shown to something in the back room, no charm or style discernible. I suspect many of the rave reviews for Antoine's are either phony or written by people who dont know anything about food, because honestly, this place surely has seen better days! The waiter forgot to bring bread and knew absolutely nothing about food or wine. We speak French well and he didnt. My husband has worked in the wine trade, so was not taken in by his hyped-up suggestions. Shrimp remoulade-- shrimps overcooked, remoulade sauce very pedstrian, could have come out of a bottle, served in a very unattractive way on a flat plate of shredded iceberg lettuce. Beef tips -- extremely peculiar: soggy, floppy, and smothered under a truly disgusting sauce. Inedible. My dessert was nice. My two friends said their fish dishes were tired and overcooked. All in all, a memorably terrible meal.

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washoebob

12/21/07

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Upscale Denney's

Obviously this place provides an inconsistent experience. When we went there expecting an above average experience, we were disappointed in almost every way. First we were shown to a table in what appeared to be a hallway, although there were several empty tables. From there on, the service was indifferent?we had to grovel for bread (in New Orleans?). The menu did not offer much and if there were any specials we certainly were not informed (not that our waiter spent much time with us). We all tried to order ?signature? dishes which all were disappointing. My fish was at least a day over the hill and not really edible. One of us ordered a beef dish, which was covered with thick and unappetizing gravy. The potatoes were good and the desert was excellent. We enjoyed the wine and each other?s company but the quality of the food could be compared to what is available in the average diner in say, Newark. Given its reputation and some very positive reviews written here I can only surmise that this place has a split personality. Personally, I do not plan to role the dice again.

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davidfooddog

12/19/07

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The worst value of any restaurant I have ever eaten in anywhere

Like Galatoire's & Brennan's, Antoine's has a great reputation. It is supposed to be a first class restaurant but it fails miserably.
The menu is lacking in all subtlety and interest, and the quality of the actual cooking is even worse.
Oysters Rockerfeller - oysters seriously overcooked, spinach unpleasantly like cheap cream of spinach soup & just only warm! Snails: I like snails but these were rubbery, overcooked & the sauce was, frankly, disgusting. My wife had shrimp remoulade on a bed of, well, shredded supermarket lettuce.
The main courses were even worse. Two of us had overcooked Pompano & one had really awful beef. None of us was able to eat more than around a third of the dinner.
We live in London, England where the food is very good indeed - & also absurdly expensive - but we lived in New Orleans 45 years ago when we were young & poor & fantasized about eating at Antoine's. Don't do it! This was, by far, the worst & most expensive food we ate in a week in the city. Eat at much cheaper restaurants (Acme, Red Fish) where the food is much, much better.

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sstanley

05/29/07

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Very Disappointing

Our first trip back to NO after the Strom, my husband and I were looking forward to experiencing some of the fining dining the city has to offer. Antoine?s was top of the list but was VERY disappointed and ultimately walked out before ordering.

We had 9:00PM reservations on Friday, May 25th. We stood in the entry for several minutes before being acknowledged. We were sat at a table with no linens or place settings then ignored for nearly 10 minutes. No water, no silverware, no cocktails, nothing. Frustrated, I went to the front desk and asked if we could have our table sat and perhaps order a beverage. A bus person (maybe waiter?) came to our table, snatched two settings from a table near by, set them on our table and walked off. 15-20 minutes and still no water, no cocktails, but we have silverware. Progress.

Then two nice men in suits stopped and asked if our waiter had stop by. We said ""no"". Within a couple of minutes our waiter flew by with a hand full of desserts, said he needed to serve them but would be back. 20+ minutes have passed.

The waiter came back, told us the specials. Said if we wanted to order Lobster Thermidor, we'd better hurry since the kitchen was trying to close. He also said if we wanted a steak cooked more than medium rare, we would probably want it cut in half to save time. At this point, I'm feeling as though I have imposed on a relative at a late hour. If memory serves me correctly, I called the week before and MADE RESERVATIONS!!!!

Now the last straw..... we were finally served a loaf of bread wrapped in a white linen napkin and I think at this point we have water. When I went to unwrap the bread in the napkin, it was filthy with what looked like tomato sauce. That was it. We got up without ordering and left.

After many years of going to New Orleans, I was looking forward to dining at Antoine's. I was speechless and appalled at the service. Shame on you, Antoine?s.

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jaymaygm

02/28/07

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Still Five Stars! Oyster Rockefeller! Absolute Best White Table Cloth Lunch In U.S.!

The legenday Antoine's says it all for fine dining in the U.S. It's only been around for over a hundred years. It was near the last day of our visit to N.O. and we were wearing shorts, it was late in the afternoon, and we stopped to look at the menu posted outside. The proprieter, Bernard R. Guste, himself, stepped out the doorway, and welcomed us in. It was almost empty, since it was late in the afternoon. Never mind our shorts, they were dressy, he seated us at a most elegant table, with those famous mirrors on all sides. The menu of course was in classic French, with English descriptions. Of course we started with the Classic Oyster Rockefellar, created by Antoine's for a very special customer(?). There's nothing like the original. I had a bowl of the Gumbo Creole, like nothing I've had anywhere, period. My partner ordered Potage Alligator w/Sherry. Oh goodness! At this point, money was no object, just keep bringing it on. My entree was Homard Thermidor/Lobster Thermidor($38.00), and my compaion had Bouillabaisse a 'la Louisiane. Both were out of this world. And to finish this feast off, it was Baked Alaska. The formal service, wine pairings were the best. Do I need my head checked out, no I need to save my money for my next visit to Antoine's. Five Stars!

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delatdame

01/13/07

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FOOD FOR THE GODS!!!!

Having not visited New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, I was nervous the restaurants in the Quarter (Antoine?s especially) would not live up to its incredible reputation. However, when I dined there for lunch last Friday, I was not the least bit disappointed! My mother, sister, and I celebrated a wonderful meal of Gumbo, Oyster?s Rockefeller, Pompano grille, and Fried Oysters (to name a few. . .) all living up to the standards Antoine?s created over 100 years ago. Our waiter, Jason Doubleday, was absolutely adorable. He provided us with first-rate service, boundless enthusiasm, and a pride for his job I haven?t seen in a long time. New Orleans is back. The French Quarter is back. It just needs people to come and see that it is. And Antoine?s will be waiting!

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diablodetasmania

01/01/07

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This ""Grand Dame"" should retire

Don't eat at Antoine's unless you enjoy being insulted, ripped off and disappointed. My wife and I were having a romantic getaway in New Orleans and we had made reservations in advance for Antoine's. We arrived early and were rudely told by the person on the door to go to the back of the line on the sidewalk. After waiting in the cold for half an hour, we were seated at a table close to the door of the brightly lit, noisy dining room. It had less atmosphere than a cafeteria. From the outset, the service was slow and extremely poor. The food was very ordinary and did not live up to the hype that surrounds this place. We have eaten much better food in New Orleans for a fraction of the price. The staff treated us with a mixture of rudeness and contempt. At no stage of the evening did anyone ask if we were enjoying our dinner. It was obvious that different groups of diners at Antoine's are treated unequally. We saw staff doting over some tables while we waited for ridiculous lengths of time to have our order taken, drinks served, dirty plates taken away, etc. This was an expensive and totally unenjoyable experience. Antoine's is not a world-class restaurant. It's a poorly-run, old has-been that should not have bothered reopening after Hurricane Katrina. If you are looking for a special dining experience in New Orleans, eat somewhere else.

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marty3575

04/21/06

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DO IT!!!!

My wife and I were in on 4/14 and were very happy with every aspect of our meal.We were treated with nothing but respect from our waiter Chuck.He was very helpful and personable,he also took us on a tour of the restaurant after our meal.The place is amazing,so full of history.Now for the food,I had the Crabmeat Ravigote and my wife had the fried oysters on foie gras buttered toast and a colbert sauce,both were outstanding,very generous portion of lump crab and so much flavor in the oyster dish.For our main dish I had the Trout Pontchartrain and my wife had the Soft Shell Crab Amandine,once again both were winners,the trout was perfect,I could not have asked for more,the crabs were wonderful not greasy like alot of places.The dessert was the topper,Baked Alaska one of the best desserts you will ever taste.Do yourself a favor and dine here.

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kecase

05/15/05

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DON'T DO IT!!!!!

This was absolutely the worst resturaunt I have ever been to- The service was poor, the table was a fold up table that collapsed, the food was unreconizable in appearance AND taste- the seaffod bisque tasted like gravy with sand in it!! I paid $35 for four pieces of beef tips that tasted like carne guisada from taco bell. When we brought up our experience to the manager, he shrugged his shoulders like he could care less!! BAD,BAD,BAD!!!

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kataluchi

02/02/05

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kataluchi

I was shocked by the rude waiter, and very,dry overcooked, slim trout entre`. I ordered broiled trout with crab meat on top, after I was told to just point to something- the waiter made it known- Antoines does not go out of its way for anyone period! I tried to say, I just want a moist, fabulous fish in a terrific french sauce. My husbands Lamb was just as untasteful with gristle and fat hidden under a sweet brown sauce. The worst meal i could have here during my visit. What a disappointment and they did not even care(to much attitude). The atmosphere was sterile and unwelcoming- not like the reviews.

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michelle collins

11/20/04

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Antoine's Restaurant

Antoine's is a wonderful restaurant with tons of New Orleans history and ambiance. It is a family business that is rich with tradition. I recently hosted a party there. The food, service and ambiance were superb! The staff was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.
Michelle Collins

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jazzrjs

11/19/04

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dining customer for 50 years

Your dining experience depends solely on the waiter. This institution has a Jekyll/Hyde personality. One time it's great; the next time it's the pits. And when a place like this turns away 3 men in megadollar Armani Jean suits they are not making any other point except they do not need the busines----and by the way, one of those turned away was a reknowned London chef! My last mel there was superb; but I have also been turned away by a waiter I'd used for yearswhen they were busy.I advised the management on both of these occassions.

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paulh

12/13/02

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A bad $250 spent

I had heard Antoines was a New Orleans classic. NO WAY. I wanted to surprise my wife with a romantic dinner. After waiting 45 minutes to place our drink order, another hour and 45 minutes for dinner, terrible service, sending food back twice, I will never go back. We've eaten just about everywhere and this was the worst experience we have had, except for maybe some places in New Jersey! This terrible experience and I was out of pocket $250. I felt like i was paying a speeding ticket.

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Antoine's, established in 1840, is America's oldest family run restaurant that was the forerunner in the fine dining experience serving up French-Creole cuisine. We are the home to many dishes such as Oyster Rockefeller, and we offer a la carte dining as well as, private dining options. In recent years we have expanded to include our famous Hermes Bar, which offers cocktails, beer and wine as well as a lighter more casual dining experience.Antoine's, established in 1840, is America's oldest family run restaurant that was the forerunner in the fine dining experience serving up French-Creole cuisine. We are the home to many dishes such as Oyster Rockefeller, and we offer a la carte dining as well as, private dining options. In recent years we have expanded to include our famous Hermes Bar, which offers cocktails, beer and wine as well as a lighter more casual dining experience.
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Creole & Cajun Restaurants, American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Family Style Restaurants, French Restaurants, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants
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Neighborhoods
French Quarter - CBD, French Quarter
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Southern, Family Style, American, French, European, Seafood, Continental, Cajun & Creole

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Bike Parking: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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