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Bennachin Restaurant

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African Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants

1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116


Today: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Marvelous Flavor With Fragrant Offerings

As we walked into the little place we were met with a warm casual atmosphere and a smile from the hostess. The space though small seemed to offer a nice intimacy with quiet service and hushed conversation from the other gourmands in the place.

The meal began with iced herbal tea which was wonderfully refreshing after wandering the Quarter. The tea was not sweet but had a nice fragrant finish.

We moved on to a bean fritter appetizer with a savory chutney(a hint of tamarind I think) which was exciting and as savoured these we looked forward to the entrees. I enjoyed ""the special"" which was a fragrant jerk chicken smothered in a spicey brown gravy with great depth of flavor. The chicken fell apart into delicate morsels and muddled with the white rice base which was delightful. The vegetables with the plate had been cooked in a broth that left the veggies both firm and delicious. My wife and I shared tastes of the other's dish to broaden our experience of the dishes. I was at a loss as to which I loved more.

For a great lunch or dinner and a delicious cultural experience I strongly recommend giving Bennachin a go.

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Great food and service

A quaint setting in the Quarter that is a hit with locals and out the Quarter people as well. Food is reasonably priced and delicious and the service is generally excellent and friendly.

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African Cuisine

Although I cannot comment regarding authenticity of African cuisine (because I have not visited Africa yet), but I can tell you that I totally LOVED the food and recommend it! It is not like anything else you can find in New Orleans.

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never a bad meal

I worked for a non-profit rebuild organization for 4 years and i would take groups of 18 at a time to bennichan up to 4 days a week. I have never had a bad meal yet... the reason it takes more time to serve the food is because it is made from scratch as you order it... no microwaving, made it last week and froze it B.S. it is the real deal. After bringing nearly 2,000 ppl there i can say that only 30 or so did not care for it... I can't wait till they have their booth at jazz fest so I can have a mango freeze and fried plantains together!!

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Mia Webster


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Dont waste your time

Nice ambiance, poor food. Not authentic African cuisine.

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big o


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A Great place to dine with Great Friends!!!!

Always good food and friendly staff!!! Last week i went there with two friends who had never been there--they were impressed that we had a place like this--They were ready to go back tonight and try something else out--me i 'm a stick in the mud and stay with my Mona Lisa Special Sandwich...............

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Mona Lisa's New Orleans

My husband and I love Mona Lisa's and eat there whenever we're in the area. It's romantic, but also great for families as it's not loud so you can hear one another. Our favorites are the eggplant Parmesan, chicken fettuccine, meatball sandwich, salad, and the pizza. We've never had bad service, and find them to be friendly and 'normal' - not like Chile's waiters that bother you every 5 seconds and sit next to you. :-) Sorry about that tangent.

Go here if you're looking for a great meal.

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RUDE host/long wait to get seated/rude server

We went to Mona Lisa at the recommendation of some local New Orleans residents. We were told there would be a 15 minute wait...we waited 35 minutes or longer outside. We were seated only because we inquired about how much longer the wait would be....when we were seated we told the waiter we knew what we wanted and requested to order before a large party. The server was VERY rude. We were told they would go get us some water. We left decided to cut our losses wasted time! We walked out. The attitude of the server was very poor. We WILL NOT go back again, even with great food!,

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Amazing Food

Quaint little pizza paradise. My favorite in the world! Salads are delicious. Service is fantabulous, atmosphere is perfect. I miss that place dearly. I think I will have to visit next weekend.

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Awesome food...great atmosphere

Great little restaurant with high quality and good priced food. Nice atmosphere...small cafe type place -- very New York type feel. Romantic and quaint. Food is very consistent...we come in just to eat at Mona Lisa!

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too expensive...over $11 for a small cheese pizza

way over priced. Tried to get a plain cheese pizza wit a $10 bill....no way. no mater how small we're talkin

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Great Food!

We were in New Orleans recently and after a searching a while about restaurants that serve vegetarian food, we stumbled onto Bennachin and decided to give it a try. Needless to say we were not disappointed. For appetizers we had black-eyed pea fritters which were really good. Then I got Nbodle without beef for my entree and my husband got some chicken dish. Both of us enjoyed our entrees and left the restaurant happy.

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still my favorite restaurant

I moved from New Orleans over 3 years ago & I miss this place most of all. I brought all my visitors to this restaurant & they all loved it. I still recommend it to friends who will be visiting the city. Try the peanut stew - which can be made vegetarian. I still have cravings!

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Great Group Experience

We called ahead for a 7:00p dinner for 9 people on a Friday. The table was ready when we arrived. The appetizers ($3 - $5) were all great, especially the chicken and the blackeyed pea/eggplant/smoked fish ""cake"". The lamb was stewed and served w/ broccoli, and the grilled fish entree was perfectly cooked, flaky and moist with great spices. There is no entree more than $12.95, and there was plenty of food on each plate. I always get the ginger drink ($1.50) which is a combination of spicy (ginger) and sweet (honey?) that is very refreshing. If you want alcohol, you'll have to bring your own. We brought two bottles of wine, and they provided the glasses (no charge). With 9 full bellies and including a >20% tip, each person spent $20. It is a very relaxed atmoshpere and prompt service when you ask for something. This was such a great dinner, I signed up just to review it. Thus, this is my 1st review. Go to Bennachin.

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Very quaint

The service was wonderful as was the food. Very hole in the wall and secluded. Great for a romantic evening.

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Consistently excellent food and an example of New Orleans' rich palate

This is a long-time favorite of ours. We always, always take out-of-town visitors here so they can experience the richness of the variety of cuisines to be found in modern NOLA, and understand the West African origins of such signature dishes as gumbo and jambalaya. The food is always carefully prepared; don't expect to rush through your meal. Vegans and vegetarians will find plenty to enjoy here, so it's a great place to go when you're in a group of people with varied tastes to satisfy. And keep an eye out for their booth at Jazz Fest! One more thing--after Katrina, they've been cash-only. If you forget, there's an ATM across the street at Verti Marte.

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Great for a casual meal - great for vegetarians!

Skip in here before 3 to take advantage of the lunch specials - lots of choices for under 6$. My favorite is the spinach with coconut rice and fried plantains. Don't miss the black eyed pea fritters for an appatizer and try one of their specialty drinks. You can try this resteraunt while not missing out on New Orleans favorites like Red Beans and Rice or Jambalaya - skip the bourbon street dives this is what New Orleans is all about - great food!

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Great Food at a Great Price!

One of the best restaurants in town! The food is great. Lots of vegetarian dishes. Give the ginger drink a try it's unique and refreshing on a hot New Orleans day. The service is slow, but very friendly. Relax and enjoy.

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My Favorite Restaurant.

I love Mona Lisa's. I always have to eat here when I'm in the quarter. My best friend and I always get a Mediterranean salad (you HAVE to try the feta dressing) and a pizza to share. It's perfect. The best little ""hole in the wall"" place ever!

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Awesome Food

We ate here on our honeymoon and it was romantic, very quaint, well priced, and Awesome FOOD! The calzones are out of this world! I had to go back the next day and eat there again. My husband and I have designated this as our restaurant when we go back to Nawlins! Love it there!
Robin and John
Mobile, AL

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Phone: 504-558-9044

Phone: 504-522-1230

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African Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
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French Quarter - CBD, French Quarter

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa Restaurant

Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: African, Family Style, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, No, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

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