Caddy-corner from the French Market and across the road from the Mississippi River, sits this classic restaurant that has been serving freshly ... More
French Market Restaurant & Bar
Caddy-corner from the French Market and across the road from the Mississippi River, sits this classic restaurant that has been serving freshly prepared seafood since 1803. The casual atmosphere, aroma of fresh craw fish and reasonable prices attract passers-by on their way to and from the Market. Inside the French Market Restaurant & Bar there are roughly twenty tables for dining, a 25-foot Oak bar and an Oyster bar all surrounded by the original brick walls of an antique building. Specialties include Shrimp Decatur soaked in the Chef's signature sauce, Grilled Grouper and Crab meat au Gratin with fresh vegetables.
Today, I had the opportunity to show my parents some southern hospitality and good southern cooking, I took them to this restaurant and was deeply disappointed. I had come to New Orleans several times before Katrina, and this is the first time after Katrina.
The waitress was impolite, rude and NOT patient. We ordered the Bayou platter that comes with red beans and rice, jambalaya and another rice dish. The food was cold. The gumbo is not tasty at all. I have had better gumbo in New Orleans in the past. My parents ordered the Seafood Platter and they said it was good and warm.
I was not surprised when we received the bill with an 18% gratuity. You don't have to be nice when your tip is guaranteed for a table of 7.
I complained to the manager, and told him that I did not agree with the 18% tip, and I explained the behavior of the waitress. The waitress promptly explained loudly that she could not get me extra bowls for the gumbo (when she told us earlier that she could not bring extra bowls we accepted her comment without question or words). I told her that I was not upset about that and explained her behavior to her quietly.
The manager explained to me that she could not get me extra bowls and that when I order from the menu I enter into a contract that requires me to pay for the 18% tip and that he would call the police if I did not pay the gratuity.
I had to call my husband over to explain to the manager that the waitress was NOT nice. I told him it is not about money and that he could keep the money. I did pay the whole bill without question and a very bad taste in my mouth.
We visit New Orleans every year and we hit the French Market Restaurant for a plate of char-broiled oysters every single time. The shrimp boil also rocks hard. Great service, great food and good balcony dining if the weather permits. GO TO THIS PLACE!
Was just there...very impressed. Their seafood/Andouille sausage gumbo was positively first class. Flavorful shellfish stock, heavily carmelized vegetables, tons of fresh shrimp and spicy Andouille. Simply the best! The fried oyster po' boy was too big for the plate...spilling over with perfectly fried oysters on a crunchy French baguette. So glad they had Dixie Blackened Voodoo to wash it down. A MUST while in NOLA.
Let me start by saying that I have not liked any type of Pie in my 26 years on this planet. HOWEVER- the French Market has the most amazing Pecan Pie EVER!!! I mean really- I just came back from New Orleans yesterday and I can't stop thinking about it! I'm trying to see if they'll Fed- ex one to me...