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Emeril's New Orleans
Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, the following description may no longer be accurate. Please consider this when making your travel plans. A renovated warehouse in the Arts District is home to the flagship restaurant of star chef Emeril Lagasse. This world class dining experience will titillate your taste buds with the finest in Creole cooking and award-winning wines. The chiefly seafood menu includes such signature dishes as Portuguese-Style Steamed Clams and Mussels, Smoked Salmon, and Sundried Tomato Cheesecake. The building's original brick walls and existing water pipes have been rejuvenated into a contemporary jazz decor. Private dining rooms are available for parties or businesses lunches. Valet parking is offered.
We had planned a trip to this restaurant since our daughter moved to New Orleans 5 months ago. When our son and his family flew in the MLK weekend, we finally found time to go. We were at the 6:00 pm sitting.
Our family was expecting, "BAM", we got "DUD". Our food was not seasoned at all. The Jasmine Rice under the swordfish was gooey, as well as the boudin in the appetizer. The shrimp under my grouper was overcooked and hard, the bread stacked on top of the grouper was so dried out you couldn't even bite it. It wouldn't even get soft soaking up what little juice I had. My husband's redfish had so many shoestring potatoes that is all he could taste.
On an upbeat note, the tuna steak our son had was good, but not seasoned. And more vegetables could have been added with it.
Again, I can't tell you how disappointed our whole family was in the food. We love to watch his show on television and were looking forward to eating there.
We felt that this wasn't even close to what the world thinks of as "New Orleans Food", full of flavor and seasonings.
Although the service was excellent the food was not. The clam chouder was more like flavored water, no clams. The meat was tough and corde. Way to much money. McDonalds down the block had better food. Emeril should spend more time checking his restraunts than acting on TV.
We loved our first trip to Emeril's. We took advantage of the low number of tourists in New Orleans. We got reservations one day ahead. We had a wonderful table by the window. Our servers were great. We had a wonderful salad. Our entrees were amazing. My wife had a double cut pork chop and I had quail. The portions were huge. The food was so flavorful. We had a chocolate souffle for dessert. It was the best dessert I've ever tasted. Truly amazing! Our bill was less then expected. Our total was less than $100 before tip. The restaurant was a little noisy and there was no music. Still, there was a great feeling of being a part of an exciting restaurant. There was energy in the place. We are glad we went and we will go again. Post Katrina New Orleans is slow to come back. It was special supporting the local people. If you've got a little extra, don't miss Emeril's.
Emeril knows what he's doing, and his first restaurant truly shows this. The service is first class, and the food matches perfectly. And whats even better is that his hip, young staff knows more about wine that you could possibly think. Match that with a great building and you have a great upper class meal served in New Orleans. Enjoy!!!
The food was wonderful! The service was best we've ever had - and service is really important to me. Everyone was so friendly - it was way beyond my expectations. We are going back and I want to bring my gourmet club with me.
My wife and I dined at Emeril's last Friday
evening (02-17-06)and I can't begin to tell
you how great it was. The food was the best
I've ever had in NOLA, and I've eaten a lot
of places there. Service was impeccable,
and the whole experience was wonderful. My
wife and I send our kudos to Emeril Lagasse,
his talented chefs and staff. We can't wait
to go back! This restaurant is the absolute
best in the total New Orleans experience.
John and Paula Ruff, Stuttgart, Arkansas
We stopped by on a whim and got a reservation someone else cancelled. It was for the early seating but we didn't mind.
Really the food was just fantastic. the ambiance is contemporary with the dining room overlooking the kitchen, so it is somewhat noisy.
Service is top notch with waiters, servers and buspeople all being extremely attentive.
We spent about $250 for my wife and I, with a cheap bottle of wine. I must say their wine list is vastly overpriced(but extensive!!)...certainly compared to the reasonable menu.
My other observation is the dress code, they really don't adhere to a dress code and there were people there in jeans/sneakers/shorts. Not snobbery, but still, you go to a first class restaurant and tom and angie next to you are in shorts and golf shirts.
Really good! a place to go because it's Emeril's in NO. But really a first choice MUST be Jaques-imo's... Incredible food. (shorts and golf shirts welcome!)
Hope all those restaurants come back from the hurricane...really the food was the best part of NO!
I went to Emerils last year and had a wonderful experience. We had a drink at the bar and our reservation time was right on. The service was great and the food was excellent. The presenation was very nice and the desert was outstanding. I will go back if the city gets rebuilt.
Ok, I set up reservations 4 months in advace, we love the show so we wanted to check out the resteraunt. We arrive 25 mins prior to our reservation, so we had a drink at the bar, it was packed. It only took 15 mins to get us seated. They were early. the waiter was very knowledgable, and boy did we swamp him with questions, he was polite and smiled. I ordered the Lamb chops--only I wished I could have picked up the bones and cleaned them properly. Don't laugh you know you would too. Everyone at the table had a fabulous time. And the kicker is I expected the bill to be more, I was releaved since I was picking up the tab for four adults. Not as expensive as everyone makes it out to be. Then again when your used to Dallas dinning most places seem resonable. All in all we had a great experience. My advice is Go Go Go, don't listen to the stupid people leaving sucky reviews, they wouldn't knwo a good time if it bit them in the ass.
The food was excellent. We had prompt service with a smile even during Mardi Gras. I did feel a little cramped because of the amount of tables that were in the room but overall it is a wonderful dining experience.
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