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Clesi's Restaurant & Catering, New Orleans, LA

Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

4.6
4.6
151 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Clesi’s is a traditional family run New Orleans Restaurant and Catering company designed to make you feel at home while enjoying the taste and experience of New Orleans Culture.
Come for the food, Enjoy the experience!

***Due to recent city mandates our restaurant will be outdoor dining only until further notice ***

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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Regional American (Southern), Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 909-0108

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Mid-City / City Park

  • Cross Street

    Two blocks from Canal, 3 blocks from N. Carrolton

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 151 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Group Bookings

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Outdoor Eating

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • New Orleans / Louisiana

    Seafood

  • New Orleans

    Group Bookings

  • New Orleans

    Outdoor Eating

  • New Orleans

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • New Orleans

    Seafood

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  1. B

    Bluesmichelle

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love being able to sit on their covered patio in the evening. Staff is friendly, food is really good.
  2. C

    Cafeaulait

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    I am not sure if the Coolinary menu was the right move for this type of restaurant. When we got there we were able to be seated right away. We sat outside and it was comfortable. The waiter had menus in his hand and when I asked about them he told me he was phasing those out because they were the Coolinary menu, that is why we went. I didn’t understand the purpose of the waiter. He told us we could order online or he could take the order. When we asked him to place the order he told us to put it in on the phone. The food came out at various different times. We order a few appetizers: raw oysters, garlic parmesean oysters and stuffed mushrooms. The raw oysters and the stuffed mushrooms came out pretty timely but no utensils were given to us. My husband got up to get some. Everyone was eating and I assumed they forgot about the garlic parmesean oysters but they came out well after everyone else had eaten and were just okay. I ordered the catfish basket and it was hot when I received but nothing to write home about. My husband added fried shrimp to his order and has to ask for it at least three times and when they brought it to him they gave him 4, that was an insult and just for him having to keep asking they should have given him more. My husband and the other couple ordered the Coolinary menu which offered three different desserts however the menu said the other two were sold out so they all had to get the Canollii. When we were finished eating they had to ask for their dessert. The waiter game and said they were out of the canolli and could only get the strawberry shortcake. When he brought it to the table they only had two. Once again my husband had to wait, the other couple was finished their dessert before his came out. It wasn’t what I was expecting for Coolinary. I would try it as a place to watch the a game and have drink and small plates but never for dinner. We had to pay the tab online which was confusing. The waiter was a glorified bus boy.
  3. CO

    COCOW

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Coolinary lunch,delicious, great service,however we went early wasn't very busy. The sausage lasagna was so good
  4. M

    Maltomeal

    Columbus

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Awesome experience, great food.
  5. G

    Great

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great time! The jambalaya fries were out of this world. Glad to get some end of season crawfish. Topped our vacation!
  6. YN

    50YearNOLANative

    New Orleans

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Crawfish were delicious. It was a hot day and although we sat indoors, the A/C just couldn’t keep up.
  7. KG

    KristiG

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We are not from NOLA and have never had a seafood boil before. Missy was our waitress and she was amazing. She made us feel at home, even took the time to walk through everything on the menu and then teach us step by step how to eat our crawfish and crabs. We were so thankful for her for Making it such a fun experience!
  8. W

    Wilma

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We were placed at a table in the sun with a broken umbrella next to a loud fan. There was a table in the shade available but were told that server couldn’t take another table. It started pouring down raining and no one came to assist or offer alternative so we got soaked moving our drinks. Once it stopped we took a seat at the shaded table that had not been as wet. Food was served cold and salty and overly priced for the portion. Maybe the boiled seafood is what they do best but we didn’t try that. Our experience was not good so won’t go back.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistent as always! GREAT waitress!
  10. F

    Fiona

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and really friendly and helpful staff who showed us how to eat crawfish as it was our first time and saved us from making more mess than we would have otherwise.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous. Great location, environment, and experience. Thanks
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clesi’s is one of my favorite places in New Orleans. The food is consistently delicious and the service is consistently outstanding!
  13. BB

    BobbieB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Food was good. Waiter was not so great. We were first seated directly in front of a large outdoor fan that blew the menus and paper towels away. We asked to be moved or turn the fan off and the waiter acted like he didn’t understand the problem and didn’t want to move us. It was literally 1 foot from one of our chairs. He then acted out of when we asked for salt and it took him 30 minutes and 3 different attempts to bring the correct checks. He first tried to charge us for a lot of extra food. Other tables did not seem to have a problem with service like we did.
  14. LG

    LeslieG

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Awesome service. Had a great time. Thanks for taking care of us.
  15. LR

    LucyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was simple and very good. We ate inside by the bar so it was quiet. The steamers outside were very noisy so I’m glad we chose inside.
  16. T

    Timb

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good. Service was slow due to limited staffing. Cost of crawfish was surprisingly high.
  17. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crawfish and shrimp were perfect. We loved the fried broccoli, although it was not the healthiest choice. The place was rustic, a little hectic, and totally appropriate. Hostess and server both lovely and hearing the cooking noises throughout dinner added to the positive atmosphere and experience. This place is so much better than Bovi Seafood, do not hesitate to pick Clesi’s.
  18. FT

    FromThePoint

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I'd mistakenly reserved for 2 rather than my intended 3, and the hostess was very kind in accommodating us, which she certainly did not have to do. All staff were very good and friendly! Crawfish was very good and nicely seasoned without overwhelming heat. Good time in the season for nice sized bugs! Sausage, potato, and mushrooms also cooked up nicely. Shrimp was overdone.
  19. ES

    ErikS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Did not except our reservation. Otherwise everything was awesome
  20. SC

    ShirleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is delicious and the service was excellent both times I’ve been
  21. AR

    AR87

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal as always fantastic crawfish poboys and appetizers especially the crawfish Rangoon
  22. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great crawfish and overall great food. Hoping to go back and pick up some spices to take back home.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always awesome
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute place for a date
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant!
  26. RD

    RobertD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crawfish season and first time eating crawfish. Our server got use each a crawfish to teach us how to eat them before ordering. It’s fun.
  27. LB

    LizB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crawfish were delicious! we also got the Crawfish ragoons and Crawfish queso which were also great! Happy they had a Rose which pairs well with crawfish if you are not a beer drinker.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    This was fun! We were here visiting from Washington DC. Atmosphere was fun and the food was great.
  29. AP

    AngeloP

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Crawfish and dr
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Service was really lacking. Food was ok. Good ambiance. Outdoor ding.
  31. AE

    AdrienneE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing crawfish with ALL of the fixings! Queso appetizer was awesome! Nice ambiance, great staff and the family loved listening to and watching Jarvis and Brandon handle the live crawfish. Incredible to see. Dusty was a nice server. Definitely would go back and enjoy Clesi’s delicious food. BEST crawfish in NOLA!!!!
  32. ST

    SueT

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great but some areas are very loud. We say inside so it wasn't too bad. Crawfish were perfect. It was super busy on Sunday so I'd recommend a reservation, but they won't seat you until your entire party is there.
  33. RJ

    RJBJR

    New Orleans

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Boiled crawfish were excellent, but boiled shrimp left much to be desired - they were just about impossible to peel. I believe they were overcooked.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never visited New Orleans and knew we wanted crawfish. I found this place on OpenTable and it definitely lived up to the reviews! We had Bree as our waitress and she was phenomenal! The crawfish was amazing and perfectly seasoned! We ended the night with their waffle bread pudding…ahhhh-mazing! On top of the food the atmosphere was perfect! We sat outside which was a great vibe!
  35. AB

    AmyB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Table was ready on time! Crawfish was great! Cute outside setting
  36. CC

    CreoleCandy

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The only complaint would be the bathrooms. The commodes were blocked and unable to flush. The two rooms were not clean nor tidy.
  37. s

    sailneworleans

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Clesi's has taken the old boiled seafood restaurants and made a step up to meld seafood and the outdoor experience like Wrong Iron very nicely. Crawfish were excellent, price expensive. Shrimp were overcooked-don't boil them like crawfish- just drop them in boiling water and turn off the heat. Will return for a nice overall experience.
  38. D

    Dave

    Fort Lauderdale

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Food, service and atmosphere is A+! Best crawfish boil around. Quaint, nice bar. Patio is the best, highly recommended.
  39. PG

    PeggyGawarecki

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and highly recommended happy hour oysters.
  40. SS

    SteveS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love this place

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Clesi's Restaurant & Catering offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 909-0108.

Clesi's Restaurant & Catering is rated 4.6 stars by 151 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for Clesi's Restaurant & Catering

4323 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119-4621

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Two blocks from Canal, 3 blocks from N. Carrolton

  • Neighbourhood

    Mid-City / City Park

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Regional American (Southern), Creole / Cajun / Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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