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Josephine Estelle

4.2
4.2
2118 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Josephine Estelle is an osteria from James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, and showcases their signature culinary style of combining the craft-centric philosophy of Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Our seasonal menu--available daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch--offers a wide range of farm-fresh, regional ingredients, with a special emphasis on house-made pastas. Other popular dishes include our meatballs, Gulf fish, steak, chicken biscuit, beef tartare, and the famed John T Burger.

Complementing the menu is a choice selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Our wine list emphasizes Italian and American wines.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.

Now offering take out and deliveries from Uber Eats.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" li

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2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Regional American (Southern), Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Breakfast Mon, Wed–Fri 8:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 930-3070

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighbourhood

    Central Business District

  • Cross Street

    Lafayette St.

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Public Transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,118 people are saying

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. J

    Joejoe

    Amsterdam

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Service was terrible. Had us wait for 30 minutes for a table while we had a reservation, then it got so late that they wanted to rush us out of there. Not fun when you’re trying to enjoy a four course dinner. They brought our food to the wrong table, forgot our second course and put the third course on the table while we were still eating the second. Also very moody server. The food was absolute STUNNING though that was amazing. Also the restaurant’s vibe was really nice.
  2. AD

    AnnaD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for Thanksgiving dinner. Food was great! The menu and price changed from making the reservation just a week or so ago. Went up $10 and my mom wanted the prime rib but they changed it to strip steak. Server was great and even took care of our vegetarian friend since they ran out of the vegetarian option. I appreciate her warning of the one cocktail that a lot of people send back. I work in the industry and find that to be refreshing and real. She seemed to be customer oriented and very good with hospitality. I really wish I remembered her name. They also overbooked so we didn't get seated until about 20 minutes after our reservation. Not a big deal to me though. We sat at the bar, and the bartenders were definitely busy but neither seemed to stress it. That takes strength lol. The one was very upbeat. The gentleman had the well and seemed to be very focused, but apologized for taking some time to get to me. Considering all he was doing, I feel like he actually was very fast. They ran out of the salmon but luckily gave us the option of red fish which I am a fan of. It seemed like the restaurant knew how to capitalize little errors on a busy night. Also, the host was very friendly as well. We all loved the pumpkin ravioli a lot, and that brownie for dessert was amazing, also. I accidentally had bacon for the first time in years but that was also really good lol! I would return, maybe not for a holiday meal but for regular dinner service for sure.
  3. J

    Jules

    Nashville

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food. Bartenders were attentive and professional. Highly recommend
  4. JB

    JudiB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Hot dishes were cold when they arrived, we were rushed through four courses even asking our server to slow down, couldn’t find the endive in the salad, pasta was tough, cold and rubbery, potatoes and stuffing had no flavour, servers clearly did not want to be there. . . Really disappointing.
  5. MG

    MaggieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely service and delicious food and drinks! Absolutely would recommend, especially if you enjoy high-end cocktails
  6. FG

    FoodieGeorge

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Very friendly staff and delicious food!
  7. CB

    CelesteB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    The food and ambience were perfect for Thanksgiving. However, the pre fix meal was billed at five dollars more than advertised on the website, my one year-old never received the food that we ordered for him, we were constantly out of water at our table, and there was an hour wait between our main dish and dessert.
  8. CC

    CarmenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was fantastic, showing us her recipe for Pimms, the hostess sat us early, and Dee was amazing! Very authentic and delicious sauce (mawmaws gravy) and fresh pasta. Kitchen is organized and visible and a runner made sure the food came to u hot. We loved it so much, we wanted to reserve a dinner the next night b4 we left town but they were booked. We'll eat here every visit from now on.
  9. TW

    TeriW

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Not at all impressed by the menu or preparation of food. Our server was nice, that’s the only good thing I can say.
  10. D

    Discerning

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Ambiance was great. They were short-staffed and our server was very pleasant - she is definitely on her way to a management position! The food was mediocre and not hot. Our gauge is if we can make it home as good or better, we don't need to go back. Pasta under cooked, the same red sauce on several dishes. The meatballs were a great consistency and cooked perfectly throughout but NO flavor. The cacio e pepe was under cooked pasta with far too much pepper on it. I suspect they're short staffed back in the kitchen too and no time for attention to detail.
  11. KW

    KeyaraW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant and service overall was excellent!!
  12. a

    anon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Food was great but the server Deanna should be fired. She was beyond rude to people at my table with severe allergies. It is already hard enough to speak up about your allergies, but having someone cut you off and gaslight/degrade you just makes everything so much worse. The manager turned it around but if the waitress isn’t fired they don’t know how to run a successful business.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous building and decor, fantastic menu-we had the romaine salad, meatball, crab claws, and redfish. Each had the classic standard flavor that coms from high end and fresh ingredients AND had special unique well-paired flavor. Our server was so helpful with choices, attentive, and friendly without being intrusive. A+ meal!
  14. g

    g0dawgs

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a group of 10 and they opened back area that was closed to accommodate us. We ALL enjoyed what we chose and the service was great!
  15. C

    Cinken

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Wonderful food, service was ok and the restaurant was really noisy which was the only negative
  16. RM

    RobertM

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Restaurant required $20 per person deposit to be credited against bill. Credit did not occur and staff had to be reminded. I arrived 15 minutes early for reservation and seating hostess did not want to seat us despite a mostly empty house. The menu was interesting and appropriately priced. Oyster appetizer was tasty but used the smallest oysters I've ever seen. Excellent wine selection and reasonably priced. But the first four choices of wine were unavailable. Food was well-prepared and timely but service was very inattentive due to insufficient number of wait staff. The chef was quite good but the management was not up to what is expected from a first tier restaurant in New Orleans. Not recommended at this time.
  17. KH

    KatherineH

    Savannah

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful, upscale Italian restaurant in downtown New Orleans. Nice wine list and delicious food.
  18. BZ

    BrandonZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Good food, ok service, poor acoustics / very loud.
  19. J

    Jkk17

    New Orleans

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Night of the Saints MNF game so a little hectic. But our server D was 100% on point and was awesome despite the crowd at the bar. Food was excellent. We had the burrata, and the crab claws. Delish. For Mains, redfish, strip steak, shrimp fettuccine, and osso bucco. All were excellent! Noise died down closer to game start so we could talk business. Great location too.
  20. SR

    SusanR

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Severely understaffed
  21. CD

    ChelseaD

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Understaffed and hostess was rude. Didn’t seemed thrilled to be there. Server was great.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We’ve been to Josephine Estelle many times for our anniversary and we were so excited to be back for our four year anniversary. However, from the moment we walked in, it was not a good experience. The hostess looked at us with a mad look and barely spoke to us when we told her our name for our reservation. Then our waiter was extremely busy which we understood but he told us that “we caught them on a bad night” which didn’t make us feel very good about the whole experience. We didn’t really feel taken care of or paid attention to. When we asked them if we could have bread on the side for our pasta our waiter replied and said “we don’t have that”. And said we had to order the focaccia which was $13. Only 3 pieces of bread and it was burnt on the sides. Overall just dissatisfied and disappointed since we loved this restaurant.
  23. CC

    ClayC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great. We are familiar with Andrew/Michael restaurants and it did not disappoint.
  24. PD

    PerryD

    New Orleans

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good. Drinks were not as good. Price was fine as expected. Parking was expensive.
  25. FC

    FCC1

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated immediately; the waitress helped us with selecting which meals to order. Slight downside: they were out of milk and orange juice -- and apparently were not able to send anyone to the nearby grocery store to purchase any.
  26. S

    Susan

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great ambience. Liked the wait staff. Good food.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Dissappointing overall
  28. 4

    4ashort

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Food was great! Service was unfriendly. I was told by our waiter to keep my salad fork, they had run out of dinner forks because of 2 large parties in the dining room. The dining room was only partially filled, we were there for an early dinner. I had read that other diners had issues with service in other reviews, our experience supports these comments. But, food was excellent!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    No one read my reservation note about a birthday celebration. Food was just ok.
  30. S

    Socialight

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bohemian style Italian restaurant. Great atmosphere, food was delicious and the service was attentive.
  31. L

    Lisa

    Memphis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious even thou took a little long to get to table.
  32. LS

    LauraS

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Our experience was okay. I asked to add a 3rd person to our reservation and was told the restaurant was too full. When we got there it was pretty empty and we were seated at a 4 top so I'm not sure what that was about. Service was OK. Food was OK. I have celiac and told my server and he brought out the appetizer with bread on the plate... Not sure if I'll be back.
  33. A

    Anne

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I researched many restaurants trying to find a nice New Orleans restaurant. This place is very pretty and in a very posh hotel. Unfortunately, the main course and drinks were not impressive. The two apps we had were good, but when the main course chicken plate was presented, mine was VERY spicy/hot and dry and the other two main courses for my friend and sister didn't have much flavor. We were disappointed. We asked for several drinks and none of them were right. I was so looking forward to dining here. When we asked for dessert, we asked for a affogato, we got a latte with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I guess we expected, like in other Italian restaurants, expresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Unfortunately, we were not impressed and wished so badly to like the food.
  34. f

    fours

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food was excellent. The service was slow, not the server’s fault, they were understaffed. The bar service was particularly slow, but then we weren’t in any hurry.
  35. a

    aortwein

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Terrible service
  36. b

    beachgirl33

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Entrees and starters were excellent! Unfortunately dessert was not. I ordered an affogato and was given cold coffee with whipped cream, my daughter’s cappuccino was half empty and my son’s ice cream was a tiny scoop in a coffee cup. Wish we stopped after the entrees. And the service was not good. Maybe it was an off night but our server was not attentive at all and seemed annoyed from the start and even more when I said the affogato was not right. Didn’t even bother to try to make it right.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    When asked questions about wine and menu items, our server was completely unknowledgeable and apparently unwilling to find answers. She seemed annoyed to be there and apathetic. The meatballs and the bucatini were delicious. Our fish was too salty and overcooked with a side of the most bitter greens. Had I thought our server cared in the least bit, I would have sent that back. Beautiful atmosphere and would be worth checking out for a drink at the bar and a bowl of pasta.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Waitress did not introduce herself, did not go over menu, etc. Appetizers and entrees arrived at the same time. Crab claw appetizer was not warm. Entrees were room temp. Just overall not a good experience. Maybe because we were just a table of two. The same waitress sat a table of 4 next to us and proceeded to introduce herself, go over the menu and her favorite things, etc. We are local and won’t go back.
  39. I

    Iris

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We were in town for Parents Weekend. No matter how good the food was, the Service was ridiculously terrible. Our server brought our drinks, one at a time, so no toasting. We were a party of 6! Our entrees were also brought one at a time and our appetizer dishes were not cleared before our entrees arrived. We were asked to stack our dishes, I kid you not, to make clearing them easier for the staff. All we could do was laugh because what could we do? Nick the bartender was great, as was Lily the hostess. I could never recommend JE to anyone, though. Seriously?!
  40. c

    carlyastremski

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    For New Orleans this is

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Josephine Estelle does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Josephine Estelle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 930-3070.

Josephine Estelle is rated 4.2 stars by 2118 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Lafayette St.

  • Neighbourhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Breakfast Mon, Wed–Fri 8:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Mon, Wed–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Regional American (Southern), Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Public Transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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