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Mother's Restaurant

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Central Business District
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
07:00 - 22:00
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Orlando, Florida
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Go hungry and order lots of half orders of things. The "debris" roast beef Po' Boy is awesome. Red beans and rice is great, gumbo is great. Not the cleanest place on the planet but genuine and great food.

Thank bdewitz
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mothers gets high ratings, but we considered it average. Menu was short on choices and the food was cooked well done. Staff was friendly and accommodating.

Thank tombeau
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The red beans and rice and greens are amazing! Counter service only, but you food is delivered hot and fresh.

Thank Costumemom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was really thrown off by the cafeteria style dining. Brother had the crawfish omelette. Said it was really tasty. I had the breakfast special - was as expected eggs/Ham biscuit. Biscuit was good and raspberry jam was yummy as well. Kids had pancakes. Nothing special about the pancakes. No tips allowed at this restaurant but still great service! If you're... More 

Thank Rachael S
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My girlfriend insisted this was a must so this was the meal of the weekend. Get here early because the line can be longggg. I had the seafood platter with fish, shrimp and oysters. She had the Jerrys Jambalaya. We both had the gumbo. It's was all fantastic! So much food. And the prices were reasonable. Bring your appetite.

Thank Bama4Life
Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here for lunch. Come hungry. Portions are big. Great southern food cafeteria style. Friendly staff.

Thank Melissa L
Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be prepared for the process. You can go down the line-cafeteria style-or chose a menu item and pay at the front counter--then seat yourself and wait for your order to be brought to your table. I don't mind the process, but the system was disappointing. My last visit I ordered a veggie omelette, no toast or biscuit and no grits-just... More 

Thank Paulinda K
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate at Mother's and got a solid variety. The kids (6 & 7) split a fried shrimp plate. Plenty of food for them to split. The potato salad was delicious. Husband ordered the Ferdi special. It was very tasty and there was plenty to share. I, smartly, ordered a bit of everything with the combo plate. It was fast... More 

Thank Melinda H
Houston, Texas
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140 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An famous location for new orleans breakfast. Menu is what one would expect Staff taking orders completely indifferent Waiters hard working and polite Food OK Price expensive for quality and service Management can do better.

Thank IoaMS
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Mother's offers simple, delicious fare! I had the house special sandwich of ham, Turkey and roast beef just dripping (literally) with flavor and juices...you can get breakfast all day if you want! Also had various seafood dishes, fish made sides as well as desserts! You will not leave hungry! You may have to wait a bit to get in, but... More 

Thank SamJag1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-9656
Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.

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