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Cafe Pontalba

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French Quarter
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546 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3321
+1 504-522-1180
09:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 10:30 - 21:00
Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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New York City, New York
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110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

in a city full of amazing places to eat, this really wasn't one that stood out. more of a tourist trap than anything else the brunch items were small and unremarkable. Location is good for people watching on Jacksons Square but I wouldnt return.

Thank Gareth T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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105 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were traveling in NOLA for a day waiting for our cruise when we passed by this place. The French Quarter was loaded with people everywhere but we managed to find seating for our party of seven here, and quickly. I ordered the fried alligator, which was delicious, and a grilled chicken sandwich, also delicious. The bread pudding is wonderful... More 

Thank Spiritwolf922
Waterbury, Vermont
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my friends I was with said that it was a great restaurant with a nice view so we went there. The food was awful and she agreed, she said she got the same meal 6 months ago and it wasn't the same. Last time she had it, she said it was delicious and now she wouldnt recommend it... More 

Thank exporer1987
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had a dinner in Cafe Pontalba on 1st half of Nov 2016. I had blackened alligator bites and my wife had the jambalaya. I'm not a squeamish guy but the bites of my dish were presented in a plate without any kind of care, even minimal, with swipings everywhere which suggest a lack of general attention.... More 

Thank elfuma73
Wichita Falls, Texas
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day of traveling and walking the French quarter we stopped in for an early dinner. We were told to sit anywhere we wanted and after picking a seat, it took quite a while for anyone to come to the table. I ordered a fish po-boy which was extremely plain, dry, and way too "fishy" tasting. The other... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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192 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You have to be pretty lousy to get one star from me. Look at my profile. One star is deserved. Lousy service included a disappearing waiter. Poor Bloody Mary. Gumbo was average and over salted. Penne a la vodka was embarrassing to be served to a customer. So many choices in this city. Step up your game.

Thank davideQ6492QE
Spokane, Washington, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After walking through part of the French Quarter, listening to the fabulous street musicians, and experiencing the great history of this part of New Orleans, we decided to stop for a bite and a beer. We chose wisely it turns out. Café Pontalba served wonderful food in keeping with local traditions. I had a 3 egg Gumbo Omelette with grits... More 

Thank Mike K
Melbourne, Australia
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352 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a lengthy walking tour of the French quarter and Jackson Square area and desperately neede a beer and something to eat. Café Pontalba provided a perfect spot and also an opportunity to try the Po-boy sandwiches famous in New Orleans. We had the traditional version with heaps of sliced beef and gravy and it was a meal... More 

Thank Robert C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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726 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for lunch with a group of friends. As others joined us our waitress helped make room for them and quickly brought them up to speed. Food was very good as we tried a number of different items. Outside we could see the street performers plying their craft.

Thank McWett
Dallas, Texas
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242 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We would up here because the line was so long at Cafe Du Monde. I found it to be a very pleasant experience despite some of the negative reviews I saw later. Out server told us they had the best Bloody Mary in the city so we had to order a round. It was not the best I have ever... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Cafe, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 546 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3321
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighbourhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: +1 504-522-1180

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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