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Buffa's Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
As featured in French Quarter Grub Crawl
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1001 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
+1 504-949-0038
00:00 - 23:59
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming here for at least 11 years. Nothing fancy, though I do love their honey baked ham that comes in their omelettes and other breakfast dishes. Good salad fare, but the main attraction for us is the live traditional jazz by one of our favorite bands, Some Like It Hot. I became especially endeared to this band... More 

Thank Jeff H
Louisville, KY
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Buffa's is down Esplanade Ave from our base for six nights in New Orleans, La Belle Esplanade Bed & Breakfast. Buffa's is a bar with a music venue in the back. On Monday night, we heard Antoine Diel perform with his piano side man. Serious vocals. We went back later in the week for open mic night and had dinner.... More 

Thank SC5100
Demotte, Indiana
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tasty food and fun bar just outside the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Shrimp Creole and Grilled Redfish with a side of Red Beans and Rice equal yum.

Thank Stopmarks
Wolverine, Michigan
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73 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was great. It is open all night. The service was a little lax but the atmosphere made up for it.

Thank Heather F
Orlando, Florida
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner after hitting Frenchman street. When we arrived the place was packed. We were able to sit within a few minutes but that's where things went downhill. There was only one waitress and the bartender. They were busting their butt to get to all the tables. We ordered our food and 45 minutes later the food... More 

Thank ElaineMulhall
Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

The food was generic, service was friendly, but the jazz band playing the day we went was lively and very entertaining!

Thank Julie S
The Woodlands, Texas, United States
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Went late night Thursday. No seating in main bar, because they were making a shift change. We were directed to stage room seating area on Open Mic night. Our waitress was sweet, but the food very bland. They were out of lots of items on the menu. Open mic was so bad that I ordered a liquor shot, which seemed... More 

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Brighton, Michigan
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We gave Buffa's a try while in New Orleans for a 40th birthday. We went based on recommendations on this site. It is located a few blocks outside the French Quarter, but is an easy, safe walk to get there. It is a true local's joint. We weren't sure what to think when we first walked in, but we quickly... More 

Thank Jen S
Guapimirim, RJ
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Traveling with teenagers, we had no access to most of the bars of New Orleans. The Buffa´s Back Room is family friendly so we spent 2 nights there and it was great! Good music, good food (best boudin boulettes!) and good drinks! Thanks!

Thank Mihelene
Nokomis, Florida
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Buffas was recommended for food and music, just a stop for beer and a bite. We had red beans and rice and a bowl of chili, glad we just got the small it was very filling and delightful. We missed the music, saw a pan of biscuits coming in and hoped to get back for one. Great service.

Thank J S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
American, Bar, Pub, Cajun & Creole
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Neighbourhood: Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
  • Phone Number: +1 504-949-0038
On the Border of the Quarter since 1939, Buffa's Bar & Restaurant provides a true New Orleans neighborhood bar experience! Live music 6 days a week! Open 24/7.

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Faubourg Marigny & Bywater
Nestled between the French Quarter and the Ninth Ward, the Faubourg Marigny & Bywater environs are largely residential. Of course, folks around here love to go out and have a good time as much as they do anywhere in NOLA. And if out-of-towners want to join in the festivities, well then so much the better! Home to some of the most revered live music venues in New Orleans, an eclectic gaggle of gourmand dining destinations, and a come-as-you-are vibe that’s as infectious as it is alluring, this is real deal New Orleans oozing with southern hospitality and the promise of a most epic night out. For endless opportunities to boogie, to admire row upon row of lovingly restored homes, and to escape the fray of the more touristic parts of town (but still live it up in grand style) head to Faubourg Marigny & Bywater.
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