1300 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.940304 -90.074358
Sun-Thurs 6-10pm; Fri-Sat 6-10:30pm; Sun 10:30am-2pm
Neighborhoods: Central City, Central City - Garden
We made a reservation for a bachelorette party several months in advance. Our reservation time was 8:45 so fairly late. When we arrived the table wasn't ready so they recommended we sit in the bar. 8:55, 9:00, 9:10, 9:15 rolled past and still no table. After half an hour of waiting when we actually HAD a reservation we were pretty frustrated. No manager showed up to let us know what was happening or offer a free cocktail or even an appetizer. We kept having to follow up with the manager to see what was happening with our reso. When we finally suggested that they should at least send an appetizer because we were still waiting the manager literally said to us "there would be no point doing that because we'll probably seat you before the food would cook". He was totally atrocious. They finally at that point sat us. We walked through the kitchen and up a back set up stairs to what looked like a staff cafeteria. It was almost totally empty which left us wondering why we weren't taken up there much earlier if it was indeed available. The ambiance was NOTHING compared to the downstairs main area.
At that point the waitstaff did everything they could to make it up to us. Vern and Jonathan were fabulous. But the food was mediocre and the management did nothing to make up for their behavior in my opinion. I had been so excited and we had a group of ten girls. Certainly we're a big enough party that I'd expect to get good service. I couldn't have been more disappointed. By the time we actually ate close to 10pm the servers were rolling silverware around us and cleaning up, we felt rushed out and really didn't enjoy the night.
Best everything!!!! – Went to Delmonico?s the other day with my wife and the ambiance there was cozy and perfect. The staff was very attentive but gave us our space throughout the entire evening. We were never rushed or interrupted by any of the servers the entire night. We both ordered, for lack of a better description, the ?Chef?s special?; 5-courses all chosen by the chef and kept a mystery to us until the plate hits your table. My wife and I enjoyed every dish that was brought out to us?I should point out that my wife does not normally like salmon but still thoroughly enjoyed the salmon dish that was prepared for us. I should say from start to finish, quality of food and quality of the service this place gets 5-stars all around?.simply the best restaurant and dining experience I have ever had!
Unsatisfied – I?ve always heard that Emeril?s restaurants were overpriced and served mediocre food at best and Delmonico certainly proved it. The bread that was served before the meal was only lukewarm and the butter was nearly frozen. I would at least expect the bread to be hot and have soft butter that we can actually cut with a knife. Our entrees were mediocre, but certainly not worth $180 for 4 entrees alone. I could have gotten a better piece of fish at Danny & Clyde?s restaurant and gas station. Our waiter was an intimidating French guy who kept bugging us by asking if everything was good. Let me explain, I don?t normally mind if a waiter asks us 3+ times if our food is good. However, we were all engaged in a conversation and he came over 3 times and would repeatedly ask us if our food was good in a loud and demanding voice. The third time he came over, he said ?it?s good? It?s good? It?s good?? until we responded with ?YES! It?s fine!? And then our conversation topic changed to ?I wish he would stop asking us that.? Overall, it was a disappointing experience.
Waiting for Delmonico to Re-open – Still waiting for my favorite restaurant to re-open Post K. Last visit there was simply remarkable. Had a chefs table dinner, with a different wine for each course couldn't have been better in any way. Service was impeccable. Maybe it was a slow night, but the chef seemed to be showing off his talents. We actually had to call a halt to the courses, couldn't eat one more bite - then the desserts came. Wow, probably the best overall meal of our lives. Even for the price ($150 per person including tax, tip, wine) I couldn't recommend more. Try it when they come back to life next year.
New Orleans Pinnacle – My wife and I were recently in our most beloved New Orleans and made our first visit to Delmonico.From the moment we arrived we were treated like guests of honor.Our waitstaff lead by Jeff was textbook perfect,This guy knows his stuff.The food was amazing,Duck Salad was phenomenal, my wife is a major Duck fan and was blown away by the Hickory Roasted Duck.My Veal Marcelle was superb,as were the sides of garlic mashed potatoes,and Brie Mac and Cheese.The Baked Alaska we shared for dessert was the single finest dessert we have ever tasted.We were so impressed we returned for lunch and dinner the next day.We vow to eat here every meal of our next stay.
User review by margaritamomma – Dining at Delmonico's is an experience in and of itself. The ambiance is enchanting, the wine collection is amazing. We arrived early and grabbed a table in the lounge. We smoked our Djarum's and enjoyed glass after glass of wine while we listened to the live jazz and waited for our table. Two hours later, two bottles of wine later, we were nearly crying as we walked out the door. It wasn't the tab that made us weepy; it was the fact that we didn't want "it" to end. We were so incredibly full, and yet we still wanted more. Breathtaking. Emeril, you treated us well. As an aside- if you're ever in New Orlins and you want to eat at Delmonico's and they don't have an open reservation- tell them you're willing to eat in the bathroom. Yes, even they are amazing.
What A DISSAPOINTMENT! – With it's reputation, we expected to have a nice dinner, nothing mind blowing, with good service...We had a 9pm reservation and were seated at 9:30. We were dressed appropriately but seated in the back room (must go through the kitchen). Even though we had soup and an appetizer,it took 90 minutes to get our entrees. That's too long. The food was just OK, not good. People at the next table were also complaining about the wait. It felt like we were seated in the "trainee dining room", eveything was off. We mentioned this to the dining captain who apologized and comped our entire bill. We will never go to an Emeril's establishment.
Emeril's update of an old-school St. Charles steakhouse combines stately tradition with distinctly modern touches. – The Scene
When Emeril Lagasse revived this staid eatery--his third in town--he gave the old steakhouse a facelift (bamboo wall coverings upstairs, grand piano in the bar) while maintaining the original's Old-World polish. Loyalists flock here for scene and cuisine. Professional but sometimes fickle servers know how to spot and play to big spenders.
Lagasse's trademark eclectic style is definitely the draw here, with a bit of homage to Delmonico tradition. Expect layer upon layer of powerful flavor--spicy chorizo sausage with robust Worcestershire, earthy roast duck with scallion-cheese grits--along with straight-ahead steakhouse favorites. The dry-aged rib-eye is a simple standout--perfectly seared and nearly fork-tender. The high-traffic kitchen can have its missteps, such as broken cream sauces on mushroom cannelloni. Tableside baked Alaska is heavier on flash than flavor; the nutty double-chocolate pie packs more punch for a more fulfilling finish.
Wish we would have skipped Delmonico – I found this place to be less than par. WAY overpriced for what you get, I could have made the same meal at home for 1/8 of the price, I know, I know, you're paying for the name mostly, but my waiters seemed to try and intimidate me, almost like I shouldn't be there. I was dressed nice, we were seated in the upstairs main dining room on the St. Charles St. side, nice ambiance, but the paint was peeling on the walls and dinner for 2 at $190 just wasn't not worth it at all in our book. Again, wish we had skipped this place and went back to K-Paul's for a second visit.
Disappointed – Emeril's recipes are always our favorites so we had to try Delmonicos. The crab cake only had flake crab meat, (no lump crab meat.) The barbeque shrimp was delicious. The fish special that came with shrimp risotto, the risotto was fabulous but the fish left a bit to be desired. The Grilled Fish of the day with Crabmeat-Shrimp Salpicon. The fish and sauce were very tasty but there was not a single piece of shrimp or crab in the Salpicon. The caramelized sugar on the creme brulee was black and tasted burned! Unlike the entree, that was taken off the bill. (We'd prefer to pay and get a good meal.)
I'd suggest Emeril pay closer attention to the details because the qualities we love so much about Emeril's recipes were not part of our experience at Delmonicos.
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