3226 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7011529.923665 -90.087159
Neighborhoods: Irish Channel, Central City - Garden
Horrible-Avoid at all costs! – Pre-Katrina, I used to love this restaurant. Unfortunately, the food quality and service are now not up to par. I went to eat here in January or February on a weeknight with a friend. We received attitude from the hostess when we requested to not sit at the brightest place in the dining room. There were plenty of tables available. The waitress also had an attitude when we asked how the eggplant and chicken were prepared. She also proceeded to touch her hair continuously when at our table. I would only recommend this place to enemies. Perhaps, the other Semolina restaurants in the area that are open are better.
So good we went back again – I ate at here with a group of 10 high school students and two other adults from Oregon on a recent rebuilding trip to New Orleans. The students enjoyed themselves so much - in large part because they could color on the tables at a "fancy" restaurant - that they elected to eat there again on our last night in town. The service was always friendly, generally prompt, and the food, though some dishes were a bit heavy, was delicious and varied. We also appreciated that they seated us all together at a long table in a corner of the restaurant, rather than splitting up the group. NB: it's cooooold inside!
Impress yourself – We stumbled onto this restaurant while walking down Magazine St. Wow, very impressive. The "cup of soup" with your lunch entree is indeed a bowl and bursting with flavor. The balsamic salad combines many different flavors that will leave your palette jumping for joy. The entrees are good as well, though I was craving lasagna. It's hard to do lasagna wrong and of course Semolina's does it well. When you receive the bill, you won't believe just how inexpensive this place is. Semolina's was one of the best dining experiences we had in New Orleans and yet we did not even plan it.
Great take on Pasta – Having lived in Italy for a year, I sampled some of the best pasta in the world. And I must say Semolina's come very close in quality and makes up anything lacking with it creativity. Great food in cool part of town. Great lunch place. Service is average.
An out of the way "Find" – If you are tired of the typical tourist trap or chain restaurants this should be a welcome change for you. There are numerous items on the menu that might tempt you. It was crawfish time but I opted to watch others enjoy this. Salads and breads were excellent. Unique neighborhood with other restaurants that deserve a try.
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