Beautiful. Muriel's is my favorite place for a romantic dinner. The building is beautiful and fantastic. The staff is exceptionally wonderful. I constantly reccomend Muriel's and everyone has come back to me with fabulous reviews. Actually, in my 8 years as a concierge I've never ever received negative feedback from guests. I've been so many times that I've tried just about everything on the menu and not once have I disliked a thing. It's great.
Poor Management, Bad Taste.
After being hit with a blizzard, all flights were grounded making it physically impossible to travel to New Orleans. Every other restaurant refunded our deposit and fully understood the circumstances (i.e. Physical impossibility). However, Muriel's refused any possible refunded and would not accept our reasoning even though it seemed common knowledge that the northeast got crushed with snow.
The restaurants that were wise to refund were MILA, Acme and Marriot. I will happily refer others to them for their courtesy. Muriels, horrible decision on their part. Especially because word of mouth for 20 people equates to a very big number in the long run.
My wife and I took our daughters for their first visit to one of my favorite cities: New Orleans. In hindsight, we should have stuck with a tried-and-true New Orleans landmark restaurant, but thought we would go somewhere different, and conveniently located in the Quarter. For the price, Muriel’s turned out to be a mistake.
Our server was clueless, the food was inconsistent and the whole experience was disappointing. In both the appetizer and entre service, half the dishes were served hot and fresh off the skillet while the other half were cold from sitting around. The red fish was stale and rubbery. The barbecued shrimp, while tasty, was only tepid. The whole meal service was inconsistent in quality and timing.
The one positive note was that their signature pork chop dish was served hot and was very good.
A couple of weird service issues included not receiving our bottle of wine until we were almost finished with our entrées. Our server never asked if we wanted coffee with our dessert. And the most aggravating was when I sent back my cold red fish dish after having taken one bite; they returned the same rubbery little piece of fish on a re-warmed plate! Quite disgusting.
For the same money – nearly $50 per person – you could get terrific service and consistent food at any of New Orleans’ exquisite and legendary establishments.
Go someplace else for a good steak. What can I say? This was the worst $30 steak I ever had. Mostly my fault, I should have read the menu a little closer. There are only two steak choices and I was in the mood for steak. I chose the ribeye, bad choice. It came smothered in some kind of dark brown, mushroom gravy. Carnivore that I am, I really enjoy a good steak. I think a good steak stands on it on, without the addition of any sauce, gravy, etc. This slop totally overpowered the natural flavor of the steak. It was really bad. It did serve one purpose however. I am not a great ribeye fan because the cut generally has more fat on it than I like. But my choices were limited here (only two), so I went with it. The steak seemed excessively fatty, even for a ribeye. I wonder now if the sauce/gravy was a convinent way to hide a lesser quality cut of meat. My wife went with one of the table d' hote offerings, the barbequed shrimp. She pronounced it acceptable, but not great. The service left me unimpressed too. If I had to use a single word, I think I would describe it as unconcerned. Not that any of the staff was unfriendly, they just seemed to be going through the motions, trying to get through the night. This is not an inexpensive restaurant. I expected better. Considering the myriad of dining choices in the French Quarter, you can easily find better food and service. We were very disappointed.
Uneven but what was good was very good.... A few of us in town for a conference tried out Muriels for dinner last night.. the setting was beautiful, the ambiance warm and welcoming, the service ok (waiter greeted us asking for our choices when we hadn't even gotten menus yet!) and later forgot the sugar for someone's iced tea... the food was good and not so good - my goat cheese & baby crawfish was fabulous as were my companions beet salad apps, but my entree of fish/seafood in au gratin was lumpy, thick, and altogether too goppy... my companions dishes were much better -- spicy broiled shrimp on dirty rice, or the double pork chop with greens and rice... dessert was fine -- nothing to really rave about.. (choice of crfeme brulee or bread pudding) and the Italian pino grigio was fresh and light.. I'd try other items NOT on the price fixe to see how they are...
Do NOT miss this place!!. My boyfriend and I ate at Muriel's on a recent visit to New Orleans. We LOVED it! Ask to be served by Tucker - he was a great waiter - friendly, efficient and dead-on in his menu suggestions! We had a number of dishes, but the crawfish crepes were so damn good! We are adding this as a 'must do' for our next visit to New Orleans.
Eclectic decor over-sets the stage for tourist-friendly service and sturdy standards at this Jackson Square landmark.. This spacious restaurant and bar blends modern and historic in a series of sumptuous dining rooms: deep red walls with art nouveau downstairs, full-bore gold leaf in the upper quarters. The grand oak bar makes for a perfect romantic rendezvous, as does the broad balcony overlooking Jackson Square. Modernized Creole dishes, such as the barbecued oysters (flash fried in an Abita Amber and garlic butter with a crunchy, flavorful crust), are consistently well-executed. Redfish filet wrapped around tender crab meat is served atop wilted spinach, while filet mignon is paired with a rich oyster dressing and a house-made worcestershire-butter sauce. Sides such as pecan-glazed sweet potatoes or shrimp and eggplant stuffing are rich but worthy. Among desserts, pan perdu bread pudding and vanilla bean creme brulee showcase an updated take on the classics.
Ok. This restaurant was hyped up way too much. The location is nice and the place is pretty, but the food is nothing to applaud. The appetizers and desserts far outranked the main courses. I found the dishes poorly presented and chunky rather than delicate. St least the portions are substantial. I suppose it used to be fantastic but went downhill after being so popular.
Absolute favorite place to dine in NOLA. Great food, great location, fantastic service - if you have something special to celebrate, make sure that you go to this restaurant!
Muriel's is FANTASTIC!!!!. Muriel's is argueably one of the BEST kept secrets in this town - the service, atmosphere and staff were incredible and the cuisine...utterly FANTASTIC!! I am the owner of The Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn in St. Louis, Missouri, have been in the restaurant business for over 30 years and let me tell you, you won't find a BETTER dining experience in this town!!! I think it is safe to say that Muriel's as well as other fine restaurants in New Orleans are "back in stride" after Hurricane Katrina. I had the Duck Confit appetizer (MARVELOUS!), the Veal Oscar (INCREDIBLE!) and for dessert, the STRAWBERRY COBBLER (UNBELIEVABLE!). KUDOS to Chef Guy Sockrider, as he is TRULY one of the BEST chefs present in New Orleans at this time, a special "thanks" to Jerry, our waiter who was as PLEASANT, PROFESSIONAL and INFORMATIVE as ANY waiter I have ever come across in my travels. Muriel's has made my 2nd wedding anniversary celebration a UNFORGETTABLE experience, as you have my family as customers for LIFE!!! We will always dine at Muriel's EVERY time we are in New Orleans, and will be informing other diners from our own restaurant here in St. Louis, that if you are traveling to "N'awlins", Muriel's at Jackson Square is a MUST dining experience to be ENJOYED!!! BRAVO!!!!
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