Olivier's proves two things about dining in New Orleans. One is that you don't -- and shouldn't -- have to spend a lot of money to eat fine creole food. And the other is that there are good restaurants in the Quarter, if you know where to look for them.
Great Service - Great Gumbo. The best service I had while in New Orleans - The restaurant was more casual than I expected from viewing the website and menu; however, we had a great time. You must try the gumbo sampler (3 types of gumbo). My boyfriend had the roast duck and was impressed with the raspberry sauce. The bread pudding hits a home run! Better than my mom makes! Reservations aren't necessary, people were walking in off the street and were promptly seated. Fun little restaurant with great history.
What a wonderful traditional New Orleans Experience. This was absolutely the best I have had in all of my trips to New Orleans! I started with the Eggplant Olivier which was absolutely fantastic! My mouth is watering just thinking about it again! The salad was a basic salad, but you wouldn't know it with the incredible dressing! Creole Garlic Herb Vineagrette, they need to bottle that stuff! For my entree I had the Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloins can you say OH MY GOD! They were soooooo good! The sauce was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy with hints of plum and mint and the pork tenderloin was so moist it melted in my mouth! Although I didn't think I could do anymore, I had to try their Homemade Bread Pudding and boy was I glad I did. It was fantastic and the sauce (a butter rum sauce), I could have put it in a cup and savored it!! The atmosphere was soft lit with table clothes and art and photography on the walls, and the service was perfect! My glass was never empty (did I mention the fantastic wine list?) All in all this is one place that you do not want to miss when going to New Orleans and they will be seeing me again every time I go to this wonderful city!!!!
Disappointing. The concierge directed me here. She raved about the rabbit. I tried the rabbit, it wasn't good. The waiter was no help at all. I asked him for a wine recomendation and an entree recommendation. His response was, "depends on what you like." I like good food, and this wasn't it. I started with the gumbo soup. Very small bowl for $7.50 should be good right? 2 small pieces of seafood amidst some rice. Bread and butter: the bread was cold. Salad: just a pile of green lettuce with 1 cherry tomato. Rabbit: Dry, bland, not much meat. Coffee: very good. Decor: cheap and tacky. My bill was around $45 for one person.
Great Customer Service. THE FOOD IS DELIGHTFUL WITH A SENSE OF FRESHNESS! THE EGGPLANT IS AWESOME AND I REALLY ENJOYED THEIR VERSION OF SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH A CREOLE TWIST. THE STAFF WAS VERY NICE AND CUSTOMER SERVICE WAS GREAT! THIS IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO EAT WHEN VISITING NEW ORLEANS.
3 degrees below horrible. First off, the restaurant was a ghost town during mardi gras. We couldn't find reservations anywhere else, so we were grasping at straws. Unfortunately, we drew the Oliviers straw. I won't drag on about every detail, but from the overbearing head waiter, to the clumsy assistant waiter, to the luke warm food for most everyone in my party, to the tough bland gaunt rabbit. This experience was the worst I had in New Orleans during my 7 day stay for Mardi Gras '07. If you're heading to Olivers with a party, i suggest stopping by a hot dog vendor before you head in the door.
One of two best places to eat in NO.
I have always loved Olivier's. I make at least a yearly trip to NO and Olivier's has always been a must-stop. To be fair, my mom is a longtime resident and had befriended Mr. Olivier before my first time down, so we get excellent service. The food was divine! The first time my friend tried their gumbo, tears came to her eyes - it was that good. Their gumbo and their fried oysters are among the foods I want as my last meal. The pecan breading on the oysters makes a wonderful flavor! Also, their garlic salad dressing is so good it's hard to imagine more tastes after it. I have never, ever been disappointed in their food and their prices are incredibly reasonable.
Olivier's is a longtime standard - multiple generations of the family own and operate the restaurant. They are extremely friendly and gracious. This is one place I hope gets and stays back on their feet post-Katrina. If you want yummy, authentic, reasonably priced Creole from those who know it best, you must stop in at Olivier's!
Great dinner!. I just had an excellent dining experience at Olivier's. I had the Creole Rabbit, which was quite lovely. Their house garlic salad dressing is great. I finished off the meal with the homemade bread pudding... heavenly.
id walked by the place many times, and read the menu and family history in the window. nice story, long legacy, good prices. sadly, it wasnt good.
as another pointed out, the fried items are *very* bland. we didnt bother finishing the crab-filled mushroom caps -- no taste to them.
then we tried the gumbo trio sampler. again, there was just...nothing to them. bland and more bland. so we decided to stop at the apps, not get any entrees. the best thing we had was the complementary bread, and that just wont do.
as for the "elegant" atmosphere.. its pretty kitchy -- bright, pink tablecloths, brassy country-style ceiling fan/light fixtures, etc.. not my cup of tea. i figure if youre going to do elegant, do elegant -- white table clothes, classic chairs, handsome lighting fixtures, that sort of thing.
so unfortunately, we'll not be going back.
One of the French Quarter must visits.
We always make it a point to stop at Olivier's whenever we hit New Orleans. It's a clean, well managed restaurant. Good ambiance. Try the Poulet au Fromage. The herbed garlic salad dressing is excellent.
Due to Katrina, the restaurant isn't staying open as late as it used to. On our last visit the food was good, but it wasn't served as hot as it should be.
A little disappointed. Sorry to be the voice of dissent...The atmosphere was very nice, but the food was just OK. Everything on the menu looked so good I couldn't decide what I wanted, so I ordered the Taster's Platter with Fish, Shrimp, Oysters, Crab & Salmon Cake, and Creole Gumbo. Everything had the same bland taste to it, not horrible, but not memorable. The shrimp appetizer was very rubbery and chewy; I think they cooked it too long. Hopefully I just caught them on a bad night, but I dont think Ill be going back. I may not have been so disappointed if the platter wasnt $20. I was hoping the price was based on quality more than quantity, and I was wrong.
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