713-717 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA | Directions 7013029.956729 -90.066400
The worst value of any restaurant I have ever eaten in anywhere.
Like Galatoire's & Brennan's, Antoine's has a great reputation. It is supposed to be a first class restaurant but it fails miserably.
The menu is lacking in all subtlety and interest, and the quality of the actual cooking is even worse.
Oysters Rockerfeller - oysters seriously overcooked, spinach unpleasantly like cheap cream of spinach soup & just only warm! Snails: I like snails but these were rubbery, overcooked & the sauce was, frankly, disgusting. My wife had shrimp remoulade on a bed of, well, shredded supermarket lettuce.
The main courses were even worse. Two of us had overcooked Pompano & one had really awful beef. None of us was able to eat more than around a third of the dinner.
We live in London, England where the food is very good indeed - & also absurdly expensive - but we lived in New Orleans 45 years ago when we were young & poor & fantasized about eating at Antoine's. Don't do it! This was, by far, the worst & most expensive food we ate in a week in the city. Eat at much cheaper restaurants (Acme, Red Fish) where the food is much, much better.
Our first trip back to NO after the Strom, my husband and I were looking forward to experiencing some of the fining dining the city has to offer. Antoine?s was top of the list but was VERY disappointed and ultimately walked out before ordering.
We had 9:00PM reservations on Friday, May 25th. We stood in the entry for several minutes before being acknowledged. We were sat at a table with no linens or place settings then ignored for nearly 10 minutes. No water, no silverware, no cocktails, nothing. Frustrated, I went to the front desk and asked if we could have our table sat and perhaps order a beverage. A bus person (maybe waiter?) came to our table, snatched two settings from a table near by, set them on our table and walked off. 15-20 minutes and still no water, no cocktails, but we have silverware. Progress.
Then two nice men in suits stopped and asked if our waiter had stop by. We said "no". Within a couple of minutes our waiter flew by with a hand full of desserts, said he needed to serve them but would be back. 20+ minutes have passed.
The waiter came back, told us the specials. Said if we wanted to order Lobster Thermidor, we'd better hurry since the kitchen was trying to close. He also said if we wanted a steak cooked more than medium rare, we would probably want it cut in half to save time. At this point, I'm feeling as though I have imposed on a relative at a late hour. If memory serves me correctly, I called the week before and MADE RESERVATIONS!!!!
Now the last straw..... we were finally served a loaf of bread wrapped in a white linen napkin and I think at this point we have water. When I went to unwrap the bread in the napkin, it was filthy with what looked like tomato sauce. That was it. We got up without ordering and left.
After many years of going to New Orleans, I was looking forward to dining at Antoine's. I was speechless and appalled at the service. Shame on you, Antoine?s.
Still Five Stars! Oyster Rockefeller! Absolute Best White Table Cloth Lunch In U.S.!. The legenday Antoine's says it all for fine dining in the U.S. It's only been around for over a hundred years. It was near the last day of our visit to N.O. and we were wearing shorts, it was late in the afternoon, and we stopped to look at the menu posted outside. The proprieter, Bernard R. Guste, himself, stepped out the doorway, and welcomed us in. It was almost empty, since it was late in the afternoon. Never mind our shorts, they were dressy, he seated us at a most elegant table, with those famous mirrors on all sides. The menu of course was in classic French, with English descriptions. Of course we started with the Classic Oyster Rockefellar, created by Antoine's for a very special customer(?). There's nothing like the original. I had a bowl of the Gumbo Creole, like nothing I've had anywhere, period. My partner ordered Potage Alligator w/Sherry. Oh goodness! At this point, money was no object, just keep bringing it on. My entree was Homard Thermidor/Lobster Thermidor($38.00), and my compaion had Bouillabaisse a 'la Louisiane. Both were out of this world. And to finish this feast off, it was Baked Alaska. The formal service, wine pairings were the best. Do I need my head checked out, no I need to save my money for my next visit to Antoine's. Five Stars!
FOOD FOR THE GODS!!!!. Having not visited New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, I was nervous the restaurants in the Quarter (Antoine?s especially) would not live up to its incredible reputation. However, when I dined there for lunch last Friday, I was not the least bit disappointed! My mother, sister, and I celebrated a wonderful meal of Gumbo, Oyster?s Rockefeller, Pompano grille, and Fried Oysters (to name a few. . .) all living up to the standards Antoine?s created over 100 years ago. Our waiter, Jason Doubleday, was absolutely adorable. He provided us with first-rate service, boundless enthusiasm, and a pride for his job I haven?t seen in a long time. New Orleans is back. The French Quarter is back. It just needs people to come and see that it is. And Antoine?s will be waiting!
This "Grand Dame" should retire. Don't eat at Antoine's unless you enjoy being insulted, ripped off and disappointed. My wife and I were having a romantic getaway in New Orleans and we had made reservations in advance for Antoine's. We arrived early and were rudely told by the person on the door to go to the back of the line on the sidewalk. After waiting in the cold for half an hour, we were seated at a table close to the door of the brightly lit, noisy dining room. It had less atmosphere than a cafeteria. From the outset, the service was slow and extremely poor. The food was very ordinary and did not live up to the hype that surrounds this place. We have eaten much better food in New Orleans for a fraction of the price. The staff treated us with a mixture of rudeness and contempt. At no stage of the evening did anyone ask if we were enjoying our dinner. It was obvious that different groups of diners at Antoine's are treated unequally. We saw staff doting over some tables while we waited for ridiculous lengths of time to have our order taken, drinks served, dirty plates taken away, etc. This was an expensive and totally unenjoyable experience. Antoine's is not a world-class restaurant. It's a poorly-run, old has-been that should not have bothered reopening after Hurricane Katrina. If you are looking for a special dining experience in New Orleans, eat somewhere else.
DO IT!!!!. My wife and I were in on 4/14 and were very happy with every aspect of our meal.We were treated with nothing but respect from our waiter Chuck.He was very helpful and personable,he also took us on a tour of the restaurant after our meal.The place is amazing,so full of history.Now for the food,I had the Crabmeat Ravigote and my wife had the fried oysters on foie gras buttered toast and a colbert sauce,both were outstanding,very generous portion of lump crab and so much flavor in the oyster dish.For our main dish I had the Trout Pontchartrain and my wife had the Soft Shell Crab Amandine,once again both were winners,the trout was perfect,I could not have asked for more,the crabs were wonderful not greasy like alot of places.The dessert was the topper,Baked Alaska one of the best desserts you will ever taste.Do yourself a favor and dine here.
Creole dining that's over the top in every luxurious way..
Established in 1840, Antoine's is the country's oldest family-run restaurant and the birthplace of such culinary classics as oysters Rockefeller and eggs Sardou. Pride is a palpable element of its ambience. The front dining room is bright, and its largeness typifies the enormity of the two-story establishment, in which 15 themed rooms ramble maze-like for nearly a city block. Tuxedoed waiters and assistants float among white-clothed tables of vacationing couples, businesspeople and local families. First-timers roam the mammoth restaurant, exploring chambers like the Rex and Japanese rooms.
A massive menu composed of French-Creole specialties prepared the old-fashioned way: well-seasoned and unabashedly rich. The zesty tomato sauce of the loaded crab St. Pierre appetizer proves a successful Creole spin on traditional crab au gratin. A sweet brown sauce and tangy bearnaise topping deliver the chicken Rochambeau's delightful double whammy. Delectable desserts include a candied peach with ice cream, raspberry sauce and toasted almonds.
DON'T DO IT!!!!!. This was absolutely the worst resturaunt I have ever been to- The service was poor, the table was a fold up table that collapsed, the food was unreconizable in appearance AND taste- the seaffod bisque tasted like gravy with sand in it!! I paid $35 for four pieces of beef tips that tasted like carne guisada from taco bell. When we brought up our experience to the manager, he shrugged his shoulders like he could care less!! BAD,BAD,BAD!!!
kataluchi. I was shocked by the rude waiter, and very,dry overcooked, slim trout entre`. I ordered broiled trout with crab meat on top, after I was told to just point to something- the waiter made it known- Antoines does not go out of its way for anyone period! I tried to say, I just want a moist, fabulous fish in a terrific french sauce. My husbands Lamb was just as untasteful with gristle and fat hidden under a sweet brown sauce. The worst meal i could have here during my visit. What a disappointment and they did not even care(to much attitude). The atmosphere was sterile and unwelcoming- not like the reviews.
Antoine's is a wonderful restaurant with tons of New Orleans history and ambiance. It is a family business that is rich with tradition. I recently hosted a party there. The food, service and ambiance were superb! The staff was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with.
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