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Josephine Estelle

4.2
4.2
2237 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Josephine Estelle is an osteria from James Beard Award-nominated chefs, Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, and showcases their signature culinary style of combining the craft-centric philosophy of Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Our seasonal menu--available daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch--offers a wide range of farm-fresh, regional ingredients, with a special emphasis on house-made pastas. Other popular dishes include our meatballs, Gulf fish, steak, chicken biscuit, beef tartare, and the famed John T Burger.

Complementing the menu is a choice selection of artisanal cocktails, craft beer and wine. Our wine list emphasizes Italian and American wines.

We have breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, along with brunch on the weekends.

Now offering take out and deliveries from Uber Eats.

Josephine Estelle was named to both Bon Appetit and Southern Living's 2016 "Best New Restaurants" li

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Southern, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (504) 930-3070

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Cross street

    Lafayette St.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

What 2,237 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. SimonP

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and nice restaurant but very noisy as the sound echoed. Expensive but tasty food
  2. DonnaF

    Western NC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Cocktails and apps - very good. Pasta - just ok, nothing special! Service - just ok. Will not go again.
  3. Foody

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food/good service/nice environment. Value for monry
  4. ewh410

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Admittedly a slow Monday late lunch, but server/bartender was too busy to take care of us. Thus, service was slow: drinks…then food…then, is all ok…then the check. We weren’t in a hurry, but she was really in no hurry. Not worth the Open Table great reviews.
  5. ElizabethZ

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor , true New Orleans Jazz music playing, the food was delicious . Service outstanding!!
  6. Rosie

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good. But pricey with lots of extra fees, maybe because at a hotel. We were there for a graduation dinner still in the black robe, and server had no energy at all. Due to hefty price point & underwhelming server, may not return.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. We had a lot of fun and the staff was amazing. The food was delicious.
  8. VictoriaY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We came 30 min before reservation, and hostess told us to wait for our time. It's okay, normally but then we realize that it was half of restaurant empty!!! Before and after us, like really? Why we have waited?We waited at the bar during those time we had a rain with drops from bar tender, when he prepared cocktails. Food was okay, nothing special but good, and waiter was very friendly.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    It was fine. We were staying at Ace so it was convenient, but the problem is they are charging medium high prices ($42 simple steak) but providing service more like a burger joint. Waitress had no level of care or concern for her job or our happiness. Won’t be back unless I’m starving, staying at the Ace and not able to go anywhere else. I would never again plan a meal there.
  10. BarbaraK

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Cool vibes and great decor. Food was delivered nice and hot. I had the pasta with crab, butter and basil. Tasty but it had very little crab. The person with me ordered the fish special. He really liked it. We both got the feeling the waiter was trying to get is out, though. Service was so-so.
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service at the podium and the table were not great.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Server did not know basics, like what the ice cream and sorbet flavors were. Server had to go to the bar several times to ask basic questions regarding drink orders. B waiter carried to many plates and asked our table to help him grab them and put them on table.
  13. Exclusive1908

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Portion size for price was not adequate. However, food was delectable.
  14. Momin70122

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was delicious and exceeded our expectations. Service was a little slow, which was disappointing since the restaurant was not busy.
  15. JennaL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our food took over an hour to arrive, the server acknowledge the wait and comp'ed us a round of drinks. But seemed he to be embarrassed about the wait and avoided us the whole time, could barely even order a second round of drinks while we waited because he didnt come back to check on us. The restaurant was less than 1/3 full at the time. The food was good, but nothing stood out as amazing.
  16. ErnieS

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The service was one of the worst we’ve experienced in a long time. We made reservations and a gentleman asked if we had a reservation which we said yes. He said to sit at the bar while he gets a table. We never saw him again! As people kept getting seated I finally walked back up and ask if he was getting our table which she replied, WHO! I knew this was going all downhill from there. The food is terrible, cold and the red fish tasted fishy. I would have liked maybe a salad option or even some bread, but nothing. Never seen the waitress again til we were halfway finished. When she did finally show up, we only got one word responses. A real charmer to work the tables.
  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The bucatini was mushy :/ The pasta with crab was delicious
  18. Elle

    Austin

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    Although I have had a wonderful dinner here before, this time the restaurant was empty at lunch time. I discovered that perhaps this restaurant is just not good at doing lunch. While the service was good, the salad with tuna did not meet my expectations.
  19. Wineanddineme

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Worst service dining in 10 years. The food was great and I feel awful for the kitchen that clearly works hard only to have people not return due to horrible servers.
  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Overall all the service was terrible. We had a reservation and showed up right on time, but jt took almost 20 mins before the server stopped at our table and we ordered drinks and food at the same time. It was another 30 mins before we got our drinks, and by the time we got our food it had been over an hour since we were seated.
  21. JaneC

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation to eat here on a Sunday morning. It was not crowded yet, so we got really amazing service! I ordered the breakfast bowl and it was amazing. My wife ordered the italian benedict and she said the poached eggs were some of the best she has ever had! We had a lovely breakfast here, and will be sure to eat here again.
  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience5
    Made a reservation at 8:45. Showed up at 8:45. Was told my reservation was not ready yet and to go get a drink at the hotel bar. I did but there was no were to sit with my date so I ended up standing in a corner to sip overpriced hotel drinks in a crowded room. I was not able to sit until 9:20. The waitress literally forgot the order and came back 15 minutes later so tell us she completely forgot the drinks and dinner order and what was it again?? Then she stuck her thumb in my dates water on accident. The pasta was no different than what I could
  23. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful staff. The waiter made our experience so much better. Food was okay but not worth the price. I expected higher quality food
  24. MeghannC

    Montreal

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were here 5 years ago and we always considered it one of our favorite from our trip. We have talked about the restaurant so many times over the years that we were so pleased to have a chance to return. Still the same inside and food was still just as good as before. Happy we could come back!
  25. mpttm

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Service was iffy - Food was fine - nothing to go crazy over.
  26. BruceK

    Fort Lauderdale

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and service excellent we had the bucatini and the rigatoni Paul was a wonderful server. The noise level was due to high ceilings, It was a beautiful room but voices were very magnified.
  27. Bubba

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Sent meatballs back, cold. Pasta was unedible. The waitress told us that the Chef was not there.
  28. Tonystess

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Our server started out great, but I guess she got very busy. She forgot one of our menu items, so it was not served with the rest of our party's food. We ordered a second bottle of wine, which she brought as our dessert arrived. It was very busy, so I guess we got lost in the shuffle. She was very courteous. The food was excellent. I would definitely give it another try.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in NOLA! Everything from the service to the food to the desert were impeccable. My absolute favorite favorite spot. 

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 4, 2023Thank you for the kind words! We look forward to having you back again!

  30. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Worst service. So slow. We were there early and maybe three other tables only so not busy at all. Took forever to get waited on initially once sat. Longer to get our drinks. Eventually she took our food order. She put down dessert menu but she never came back for dessert order so we asked a busboy to get the check so we could leave. Ridiculous.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 4, 2023We are so sorry to hear about your experience with us. We would love to have you back to show you a great experience!

  31. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my staff here for lunch and was very pleased with the food and service!

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 4, 2023We are so pleased that y'all had a great time with us! Looking forward to your next visit!

  32. gpiedimo

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was simply ghastly! Our server dropped the menu on the table and disappeared without providing any information about the food or wine. My first wine selection from the wine list wasn't available, I ordered a different one, but she showed up with a different wine altogether. She seemed annoyed by our presence and exceedingly rude, to the point we were concerned every time she would approach the table that an argument would ensue! The food quality was very poor, the pasta overcooked, meatballs hard like cement. This used to be one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Nola before COVID, but everything has changed. Will NEVER go back!

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 4, 2023Hey gpiedimo, we are truly sorry about your experience with us on 4/24/23. We would love to make it up to you and provide a great experience.

  33. AmyR

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Service was so slow, mixed up our orders and extra charges on the bill.

    Josephine EstelleResponded on May 4, 2023Hey AmyR! We are truly sorry for the experience you had on 4/24/23. We would love to invite you back in so we can show you a great time!

  34. MickyKayla22

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I visited Josephine Estelle for a business meeting and it was the absolute perfect place It was not packed at all which was perfect for conversation volume. The food was good but not too heavy and the little Lunch meal deal was super convenient. our waitress was attentive and polite, I would definitely visit again!
  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    This was by far one of the worst dining experiences we’ve had. We waited at our table at least 15 minutes before being offered a drink. We then placed our entire order which included a bottle of wine (our third choice since the first two choices were out of stock). Our appetizer came out, within a few minutes our entree was placed on the table next to the appetizer and still no wine. We asked someone to find out about the wine and we were told that the server was on the sixth floor looking for the wine. We told them forget it, just a glass from the bar would be fine. That server came back with one glass rather than two - but is was the wrong wine anyway. At this point our original server still has not come back. We were not asked about the food, if we needed anything, etc. - which the food was way too salty. My husband cancelled his salad but it came out anyway. We were not offered dessert even though I said we wanted dessert for his birthday. The original server returned and took the wine off the bill. When we went outside to get our car the valet did not show up for at least 20 minutes. Nobody else was waiting for their car. The person at the counter told us that he was parking / retrieving other cars. It was only after I requested a manager that the valet came out of the building (not from parking cars). The manager was kind and apologetic and asked what he could do to have us return. To which we replied that we had a great experience on the rooftop 2 nights earlier that’s why we came back but there was nothing he could do after that experience to get us to come back.
  36. Sclinchy

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience. A beautiful large space. Very comfortable. The food was excellent. Meatballs, focaccia, and Canary ham, all very good.
  37. LisaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delish and amazing waitress! Drinks were quite tasty as well.
  38. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    Our waiter was very rude. He was unhelpful in selecting food and drinks and very short with us. Everyone at my table did not like him. The food was fantastic!
  39. JLSavvyFoody

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an excellent dinner. Our server, Justin (I believe) was excellent and fun. The food was outstanding and the ambiance was as well. Will definitely be back on my next trip.
  40. AimeeB

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation for 2:30 but was kindly asked to hurry up.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Josephine Estelle does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Josephine Estelle also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (504) 930-3070.

Josephine Estelle is rated 4.2 stars by 2237 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today
Google Map for Josephine Estelle

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Lafayette St.

  • Neighborhood

    Central Business District

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 8:00 am–3:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Southern, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Located off the St. Charles Streetcar line at the corner of Carondelet Street and Lafayette Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We have some live entertainment across the lobby at Three Keys (http://threekeysnola.com.)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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