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New Orleans Oldest Cajun Restaurant

General Info
South Louisiana french Country Cuisine "Traditional Cajun" Fine dining at New Orleans Oldest Cajun Restaurant. Established 1953 Visit us at
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Regular Hours

Cajun Restaurant
Payment method
check, amex, master card, visa, cash, debit, discover, all major credit cards, diners club
Price Range
French Quarter - CBD, Central Business District
Fine Dining Restaurants, Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Fine Dining, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No



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Provided by Citysearch - 
i dream about the food i had

It's been years since my visit to Bon Ton. In 2004 I was in New Orleans for a business trip. I luckily went to Bon Ton early in the trip and had time to go a second time.

The turtle soup, etouffee, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce invade my dreams. I will admit i'm not from New Orleans, rarely get to eat etouffee, never had turtle soup but i lived on bread pudding. I haven't been able to get that meal out of my head all these years. How many meal can you remember eating 7 years later?

I did get to use per diem to pay for my decadence but i believe it would be worth it again and again and again...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Turtle Soup in the World

I love this locally owned and operated restaurant. The turtle soup is a must as is the black drum with charbroiled oysters. Very friendly waitstaff. Never a bad experience.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just O.K.

Classic New Orleans, good service, decent food. WAY OVERPRICED. I'm born and raised in New Orleans and tried Bon Ton Cafe for lunch for the first time the other day. Unfortunately, I probably won't be back because of the prices. $30 for lunch is a little much, sorry. If the food was great, then I wouldn't mind; but it was just okay.




I have been going to Bon Ton's for years. my husband is from New Orleans and sent me there in 1996 and I took co-workers. We go EVERY time we go to NOLA (which is 2-3 annually). I have recommended Bon Ton's to many friends and co-workers and it has ALWAYS been well received! Debbie has always been gracious to my husband and myself as one of the proprietors. Keep up the good work and thank you for fighting to come back from Katrina!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Outstanding service; magic food.

Last Thursday night I arrive late and in the rain to Cafe Bon Ton. The owner, Wayne Pierce greeted me with a smile and a cozy table. I brushed away the plane flight and rain with their delicious Gumbo. I tried Debbie's Salad with the Bon Ton Salad Dressing that includes Tabasco sauce, horseradish and Creole mustard. The crab chunks from the salad melted into the dressing suprising my weary mouth! I needed to continue work at the hotel so Pat, my lovely waittress, fixed a To Go Bag with Bread Pudding and Whiskey Sauce and strong coffee with ""four creams."" In the bag I found a recipe from Alzina Pierce for the salad dressing, the bread pudding and the whiskey sauce.
Please consider yourself blessed to find yourself at this Cafe.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place lives up to its history. It has an old time New Orleans feel to it. I've only been here for lunch, but the food is first rate and the value is even better. Whatever you eat for your meal, you have got to leave room for the bread pudding. It is the best on the planet.



Provided by Citysearch - 

The Bon Ton was recommended to us by a local who claimed it had the best crawfish ettoufee in town. It was quite good, but a little too much garlic. The shimp ettouffe, however was awesome! We also tried the crab au gratin which is very good, and a fried soft shell crab. I've never had a softshell I didn't like, and this one was good, but not the best I ever ate. Overall this is good place, but you won't eat here on a weekend trip as it is only open M-F. Get there early.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The absolute BEST food anywhere....

I have frequented the Bon Ton for over 30 years. I started going there with my father when I was in high school. The food gets better and better and the service is unmatched. For a real New Orleans experience, have lunch or dinner there. Tourist, make it a point to visit this restaurant, there is truly none better in the entire city. That include the high priced tourist restaurants which tourist seem to flock to. Bon Ton is a true locals hang out and if you are not familiar with Poydras and Magazine Streets, you will need to ask directions. You will glad you ate there and will go back for more.



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Local's Gem

Class New Orleans style. Very good food and service. Will provide a receipt card if asked. What Captain's Table claims to be.