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Closed due to damage sustained in Hurricane Katrina.

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Fax: (504) 309-4680

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Madina's Restaurant

Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, French Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
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Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, Family Style, French, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 

This restaurant is the type of place I go to not just for the good food, but for the nostalgia. It's been there forever. Great neighborhood spot. I have plenty of memories at Mandina's having lunch with my Godfather and my PaPa. And, yes, like the other reviewers have stated, the turtle soup is superb.




I often drive past this resturant and see the lines of people waiting for a table and I wonder if this is the first time they are eating there or are they from out of town. I have to tell you that I had one of the most disappointing meals ever there. Red beans and rice. Not hard to cook, right. Its new Orleans for crying out loud. Canned perhaps! With all the resturants in our wonderful city why would you eat there? Drive on....there is a buger king down the road its much better,

Canadian John


Provided by Citysearch - 
turtle soup!!!

Been going to this restaurant since 1994 & it is always my first meal in the city. Turtle soup & soft shelled crab!
The open faced roast beef is great, but it was $5.50 before Katrina & now it is $10.95! I think that the prices have gotten a little out of hand.
We want Sinbad back!



Provided by Citysearch - 
turtle soup to die for still

i swear, the last meal of my life must be the turtle soup. i will do whatever it takes to make this reality!



New Orleans Best

Mandina's Restaurant in New Orleans is on of the best Restaurants in the city.

Though the restaurant is small, but the food makes up for it. I love this place.

If you love New Orleans, you'll love Mandina's. Great food, great people, great food!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst service in all of New Orleans

My wife had remembered Mandina's fondly from her childhood, loving the O&A Soup, so we decided to go recently for lunch. After being led to our table (the place wasn't very busy), we preceeded to wait for 20 minutes waiting for the waiter to come. He kept looking over and then kept going back to talk to his buddies, finally we couldn't take it any more. Terrible service. They acted snooty when we decided to leave, like how dare we. AVOID THIS PLACE, give your business to a place that treats it's customers right!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mandina's is too expensive for what you get.

Not the same old place. Prices now exceed the quality of the food. Cindy Mandina has single handedly changed a venerable neighborhood icon into a tourist trap. There are many better local places in the area. Don't worry, soon there will be no wait to get in.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Classic old New Orleans neighborhood restaurant.

Mandina's has just reopened after Katrina. Long the archtype of New Orleans neighborhood restaurants, it was was loud, crowded, quirky, and delicious. It is still all of those things, but prices, which had drifted up over the years, have made a distinct jump post-Katrina. The strong and once reasonable drinks have jumped to $7 and beyond, cheap for a New Yorker perhaps, but not here in New Orleans. The turtle soup with sherry was just like old times, and the oyster poboy (though now $10, not $8) as well. The red beans were solid, but the shrimp creole disappointed. A nice meal, but if you're a late returning old timer, be prepared for a bit of sticker shock, as well as the customary wait. The (waiting) bar is spiffier, but just as friendly.



Provided by Citysearch - 
one of my favorites

You haven't experienced New Orleans until you've had one of their overstuffed nothing else! You'll understand the lines and the constant crowds after just one bite....



Provided by Citysearch - 
It's Really Good!

The food that is! This is my favorite place to get my Half-Shrimp-Half-Fish-PoBoy, and I almost wish I were there now, just thinking about it!

There are many other things on the menu that I have enjoyed, but none have topped their PoBoys, in my humble opinion. :P Just make sure you have enough cash on you to pay, because that is all they accept!

The atmosphere is a little crowded, but the food is worth it. And the waitstaff is usually very friendly.



Provided by Citysearch - 
If you have time

I'll never say Mandina's doesn't have good food and great atmosphere, but New Orleans is full of outstanding restaurants -- I rarely find the patience to wait at this consistently crowded place. I will say that the packed house offers good (and true) testament to the Mandina's experience; enjoy a meal there if you can.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Perfect Po' Boys

A great neighborhood spot that's always packed with locals. Have a cocktail or two while you wait and take in the scene. Although the entire menu is solid, a po' boy is the way to go. Both fried shrimp and fried oyster po' boys are enough to make your legs week. You'll be back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
High-class meets neighborhood joint

Given its (above-average) standard menu of sandwiches, soups, seafood and pasta dishes, Mandina's carves itself a place at the table alongside Michael's Mid-City Grill, Katie's, Liuzza's and the like. But add the just-so timeworn decor and the oddly appropriate jacketed waitstaff, and it occupies its own particular and peculiar niche, a cross between a Franky & Johnny's hangout and a stuffier old-line aesthete. All of the sandwich selections are memorable, but my favorite item is the hamburger steak, a gravy-laden feast for seasoned veterans of hardened arteries.