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Mother's Restaurant

(90 Reviews)

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 523-9656

Today: 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Business Description
Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.
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Extra Phones

Fax: (504) 596-2109

Payment method
mastercard, amex, visa, discover
Price Range
French Quarter - CBD, Central Business District

Mother's Restaurant LLC

Creole & Cajun Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Sandwich Shops, Seafood Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Southern, Caterers, Family Style, American, Sandwiches, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Seafood, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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It's definitely not worth the hype. The food's alright, and the po-boys are decent - but come on. I'll never figure out why this place is always so highly ranked among New Orleans restaurants.

If you do go, yes, get the po-boy. But don't expect anything special or comparable to the wait you're going to have.


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Editorial review from Citysearch

We were told that this was a good place to eat. Don't. The people are rude there and the food was not that great and priced to high for what you got. We went for breakfast. The next day we drove to Shoney's, which was further from where we were staying but better food and service. Try Huck Finn's, Cafe De Monde anyplace else.


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Ham for those who don't eat breakfast

Whew! After reading all of the flames, I thought you might want to try some of some excellent ham -- black ham that is. We ate at Mother's a couple of years ago. I don't normally eat ham, but tried the black ham. Wow! Tender, tasty, and decadent. We had breakfast there again today. Poached eggs, grits, black ham --- WOW!
Yes, the system of service is a bit unusual, but not horrible. Ask the rules as you go in the door. They will give you the skinny.
Relax. Have fun. Order the black ham and enjoy.


Good homey feel

5 of us chose this establishment based on a recommendation. We were a little put off by the order process as it took a long time. The food, however, wa decent- not spectacular. The others in our party had never been to New Orleans before and wanted the real cuisine. For the price, it was good. 2 of them were teens who aren't the most adventurous taste-wise, but decided to taste the jambalya- probably won't be considered a favorite, but they did agree that it was acceptable. I also thought that the service could've been a little more attentive.


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Horrible Service and food

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY! Horrible service...Rude and nasty staff, including the owners SON. I paid $17 for a waffle, ham and grits! We waited 40 minutes to get in...And Another 30 minutes for food. I would not recommend this place to my worst enemy. This place does not exemplify the hospitality and appreciation that is present in New Orleans. I think I am going to write to the Mayor of New Orleans. I attended a huge festival that brought this restaurant a lot of traffic. I am very disappointed in the treatment that me and my party of 6 received.


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Better places

Being born and raised in NOLA I can say for sure that there are much better places with friendlier service than Mother's. I was honestly pretty shocked when Travel Channel featured them on a show - they are somewhat of a joke around here.


Great New Orleans Style food

True Louisianna food...beans and rice, fried okra, jambalya or a shrimp poy . The shrimp is AWESOME! Every time I've gone, there has been a well know celebrity in there!!


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Not worth the calories, not worth your hard earned money

This is a tourist trap. All of the people who took the survey and gave good reviews on this restaurant is either insane, doesn't know what good food is, or employees, relatives, friends or owner of this restaurant. Crappy service, mediocre food above all pricey for all the abuse you get from their employees. Think about it your keeping their restaurant afloat. You work for your money why would you just waste it on a restaurant who can't get your order right with employees that have attitude written all over them and most of all the food is not great. You must have seen this on tv just like we did but learn from us. Eating here is a really bad idea. Po boys is like eating pigs food the bread is soggy and there's really nothing good to say about their food. Eat and puke. There's a lot of better restaurant in New Orleans don't get trap by hype.


Overhyped -- Except for the Fried Chicken

Have to agree with a lot of posters that a lot of the food is only average. But the shrimp po boy and the fried chicken really do stand out. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and so tasty with the sauce. The bread was a little dry, but overall it was good.

Fried chicken was the real star. DELICIOUS breading and so incredibly juicy and tender was the meat. Sadly, the shrimp creole and jambalaya were just so-so.

Mother's is also famous for its Bloody Marys, which I have to say were quite good. Maybe a little spice could be bumped up, but the balance was really nice between all the strong flavors. Had to have two!

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