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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe

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(25 Reviews)

500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 524-9752

Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Housed in a 200 year old National Historic Landmark this Bar/Cafe' is a favorite with locals and tourist alike

Regular Hours

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debit, amex, cash, discover, master card, visa, diners club, all major credit cards
Price Range
French Quarter, French Quarter - CBD

Napolean House Bar & Cafe

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Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: Southern, Mediterranean, American, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills, Cajun & Creole

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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On a typically hot July summer...

On a typically hot July summer day In 1966 my fiance, now wife, and I first entered Napoleon House for a late afternoon drink. We were greeted by a portly, balding waiter attired in a full white apron. He seated us at a small round table under a paddle fan that pretended to stir the thick New Orleans air. An old 78 Caruso record was playing on the record player. I looked around and expected to see Humphrey Bogart sitting at the bar. We ordered Jack Daniels on the rocks. The price was .75cents per glass!!! (as I recall it was the weekday special). If you want to feel the soul of N.O. Napoleon House is it. P.S. The seafood gumbo is the best!!



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It needs some help!

Maybe it was just the night we went in but we have gone in a lot and it has been good. But this night everything as going wrong. My red beans and rice were only ok and everyone elses food looked like it was from buffet line and not good. The soft drinks had to be reminded about and water had to be asked for. Not to mention the mice running around the floor while you eat. I love opening the doors but it is gross eating while mice are running around your feet. I love everything about this place so for this bad experience i hate to have tourists think this is what every new orleans restaurant is like. Dirty and Mice!

Still love the pimms cup. Maybe it was just a really bad night but i don't think we will eating here for awhile.



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Atmosphere is High New Orleans

Go for the atmosphere. The interior is one of the best in the Quarter for historical feel.



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Where else can you get good food at cheap prices with an infitely classy and yet distinctively casua

From the gorgeous courtyard to the wait staff of classy gentlemen in bow-ties to the consistent strains of classical music to the 18th century environs... Simply put, Napoleon house is a classic. Great as a bar or an afternoon lunch stop, and not to be forgotten for dinner parties, company events, or receptions. The fair is pretty standard New Orleans bistro food made the right way and sold at a great price for the French Quarter ($6-10). Napoleon House is the best place to destress and relax during lunch. And be sure to try a Pimm's cup.

If you are only in New Orleans for a short time, Napoleon House should definitely make your top list of lunch spots to try out.



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Best Bloody Mary in town!

Didn't have a chance to eat there, but did enjoy sitting at the beautiful old bar on two occasions. Mario at the bar makes the best bloody mary EVER! Cheap beer and good Pimm's cups. Great atmosphere!



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Best Value in NOLA

We love Napoleon House. You can stop in for a helping of affordable jambalaya/muffaletta, and it's GOOD! Unless you're famished, you could split one muffaletta with someone, along with a cold Abita Springs beer, and feel content. One day we did have to wait awhile for our waiter, but it happened only once. Atmosphere is casual to quaint, depending on where you sit, and the place is clean. The courtyard is delightful. It may be best to go there at ""inbetween times"" when they're not so busy.



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Still they survive!

Even after the hurricane, Napolean House survives! Love the Pimm's cups, and their bread pudding is a;ways a treat!



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Relieved it's still there!!!

Napoleon House is one of my favorite haunts in the French Quarter. I was hugely relieved when I found it intact and, mostly, unchanged in my first visit since Katrina. The atmosphere is wonderful, the historical surroundings, dim lighting, and classical music really set mood. The staff is very friendly, the food is great, and the drinks are cold. Right now they have limited hours and menu, due to a shortage of staff (which is pretty common in New Orleans right now). You must have the Jambalaya. If the cheese tray is available when you visit, it makes for a great mid-day snack.

It's located on the corner of St. Louis and Chartres, so if you are staying at the Omni Hotel across the street, you have no excuse for not stopping by.



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Our Favorite Place in the Big Easy

My wife and I visit NO as often as possible. And Napoleon House is always a must visit experience. The bar, inside dining, and court yard are all wonderful experiences. One one of our visits it was my wife's birthday, and the dining room was closed...but they allowed us to sit anyway...and it was so cool as we were the only diners in the room with candlelight and an attentive waiter. It was a birthday we will never forget. It isn't really possible for my wife and I to visit New Orleans without one or two stops at Napoleon House.



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Great bar and Restaurant

This is by far the best restaurant I have ever been to. The food is excellent and reasonably priced and the service is very professional. The bar makes you feel like you are in a movie, too. However, the ambience takes the cake, ESPECIALLY the courtyard. Top notch, highly recommended, period, end of sentence!



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PIMMS cups all around!!

Picture it! You're in the middle of the french quater, its a toasty 95 degrees, the air's as thick as the mud the Mississippi flows over, and it seems as tho there isn't a breeze in the entire state of luzianna! Suddenly you see the green coppola and you know you're saved!! NAPOLEON HOUSE!!! have a seat at the bar for a pimms, or get a table and experience the joy that is the muffaletta! Enjoy a nice long refreshing sit, and take in the atmosphere! but beware if u have tourist written all over your face, the wait staff can smell you a mile away!



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The Muffulata was awesome!

I really enjoyed my dining experience at The Napolean House. We had lunch there on the last day of our trip and it was a great send off. Although we had to wait 40 minutes for a table, it was well worth it. We were seated in the patio area in the back and that added to the ambience. We ordered 2 Pimm's Cups (the restaurant's signature drink) and the Muffulata for 2. The food was SO good (the Pimm's Cups were very refreshing). Although the service was average, the waiter did bring me some additional souvenirs I hadn't expected for my scrapbook. The value was very reasonable. The history made the dining experience even more exciting!



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not so great

Our waiter was very cute and very good- but I saw other waiters being extremely rude to other customers. I'm guessing they don't get paid very much? The food isn't very good- my food wasn't very tasty or hot nor was my friends' food. I would go if it's warm just for the patio, but otherwise there really isn't anything very good about this place. It's not bad considering the location (everything is around it)



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just okay

I think I picked this place because it had a courtyard which pumped up its romantic rating. I would say that it could have been a lot nicer, it's not that romantic. The waitstaff didn't look like they wanted to be there. That said it all. The beer choices were better than at other places, meaning they had dark beer.



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Service could be better

I was a little disappointed. This was my third trip to New Orleans. I had never tried Napoleon's for some reason. We decided to stop by for some wine and appetizers. There was not a lot of choose from food wise. Mainly poboys and traditional mainstays. We selected the cheese and fruit appetizer and it was quite tastey. We probably would have stayed for dinner but our waiter was less than attentive to our table. Our glasses set empty for nearly 20 minutes before he returned to check on us. The bar is famous for the Primm Cup which we didn't get a chance to try because our waiter was so inattentive. I wouldn't recommend it for dinner but a good place to grab a drink and soak up its historic atmosphere.



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Poor Service

Being a resident of the Quarter, its hard to believe that a restaurant so highly recognized would have such bad service. I went with a friend, and had to seat ourselves because the hostess couldn't be bothered. It took us 15 minutes to get a waiter's attention, and even longer before he would come over to take our order. The food arrived cold at the table, and even if warm, it would have been marginal. We ran out of drinks and couldn't even get our water glasses refilled. Then, the waiter acted as if it was an act of congress to bring our check. Needless to say, his tip was not good, and I won't be going back.



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Absolute New Orleans

This is one of my very favorite places in New Orleans. We go there every trip. The addition of the courtyard a few years ago added a lot more room and although it changed the atmosphere a bit it is still an absolute visit for all visitors.



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I am a long time Central Grocery Muffaleta fan and so I jump at chances to comparison eat. The Napoleon House makes a fine example and yet it is missing something. First off, heating the thing makes it quite oily so that is my first knock. The only other thing is the Olive topping is somewhat lacking in flavor. They use a lot of high quality meat and it is a big bonus. My ideal? Take CG's olive salad and a cold Napoleon House Muffaleta without their topping and make your own. Then you would really have something.



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You have to see this place

On a tip from a clerk, my husband & I wandered into this place for lunch. It wasn't busy at all and the staff were hanging around, so we were seated immediately. Unfortunately, it was cold & rainy, so we couldn't actually see the courtyard, but it's supposed to be great. We loved the food: I had the wild mushroom foccacia sandwich & hubby had the muffaletta w/ bean soup. Definitely plan on stopping in.



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Won't go back...

Wow - I would have to say this is about the worst service I've ever had and I dine out at least 3 times a week. The food wasn't great but it wasn't bad - certainly not worth the an hour and a half it took to order and receive it. A companion requested a glass of water 3 times and never received it. We had friends seated in another sections with 2 different waiters and they reported the same bad experience. One stopped a waiter to ask for bread who said ""you'll have to ask your own waiter"" before he walked off. That being said, the courtyard area was very lovely so this might be a good place to stop for drinks if you fetch your own drinks from the bar.

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