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Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good31%
  • Average18%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“ham” (1,138 reviews)
“biscuits” (669 reviews)
“po boy” (971 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
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Reviewed today via mobile

We had a table of 10 which they were able to provide for us. Some folks didn’t particularly care for the food we got but others loved theirs. Order first, pay for it, then sit down and wait to be served!

Thank katb250
Reviewed today via mobile

Waited in a line 30 deep with mix of locals and tourists. Chaotic to say the least ordering and getting seated. shrimp po boy and chicken gumbo was off the chain awesome. Loved the experience. A must do while in New Orleans. If you’re a...More

Thank KipperKain
Reviewed yesterday

Pretty rude service, and not in a fun way. Mediocre food. I definitely did not get it. I think maybe trying just a ham po boy would be better if the ham is as good as claimed, but the Original overpowered the ham with the...More

Thank ralverde
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There was a pretty lengthy line but we decided to wait it out. Ordered the Ferdi Special Po’boy and it would’ve been delicious if I would’ve known it came with mustard on it and I told them not to put it on there. Their menu...More

Thank 860gingera
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Serving up food since 1938. A casual must stop when in New Orleans. Po boys, Worlds best Ham and a debris sandwich, yum!

Thank jimr563
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Didn't mind the wait to get in or order. Wait person was great but..... the way they get the order to you is strange and too complcated to explain and by the time we got ours everything was ice cold. Overpriced. Got to be better...More

Thank debkraker
Reviewed 2 days ago

Ate at this restaurant like it was my cafeteria during my several days in New Orleans! Extensive selection of local foods to try. Friendly staff -- sheriff (yes, real sheriff) welcomes you at the door and can recommend his favorite foods! Option of different sized...More

Thank nyalpi
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is really good. It is a must when in New Orleans! I went to the one on Canal St. You walk in and are handed a menu you walk up to the counter to place your order. The are known for there baked...More

Thank cyndiashland
Reviewed 5 days ago

They say the ham is the best, and it is great, but the beans are to die for! I had to go back the following night just to get more of Mother's beans! Yummmy!!!

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Mother's is a unique grassroots restaurant that is much loved by the locals. They specialize in meat, primarily ham and roast beef. Their sandwiches are to die for, especially the Ferdi Special (roast beef and ham), but my personal favorite is the Debris Poboy. Debris...More

Thank V2885MQkarenv
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Susan M
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Response from Tp1989 | Reviewed this property |
We were told it’s an old policy and that we didn’t have to leave a tip but if we appreciated the service to feel free.
May 7, 2018|
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Response from doublerdad | Reviewed this property |
Reservations not accepted here. We waited in line for maybe 10 minutes. Have someone in your party grab a table while the other person waits in the line to order!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-9656
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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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