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Mother's Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had po'boys which this place is famous for. Ordering was easy. We then took our seats and the food was brought to us. All I can say is get lots of napkins and bring your appetite. The food is excellent but messy but well worth the effort. It is very popular and busy during peak times. If you have... More 

Thank ptlm323
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204 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good food. Huge portions! Reasonably priced. There is no tipping allowed. Generally long queues but moves along very quickly. The only issue is that the place is very dirty. Dirty floors and table. So not sure about food hygiene but we enjoyed the food!

Thank T5555
Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ate here with my mom while we were visiting New Orleans. My mom had fried chicken and greens. I had the ham, eggs, and grits with biscuits. The food was absolutely delicious. The biscuits were divine! We were so pleased with the food that we ate here 3 times. Good atmosphere, very reasonably priced as well. The only draw back... More 

Thank ashley f
Mandeville, Louisiana
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

great roast beef poboy worth the wait in line famous place in NO to eat.. highly recommend the roast beef poboy

Thank rgeiereec
Leonardtown, Maryland
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mother's is an institution in NOLA. They are famous for their baked ham, their traditional new orleans foods. They also have the best debris (roast beef and au jous) and pea soup. The service has a structure. You ait online to get in the door. Once inside there is a short line that will take you throughthe food area and... More 

Thank Debra P
Marin County, CA
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67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get yourself a big sandwich (probably after waiting in a long line!) or other traditional Cajun cuisine. This is almost a cafeteria - you wait in line, place your order at a cash register and pay, then sit at a table until a server picks up your receipt and brings your food.

Thank mistereks
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had 2 couple in our party and we had heard about Mother's restaurant is where to go if you want authentic Southern cuisine. Man this place did not disappoint. The food was excellent! I had the combination platter, which included crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, red beans and rice, potato salad and one side, which I got turnip greens. The jambalaya... More 

Thank 827denvers
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The first night we tried to get in, there was a line out the door. We came back the following night and we were able to walk right in (around 5:30pm). However after we ordered and sat down the line started gaining again. The food was good. Service decent. Overall it was a good choice for a fast and easy... More 

Thank Kara W
Rome, Italy
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

For $8.50, a cup of food should be a certain size. At Mother's, it's tiny. Our gumbo and jambalaya bowls were smaller than the kid's debris biscuit. I ate it all in about 10 spoonfuls. Even worse, the gumbo was a gray, watery, luke-warm dish with next-to-no seasoning. I thought I was eating dishwater with old seafood mixed in. We... More 

Thank blakeroberts1
Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I know this is well known as a great place but i was not impressed. Long wait to get in and lots of yelling and what not as you stand in line again to order. Food is cafeteria style in apperance but you do order at cashier and they bring it to you. Food quality is mediocre by my standards... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Cajun & Creole
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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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
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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