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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” (1,023 reviews)
“biscuits” (613 reviews)
“po boy” (896 reviews)
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American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This shop came highly recommended by a volunteer at the WWII museum. The Ferdi is the house special. It's a ham and debris sandwich, debris being shredded roast beef with au jus. It's messy, as it should be.

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I shared a soft shelled crab platter and a bowl of gumbo for lunch. Both were excellent. Side dishes were good too. Long line, but it moves quickly. Not cheap, but very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food..

Thank OscarTraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for a true New Orleans experience this a must see. Old time grocery on the corner with amazing food and service.

Thank Vacationer3312
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a nice lunch. The debris sandwich was great and the gumbo was wonderful. The wait was worth it.

Thank Jill B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I came here from a recommendation from one of my friends. The line goes out the door during the lunch hour and it took about 15 minutes to get in. From what I understand that is fairly short. I got the the debris po boy...More

Thank Nelmikey
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went here as soon as we arrived. Good food and descent prices. Line seemed long but went extremely quick. Food is what they say it is. So good and the scents of different plates were everywhere

Thank George W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Always eat here when visiting New Orleans. Takes a little time to figure out the system (how to order, how you get food, which door to go out)) but then feels like home. Food is basic but reasonable cost and filling.

Thank BKGH
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

For me just average food and service. Ho Hum restaurant! Box Cajun meals are as good (Zatarains). Looking forward to more New Orleans may have to offer?

Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed brunch here during our visit to NOLA. The crawfish etoufee omelet was something special. I'm sure the dinner would have been good here as well.

Thank Mkclark13
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You’ll get a real taste of New Orleans authentic food and exceptional tableside service here breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Thank FoodieTraveler32958
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Darline O
22 August 2017|
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Response from IsaMelancon | Reviewed this property |
Well Mothers is on Poydras which is probably just a couple of blocks from the Quarter.
15 August 2017|
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Response from Madi P | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest that you try out Red Gravy! it's a super amazing Italian restaurant a few minute walk from Mothers that has great service, great atmosphere and even better, great food. you really can't go wrong at red Gravy!
Nancy R H
22 January 2017|
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Response from Melody L | Reviewed this property |
Not directly. Get off at Canal and S. Peters St. Go down S.Peters street to Poydras. You will pass Le Meridien Hotel. Turn right on Poydras. Mother's Restaurant approx 1 block on right
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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