Bon Ton Café
Classic Cajun fare since 1953
Cajun · CBD · $$
The Zagat Review
Featuring a "classic old-school menu" of "true Cajun cuisine" (e.g. gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée), this CBD "institution" is a "great place to take out-of-towners or meet a business connection" for a "lively lunch" (dinner is more reserved); top it off with a "warm and happy" staff, and "everything is simply wonderful" at this "old-guard spot that never gets old" ; P.S. closed weekends.
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hours Open Today · 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
location 401 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA phone +1 504-524-3386 website directions Get Directions
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Lively scenes
Zagat Mentions of Bon Ton Café
Google Reviews
Everything just feels past its prime. We were not incredibly hungry, so just had gumbo, turtle soup, catfish bits, and a salad. Staff was friendly but the food was not good. Maybe the main dishes are better. Salad had cooked carrots on it. Gumbo has tiny shrimp, couldn't detect any crab, and really is not very flavorful. After eating Cochan's gumbo yesterday, the Bon Ton felt like canned gumbo. It's just another level. Turtle soup okay. Catfish uneventful. So many great places to eat in that city, but I don’t think this isn't one of them. Seems to attract an old crowd. Maybe that's their thing. Maybe people are hanging on to memories of good food from the past. Also, it isn’t cheap.
Scott Roberts · November 10, 2017
This is my favorite all-time restaurant in the world. And, I am in my 60's and have traveled all over the world. Best gumbo, best etouffe, best whiskey pudding - I could go on and on. Whoever posted small portions must weigh 300 lbs. Portions are substantial. You will not be disappointed!
Karen Daniel · January 4, 2018
Simply put: great Cajun food that caters more to the locals than the errant tourists stumbling in from the French Quarter. This should be on your list of places to go, and while the menu does lean towards the local standard fare (fried seafood, gumbo, jambalaya), the crab au gratin is perfection. It is as if all the best things about the local cuisine thrown into a ramekin. The turtle soup is wonderful as well.
Branden Smith · November 26, 2017