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Dooky Chase

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As featured in Best Food in New Orleans
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2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5025
(504) 821-0600
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Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Deep History and Good Food

Dooky Chase is an institution - and a very classy restaurant. It serves all the favorite southern creole dishes in three little dining rooms, with friendly and personable staff. We opted for the lunch buffet because it had all the good stuff - yes, I almost hurt myself - I had to pass on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Robert S
Lawrence, Kansas
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice interior. Elegant for Treme. Meeting Grandma Chase was an absolute delight! But after having Willie Mae's Scotch House Chicken, there's no comparison. The steamed ocra & greens were fantastic! Everything is twice the price of WMSH. I was there for dinner. Most of the reviews rave about they're lunch buffet. I guess I'll have to try that next time... More 

Thank JDArsenault
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dooky Chase is an institution - and a very classy restaurant. It serves all the favorite southern creole dishes in three little dining rooms, with friendly and personable staff. We opted for the lunch buffet because it had all the good stuff - yes, I almost hurt myself - I had to pass on the dessert, which I was told,... More 

Thank Robert S
Chicago, IL
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Leah Chase, in her 90s, continues to rule the kitchen in this restaurant visited by presidents, civil rights legends and civic leaders. We did the buffet, which features the standards (fried chicken and catfish, greens, crawfish etoufee and other good things), bookended by decent gumbo and (on our day) warm peach cobbler. If you like fried chicken livers -- and... More 

Thank alsolly
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful all the way around. The restaurant itself is nicely done and laid out with plenty of spacing for tables. We went for the very reasonably priced Lunch Buffet and enjoyed all of the offerings (fresh salad, sauage, greens, eggplant casserole, seafood stuffed ravioli, fried catfish, and fried chicken) We added the choice of a cup of gumbo and finished... More 

Thank Mudhead1
Woodbridge, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had heard a lot about Dooky Chase and the history behind it. Suggest you cab/uber there if after dark, due to the surroundings. Food was excellent, especially the the fried chicken. They have a great drink menu and the same for wine. Waitress was friendly, but not very attentive and as a result service was a little slow... may have... More 

Thank R K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Leah Chase still cooks at this historic place. Apparently after Katrina chefs and restaurant people from around the area to get this place open- it's a neighborhood institution and its reopening was a symbol of hope. The gumbo was great- spicy with lots of chicken, sausage & shrimp. Also enjoyed the jambalaya & even the fried okra. For desert I... More 

Thank Gardengrl3
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All the food is excellent. You would do yourself a disservice if you do not visit Dooky Chase when you are in New Orleans. Ms. Leah is still in the kitchen, cooking all the excellent food. Great Atmosphere. Great Service. Everything is Great at Dooky Chase, a staple restaurant in New Orleans.

Thank NewOrleansBabee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mediocre food, slow service, high prices...skip this place. It is in a bad part of town anyway. Not worth getting mugged to go here?

Thank Kimberly H
Santa Barbara, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It really depends what you're into. My family is southern. So, eating this doesn't do too much for me. I got the buffet. The pickled okra was great. The veggies, like all southern veggies, are cooked to death. I'm not so in to that, but that's me. The fried chicken is good fresh. The chicken sitting out on the buffet... More 

Thank Gooserstein
Grapevine, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tried the lunch buffet. Something for everyone. Some of it was not totally up to par as it was a pretty busy day over the holidays, however, all were satisfied! We probably should have tried something off the regular menu for the full effect. The collection of African American art is an added bonus to the experience. You will be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119-5025
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Treme
  • Neighborhood: Treme
  • Phone Number: (504) 821-0600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Staying in Treme

Neighborhood Profile
That sound? That flavor? That certain je ne sais quoi that lets you known you’re in “Nawlins” and nowhere else? It’s all good and in broad abundance on the streets of Tremé, where so much of what’s considered to be the very best of New Orleans culture and tradition is, put simply, just how people go about their daily lives in this historic part of town. As one of America’s oldest African-American neighborhoods and among the nation’s first established residential areas for free people of color, Tremé’s significant heritage and contribution cannot be understated. This is especially the case when considering some of Tremé’s most famous residents, most notably jazz great Louis Armstrong. For full flavored food, funky and jazzed up music, and vibrant street life presented with homegrown pride, you can’t beat a visit to Tremé.