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Mother's Restaurant

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Central Business District
Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Sandwiches, Soups
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
504-523-9656
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family...
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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Good for:
Large groups
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Po'Boys!!

There might be other places with better Po'Boys, I wouldn't know. But the Po'Boys at Mother's were great and the place was packed. So they must be doing something right.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Carlos S
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

My colleague and I were attending a conference in NOLA. One day at lunch we were walking and looking for a place to eat and we came upon Mothers. There was a long line up, so we figured the food must be good. And we were right! It was incredible. The jambalaya was superb! And so were the greens and... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Simple, tasty breakfast with some chicory coffee. The early bird breakfast is set. Don't try to change anything. Just take it like it is or order off the menu. Hole in the wall, not fancy or pretentious. You get in line, seat yourself (seats fill up fast) and you get your chow. Good chow. Breakfast at our hotel was exorbitantly... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Ordered scrambled eggs, ham, grits, and a biscuit. After you place your order at the counter, they hand you your drinks and you have to find a table and wait for your food. If they're busy then finding a table might be a big problem. Fortunately, I did find a table and my order arrived after a 10 minute wait... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

There might be other places with better Po'Boys, I wouldn't know. But the Po'Boys at Mother's were great and the place was packed. So they must be doing something right.

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Coshocton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Whenever I am in New Orleans its a must to eat at Mother's! Whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner, the food is always wonderful. My favorites are the Debris with a biscuit and a bowl of Mae's File Gumbo! I love love Mother's and usually stay nearby so its within walking distance for a great meal!

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Several friends had been to NOLA and told me "whatever you do make sure you go to Mother's". and they were right. This has to be the quintessential stop to experience a true Po Boy. They've been there since the late 1930's so don't expect an immaculate, schmantzy, sandwich shop. You go to Mother's for the food. The 3 of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

This was our first trip to Mothers - Had some friends recommend it to us. The restaurant has an interesting setup. You go up to the main counter (it almost looks like a cafeteria) t order your food, get your drink and pay- you then go find a table and a server will come and greet you and then bring... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

We got here just after opening on a Tuesday morning, there was no waiting in line (a first for me here). You order at the counter (staff might not make you feel that you are their sole focus) and you are served at your table. Service is not the best but, the food while simple is excellent. My wife had... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Mothers was recommended by the desk at our hotel. We wanted a casual place within walking distance and Mother's fit the bill. At 6:30 there was quite a crowd. Ordering is done at the counter and is then brought to you by a server. We only had a 10 minute wait as the line moved quickly. Being a semi-veg, I... More 

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

I lived in NOLA in the early 80's and frequented Mothers often, it was amazing. I have been there a few times since in the past 20 years and it was also very good. This last visit was very disappointing. I don't know if it was late and the food had been in the steamers too long, but it wasn't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 504-523-9656

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 25
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Seafood, Sandwiches, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?