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Bon Ton Cafe

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Central Business District
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401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great lunch spot

Have dined here several times for lunch and always loved the food and service. It's definitely old school and something that is disappearing fast. Go and enjoy!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have dined here several times for lunch and always loved the food and service. It's definitely old school and something that is disappearing fast. Go and enjoy!

Thank bzaita
Palm Coast, Florida
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105 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had crawfish Etoufee and all I can say is Yum! My wife had the Red Fish and it was also very good. We topped it off with the Bread Pudding which was EXCELLENT ! A real keeper, but it is closed on weekends!

Thank tom p
Livonia, Michigan
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoyed a pecan encrusted trout dinner here with the house drink. A nice selection of entrees and the atmosphere was intimate, tavern style.

Thank Marcia M
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been there three times in the past six months. I keep reading all the great write ups and keep going back hoping it will be good because it is close to work. Sadly I am giving up it just doesn't work. The prices are not competitive. The chairs are very uncomfortable. The services is sloppy and the food is... More 

Thank Neil P
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been eating here for over 20 years on my visits and have never had a bad meal. This trip was the same. Their bread pudding recipe is a New Orleans tradition served with butter pecan ice cream. The service is always New Orleans traditional with class. I took two new visitors with me on this trip and from... More 

Thank VanessaKUSA
Metairie, Louisiana
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

By far one of New Orleans' greatest restaurants. With old flare and charming servers, this is a must go to dinner spot. We started with fried crawfish & catfish courtesy of the owner, followed by turtle soup (warm/decadent) along with a Bon ton salad (great dressing). Our entrees were the famous Bon ton fish and the crabmeat au gratin, delicious... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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140 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here to try some of the New Orleans Classics: jambalaya and gumbo. This place didn't disappoint! We went on MLK day for lunch, and the restaurant was lively but not full. The waitstaff was friendly and very accommodating. I'm sad to say we didn't try the bread pudding, but I overheard an older couple saying this was the... More 

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tampa, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was raining and this restaurant is across the street from the St. James hotel, where we are staying. Other's staying here remarked how good it was, so we thought, let's go. The place is small with brick walls. Right away we knew this was a good spot. The first waiter had worked there 17 years and said he was... More 

Thank Sandra T
New Orleans, Louisiana
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a local and love to eat here; strongly suggest trying it if you are visiting. Great, traditional local foods. We love the crab and crawfish dishes.

Thank Cherie G
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76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel recommended this restaurant. The service was excellent and so was the food. The red fish and Brussels sprouts with caramelized onions was very good. I had the bread pudding with whiskey sauce. No complaints about any of the food!

Thank Marilyn M

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: 504-524-3386

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
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

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Central Business District
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