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Port of Call

Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
French Quarter
As featured in NOLA Dining Guide and 1 other guide
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838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-1941
504-523-0120
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 554
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  • 296
    Very good
  • 86
    Average
  • 30
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Burgers and Big Strong Drinks

Burgers were a tad undercooked and server wasn't able to separate tab otherwise I would have given a 5. Amazing place and great drinks! Very crowded on a Friday night and so you need to wait up to 40 minutes for a table, overall it's worth the wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Elly C
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Arlington, Washington
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Arlington, Washington
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Burgers were a tad undercooked and server wasn't able to separate tab otherwise I would have given a 5. Amazing place and great drinks! Very crowded on a Friday night and so you need to wait up to 40 minutes for a table, overall it's worth the wait.

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Thank Elly C
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dimly lit, off the beaten path and fairly priced. Travis served us at the bar and it was exactly as we were told on a recommendation. Attentive staff, strong pours and a basic menu. What else do you need? $60 for a 16oz NY strip, cheeseburger, baked potatoes, side salad, 2 Abitas and a 32oz monsoon is a value in... More 

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Thank BillGJr
Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was told by friends that Port of Call is the best place to recover from a hangover. I'd argue that it's a two-pronged thing; fuel up with a burger and baked potato to try and prevent the hangover, and then come on back the next day to recover from whatever you're hit with. I love this place. Expect delicious,... More 

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Thank onthelanai
Flower Mound, Texas
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the best little restaurant!! It is off the beaten path and is a very small restaurant. Expect a wait but it is well worth the wait. We had the burgers and they are so good. Will have to try the steaks the next time we are there.

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Thank Linda C
Union, Kentucky
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101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting New Orleans and had been to Port of Call in the past and wanted to return, due to the great burgers, local feel and the infamous Monsoon, which is a drink , with numerous types of liquor.We went with friends from the area, and the place is very casual, but the food was excellent. Word of caution:... More 

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1 Thank Susan E
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417 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best steak I have ever had in my entire life. HANDS DOWN. Drinks were awesome! If you are looking for a family restaurant, not your place. But if your looking for a very awesome hole in the wall place to hang with some buddies or a date, you bet your butt! It really was a great experience.

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1 Thank 251larsn
Mansfield, TX
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic steaks, enormous baked potatoes - don't go unless you're really hungry! It's tiny and the atmosphere is relaxed. Great service, too!

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1 Thank Jana C
Michigan
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79 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked Bourbon to Esplanade and turned left - for a terrific lunch. We went on an off time but guidebook was right, expect a line. Gave our name, 20-25 minute wait but open seating at bar. Within ten minutes some bar spots opened up so we decided to eat there. Was comfortable and friendly. Burgers were great - a lot... More 

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chicago
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hey travel family,came here to when my family and i , couldn't get into the 1st restaurant we visited (it was packed due to foot-ball play-offs). Well this one was also, but we decided to stay. It was loud, crowded,and full of life. Had a burger (and it was thick), but good, and bake-potato. It was GREAT. The staff was... More 

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Thank rogerchicago
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One would think more seafood and po boys while visiting NOLA but Port of Call should not be missed! Comes with a baked potato with all the fixins!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116-1941
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: 504-523-0120

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in French Quarter

Neighborhood Profile
French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port of call for folks in search of a good time and a great story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.