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Market Cafe

1000 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3310 (French Quarter)
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Ranked #508 of 1,606 restaurants in New Orleans
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: French Quarter
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279 reviews from our community

66% Recommend
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Date | Rating
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English first
Monrovia, Alabama, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

There was a band playing called the Vernon Seven Quartet, featuring vocalist/trumpeter Kid Merv. I tried the New Orleans sampler, featuring shrimp creole, jambalaya, gumbo, red beans & rice. The patio dining was delightful and the musicians par excellence.

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Dalton, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The food was delicious, the staff was great, the live band and location made it for a perfect stop in between the chaos. Try the Louisiana lemonade

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A good option for people who don't want to be at the bars in the area. Good hurricane and the jambalaya wasn't bad either. Also had the oyster po'boy and it was alright

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Sarasota, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I stopped in to this strategically located restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining in the heart of the French market area. I was seeking the best award winning gumbo in New Orleans. I found that "award winning" can be an innocuous term and no one could really tell me what award they won. Lol. My sights quickly turned to the... More

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Shreveport, Louisiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We sat in the patio right by the jazz band. As soon as they started playing the whole restaurant changes from just another cafe. The jambalaya is delicious, my whole family enjoyed everything. Service is a little slow.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The food was good but expensive (for the portions you get). You are probably paying more for the place you sit (right in the middle of everything listening to live music) than the food you eat. Employees were polite but service was slow - be prepared to wait. If you like live music while you are watching people walking by,... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I and our three small children stopped in for dinner on our last night in New Orleans. We chose to sit inside so the music wouldn't be to loud for the kids. Our waitress Emily A. greeted us with a smile and promptly got our drink order and drinks.Shortly after a man (the manager) came over asking... More

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Ooltewah, Tennessee
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

i went there with friend for lunch and my friend want to come to this place cos she want to listen to the band.. i got the dish that have a lots and lots of tomatoes(don't remember the name) with tiny little shrimp over rice, they were no flavor and the shrimp just so small but i think i pay... More

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Erie, PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The waitress forgot my gumbo and my wife's red beans and rice. Then when she bought the check she had circled the 20% tip. Not likely. I had the shrimp and fish, which was good. The red beans and rice tasted like split pea soup. Other than that it was perfect.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

The jazz band fired up around noon on the patio. Great music to go along lunch, especially with a bit of the cooler river breeze coming through. Had the red beans & rice with a muffuletta. Both tasty! Friendly and fast service from the happy crew here. Rains hit while we ate, so a perfect place to hang out for... More

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