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Bennachin Restaurant

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French Quarter
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1212 Royal St, Frnt, New Orleans, LA 70116-2588
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
For a different taste in New Orleans

Our last night in town we were looking for something different, and somewhere that served more vegetables. I am glad I found the reviews on Trip Advisor and gave this a try. Located in a quiet corner of the French Quarter, it is a quiet small dining room with two cooks in a small kitchen in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
San Francisco, California
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Upton, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I go to New Orleans for the food, but there comes a point when I need something a little different than the rich seafood, poboys and muffulettas that I love. Luckily, we wandered by Bennachin and gave it a try. Everything we tried was good - well spiced but not heavy and the servers were helpful and pleasant. If you're... More 

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San Francisco, California
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Our last night in town we were looking for something different, and somewhere that served more vegetables. I am glad I found the reviews on Trip Advisor and gave this a try. Located in a quiet corner of the French Quarter, it is a quiet small dining room with two cooks in a small kitchen in the back putting out... More 

Thank Hanaspop
Ormond Beach, Florida
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I stumbled into this restaurant in November to get out of the rain. I had the eggplant and couscous and it was one of the best meals of my life. My fellow got chicken in mustard sauce, he loved his as well. It was great to go to a place that had many options for me because I am vegetarian.... More 

Thank Jessica D
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123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

We (two couples) thought the menu looked interesting enough to give it a try. We each ordered something different, but found that all our entrees were fairly bland, came with an excessive amount of sauce and the portions were too large for any of us to finish. We're sort of glad we went to try something different, but we would... More 

Lebanon, New Jersey
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1,092 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

When you see that the place serves African food, do not think its similar to other NOLA food – its not. Being BYO is also different in NOLA. We started with a few apps – blacked pea fritters, eggplant with smoked fish, plantains. These were all good to very good – though I did not care for the eggplant/fish dish,... More 

Thank Morgan2010
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

If you are in the mood for an authentic African food experience, try Bennachin. The dishes are a combination of both Cameroonian and Gambian delicacies. Most of the dishes can be substituted as vegetarian meals which is unheard of in the city. The restaurant is very casual (byob), they provide the wine glasses. Stop in for either lunch or dinner... More 

Thank Cantlie14
Miami Beach, Florida
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I heard the food was good here so I tried it with a couple of friends. Everyone chose something different and everyone liked everything they chose. Be prepared for spicy. It's deliciously spicy, but if you like bland food (and how could you in Nawlins?) this is not the place for you. I noticed a child about 10 there with... More 

Thank Toni O
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

The menu contains many vegan dishes. Quite place for couples. The service is good. We had a great time!

Thank Amit S
lincoln, nebraska
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This was my third time eating here, and this time I brought two colleagues who had never eaten West African food. All three of us left satisfied and impressed. This is a tiny establishment, with maybe 10 tables in one room. We enjoyed ourselves seated around the one low table in the front picture window looking out over Royal Street.... More 

Thank the_professor_dude
Brooklyn, New York
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82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

I never once noticed this place located right across from Verti Mart on Royal during my millions of visits to Verti Mart until this trip when I was looking on Yelp for something other than southern food and I saw all the good reviews. I put it on my list and I ended up eating dinner here twice during my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 Royal St, Frnt, New Orleans, LA 70116-2588
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > French Quarter
  • Neighborhood: French Quarter
  • Phone Number: 504-522-6746

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: French, African, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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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.