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Smilie's Restaurant

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5725 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70123-5112
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    2.5 of 5 stars
Simply boring

The food here,which co-workers had raved about, was over cooked, dry, bland and BORING. We had a very limited menu from which to choose, and you would think it would be good - but no. I will not go back on my own to this place.

2 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Dallas, Tx
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
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Dallas, Tx
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

The food here,which co-workers had raved about, was over cooked, dry, bland and BORING. We had a very limited menu from which to choose, and you would think it would be good - but no. I will not go back on my own to this place.

Thank psincl5611
La Place
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133 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The exterior and interior are somewhat shabby and forlorn, and it seems that no updating has occurred since the repair work following the huge fire, there, in 1991. We waited and waited and finally the owner, Augie, took us through a hall into an empty and dim banquet room. Service (by Augie) was slow and somewhat incorrect (not writing down... More 

Thank RJayT
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Large place, can hold functions there. The food is passing nothing to write home about. I prefer hotter seasoned food, if you have a pallet that does not favor hot this is your place.

Thank aocmand
New Orleans, LA
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Our party of three had lunch there today. The food was good, not great, grilled flsh slightly overcooked, a bit more bread than I like in the crab cake. We ordered 3 entrees from the regular menu + "appetizer for 2", which cost more than most of the entrees. All entrees were essentially the same price. Presented a Local Flavor... More 

1 Thank MSYCajun
New Orleans, LA
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Visited this restaurant as part of a rehearsal dinner. Upon arriving the parking lot was completely empty and front and side doors were locked. This was my first time at this restaurant - not a good first impression. After finding our way through a back door, we were informed that the doors were locked as a security precaution because the... More 

Thank geauxlsu089
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I was in a rush when I spotted Smilie,s. I had run all over town looking for lunch when I remembered seeing Smilie,s so I headed on over. When I arrived I waited for around five minutes for someone to seat me. My expectations had been dashed. Eventually I was seated and greeted by my VERY attentive server. I ordered... More 

1 Thank squrrily
Metairie, Louisiana
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Attended a private dinner and the food was awful. The menu was finger sandwiches, meatballs, fried fish, fried shrimp, jambalaya, shrimp pasta, and bread pudding. I can honestly say, the only thing edible was the meatballs!!! Even the bread pudding was tasteless!!! The bartenders couldn't have cared less!!! No tips from me. What a shame. To think someone had to... More 

1 Thank jma1234
Gonzales, Louisiana
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

my shower was suppose to have continuous food served from two o'clock pm to five o'clock pm my baby shower started off bad when the waitress asked if she should start frying the food for the shower that had already began. more food needed to be put out for my guest but I was constantly reminded that they also had... More 

Thank divamom60
Bangkok, Thailand
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Was there with colleauges . Soup was on not good but not bad. Main dish was catfish with mashed potatoes. Dish looked dull and boring. Fish (well i could not taste what it was) was covered in thick dough with a small piece of fish inside. Potatoes werr tasteless and haf strange look. My colleagues who had veal had same... More 

Thank hojkong
Covington, Louisiana, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

These people who didn't like Smiley's must be from out of town (Yankee's) because I never had a problem with the food. Going there tonight to a Birthday party! Geaux Tigers! Beat Bama!!! :)

Thank John W

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5725 Jefferson Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70123-5112
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans
  • Phone Number: 504-733-3000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 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 - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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