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$31 - $50
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations, Live Music
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Reviewed June 11, 2022 via mobile

My family & I have been going to this restaurant for 3 decades and it has always been very good! I will say two things: 1. The restaurant is outdated and management/owners do need to do something about it, 2. There was a time when...the food, service & management was struggling and we didn’t go there for awhile, but we started going back right after the pandemic and it has always been really good! You do need to make reservations. If we have had to wait it was enough time for us to use the restroom and then be seated! I saw the remark about the old hot rolls and we were not offered those either, but I asked our server if we could get them and he said certainly! We got them within 2 minutes! The rolls they gave us at first were something you would see at Outback!! Please give this place a chance because they do have a loyal standing in their community and like all restaurants they do have hiccups! We live about 40 minutes away.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022 via mobile

My pet peeve is that the food network calls every cook a chef. Ernest is truly and 100% a chef. Your tastebuds will not be disappointed. Make sure to start off with Ernest’s Famous Marinated Crab Claws. “Old G” (the bartender) is so much fun...and can customize a drink that you will love. All their portions are on the large Be warned you will need a togo box. You will see couples in suits and dresses, along with blue jeans and casual attire. Regardless of dress every is treated with the same courtesy and professionalism. Note: You will need to make reservations.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2021

Have been eating at this restaurant for year and it is always a great experience. . The quality and taste are fantastic. The steak melts in your mouth and our waiter was very professional. Look forward to our next dining experience.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed July 28, 2021

The service, location, and food are not not good. The wait time for a table is ridicule, especially when you made a reservation Made a reservation for 7:00 p.m. for a party of 10, and waited for two hours or more to get seated. When...asked about the long wait, the reserve staff only stated that they didn't have a table at the present time, for the large party. When we did get seated, it took the waitress another 15 minutes to assist us. He didn't bring menus, just asked what we wanted to eat. Asked for menu additional minutes and he just informed us of what they had. When we did order, as he was served us, the waitress informed us, they the restaurant did not have any more chicken, so she had to reorder. Not one time, did the restaurant try to comb the parity for the poor services and the poor food. Ernest food is not that special for the expensive amount you have to pay for the food. Better food at some many restaurants without the high expensive price tag.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021

The food has gone way downhill, quality and taste pretty much gone. Drinks are peanut sized. No more wonderful hard rols which were so great dipped in the marinade for the crab claws. So sad. Last visit I wanted an Irish Coffee. The waiter made...it table side and used St. Germaine in it. I said no should be Irish Whiskey and--he stopped me--said i know how. Then served it in an ice cream sundae looking glass and set it on a saucer which is curved. I took a sip and set it down on the saucer and it was tilted and poured all over me. Hot and sweet and was in my best and newest outfit. A disaster of the inept waiters making. We have not been back. Just not the place it was. Sad. Very sad.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed June 18, 2021

We dined at Ernest's Orleans Restaurant on June 11, 2021. It was awful. I ordered the fish special in a champagne sauce with shrimp. I have never had a fish so tough. Had to cut it with a knife. And my husband ordered the trout...meuniere. The meuniere sauce looked ok but it was not a meuniere sauce. We both left and wished we had gone to Johnny's Pizza. Waste of money and time. On a positive note the bread was excellent and service was good. Many other restaurants in Shreveport and Bossier City to go to.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 4, 2021

We were traveling through Shreveport and looking for dinner after a long day's driving. We called, and were told that if we could make it in 1/2 hr, they could accommodate us. We had no idea that we had come on their "Back to Yesteryear"...Thursday. How delightful! The prix fixe menu was delicious. The bread to die for. The service impeccable. The only complaint I had was that the sauce on the steak was too salty!! I expressed that to Patrick, who said, he knew but that it was Earnest's original recipe. I think the chef's hand was a bit heavy. All in all we were very happy with the meal, the service, the ambience, the experience.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 1, 2021

Looked high and low prior to reservations for a dress code. Previous reviews cited flip flops. So we made a reservation for 6pm, wore nice jeans and a golf shirt and was seated past the dining room into a bowling alley. I was waiting for...a waitress with Francine written across a bowling pin to wait on us. Music was ghastly. Meanwhile the dining room was empty with the ambiance I remember 25 yrs earlier when I proposed. 25th Anniversary shot. She wouldn't leave. Too hungry.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021 via mobile

Their marinated crab claws are delicious. Our other food, not so much. This is a pricey restaurant and I don’t mind paying for quality, which we did not receive. Our waiter was under the influence. He never wrote anything down and he didn’t get anything...right! I ordered Veal Marsala and I got Veal Picatta. It was tough and not tasty. Their gumbo was full of seafood and had a wonderful presentation but it just didn’t taste good. We have gone to this restaurant for years, even back when they were in a different location in downtown Shreveport. We will not be returning. Sad. It used to be a wonderful restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 12, 2021

I took my wife to Ernest’s for Mother’s Day and it was Great! Our meal was very good and the service was above and beyond. My wife had been ill the day before and we had to move our dinner date to the next night....They graciously accommodated us. Also, I had ordered roses for her for the occasion and did not really expect them to be able to move them. Well after supper, we waited and waited but things seemed delayed. My wife went on to the car and I waited for the bill. The lady came over and told me the lady was making my flowers but had run out of flowers and had to go across town for more. While she was returning, she got caught in a traffic jam but finally got back and did a beautiful arrangement for my wife. This kind of customer service is something very rare today in our society. I and my wife very much appreciated their kindness and good food.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 20, 2021 via mobile

I wish the option was zero stars. Horrible experience; fine dining in a cowboy bar (billed as Orleans-jazz not), fixed menu but 3 hours later still no substantial food. Ran out of fixed foods so served without (no apology or offer of something else) and...when asked brought canned alternative. I was so tired by midnight I gave up on ever receiving dessert although I'd never had the advertised dish and was really looking forward to it. So crowded that one could barely move at all & not a mask in sight from staff and customers alike. Complaint to management and no apology or offer to 'make right' anything. WAY overbooked, fatigued food, hours and hours of waiting. Just a total disaster and an uncaring management. Not only a poor excuse for fine dining , but a poor excuse for a restaurant. NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

Dinner tonight was the total positive dining experience. Everyone from our valet to server was positive, courteous, engaging and helpful. This was our first time but won’t be our last. Our crab claw appetizer and the bread were just the start of a great meal...& evening. The cocktails, food and dessert were all very good and there was plenty of it. Over my career I have eaten at places all across our country...this is about the best overall experience I’ve had..More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 9, 2021

It’s not what it used to be. Our family has been coming to this restaurant for decades. It took 2.5 hrs to get our food. The food didn’t taste anything like it did previous times. The crabmeat tasted like imitation. During peak COVID times, our...waitress had her mask below her nose where you could see her mouth. The waiter at the table behind us had his mask under his chin. I spoke with the manager about our waitress’ mask not being worn properly, however, his was below his chin, as well. I told him he needed to wear his properly too, but when I returned to my table and looked back at him, his mask remained below his chin. I will not be returning.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

The best in Shreveport. Classic dishes made from chef Ernest. Must have the shrimp, marinated crab claws or a filet; every dish is excellent. A must if you visit Shreveport!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

My wife and I had dinner at Ernest's and it was amazing. Larry, our server, did a very professional and "Johnny on the spot job" We started with Ernest's marinated crab claws and shrimp remoulade. Even the bread brought to the table tasted special. My...wife had the fried shrimp dinner - jumbo fantailed shrimp with Ernest's famous remoulade sauce and I had the Snapper Ernest with lump crab meat and lemon butter white wine sauce. The flavors were superb and everything was done in such an old fashion and gracious way. My hat is off to Ernest for a MOST memorable meal and evening. I will sing his praises for a long time to come.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Apparently no dress code...we dined there tonight and were seated next to a grown male who never removed his baseball cap, a gentleman wearing a sock hat, several females in t-shirts and flip flops...and this was a three... More
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Yes, Ernest's Orleans Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge offers takeout services.

Ernest's Orleans Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5