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0.2 miles from French Quarter
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Kingfish features New Louisiana Cuisine, which keeps the best of your favorite Cajun traditions and adds a new school twist. At the bar, enjoy both traditional New Orleans style cocktails, such as the Sazerac or the Pimm's Cup, as well as modern cocktails like the B Line and Amelia Earhart. All Day Summer Happy Hours | 11AM - 6PM 1/2 Off All Brews & Wines By The Glass Happiest of Hours | 3:30PM - 6PM 1/2 Off All Brews & Wines By The Glass + $5 Small Plates
$15 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Bar, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary
Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed October 20, 2020

Limited Menu with good food. Great Desserts and easy to locate. This restaurant is famous for its Seasonal Buffets. Just be careful walking The French Quarter because Post C-19 the area/FQ needs to clean up the area. People standing around on Canal Street and be...careful. No fear but know your surroundings. I have been to NOLA 50 times in 35 years. Magazine Street is superior shopping and food. Much cleaner and much more up-scale.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed July 12, 2020 via mobile

Went there Saturday without a booking, they seated us and were very friendly despite our indecisiveness, we were loud bunch of 20+ year olds and had the best celebration and food for my brothers 23rd birthday, the staff and our waiter Jess was very funny...and made a great night!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

My husband and I were in town and stopped here for happy hour, as recommended by our driver. We loved it! The drinks and service were great and the atmosphere was fun and classy at the same time. I can't speak to food as we...didn't order any at that visit, but can say everything I saw served at the bar looked wonderful. We will be back!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

Late night after a busy Lundi Gras and we were looking for good food, semi-quiet place. Actually a bit tough to find in the Quarter after midnight. So if you find yourself in a similar situation and the fried chicken and giant pizza slices on...Bourbon just don’t do it for you, this is the place. Drinks were classically made and served in an actual glass! (Bonus points!) Alligator grillades and cheddar grits were fantastic. Boudin balls and gumbo hit the spot as well. We were quite happy to find excellent meal selections that late. Most of the bars were packed with mostly incoherent tourists. The Kingfish was moderately busy and no one was out of hand.More

Date of visit: March 2020
davidmoorekingfish, General Manager at Kingfish, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2020

Ckline95, We are excited that you were able to discover us while on the hunt for something a little different than the offerings on Bourbon. The alligator grillades and grits are one of our favorites and we are very proud of both our gumbo and...More

Reviewed February 24, 2020

Kingfish has gone to the dogs. Poor service bad food. No taste for the chicken. The greens are ok. There are too many good places to eat just keep going.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 12, 2020

Sat at the bar and the bartender was too preoccupied talking to a friend to give us the service and attention we needed. Got our drinks and ordered a few items from the menu that were outstanding: boudin balls, pulled pork tacos and gumbo were...spot on.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020

I remember when this restaurant opened, and the food was so good, served on tables with white linens. Now, the bare tables could be cleaner, the food was served cold, and the check was delivered not to the person who asked for it. Don't bother.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed February 2, 2020 via mobile

Table of 6, only 1 person liked their food. Bloody Mary was too spicy to drink, french toast tasted like grease and grits were weird/bad. There is a reason this place doesn't have a line waiting to get in

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020

NEVER IN MY LIFE have I experienced anything like this. I've had bad service. I've had inept service. I've never been anywhere where the staff didn't know what a saucer was or were PUT OUT by having to provide sugar for a cup of coffee!...In our 4 days in NOLA, we found everyone -- no matter how busy or how in the midst of Bourbon St. insanity -- to be friendly, kind, really wanting to be helpful -- and we really enjoy people and always have a chat with servers -- and anyone, really. So -- we're still shaking our heads over Kingfisher -- which was SO OUTRAGEOUSLY OFF-THE=CHARTS BAD that 1 day later, it's actually funny, like a Saturday Night Live skit about the WORST restaurant staff EVER. Yesterday morning, about noon, my husband and I walked into Kingfisher to get some brunch. Hostess said the wait was 20 minutes, and asked if we wanted to sit at one of the small "high" tables along the window. We asked it if might be possible to eat at the bar and she said no problem! So we sat down. Group of 6 VERY LOUD and drunk college students at a table about 4 feet from the bar, at the window. No one else at bar or high tables. 2 staff behind bar. After about 8 minutes without any attention at all (we were finally waving in the air trying to get some attention from bartender 4 feet away, but he was too busy "entertaining" the group at the table to even notice). He very "taken" with himself and seemed to think his job was really just to yell loudly with "the guys" and be eye candy or something. as did the young woman who we made the mistake of thinking was being paid to provide service -- but clearly had other ideas. After sitting -- only ones at the bar, remember -- for probably 7 or 8 minutes and not even having our presence acknowledged -- even after saying "Hello!" and "Excuse us" we finally -- literally -- waved our hands in the air and still got no attention. Finally the bartender glanced at us and we asked for two coffees with cream and sugar and a menu. After another 5 minutes, the waitress appeared and plunked down 2 coffee cups (not mugs) in front of us, poured coffees and disappeared. When I saw her again, I asked if I might have a saucer? She seemed stunned --almost as if she didn't know what one was. Tossed ONE on the counter -- nothing for my husband (!) I asked if he could have one, too? Clearly annoyed, she brought one for him. Disappeared. We waited. No way to get bartender who was having his own party at the end of bar. Finally saw her and asked again from cream and sugar. Got cream. The 3 ceramic containers with packets for sugar on the counter contained, in total, just 2 packets of sugar -- the rest were all sugar substitute. We used them and wanted more, but God forbid we asked. Went to stir it in -- no spoons! We asked for spoons. We got big round soup spoons that barely fit in the coffee cups. I asked if I might have a coffee spoon. GLARES and got one. (this all took about 10 minutes, so coffee cold by then). My husband and I both take sugar, so we actually wanted more than 2 packets we'd used. But -- lest we ruin the party that the waitress and bartender were having...we didn't dare. We ordered breakfast. Had been there 20 minutes by now -- no move to pour more coffee. Husband finally asked. His cup poured. Bartender went to fill mine -- only half a cup left. He poured the half cup. Said nothing. Minutes passed. Finally, filled. Half cold, half hot. No cream left. Had to ask. No sugar left. Had to ask. Breakfast arrived. Bacon had gas taste like firestarter. Went to wipe my hands -- NO NAPKINS. Asked for those. Almost thrown at us. Can't say as I'm too familiar with grits, though had them twice on this trip and like them. Didn't taste good to me. Husband is a gourmet cook, asked him to taste -- he shook his head to indicate not good. We'd have left but we had to head to the airport to fly home and didn't have time to go to another restaurant. I noted that my husband actually left a tip -- they're lucky I wasn't paying. I always leave 20% -- but I would have left a big "0" and written next to it "WORST SERVICE IN ENTIRE LIFE!" Good news, is we now have a new codeword to share -- from now on, if we ever want to indicate service SO BAD that it's actually hilarious, we'll just look at each other and say "KINGFISHER!"More

Date of visit: January 2020
davidmoorekingfish, General Manager at Kingfish, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Ileftmyheart, I cannot apologize enough for this embarrassing experience you had at Kingfish. We have so many hardworking and dedicated team members who dedicate their time and life to creating amazing experiences for guests. For you to have been treated such a way is a...More

Reviewed January 26, 2020

My husband and I decided to try the Kingfish for brunch, and we were so glad we did. We walked in without reservations around 11:30 am greeted by a very friendly staff. We were seated by the window, so we could people watch. The ambiance...was warm but a little noisy. I ordered the Kingfish breakfast. Since I do not eat meat, they made a fruit substitue. My husband had the Kingfish burger and an Irish Coffee. My husband said the Irish Coffee was the best! Both of us really enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Mark W
March 6, 2017|
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Response from Global48142066768 | Reviewed this property |
So sorry, didn't notice about the TV. I think there may have been, but no volume. You are correct, prices in line with other nice restaurants. Maybe $100 per person, but we had both drinks and wine.
Tom J
This was the worst dining experience I have ever had in the French Quarter. What a disappointment! I can't remember what you call what I had but it was a seafood dish that was supposed to have several types of shellfish. It was $38. What I got was a plate with what appeared to be and tasted like a generic can of tomato sauce with a few bits of shell fish in it but most of that was just claws and shells that I had to pick through. There were a couple tiny shrimp and two tiny mussels. You could literally fit what actual eatable shellfish meat in in a shot glass. I'm not exaggerating. So, what I got was basically just a dish with some generic tomato sauce and two little pieces of bread. My wife had a steak costing about the same my dish. It was so tough and so full of gristle that it was almost inedible. She couldn't eat it so I tried some and I could hardly cut through the gristle, let alone eat it. Only a couple ounces of the so-called 14 ounce steak were edible and that was tough and tasteless. In short, we were ripped off. It's as simple as that. I have never had an experience in the French Quarter like this in all the years we have gone there. It was unbelievable. It made me wonder if perhaps they were planning on closing down soon and didn't worry about making customers satisfied anymore. It really was that bad. You've been warned. On the other hand, the waiter was OK - nothing special but friendly. When we left, we actually had to find another restaurant to eat because we were still hungry and neither of us are big eaters.
March 31, 2016|
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Response from Tom J | Reviewed this property |
One more thing: Someone said we may have just had a "bad luck night." There should be no such thing as "bad luck" at a restaurant. The restaurant should not depend on luck! And, again, both our meals were terrible. That's... More
Mindi A
January 24, 2016|
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Response from warytraveller1114 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, check out the website, but my recollection is the entrees are $20-30 or more. Don't remember if that comes with a salad but I don't think so.
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Kingfish is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5