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Mother's Restaurant

401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
+1 504-523-9656
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good31%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“ham” (939 reviews)
“biscuits” (575 reviews)
“po boy” (1,304 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
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Reviewed today via mobile

Food was not good at all. Had to send my food back twice cause the meat was cold under hot gravy. The meat was tough and definitely not what I was expecting in New Orleans. I had the Famous Ferdi Special Poboy. The establishment was...More

Thank Letta M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place has been around forever and I had a meal here today. They are famous for their ham and I had the ham on a biscuit. The food is average and the service is really indifferent but this is a place that has been...More

Thank Kyle D
Reviewed yesterday

After 2 days in NOLA we were still missing out on jumbalaya, gumbo and red beans and rice. Someone suggested Mother's and we got our fill of all of that and more! It was all absolutely delicious and we almost rolled ourselves back to the...More

Thank Mary C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Restaurant was right across street from hotel but had heard good things about it. You may have to wait outside for a bit as they let in groups at a time but we did t have to wait longer then 5-10 min. The folks behind...More

Thank Barb B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went on recommendations from friends. The food was ok & service was average. We had Mae's File Gumbo, Crawfish Etouffée, Jerry's Jambalaya with red beans & rice, & potato salad, 1 pancake, sausage, and biscuits. My husband loved the Crawfish Etouffee- very flavorful &...More

Thank Carrie921
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've eaten here 3 times. Each was better than the last. Everything on the menu shouts Louisiana, Cajun, or southern. The frquently long line that queues up out the front door moves pretty fast. A greeter often chides people to stay single file and passes...More

Thank Anthony B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the jam dinner with red beans and rice, and turnip greens. The ham was ham nothing special the sides were very good and enough food to order 1 and share. We finished off with the bread pudding it was also very good.

Thank dgcollins975
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Food was not what I expected...would not recommend! Service was okay, however if you're looking for a good meal this is not it. They don't even have mac+cheese. Not pleased

Thank Kiera S
Reviewed 2 days ago

During Essence Fest this year, everything was packed, and funny enough most of the proper "restaurants" closed early. I had 11 minutes to get into Mother's before they closed...and like always, they never disappoint. I took away a shrimp and oyster po'boy with a side...More

Thank rsoulstar
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food was tasty and staff was friendly. We had breakfast and the sausage was so good. Pictures on the wall are interesting.

Thank Marisa W
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Nancy R H
January 22, 2017|
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Response from Melody L | Reviewed this property |
Not directly. Get off at Canal and S. Peters St. Go down S.Peters street to Poydras. You will pass Le Meridien Hotel. Turn right on Poydras. Mother's Restaurant approx 1 block on right
July 4, 2016|
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Response from Armando B | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is!
June 3, 2016|
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Response from waynelaw78 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it can, but you'll just have to go through the line as usual and then find seating, maybe not all together. I would suggest going at a time other than "rush hour".
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +1 504-523-9656
  • E-mail
Authentic N'Awlins home-style cooking since 1938. The Amato family welcomes you for a taste of tradition.Home of award-winning Jambalaya, the famous Ferdi Special, and the original debris-laden roast beef.Private room for parties, rehearsal dinners and special events.
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