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Mother's Restaurant

Central Business District
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401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130-3207
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our Uber driver told us about the lines and food. We listened. So good!! I had the fried chicken. The breading on the chicken was so light and tasty. We also ordered the combination plate. Everything was amazing. Line is out the door at different times. Be prepared.

Thank Jonny206
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mother's was close to our hotel so we passed it every day at different times of the day and I don't recall never seeing a line outside. Oh and when we finally did go, on a Monday morning, there was also a line inside! The history of the restaurant is clear in the décor and vibe of the eatery. The... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not crowded, which was a shock. Manager had attitude, which no one needs. Breakfast combo was skimpy on the eggs. The grits, which used to world class,are thinned out and without character, Biscuits rocked. Iced tea very good. Coffee with chicory was fine. Too much cheaper competition. Mother's is living off the memories

Thank Steve J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited to try the famous Po Boy sandwich, and ordered the roast beef with a side of fries, having no idea it would be so huge! The sandwich was incredible, meat cooked perfectly, and so good that I took half of it home. My advice would be don't bother with a side if you're ordering a sandwich, you won't... More 

Thank Ozj555
St. Petersburg, Florida
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375 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mother's is a MUST if you are going to NOLA!! We've been to NOLA many times but never knew about Mother's until our last visit. We turned the corner to see a very large line outside the building so we fell in line like everyone else. This review could be taken from a Seinfeld episode and many peeps we got... More 

Thank Vinnie1973
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I don't know if they have the best Po Boys in town but they are definitely really good! We had the traditional one and the catfish, I had a preference for the traditional which was excellent ! Service was nice and friendly, would definitely go back!

Thank Julie C
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78 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were there at 7am when they opened on a Sunday and there was no line. You can park for free in the small lot next door – just show your receipt to get out. Good, basic food. A lot of it. Yes, it’s a diner, but the walls are an interesting read and the waitress called us all “honey.”

Thank Susan S
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were suggested Mother's by the attendant at our hotel, and was totally surprised by this hole in the wall. What appears to be a tiny, over packed diner is actually a pretty large space. The wait for our food was short. We ordered the seafood gumbo and "debris" po boy -both were delicious and filling! I would suggest for... More 

Thank Jennifer S
Bartlett, United States
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plenty of fabulous food in a quaint building and long established as a NOLA cornerstone. Can't believe a local has not told us about Mother's before now.

Thank Paula D
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310 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a classic New Orleans home cooked style restaurant. The lines are long for sure but I was not disappointed. Not sure why you aren't supposed to tip the help though. They were very attentive.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Cajun & Creole
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, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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: 15045239656
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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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
Compared to the more evocative monikers of some other parts of New Orleans, the downtown’s humdrum title might suggest that this area is all about business and little else. But don’t let the bland name keep you away from the Central Business District. The CBD offers a wide range of fun things to do that would be touted as exceptional in less jubilant corners of the world. Bordered by the French Quarter, the Arts District and Tremé, with the river at its eastern extreme, this hub for sports, gaming, shopping, theatre, family-friendly activities, and amazing regional cuisine makes a smart base wherever your interests lie.