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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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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took a star away because I have concerns of food preparations. Staff is friendly and helpful. However, they do not wear gloves.

Thank ikknyc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Kinda stumbled on this place while looking for a place to eat dinner while staying in New Orleans. I ordered catfish and my wife ordered a Po Boy sandwich. I have not had catfish fixed like theirs since I was kid living in Arkansas. Her Po Boy sandwich was the best she had ever had too. Definitely would eat there... More 

Thank John S
Windsor, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Spent the weekend in New Orleans, Monday morning before leaving we went to Mother's for breakfast. You walk in to the restaurant and do to a counter pick up a menu and order the food before you sit down to a table. Its almost like a cafeteria but its not. Breakfast was relative cheap, food was ok. I had the... More 

Thank ChesterWindsor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I guess people go for the hype and the tradtion. There is always a long line. You order at the counter and work you way back through the crowd to get your food.its a small dark place...I guess part of its charm to some people. It's cheap for New Orleans and a lot of food. I don't eat bread so... More 

Thank Joh1Kar2
Great Harwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here several times during our visit and were not disappointed in the food once. The only disappointment was the sulky staff, and I would have definitely given five stars if it hadn't been for the service. The jambalaya was delicious, as was the sweet potato pie and the pecan pie. It all tasted homemade, as if you are... More 

Thank scoa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The place has atmosphere but the food is just ok, but service is generally friendly . The seafood combo is the best selection

Thank dbelay
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this location on a recommendation. I love the way they take your order, I think that is cool. You come in the door, grab a menu, go to the register and place your order. I had the shrimp creole, not a lot of flavor, along with green beans and tomatoes and cabbage. The vegetables were good, not over... More 

Thank Frances D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Mother's was an unexpected pleasure to all I've taken there to eat. You have to have breakfast and lunch at least once while in Nola. Make sure you get ham (black) trust me your taste buds will love you for it. Go to their website before going so know what to order when it's your turn, there is no patience... More 

Thank Tawana C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great comfort food. Good prices. Pretty loud but you don't go here to get away from it all. You go here for the food and the experience.

Thank Stephen B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Never thought to pair grits as a side to fried chicken but it was amazing!!! The famous Verdi was great as well!!!

Thank girlie_987

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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
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, 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: 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.